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* AIEA BOOK CLUB Aiea Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Aiea Library to discuss Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forever. Email

* MEET-GREET August Ahrens Elementary School replaces its open house with a meet-and-greet Aug. 2 on the following hourly schedule: grade 1 at 8 a.m., grade 2 at 9, grade 3 at 10 , grade 4 at 11, grade 5 at noon and grade 6 at 1 p.m. Kindergartners have separate parent orientations. Call 675-0202.

* WAIPAHU BON Waipahu Soto Zen Temple Taiyoji has its bon dances at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at 94-413 Waipahu St. Call 671-3103.

* XERISCAPES Halawa Xeriscape Garden has its 25th annual open house and unthirsty plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. Call 748-5363.

* CHEF DEMO Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Nalo Farms’ Dean Okimoto present “Gorditas with Nalo Collection” at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at Foodland Kapolei – a free cooking demonstration that’s part of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Call 539-3428.

* GET ORGANIZED Simply Organized has a FreedomRail workshop at 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at its Kapolei store and “The Best of Feng Shui and Life” at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 with life guide Alice Inoue. Call 693-8888.

* RAIL HEARING The city Department of Planning and Permitting conducts a public hearing on various Honolulu Rail Transit construction issues, including the Pearlridge station, at 10 a.m. Aug. 5 at the FilCom Center on Mokuola Street. Call 768-8277.

* NEIGHBORS Ewa Neighborhood Board meets at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Ewa Beach Library, and the Aiea board meets at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Aiea Library. Call 768-3710.

* ROTARY TALK Hawaii News Now general manager Rick Blangiardi is guest speaker at the Kapolei Rotary Club’s 7:30 a.m. meeting Aug. 8 in the faculty lounge at Kapolei High. Email

* PEARL CITY BON Pearl City Hongwanji invites the public to its bon dances at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 at 858 2nd St. Call 455-1680.

* AIEA BON Soto Mission of Aiea Taiheiji has its bon dances at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 at 99-045 Kauhale St. Call 488-6794.

* PLASTIC FACTSSuzanne Frazer of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii discusses “Protecting the Ocean and our Health – Plastic Reduction Solutions” at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at Kapolei Library. Call 693-7050.

* KEIKI GARDEN Urban Garden Center continues its Children’s Gardening series with “The Life of Plants” from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10, featuring an interactive exhibit, workshop and talks at 955 Kamehameha Hwy. in Pearl City. Call 453-6050.

* VEGAN COOKING Vegetarian chef Ori Ann Li presents a free cooking demonstration at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Ewa Beach Library (689-1204) and at 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Aiea Library (483-7333). She also gives out tasty samples, answers questions and signs copies of her book, Ori Ann Li’s Vegan Paradise: 65 Unforgettable Recipes.

* LAUGH SHACK Lanai & Augie’s “Comedy Laugh Shack” is booked for 8 p.m. Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 at Coral Creek Golf Course’s Pueo Restaurant. Tickets are $12 at the door or by calling 479-0576.

* PREP FAIR Vendors, exhibitors and donors are invited to sign up for the Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair, set for Sept. 7. Call 682-0111 or email


* HULA AIEA Halau Hula O Kana Kapeka is accepting new students for hula and Tahitian dance classes beginning in September at St. Elizabeth Church Hall in Aiea. Call 255-4001.

* HULA WAIPAHU No Kealoha No Hula halau offers adult beginner classes at 6 p.m. and intermediate at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Village Park. Fee is $25 plus a refundable $25 deposit. Call instructor Desiree Numango at 478-0404.

* WAIPAHU SENIORS The city sponsors weekly activities and programs for two senior citizen clubs in Waipahu: Waipahu Cosmopolitans at 9 a.m. Fridays (678-0871) and Waipahu Seniors at 9 a.m. Wednesdays (675-7129).

* KALAUPAPA Leeward Community College hosts an exhibit of Kalaupapa history, “A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading,” now through Aug. 30. Call 455-0268.

* PC SENIORS The city has weekly activities and programs for Pearl City Seniors Club at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Manana Community Park. Call 453-7550.

* WAIAU SENIORS The city has weekly activities and programs for Waiau Seniors Club at 9:30 a.m. Mondays at Waiau District Park. Call 453-7555.

* MAKAKILO CLUB The city has weekly activities and programs for Makakilo Seniors Club at 9 a.m. Mondays at Makakilo Community Park. Call 672-8465.

* EWA SENIORS The city has weekly senior activities and programs for Ewa Hui Aloha at 8:30 a.m. Fridays at Asing Community Park. Call 681-6435.

* CRESTVIEW CLUB The city has weekly activities and programs for Crestview Sunrisers at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at Crestview Community Park. Call 671-4838.

* ZUMBA Debbie Rosario leads a Zumba class at 6 p.m. each Friday at Makakilo Elementary. Fee is $5 per class. Call 780-5640.

* ZUMBA Pinoy Crew 808 leads Zumba classes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at FilCom Center. Fee is $5 per session. Call 680-0451.

* YOGA Free classes in Holistic Energy Yoga meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Waiau District Park. Call 381-4376.

* TACKLE BALL USO Athletic Club is signing up players in grades 5-8 for tackle football (no weight limit) and grades 1-4 for flag football (Jr. Prep league). Coaches also are needed. Call Leilani at 275-6134.

* VEGGIE COOKS Down to Earth has free vegetarian cooking classes at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at its Kapolei store, and at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday at its Pearlridge store. Call 947-3249.

* STRIDERS The Leeward Stroller Strides meets at 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursday at Central Oahu Regional Park for a fitness walk for moms and tots in strollers. Fee is $60 a month. A Kapolei group meets at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 398-6275.

* HULA No Kealoha O Hula offers hula classes Wednesday nights in Waipahu, with beginners at 6 and intermediate students at 7:10 p.m. Call Desiree at 478-0404.

* ROLLER DERBY The Aloha City Rollers welcome new players and referees for league play in the West Oahu area. All men and women ages 18-50 are invited to learn and compete in this fun team sport. Visit or call 454-3847.

* MASTERS SWIM The Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center has a U.S. Masters swimming program at 7 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Central Oahu Regional Park. Call Ruthie Heuton at 677-8510.

* SLACK KEY Yameen Fong leads beginner slack-key guitar classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Ewa Beach Community Park on North Road. The course consists of four sessions, and students should bring their own guitars. Call 685-6035 or visit

* EWA CERT The Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Committee is working to organize Community Emergency Preparedness Teams (CERT) to train residents in how to respond to a disaster. To request training or offer help, call chairman Donald Harlor at 682-0111.

* RUGBY Players and coaches are invited to join USO Athletics-Hawaii Youth Rugby in several age-group teams for boys, and under 16 for girls. Call Raymond Maae at 692-3589 or visit

* KEIKI COUNCIL The Central District South Community Children’s Council meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday in Moanalua High Room G104; the Leeward council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday at the State of Hawaii building, 601 Kamokila Blvd. in Kapolei All parents of children with special needs are welcome. Call 586-5363.

* CHORALE New singers are invited to join the Kapolei Chorale at its rehearsals, held at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday in Makakilo. For directions and an interview, call 672-8888.

* STAR SIGHTINGS Ko Olina hosts “Stars Above Hawaii,” an astronomical star show, at 8, 9 and 10 nightly by reservation at 291-2464.

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