West Oahu Highlights

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ORNAMENTS Ewa Beach Library sponsors an ornament contest Nov. 28 to Dec. 22, with entries due by Dec. 12. They will be displayed for voting, with winners announced Dec. 22. For details, call 689-1204.

NEIGHBORS Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 (rescheduled from Dec. 24) at Kapolei High cafeteria. All other area boards are in recess in December. Call 768-3710.

BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the state DAGS office at 601 Kamokila Blvd., 7:45-11:45 a.m. Dec. 2 at Kapolei Bank of Hawaii, and 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 3 at Island Pacific Academy. Call 848-4770.

GATHERING Prince Kuhio Community Center hosts The Gathering Place market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15, and each Monday at 91-1270 Kinoiki St. in Kapolei, offering food, crafts and entertainment to bring Westside folks together. Vendors may call Megan at 772-6682.

HOLIDAY IDEAS Palisades Family and Community Education Club demonstrates holiday ideas, from food to decorations, at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ewa Beach Library. Call 689-1204.

CONCERT UH-West Oahu presents a lunchtime concert and songwriter talk story with Henry Kapono and UHWO faculty from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the dining hall. The program also features students performing their original songs, plus comments from UHWO music faculty. Call 689-2357.

ROTARY TALKS Rotary Club of Kapolei meets at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 4 in Kapolei High’s faculty lounge for breakfast and to hear guest speaker Gunther Hasinger, director of astronomy at UH Manoa, who will discuss the expected impact of the 30-meter telescope on Mauna Kea. Also ahead: City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro speaks Dec. 11 and Hawaiian Electric CEO Alan Oshima speaks Dec. 18. Email htnedd@gmail.com.

KROC FUN Kroc Center presents its free public “A Touch of Christmas” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 for families, featuring a live Nativity, making gingerbread houses, crafts, snow, a photo booth, “reindeer” rides and food (for sale) at 91-3257 Kualakai Parkway. Call 682-5505.

CHORUS The UH-West Oahu University Chorus performs holiday music directed by Jeremy Wong at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in Campus Center multipurpose room C-208; also features Kapolei High’s Hurricane Singers, and musicians from the public, students, faculty and staff. For details, email Wong at jwong32@hawaii.edu.

MAOLI CRAFTS Prince Kuhio Community Center and Hawaii Maoli present a Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at 91-1270 Kinoiki St., behind the new Kapolei fire station.The event features giveaways, food, entertainment and more than 50 booths. Call 394-0059.

WREATHS Halawa Xeriscape Garden conducts a wreath-making workshop at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. in Halawa Valley. Fee is $5, and participants should bring their own supplies. For details and to register, call 748-5363.

MUSEUM GALA Pacific Aviation Museum sponsors its annual “Destinations & Dreams” benefit gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6 at the museum’s hangars, featuring guest speaker Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and emcee David Hartman, and honoring Adm. Ronald Hays. Tickets cost $250. For details on this and other museum events, call 441-1006.

DECORATIONS Malama Learning Center hosts a workshop with Malila Lagaso on “Natural Holiday Decorations” from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 at Kapolei High School Portable 1. Fee is $15 per person or $40 for families of up to three people. Call 483-0678 or visit malamalearningcenter.org.

KAPOLEI DRIVE Kapolei High School has a Going Green recycling drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6, welcoming all kinds of items from metal to computers, reusable clothing, HI-5 containers and more. Call 291-6151.

BOOK SALE The Friends of Kapolei Library conduct their annual holiday book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 offering seasonal books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records and gifts for all ages. Call 693-7050.

SNOW DAY Kapolei Shopping Center sponsors “Snow Day in Kapolei” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 during its annual Santa Saturday photos and activities. Call 695-4316 or visit inkapolei.com.

USS ARIZONA The USS Arizona hosts the Blackened Canteen Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, an annual event of peace and reconciliation that commemorates the 73rd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. It will be followed by a roundtable discussion at Pacific Aviation Museum. Call 441-1006.

PALISADES HIKE Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club leads a 5.8-mile intermediate hike to ‘Iliahi Ridge in Pacific Palisades at 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Visit htmclub.org.

PC PARADE Pearl City Shopping Center sponsors its annual Christmas Parade at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 from Momilani Elementary School to the shopping center on Ho‘olaulea Street, followed by a Cruz Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Marchers include Pearl City High School band, scouts, pageant winners, lion dancers and more. Call 554-8190.

HO‘IKE The UH-West Oahu songwriting class shares songs and stories behind what they’ve learned from assistant professor Jon Magnussen at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in Campus Center #C-225. Call 689-2357.

BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives from 7 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Waikele Center, 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 13 at Aiea Library, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at New Hope Leeward at 480 Kamokila Blvd., and 7:15-11:45 a.m. Dec. 14 at Waikele Center. Call 848-4770.

LIBRARY CONCERT Melemai Kapu‘uwaimai, directed by Marilyn Kim, performs songs and dances of the season at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the free public concert at Kapolei Library. Call 693-7050.