West Oahu Highlights

Send West Oahu items to cchang@midweek.com by Feb. 18 to be considered for the Feb. 25 edition, or call 529-4850.

CLOSURES Public schools and libraries are closed Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 16 at Tony Group Autoplex, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at UH West Oahu multipurpose room, 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 21 at Kapolei Shopping Center, and 8-11:15 a.m. Feb. 28 at Ko Olina Beach & Sports Club. Call 848-4770.

CAREERS Leeward CC marks National Career & Technology Education Month with a series of free briefings on course offerings: Feb. 17 and 24, television production; Feb. 18, business courses, plant biology and agriculture; Feb. 19, digital media; Feb. 25, workforce development, substance abuse counseling; Feb. 21, small business fair; Feb. 28, Geek Day (tech workshops). For details, visit leeward.hawaii.edu/cte-month.

HANDBELLS Hakuoh University Handbell Choir from Japan performs a free concert at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at Leeward CC Theatre. Call 956-0321.

OHA LAND Office of Hawaiian Affairs conducts community meetings to gather ideas for its Kakaako Makai land at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at UH West Oahu campus center Room C-208, and 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Ka Waihona Public Charter School cafeteria in Nanakuli. Call 594-1835.

WATER ART Board of Water Supply’s latest exhibit of water conservation poster and poetry winners closes Feb. 19 at Kapolei Hale Courtyard. Call 768-3400.

CANDIDATES Prospective neighborhood board candidates should apply by Feb. 20 in order to run for office. Applications are available online at 1.honolulu.gov/nco or by calling the Neighborhood Commission office at 768-3717.

HOME BUYING Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties leads a free seminar at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 on “Buying with No Money Down” at its Kapolei Commons office. RSVP to 947-8101.

NISHIHARA HOUR State Sen. Clarence Nishihara hosts a coffee hour at 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Waipahu Don Quijote. Call 728-1008.

BUSINESS TIPS Hawaii Small Business Development Center hosts a free business fair and workshops from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Leeward Community College courtyard, ranging from specialty loan and tax breaks to starting a food business. Registration starts at 8 a.m., followed by a general session, workshops and exhibitors. Sign up by Feb. 17. Email andra.carroll@hisbdc.org.

COMPOST Halawa Xeriscape Garden hosts the workshop “Waste Wealth: Composting Methods Create Rich Soil” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. Fee is $5, and registration ends Feb. 20. Call 748-5363.

BOOK TALKAuthors Sharon Reed-Hendricks and Steve Hendricks discuss their book, One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Reality (about their six-year sailing adventure) at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at Kapolei Library. Call 693-7058.

PHONEBOOKS Volunteers accept old phone directories from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21-22 in a recycling drive at Waikele Center and elsewhere on Oahu. For bulk pickup, call 833-2018.Visit htyellow-pages.com.

SURF CLASSIC The 39th annual Buffalo’s Big Board Surfing Classic continues Feb. 21-22 at Makaha Beach. Visit buffalosurfingclassic.com.

MUSIC 102 UH West Oahu professor and composer Jon Magnussen previews the second half of the Chamber Music Hawaii season in “Chamber Music 102” at 4 p.m. Feb. 22. It’s a free “crash course” in the music in UHWO Room C-225, featuring Magnussen’s brand-new quartet. Call 722-0172.

FILMS Ewa Beach Library screens the free films Guardians of the Galaxy at 3 p.m. and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 6 p.m. Feb. 23. Call 689-1204.

TRANSGENDER UH West Oahu hosts several events around distinguished visiting scholar Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu: a screening and discussion of Kumu Hina from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23; a presentation and discussion at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Sociology of Sexuality class; and a panel discussion with Wong-Kalu at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Gender and Sexuality in Literature and Film class. All are free public events. Call 689-2604.

CIVIL RIGHTS Chaminade historian Mitch Yamasaki presents and discusses the film Freedom Summer about America’s civil rights struggle in 1964 at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Kapolei Library. Call 693-7050.

VOYAGERS Teachers can meet with members of the Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crews from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at Island Pacific Academy Room 909 to learn how to engage their students in the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Email education@pvshawaii.org.

NEIGHBORS Pearl City Neighborhood Board meets at 7 p.m. Feb.24 at Waiau District Park, and Waipahu meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at FilCom Center. Call 768-3710.

FENG SHUI Author Clear Englebert discusses “Feng Shui for Hawaii” at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Waipahu Library. Call 675-0358.

WETLAND WORK Hawaii Nature Center leads volunteers from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 on a monthly workday at Pouhala Marsh in Waipahu to restore the habitat for endangered waterbirds. Call 955-0100, ext. 118, or email volunteer@hawaiinaturecenter.org.

UKEKE Malama Learing Center sponsors a workshop on ukeke instruments (bamboo) from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 in Kapolei High School’s Portable 1. Fee is $15, or $40 for families of up to three people. Call 483-0678.

AQUAPONICS Halawa Xeriscape Garden sponsors an “Economical Aquaponics” workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. Fee is $5 for the public, and registration closes Feb. 27. Call 748-5363.

STARGAZING Hawaiian Astronomical Society hosts a free star party Feb. 28 at Geiger Community Park, complete with telescopes. Time and dates vary, depending on the moon. The park is located at 1129 Kahiuka St. in Ewa Beach. Email peter@besenbruch.info.

WHALE COUNTS Volunteers are needed for the annual whale count in West Oahu Feb. 28 and March 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Call 725-5917.

FILM NIGHTS Waipahu Library screens family movies at 5:30 p.m. March 4 and April 1. Call 675-0358.

STUDENT FILMS Four area schools present the free, public Campbell x Kapolei Student Film Festival, “Open Minds 2015,” from 5 to 8 p.m. March 6 at Ewa Makai Middle School. Call 687-9429.

BENEFIT SALE Pearl City Community Church plans a white elephant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at 933 Lehua Ave., offering bargains on food, plants, toys, housewares and more. Call 487-7895.

DRUG-FREE RUN E Ola Pono Ma Kapolei hosts its first 5K Pono Kapolei Fun Run at 8 a.m. March 14, from UH West Oahu to Kapolei High School, to benefit its mission of stopping drugs, alcohol and tobacco use by youths in Kapolei. Register at https://flpregister.com/131.40 45 or call Lolita at 305-8000.

ILOKANO FilCom Center begins a three-month Ilokano language course in March, to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May. It is designed especially for Ilokano-descended students age 18 to 23 and members of the community ($25 fee). Call Donnie Juan at 680-0451.

JOB FAIR The Kapolei Chamber of Commerce sponsors its annual Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at UH West Oahu. Late registration fees apply after Feb. 20. Call 768-5001 or email hireleeward2015@gmail.com.

SOCCER Registration for Leeward AYSO (Makaha to Kapolei) is open now for players age 4 to 19 at eayso.org. Early registration fee is $75 (until May 31), which includes uniform, insurance and photo package. Checks should be payable to AYSO 269; credit cards welcome. Age-group seasons vary throughout the year. For details, visit leewardayso269.com.


CITIZENSHIP Running on Saturdays, Feb. 14-March 7, FilCom Center in Waipahu hosts free immigration outreach from 9 to 10 a.m. and U.S. citizenship classes from 10 a.m. to noon ($25). Call 680-0451.

CHORALE New singers are invited to join the Kapolei Chorale at its rehearsals, held at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday in Kapolei. The group features sopranos, altos, tenors and basses for four-part harmony. It’s currently preparing for the annual Leeward Music Festival April 18 at Kroc Center. Call Judy at 623-4045.

GATHERING Prince Kuhio Community Center hosts The Gathering Place market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 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.