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What’s Up in West Oahu

Send West Oahu items to cchang@midweek.com by Feb. 4 to be considered for the Feb. 11 edition, or call 529-4850.

WORLD MUSIC BabyBeats introduces world music to keiki ages 6 months to 6 years old in a 10-week course, “Mommy and Me” (dads, tutus welcome), running from Feb. 3 to April 9 at an Ewa Beach home studio. Morning classes are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fees range from $54 to $135. Call 719-322-3380.

BLOOD DRIVES Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Pearl City High School, 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 6 at Aiea High library, 7:30 am.-noon Feb. 7 at Pearlridge Center Downtown, 7-11:45 a.m. Feb. 8 at Waikele Center, 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Leeward CC bus stop, and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10 at Pali Momi Medical Center conference center. Call 848-4770.

FILM NIGHTS Waipahu Library screens family movies at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4, March 4 and April 1. The Feb. 4 feature is How to Train Your Dragon 2. Call 675-0358.

LEI ‘ILIMA Lei ‘Ilima Project (Strengthening Hawaii Families) invites fifth- and sixth-grade girls to sign up by Feb. 4 for its free Thursday dinners and activities at Ewa Makai Middle School cafeteria (running Feb. 12-April 2). Call 689-0267 or email lei.ilima.project@gmail.com.

STORIES Waipahu Library offers free, interactive children’s storytime sessions at 10 a.m. Thursdays from Feb. 5 to April 30. Call 675-0358.

RIGHT TO LIFE Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life Committee, is keynote speaker at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Hawaii’s Ronald Reagan Freedom and Liberty Dinner at Pearl Country Club in Aiea. Tickets cost $75. Call 1-202-400-2719. Proceeds benefit the Ewa Beach-based Hawaii Republican Assembly’s political action committee.

FOOD TRUCKS Waianae High Project Grad sponsors a Food Truck Round Up from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 in the school parking lot. Call 457-7845.

BUG WORKSHOP Halawa Xeriscape Garden presents the workshop “Good Bug vs. Bad Bug” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at 99-1268 Iwaena St. in Halawa Valley. Home samples (leafs or insects) chilled in air-tight bags are welcome for sharing. Fee is $5, and RSVP is requested by Feb. 6. Call 748-5312.

CARNIVAL Mauka Lani Elementary School PTO presents its third annual Ohana Funtastic Carnival from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at 92-1300 Panana St. in Makakilo, featuring rides, games, food and prizes. Proceeds support school programs and technology. Scrip costs $1 and wristbands cost $22 (or $18 by Feb. 5). Call 672-1100.

HEART TALKS Pali Momi Medical Center presents a special speaker series this month, “Be Heart Smart,” from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 7 in the first-floor conference center. Register at 535-7733 or visit palimomi.org.

NISHIHARA HOUR State Sen. Clarence Nishihara hosts a coffee hour with constituents at 8 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Walmart McDonald’s in Pearl City. Call 728-1008.

ROMANCE BOOKS Kapolei Library sponsors readings and book giveaways by Aloha Romance Writers of America authors Gail Baugniet, Leslee Ellenson, Shauna Jones, Lynde Lakes and Michael Little at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7. Program title is “Secrets, Memorable Dates, Roses & Thorns.” Call 693-7050.

KAUHALE CARE Hoakalei Cultural Foundation leads its annual Wetlands Stewardship from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at Kauhale Preservation Area at Hoakalei Resort in Ewa Beach. Volunteers should bring their own tools to help prepare the grounds for nesting season. Lunch and drinks will be provided for those who register. RSVP to 689-7772, ext. 247; kupuna@hoakaleifoundation.org, or visit hoakaleifoundation.org.

NEIGHBORS Aiea Neighborhood Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Aiea Library’s programs room, 99-374 Pohai Place; and Ewa meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Ewa Beach Library. Call 768-3710.

NEW YEAR Hawaii’s Plantation Village celebrates the Chinese Year of the Sheep from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, including a lion dance, Filipino dance, keiki hula, prizes, games, food tasting and a blessing. Admission to the park is free. Call 677-0110.

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.

SCHOLAR BRUNCH Leeward CC hosts a Valentine’s Day Scholarship Brunch from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 in its Uluwehi Cafe and Lion Courtyard to support culinary arts scholarships. Tickets cost $17 pre-sale or $22 at the door; $8 at the door for ages 5 to 10. The event offers entertainment and a craft fair. Call 455-0298.

SCHOOL CLOSED Public schools are closed Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents Day. • CANDIDATES Prospective neighborhood board candidates should apply by Feb. 20 in order to run for office. Applications are available at 1.honolulu.gov/nco or by calling the Neighborhood Commission 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.

• CHAMBER 102 UH West Oahu professor and composer Jon Magnussen previews the second half of the Chamber Music Hawaii season at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 with a free “crash course” in the music at UHWO Room C-225, featuring his brand-new quartet. Call 489-5038.

• CHAMBER MUSIC Chamber Music Hawaii presents the Spring Wind Quintet playing works by Daniel Baldwin, Paul Taffanel and David Maslanka at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at UH West Oahu library. Call 489-5038 for tickets or visit chamber-musichawaii.org.

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.

STARGAZING Hawaiian Astronomical Society hosts its free monthly 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.

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.

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.

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 more details, visit leewardayso269.com.


SLACK KEYYameen Fong offers spring 2015 classes in beginner slack-key guitar in four weekly meetings at 9 a.m. Thursdays, and ukulele picking at 10 a.m. Thursdays, both at Ewa Mahiko District Park, 91-1145 Renton Road. Call 685-6035 or visit him at fongsmusic.homestead.com.

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.

ROTARY P.M. Kapolei Sunset Rotary Club meets at 6 p.m. Mondays on Kai ‘Oli ‘Oli catamaran at Ko Olina Marina. Dinner costs $11 and is followed by a brief program. Parking is validated. RSVP to rgriffin@ipa-hawaii.org or call 347-9721.

ROTARY A.M. Kapolei Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays in the faculty lounge at Kapolei High School. Call 722-1489 or email htnedd@gmail.com.

YOGA Free classes in Holistic Energy Yoga meet at 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Waiau District Park. Call 381-4376.

AIEA HULA Hula classes on five skill levels are held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church hall in Aiea, conducted by Halau Hula ‘O Kala Kapeka. The church is located at 99-312 Moanalua Road. For schedule and registration, call 255-4001.

HULA WAIPAHU No Kealoha O Hula halau offers adult beginner classes at 6 p.m. and intermediate classes at 7:10 p.m. Wednesdays in Village Park. Fee is $25 plus a refundable $25 deposit. Call instructor Desiree Numango at 478-0404.

HULA KAPOLEI Na Pua O Kekoolani conducts hula classes at 4 p.m. Thursdays for keiki (ages 4 to 12), and 4:45 p.m. Thursdays for teens and wahine in the Makakilo-Kapolei area. Call 258-3930.

• WAIPAHU ZUMBA Zumba classes with Sexy Crew are back every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at United Visayan Community Hall, 94-833 Awanei St. in Waipahu. Drop in fee is $5. Call 393-8073.

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.

AIKIDO Aikido Yuishinkai Honolulu leads ki and martial arts classes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Halawa District Park, second floor. Classes follow the teachings of Koretoshi Maruyama and Morihei Ueshiba. Students age 12 through adult are welcome. Call James Peters at 256-9944.