What’s Up in Windward Oahu

January 1

Woes parade
Lanikai stages its annual Woes Parade and Recovery Party at 9 a.m. around the neighborhood loop, followed by breakfast, entertainment and an art auction at the park. A foot race for all ages, no signups needed, begins at 8 a.m. Call 262-5212.

January 2

Blood drive
Hawaii Blood Bank has a donor drive from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Kailua Town Center. Call 848-4770.

January 4

Kawainui help
State wildlife biologist James Cogswell leads volunteers in a work day at Kawainui Restoration Ponds from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring gloves and be prepared for mud and sunshine. The ponds are behind Castle hospital at the bottom of Ulukahiki Street. Call 266-0911.

Cup of Downton
A Cup of Tea screens a video of Highclere Castle in its Kailua tea room with seatings at 1 and 6 p.m. The program prepares fans for the new Downton Abbey series that starts Sunday on PBS Hawaii. For reservations, call 230-8832.

Vendor deadline
Deadline is today to reserve a free space at World Wet-lands Day, set for 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Kailua United Methodist Church. Call 224-4496 or email info@waa-hawaii.org.

Jurassic hike
Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club leads an 8-mile intermediate hike through Hakipuu and Kaaawa valleys at 8 a.m. Visit htmclub.org.

January 5

Photo workshop
Kailua Shambhala Center hosts a Contemplative Photography workshop from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in Aikahi Park Shopping Center, and space is limited to 20 students. Instructors Charles Blackhall and Dr. Kerry Crofton cover mindfulness meditation and the Zen art of seeing. A small digital camera is recommended, and fee is $50 or $40. Call 342-6298.

January 7

Readers theater
Hui o Pohai Nani will present Ladies at the Alamo, a Readers Theater production, at 7 tonight and Jan. 9, and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. The show stars local theater veterans Jo Pruden, Cecilia Fordham, Shari Lynn, Kathe James and Sylvia Hormann Alper. Donations welcome. Call 254-4885.

Schools reopen
Public schools reopen today to students, following a teacher workday on Monday.


Park signups
City parks will accept walk-in registration for their spring programs Jan. 8, 9 and 10 at various Windward park sites.

Board meetings
Kahaluu Neighborhood Board will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at KEY Project on Waihee Road; the Koolauloa board will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at Hauula Community Center on Kukuna Road. Call 768-3710.

Hokulani Imaginarium will present “Stargazing” at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and “Tales of the Maya Skies” at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at WCC. Admission is $7-$5. Call 235-7433.

Singles support
Marriage and family therapist Susan Ray will begin a support group at 5 p.m. Jan. 8 for newly single men and women at her Kailua office, #A-212 in Pali Palms Plaza. The group will meet each second Wednesday of the month. RSVP to 277-6791.

Blood drives
Hawaii Blood Bank will have donor drives from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Kalaheo High library, 7-11:45 a.m. Jan. 11 at Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center, and 7:15-11:45 a.m. Jan. 12 at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay. Call 848-4770.

Tea and bingo
A Cup of Tea will host Bingo Night at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at 407 Uluniu St. #101. For reservations, call 230-8832.

Kuilima makahiki
Makahiki Kuilima, set for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 11 at Turtle Bay Resort, will be a free showcase of traditional Hawaiian games, culture and entertainment, benefiting Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau Hawaiian Charter School. Email makahiki.kuilima@gmail.com.

Women’s support
Marriage and family therapist Susan Ray will begin a support group at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 for women promoting mental wellness and health issues at her Kailua office, #A-212 in Pali Palms Plaza. The group will meet each third Wednesday of the month. RSVP to 277-6791.

Parenting workshop
Kailua Intermediate School will host a parent workshop at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the school library, offering free tips on raising children through the teen years. This time it’s P.J. Foehr on “How to be a Team Player in your Child’s Education – The Role of Communication.” Call 263-1500.

Bishop’s breakfast
St. John Vianney School will host its Breakfast with the Bishop at 8, 10 and noon Jan. 19 in the parish hall. Tickets cost $20 and $12 at the office. Call 261-4651.

Cooking courses
KEY Project’s Kipuka Cafe will offer adult courses in kitchen skills and baking, limited to 10 students each, starting Feb. 3. Fee is $25 for one, $35 for both. Call Kala’i at 380-7431.


Kaneohe book sale
The Friends of the Kaneohe Library offers half price on all books, DVDs, CDs, comics, maps, etc. throughout January in the library basement. Hours are 1-4 Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, and 1-3 p.m. Friday. Call 247-4819.

Mommy & Me hui
Castle Medical Center presents a free class for new mothers at 11 a.m. each Friday in the Wellness Center auditorium. The class is open to all mothers and their infants up to 12 months old, covering a variety of topics with professional educators, plus a fun physical activity each week. Call 262-5400.

Food and bargains
Windward United Church of Christ distributes free, nonperishable food to needy families from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Wednesday; it also opens its thrift shop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 38 Kaneohe Bay Drive. Call 254-3802.

Kahuku music
Turtle Bay Resort’s Hang Ten lounge offers live local music from 6 p.m. each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 689-1800.

Self help
United Self Help provides a free Kailua support group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive, providing a safe environment to share personal concerns. Call 947-5558.

Park yoga
Carolyn Sawai leads yoga for stress relief at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Kaneohe District Park. Fee is $2 per class. Call 381-6380.

Give it fresh
Windward Unity Church seeks volunteers to help with Give It Fresh Day from 2 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday at the Windward Mall Farmers Market, and after 4:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Kailua Night Market. Call 262-6731 or email unity@wind-wardunity.com.

Vegetarian cooking
Down To Earth has free vegetarian cooking classes at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday at its Kailua store. Call 947-3249.

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