What’s Up in Windward Oahu

December 28

Hakipuu stream help
Hui o Ko’olaupoko volunteers help restore Hakipuu stream from 8 a.m. to noon by removing invasive species, spreading mulch and planting native flora. RSVP to 381-7202.

Church breakfast
Windward Unity Church plans a get-acquainted breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Cinnamon’s in Kailua for members and guests. The public is welcome. Call 262-6731.

Blood drives
Hawaii Blood Bank has donor drives today from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Laie Shopping Center and 7 a.m.-noon at Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center. Call 848-4770.

December 29

Bhakti yoga
The “hobbit house” in Waimanalo hosts a mantra meditation, Eastern philosophical talk and vegetarian feast starting at 4 p.m. at 41-1010 Laumilo St. Call Narahari at 259-5900.

Haiku valley cleanup
Koolau Foundation has a clean-up service day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., meeting at the mauka end of Haiku Road by Kamehameha Preschool. RSVP by Dec. 28 to 221-5662.

Smart phone training
Verizon Wireless offers free hands-on training workshops at 9 a.m. at its Windward Mall store. Go to vzw-workshops.com.

December 30

Transition help
Kathy Lerps begins a five-week course on Robert Brument’s “Finding Yourself in Transition” at 6:30 p.m. at Windward Unity Church, 46-005 Kawa St. #303. Call 262-6731.

Blood drive
Hawaii Blood Bank has a donor drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Castle Medical Center. Call 848-4770.

December 31

Kaneohe music
Mo-Joe’s Sports Bar & Grill rings in the new year with G-Man & the Delicate Sounds of Thunder from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 45-1034 Kamehameha Hwy. Call 234-6656.

Blood drive
Hawaii Blood Bank has a donor drive from 7 to 10:45 a.m. at Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center. Call 848-4770.

Mandela book
Valley of the Temples provides a memorial book for the public to sign now through Dec. 31 for the family and constituents of the late South Africa president Nelson Mandela. Call 239-8811.

Book sale
Friends of Kaneohe Library offers half-off prices for all holiday and Christmas books, CDs and DVDs throughout December. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Call 247-4819.


Jurassic hike
Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club will lead an 8-mile intermediate hike through Hakipuu and Kaaawa valleys at 8 a.m. Jan. 4. Visit htm-club.org.

Kawainui help
State wildlife biologist James Cogswell will lead a work day at Kawainui Restoration Ponds from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 4. Bring gloves and be prepared for mud and sunshine. The ponds are behind Castle hospital at the bottom of Ulukahiki Street. Call Cogswell at 266-0911.

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

Schools reopen
Public schools will reopen to students Jan. 7, following a teachers workday Jan. 6.

Readers theater
Hui o Pohai Nani will present Ladies at the Alamo, a Readers Theater production, Jan. 7, 9 and 12 starring local theater veterans Jo Pruden, Cecilia Fordham, Shari Lynn, Kathe James and Sylvia Hormann Alper. Call 254-4885.

Support groups
Marriage and family therapist Susan Ray will start support groups for newly single men and women at 5 p.m. Jan. 8, and at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 for women’s wellness and mental health, both at her Kailua office, #A-212 in Pali Palms Plaza. RSVP to 277-6791.

Bishop’s breakfast
St. John Vianney School will host Breakfast with the Bishop at 8, 10 and noon Jan. 19 in the parish hall, featuring good food, homegrown entertainment and the Most Rev. Larry Silva. Tickets cost $20 and $12 from the school office. Call 261-4651.


Waimanalo seniors
Waimanalo Senior Citizens Club meets at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the district park gym. Call 259-7436.

Seniors in Kailua
The Kailua Seniors Club and Pali Seniors Club both meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at Kailua District Park. Call 266-7652.

Koolau seniors
Koolau Seniors Club meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Kaneohe Community and Senior Center on Puohala Street. Call 233-7317.

Mary Jane home
The Kailua-based Mary Jane Home, operated by Catholic Charities for pregnant women 18 and older, offers counseling and daily classes in infant care, childbirth and life skills. Call 261-9776.

Children’s councils
The Koolauloa Community Children’s Council meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Hauula Elementary School; and the Windward council meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday in the Windward Health Office conference room. All parents of keiki with special needs welcome. Call 586-5363.

Kahaluu fitness
Jungle Gym Fitness Hawaii (“the only gym from Kahaluu to Kahuku”) offers various evening classes and fitness training for all ages Mondays-Thursdays at 47-664 Kamehameha Hwy., across from Sunshine Art Gallery. Call 232-4119.

Kailua market
The Kailua Town Farmers Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sundays at Kailua Elementary School. Call 388-9696.

Mall markets, plant help
‘Nalo Farms sponsors farmers markets from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Macy’s wing, both levels. The Plant Doctor also is on duty from 2 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday, offering advice and selling UH seed packets ($1 each). To inquire about spaces, call Wendy at 225-9835.

Mahiku markets
Sonny Doung’s Mahiku Markets are open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ben Parker Elementary School and 4 to 8 p.m. at Kailua Elementary with food, crafts and art. Call 225-4002.

Heeia market
Windward Open Market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Heeia State Park pavilion with local produce, flowers, plants, arts and crafts. A portion of proceeds benefit Kama’aina Kids’ Heeia Learning Center at the park. Vendor fee is $10 per booth. Call Woody Barboza at 262-1111.

City open markets
The People’s Open Market sells produce on Thursdays in Windward Oahu – from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. at Waimanalo Beach Park; 9-10 a.m. at Kailua District Park; and 10:45-11:45 a.m. at Kaneohe District Park. Call 522-7088.

Night market, plant help
The Kailua Thursday Night Farmers Market is open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday in the Kailua Town Center parking lot with Hawaii-grown produce, food products and dinner plates from area restaurants. The Plant Doctor also is on duty on the third Thursday at the market. Call Hawaii Farm Bureau at 848-2074.

Parenting help
P.A.R.E.N T.S. offers a continuous, nine-week Confident Parenting course, meeting at 9 a.m. Saturdays in Kaneohe. The name stands for Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy Support. For details on the certification program, call 235-0487.

Family fishing
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden hosts free fishing days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for catch-and-release family fun. Call 233-7323.

Scuba lessons
Aaron’s Dive Shop has scuba lessons available for all skill levels and specialty certification at 307 Hahani St. Call 262-2333.

Swim club
Aulea Swim Club welcomes new members age 7 to 18 with tryouts available at the Kailua District Park pool. Practice is held every weekday. Call 263-7946.

Brazilian dance
Arthur Murray Movement Studio at 776 Kailua Road has classes in Capoeira for all ages with Mestre Kinha, leader of Capoeira Besouro Hawaii. Classes meet at 5 p.m. Wednesdays for children, 6 p.m. for adults; and noon Saturdays for kids, 1 p.m. for adults. Call 247-7890.

Ukulele making
Howard Cropsey shows how to make a mahogany ukulele in two sessions for $85, which includes materials. The course is for ages 10 and older and is held in Gallery Haiku at Windward Mall. Classes meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, or week-days by arrangement. Call 247-1715.

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