West Oahu Food Drives Saturday
Hawaii Foodbank’s 25th annual food drive is under way, and two West Oahu shopping centers are expecting your donations during the final push from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Both Pearl City Shopping Center and Kapolei Commons will have volunteers manning the collection, which is conducted to meet the critical needs of Hawaii’s hungry — and they need all the food donors can muster.
Last month, for example, the food bank distributed nearly 1 million pounds of food across the state. At last report, its warehouse had on hand only eight days’ worth of canned and other nonperishable food.
The nonprofit Hawaii Foodbank collects, stores and distributes to 250 member agencies and food banks on Hawaii island, Maui and Kauai.
For more information, call 836-3600. Halawa Xeriscape Garden presents its seventh annual Decorate an Egg workshop and Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. April 19 at 991268 Iwaena St. Fee is $5; bring four to six boiled or blown eggs, a collection basket and brown- bag lunch. Register at 7485363 by April 18.
• ONION FEST Aloun Farms in Kapolei hosts its Sweet Onion Festival from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19-20 and 26-27, celebrating agriculture and Easter season with activities, hayrides, live entertainment, crafts, produce sales, rides and a food drive. Admission is $3. Call 677-9516.
• KAPOLEI DANCE The Kapolei chapter of Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association registers students at 7 p.m. April 20 at Makakilo Community Park for Monday night classes in East Coast swing and rumba. Classes began at 7 p.m. April 7 for eight sessions with a nominal fee. Call 781-2076.
• WEST HIKE Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club leads a 10.2-mile advanced hike to Waiau ridge at 8 a.m. April 20. Visit htmclub.org.
• BUG TALK UH Manoa entomologist Ryan Caesar discusses “The Insect World” at 6 p.m. April 21 at Ewa Beach Library, featuring live insects and preserved specimens from the university’s Insect Museum. Call 689- 1204.
• STORYTIME Kapolei Library launches a special Family Story Time series at 10 a.m. April 24 in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. All keiki receive goody bags and information for their parents, as well as 30 minutes of ageappropriate stories. Call 693-7050.
• AYSO SIGNUPS Leeward AYSO 269 conducts onsite registration from 5 to 7 p. m. April 26 at Kapolei Middle School, 3 to 5 p. m. May 10 at Nanakuli High cafeteria, and online (since March 1) at eayso.org. Fall season starts in August.
• OLD DRUGS
National Take-Back Initiative accepts unused or expired medications for safe, anonymous disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Pearl City Police Station and Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange. The event is sponsored by the Diversion Control Division of the U. S Department of Justice. Call 541-1930.
• BASKETBALL Hui O Momilani sponsors children’s basketball clinics from 8:30 am. to 3:30 p.m. April 26 at Pearl City High School gym. Fee is $50 (ages 6 to 16). Call 864-9113 before April 19.
• WAIPIO SWAPS Waipio Shopping Center hosts its Spring Swap Meet and Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p. m. April 26. Visit shopwaipio.com or call 523-9744.
• MARSH HELP Hawaii Nature Center volunteers help to clean up and restore Pouhala Marsh from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 26. Call 955-0100, ext. 118.
• FILIPINA STORIES FilCom Center presents stories from plantationera Filipinas ( by their descendants) from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 26 as part of FilCom Sunday at 94428 Mokuola St. Moderator is author and historian Patricia Brown. Call 6800451.
• NATURE PHOTOS Malama Learning Center’s Nature Photography class is a “Without Walls” workshop from 7 a.m. to noon April 26 along Palikea Trail in Makakilo. Hikers should register and arrive with camera and good hiking equipment. Fee is $15 or $40 for families of up to three people. Call 2204166.
• RECYCLING Waikele Elementary School conducts a community recycling drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at 94-1035 Kukula St. Call 291-6151.
• MAY VENDORS Kapolei High School seeks vendors and crafters for its May Day Celebration & Community Fair, set for 3 to 8 p.m. May 2. Call Lolita at 692-8200, ext. 2246.
• FREE COMICS Kapolei and Waipahu libraries have free comic books May 3, while supplies last (one per library card carrier), in observance of the 13th annual Free Comic Book Day, courtesy of Gecko Books & Comics, the libraries’ Friends and Collector Maniacs. Call 693- 7050 ( Kapolei) or 675-0358 (Waipahu).
• CAR SEATS Kaiser Permanente offers free checkups of child car seats from 3:30 to 6 p.m. May 16 at Alphabetland Preschool in Pearl City, 1716 Komo Mai Drive. Call 432-2260.
• SELF DEFENSE Austin Streadbeck leads a self-defense class from 6 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday and Thursday at Makakilo Community Center, based on teachings of Henry Okazaki’s Kodenkan/Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. Call 383-1480.
• WELLNESS Shizendo Ki method founder Hideo Kimura teaches therapy exercises and how to use Ki to monitor pain and emotional release for beginners at 6 p.m. each Monday and Friday. He also leads adult beginner aikido at 7:30 p.m. the same nights at Soto Mission of Aiea, 99-045 Kauhale St. Free trials are allowed. Classes start this month. Call 6711422.
• CRESTVIEW CLUB Crestview Seniors Club meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon each Friday at Crestview Community Park for planned fun activities and outings. All residents age 55 and older are welcome. Call Guy at 6714838.
• ALZHEIMER HELP An Alzheimer’s support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Aiea. Call 591-2771.
• FLEA MARKET Hawaii Self Storage conducts a flea market/swap meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p. m. every Friday and Saturday at 2009 Lauwiliwili St. in Kapolei with new items daily and plenty of vendors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.