KOHALA MOUNTAIN FARM PUMPKIN PATCH is open on the weekends of October 16-17, 23-24, and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Select from one and a half acres of pumpkins. Prices vary. It’s 75 cents per pound. Location: Hwy 250/Kohala Mountain Road between Kahua Ranch and Paniolo Adventures, halfway between Waimea and Hawi. For more information, call 345-6323.
The HAAS Theater Arts Program’s 3rd Annual Spooktacular “House of Horrors” is open on Thurs., Fri., & Sat. Oct. 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for a $6 donation. Help support the Hawaii Food Bank and bring a canned food item for a $1 discount. Please note: No one under the age of 9 is permitted in the “House of Horror’s” and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Come to the scariest HAUNT on the island.
If you don’t want a scary treat and prefer to keep your dreams sweet, then support the 8th grade class and HAAS Yearbook. Come visit the “Keiki Fun House.” With the theme, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” this is a fun and safe alternative for all ages. Bring your family and friends to the 3rd Annual Spooktacular for a night of fun, food, entertainment and much more. For more information contact HAAS artistic director Maiva Blaisdell at (808) 756-3004. Happy Halloween.
Resort is host to festival, Naope tribute
Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort celebrates its island roots this month with free programs open to the public.
The Healing Arts Festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Royal Luau Gardens.
Held in conjunction with the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association, the festival will showcase the traditional practice of lomilomi, laau lapaau, hooponopono and more. Informational booths, Hawaiian arts and crafts, island entertainment, as well as a seminar are part of the day’s activities.
For more information, contact the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association at 324-7202 or visit lomilomi.org.
Also on tap this month is the “He Halia la Lanakilakeikiahialii — A Tribute to Uncle George Naope” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Royal Luau Grounds.
A renowned kumu hula who traveled the world performing and teaching the art of hula, the late Naope was co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and served as one of its original judges. His students and their halau come together to celebrate Naope’s life and legacy at the event.
For more information, call 324-2540 or 324-2537.
The 19th annual Pumpkin Patch Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 on HPA’s Upper Campus. This year’s event features a patch with more than 500 pumpkins, games, prizes, food booths, a silent auction and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.hpapumpkinpatch.com/
Halloween Pumpkin Craft 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27
Kealakekua Public Library
Program is for keiki ages 5-10, accompanied by a parent. Cost: Free. Contact: 323-7585.
Fright Shop at Earl’s Garage – 10/30
Enter the Mansion of Madness, a mechanically haunted house, only if you dare! Earl’s Garage (at Tutu’s House in Waimea) presents its Fright Shop on October 30, 2010 from 6:30-9pm. It’s open to the public and only $2 to get in.
Keauhou center is site for Halloween event
NativeFM and KAPA Hawaiian FM, in partnership with All Things Creative, Keauhou Shopping Center and Afakasi Unlimited present “The Return of Thriller,” set for Oct. 30 at Keauhou Shopping Center. Starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m., the community celebration will feature three entertainment stages and costumes contests for both children and adults, with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes.
Admission is free. “Thriller” will offer a keiki corner, as well as dozens of local vendors, food booths and center merchants.
This family-atmosphere event will be alcohol-, drug- and smoke-free. No outside coolers or pets will be granted access.
County promotes Halloween safety with gift bags, activities
More than 28,000 Hawaii Island school children from kindergarten to eighth grade will each receive a reflective Halloween trick-or-treat bag, stickers and bookmarks from the County’s Traffic Division as part of its Be Aware, Drive with Care, Halloween safety program.
The reflective bags are imprinted with safety messages from talking ghosts to a smiling orange pumpkin as a reminder to watch for cars, stay in well-lit areas and not to go out alone.
Halloween bags are available at the Mayor’s office in Kona, prosecutor’s office, shopping centers and police stations in Hilo and Kona, and at the Halloween programs sponsored by Parks and Recreation on Oct. 30-31.
Bookmarks and colorful safety stickers on safe crossing, biking and seat belts are part of the Keep our Community Safe program and were designed by Hawaii Island artist Sunny Pauole.
In conjunction with Halloween safety, 1,097 teachers will each receive the “Rules of the Road” brochure offering safety tips for pedestrians and motorists. The free brochure is available from the County of Hawaii Public Works offices in Hilo and Kona.
The Halloween bags will be distributed at the following events and locations sponsored by the Recreation Division office:
- Hilo District: (Royden Chow, Hilo District Supervisor 961-8739, cell 938-2014)
- Saturday, Oct. 30, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Halloween Program at the Prince Kuhio Plaza sponsored in partnership with the Prince Kuhio Plaza, P&R Recreation Division, Hilo High & Waiakea High School Key Clubs, Hilo Intermediate & Waiakea Intermediate School Builders Club. Includes costume contest, crafts, games, picture taking and more.
- Sunday, Oct. 31, (Time TBA) Kawananakoa Gym Halloween Trick or Treat Program (Contact Lindsey Iyo or Frank Feary, 961-8732)
- Kona District: (Victor McDaniel, West Hawaii District Supervisor 327-3566, cell 333-1106)
- Saturday, Oct. 30, 5-8:30 p.m. “Candyland” Halloween Program at the Kailua Park Field D sponsored by Target, Solid Rock Ministries and P&R Recreation Division. (Contact: Victor McDaniel 327-3566)
- Puna/Kau District: (Glenn Kokubun, Puna/Kau District Supervisor 965-2710, cell 938-2015)
- Sunday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Kahuku Park “Trunk-O-Treat” Halloween Program (Contact: Wesley Sermons 929-9113)
- Sunday Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Pahoa Community Center “Trunk-O-Treat” Halloween Program (Contact Glenn Kokubun 965-2710)
- Cooper Center “Trunk-O-Treat” Halloween Program: (Date and time TBA: Contact Merle Gornick 968-2000)
Halloween bags can be picked up at the following Parks and Recreation sites during working hours while supplies last:
- Naalehu Community Center – Richard Karasuda 939-2510
- Pahala Community Center – Nona Makuakane 928-3102
- Shipman Gym – Jaime Guerpo 966-5803
- Hawaiian Beaches Park – Alana Hindle 965-2703
- Papaikou Gym – Mark Osorio 964-3304
- Honomu Gym – Rodney Cambra 963-5302
- Kulaimano Community Center – Randy Nevins 964-3305
- Paauilo Gym – Jayme Carvalho 776-7601
- Honokaa Gym – Anna Muranaka 775-7505
The Hawai’i Police Department encourages the public to have a fun and safe Halloween.
Please be aware that, unlike last year, there will be no road closures on Ali’i Drive this Halloween. Ali’i Drive will be open to traffic on Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31. Drivers are urged to be aware of pedestrians and drive safely.
Police offer these tips for pedestrian safety at Halloween:
- Make sure children are supervised as they cross the street.
- Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
- Drive below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours.
- Watch for children on roadways and on medians.
- Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.