Holiday Concerts

As one of the singers (second alto) in this wonderful choral group, I invite each of you to come to one or both of our December 2023 concerts if you happen to be in the Kona area that month.

The first one will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church in downtown Kailua-Kona HI at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 1. The Kona Brass Quintet will be our special guests, as well as a sing-along of Christmas music with our audience. This concert is free, but donations are always appreciated.

The second concert is on Sunday, December 17, 4:00-5:30 pm at the Outrigger Keauhou Bay Resort Convention Center, also in Kailua-Kona HI, and it will be accompanied by a full orchestra.

Tickets may be purchased by going to or you can purchase at the door.

Mele Kalikimaka! (An Christmas early greeting!)

Kele’s Garden Revisited

Our Big Island Self-Sufficiency group (BISS) here on the Big Island meets quarterly for a potluck and to share or exchange seeds, plants and cuttings. Other people there took lots of pictures, but you can see pictures I took at last year’s gathering here.

Kele’s garden is still full of banana trees and various tropical plants that would fill any gardener’s heart with envy! Needless to say, the food was excellent! I came away with several small plants and a bag of various seeds. Some of the items were new to me, like these.

Sonia is another garden and food blogger. She makes sure everything is in its right place! “Hot dishes go here, cold dishes go here, and desserts are over there – and I’m so happy you could join us!” Be sure to check out her blog from yesterday to find out a bit of the history behind BISS, and see more pictures from our gatherings.

This year, several of our members brought musical instruments to jam. I was able to get a couple video clips of them playing. Ignore the background chatter of all the people (65 people showed up!) in this YouTube, and you might hear the music that reminded me of my old “hippie” days in California. My little camera may not produce the finest fidelity, but the music was good toe-tappin’ stuff!

Peter played Mandolin, Altar played guitar (sometimes they switched), Phil played banjo and harmonica, Melanie played violin. Peter and Altar are from the Akaka Pit Stop where you can buy fresh fruits and veggies from their farm when you are on the Hilo side of the Big Island. Be sure to check out their website and tell them I sent you!

A hui hou!

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