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Pua Plantasia busts out plant advice (Oct. 31)


Kona Outdoor Circle will hold its 32nd annual Pua Plantasia Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Old Kona Airport’s Makaeo Events Pavilion.  The event begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

Pua Plantasia will offer plants for sale that have been donated to KOC, as well as those grown and brought to the event by 25 growers.  There will be a Fine Collectibles Booth, featuring everything from a pecan king size bedroom set to a sterling silver wine server to ceramic serving pieces to dishes to jewelry to Hawaiiana.

There are obis and an Asian wedding gown, original artwork and prints from local artists, and gift certificates.

Master Gardeners will offer plant advice, and a coqui eradication expert will be available.

Recycle Hawaii will be on hand with recycling bins and information on recycling here in the county.

KOC’s Jam and Jelly Team will offer homemade jams, jellies, and chutney.  KOC’s incomparable and nationally recognized community cookbook, Kona On My Plate, will also be for sale.

Students from West Hawaii Explorations Academy will be on hand to provide porter service and help carry plants to cars.

Kona Outdoor Circle’s Education Advisor, Diana Duff, has a full lineup of free classes, all with a focus on sustainability.

At 9 a.m., Duff will offer Sustainable Gardening.  Joan Lamont and Jeri Baumgardner will talk about Composting with Worms at 10 a.m., explaining how worms can be part of a  composting process whether in a small box on a condo lanai or in a garden.

At 11 a.m., Peter Van Dyke of Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garen will talk about Food Plants of Old Hawaii.

Brian Lievens talks at noon, with Planting to Sustain the Gardener with Fragrance and Beauty.

Rotary of Kona Sunrise will sell food from Tante’s Restaurant.  The menu includes breakfast croissants with eggs, cheese, and ham if desired; fruit smoothies and fruit yogurt cup with granola; vegetarian or meat chili with rice; chicken salad with papaya; 100% Kona Coffee; iced tea; banana bread; and Halloween Dirt Pudding.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day, including slack key master John Keawe of Hawi, bringing his sweet stylings to the stage at 10 a.m.  Aloha in Motion Trio (Konabob Stoffer, Bobby Konanui, and Sean Hudman) are on stage at 11 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m., Kona Outdoor Circle Beautification Chair Joan Lamont will present Beautification Awards.

At 1 p.m., Aloha Performing Arts will present highlights of their current production, the musical comedy Nunsense, and teens from the performing group SONG (Stars of the New Generation) will bring their singing and dancing talent to the stage.

There is no admission charge to Pua Plantasia, and there’s plenty of free parking for this community event.

Kona Outdoor Circle is a branch of the statewide organization, The Outdoor Circle.  KOC has been active in Kona since 1948, helping keep Kona clean, green, and beautiful. Its current project is A Green Lei for Kealakehe, planting trees around the Old Kona Dump.

Bringing Pua Plantasia to Kona’s Old Airport this year takes the organization back to the site of one of their earliest beautification projects, which was planting bougainvilleas on the way to the airport–which is now Old Airport Park.

For more, call Kona Outdoor Circle at 329-7286 or go online,

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