WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017 | 5 Dr. Donald Nikaitani IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AS A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IN KAILUAKONA, HAWAII Dr. Nikaitani is Board Certifi ed by the American Board of Internal Medicine specializing in the care of the adult patient. He is profi cient in cardiology, neurology, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, kidney and bladder, lung disease, stomach and intestines, endocrine disorders, and all other medical concerns including cold, fl u, and sore throat symptoms. Accepting most insurances including HMSA, BCBS, UHA, HMAA, HMA, UNITED HEALTH CARE, MDX, MEDICARE, CIGNA, AETNA, and KAISER ADDED CHOICE. Please call 808-329-1346 for an appointment. We treat you like family. Your health is our most important concern. Kona Kohala Health Care Svc. 75-137 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona, HI ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Continued on page 10 ➠ EVERYTHING Writer’s Group meets Tuesday Writer’s Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the North Kohala Public Library in Kapaau. Facilitator Eila Algood, a poet and writer, will moderate the meetings to give participants a chance to practice writing, discuss writing skills, share their work, enjoy useful feedback and share the joys and frustrations of the writing life. Writers of all levels are invited. Bring a pen and paper for writing. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Info: 889-6655. Book club to discuss ‘The Path Between the Seas’ The Friends of the Libraries, Kona Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the Kailua-Kona Public Library lanai to discuss “The Path Between the Seas” by David McCullough. “The Path Between the Seas” is the story of the development of the Panama Canal from the late 19th century under the French until its opening in 1913 under the Americans. The story is a testament to man’s ability to accomplish the near impossible. In July, the club will meet to discuss “Madame Secretary: A Memoir” by Madeline Albright. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ ➠ Continued from page 4 West Hawaii, Hawaii Island HIV/ AIDS Foundation, The Edible World Institute, My Bar Kona, the West Hawaii Community Health Center, 4Good Enterprises, and Paint in Hawaii. The celebration gets underway tonight with an art extravaganza at the Edible World Institute on Kopiko Street in Kailua-Kona. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at 4Good Thrift, 4Good Fashion, and on the PFLAG Kona/Big Island website, www. pflagkonabigisland.org. At the door, the ticket price increases to $35. The Kona Pride Parade will get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday. It will head north on Alii Drive from its intersection with Walua Road, near Royal Kona Resort, past the pier and up to Kuakini Highway, where the parade will continue north to Loloku Street. More than 18 entries had come in as of press time. Participants and spectators are encouraged to wear rainbow pride attire. The weekend wraps up with Pride Night Party at My Bar Kona from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Info: www.pflagkonabigisland.org. 4 Metropolitan Operas for summer This summer, the Metropolitan Opera will encore four acclaimed operas: “The Pearl Fishers,” “Macbeth,” “Nabucco” and “Carmen” in Kailua-Kona. On Wednesday, the series launches with “The Pearl Fishers.” This dramatic story of two men, friends and sworn brothers, obsessed with one unattainable woman is performed with a cast, settings, and a conductor up to the glory and demands of Bizet’s soaring, melodic score. A week later, on June 28, audiences can thrill and chill to Giuseppi Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s story of overwhelming ambition, unlimited greed, dire vengeance, and the supernatural, “Macbeth.” The witches are very much present; their music is very much otherworldly. July 12 brings Verdi’s “Nabucco.” Set in Biblical times, this music has extraordinary grandeur and the Metropolitan performance has received critical accolades. The final opera, “Carmen,” has it all: the reckless gypsy girl, Carmen, draws men like moths to her brilliant, dangerous flame. Some, such as the handsome Toreador, survive.
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