Rohatsu Sesshin
Daifukuji Soto Zen Buddhist Temple, 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy., 6 a.m., free. This period of meditation honors the Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment. Join intensive sesshin meditation sessions. One is welcome to come to any number of sessions. Zafu (cushions) and chairs will be provided. No food, drinks, electronics, shorts or tank tops. (322-3524, info@daifukuji.org)

Zappa 6: Holiday in Berlin
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Performing Arts Center, 200 W. Kawili St., 7:30 p.m., contact for cost. Featuring 20-plus student performers under the musical direction of Trever Veilleux, the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra will bring to life a selection of music from the late American composer’s Frank Zappa’s catalog. Featuring a varied assortment of Zappa’s eclectic and sometimes outrageous material, the orchestra promises another exciting installment of their annual tradition. Event T-shirts are available from UH Hilo art students on the lanai. (hilojazz.com)


Polynesian Hula Show
The Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, Suite 100, 5:30 a.m., free. Join a Polynesian cultural lesson, games, activities and show performed by Te Ea O Te Turama. (885-9501)

Open Mic Night
Big Island Brewhaus, 64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy., 6 p.m., free. Join us at the Brewhaus Thursday evenings to share your talent and enjoy a night of live music. Musicians under 21 require signed approval at least one week in advance of performance. (887-1717)


First Friday in Honokaa
Honokaa Village, 45-3525 HI-240, 5 p.m., free. Come enjoy local dining, shopping, music and more, featuring local vendors, food trucks, musicians, performers, henna, fundraising and informational booths. (775-9777, big-islandgrown@hotmail.com)

Soul Town & DD and The High Rollers at Lava Shack Christmas Party
Lava Shack, 15-2929 Pahoa Village Road, 7 p.m., contact for cost. Put on your dancing shoes and join in. (965-6644)


Insights from India Yoga Intensive
Iyengar Yoga Hawaii, 190 Kamehameha Ave. Suite 1A, 8 a.m., contact for cost. Long-time Iyengar Yoga practitioner and teacher Steve Salkin-Krucker will share fresh yet timeless wisdom in this intensive suitable for all levels of students, from the beginner to the very experienced. Students will be guided through the practice of yoga asanas as a form meditation in action. (iyengaryogahi.com)

Keaau Christmas Parade
Keaau-Pahoa Road, between Keaau High School and Keaau Shopping Center, 5:45 p.m., free. Celebrate “Critter Christmas” with grand marshall Adam Pereira, Keaau Shelter Manager of Hawaii Island Humane Society. Choral groups will perform along the parade route around 5:30pm. Come early for the best view. No entry fee for groups wishing to participate. Cash prize awards. (monmac@hawaii.rr.com)


Ugly Sweater Competition
Makalei Golf Club, 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road, 11 a.m., $45-55. Join in for nine holes of golf, a cornhole tournament and the infamous Ugly Sweater Competition. Prizes awarded for all categories. (kdockrell@makalei.com, 325-6625)

The Nutcracker Ballet
Sun Hilo Palace Theater, 38 Haili St., 2 p.m., $10-$12. Island Dance Academy presents tap-dancing soldiers, sword-fighting combatants and whirling, twirling ballerinas in this fundraising performance for Hilo’s historic Palace Theater. As an added bonus, Christmas carols will be played on the palace organ 15 minutes before the shows start. (934-7010)


Fit & Firm Exercise Conditioning Classes for Women
Big Island Eagles Aerie, 3642 16-111 Opukahaia St., 9 a.m., $22.50/three classes. Exercises include weightlifting, core strengthening, body weight, piyo, yoga, band resistance training, mindful muscle work, proper stance and body mechanics. Classes focus on whole body, functional, everyday living fitness for the woman who wants more from her life, have fun and learn about her body. Pre-registration required. (315-9130)


Ben Franklin, 333 Kilauea Ave., 4:30-7:30 p.m., $17. This class covers a wide variety of subjects and is for students age 10 and older. Those ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. A supply list will be given on each participant’s first class. (935-0005)

Kahuku Orientation Talk
Highway 11 in Kau near mile marker 70.5, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays, free. Share in the wonders of this 116,000-acre unit of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Join rangers and naturalists for 20- to 30-minute talks that will include a general overview of the park and volcanic activity update. Topics and subject matter will vary, depending on interests, and will highlight the natural, cultural and historic attributes of Kahuku. (nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes)

Pottery Classes
Kilauea Studios, Thursdays, 10 a.m., contact for cost. Pottery classes are available for all skill levels. Wheel, hand-building, high-fire gas kilns. Lots of fun, spacious studio and beautiful setting. (799-9657, kilaueastudios@gmail.com)

West African Dance
YWCA, 145 Ululani St., Fridays, 6:45 p.m., $15. Have fun and sweat while learning West African dance, taught by Michal Anna Carrillo of Lavaroots Dance Company in Hawi. All levels and drop-ins welcome. (987-4243, lavaroots@gmail.com)

Bread Baking at the Portuguese Stone Oven
Kona Historical Society, 81-6551 Mamalahoa Hwy., Thursdays, 10 a.m., free. Kona Historical Society’s Portuguese Stone Oven is a reproduction of a typical oven used by the Portuguese immigrants who came to Kona in the 1880s. Join the process of panning the dough and baking 96 loaves. Bring your lunch and make a day of it with an oven-side picnic in the pasture. (323-3222, konahistorical.org)

Farmers Market at Hamakua Harvest
Intersection of Mamane Street and Highway 19, Sundays, 9 a.m., free. Guests can find local farmers, fresh produce, artisanal products and ono food, as well as weekly entertainment, work- shops, informational booths and youth-focused activities. SNAP/ EBT purchases welcome. (896- 2151, info@hamakuaharvest.org)

Hilo Bridge Club
Eagles Club, 16-111 Opukahaia St., 12:30 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, $5. Social bridge players are welcome to join in for duplicate bridge. (854-6147)

Hilo Farmers Market
Corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street, 7 a.m., free. Local produce, fresh fish, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods and bento lunches. Local arts and crafts. (933-1000)

Hilo Sunrise Chapter – BNI Networking Meeting
Hilo Woman’s Club, 7 Lele St., Tuesdays, 7 a.m., contact for cost. This meeting is for local business professionals who value word-of-mouth marketing and are seeking to network, refer business to each other and build a better business community. (430-1787)

Kona Bridge Club Open Games
Kona Bridge Club, 74-4966 Kealakaa St., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m., free. All bridge players are welcome to play. (konabridge.org)

Kona Civil Air Patrol Squadron Meetings
Keahole Kona Airport, U’u St., Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., free. The Kona CAP Squadron holds meetings for cadets ages 12-18, as well as adult senior members. (capkona@gmail.com, 329-5312)

Library Benefit Bookstore
Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave., Tuesdays, 11 a.m., free. All proceeds will benefit Hilo Public Library. Hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. (966-4386, dalerhuber@gmail.com)

Pure Kona Green Market
Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, 82-6160 Mamalahoa Hwy, Fridays and Sundays, 9 a.m., free. Shop an all-local farmers and artists market featuring fresh, locally grown produce and a variety of local fruits, plants and keiki plants to transplant, herbs, Kona coffee, freshly prepared foods, breads, cakes and other goodies, goat cheeses, fresh-caught fish and locally grown herbs. Plus, locally crafted items, jewelry, gourds and paintings are available. There is also live music. (987-1444, facebook.com/SouthKonaGreenMarket)

Puuhonua o Puna Hub Talk Story
Corner lot across Pahoa High School, first and third Mondays, 6 p.m., free. Look for canopy tents. Bring a dish to share. Paper goods, juice and water are provided. (facebook.com/puuhonuaopuna)

Quilting and Knitting in Honokaa
North Hawaii Education and Research Center, 45-539 Plumeria St., Wednesdays, 9 a.m., contact for cost. People of any skill level, including beginners, are welcome to attend. (962-0515, greenfeljoo1@hawaii.rr.com)

West Hawaii Astronomy Club
W. M. Keck Observatory headquarters and Canada-France-Hawaii headquarters, second Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., free. Meetings alternate between the Keck Hualalai Conference Room and the conference room at CFHT. Contact first to confirm location. (www2.keck.hawaii.edu/whac/home.html)

Zumba Gold Toning
YMCA, 300 W. Lanikaula St., Mondays, 6:30 a.m., contact for cost. This low-impact workout suitable for all levels. Get fit, get toned and get inspired. (959-6405)

Kona Men’s Group
Contact for location in South Kona, alternating Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., contact for cost. Join a newly formed group of men dedicated to improving their lives, themselves and their relationships through authentic interaction, personal integrity and accountability, and through living their own personal mission. (freewhiteeagle@live.com, 843-224-9493)