Pau Hana

Closet organization that lasts

Most people don’t start out with a messy closet. Even when a closet is carefully organized at the beginning, however, it might not take long for order to turn to chaos. “It’s common for clients to struggle with keeping the momentum going,” says interior designer Caitlin ...

Time to reboot kids rooms

The first weeks of school can be the perfect time to reboot a child’s bedroom. Ideally, the room should be easy to keep organized and great for concentrating on homework. It also needs to be decorated in way that’s cheerfully kid-friendly and but not too age-specific, so you won’t have ...

In the Loop

Hawaiian composer and recording artist Kuana Torres Kahele returns at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to The Shops at Wailea for a complimentary performance. Hilo-born Kahele comes from a revered lineage of Hawaiian musicians including Bill Aliiloa Lincoln, Victor Kala and George Holokai. He credits much ...

Cereus: A cactus that blooms just a few nights a year

I recently had the honor of being invited to what sounded like a “serious” little party. Actually, it was a “cereus” party, named for a night-blooming cactus. This party was called at the spur of the moment to coincide with the plant’s blooming, which occurs for just a few nights ...

How to get a professional look for your planters

A flower planter or hanging basket bought ready-made at a nursery: lush with showy, vibrant blooms, that provide an instant splash for your porch, stoop or deck. Your DIY flower container: sparse-looking for weeks, with one plant that dies, and scraggly stems, small blooms or yellowing leaves ...

Ahead of the Class

To have your class, workshop or presentation included in this free listing, email its title, instructor, location, dates, start/end times, cost and brief description to currents@mauinews.com. Due to the volume of submissions, items will be listed as close as possible to their start date; if a ...

Pet of the Week

Are you looking for an all-around amazing little sidekick? Then you should ask to meet me, Freya, dog No. H111A. I’m an outgoing and affectionate 1-year-old lady that loves to cuddle, kiss, cruise in the car and play at the beach. I instantly win over all the staff, volunteers and Beach ...

Giving women a bold new voice

A century and a half before the #MeToo movement gave women a bold, new collective voice, Louisa May Alcott was lending them her own. Society had far different expectations of women in 1867, when publisher Thomas Niles asked Alcott to write a “girls’ story.” At a time when women were ...

Book Review: ‘Decree’ has eerie relevance in today’s political climate

• “The Washington Decree” (Dutton) Jussi Adler-Olsen Jussi Adler-Olsen’s latest novel to be published in the United States tells the compelling and sad story of Bruce Jansen, a senator who experienced tragedy years earlier, and the young people who were there who bonded with him and ...

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago 1918 — The harrowing experience and grave danger passed through by the party of Honolulu teachers on the slopes of Haleakala last week should serve as a warning to strangers or others unfamiliar with Hawaiian mountains. It is extremely easy to get trapped, as has been proven ...

Thrift Stores

The following is a listing of nonprofit organizations that sell an assortment of used and donated goods. For changes or new listings, call 242-6343. • Goodwill Retail Thrift Store, 250 Alamaha St., Ste. N-9, Kahului, 442-8989, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ...

The port city of Jaffa

Just south of Tel Aviv’s glass towers and concrete houses are the white stone buildings of Israel’s ancient port town, Jaffa. Jaffa has existed for thousands of years, but today it is one unified city with Tel Aviv, which was founded in 1909. Both Jews and Arabs live in Jaffa, and that’s ...

Smarts & Crafts

Crafts for the not-so-crafty hobbyist Creativity lends a lot to everyday life. School parties are made that much better by intricate dessert designs. Handmade blankets tend to be more inspiring and cherished than mass-produced alternatives. Because of that, many people find hobbies that ...

In the Loop

On almost any given day, you can find artisans and crafters displaying their work at a multitude of weekly fairs, festivals and markets dedicated to the promotion of “Maui made” products — from handcrafted jewelry and wood sculptures to soaps, fragrances and handmade hats and baskets ...

Silly old bear

A new exhibition in Atlanta celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh, wandering through his magical world and giving visitors a peek behind the scenes at the people, relationships and inspirations behind the “silly old bear” and his friends. “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” is on exhibition ...

Thank You Letter

On behalf of the Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America, I want to extend our gratitude to the following people for their interest in taking the time to discuss our funding request for Camp Maluhia: Gov. David Ige, Mayor Alan Arakawa, our Maui County Council and state legislators, ...

Foods your pets should never eat

Nutritious diets are essential to long-term pet health. Many well-intentioned pet owners feed their pets foods they believe are nutritious, only to learn that certain foods, even those deemed healthy for humans, can be quite dangerous to dogs and cats. WebMD reports that each year, there are ...

Pet of the Week

Need a supportive friend to come home to at the end of a long day? Then you should come meet me, Randy, cat No. 148. I’m a gentle 4-year-old fella that is all about sitting by your side and offering up love. I was pretty bummed out when I was brought to the shelter last month because my ...

KonMari empire grows

People often ask Japanese tidying queen Marie Kondo what containers they need to achieve her brand of organizational success. They expect her to “reveal some hitherto secret storage weapon,” she explains in her popular book. Instead, she advised when “The Life-Changing Magic of ...

Book Review: ‘The Mere Wife’ explores ‘Beowulf in the suburbs

• “The Mere Wife” (MCD and Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Maria Dahvana Headley Maria Dahvana Headley’s new novel, “The Mere Wife,” is much more than a simple recasting of the ancient epic poem “Beowulf” in the suburbs. It’s “The Stepford Wives,” 9/11 and English class ...