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Children from Halau Na Kaulakuhikuhi hold taro plants at an earlier East Maui Taro Festival.

Festival in Hana all about taro

The 25th annual East Maui Taro Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hana Ballpark. Admission is free. The event focuses on kalo/taro as a staple food of the Hawaiian diet, as well as being the symbolic “Elder Brother” of Native Hawaiians. The festival features ...

Three days of events at Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at The Bailey House

The Institute of Hawaiian Music and Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House will present Na Mele Kahe Wale from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The event will feature the inaugural Hawaiian Trio Contest, under the direction of Keola Donaghy and the ...

Aolama Chow (left) teaches his crew of 35 volunteers, Scouts of Troop 100, to build steps with proper rise, depth and width.

Boy Scouts build steps at arboretum

Aolama Chow of Boy Scout Troop 100 of Kula completed his Eagle Project at the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Puu Mahoe to earn the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor — the Eagle Scout Award. An Eagle Scout Award requires Scouts to organize, coordinate and direct a community service ...

‘Walking Classroom’ creates after-school experience

Children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui — Haiku Clubhouse are the first on Maui to take part in an innovative national curriculum, the “Walking Classroom,” which combines walking, listening and learning for a fun and healthy after-school experience. In all, 90 WalkKit audio ...

5th-grader gets Hydro Flasks for classrooms

With the help of the Maui Fire Department and Tamura’s Market, Chanel Higa, a 5th-grade student at Wailuku Elementary School, was able to get Hydro Flasks donated to 15 schools on Maui and 20 schools on Oahu, according to Christine Ortiz, a teacher at the school. The Hydro Flasks were given ...

Local Briefs

Keiki story time at Whole Foods today Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time in the deli seating area at Whole Foods Market at 2 p.m. today. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd ...

Hokulani Holt facilitates higher education for Native Hawaiians

She is one of the most knowledgeable and well-respected Hawaiian language and cultural experts in Hawaii. She is, in the truest sense of the word, kumu (source), most notably of hula. Since 2015, Hokulani Holt has been the director of Ka Hikina O Ka La, a program committed to increasing the ...

Water Conservation Poster Contest

Judging poster contest

Donna Borge (left), field supervisor of Puu Kukui Watershed Preserve, and professional artist Brad Forsythe were two of the three judges who participated in the eighth annual Water Conservation Poster Contest. Not pictured is Christine Lamb, a retired Baldwin High School teacher. The judging ...

Honor Rolls

KING KEKAULIKE HIGH SCHOOL 3rd Quarter Na Haumana Hanohano (The Honor Students) Pookela 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average These students earned higher than 4.0 GPAs because of their work in Advanced Placement, college-level classes. Grade 10 — Alexia Barcus, Louisa Buckingham, Nicolas ...

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Event benefits voyaging society

Justin Brown puts the finishing touches on a whale at Makai Glass in Haliimaile during a benefit for Hui O Wa‘a Kaulua, Maui’s Polynesian Voyaging Society. The recent event was attended by nearly 100 people, who were treated to live music by Eric Gilliom, a surprise visit by Maui resident ...

Ha‘iku Ho‘olaule‘a and Flower Fest takes place on Earth Day

The 24th annual Ha‘iku Ho‘olaule‘a and Flower Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Haiku Elementary School and grounds. The free event features a musical lineup with local favorites like Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, Maui Samba Band, Crazy Fingers, Uncle Richard ...

Maui schools among finalists in statewide video competition

The 14th annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition — the state’s oldest and largest contest of its type — presented by Sony has announced the 2017 finalists from over 900 submissions. The finalist videos were created by students who attend 89 public, charter and ...

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Shoes get second life

Teri Edmonds (from left), Justin Budoit and Brad Barilla carry bags of shoes from If The Shoe Fits’ annual shoe drive. The Wailuku store launched its 2017 shoe drive in January and has collected hundreds of pairs since the beginning of the year. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui continues to ...

Pukalani association will meet

The Pukalani Community Association quarterly meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center’s downstairs meeting room. Agenda items include a discussion on recycling with Stacia Ash, County of Maui recycling specialist; wireless operations with ...

Local Briefs

Youth orchestra will perform Sunday The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Baldwin Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature more than 30 student musicians in grades 3-12 on stringed, ...

Food safety: Rat lungworm and beyond

One of the most important elements of nutrition is food safety. Regardless of how healthy a food may be, if it contains pathogens, or disease-causing organisms, the food will not be safe to eat. With the spike in rat lungworm cases on Maui, residents are becoming more aware of the need for ...

‘Cannabis as Medicine’ talk at medical society meeting

Gregory Park, M.D. will speak about “Cannabis as Medicine” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui County Medical Society meeting in the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at University of Hawaii Maui College. Nonmember physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses are ...

Honor Rolls

LAHAINALUNA HIGH SCHOOL Second Quarter 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average These students exceeded the 4.0 scale because of their work in Advanced Placement, college-level courses. Grade 10 — Jay Marie Baptista, Eunice Hanaya Gaper. Grade 11 — Krizhna Bayudan, Natalie Brown, Francis Bui, ...

Cairo Nielsen plays with goats at Surfing Goat Dairy’s farm on Omaopio Road in Kula. Surfing Goat Dairy is offering five weeklong summer day camp sessions for children entering grades 2 to 5. -- ELISE NIELSEN photo

2017 Summer FUN Guide

Beginning Ki-Aikido Ages: 6 to 17. Sponsor: Maui Ki-Aikido. When: Times and days vary depending on age. Where: Shunshinkan Dojo, 194 S. Market St., Wailuku and Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, 91 Pukalani St., Pukalani. Description: Students learning the basics of aikido. Classes ...

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The Last Harvest

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. sounded the death knell of sugar on Maui and in Hawaii on Jan. 6, 2016, when it announced the end of operations at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. after the 2016 harvest. The announcement was abrupt and caught many off guard, but was not totally ...