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Austin Kaalekahi, a 7th-grader at ‘O Hina I Ka Malama on Molokai, is engaged in the Microsoft team’s virtual reality with Oculus Rift at the Hawaii STEM Conference’s STEMworks Playground earlier this month on Oahu.

Hawaii STEM Conference empowers a new generation of innovators

On May 1 and 2, more than 1,000 students, educators, industry partners and community leaders throughout the state and the nation gathered for the eighth annual Hawaii STEM Conference — an empowering STEM event dedicated to engaging a new generation of science, technology, engineering and math ...

Fundraiser to benefit tutor project

The owners of the Aina Nalu Resort in Lahaina will host a Wine and Silent Auction Fundraiser for The Lahaina Complex Tutor Project from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Aina Nalu pavilion The program, which was founded and is managed by Pat and Richard Endsley, was recently honored by the Hawaii ...

Leif Torgerson, a senior at Kihei Charter School, created a robotic hand that was showcased at the Hawaii STEM Conference on Oahu earlier this month.

Projects from two Kihei students showcased at STEM conference

A robotic hand and a bicycle generator, created by seniors at Kihei Charter School, were showcased at the Hawaii STEM Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu on May 1 and 2. Senior Leif Torgerson created a robotic hand designed to mimic the movements of a controlling hand. A more ...

Kimberly Yap was crowned Miss Maui Filipina 2017 on May 13. Presenting the crown is Miss Maui Filipina 2016 Ashlyne Rosalin. -- REY PATAO photo

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Miss Maui Filipina 2017 crowned Kimberly Yap of Lahaina was crowned Miss Maui Filipina 2017 on May 13 at the Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center in Kahului. Among Yap’s prizes are a scholarship award, a round-trip ticket to the Philippines and a $500 travel allowance. She will ...

Is it forgetfulness or something else?

When was the last time you misplaced the car keys or forgot an item on your shopping list? Although these happen to people of all ages, some people become more aware and concerned about these events with age. But do you need to worry or is this just a part of the aging process? The National ...

State Rep. Lynn DeCoite (left) is shown with Teresa Shook after Shook accepted a certificate acknowledging her as a “Visionary for the 2017 Women’s March.”

Hana woman honored by state Legislature

Teresa Shook of Hana has been honored by the Hawaii Legislature as a “Visionary for the 2017 Women’s March.” State Rep. Lynn DeCoite and state Sen. J. Kalani English presented Shook with a certificate at the Haiku Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival on April 22 “for her vision and ...

Applications available for Pacific Century Fellows

The Fund for the Pacific Century, a charitable, nonprofit organization, is accepting applications for its 16th class of Pacific Century Fellows. The program, modeled after the White House Fellows Program, is designed to recognize and encourage Hawaii’s future leaders. The nine-month program ...

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy

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Training set for addiction workers NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, will hold a workshop titled “Romancing the Brain: Conflict Resolution in Recovery” on May 24 and 25 at the Wailea Beach Marriot. NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy will lead the two-day ...

Honor Rolls

KALAMA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Third Quarter Renaissance Students Kalama Intermediate School’s Renaissance program recognizes a combination of academic achievement, good citizenship and community service. 4.0 Grade-Point Average Grade 8 — Emma Ayresman, Sarah Emmsley, Leilah Eusebio, ...

The brilliant orange flower of the African tulip tree has been in Hawaii for a long time. The landscaping plant was first introduced in the mid-1800s. -- FOREST and KIM STARR photo

Bright orange flowers above Hana represent a garish plague

An African tulip tree in bloom is a remarkable burst of color. Consequently, the tree has earned many monikers: flame of the forest, fountain tree and fireball. Scientists know it as Spathodea campanulata and this East African Native has been in Hawaii for a long time. Renowned physician and ...

Eighth-grade home-schooled student Iris Riverstone (second from left) receives recognition at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center on April 28 for her grand-prize-award-winning poem in the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Contest. To Riverstone’s left is Gov. David Ige’s representative, Leah Belmonte. Others, from left, are Mayor Alan Arakawa, emcee Ayin Adams and contest director Melinda Gohn. -- DAVID WILSON / International Peace Poem Project photo

Maui student wins peace poetry contest

An 8th-grade home-schooled student was the grand prize winner for Maui County in the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Contest. Iris Riverstone was presented with certificates recognizing her achievement from Mayor Alan Arakawa and Gov. David Ige. Riverstone was selected from ...

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Soup sale to benefit scholarship fund The Portuguese Association of Maui will sell its signature bean soup from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia. Quarts sell for $10. Orders are being taken at 283-5658 and 243-0065. The sale benefits the association’s ...

Honor Rolls

MAUI WAENA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Third Quarter Principal’s List 4.0 Grade-Point Average Grade 8 — Kamryn Tiana Acoba, Russell Bueno, Jerome Butac, Chensen Cabalse, Kyson Calibuso, Colette Anne Cerrafon, Deanne Dalit, Rodel Domingo, Kami Echiverri, Desiree Elvena, Aloha Figueroa, Kevin ...

Cultural practitioner Ko‘i Lum presents a traditional lamalama torch made from dried kukui nuts, split bamboo and ki leaves. -- Maui Ocean Center photo

Early Hawaiians used kukui nuts for lamalama fishing

The shallow sea reflects only the stars from the dark moonless sky. The surface is glassy with the gentle ebb and flow of the low tide. The fish are motionless in a trance by the soft glow of an approaching light. As the orb grows larger, the ground vibrates and an unexpected splash startles ...

Kellee Yi was first-place winner in her age group for her nene goose.

Students create winning watercolors of animals

Eight students in the Maui Animal Kindness Club Art Class won awards for the state of Hawaii in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. The winners received a certificate of appreciation and ribbon. First and second place also won art supplies. These students painted winning ...

Realtors Association of Maui member and “Wishing Well  . . . for Maui Students” founder Sarah Sorenson poses with a few of the school supply-filled backpacks donated by attendees of the annual President’s Circle Conference hosted by the National Association of Realtors’ Realtors Political Action Committee.

Realtors collect $18,000 in school supplies

Hundreds of real estate professionals from towns and cities across the country convened at the Grand Wailea March 5 through 8 for the annual President’s Circle Conference hosted by the National Association of Realtors’ Realtors Political Action Committee. This year, conference attendees ...

Annabehl Sinclair-Delaney (center), president of Theatre Theatre Maui’s board of directors, is joined by Angie Thompson (left) as they welcome Nancy Taylor as the incoming executive administrator, effective Monday. Theatre Theatre Maui is located in Lahaina and is celebrating its 25th year of service to the west side.

Theatre Theatre Maui has new administrative executive

The board of directors of Theatre Theatre Maui has selected Nancy Taylor to succeed Angie Thompson as the next administrator of the nonprofit organization, effective Monday. Since its formation in 1991, TTM’s primary mission remains “to provide a full spectrum of hands-on theater ...

Na Hoaloha REST program is recruiting volunteers

Na Hoaloha has announced the launch of the Respite Education and Support Tools caregiver program. The REST program is made possible through a grant by the Hawaii Community Foundation for persons in need. In 2016, Na Hoaloha contracted with the national REST program in Illinois, and Na ...

Dr. Michael Klaper

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Doctor will speak about nutrition “What I Wish Someone Had Told Me In Medical School About Nutrition,” a talk by Dr. Michael Klaper, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. Klaper says he has spent his medical career “cleaning up the wreckage ...

Waihee Elementary School promotes smart beverage choices for students

More than 750 students from Waihee Elementary School learned about the benefits of healthy hydration on March 31 at an event that unveiled the school’s new water bottle filling station to promote smart beverage choices at school. The water station, along with free water bottles provided to ...