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MHS robotics team wins award

Maui High School’s VEX robotic team won the Innovate Award during the VEX Pan-Pacific Championships at the Hawaii Convention Center from Thursday to Saturday. VEX is a team-based game that puts students’ engineering and technology skills to the test.

Throughout the VEX Pan-Pacific Championships, teams squared off in this year’s game, “Sack Attack.”

The championships, presented by Oceanic Time Warner Cable, featured 104 middle- and high-school VEX robotic teams from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland, China and Taiwan. Twenty-three teams will advance to the VEX World Championships in California to be held April 17-20.


Makawao association to meet tonight

The Makawao Community Association will have a potluck and meeting tonight from 6 to 8:30 at Po’okela Church, 200 Olinda Road. The potluck will begin at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30. Beverages will be provided by the association.

The meeting agenda will include an update on Makawao’s dog park; the third annual Makawao Easter egg hunt; the County of Maui Small Town Grant application process and prospective projects; a safe walkway from Hoomahana Place to Eddie Tam Park; and Friday Town Parties. The 2013 Makawao Community Association membership dues are $10 for individuals, $15 for families and $20 for businesses.


Growing native plants topic of presentation

Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst, author of “Growing Native Hawaiian Plants, A How-to Guide for the Gardener,” will be the guest of the Native Hawaiian Plant Society at 7 p.m. Friday.

She will share information about native plants and how to grow them during a presentation in the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center pool room in Pukalani. The program will follow the Native Hawaiian Plant Society annual meeting at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and signed books by Bornhorst will be available.


Rummage sale to benefit organization

Hawaii Alpha Delta Kappa’s Gamma Chapter will have a rummage sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Lihikai School’s cafeteria.

Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Funds collected will be used to support the chapter’s efforts. For more information, call 281-9155.


Heart specialists will speak at meeting

Drs. Andrew Rosenblum and Kimble Poon will speak at the noon lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina on Thursday at the Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Rosenblum and Poon specialize in cardiovascular disease at the Maui Heart & Vascular program at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

For more information, call club President Liz May at 721-5909.


Airport improvements topic of talk

Marvin Moniz, manager of the airports in Maui County, will discuss airport improvements and upgrades at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

The meeting is open to the public, and visitors are welcome. Lunch is $12.

For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.


Maui author will have book-signing event

Maui author Stuart Nicholls will have a book-signing event for his new novel “Thunder Road: The Journey Home” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Friends of the Library store in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. The book relates to the long struggle of a Vietnam veteran’s search for “home.”


Chapel partners with private school

Kihei Baptist Chapel is partnering with Cornerstone Christian School to expand its ministries and provide a private-school education to South Maui.

Applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year for kindergarten and 1st grade. The existing middle and high school is accepting new students in grades 6-8. Annual tuition is $6,300. The school strives to cultivate Christian character, Biblical scholarship and intellectual excellence in a safe and engaging environment.

The public is invited to attend an informational event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kihei Baptist Chapel, located at 1655 S. Kihei Road. There will be student presentations, a video about the school’s philosophy and door prizes. For more information, call 214-2661 or visit the website at


Sustainable living topic of presentation

Jennifer Chirico, executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawaii-Maui College, will speak at noon today at the Rotary Club of Kihei/Wailea lunch meeting at Mulligans on the Blue. The public is welcome. Lunch costs $16.

Chirico has more than 15 years of experience in business management consulting, research and nonprofit management, according to a news release. As the executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, she develops and directs training programs in various areas of sustainability and is involved in a wide range of community outreach activities related to increasing understanding of sustainability and how it can be adopted and implemented at both organizational and individual levels.

Chirico is also an adjunct professor at UH-Maui College and the founder of the Maui chapter of Women in Renewable Energy. She has a doctorate in environmental policy, a master’s degree in public health, and holds an LEED Green Associate accreditation. Her research expertise is in air quality, green building, transportation, sustainable waste management and renewable energy.


Car club performs service project

Slammed Society Car Club performed a community service project at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church’s “Ka Ohana Kitchen” on Feb. 10. Club members and their families provided a meal for about 50 people and enjoyed spreading fellowship and aloha.


New author plans book release party

Joe Amico will have a book-release party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the clubhouse at Kihei Villages, 140 Uwapo Road. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Amico’s new book, “Just Dreaming,” examines American history, politics and the pursuit of the American Dream.

Amico is a retired probation officer. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in speech and enjoys playing golf in his spare time. He and his wife have two children and live on Maui. For more information about Amico and his book, visit his website,, or


Honor society to host rally

Phi Theta Kappa will host a “Commit to Complete” signing at the University of Hawaii Maui College from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 13 in front of the Pa’ina building.

UH-Maui College students will be urged to sign a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market.

To learn more about Commit to Complete, go online to

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Dental program announces orientation

The University of Hawaii Maui College’s Dental Assisting Program will hold a general orientation meeting for prospective students at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Oral Health Center in Wailuku.

The program is an accredited two-semester program that provides students with the skills needed to work in the dental profession. Students are taught in the classroom, while receiving hands-on clinical training at the Maui Oral Health Center and at private practice dental offices on Maui.

For more information and to reserve a seat, call 984-3250. Program information may be found online at

May 1 is the application deadline for admittance in the fall semester in the dental assisting program.


Newspaper publisher to speak Wednesday

Maui News Publisher Joe Bradley will speak at the 7:30 a.m. Wednesday breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise.

The event will take place at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Bradley spent a year on Maui overseeing the transition of The Maui News to an Ogden Newspapers publication after Ogden purchased the newspaper in February of 2000. He and his wife, Ann, returned to Maui for good in 2003.

Bradley has been in the newspaper business since 1970 and has worked at newspapers all over the Mainland. He has published newspapers in Missouri, Connecticut, California, West Virginia, New York and Michigan. He has worked for Ogden Newspapers since 1991.

Breakfast costs $22. Members of the public are invited.

For more information, contact President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or see the club’s website at


School will benefit from pizza sales

The Kihei Charter School Parent Teacher Organization will hold a “Pizza Madness Lunch Fundraiser” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Pizza Madness restaurant, 1455 S. Kihei Road, next to Maui Dive Shop.

Twenty percent of food purchases will be donated to Kihei Charter School with a flier that will be available at the restaurant or may be downloaded by visiting and searching Kihei Charter School PTO. Funds will benefit school activities and teachers’ wish lists.


Pianist to perform at Grace Church

Professional pianist Sam Rotman will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Doris Todd Memorial Christian School in Paia.

The multiple-award-winning pianist has given more than 2,400 performances around the world, according to a news release. He has studied the works of Beethoven and continues to perform the works of Beethoven in recital and with orchestra. He has served on the juries of international piano competitions.

Rotman has also released four recordings, in addition to a video titled “Sam Rotman, Concert Pianist: The Music and Testimony of a Jew for Jesus.”

In addition to his piano performance, Rotman will give his Christian testimony.


‘Rotary Rice Rally’ a joint effort

The “Rotary Rice Rally” project recently united the 48 Rotary Clubs of Hawaii District 5000 with a common goal of feeding the hungry in Hawaii.

The focus of the collection statewide was rice, as rice is one of the staples of local meals. Collections of rice, other food and funds were held at various businesses across the state. More than 16,000 pounds of food and $6,500 in funds were collected.

A fundraising effort took place at each Maui Rotary Club during January. Each of the nine Maui clubs designated a meeting date where “Happy Dollars” were collected for the Maui Food Bank. A total of $1,330 was collected and presented to Keith Wright, director of operations, by representatives of the nine Maui Rotary Clubs.

This “Rotary Rice Rally” is one of the many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary Clubs on Maui. For more information about the clubs and their activities call Maui Assistant District Govs. Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or Hugh Chare at 572-3020.


School announces admission test date

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School’s admission test for the 2013-14 school year will take place on Saturday at the Wailuku campus.

Testing is for students entering grades 7 through 12. Check-in begins in the school library at 8 a.m., followed by testing at 8:30 a.m. There is a $10 fee to take the test. Reservations are required.

For more information or to reserve a space, call 244-4190, ext. 232, or send email to


BHS committee seeking memorabilia

The Baldwin High School 75th Anniversary Committee is seeking photos and memories to share on the anniversary celebration website and Facebook page and in other promotional efforts.

Baldwin High School will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a series of events Oct. 3 through 25.

The planning committee will share trivia, memories and photos with alumni in the days leading up the events.

People who would like to contribute may contact the committee by email at or by phone at 280-1299.


Grade school plans Flatbread fundraiser

St. Anthony Grade School will hold a benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. March 5 at The Flatbread Co. in Paia. A portion of all pizza sales will be donated to the school.

For more information, call 244-4976.

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Book sale to benefit libraries

Maui Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in front of Whole Foods Market in Kahului.

An assortment of fiction, nonfiction and oversize books will be available at bargain prices.

Maui Friends of the Library provides funding for library programs, supplies and equipment for Maui County’s public libraries.

To learn more about the organization, go to


‘Maui Birth Options’ title of presentation

A panel presentation for expectant parents will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Makawao Yoga.

Attendees will meet midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants and other childbirth professionals and learn about options for birthing families on Maui. The event is free. Makawao Yoga is located next to Casanova restaurant in Makawao.

For more information, contact Kristin Kali at 280-8446.


Returned Peace Corps volunteers to meet

All returned Peace Corps volunteers are invited to a gathering at noon Feb. 27 at Saeng’s Thai restaurant in Wailuku.

Returned volunteers will celebrate National Peace Corps Week and meet other volunteers who gave two years of service.

For more information, call 927-3288.


Club to pair wines with desserts

The Italian American Social Club in Kihei will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in St. Theresa’s Church Hall.

The evening will begin with a potluck supper.

The club will welcome Ali Biglar from the Hawaii Liquor Store in Kahului as guest speaker. Biglar will pair different Italian dessert wines with club members’ favorite chocolate desserts. He will speak about each wine and its origin.

The cost for the wine tasting is $10. All are invited to attend.

For further information, contact Don Tedesco at


Author will speak at Rotary meeting

Author Danielle Marie Bergan will speak to the Rotary Club of Maui at noon Thursday concerning her memoir, “It’s Always Okay To Be Me: A Journey to Recovering Lost Hope,” the story of a transsexual woman.

The meeting will be at the Class Act Restaurant on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus. The cost is $20. The public is welcome.


School announces annual spring concert

The Baldwin High School Music Department (jazz band, wind ensemble and concert band) will perform its 67th annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Admission is free.


St. Joseph Feast set for May 3-5

St. Joseph Church and Early Learning Center have announced the dates for their annual St. Joseph Feast – May 3 to 5.

The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. May 3; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 4; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5.

The feast will include food such as malassadas, Portuguese soup, waffle dogs, chow fun, nachos, BBQ teriyaki and hamburgers.

On May 3 and 4 there will be a live auction featuring gift certificates to restaurants, hotels and activities donated by businesses throughout the state.

Activities and attractions will include games, bouncers, crafters, a country store, plants, produce and flowers.

St. Joseph Church is located at 1294 Makawao Ave.

The organizing committee is accepting donations, crafters and entertainment. For more information, contact Donna Pico at 572-7652.


Manager to discuss resort upgrades

Rick Tanner, general manager of the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina lunch meeting at noon Thursday.

Tanner has managed the 360-room resort since 2008, and in that 4 1/2-year period the property has invested more than $50 million in upgrades and renovations.

The club meets at the Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Lunch can be purchased from the menu.

For more information, call President Liz May at (808) 721-5909.


AARP announces monthly meeting

The South Maui Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. March 11 in the Garden Room of Kalama Heights, located at 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

The guest speaker will be Chris Pacheco, a family service counselor with Maui Memorial Park.

For further information, contact South Maui AARP Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.

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Title IX and Upward Bound to be discussed

Title IX education and Upward Bound Math and Science programs will be discussed at the American Association of University Women’s meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waterfront in the Maalaea Harbor Shops.

At 11 a.m., Alvin Tagomori, University of Hawaii Maui College vice chancellor of student affairs, will speak about Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funds.

Following Tagomori, Melissa Bonnin, project director for Upward Bound Math and Science, will discuss a new federal grant to UH that prepares low-income, first-generation high school students for entry into science, technology, engineering and mathematics college programs.

Lunch is at noon. For information and reservations, contact Cheryl Bergman at 244-1850 or


Uluwehi Guerrero performing free concert

Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions will present their ongoing “Picnic for Poki” concert series at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku.

The featured musical guest will be Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Uluwehi Guerrero with Halau Hula Kauluokala.

Guerrero entertains with traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and hula. His 1996 CD “Ka Manawa Pono” received three prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano award nominations. In 2009, Guerrero released a CD of Hawaiian favorites, “Uluwehi Sings Na Mele Hula Aloha – Beloved Hula Songs.”

Attendees may bring their own lunch, and fresh-baked cookies provided by Roselani Place will be available. The hourlong free event is open to the public. The church is at 103 S. High St. For more information, call 871-7720.


Read Aloud America to offer program

The Maui Mall Family Fun Sunday on Feb. 24 will include a read-aloud session for keiki, preschool to 2nd grade, beginning at 1:45 p.m.

The free read-aloud session will be held in one of the spaces in Maui Mall.

Joanne Laird, program director for Read Aloud America, will read from picture books. At the conclusion of the Read Aloud session, participants will be served free healthy snacks and treats sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Each child will also be able to select a free, brand-new book to take home.

This 40-minute program will conclude with a grand prize drawing for a child and adult winner. Children must come with a parent or care-giver.


Lion dance will be performed today

A lion dance will be performed at about 5 p.m. today by Ben Seng Au’s Shaolin Arts Society troupe at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono in Wailuku.

The performance is free. The inn will provide lai see (red envelopes) to those who wish to “feed the lions” in hopes of ensuring a healthy and prosperous new year.

The inn is located at 2199 Kahookele St. For more information, call the inn at 244-5897.


Hazama to emcee Minnesota reunion

The 24th annual Minnesota Reunion and Potluck will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kalama Park in Kihei, across from Foodland.

Participants may bring a Minnesota hot dish, wear a Minnesota T-shirt and speak Minnesotan.

Maui-born-and-raised Chuck Hazama will be the emcee. He served for several years as the mayor of Rochester, Minn.

Ice fishing stories and other Minnesota tales will be shared. For more information, call 572-0964.


School anniversary topic of meeting

A meeting to plan Baldwin High School’s 75th anniversary celebration will be held in the school’s new library at 5 p.m. Feb. 26.

The festivities will take place in October.

Alumni, staff and other individuals interested in helping to plan the anniversary events are encouraged to attend this planning meeting.

For more information, contact Lynn Araki-Regan at 280-1299 or email


Kula AARP Chapter to meet Monday

The regular meeting of Kula AARP Chapter will take place at 9 a.m. Monday at the Kula Community Center. The meeting will begin with refreshments, followed by a business meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Marlo Chapman, from Kalama Heights Retirement Community, will share information about what the facility offers, including activities.

The meeting is open to the public, and reservations are not necessary. Members and guests are encouraged to bring food for the Maui Food Bank, the chapter’s ongoing community service project.

For information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Visit to Vietnam topic of presentation

Longtime Rotary member Ron Harris will speak about his recent trip to Vietnam during the Kihei/Wailea Rotary Club meeting at noon Wednesday.

The cost for the lunch meeting at Mulligans on the Blue is $16. The public is welcome.


Lahaina children feed dancing lions

Traffic on Front Street came to a halt Wednesday when firecrackers were lit at the entrance of The Wharf Cinema Center to waken the sleeping lions and ring in Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake.

Spectators lined every level of the shopping center as dancing lions made their way to center stage, where more than 300 of Lahaina’s children waited for their appearance.

Au’s Shaolin Arts Society martial arts demonstration and lion dancing kept the attention of spectators, which included area schoolchildren.


Hotel association director to speak

Lisa Paulson, executive director of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s meeting at noon Thursday.

Paulson’s presentation will be about the hotel and lodging industry and its legislative needs, community events and goals.

Paulson assumed her position with the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association in October 2012. The club meets at the Class Act Restaurant at UH-Maui College. The cost is $20. The public is welcome.

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Crater service trip begins Saturday

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers who want to enjoy the beauty of Haleakala Crater and help preserve the native habitat for a service trip Presidents Day weekend, Saturday to Monday.

Participants will hike into and out of the crater via the Switchback Trail and stay free in Holua Cabin. The work will relate to protecting native plants in the crater wilderness. In addition to helping the environment, there will be some time for hiking, stargazing, photography or just relaxation.

The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for participants doing service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. A maximum of 12 people can be accommodated on each trip, and volunteers must be able to hike in and out of the crater carrying their sleeping bags and a share of the food.

Visit the website to register and learn more about the service trips and the group’s mission to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park. Reservations may be made by calling the trip leader at 267-5429.


Kiwanis to hear from district official

John Field, lieutenant governor of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Kiwanis International, will be visiting the Kiwanis Club of Maui at its noon meeting Thursday at Carrie and Eddy’s Hideaway restaurant in Kahului.

He will bring club members up to date on Kiwanis matters during his yearly visit.

The meeting is open to the public. Visitors are welcome. Lunch costs $12.

For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.


Mental Health Kokua plans whale watch

The Mental Health Kokua will present its 21st annual Whale Watch cruise from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Funds raised from the whale watch will be used in Maui County to assist people in recovery from mental illness.

The whale watch will depart from Maalaea Harbor on a Pacific Whale Foundation vessel. Refreshments will be served onboard.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger.

Mental Health Kokua is a nonprofit agency providing a comprehensive array of mental health services that reach more than 1,300 individuals each year, including more than 600 from Maui County.

These services on Maui include transitional and supportive housing placements, case management and a psychosocial rehabilitation program.

For more information on the whale watch, call 244-7405 or 281-1168.


Church plans rummage sale Saturday

Jesus Is Alive Church will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3700 Haleakala Highway in Pukalani.

There will be a wide variety of items available, including housewares, home furnishings, dishes, seasonal and decorative items, electrical equipment, bed linens, blankets, towels, toys, games and books. There also will be an extensive selection of clothing for all ages.

Food items for sale will include items such as chili and rice, baked goods, hot dogs and soda.

For information, call 573-life (5433).


Hotel association director to speak

Lisa Paulson, the new executive director of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina’s meeting at noon Thursday.

The club meets at the Royal Ocean Terrace at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Lunch can be purchased off the menu.

For more information, call President Liz May at (808) 721-5909.


Hale Kau Kau fundraiser tickets on sale

Tickets are being sold for Hale Kau Kau’s 14th annual Fundraiser Pa’ina, to take place March 2 in the Aulani Ballroom of the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

The event, featuring auctions, dinner and entertainment, raises funds for the meal program that feeds the needy and homebound elderly, sick and disabled. The event’s theme is “Music Feeds the Soul” with entertainment headliner Nathan Aweau, a Na Hoku Hanohano award winner.

Individual tickets are $95 per person. Various sponsorship levels are available and welcome. Tables for 10 may be reserved.

To purchase tickets, contact or visit the Hale Kau Kau office at St. Theresa Church, 25 W. Lipoa St., Kihei. The phone number is 875-8754. Email orders will be accepted at


Health booklets in Marshallese available

MEO Head Start is offering free health booklets written in Marshallese for community agencies or interested individuals.

The booklet also includes a DVD with health information in English, Spanish and Marshallese. Information presented is intended for families with young children, ages birth to preschool. The booklets were provided as a service from the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and designed to support Head Start children and families.

Booklets are available in counts of 100 per box. For more information, or to pick up materials, contact the MEO Head Start program at 249-2988.


Valley Isle Keiki Fest looking for vendors

Crafters and vendors have until March 22 to reserve a booth at the 2013 Valley Isle Keiki Fest set for April 13 at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The event aims to promote a positive environment and community where children from birth to age 12 are safe, healthy and ready to succeed.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus Great Lawn, with “Celebrating the Keiki April, the Month of the Young Child” as the theme.

Booth space costs $125 for vendors selling child-related items, while nonprofits providing “hands-on” activities for children will have their fees waived.

All vendors will be subject to approval for the Keiki Fest. To reserve a booth space or obtain sponsorship information, call Vanessa Kina at 250-2777 or Katherine Chan at 280-8595, or email

The main sponsor of the Keiki Fest is the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle, in partnership with UH-MC, the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation, 4-H Maui, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui.

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Learning program available for children

Maui’s schoolchildren will be able to participate in hands-on, science-based learning programs with their school classes during a free Maui Keiki Educating Children Outdoors Day on Friday presented by Pacific Whale Foundation.

Participating will be nonprofit and community groups, government agencies and Haleakala National Park.

The purpose of the event is to spark a lifelong relationship between Maui’s children and educators and the local government.

For more information, call Karen Molina, PWF youth education director at 856-8341 or send email to


Speaker to share canoe experience

Bula Logan will speak at the Wednesday of meeting the Kihei/Wailea Rotary Club. The meeting will take place at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea at noon.

Logan, who is with Malama Na Pua Healing Center – Halu Ike Ka Pa Ola Hawaii, will speak about his experiences with the voyaging canoe Hokulea.

More information about Logan is available by visiting

The meeting is open to the public. The cost for the lunch is $16.


American Legion Post 8 to meet today

Maui’s American Legion Post 8 has reactivated and will begin this year’s monthly meetings at 1 p.m. today at the VFW Clubhouse at 1136 Uluniu Road in Kihei.

There will be a family potluck after the short business meeting.

All American Legion members, their families, and non-Legionnaire veterans interested in joining Post 8 are welcome. For more information, call Post Cmdr. Robert DeVinck at (425) 445-1600.


Caregiver’s workshop planned Saturday

“A Caring Presence,” presented by Michael Cheang, associate professor with the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, is being sponsored by the Maui United Project Dana from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday.

The universal spirit of “Dana” (selfless giving) will be shared by the Rev. Sol Kalu, resident minister of Makawao Hongwanji Mission.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. There is no cost. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, including the location of the workshop, call 871-4160, 661-4032, 871-8178 or 572-7229.


Ruby’s Diner to help Maui Cheer Babes

Ruby’s Diner at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului will donate 20 percent of sales from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday to the Maui Cheer Babes. The donation will be available only to customers who present a Maui Cheer Babes flier.

The flier may be obtained by visiting the Maui Cheer Babes Youth All-Star Cheerleading Facebook page.

The Maui Cheer Babes are raising funds to compete in California and on Oahu. For more information, email


‘One Billion Rising’ event planned

Women Helping Women is planning a “One Billion Rising” flash mob event from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday on the great lawn area of the University of Hawaii Maui College.

“One Billion Rising” is a worldwide campaign to bring attention to violence against women. The “One Billion Rising” concept was originated by Eve Ensler, creator of “The Vagina Monologues.” Organizers anticipate 190 countries will participate in the event. The Maui flash mob is to rise at 1 p.m.


Club will share Italian language, culture

The Italian American Club of Maui will host its monthly “Parliamo In Italiano & Mangiare” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway, located at 500 Puunene Ave. in Kahului. The public is welcome to attend and learn more about Italian culture and language.

For more information contact President Mary Pence at 573-0339 or 298-4057. To learn more about the club, visit online at


School bands planning spring concert

The Iao, Maui Waena, Kalama, Lokelani, Kauai and Lahaina intermediate school bands will perform together in a Massed Band Spring Concert in Maui High School’s auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


Swing dance to benefit King Kekaulike

King Kekaulike High School will have a Valentine’s Swing Dance from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Jazz Club cafetorium.

The event is open to the public.

Participants will receive free dance lessons with the Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association and then swing to the sounds of the Na Ali’i Big Band and Richie Franco.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. There will be door prizes.

Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults and $25 for couples. Proceeds will benefit the King Kekaulike High School Band and Student Association.

Tickets are available online at or, or in person in the King Kekaulike High School bandroom or at Pukalani Ace Hardware.


Preschool accepting donations for fair

Iao Preschool will have an Ohana Fun Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 on the grounds of the Iao United Church of Christ, 2371 W. Vineyard St. in Wailuku.

The event is open to the public and will feature a live auction, a silent auction, a rummage sale, games, live entertainment, a mini spa, local vendors, food tents and chow fun. Chow fun tickets are available from preschoolers’ parents or at the school.

Iao Preschool is soliciting donations for the rummage sale, live auction and silent auction, with all sale proceeds to benefit the preschool and students directly. Donations will be accepted now through Feb. 20, and donation pickup may also be available.

For more information, call 242-1995, email, or stop by Iao Preschool.


Kraft and Longs Drugs to help libraries

To coincide with the centennial of the Hawaii State Library, the Friends of the Library of Hawaii has partnered with Kraft Foods in Hawaii and Longs Drugs to conduct the “Help Literacy in Hawaii Shine” fundraiser through March 2.

Kraft and Longs Drugs will donate 10 cents per participating Kraft product purchased up to a maximum of $10,000 to the Friends of the Library of Hawaii.

Visit the Friends of the Library of Hawaii website ( and click on the “Help Literacy in Hawaii Shine” logo on the right column to see a list of participating Kraft products purchased at any Longs Drugs store in Hawaii.

FLH provides generous grants, donations and funding for year-round library programs at Hawaii’s 50 public libraries.


Educators will lead tide pool exploration

The Pacific Whale Foundation will hold a moonlight tide pool exploration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in South Maui.

The foundation’s marine educators will help the public see and learn about creatures that roam Hawaii’s tide pools at night.

Participants should be ages 6 and older and should wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided.

The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child.

The event is co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort.

For reservations call 249-8811, ext. 1.


HGEA Maui division chief to address Rotary

Alton Watanabe, Maui division chief for the Hawaii Government Employees Association, will speak to the Rotary Club of Maui at noon Thursday concerning the representation of government employees. The meeting will be at the Class Act Restaurant at University of Hawaii Maui College. The cost is $20. The public is welcome.

HGEA is the largest labor union in Hawaii, with more than 42,000 members in seven bargaining units, and a large associate membership that includes retirees, other state and county employees and officials, and federal and private-sector employees.

Watanabe has been with HGEA since 1984 and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Maui Division Office.


Becca’s Closet announces open hours

Becca’s Closet will again offer all high school students free formal wear for junior prom, senior ball and other formal events.

Shopping days will be 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22, March 1 and April 5; and 9 a.m. to noon March 16 and April 13. A valid student ID is required. The limit is one dress per student.

Becca’s Closet is located on the King Kekaulike High School campus; enter through the Haleakala Highway gate and follow the signs to Building K.

Donations of formal wear and accessories for young men and women are welcome.

For more information, call Theresa Cabral at 573-8700, ext. 1127, or send email to


Public invited to help with whale count

“The Great Whale Count,” an event to count humpback whales seen from Maui’s shores, will be held Feb. 23.

Led by the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team, the public is invited to assist in the annual count.

Training and materials will be provided. The event is free.

To volunteer send email to

Local Briefs

Doris Todd school announces open house

Doris Todd Christian School is hosting an open house for prospective students and families Saturday.

An informational meeting will begin at 9 a.m., and teachers will be available in their classrooms beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Attendees will receive an overview of the school’s mission, preschool to middle curriculum and application and financial aid process, as well as information on extracurricular activities including band, sports, Lego robotics, etc.

Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome.

For more information or to make reservations, call the office at 579-9237 or email


Sale to benefit scholarship fund

The Portuguese Association of Maui will hold its annual malassada and bean soup sale to benefit the group’s scholarship fund Saturday at Hoaloha Park in Kahului.

Malassadas are traditional Portuguese doughnuts eaten on the Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Hot malassadas can be picked up between 9 a.m. and noon at Hoaloha Park. The cost is $5 for seven malassadas. Also available Saturday will be Portuguese bean soup, being sold for $10 per quart. Advance tickets for malassadas and soup may be obtained by calling 877-0123 or 243-0065.


Classes set for Red Cross volunteers

The American Red Cross is recruiting disaster services volunteers in the Central Maui area.

The first step for all new disaster volunteers is to take a series of basic disaster classes, which are provided free of charge. New volunteer candidates must register for and attend the entire series.

All classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross Office, 45 N. Market St., Suite A, in Wailuku.

The new volunteer training series classes and dates are:

* “Disaster Services: An Overview,” Tuesday.

* “Shelter Operations,” Feb. 14.

* “Shelter Simulation,” Feb. 19.

* “Disaster Assessment Basics,” Feb. 21.

For more information or to register, go to For assistance, call the Maui office at 244-0051.


School announces special open house

Emmanuel Lutheran School has scheduled a special open house for Thursday.

The school will host an event for parents with children entering kindergarten in the fall. The open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a free spaghetti dinner and follow with an informational meeting and classroom tour from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

People planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the school office at 873-6334.


Health services topic of presentation

Helene Canella, member services director of the Malama Ike Ola Health Center, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Carey and Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Canella will discuss the services provided by the health center.

The meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome. Lunch is $12.

For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.


Persons in Need grant supports seniors

Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 Persons in Need grant by the Hawaii Community Foundation. This grant is meant to help Maui’s frail elderly to “age in place” in their own homes and communities.

Assistance is offered in three areas: friendly visits, transportation and in-home respite.

Friendly volunteers provide companionship for homebound elders and assist them with everyday chores.

Transportation volunteers provide rides to frail elders for medical appointments, shopping and picking up medications.

Respite volunteers provide relief for family caregivers who need a break from taking care of a loved one.

For more information about these services or to become a volunteer, call Na Hoaloha Neighbors Helping Neighbors at 249-2545 or visit


Students selected as national delegates

Sophia Janssen and Jacqueline Erdman, both students at Seabury Hall, have been selected to represent Hawaii as national delegates at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., from June 23 to 28.

Janssen and Erdman will be among 250 students from across the country to participate in a weeklong study of leadership in environmental science and conservation.

They were chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University is hosting the summit along with partners National Geographic and the National Zoo.

Local Briefs

VW drivers plan Feb. 10 cruise

Volkswagen drivers are invited to join a VW Sunday Cruise on Feb. 10.

Participants will gather in the War Memorial Stadium parking lot in Wailuku at 9 a.m. The cruise will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The tentative route is from Wailuku to the Shops at Wailea parking lot, on to the Piilani Village Shopping Center and finally to Paradise Grill in Kaanapali.

Participants are asked to attend with a full tank of gas, car insurance and driver’s license. Food may be packed or purchased at any of the stop locations.

Host Paradise Grill will provide an area to park the VWs and the use of its bar downstairs for food and drinks and to watch a Volkswagen video.

Organizers ask participants to follow all safety rules.

For more information, email or


‘Musubi Man’ coming to Kahului library

The Honolulu Theatre for Youth will present “Musubi Man” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Kahului Public Library. Admission is free.

“Musubi Man” is a local version of “Gingerbread Man”; it follows a magical musubi on the adventure of a lifetime, according to a release. “Musubi Man” offers an interactive introduction to literature and was designed specifically for Hawaii libraries’ youngest audience.

This 45-minute performance is suitable for ages 3 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Contact Kahului Public Library as soon as possible if a sign-language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. The library is located at 90 School St., and the phone number is 873-3097.


Boats and whales topic of presentation

Emmanuelle Martinez, senior research scientist at Pacific Whale Foundation, will present a free slide show and talk Saturday on the foundation’s humpback whale research study off the coast of Maui, in pursuit of data that will help boaters navigate safely during the current whale season.

The event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the foundation’s Discovery Center, on the ocean-facing level of the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops.

The event is part of the Maui Whale Festival. For information call the foundation at 249-8811, ext. 1.


Rotarian to speak about peace forum

Mark Harbison will speak about the Rotary Global Peace Forum that took place in Honolulu Jan. 25-27 during the noon meeting of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

Harbison, a member of Kihei Wailea Rotary Club, will focus on the new Rotarian Action Group for Peace and Conflict Resolution launched at the Peace Forum.

Interested Rotarians and guests can learn more by visiting

All are welcome and invited to the meeting. The cost for lunch is $16.


MEO accepting Head Start applications

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Head Start is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year.

Head Start is a federal program that provides early-childhood development services to families meeting federal poverty guidelines and selection criteria.

Children who will be 3 or 4 years old by July 31 are eligible for enrollment.

Parents or legal guardians will be required to bring the child’s birth certificate and two forms of documentation of household income (for instance, 2012 W-2 forms or 2012 tax returns, four to six current pay stubs or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families printouts).

Applications must be completed in the office between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with the exception of all federal and state holidays, at the MEO Family Center located at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. An article published Jan. 27 incorrectly stated that applications may be picked up.

For more information, contact MEO’s Early Childhood Services Department at 249-2988.


High school plans graduation meetings

Maui High School will hold two informational meetings for parents/guardians and seniors who plan to participate in graduation commencement May 18.

The meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria and 9 a.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria.

Seniors or parents or guardians who do not attend one of the meetings may not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Topics to be discussed at these meetings will include fourth-quarter expectations and responsibilities of graduating seniors, Chapter 19 violations and student discipline, dress code requirements for the ceremony, song practices, graduation rehearsals and clearance of outstanding obligations.

For further information, contact Ti’a Joaquin at 873-3000.


Black History Month focus of talk

Aydin Adams and Adesina Ogunelese will speak about Black History Month and African Americans in Hawaii at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Maui on Thursday at the Class Act Restaurant at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Adams is an actress, poet and playwright. Ogunelese is a historian, lecturer and photographer.

Adams is the author of poetry volumes of poetry, novels and “African Americans in Hawai’i: A Search for Identity.”

Ogunelese has presented lectures on black inventors and scientists, black women in jazz and opera, and ancient African queens.

Ogunelese’s photographs are on display at the Bailey House Museum for Black History Month.

The cost for the noon lunch is $20. The public is welcome.


Lahainaluna to hold graduation meetings

Lahainaluna High School will be conducting two informational meetings for parents and guardians of students who will be graduating with the Class of 2013.

Attendance at one of the two scheduled meetings is mandatory to participate in the commencement exercises on May 19.

The first meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and the second is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 13. Both meetings will be held in the Samuel Kamakau Library.

Topics to be covered will include academic requirements for graduation, the required senior contract and commencement ceremony procedures.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Vice Principal JoAnne Dennis or Senior Class Counselor Ilima Greig-Hong at 662-4000 between 7:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


Judges sought for History Day Fair

Historians, educators and history buffs are being sought to serve as judges of student projects at the 2013 Maui District History Day Fair on Feb. 16 on the Baldwin High School campus.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served for judges.

History Day is a program of the Hawaii Council for the Humanities and is a venue for students to engage in research of primary sources and to interpret these materials on topics ranging from family to world history.

Those interested should contact State Coordinator Jane Murao as soon as possible at 732-5402, ext. 2, or via email at The deadline to sign up is Feb. 12.


Kalama Heights plans several events

Kalama Heights, an independent senior living community in Kihei, invites all members of the community, especially seniors, to several events in February.

Each event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

The events include: Let’s Talk Seniors – Heart Health at 7 p.m. Friday; Adventure Travel Club: Italy at 10 a.m. Saturday; and Chocolate Extravaganza at 3 p.m. Feb. 10.

Kalama Heights is located at 101 Kanani Road.

To RSVP or to learn more, call Kalama Heights at 879-1500.


School announces junior prom meetings

King Kekaulike High School juniors who will attend the KKHS Junior Prom must have a parent or guardian attend one of the following mandatory Junior Prom meetings: 6 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. Wednesday or 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meetings will be held in the cafeteria. For more information, call the school at 573-8710.


Friends of NRA plan banquet & auction

The Maui Friends of NRA 5th annual Banquet & Auction will take place at 5 p.m. March 2 at Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

The event will include an auction, door prizes, limited-edition firearms and art. Tickets are $55 each.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Central Guns & Ammo in Kahului, will benefit shooting sports on Maui, firearms education, shooting range development, and Maui Interscholastic League air riflery and youth shooting programs.

For more information, including about ticket purchases and sponsorship opportunities, call Maui Friends of the NRA at 872-2422 or email