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Hawaiian steel guitar gets the spotlight

Steel guitarist Gerry Valdrez will present “The History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar” from 7:30 to 8 p.m. April 12 on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn. The presentation is part of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s “Ha’ina Hou – Let the Story Be Told” free monthly program.

Valdrez and slack key guitarist Kevin Brown will also give a musical demonstration.

Seats are limited. Low beach chairs and mats are welcome.

In addition, a candlelit tour will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets. The $7 fee includes admission to the Wo Hing Museum at 858 Front St. Children 12 and younger, accompanied by a paying adult, will be admitted free.

For more information or a schedule of upcoming events, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.


Lahainaluna announces parent meeting

Lahainaluna High School will hold a Parent Information Night at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Kamakau Library.

Report cards will follow the Parent Teacher Student Association’s general meeting and elections. Also, speaker Johnelle Conching from ‘Ike Pono Hawai’i will discuss effective communication and building better relationships between parents and their teens. This will be the last Parent Information Night of the school year.

The PTSA board announced that it is actively seeking new leadership. Nominations are open to all parents. There are nonelected positions available too. For more information, contact the PTSA at lahainalunaptsa@gmail.com.

Finally, there is still time to enter the golf tournament to be held Saturday at the Kaanapali Golf Course. Check-in is at 7a.m. Entry fees are $375 plus mulligans and hole sponsorships. Contact Title Guaranty’s Lahaina Office at 661-8715 or lahaina@tghawaii.com to sign up or obtain more information.


Sustainable biofuel agriculture topic of talk

Kelly King, vice president of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, will speak about the potential of sustainable agriculture for biofuel on Maui during a presentation by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and Upcountry Sustainability from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 8 at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The presentation will take place in the Laulima Building, Room 105. No registration is necessary.

The presentation will examine biofuel agriculture demonstration projects on Oahu and the Big Island, as well as possibilities for Maui.

In 2006, together with Daryl Hannah and Willie and Annie Nelson, King co-founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that is developing a certification process for sustainable biodiesel practices.

For more information, call 984-3379.


Kickoff events announced for charity walk

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association will celebrate 35 years of giving back to the community with its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on May 11 at the War Memorial Soccer Field.

Last year, 2,500 walkers gathered at the War Memorial Soccer Field for a morning of exercise, camaraderie, food, prizes and entertainment. At the end of the day, a total of $613,025 was raised, aiding 84 Maui County charities.

Kickoff events are held around the island to allow participants a chance to learn more about the event and to pick up packets that include walker forms, posters, fliers, etc., that participants need to promote and collect funds for the charity walk.

This year’s kickoff events will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Royal Lahaina Resort; 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Maui Beach Hotel; and 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Reservations are requested at either info@mauihla.org or 244-8625.


Concerns about aging topic of presentation

Registered nurse Elaine Slavinsky will discuss the differences between “senior moments” and serious matters like Alzheimer’s disease when she appears as a guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Roselani Place in Kahului. It is part of the assisted living community’s ongoing Aging Wisely Community Series.

Roselani Place will also host an open house, with model apartments open for viewing. Light lunch refreshments will be served.

To reserve a space or obtain more information, email diane@roselaniplace.com or call 871-7720. Roselani Place is located at 88 S. Papa Ave.


Health and fitness topic of presentation

“Health and Fitness Over 40” will be the topic of a presentation by Eleanor Himes at noon Wednesday when the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea meets at Mulligans on the Blue restaurant in Wailea.

The cost including lunch is $16. The public is welcome to attend.


School announces informational meeting

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

The school will have an informational meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kihei Baptist Chapel, located at 1655 S. Kihei Road. There will be student presentations and a video about the school’s philosophy.

Applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year for kindergarten and 1st grade. The currently existing middle and high school is accepting new students in grades 6-8.

For more information, call 214-2661 or visit www.cornerstonemaui.com.

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Caregiver workshop to explore resources

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and Maui County Office on Aging invite the public to a free caregiver workshop, “Community Resources to Assist Caregivers & the Elder Population,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 6 in the Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall, 11 Mahaolu St., in Kahului.

Attendees will learn about services in Maui County that can assist caregivers and those they’re caring for.

A panel will include Betsy Schellar, volunteer coordinator, Na Hoaloha; Kathleen Couch, caregiver/program coordinator, Maui Adult Day Care Centers; Kathy Louis, program director, Hale Mahaolu Personal Care; and Norma Circle, program specialist/manager, Maui County Office on Aging.

No reservations are needed to attend. Light breakfast items will be provided for attendees. Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals. Free care can be provided for adults during the workshop; call in advance to arrange. For more information, call Couch at 871-5804.


Garage sale will benefit feline foundation

The Feline Foundation of Maui will hold a fundraising garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Kihei.

Donations of good salable items are being accepted for the garage sale, which will be at 231 Kawailani Circle in the Piilani II subdivision near Safeway.

Money raised will go for spaying and neutering of cats in managed feral colonies. Volunteer caretakers maintain the colonies by trapping the cats, having them neutered or spayed and returning them to their home areas, as an alternative to euthanasia.

The program is funded 100 percent by donations.

To make arrangements to drop off items for the garage sale or to make tax-deductible donations, call 879-3059.

More information is available at www.mauicats.com or www.alleycat.org.


Library announces family movie night

Wailuku Public Library will screen the action/adventure film “Rise of the Guardians” at 6 p.m. Thursday. The DreamWorks Animation film features the voices of Hugh Jackman and Alec Baldwin.

When an evil spirit known as Pitch moves to take over the world, the Guardians join forces.

The film is rated PG and is being screened as part of the library’s family movie night program. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


Chamber president to speak at meeting

Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

Tumpap will speak about problems facing businesses.

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

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


BHS class of ’83 sets 30th reunion

The Baldwin High School class of 1983 has planned a 30-year class reunion for Aug. 30-31 (Labor Day weekend) in Las Vegas.

The reunion night dinner is planned for Aug. 31 at Makino sushi and seafood buffet, with a casual night get-together Aug. 30 at Triple 7 at the Main Street Station. Other activities, such as bowling and a slot tournament, are planned.

The committee requests registration and payment by Aug. 1. For more information, contact Todd Hayase at 385-5154 or Malorie Arisumi at bhsco83@aol.com.


DOT engineer will address Rotarians

Charlene Shibuya, assistant district engineer/construction engineer with the state Department of Transportation Highways Division, will speak at the Rotary Club of Maui noon luncheon April 4.

The meeting will take place at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The cost is $20. The public is welcome. Shibuya will speak on “State Highways Maui District: Our Past Ten Years of Accomplishments – An Unprecedented Decade.”

Shibuya is a civil engineer with more than 33 years of professional experience, mostly in highway engineering.


Wellness program announces new session

Maui Memorial Medical Center will offer its next session of the comprehensive community cardiovascular wellness program Malama Pu’uwai (Take Care of Your Heart) at Kaunoa Senior Center.

The new series will start April 16 and run Tuesdays through May 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The six-week program is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required and space is limited.

The Malama Pu’uwai program focuses on education, healthy food choices, exercise, screening and referrals. After the six-week program is finished, three- and nine-month follow-up newsletters will be mailed, and at six and 12 months follow-up meetings will be held. This schedule will allow continuous contact with participants over a 15-month period.

For more information or to register for Malama Pu’uwai, contact Kim Finney at kfinney@hhsc.org or 243-3047.


Caregiving to the dying topic of event

Doorway Into Light will sponsor “Deep Caregiving to the Dying: When Dying is Not Just a Medical Event” at the Makawao Union Church Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13.

The cost is $25.

For more information, contact the Rev. Bodhi Be at 573-8334 or email bodhi@doorwayintolight.org.


Insurance agents support troops

Insurance agents participating in a recent continuing education program in Hawaii made a large donation to the Maui County Veterans Council.

“ICAT managers and Centauri Specialty Insurance Company sponsored a multi-island educational event with over 250 insurance agency participants,” said Paul Laub, president of the Maui County Veterans Council. Events were held in Honolulu and Kona and on Maui, providing classes to agents throughout the state.

“Through the generosity of many of the participants, we were able to raise about 300 pounds of donations, including food, toiletries and clothing items, and several checks totaling over $300,” said Laub.

“We are grateful to everyone who generously gave to our troops and their families,” he said.

The donated items go to deployed troops, families of lower-ranking troops, and homeless and needy veterans.

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Theater appoints new executive director

The Board of Directors of Theatre Theatre Maui has appointed Angela Thompson to succeed Louisa Shelton as its next executive director effective April 1.

“We are delighted to have Angie join us in our continued efforts of serving our west side community” remarked Penny Wakida, the nonprofit’s president, who joined the board along with Shelton in 1992. “This grass-roots organization is now serving the next generation of youth, including my grandchildren and so many others in our community.”

This month, Theatre Theatre Maui wrapped up after-school drama classes at Lahaina Intermediate School, in its fifth year of partnership with the Lahaina Complex Tutor Project. Scheduled for April and May are Monday afternoon improv classes for members of the Boys and Girls Club in Lahaina.

Theatre Theatre Maui’s program plans now are focused on arrangements to produce its 21st summer youth performing arts program in Lahaina, presenting public performances of a selected musical at the end of a five-week camp. For more information, contact the office at 661-1168 or email ttmwestmaui@aol.com.


Reading and language arts focus of event

Maui Mall’s Family Sundays event from noon to 2 p.m. today will celebrate reading and language arts.

The free event for families and school-age children will take place at Maui Mall in Kahului. Activities will include an onstage reading by storyteller Kathy “Tita” Collins and recognition of select students for their academic achievements and character.

The students were nominated by Maui teachers, then selected by Maui Mall and entered into a student drawing where one will go home with an iPad Mini.

Read Aloud America will ask trivia questions and pass out prizes. Students will also share their own poetry and essays. Other free activities include designing bookmarks with Maui United Way and a scavenger hunt with Fun Factory, where kids 12 and younger can win 100 tokens.

For more information about Maui Mall Family Sundays and other events, visit www.mauimall.com or email info@mauimall.com


‘Find the Funny’ to be topic of meeting

No Ka Oi Toastmasters of Kahului will host a special “Find the Funny” meeting at the Iao Valley Nature Center from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Special speakers adept at humorous speech making will be on hand to mentor members and guests. The event is free. For more information, contact Trisha Anderson at 244-9016.


School celebrates Lutheran heritage

This past week, Emmanuel Lutheran School joined with more than 3,000 other Lutheran schools across the country to celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week.

National Lutheran Schools Week is a time for schools to recognize their Lutheran heritage in Christian education and provide an opportunity to do a few things out of the ordinary, according to a news release. At Emmanuel Lutheran, students participated in unique activities, classroom projects and a special Sunday children’s worship service. The theme for this year was “Baptized for This Moment” based on Acts 2:3839.

This year the school chose the Wailuku Union Food Pantry as a community focus. Students collected 1,505 cans of food. They were eligible to win prizes provided by the teachers. Some of the prizes included a miniature golf excursion, a class ice-cream party and a packet of Fun Factory coins.

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Service hike into crater set for Easter weekend

An Easter weekend service trip into Haleakala Crater, led by the Friends of Haleakala National Park, is in need of volunteers.

The hike/service trip will run from March 29 to 31. Participants will hike into the crater, stay in Kapalaoa Cabin and work on protection of native plants.

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 may be accommodated on each trip.

Volunteers must be able to hike in and out of the crater carrying their personal items, including a sleeping bag, as well as a their breakfasts and lunches and a share of the communally purchased dinner food.

To register or for more information, go to the website www.fhnp.org. Those registering may contact the hike leader by emailing to michele@fhnp.org .


‘Keep Your Donors’ workshop set Monday

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter will hold its “AFP Planning to Keep Your Donors” workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

This workshop is usually held on Oahu. It is being held on Maui to increase awareness of the group’s 30-year anniversary and statewide education goals, a news release said.

“While nonprofit organizations grow in number and address increasingly complex fundraising issues, we hope to educate as much of the state’s fundraising professionals as possible so they may pursue becoming Certified Fundraising Executive credential holders,” said AFP Aloha Chapter President Sarah Tenney.

Tenney is one of 14 certificate holders in Hawaii. Maui has one certificate holder.

The fee for the workshop is $25 for AFP Aloha Chapter members and $60 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register for the limited seating event, visit www.afphawaii.org.


TS Restaurants official to speak to Kiwanis Club

Dave Allaire of TS Restaurants will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Maui at noon Thursday at Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

He will speak about how the company got started, the branding of the restaurants and personal experiences in business. TS Restaurants is one of Maui’s largest employers.

The meeting is open to the public. Lunch is $12

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


Fruit trees, isle planting plan topics on Tuesday

A presentation on the county’s new planting plan and a talk on fruit trees will be offered at the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Services Building of the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The event is free and open to the public.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., Ernie Rezents will be presenting the new and expanded edition of the Maui County Planting Plan.

At 7 p.m., Jamie Nahl of Plant It Hawaii will discuss fruit trees. She will offer tips on growing fruit trees in all climates of Maui and offer information on proper pruning techniques, appropriate fertilization and pest and disease management.

For more information, call 268-6927.


MPD Kihei commander to speak to Rotary club

The Maui Police Department’s Kihei commander will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meeting to begin at 7:30 a.m. March 27 at the Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Captain Tivoli Faaumu will discuss the new Kihei police station and other South Maui police activities.

The cost of breakfast is $22. The public is invited.

For more information, contact President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or go to the club’s website at www.kiheirotary.org.


YMCA Camp Renaissance Faire set this weekend

YMCA Camp Keanae’s Ye Olde Hawaiian Renaissance Faire will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There will be Hawaiian crafts and crafters, food, entertainment, hula, music, stages, art, keiki play/games/craft area and a jousting ring.

The admission is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 5 to 15 and free for children under 4 years old. There also is a family rate.

Y Camp Keanae is located at 13375 Hana Highway in Keanae at Mile Marker 16.5. For more information, call 248-8355 or 281-9746 or email andy@ymcacampkeanae.org.


Egg McMuffin sale to benefit robotics teams

A dollar from Egg McMuffins and Egg McMuffin Extra Value meals sold at McDonald’s Restaurants in Hawaii through Sunday will go Hawaii robotics teams, including those in Maui County.

McDonald’s is the sponsor for the FIRST Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition.


Kealia Pond waterbirds topic of March 27 talk

A talk titled “Seasons and Waterbirds at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. March 27 at the Maui Ocean Center’s Open Ocean Exhibit.

Kealia Pond Refuge Manager Glynnis Nakai will present the complimentary Sea Talk.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry is through the aquarium front gate from 5:50 to 6:15 p.m.

Reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.


Maui Math Challenge accepting entries

The Maui Math Challenge 2013, open to Maui County elementary school students, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 13 at Seabury Hall.

For more information, contact Steve Vurno by phone at 442-6187 or by email at svurno@seaburyhall.org, or Jesse Doan at jdoan17@seabury-hall.org.

Doan, a MathCounts state individual champion, is organizing this contest as part of his 8th-grade project.


Robinson show to benefit youth club

Ryan Robinson, who has a new CD titled “A Couch to Call Home” out, will perform Friday evening at Three’s Bar and Grill in Kihei – with some of the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui.

Robinson will donate $5 from each admission ticket, which is $15, to the Boys and Girls Clubs. In addition, each concertgoer will receive a copy of the new CD.

Doors open at 9 p.m.

The Maui-based musician said that the synergy effect of promoting his CD and helping the Boys and Girls Clubs is a great fit.

“I believe that the organization is a genuine charity that directly benefits our small Maui community,” Robinson said.


Rotary clubs to hold March Madness

Three Rotary clubs on Maui have joined for a March Madness fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. March 30 at Mulligan’s On The Blue in Wailea.

There will be music by the rock band I Want Candy, food stations, including the pub’s beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips and shepherd’s pie, and a no-host bar.

There also will be live and silent auctions with items such as artwork, rounds of golf and hotel stays.

The three Rotary clubs staging the event are the Kihei-Wailea, Valley Isle Sunset and Upcountry Maui clubs.

The proceeds will be used for the club service projects, including scholarships, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp, Rotary Youth Exchange and more.

Tickets are $55.

They may be obtained from the website www.mauirotary.org or by calling Kim Dobson at 264-2259 or Mark Harbison at 283-3785.


‘A Handful of Nails’ performance set

“A Handful of Nails,” a drama with music about the crucifixion, will be staged by the Christ the King Youth Ministry at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Kahului church.

The thread that ties the Easter drama together is the conversation between the two thieves on the other two crosses with Jesus Christ. There will be an account from the carpenter who built the cross, Simon of Cyrene, and Judas’ plea after having second thoughts about turning in Jesus.

The show is free.


Cruise ship lunch to help Ka Ipu Kukui

A luncheon benefit for the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program that helps train future community leaders will be held aboard the Holland America Cruise Line vessel Westerdam on April 14.

Tickets for “Ho’okele: Navigating a Bright Future in New Times” are available through Monday.

Guests are invited to dine with past and current Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows at the luncheon, which features gourmet food and wine, a silent auction, a behind-the-scenes cruise ship tour and music by Lei’ohu Ryder.

Those attending will board the tender at Lahaina Harbor at 10 a.m. and leave the ship at 2 p.m. A photo ID is required.

Tickets are $75.

The fundraiser will support tuition waivers and expenses related to the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program, a yearlong endeavor designed to support community-identified future leaders.

For more information, email kikfellows@gmail.com or call 984-3581.

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‘Evening with the Experts’ scheduled

The Pacific Whale Foundation will host an “Evening with the Experts” discussion on the latest developments about humpback whales from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali.

PWF founder Greg Kaufman and other whale experts will also present photos, films, recordings and first-person accounts of studying whales in the wild.

The free event is part of the Maui Whale Festival.

For more information, call the foundation at 249-8811, ext. 1.


Foods, goods for sale at annual bazaar

Paia Mantokuji Mission will have its annual bazaar from 7 to 11 a.m. March 24 at 253 Hana Highway in lower Paia, across from the Paia Community Center.

Items for sale will include foods such as chow fun, nishime, Spam musubi, manju, ohagi, baked goods and pickled items; new and used clothing; produce; plants; crafts; and a variety of rummage items.

Tickets for maki sushi and nishime, for pickup April 6, will also be available for purchase.

For more information, call the Rev. Kenji Oyama at 579-8051.


Demonstration for assistive technology

The Maui Maternal Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities Program will present a free “Assistive Technology Mini Demonstration Session” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Assistive technology includes any item, whether bought or manufactured, that helps someone do something that would otherwise be more difficult to do. The mini vendor and product demonstration session will highlight the use of assistive technology for the enhancement of communication skills and basic learning.

The demonstration session is ideally suited for children with special health care needs and their families, case managers, social workers, teachers, speech language pathologists, behavioral specialists, physicians, psychologists, skills trainers and anybody who may be interested in assistive technology.

Mini demonstrations will last 30 minutes. Each session will be offered twice:

* iPads, Smart phones and everyday technology.

* Switch-making workshop.

* Literacy and universal design.

For more information, including a demonstration schedule, contact Lesley Alexander at 281-5077.


‘Addiction Incorporated’ screening set

The documentary film “Addiction Incorporated” will be screened at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the student lounge of the Pilina Building.

The expose of the tobacco industry was written and directed by Charles Evans Jr. and executive produced by Charmaine Parcero. It is to be shown as part of National Kick Butts Day.

It is being presented by the Maui Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, the anti-tobacco group REAL and the UH-Maui College Tobacco-Free Task Force. After the film, there will be a discussion panel and brief presentation on why UH-Maui College should be tobacco free.

Signs on campus will direct visitors to the student lounge. The event is free and open to the community.


Orientation for UH-MC dental program

The University of Hawaii Maui College’s Dental Assisting Program will hold a general orientation meeting 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 and also receive hands-on clinical training at the Maui Oral Health Center and at private-practice dental offices on Maui.

For information and to reserve a seat, call 984-3250. Program and application information may be found at www.maui.hawaii.edu/dental. The application deadline for admittance in the UH-Maui College Dental Assisting Program in the fall semester is May 1.


Makawao Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

The third annual Makawao Easter Egg Hunt will begin with a sign-up at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Oskie Rice Rodeo Grounds on Olinda Road in Makawao. The egg hunt, for children 10 and younger, will follow. Participants should bring their own baskets.

Refreshments will be sold by King Kekaulike High School students.

The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Makawao Community Association, along with Haleakala Ranch and Kaunoulu Ranch.


Luau for civic club awards presentation

The Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club will present awards during a luau Saturday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with pupu and silent auction followed by the luau, awards ceremony and dancing at 8 p.m. to the music of Deja Vu. Kaniela Masoe will perform music during the luau.

The club will honor Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Colette Machado; OHA Community Outreach Coordinator Thelma Shimaoka; Queen Liliuokalani Children Center-Liliuokalani Trust Unit Director Iris Mountcastle and Hawaiian entertainer Richard Ho’opi’i.

The purpose of the function is to provide funds for college scholarships, according to a news release. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained from any member of the club, at the door or by contacting David or Florence Keala at 281-9486 or 572-8151.


HGEA retirees slated to meet Thursday

An HGEA retirees meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the UPW Hall in Wailuku. The agenda includes election of new officers and board members, and delegate selection for the June 4-5 convention.

Certified public accountants Marilyn Niwao and John Roberts will speak on the economy and general tax issues. Niwao is an attorney and member of state Council on Revenues. Roberts is state president of the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants. They both are past members of the State Tax Review Commission.

Steve Tam, AARP Hawaii’s advocacy director, will also update members on state and federal issues.


Public welcome at award celebration

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. invites the public to the 7th annual Cesar Chavez Award Celebration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 28 at the MEO Family Center in Wailuku.

The award celebration and luncheon will honor an individual who represents the life and achievements of the late Cesar Chavez, an activist with the United Farm Workers.

The celebration will be emceed by Maui County Council Chairwoman Gladys C. Baisa.

The cost for lunch is $12, and reservations and payment must be received by MEO no later than Friday. No payment will be accepted at the door.

To make reservations and remit payment, contact Kai Oliver at 249-2990. For more information, call Leonardo Sequeira at the Enlace Hispano program at 249-2970.


‘Picnic for Poki’ concert open to public

Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite the public to attend the ongoing “Picnic for Poki” concert series at 11 a.m. Thursday. The free performance will be on the grounds of the Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku.

The featured guest will be the Brown Ohana, which consists of brothers Sheldon and Kevin Brown, along with friend Joe Bommarito.

The Brown brothers began their musical careers early in life and became professional musicians, forming the Waiehu Sons in 1970. They perform traditional Hawaiian and slack key guitar music.

Roselani Place, Maui’s assisted-living community, will provide fresh-baked cookies, coffee and water. Attendees may bring a lawn chair or mat and lunch.

Picnic for Poki is held every third Thursday of the month to continue bringing the spirit of aloha and Hawaiian music to the Maui community in honor of the late Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala.

The church is at 103 S. High St. For more information, call 871-7720.


Homebuyer seminar set for Saturday

Na Hale O Maui, a community land trust, will present a home-buyer seminar from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the J. Walter Cameron Center auditorium in Wailuku. Registration will be from 8:45 to 9 a.m.

Attendees will learn about community land trust homeownership, the basics of obtaining a mortgage and four steps to ownership of a community land trust home.

The seminar is being offered free, but seating is limited. Reservations are due by Friday. For more information, call 244-6110.


Rotary to host author of ‘Thunder Road’

Stu Nichols, author of “Thunder Road, The Journey Home,” will speak at the noon meeting of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue restaurant in Wailea.

Nichols, a carnation farmer in Kula, will talk about his difficult experience of returning to the U.S. after the Vietnam War and how during his return to Vietnam 20 years later, he received the homecoming that America had denied him.

The cost for lunch is $16, and everyone is welcome.


Roselani Place’s sale slated for Saturday

Roselani Place will hold its fifth annual rummage sale from 8 a.m to noon Saturday at 88 South Papa Ave. in Kahului, next to Ala Lani Methodist Church.

There will be furniture, clothing, books, household goods, plants and craft items. Proceeds will be used to benefit the residents of Roselani Place. Donations of salable items are welcome.

Roselani Place is also looking for volunteers to sort and price items Wednesday through Friday or to help out on the day of the event. For more information, call 871-7720.

Roselani Place is a senior living community licensed to provide assisted-living services.


Tenrikyo church to host rummage sale

Tenrikyo Maui Church will hold its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 649 S. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului.

Call Kristl Ito-Lau at 227-0499 with questions or to arrange for donation drop-off.


Global Technology head to discuss school

Global Technology High School’s head of school, Elaine Blasi, will be the guest speaker at the American Association of University Women’s meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waterfront Restaurant in the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops.

At 11 a.m., Blasi will discuss the new Wailuku school’s four-year college preparatory science, technology, engineering, art and math program.

Global Technology High School is one of the first Montessori high schools in the nation.

For noon lunch reservations and information, contact Janet Walker at 874-9435 or bjpwalker@comcast.net.


Perception of space presentation topic

There are a lot of things that humans cannot see without the aid of modern technology. This is the premise of a presentation by Gary Greenberg titled “The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things: How Science has Changed our Perception of Light, Space and Time.”

The free presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center at 34 Ohia Ku St. in Pukalani.

Technology has allowed us to extend our perception of space by integrating microscopes and telescopes with the modern camera, according to a press release about the presentation. The extraordinary nature of ordinary objects is revealed when the universe is seen through these powerful technologies.

In the presentation, participants will see that everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified thousands of times, illuminating the hidden secrets of nature.

For more information, call 573-9500.

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Maui High School senior wins AP award

Steven Okada, a senior at Maui High School in Kahului, was recently named the male Hawaii winner of the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation administered by the College Board.

The female Hawaii winner was Sonia Chang, a senior at Punahou School in Honolulu. Both students will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Nationally, 101 students (93 seniors and 8 juniors) were honored with the Siemens AP Award and scholarship. Chang and Okada outperformed all other students in Hawaii to receive the award.

The awards recognize the nation’s top achievers in advanced placement courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student in each state. The two national winners (also one male and one female) are recognized and each receive a $5,000 scholarship.


Community to celebrate queen’s birthday

‘O Waihe’e Ma Community Association and Cultural Center is presenting three days of free activities to celebrate Queen Ka’ahumanu’s 245th birthday:

* 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Waihee Elementary School, film screening of “The Hawaiians – Reflecting Spirit,” by Edgy Lee.

* 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Waihee Park, kite-making workshop by Waihe’e Limu Restoration; lauhala weaving by Pohaku Kahoohanohano; blood sugar and blood-pressure testing, lomilomi massages by Hui No Ke Ola Pono.

* 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Waihe’e United Church of Christ, worship service at 8:30 a.m. followed by birthday cake celebration at 9:30 a.m.


Sales will benefit Backpack Buddies

Jessica Griffiths, 12-year-old owner of Maui Girlz Shave Ice, invites the public to support a fundraiser she is organizing for Backpack Buddies from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Swap meet, on the harbor side of the University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului.

One hundred percent of Maui Girlz Shave Ice net sales proceeds will be donated to Backpack Buddies, benefitting Kamali’i and Kihei elementary schools.

Backpack Buddies provides nutritional meals and snacks to youth whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria.


Kula AARP to explore retirement options

The regular meeting of Kula AARP Chapter will be held Monday at the Kula Community Center.

The meeting begins with refreshments at 9 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Roselani Place marketing director Diane Alba-Means will give a presentation about the Kahului retirement community.

Lisa Morrison is scheduled to give a short presentation about her nonprofit organization, Keiki Kokua.

The meeting is open to the public. 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 more information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Social service office space available

The J. Walter Cameron Center, located at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku, has announced that office space is available at the center for social service agencies on Maui.

The Cameron Center hosts 17 social service agencies that enjoy free rent and pay a low common-area maintenance cost that includes electricity, water, free parking and a central office with a copier, a mailroom, a postage meter and fax and other office equipment.

The 420 square feet of office space includes access to completely renovated meeting rooms, including a modern kitchen that can be used for as many as 40 meetings per year – all provided at no additional cost to an agency.

To view the space and tour the center, call Cesar Gaxiola at 244-5546. The space is expected to be available beginning April 1.


Attorney to address Rotary Club of Maui

Meg Obenauf, attorney and founder of the Obenauf Law Group, will speak to the Rotary Club of Maui at noon March 21 at the Class Act Restaurant at UH-Maui College.

Obenauf will discuss issues relating to elder care, estate planning and planning for children.

The Upcountry resident is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Her practice includes helping families pass on their wealth while minimizing conflict and taxes.

Lunch costs $20. The public is welcome.


School seeks vendors for Ho’olaule’a

Artists, crafters and nonprofits have an opportunity to be part of Upcountry Maui’s annual Ho’olaule’a from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 on the Kamehameha Schools Maui high school campus in Pukalani.

Vendors will be showcased in the Paki/Konia Vendor Courtyard. A 10-feet-by-10-feet booth space is priced at $125 ($100 for those vendors who donate a silent auction item valued at a minimum of $25). Vendors are to provide a 10-feet-by-10-feet tent, tables, table coverings and chairs, as needed.

Completed applications with payment are to be accepted and processed as they are received. Confirmation by email will be sent approximately two weeks after receipt of application.

All items offered for sale need to be of high quality and will be screened by the Vendor Committee to ensure quality and to avoid direct competition with items sold by the school’s parent group.

An application is available at blogs.ksbe.edu/mauiparents/files/2011/01/2013-vendor-application.pdf. For more information, email texeira1971@yahoo.com or call 870-1397.


Free computer class accepting students

Larry McCarty, Iao Intermediate School computer technician coordinator, will lead a free, beginners-only, eight-week introductory computer class April 3 to May 22 at the Wailuku school.

The class is limited to one parent or guardian per family of a current Baldwin District school student.

Classes will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Iao school’s Room J-206.

Seating is limited. The deadline to apply is April 3.

For more information, call McCarty at 984-5610, ext. 226.

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Chef Ori Ann Li to share vegan recipes

Ori Ann Li will give a cooking demonstration at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center auditorium at 95 Mahalani St., in Wailuku. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Cookbook writer Li’s first book, “Ori Ann Li’s Vegan Paradise: 65 Unforgettable Recipes,” features Asian and fusion cuisines and tips on healing foods. It was published this year.

Her second book (not yet titled) will feature European and Middle Eastern cuisines.

She hopes to bring as many people as possible along on her journey to “Vegan Paradise” where no animals are harmed and people are healthy and completely satisfied with the meals they eat, according to a news release.

Li received culinary training in Europe and North America. She specializes in world cuisines.

For more information, contact Steve Blake at 572-8371 or steveblake@hawaiiantel.net.


Foundation announces ocean camp

The Pacific Whale Foundation will hold its spring session ocean camp from March 18 to 22 at its Discovery Center in Maalaea.

The camp titled “Courageous Corals” is for children in grades kindergarten through 5 and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program includes a whalewatch cruise, a surf lesson, a visit to the Maui Ocean Center, games, art projects and an opportunity to gain a better understanding of corals.

Campers may sign up for the entire camp or for individual days.

The cost is $72 per day; PWF members pay $55 per day. Last-minute registration (within 24 hours before a session) is $77; members pay $61.

For more information call 249-8811, ext. 1. A camp flier and enrollment form is available at www.pacificwhale.org/content/ocean-discovery-camp-1.

Some need-based scholarships are available. For information contact Karen Molina, camp director and youth education manager, at karenmolina@pacificwhale.org.


Workshop to examine tactics of con artists

“Outsmarting Investment Fraud” is the title of a free workshop to be presented from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course clubhouse. Participants will learn the common tactics used by con artists and how to avoid them.

The workshop is being presented by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Better Business Bureau, AARP and the state Office of the Securities Commissioner.

Registration is required. Call toll-free (877) 926-8300 to reserve a space.


Global Peace Forum topic of presentation

Sarah Armstrong and Simone Baldwin, sophomores at Seabury Hall, will discuss their experiences at the Global Peace Forum on Oahu in January at the noon meeting of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club on Wednesday. The meeting will take place at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

The students will describe peace projects the students undertook while at the forum and how the experience influenced them.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The cost is $16, including lunch.


Hospital to host diabetes support group

Maui Memorial Medical Center will host a Diabetes Education Support Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Marion Hanlon Room in the Kahului Tower. The topic for this month will be diabetes myths and facts, with registered nurse and certified diabetes educator Rose Davis.

The Diabetes Support Group holds monthly meetings geared for diabetic patients, their family and friends. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call Davis at 442-5773.


Meeting includes taiko workshop

The public is invited to attend the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui’s quarterly meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Kahului Jodo Mission social hall.

The meeting will include a taiko workshop for people of all ages. Discussion will include the history of taiko and how it evolved to include ensemble performances, as well as the history of taiko in the United States and Hawaii.

Participants will get hands-on instruction by Maui Taiko’s performance ensemble and have the opportunity to play on various styles of drums.

The taiko workshop is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Bento lunches will be available at $7 each.

Call Priscilla Yamamura at 283-4253 to reserve a space by Wednesday.


Author to speak at bookstore Saturday

Maui author Jill Engledow will share stories from her new book, “Haleakala: A History of the Maui Mountain” at the Maui Friends of the Library bookstore in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center at 2 p.m. Saturday. Her talk, titled “The Park in Our Backyard,” will offer a short history of Haleakala National Park, the people and events that led to its establishment, and its growth and impact on the island today

Maui Friends of the Library is a volunteer-run organization that supports public libraries in Maui County. The group sells used books in several venues, as well as new Hawaiiana titles.


Center announces parent workshop

The Maui High School Parent-Community Networking Center will host a free parent workshop, presented by Ike Pono Quest, in the Maui High School library.

Parents may choose from one of two sessions: 6 p.m. Thursday or 9 a.m Saturday. On-site child care will be available on a reservation basis for children 5 to 12 years old.

The workshop is open to the community. To reserve a spot, call Johnelle Conching of Ike Pono Quest at 280-7468.


Club to share Italian culture

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a gathering called Parliamo in Italiano & Mangiare at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the outside patio of Cafe O’Lei at The Dunes at Maui Lani. The public is welcome to join the club to eat and learn about Italian culture.

For more information, call President Mary Pence at 573-0339 or 298-4057. To learn more about the organization, visit www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.


Ala Lani plans rummage sale

New and used items, as well as baked goods and crafts, will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ala Lani United Methodist Church rummage sale in Kahului. The sale will be at the church, at 50 S. Papa Ave.

In addition, there will be games, a plant sale and Korean side dishes. Church members are selling tickets for Korean plate lunches and pansit.

Funds raised at the event will be used to support the church’s youth group activities.

Donations of new and lightly used goods will be accepted at the church after 11 a.m. today or from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. Ring the sanctuary doorbell to gain access to the dropoff area.


Women artists focus of movie

In observance of Women’s History Month, Makawao Public Library will present a free screening and discussion of the award-winning film “Who Does She Think She Is?” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The documentary is by Pamela Tanner Boll, Academy Award-winning producer of “Born Into Brothels.”

The film features five contemporary women artists and how they navigate parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.

The film features Hawaii artist Mayumi Oda.

Maui visual and theater artists Pat Masumoto, Ayin Adams, Jett Batoon, Deybra Fair and others will discuss the film and women in the arts.

For more information, call Makawao Public Library at 573-8785 or visit www.whodoesshethinksheis.net.


Hotel hygiene topic of meeting

Hotel employees and the public are invited to attend the Maui chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach.

The topic “Hotel Hygiene and You” will be explored.

The association is a professional organization for people employed at the management level of facility housekeeping.

Linda Bill of Protect-A-Bed will be one of the presenters. Robert Paulson, service manager from Terminix, will speak on the prevention and control of bedbugs.

A suggested donation of $5 is requested for attendance. The meetting is open to the public on a space-limited basis. A no-host lunch will follow to allow time for networking and dialogue with members, speakers and guests.

For more information contact any board member. A member list is available at www.iehamaui.org.


AARP announces meeting

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

Paula Keele from Enhance Fitness will lead the group in a short exercise program.

The AARP group will also hear a message from Mary Kay HofMann, a student at the University of Hawaii Maui College who is an intern in the Maui County Office on Aging. She will give a short presentation about a soon-to-be-released program for seniors called Bus Buddies.

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


Upcountry Celtic will perform

Upcountry Celtic will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at Makawao Public Library to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The performance is free, and all ages are welcome.

For more information or to request special accommodation, call the library at 573-8785.


Church plans auction at mall

Lahaina Baptist Church will hold a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lahaina Cannery Mall. Proceeds will help Lahaina children attend camp.

Available items include a luau, a magic show, dinner, activities, ice cream, boat trips and art. For additional information, call 298-6642.


Resort donates oatmeal

The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa donated 25 cases of Starbucks Oatmeal to the Maui Food Bank on March 5.

The donation will provide 2,400 healthy meals to the people of Maui County who are supported by the Maui Food Bank, according to a news release.

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Childhood conference offers workshops

The Hawai’i Association for the Education of Young Children, Maui Chapter, will hold its annual Early Childhood Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus.

The theme is “Powerful Interactions” and the keynote speaker is Judy Jablon, co-author of a book by the same name. Jablon is an early-childhood consultant and coach with 25 years of experience.

On-site registration is $55 for HAEYC members and $65 for nonmembers.

Each afternoon session has nine or 10 choices, which include topics ranging from “Powerful Interactions in Nature” by Fun, 2, 3 Director Vicki Cunningham, to “Holistic Classroom Management” with children’s musician and former Maui resident Wayne Watkins.

For more information, contact Elaine Yamashita at yamash@hawaii.edu or 984-3208.


St. Anthony band to perform Monday

The St. Anthony Symphony Band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the St. Anthony Church Center.

The concert will be a prelude to a concert the group will perform April 1 at New York’s Carnegie Hall. It is also a “thank you” concert for the family, friends, community members and businesses who have made the trip to New York possible. Admission is free, and the public is invited.


Class designed for senior drivers

An AARP driver safety class will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center.

The class is open to everyone although it is designed for drivers 50 years and older.

The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate.

A $14 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members will receive a $2 discount. Members should bring their AARP cards to class for the discount. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call the West Maui Senior Center at 661-9432. The center is located at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.


Blessing will kick off garden project

Kihei Charter School will hold a Hawaiian garden blessing ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday behind the middle school location at 41 East Lipoa St. The blessing will kick off a planting project for the school garden. The event will consist of some breakfast bites, starting of seedlings and participation in traditional Hawaiian chants for planting.

For more information, call Lauren Pell at Kihei Charter School, 875-0700.


Atlantis Adventures manager to speak

Jim Walsh, general manager of Atlantis Adventures-Maui, will be guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui noon meeting Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway restaurant in Kahului.

Walsh has been general manager on Maui for the past 16 years. He will talk about the tourism market and personal experiences in business.

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

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


Surfrider Foundation plans gathering

Surfrider Foundation Maui will host a free gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Paia Community Center. The evening will include acoustic guitar jams, light pupu, surf cinematography and a presentation about Surfrider Foundation Maui.

In addition, there will be a talk story session and book signing with Jaimal Yogis, author of “The Fear Project.”

Donations to the foundation will be accepted.


Surgeon to speak about ‘Rotoplast’

Dr. Ron Worland of he Medford Rogue Rotary Club in Oregon will be the guest speaker at the Kihei/Wailea Rotary Club noon meeting today at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

Dr. Worland has had perfect attendance with Rotary since 1979. He will be speaking about the Rotoplast mission he was part of last year in India, where he provided much needed reconstructive surgical procedures.

All are welcome to attend. The cost for lunch is $16.


Women’s ministry announces rummage

The Good Shepherd Women’s Ministry will sponsor a rummage from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as a benefit for the People to People Youth Group. The event will take place at the Lufkin Parish Hall, behind Good Shepherd Church, at 2140 Main St. in Wailuku.

For more information, call 264-9830.


Social club to pair desserts and wines

The Italian American Social Club in Kihei has rescheduled its February meeting for Tuesday. The club will meet at 6 p.m. in St. Theresa’s Hall in Kihei and begin with a potluck supper.

Ali Biglar of Hawaii Liquor Store will present chocolate desserts paired with Italian dessert wines following dinner. He will explain the importance of pairing certain Italian wines with delectable chocolate desserts.

All are invited to share in this culinary tasting event. The cost for the evening is $10 per person.

For further information, contact Don Tedesco at dstedesco@gmail.com.

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Habitat for Humanity director to speak

Sherri Dodson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Maui, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting Wednesday of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise.

The meeting will be at Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates housing in partnership with community volunteers and potential homeowners. Dodson will explain the program and answer questions.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information contact President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.


‘What is the Soul?’ topic of symposium

“What is the Soul?” will be the topic of the Seabury Hall Philosophy Club’s First Wednesday symposium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Seabury Hall performing arts center in Makawao.

The presenters will be Karin Frost, founder of “Ergobaby,” Lama Gyaltsen of the Dharma Center and Dr. Joel Friedman. The event is free and open to the public.


‘Maui Teens Got Talent’ moves to Kihei

“Maui Teens Got Talent” will move from Lahaina to Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei this month.

Imua Family Services and Stella Blues have partnered to make the event an ongoing monthly challenge. Every third Saturday of the month, Maui teens will face off in a vocal challenge to win the title of “Maui’s Most Talented Teen.”

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16. It is sponsored by and a benefit for Imua Family Services.

“We are thrilled to team up with Stella Blues Cafe . . . known for its generous spirit and giving to Maui’s community” said Dean Wong, Imua’s executive director.

Maui’s teenage crooners and rockers will take the stage in front of a panel of Maui musicians, vocal coaches and expert judges. Wong enlisted Maui vocal coach Joy Fields to coordinate teen singing contestants.

Youths aged 11-19 are eligible.

Teens may contact Fields at 264-1275 to register for the competition.

Imua Family Services provides comprehensive early-childhood development services to children with developmental delays, special needs and disabilities and supports their families.


Festival of flowers to bloom in Lahaina

Lahaina Cannery Mall will kick off March with a Flower Festival display of orchids, protea, bonsai, tropical flowers and exotic floral arrangements from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and March 10.

The free event will have flowers for sale and displays by local growers and florists including the Maui Orchid Society, Napili Florist, Aloha Botanicals Maui and Anuhea Flowers. There will also be free hula performances at 1 p.m. both days.


Boy Scouts to cook breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 22 will have its annual breakfast fundraiser at Kamalii School in Kihei from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The sit-down or take-out meal includes pancakes, eggs, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and beverages. The price is $7 per meal.

For more information, call 891-8901.


Kalama Heights announces events

Kalama Heights, a retirement community in Kihei, announced several events in March. Each event is free and open to the public.

A talk on fraud prevention will take place at 2 p.m. Friday. Bingo is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday. An Irish feast will be had at 11 a.m. Sunday.

To reserve a space, or to learn more, call Kalama Heights at 879-1500.

Kalama Heights is located at 101 Kanani Road.


Peter Liu to lead media workshop

The Maui Economic Development Board Social Media Boot Camp will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Malcom Center, 1305 Holopono St., Suite 5, in Kihei. It is being presented by High Tech Maui.

The workshop is designed for people new to social media.

Peter Liu, who has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, will discuss social media strategies for businesses and give an introduction to popular social networks.

The workshop costs $65, which includes lunch. Seating is limited to 30 people.

For more information or to register, call 875-2300, or go to www.hightechmaui.com.


Banyan tree will be site ho’olaule’a

A Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a will take place at 9 a.m. March 30 at the Lahaina Banyan Tree Park.

The festivities are free to the public and will include exhibits, games, local food, lei making, crafters and entertainment.

Kuhio is celebrated for his efforts to protect, preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and people.