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Ukulele workshops set at museum

Ukulele players of all abilities are invited to bring their instruments to workshops led by “master of multiple genres and strumming styles” Mele Fong at Bailey House Museum in Wailuku.

Beginning May 11, the workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month this year. A $10 fee includes admission to the museum.

Fong is a professional singer and entertainer who also teaches private and small group lessons at the museum. For more information, call Fong at 281-4981 or visit her website at

For directions to the museum or other venue-related questions call 244-3326 or email


Degree-in-3 program topic of presentation

The University of Hawaii Maui College is offering an information session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday about its new Degree-in-3 program.

The program is designed to accommodate students’ working schedules by offering a combination of online, cable TV and evening-only classes toward completion of an associate degree in liberal arts.

The information session will take place in the Kaaike Building, Room 109.

For more information, contact Linda Fujitani at 984-3226 or email


BHS to perform Aloha Concert Saturday

The Baldwin High School Aloha Concert, featuring the school’s “Sapphires” jazz band, symphonic band, wind ensemble and chorus, will begin at 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the school’s auditorium. Admission is free.


Iao School announces orientation meeting

Iao School will have a parent orientation meeting for incoming 6th-graders on Tuesday at the school’s dining center in Wailuku (first floor of the old Wailuku Armory).

Check-in will begin at 4:40 p.m., and orientation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m.


All-women’s walk/run to benefit charity

The Na Holo Wahine 5K Run/Walk, an all-women’s walk/run event, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Keopuolani Park in Kahului.

All proceeds raised from the event will go to Hale Kau Kau, a kitchen in Kihei that feeds the hungry.

Awards will be presented in age groups, from 10 and under to 80 and above.

There is also a special mother/daughter category.

Applications are at

For more information, call Mary Trotto, race director, at 875-0178 or email


Bone marrow drive planned Wednesday

There will be a bone marrow registration drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the entrance to the Pa’ina building on the University of Hawaii Maui Campus. To join, participants must be between the ages of 18 and 44, meet health guidelines and be willing to donate bone marrow to any patient in need. For more information about joining the bone marrow registry, visit


ACT/SAT preparation program offered

An ACT/SAT preparation program is being offered by the eKnowledge Sponsorship Alliance.

According to eKnowledge, the retail cost of the program (normally $200) will be waived, but a fee of $17.55 per program will be charged for customer support, registration, licensure, processing, handling and shipping.

The program can be acquired by going to or calling (951) 256-4076.


Food and leadership focus of event

Indian food and insights on leadership are the focus of a free event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the University of Hawaii Maui College community service building.

Uma Dugied of Star Anise Indian Cuisine and Uma’s Spice Mix will give a presentation on Indian food. Gladys Baisa will share insights on leadership skills when she shares her journey in the talk “From Licensed Practical Nurse to Maui County Council Chairwoman.”

The program is being presented by the Maui Association for Family and Community Education.

For more information, contact the Maui Cooperative Extension Service at 244-3242.


Benefit to help with medical expenses

KryptoNight, a benefit for 21-year-old Graham Faught, will take place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. May 11 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

Faught suffered an accident while skim boarding on Makena Beach Jan. 6 that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He has regained some movement with surgery, and the event is to help with mounting medical expenses and further treatment.

Guests will be treated to live music by Sirens Of Song, Flashdrive, Erin & The Throwdowns and headliners Wavetrain and special guests.

KryptoNight cocktails, three full bars, lights, costumes, teppanyaki dining, a silent auction and a red carpet entrance complete with photo opportunities are also planned. Dress is “best cocktail attire” or superhero costume. Tickets are available for $35 per person at Maui Kombucha and Upcountry Fitness, both located at 810 Kokomo Road in Haiku.

For more information, to donate, or for sponsorship opportunities visit, email, or call 280-0855.


Resource centers will be discussed

Becky Woods, chief executive officer of the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, will speak 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mana Kai Maui Resort during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise.

A 30-year Maui resident, Woods will discuss the centers’ program services and clients and share information about Hale Makana o Waiale, the affordable rental complex.

She has a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s in education. She has worked at Ka Hale A Ke Ola for 10 years, the last seven as chief executive officer.

The event’s $22 cost covers breakfast at the Five Palms Restaurant in Kihei.

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


Two-day event to benefit schools

I Love Lahaina, a fundraising event to benefit all six schools in West Maui, will take place at Lahaina Cannery Mall from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

This family-friendly community event will feature games, face painting, food booths, pony rides and a bouncy castle. There will be live entertainment by Kapena, Uluwehi Guerrero and Nuff Sedd as well as music performances and art displays from the students themselves. There will also be live and silent auctions.


Biodiesel official to speak Monday

The Rotary Club of Kahului will hear from Kelly King, vice president of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, during its noon meeting Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

King will speak about Pacific Biodiesel’s beginnings and growth over 17 years into the most vertically integrated, community-based biodiesel company in America, according to a news release.

The public is invited. The cost for lunch is $20; a program fee is $5. Information about speakers and club service projects can be found at For more information, call club President Robert Kawahara at 244-5531.

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Speaker to tackle employee unions

Hawaiian Carpet One owner Myles Kawakami will speak on the “Greatest Threat to Democracy” during a noon Thursday meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Maui at Eddie and Cary’s Hideaway restaurant in Kahului.

An announcement of the event identifies the “threat” as “public employee unions.”

Lunch costs $12, and the meeting is open to the general public.

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


Social hour for conservatives

Conservatives from across Maui are invited to a get together for a social hour (or two) with like- minded people at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Pizza in Paradise, 60 E. Wakea Ave.

The event is for fellowship, conversation and networking.


Celebration set for community garden

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawaii Maui College announces the grand opening of the SLIM UH-Maui College Community Garden from 4 to 6 p.m. May 2.

Hundreds of volunteers helped to create the garden. The public is invited to attend the celebration. There will be fresh produce and drinks provided, tours of the garden, and recognition of sponsors and volunteers. For further information, call 984-3379.

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Dogs to compete at AKC show in Kihei

The Valley Isle Kennel Club of Maui will hold its annual AKC dog show Saturday and Sunday in the Kihei School playground. Competition will take place daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is free to the public. Only dogs entered in the competition will be allowed on the show grounds.

More than 100 entries will be competing for the Best in Show title.


‘Cosmic snowballs’ topic of presentation

The Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani will present a free program at 6:30 p.m. Friday titled “Cosmic Snowballs.” It is part of the center’s ongoing Maikalani Community Lecture series.

Karen Meech of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the University of Hawaii will talk about how comets may have played a role in making Earth suitable for life and how to view these celestial bodies this fall.

The center is located at 34 Ohia Ku. St. For more information, call James Armstrong at 573-9500.


AVID Fest set at KKHS Saturday

AVID Fest, a college tour fundraiser for the King Kekaulike High School Advancement Via Individual Determination program, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the KKHS cafeteria and quad.

Items for sale include rummage (clothing for all ages, household goods, books and toys), fresh plants and produce, baked goods, shave ice and other food items. There also will be a jumping castle and games for children. College-bound AVID students will be going on a weeklong tour of schools in California in June 2014. For more information or to make a donation, call 573-8710, ext. 2003.


Rotary Club announces pau hana event

The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will host a pau hana get-together from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Three’s Bar and Grill in Kihei, in lieu of the regular Wednesday morning breakfast meeting. All interested business professionals are invited to attend and meet members of the club.

“This is a great opportunity to network and get to know Rotary members in an informal and relaxed setting,” said Patty Hemmen, club president. “We look forward to meeting new business leaders and sharing networking opportunities.”

Food and beverage prices are reduced during this pau hana time. For further information, contact Hemmen at 280-8372 or see the club’s website at


Unifying businesses topic of meeting

Larry E. Roussel, founder and chief executive officer of the Hawaii Merchants Association, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kahului’s noon meeting Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Roussel will speak about his nonprofit organization’s mission to unify Hawaii businesses by using networking, personal training and development.

The public is invited. The cost is $20 including lunch or a $5 program fee. Information about speakers and club service projects can be found at For more information, call club President Robert Kawahara at 244-5531.


Beach cleanup part of paddling event

A beach cleanup will be held at Baldwin Beach starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event kicks off Butterfly Effect Maui 2013 – a day of events that includes an annual noncompetitive downwind paddle for women. Women will stand-up paddle, paddle board, canoe and kayak from Baldwin Beach to Kanaha Beach.

The event’s mission is to empower women through sports, health and fitness and to give back to local charities.

People can register for the event and/or beach cleanup online at

The entry fee is $40. Visit for complete event details.


Business structure topic of presentation

Attorney Maria Sullivan will discuss how to form a business from 10 a.m to noon Tuesday at the Kuha’o Business Center on Molokai. Call 553-8100 to reserve a seat. Seating is limited.


‘He-Man Competition’ features tools

Slim’s Power Tools will present its 20th annual He-Man Competition from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kahului store, located at 142 Kalepa Place.

Male and female contestants will compete, demonstrating the accuracy, convenience and speed that power tools provide. During the preliminary rounds, each contestant will use hand tools in a series of four events.

The fastest four contestants will move on to the final round.

Modeled after lumberjack competitions, the He-Man Competition continues to increase in popularity every year, according to organizers.

The public is invited to watch this free event at the store beginning with the preliminary rounds at 10:30 a.m., a half-time show at 1 p.m. and the final round at 1:30 p.m.


Land trust director to address Rotary

Edward “Ted” Clement Jr., executive director of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, will be the featured guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon luncheon Thursday at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The luncheon costs $20.

The trust is a nonprofit organization that works with private landowners, community groups, government and others to conserve Hawaii’s natural places. Clement was recently appointed executive director. He has worked and studied conservation for more than 25 years. He was previously executive director of the Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island.

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Sustainable living theme of workshop

A workshop “Sustainable Living in Changing Times” will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center in Maalaea.

The free public workshop will feature representatives from Pacific Biodiesel, HNU Energy and Bokashi Earth who will discuss ways to guide Maui’s transition into a “greener future,” an event announcement said.

Chef Joe Birrer of Porto, the Mediterranean grill and flame-fired artisan pizza restaurant operated by the foundation, will discuss the restaurant “going local” and provide recipes that use locally produced herbs and vegetables.

The foundation also will supply materials for mixing eco-friendly home cleaning products and give away tomato and herb starts for planting.

The event observes Earth Day.

For more information, see


Blood drive announced at KKHS

A blood drive by appointment will take place from 10:30 a.m to 4:15 p.m. on Monday at the King Kekaulike High School Gym.

Requirements include weighing at least 110 pounds, being in good health, and no new tattoos or piercings in the past 12 months. Seventeen year olds can donate with written parental consent.

To make an appointment, call 573-8727 or email Janina Kennedy at

Donors should enter through the school’s gate at old Haleakala Highway.


Earth Day cleanup planned in Kaanapali

Leilani’s On the Beach, Kimo’s, and Hula Grill Ka’anapali are teaming up with the Hyatt Regency Maui to host an Earth Day Beach Cleanup on Monday. The community is invited to join in the effort.

Participants are invited to meet on the beach at Whaler’s Village at 10 a.m. and are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle. Gloves, water and trash bags will be provided. In addition, there will be lunch at noon.

“This is the perfect opportunity for the community to come together for a good cause,” said Hula Grill Manager Orrin Cross. “Earth Day reminds us all to malama ‘aina and to be responsible stewards of the land.”

For more information, contact Hula Grill Ka’anapali at 667-6636.


Alzheimer’s a topic at presentation

Lahaina Public Library will present “Sharing Life Stories of Alzheimer’s and Dementia” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The free program for adults is being offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., from Monday to April 24.

Michael O’Brien, author of “Having Fun with Alzheimer’s,” will share information about the disease, as well as stories from his book.

Busaba Yip, cultural director of the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina, will discuss the spiritual journey of caring for her husband. The 45-minute program will include a question-and-answer session.

The library is located at 680 Wharf St. For more information or assistance, call 662-3950.


Phone book recycling underway

Maui schools may be credited at phone book recycling drop off locations Thursday through May 17.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five schools from the following participants: Emmanuel Lutheran, Haiku Elementary, Hana, Kula Elementary, Maui High, Pomaika’i Elementary and Pukalani Elementary schools and Montessori School of Maui.

Phone books may be dropped off at Haiku Recycling Center, University of Hawaii Maui College Recycling Center, Kihei Recycling Center, Makawao Recycling Center or Aloha Recycling Center in Kahului.


Dr. Arakaki to address Kiwanis Thursday

Kiwanis Club of Maui’s Dr. Les Arakaki will be guest speaker at the club’s noon meeting on Thursday at Eddie and Cary’s Hideaway restaurant in Kahului.

Arakaki will speak about the Employer Union Medical Trust Fund’s $18.2 billion unfunded liability.

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

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


Admission test set for St. Anthony

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School’s admission test for the 2013-14 school year is scheduled for April 27.

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

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


Transgender author to sign memoir

Transgender author Danielle Marie Bergan will be available to meet and sign her memoir, “It’s Always Okay To Be Me, A Journey to Recovering Lost Hope” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Friends of the Library Book Store at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center.


Car wash to benefit girls’ softball

Lahaina girls’ softball teams will have a car wash at First Hawaiian Bank in Lahaina from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The cost for this fundraiser is $5 for cars and $7 for trucks.


Social media training program announced

Maui County’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns’ Volunteer Center is offering a social media training for volunteer programs to kick-off National Volunteer Week, Sunday- April 27.

The workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Cameron Center Auditorium. It is sponsored by the County of Maui, Network of Volunteer Leaders, Bare Feet Studios LLC, and Tri Isle Resource & Conservation Development Council, Inc.

Roxanne Darling of Bare Feet Studios will be presenting the workshop to boost organizations’ volunteer programs. Darling has won numerous awards and recognition for her work in social media. Free tickets are available for Network of Volunteer Leaders members. Cost for non-members is $20 per person.

For more information about the workshop and Network of Volunteer Leaders, contact or call 270-7150. To read more about National Volunteer Week and find volunteer opportunities visit

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College Fair coming to MHS Thursday

The Hawai’i Association for College Admission Counseling is sponsoring the College Planning & College Fair for Maui families beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Maui High School. There will be breakout sessions in Building B on a number of topics for college-bound students of all ages including choosing a college, successful transition to college, financial aid, NCAA student athlete eligibility and more.

From 6 p.m., colleges and universities from across the United States will be in the gymnasium for the annual spring college fair. This will be an opportunity for students to learn from experts about various colleges, including admission and scholarship information.

A general college advising and financial aid center will be available to students and their families to answer specific questions regarding the college admission process and financial aid.

The college fair is free of charge and open to the public. Students from all Maui schools are welcome to attend.

For more information, email


‘Slam’ to perform at fundraiser

Maui Family Support Services Inc. will present an evening of dinner and dancing and a silent auction from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 26 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club during its Up, Up and Away annual event.

Music will be performed by Slam, featuring Kelly Covington. Justin Cruz of KHON2 News will host. Tickets are $75. To purchase a ticket or obtain more information, visit or call 242-0900.


Recycling event set in Lahaina

A recycling event will take place at the Lahaina Cannery Mall front parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Recycling agencies will be on hand to accept scrap metal, bicycles, appliances, computers, TVs and electronic waste, beverage containers, cooking oil, cellular phones, household batteries, vehicle batteries, laptop batteries, printer cartridges, newspaper, cardboard, telephone books, magazines, used eyeglasses, hearing aids, books, reusable paint, clothing and household items. Tires, motor oil and hazardous fluids will not be accepted.

Participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation. For more information, please contact Community Work Day Program at 877-2524 or visit

The event is held in partnership with Hammerhead Metals, Maui Disposal, Maui Friends of the Library, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Maui, the Lions Club, Pacific Biodiesel and the County of Maui.


Lokelani will welcome new students

Lokelani Intermediate School will hold an open house for incoming 5th-graders beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria.

The gathering will include information from the principal, curriculum coordinator, registrar, 6th-grade teachers and students.


College students to present fashion show

“Diversite,” a University of Hawaii Maui College fashion technology student show, will take place Saturday at the Pa’ina building on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Pupu will be served at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Admission is $20. Tickets may be purchased Monday (cash only) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fashion Technology classroom in the Ho’okipa Building. For more information, call 984-3292.


Organization announces clothing drive

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will have its monthly clothing drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and April 21 at a portable container located in front of Walmart in Kahului. An attendant will offer assistance at the site. All donations help the agency provide the children of Maui with one-to-one mentoring relationships, according to a news release. Visit the website at or call 242-9754 for more information or to schedule a pickup of items.


HNU Energy president to speak at luncheon

Michael Reilly, president of HNU Energy, will be the featured guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui noon luncheon on Thursday at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Reilly will speak on renewable energy generation, storage and other energy solutions.

HNU Energy is a Maui-based company that specializes in high-efficiency lighting and solar voltaics.

Cost for the lunch is $20. The public is welcome.


How to use bus topic at AARP meeting

Maui County’s bus service will be the topic of a presentation during the regular meeting of the Kula AARP Chapter at 9 a.m. Monday at the Kula Community Center. The meeting will begin with refreshments, followed by a business meeting at 9:30 am.

The bus service has expanded to Upcountry. Mary Kay Hoffman from the Office on Aging will present tips from her program called Bus Buddies.

The meeting is open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. Members and guests are encouraged to bring food items for the Maui Food Bank.

For more information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Organization announces clothing drive

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will have its monthly clothing drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and April 21 at a portable container located in front of Walmart in Kahului. An attendant will offer assistance at the site. All donations help the agency provide the children of Maui with one-to-one mentoring relationships, according to a news release. Visit the website at or call 242-9754 for more information or to schedule a pickup of items.


Sale to benefit scholarship fund

The Portuguese Association of Maui will sell its signature bean soup and malassadas from 9 a.m. to noon April 21 at Hoaloha Park in Kahului.

Soup sells for $10 a quart and malassadas are seven for $5. A limited supply of bread will be available for $5 a loaf. All proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund.

Pre-sale reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 877-0123 or 243-0065.

The Portuguese Association of Maui began awarding scholarships in 2003. With this year’s awards, the 29-member organization will have granted $33,500 to 36 Maui residents.

“We learned last year that we needed to do two separate fundraisers in order to reach our goal, or we had to raise prices,” said Robert Robello, association president. “We didn’t want to do that. Helping students obtain a college education is a major objective of the association. We held one fundraiser in February 2013. This will be our second scholarship fundraiser for 2013. We’re $400 short of our goal right now.”


Dental assisting program plans meeting

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

The application deadline for admittance to the program for the fall semester is May 1.


Volunteers sought for service project

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking hikers for a service project in Haleakala Crater Saturday through April 22. Participants will hike into the crater and stay for free in Holua Cabin, working on protection of native plants while enjoying the beauty of the crater wilderness in Haleakala National Park.

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 personal items, including a sleeping bag as well as a their breakfasts and lunches and a share of the communally purchased dinner food.

Visit the website to register and learn more about the service trips and the Friends’ mission to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park. Then email


Coastal cleanup planned at harbor

Social enterprise and clean water advocate +H2O along with Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter and Community Work Day will host a coastal cleanup of Kahului Harbor from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

“There is a constant flood of plastic marine debris and trash on Maui’s north coast,” said +H2O founder Jake Miller. “These cleanups are part of our effort to help keep the aina and our oceans clean for future generations.”

Event registration is at 9 a.m. at Kahului Harbor. The meeting spot will be the large parking lot in front of the Hawaiian Canoe Club hale. The Flatbread Co. will provide free lunch. The organizers ask that participants bring their own bucket or reusable bag, gloves and a water bottle. Water will be provided.


Security guard training law topic of talk

Paul Winters Sr. will give a 20-minute presentation on a new law regarding mandatory training for security guards at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday.

Winters is a lifelong resident of Hawaii and a Maui resident since 1972. He retired as a senior captain from the Maui Police Department and is a security liaison for Maui District Airports.

Winters is a co-founder of Impact-Hi LLC, a training and consultant company that provides a variety of training needs.

The meeting will be at Mulligans on the Blue Restaurant in Wailea. The cost is $16 including lunch. All are welcome. Visit or call 269-2967 for more information.


Pipe band will perform at Kahului library

The Isle of Maui Pipe Band will perform Celtic, Irish and other music at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kahului Public Library. The one-hour program is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The library is located at 90 School St. in Kahului. For more information, call 873-3097.


Principal of new school to speak at meeting

Elaine Blasi, principal of Global Technology Maui High School, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday. The presentation will be at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Global Technology Maui is a college preparatory school dedicated to the nurturing of the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of the whole person, according to a news release. It is one of the five Montessori high schools in the nation.

Blasi will explain the beginnings of Maui’s newest high school and answer questions about the programs.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information call President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or see the club’s website at

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Club plans park cleanup Saturday

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui will hold its annual cleanup at the Japanese Gardens at the Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens in Iao Valley from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Club members and the general public are asked to bring garden tools, trash bags and portable chairs. Lunch and water will be served following the cleanup. To RSVP, contact Rodney Ryugo at 250-9714.


Diabetes support group meets today

Maui Memorial Medical Center will host a Diabetes Education Support Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Marion Hanlon room in the Kahului Tower.

The topic for this month will be “Diabetes Myths & Facts- Part II” with registered nurse and certified diabetes educator Rose Davis.

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


Caring for elderly topic of presentation

Kathleen Couch, caregiver and program coordinator for Maui Adult Day Care Centers, will be the featured guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon luncheon on Thursday at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The event costs $20.

Couch will speak on caring for the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia or who are otherwise physically or mentally challenged. Couch will also speak about helping caregivers and families.

Couch has served more than eight years with Maui Adult Day Care Centers.


Keiki can read to a therapy dog

“PAWS for Reading,” a free program for keiki in grades 1 through 5, is being offered at Kihei Public Library every Saturday in April.

The programs are conducted from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the children’s area.

The Hawaii Canines for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides people with physical disabilities specially trained dogs to assist them in living more independent lives, will present the Reading Educational Assistance Dogs program which is said to improve children’s reading and communication skills. Reading to a therapy dog can help build a keiki’s reading confidence and strengthen literacy skills, a release said.

Parents should contact the library to sign up their children for 15-minute reading sessions.

Pre-registration is required. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, and be on time for their session.

Contact the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Kihei Public Library is at 35 Waimahaihai St. For more information, or to signup for a reading session, call the library at 875-6833.


Methodist women to prepare luncheon

The Ala Lani United Methodist Women will be holding its annual salad luncheon beginning at noon Saturday.

The event will be held in the church’s UMC Founders Hall at 50 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.

The buffet includes salads with a beverage.

The cost is $7.

For more information, call Esther Bertram at 879-2501 or Joyce Afalla at 281-5882.


Free kidney disease screenings planned

The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will present Da Kidney Da Kine Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The event will feature free kidney disease, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, exhibits and displays and live entertainment by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats, Na Keiki O Halau Hula Kauluokala and George Kahumoku Jr.

The free screening takes less than an hour.

For more information, call 986-1900.


Tree grafting workshop on Molokai

Alton Arakaki, University of Hawaii College of Agriculture and Human Resources Molokai county extension agent, will share his expertise in fruit production during a hands-on tree grafting workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 18 at the Maui College/UH CTAHR Applied Research and Demonstration Farm on Molokai.

Each individual will need to bring their own grafting/budding knife. These can be purchased at Hikiola Cooperative or online for around $15 to $35. To register, call the extension office at (808) 567-6929.


Feed My Sheep seeks votes in competition

Feed My Sheep has been named a finalist in a national competition called Neighborhood Assist. It is the only Hawaii organization in the finals.

Two hundred organizations are in the running and the top 40 vote-getters will win $25,000 from State Farm to make a difference in their communities.

The deadline for voting is April 21. People can vote up to 10 times.

The link to vote can be found at

For more information, go online to or call Brad Hilliard at (503) 428-4890 or Brooke Hopkins at 872-9100.


Death and dying topic of presentations

Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization on Maui in the fields of death and dying, is offering two presentations in April.

“Deep Caregiving to the Dying, When Death is not just a Medical Event” will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Makawao Union Church Hall.

Featured speakers are Ram Dass, Bodhi Be, Eve-lynn Civerolo and Deborah Duda, all experienced in caring for and counseling the dying. A $25 donation is requested.

From 4 to 6 p.m on Sunday, Bodhi Be, executive director of Doorway Into Light, will offer a free presentation in Hana at the Hana Dialysis Center and will speak on home funerals, home burials, ocean body burials, green burials, and the public’s rights and choices.

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‘Celebration of Quilts’ coming to museum

The Bailey House Museum gardens will be a rainbow of color from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the fourth annual “Celebration of Quilts” quilt show and exhibit.

Maui quilters will display their works throughout the gardens and demonstrate quilting methods.

Antique quilts from the Maui Historical Society and private collections, as well as a red work collection, will be exhibited in the Bailey House Museum.

The Hawaiian Serenaders and Nevah Too Late will perform.

Admission to the quilt show costs $10 and includes museum admission. Admission for Maui Historical Society members is $8. Children 12 and younger are free.

The museum’s gardens are at 2375A Main St.

For more information, call the museum at 244-3326 or send email to The museum website may be visited at


Maui Matsuri announces planning meeting

A meeting to discuss the 13th Maui Matsuri will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission social hall.

Members of the committee and general public are invited to attend. Posters and rack cards will be available for distribution.

For information about the Maui Matsuri, call 283-9999 or go to the website


Hana workshop to focus on caregiving

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging are offering a free caregiver workshop, “Community Resources to Assist Caregivers & the Elder Population,” from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hale Hulu Mamo Senior Center in Hana.

The panel of speakers will include Jan Murdock, Lemuel Diego and Kaunoa Hoopai, lomilomi; Kathleen Couch, program coordinator, Maui Adult Day Care Centers; Mayumi Miura, foot reflexology; Peter Murakami, acupuncture; Sharon Nobriga, Hana Health Mai E Ai; Sheila Roback, senior center director, Hale Hulu Mamo; and Timmy Satot, outreach/program coordinator, Maui County Office on Aging.

The workshop is free and open to the public. No reservations are required to attend. Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals. Lunch will be provided for attendees at no cost.

For more information call Roback at 248-8833 or Couch at 871-5804.


Body & Soil conference coming to Waikapu

Maui Aloha Aina Association will present its 11th Body & Soil Farm-Health Conference 2013 on Thursday to Saturday at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

Presentations will include: “Restoring and Preserving Local Fertility,” with Seth Raabe; “Hawaii Tea Agriculture, The First Generation” with Eva Lee; and “Adding Super Foods and Superior Herbs to Your Daily Diet,” with Malik Cotter.

The event will also include organic breakfast and lunches, a trade show of agricultural and holistic health care products, and agricultural video clips.

A variety of admission packages are available and may be purchased by registering at For more information, call 242-7870.


AARP to host fitness instructor Monday

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.

The AARP chapter will host a fitness instructor from Enhance Fitness who will lead an easy exercise program. Participants will also learn more about the Enhance Fitness program.

For further information, call South Maui coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.


Friends of library announce book sale

Maui Friends of the Library will celebrate National Library Week with a book sale in front of Whole Foods Market at the Maui Mall in Kahului from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will offer an assortment of donated fiction, nonfiction and oversize books. All proceeds will be used to sponsor programs or purchase supplies and equipment for Maui County Public Libraries.

Each child present will be able to select a free book, while supplies last, from designated boxes of children’s books. For more information visit online at


Performer to launch seminar series

The Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii Maui College is launching a new series of public presentations and performances featuring Hawaii music artists. The first seminar, featuring Mountain Apple Co. recording artist Mailani, will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Lounge on the second floor of the Pilina Building on the UH-MC campus. All students and the general public are invited to attend this free event.

Mailani will talk about her life in music, working as the member of a group, composition and balancing personal life, responsibilities and other interests while developing a career, according to a news release. She will also perform songs from her new CD and previous releases.

Mailani launched her solo career with her first self-titled release in 2010, which garnered her the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for female vocalist of the year. She released her third solo CD, “Manawa,” this year.

Reservations are not required to attend, but seating is limited. Email or call 984-3622 for additional information about this presentation or about the IHM program.


Kihei’s future topic of Rotary presentation

Mike Moran, president of the Kihei Community Association, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant in Kihei.

Moran will speak about the upcoming meeting “A Vision for Kihei’s Future” and answer questions about the association and its activities.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information, call President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or see the club’s website at

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Sale to benefit teen constestants

The Miss Maui, Mister Maui and Miss Maui’s Outstanding Teen contestants will be holding a “Huge Fundraiser Rummage Sale” 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

They will be setting up shop at the corner of Market and Main streets at the MDG Building in Wailuku.

There will be clothing, books, games, televisions, baked goods and fresh Caesar salads for sale.


Immigration topic of presentation

Maui County Immigrant Services Coordinator Kevin Block will talk on “Immigration 101 and Immigration Reform On Maui” during the Maui Mental Health America brown-bag lunch presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 16 in the Cameron Center auditorium.

Supporting his presentation will be a panel of Maui individuals representing the Filipino, Latina, Marshallese, Micronesian and Tongan perspectives on immigration.

There will be time allowed for questions and answers.

The Cameron Center is located at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. For more information, contact Maui Mental Health America at 242-6461 or email Registration isn’t necessary; certificates of attendance will be available.


MMMC doctor wins national award

Dr. Michael J. Sassman, chairman of Department of Radiology at Maui Memorial Medical Center, has been named “Radiology Physician of the Year” by EmCare.

EmCare is a national company that established the “Physician of the Year” program to honor an exceptional individual in the field of emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesiology and radiology.

Sassman was selected from among 8,200 physicians.


Linares to speak at Kiwanis meeting

Vincent Linares will be guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday in Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway restaurant in Kahului.

Linares will speak on the Maui Academy for the Performing Arts. He is president of the academy’s board of directors.

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

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


Sterilization clinics for cats begin April 20

9th Life Hawaii has sterilized more than 5,210 cats and is looking to sterilize more.

The organization will hold clinics for tame cats only April 20, 21, 27 and 28. 9th Life Hawaii can sterilize kittens as young as 8 weeks of age. It will not sterilize pregnant cats. Call 573-3365 or email to obtain a surgical consent form. Donations are suggested, but services are provided for free in cases of hardship.


Free health fair planned in Hana

The Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc. will host a free health fair at the Hana Community Center (Old Hana School), 1501 Uakea Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13.

The fair will include free health screenings, entertainment and lunch.


Meeting to plan BHS’ anniversary

A meeting to plan Baldwin High School’s 75th anniversary celebration will be held in the school’s new library at 5 p.m. April 18.

The festivities will take place in October.

Alumni, staff and other individuals may attend the meeting.

For more information, call 280-1299.


Social media topic of April 13 workshop

High Tech Maui’s Social Media Boot Camp – led by consultant Peter Liu of Kaiscapes LLC – will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13, the Maui Economic Development Board announced.

The camp will be at the MEDB’s Malcolm Center at 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 5, in Kihei.

The workshop costs $65 and is designed for people new to social media or starting to think about an overall social media business strategy. Lunch is included.

For more information or to register, call 875-2300 or go online to

High Tech Maui is a business-support program of MEDB. High Tech Maui usually hosts a social media boot camp every month.