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Workshop to examine product marketing

Luana Mahi of the Maui Food Technology Center will present “Overcoming Pitfalls When Taking Your Product to Market” at noon Friday at the Maui County Business Resource Center at Maui Mall.

The workshop will focus on the many aspects involved in successfully taking your finished product to market.

The workshop is free. For more information, call 873-8247.


Spay/neuter clinic for cats on Sunday

The Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui will hold spay/neuter clinics for cats Sunday and June 9 in West Maui and June 16 and 23 in Wailuku.

Domestic and feral cats will be accepted, and clients are asked to “pay what they can” said clinic coordinator and SPCA Maui President Sue Liscombe.

SPCA Maui is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to a no-more-homeless-pets Maui and the ending of killing as means of companion animal population control.

Space for the spay/neuter clinics is limited. For more information or to register for the clinics, call 280-0738 or send email to info@spcamaui.org.


Rotary club announces breakfast meeting

The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will hold a breakfast meeting 7:30 a.m. June 5 at the Five Palms restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort.

During the Club Assembly meeting, members and guests will hear from the three action teams that were formed in March. The teams will report on their plans for member recruitment and retention, fundraising and managing/improving club organization and calendar.

There will also be a celebration for the awards won by the club during the District 5000 Conference, which was held recently on Oahu.

The public is welcome to attend. The cost of breakfast is $22.

For more information, call President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or go online to www.kiheirotary.org.


Free piano recital in Kula on Saturday

Kathleen Hamilton’s piano students will perform a variety of compositions during a free recital at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Waipuna Chapel in Kula, near the intersection of Kula Highway and Omaopio Road.

For more information, call Hamilton at 876-0383.


Motivational speaker to talk at meeting

Julie Corrine Audino, a motivational speaker, inspiration writer and fitness professional will speak at the Rotary Club of Lahaina’s lunch meeting at noon Thursday.

The event is open to the public and is held in the Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

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


Library to purge inactive accounts

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s patron database will undergo a purge of inactive accounts Monday.

The purge will provide an updated and more accurate database for the library system’s business and management uses, according to a news release.

Inactive accounts are accounts with expired library cards and:

No borrowed material in the last five years

No outstanding items, charges or fees

Cardholders who have relocated from Hawaii

Patrons who discover that their records have been purged can reactivate their cards, free of charge, by completing new library card application forms and presenting them with their cards and valid identification.

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Free presentation at Maui Ocean Center

Renowned diver and biologist Pauline Fiene will share her presentation “Naked Gills & Chemical Costumes, the Unusual Lives of Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Maui Ocean Center.

Entry is through the aquarium’s front gate from 5:50 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Admission is free.

Fiene’s talk will focus on the evolution of sea slugs from their seashell ancestors and include information on their chemical defenses and varied body forms.

She also will discuss the reasons these animals are chemically interesting to medical science and share the latest information about Hawaiian sea slugs.

Reservations are recommended. Call 270-7088 to reserve a spot.


Dolphin population topic of presentation

An expert on sea life will speak on Hawaii’s dolphin population to the Italian American Social Club of Kihei on Tuesday.

Daniela Maldini’s talk at St. Theresa Community Hall in Kihei will begin at 7 p.m., following a potluck supper at 6.

She is the chief scientist at Okeanis, a California nonprofit involved in ocean conservation. In 1990, she started the California Coastal Dolphin Project as part of her master’s thesis and continues her work today with Okeanis.

The public is invited.

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


Dance practice precedes o-bon event

The first o-bon dance of the season will be held at the Lahaina Shingon Mission beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

A service will precede the dance at 6:30 p.m.

There will be dance practice at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the temple, 862 Luakini St.

In addition to the dancing on Saturday, there will be a mini-bazaar with sushi, baked goods, pickled mango, tsukemono, nishime and more. Other food offerings include chow fun, teriyaki beef, chili and rice, Spam musubi, shaved ice and drinks.

For more information, call 661-0466.


Cameron Center has fundraiser tickets

The J. Walter Cameron Center has announced that a limited number of tickets have been released to the public and are now on sale for the center’s “Time of Renewal” 40th Anniversary fundraising celebration. Tickets are $200 each.

The event will be held at the Wailuku estate of the late Pundy Yokouchi at 5:30 p.m. June 8.

Entertainment will be by George Kahumoku & Friends. The honorary co-chairs are Hawaii musician Eddie Kamae and his wife, Myrna; Mayor Alan Arakawa; and Council Chairwoman Gladys C. Baisa.

The evening will include hosted cocktails, a catered dinner, and a silent and live auction.

For tickets call 244-5546 or email info@jwcameroncenter.org.


Tour to take place of Rotary meeting

A “Rotary on the Road” vocational tour to Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery in Omaopio will replace the regular morning meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday.

The one-hour tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the farm and distillery at 4051 Omaopio Road in Kula, just below the Surfing Goat Dairy.

The cost of this walking tour is $10 and will cover sustainable farming practices, green manufacturing practices in the 6,000-square-foot solar-powered warehouse and bottling center, organic spirits production and a tour of the Martini Garden that highlights fresh, local ingredients.

After touring the facility, all participants are invited to meet at the Kula Lodge for a no-host lunch.

The public is invited to join the tour. To attend, contact club President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372.


Benefit Saturday for halau includes show

Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi will present “LIVE, LAUGH, HULA!” on Saturday in the Baldwin High School Auditorium. Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. A stage show will start at 6 p.m.

Entertainment is to include Frank DeLima, Da Braddahs, Uluwehi Guerrero and Halau Hula Kauluokala. There will be food, arts and crafts and a silent auction.

The benefit is to help fund the halau’s journey to the Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition.

Tickets are $20 per person. Ticket outlets include Native Intelligence, Aloha Lei & Flower Designs, Tasaka Guri Guri, Take Home Maui or any halau member.

For more information, call 283-4852 or email kekuaokalaaualailiahi@yahoo.com.


Hawaiian fishponds topic of presentation

The director of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope mitigation initiative at the University of Hawaii Maui College will speak at the Rotary Club of Maui on Thursday at the college.

Damien Cie will be discussing his doctoral dissertation on Native Hawaiian fishponds. He will be defending his dissertation in the fall quarter at the University of California, San Diego, according to a news release.

He also serves as a Navy Reserve lieutenant at Pearl Harbor.

The Rotary Club of Maui meets at noon at the Class Act Restaurant at UH-Maui College.

The cost to attend is $20.


Chicken hekka sale to benefit charities

The employees of Hale Mahaolu are selling chicken hekka for their 22nd annual fundraising event to be held June 8. Proceeds will be donated to programs that support the disabled, the elderly and other charities on Maui, according to a news release.

Tickets are $8 each and are being sold by employees of Hale Mahaolu’s Akahi, Elua, Ekolu, Eha, Elima, Eono, Ehiku, Lahaina Surf, Lokenani Hale, Luana Gardens and Komohana Hale sites.

Drive-through pickup on June 8 will be at Hale Mahaolu Akahi, 33 W. Wakea Ave. in Kahului, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For tickets or more information, call Rhonda Lincoln at 872-4170.


President of Palau to speak on Maui

Tommy Remengesau, the president of the Republic of Palau, will give a free presentation from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 2 at University of Hawaii Maui College in the ‘Ike Le’a Science Building Lecture Hall.

Remengesau will share stories about how the island nation of Palau is balancing local needs and outside interests, while protecting its natural and cultural resources.

To obtain more information or reserve a seat, call 587-6240 or visit the Nature Conservancy Facebook page at facebook.com/tnchawaii.


Rummage sale Saturday at Unity Church

Unity Church of Maui will hold its annual spring rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

The church is located at 483 High St. in Wailuku.


Ecovillages on Maui topic of presentation

Upcountry Sustainability will host Jashana Kippert in an evening exploring the possibilities of ecovillages on Maui. The event will take place at 7 p.m. June 3 at the Pukalani Community Center’s pool room annex (adjacent to the pool, across from Foodland). It is free and open to the public.

Kippert will explain what ecovillages are and what role they may play in Maui’s future. She has spent most of her adult life studying environmental and social ecology and makes a yearly pilgrimage to the Global Ecovillage Conference, according to an announcement.

For more information, call 573-9260.


Sale will benefit Catholic charities

A rummage and bake sale to benefit Catholic Charities Hawaii will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 211 Kaulawahine St. in Kahului next to the Christ the King convent/preschool.

For more information, call 873-4673.

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Montessori is reaccredited

Montessori Hale O Keiki has been reaccredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the American Montessori Society.

The school, in existence in South Maui for more than 20 years, offers a Montessori curriculum for students in preschool and elementary and middle schools.

Enrollment for the next school year and for the school’s Summer Explorers is ongoing.

For more information, call 874-7441 or go to the website mhok.org.


Smith presented Rotary award

Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise member Love Smith recently was awarded the club’s Avenues of Service Award.

The award is presented each year to one member of the club who demonstrates excellence and outstanding contributions in all five avenues of Rotary Club service: club, vocational, community, international and “new generations.”

The retired law enforcement officer joined the club in 2008 and has been the “sound man” at events. He also has joined club community service projects, such as Rotary food drive programs and highway cleanups, and with the club dictionary giveaway and ethics programs in Kihei schools.


Rotary collects food, cash

The island’s nine Rotary Clubs collected a total of 5,902 pounds of food and $5,153 in cash for the Maui Food Bank during a two-day food drive in late April.

Almost 50 Rotarians accepted nonperishables and cash donations at the entrances of Foodland in Pukalani, Kahului, Lahaina and Kihei; Times in Kihei and Lahaina; Cash ‘n Carry in Kahului; and the Pukalani Longs.

Marlene Rice, director of development for the Maui Food Bank, said that her agency serves 10,000 people a month, almost double the number served last year at this time.

“More than ever before, working poor families, seniors on fixed incomes and single parents are relying on the Maui Food Bank just to survive month to month,” she said.


Mauians join whale council

Maui residents Robin Newbold and Johanna Kamaunu have recently been named to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to represent Maui County.

Kamaunu will serve as Newbold’s alternate if and when Newbold is unable to attend meetings.

They were part of a group of 14 people recently named to the council.

The council provides sanctuary managers with input and recommendations on sanctuary programs and management. It has government and nongovernmental seats for a total of 53 representatives, including those from business, conservation, tourism and ocean recreation.

The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the state of Hawaii through the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship.

For information see hawaiihumpback whale.noaa.gov.


PYCC photo winners named

Xander Robertson captured the color category and Morgan Leeks the black-and-white category in the Paia Youth & Cultural Center photo contest.

They each received $150 gift cards to B&H Photo.

Members of the youth center were eligible to enter the contest.

The other winners, place and gift card amount follow: Color Category – Leeks, second, $100; Makana Van Ryckeghem, third, $75; Ramsey Wellbeloved, honorable mention, $50. Black & White Category – Antonio Mason, second $100; Makayla Marrs, third, $75; Zoe Napolitano, honorable mention, $50.

Gift cards of $100 were awarded to the top calendar selections. The winners were Talise Canton, Mason, Malia Jalbert and Xander Robertson.

All entries may be viewed on PYCC’s website at www.pyccmaui.org/img/pycc-photo/pycc-2013_photocomp.html.

“This contest showed such strength in both creative and technical skills,” said contest sponsor Cindy Campbell.


LHS grad named to Mortar Board

Josie Gomez, daughter of Robert Gomez and Barbara Newton of Lahaina, has been elected to Lawrence University’s chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes outstanding leadership, scholarship and service to the academic community. Gomez is a 2010 graduate of Lahainaluna High School.

Lawrence University is located in Appleton, Wis.


Aikido introduction course set in June

An aikido introductory course for beginning adults and teenagers will be offered in Wailuku beginning June 6.

The classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shunshinkan Dojo, 194 S. Market St., on four Thursdays through June 27.

Fifth-degree black belt instructor Tracy Reasoner, under the direction of eighth-dan Hawaii Ki Federation chief instructor Christopher Curtis, will cover all aspects of aikido training.

The course fee of $40 includes the training manual “Ki-Aikido on Maui” and will be applied to the initiation fee if the participant continues training with Maui Ki-Aikido after the four-week course.

To register and obtain more information, call 357-5172.

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Student journalist wins scholarship

Mehanaokala Lee of Kamehameha Schools Maui is a 2013 National Journalism Education Association Journalist of the Year runner-up and the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

Lee submitted a 58-page portfolio that included letters of recommendation and samples of her work to the judges of this year’s nationwide competition. Her school adviser is Kye Haina.


Major Leaguers award scholarships

Alicia Ballesteros, Kaitlin Lopez and Isaiah Ragasa of St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School each received a $2,000 college scholarship from the Major League Baseball Players Trust during National Volunteer Week, April 21-27.

The three were among 20 high school students recognized for their dedication to community service and efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, announced the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.


Kula AARP Chapter to meet Monday

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

The meeting will begin with refreshments at 9, followed by the business meeting at 9:30.

After the meeting, the group will play bingo, which will be followed by a potluck lunch. Anyone wishing to join the fun should bring a gift for bingo.

The meeting is open to the public, and reservations aren’t necessary. Members and guests are encouraged to bring a food item for the Maui Food Bank.

For information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


‘Hawaiians and Astronomers’ talk set

“Hawaiians and Astronomers” will be the topic of a lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

Paul Coleman, an institute faculty member, will offer some history about Hawaiians and astronomy.

His talk is part of the Maikalani Community Lectures series.

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


Meeting on new degree program Tuesday

The University of Hawaii Maui College will hold an information meeting on its new Degree-in-3 program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kaaike Building, Room 109.

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

Topics to be covered include the application process, program requirements, financial aid and information about student support services.

For more information, call Linda Fujitani at 984-3226.


Classic car cruise planned for Saturday

A Memorial Day Weekend Classic Car Cruise will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lahaina Gateway.

Maui Classic Cruisers and classic car club members from off island are invited to the show. Nonclub members may bring their cars as well.

Those joining the classic car event are requested to offer a donation, with funds raised going to Lahaina school sports teams and west side youths, a news release about the event said.

There also will be prizes for raffle-ticket donation drawings, which is part of the fundraising for west side youths.

For information or to make donations to the fundraiser, contact Patti Link of the Maui Advertising Co. at 661-3311 or patti@mauiadvertising.com.


Life in China to be discussed Monday

Chris Verrill, executive director of Beijing Playhouse, the largest locally produced English theater in China, will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Kahului at noon Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Verrill, a graduate of Maui High, will discuss “Life and Work and Charity in China.” He is a member of the Rotary Club of Beijing, one of only two Rotary clubs in China, and has been living and doing business in China for eight years.

As a member of Rotary Club of Beijing, his primary mission is the founding of the first community foundation in China. Prior to joining Beijing Rotary, as a member of Rotary Club of Pacifica, near San Francisco, he has done Rotary International service projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

The public is invited. Cost for lunch is $20 or a $5 program fee.

For more information, go to the website at www.kahuluirotary.org or call club President Robert Kawahara at 244-5531.


Fundraising event for tutor project set

The Aina Nalu Wine and Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Lahaina Complex After School Tutor Project will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Aina Nalu Pavilion in Lahaina.

The event is being hosted by Lee and Barbara Potts, founders of People for Educational Equality and the owners of Aina Nalu in support of the tutoring project founded by Richard and Pat Endsley.

Tickets are $50 and include admission to the event, two glasses of wine and a commemorative glass. Pupu from a variety of local eateries will be served throughout the event. Sam Ahia will provide entertainment for the night.

The silent auction items range from fine art pieces to a dinner with Mayor Alan Arakawa. The auction items have been donated by local businesses and individuals.

The pavilion is located at 600 Wainee St.

To purchase tickets and obtain more information, go to the website, pfee.org, or call 344-5008.


Agriculture expert to speak at meeting

University of Hawaii Maui College professor Ann Emmsley, program coordinator for the college’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program, will be the featured speaker at a Rotary Club of Maui luncheon at noon Thursday.

The event costs $20 and will be held at the college’s Class Act restaurant, according to an announcement.

Emmsley will discuss farming and agricultural education on Maui.

At the college, she teaches landscaping, horticulture, crop production, irrigation and pest management.

The club holds its meetings at noon Thursdays.

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AHA will host free blood pressure clinic

The American Heart Association will offer a free blood pressure clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The event is in celebration of National Stroke Awareness Month and will feature “Ask-A-Doc” and “Ask-A-Pharmacist” stations, where participants can ask health professionals medical questions.

Hypertension, the primary risk factor for strokes, is undetected in 90 percent of afflicted people, according to estimates. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the state and a leading cause of long-term disability.


Big Brothers Big Sisters clothing drive set

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will hold its monthly clothing drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at a portable container in front of Walmart in Kahului.

An attendant will be at the site to help people make donations of used clothing or small household items. All donations help the organization serve children with one-to-one mentoring relationships.

For more information, visit the group’s website at www.bbbshawaii.org or call 242-9754.


AAUW public event will be held Saturday

The American Association of University Women will discuss the services of the Aloha House and the Malama Family Recovery Center at 10 a.m., May 25 at The Waterfront Restaurant.

The public event costs $5 for nonmembers of AAUW and $3 for members.

Lunch is at noon and is sold separately.

The event will begin with a business meeting, followed by a discussion with guest speaker Frances Duberstein, development coordinator at the center.

Topics include residential and outpatient treatment programs for women and children suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.

To RSVP, call Cheryl Bergman at 244-1850.


SaveMakena.org organizes cleanup event

The Malama Oneloa cleanup is set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Makena State Park.

SaveMakena.org, a project of the Maui Tomorrow Foundation, is organizing the event and asks visitors and the community to join the cleanup.

The meeting spot will be the second entrance to the park.

Volunteers will remove alien plants and clean the beach and wooded areas around the park, working in coordination with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks.

Cleanup supplies will be provided; volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and cold water. Watermelon will be served.

For more information or to volunteer, call 214-0147 or go to the website www.maui-tomorrow.org.


Independent living director set to speak

The Neighbor Island director of the Hawaii Center for Independent Living will speak to the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Nani Watanabe will talk about the services provided by her organization, a nonprofit operated by and for people with disabilities.

The public is invited.

The cost of breakfast is $22.

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


Kihei woman to tell story of honoring vets

A woman who has helped honor Maui County residents who died in the Vietnam War will speak to the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club at noon May 22 at Mulligans on the Blue.

Kihei resident Janna Hoehn will tell the story of her work to collect photos of service members who died in the conflict in Southeast Asia and talk about her efforts to raise $42,000 to honor Maui’s warriors to help build an education center in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Hoehn has raised $35,000 so far, having held fundraisers on Maui and Hemet, Calif., her hometown.

She also will display the 42 photos of the Mauians who gave their lives in the war.

The public is invited to the meeting. The cost is $16.


UH-MC offering free information sessions

College information sessions are being offered May 23, June 27 and July 25 in Lahaina by the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Educational Opportunity Center.

The free sessions run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the UH-MC Lahaina Education Center.

The sessions are open to anyone interested in college or unsure of where to begin – even those high school seniors who have not applied for college, the news release announcing the event said.

Topics to be covered include financial aid opportunities and strategies for those going to college off-island.

For more information or to reserve a space, call 984-3286.

The Lahaina Education Center is located in the Front Street Apartment complex at 60 Kenui St. The Educational Opportunity Center is a federal program administered by UH-Maui College and funded with a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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MMMC opens cafeteria to the public

The Maui Memorial Medical Center cafeteria recently added cashiers so that customers can purchase food directly, instead of obtaining a ticket first.

The cafeteria is open to the public daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It features both hot and cold items throughout the day and a variety of beverages, including coffee, tea, soft drinks and juice. There will continue to be upgrades and food item additions in the coming weeks.

Since switching over to a cash-based system, the cafeteria has seen an increase in visitor and staff use. The first visitor to enjoy the new service was Kihei resident Jason Cobb.

“It was sure convenient to be able to come and grab a something to eat while I waited for my family member to finish their appointment,” Cobb said. “I enjoyed a fruit salad while I waited.”


Grant to fund summer instruction

The 21st Century Learning Community will have a variety of offerings for high school students or those who will enter high school in the fall. The program is supported by federal funds distributed by the state Department of Education.

There are credit classes, half-credit classes and not-for-credit options.

Classes will be offered at Baldwin High School in Wailuku.

Class dates vary by course, but they will meet from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. June 6 to July 19. There will be no classes Kamehameha Day, June 11, or the Fourth of July.

Registration will be accepted until classes begin or are full (15 to 20 students). All instruction is free of charge.

For a listing with course descriptions and registration forms, call Baldwin High School at 984-5656, ext. 236, or leave a message in the office with contact information.


Ho’opi’i to perform at Picnic for Poki

Richard Ho’opi’i will perform at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku at the monthly Picnic for Poki event.

The event is sponsored by Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions the third Thursday of each month to honor the spirit of the late Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala.

Roselani Place, an assisted-living community, will offer freshly baked cookies, coffee and water. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or mats and their lunch.

For more information, call 871-7720.


HMSA official to speak to Rotary Club

Patty Murray, Hawaii Medical Service Association community group manager, will address the Rotary Club of Maui at noon Thursday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Murray will speak on “How Health Care Reform Impacts Businesses in Hawaii.” She will discuss how federal law will require everyone to have health insurance starting in 2014 and how businesses and individuals will be offered new ways to buy health insurance through an online exchange.

The Rotary Club of Maui meets Thursdays at the Class Act Restaurant at UH-Maui College. The public is invited. The cost is $20.


Volunteer consultant to speak at meeting

The Kihei Wailea Rotary Club will meet at noon Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

Volunteer management consultant Keith Ranney will share with club members insights into the world of volunteer coordination.

For more information about Ranney, go online to www.artofvolunteering.com.


Natural remedies focus of presentation

Steve Blake will present “Arthritis: A Natural Approach” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku.

The presentation is designed to teach how to rebuild healthy cartilage and regain mobility.

According to a news release, participants will learn which foods aggravate inflammatory joint conditions and which foods support the lubrication of joints.

Blake will also share information about how spices and herbs can reduce inflammation and how a plant-based, whole-food diet is a quick and easy way to lose weight.

Blake has earned a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry. He lectures at the University of Hawaii and has lectured at Stanford University, McLean Hospital and at Boston University Medical Center.

Admission to the presentation is free. There will also be refreshments and free pizza.

For more information, go to vsh.org, email steve@drsteveblake.com or call 572-8371.


Italian-American Club to meet Tuesday

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a Parliamo in Italiano & Mangiare at 6 p.m. Tuesday at A Saigon Cafe, located at 1792 Lower Main St. in Wailuku.

Participants are welcome to eat, speak Italian and have fun conversation in “la bella lingua Italiana.” The buffet dinner will cost $21 per person.

For more information, contact club President Mary Pence at 573-0339 or 298-4057. For more information, go online to www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.


Health & Safety Fair set for Saturday

Island & Bluffs at Maui Lani Owners Association’s Social Committee will host its first Health & Safety Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pomaika’i Elementary School, 4650 S. Kamehameha Ave.

The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of health and safety issues. Participating public and private agencies will include: Maui Police Department, Maui Fire Department, American Medical Response, the state Department of Health, Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kaiser-Permanente, University of Hawaii Maui College, the American Heart Association, Easter Seals, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, Women Helping Women and Maui Electric Co.

A representative from the mayor’s office, County Councilman Don Guzman, state Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran and state Rep. Justin Woodson are scheduled to attend the event.

Information and handouts will be available. Hearing and vision testing will be available, as will blood-pressure screenings.

Local farms will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

For more information, call 242-5492 or email islandandbluffsevents@gmail.com.


Juniors place first in song competition

Ka Maka o Ka Ihe – The Point of the Spear was awarded to the junior class of Kamehameha Schools Maui on April 26 for its performance in the ‘Aha Mele 2013, He ‘Ohana Kakou. The juniors sang “Kawohikukapulani,” led by Madison Vaught.

Judging criteria include musicianship, technique, pronunciation and enunciation. Spirit criteria includes participation and respect. Scores were added to rehearsal scores, recorded earlier.

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Myths of aging topic of talk Monday

Faith Gianan will discuss “myths of aging” at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului on Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Gianan is the memory care coordinator at Roselani Place. She has managed the Alzheimer’s unit there for the past four years and holds a Bachelor of Science in gerontology from the University of Southern California.

Gianan will share suggestions on ways for people to keep active as they get older and briefly discuss Alzheimer’s disease and ways to prevent it.

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


Waste management topic of presentation

Upcountry Sustainability will host a presentation on waste management at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Pukalani Community Center’s pool room annex.

Kyle Ginoza, director of environmental management for Maui County, and Jennifer Chirico, executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, will both present.

Chirico will cover the international perspective on current waste-management best practices, with a view toward sustainability.

Ginoza will describe Maui County’s present waste-management landscape, its opportunities and proposed future projects.

Questions and discussion will follow the free presentation. For more information, call 573-9260.


Beach cleanup Saturday in Kihei

Maui Ocean Center will host a beach cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Sugar Beach and surrounding areas in Kihei.

Volunteers will meet at the Kealia Pond boardwalk and are advised to arrive with sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

The Community Work Day Program will provide gloves, trash bags, grabbers and vests.

The cleanup is open to everyone.


Dance academy offers four classes

The Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy is offering a new eight-week dance class series in waltz (level 1), merengue (level 1), bachata (level 1) and cha-cha (level 2).

Rita O’Connor will instruct every Wednesday evening in May and June from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kihei Community Center. The cost is $35 for all classes or $10 for one evening. No partner is necessary.

Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy is a nonprofit organization. Visit www.alohaballroom.com or call 879-0055 for more information.


Class of ’83 plans reunion in June

The St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School Class of 1983 will hold a 30th class reunion in June. For more information, contact Lorna Ramon at 280-5071 or lorna_ramon@yahoo.com.


Maui author to share memoir

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

Bergan will make a presentation at the breakfast meeting at 7:30 Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

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


Lei-making craft to be presented

Malihini Keahi-Heath will present “May Day is Lei Day for Mothers Day” from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Friday 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.

The interactive demonstration will feature “haku and huli” lei-making. Keahi-Heath will teach participants how to create their own hairpiece and/or lei in the “braided (haku) or turn (huli)” style of lei-making

In addition, the candlelit tour of the Baldwin Home Museum will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. The museum is located 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 under accompanied by a paying adult are free.

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


Didgeridoo workshop for the whole family

An introductory didgeridoo workshop with Wes (Forest) Hada will be presented at Makawao Library at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hada will discuss the background and history of the aboriginal Australian instrument, tell stories and demonstrate how to make and play the instrument. He also will invite audience members to play the didgeridoo.

The Maui Friends of the Library is sponsoring this free two-hour workshop.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Contact the library as soon as possible if a sign-language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed for these programs.

Makawao Public Library is located at 1159 Makawao Ave. For more information, call the library at 573-8785.


Arboretum manager to address Rotary

Martha Vockrodt-Moran, manager of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum, will be the featured guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon luncheon Thursday.

The meeting is held at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Cost is $20. The public is welcome.

D.T. Fleming Arboretum is Hawaii’s oldest and largest native arboretum. Located in the Pu’u Mahoe cinder cone in Kanaio, the arboretum has more than 150 species of native flora, including many on the endangered list.

Vockrodt-Moran is the granddaughter of David Thomas Fleming, who established the arboretum in 1952 to preserve Hawaiian dryland forest trees and plants. She is a landscape designer and artist.


High school topic of presentation

Global Technology High School’s Elaine Blasi will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. The college-preparatory high school is located in Wailuku. Blasi is head of school.

The cost, including lunch, is $16. The public is invited.


Resident receives college degree

James Douglas Camanse of Lahaina earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University following the fall semester.

Local Briefs

Health care topic of Rotary presentation

Tom Roy, account executive for University Health Alliance, will speak about health care at the 7 a.m. Monday meeting of the Lahaina Sunrise Rotary Club at the Historic Pioneer Inn on Front Street.

The presentation will examine the benefits of health and wellness and their importance in addressing the concerns with increasing costs of health care.

Topics will cover how insurance companies and health care providers operate in Hawaii, national health statistics and trends, nutrition, exercise and PPACA health care reform (aka “Obamacare”).

For more information or directions, call Tera Paleka at 870-3653.


Sale to benefit Aloha Cruisers program

Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold its “Greatest Sale on Earth” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Baldwin High School, 1650 Kaahumanu Ave., Wailuku.

Items for sale will include baked goods, clothing, plants, furniture, household goods and a variety of rummage items. Proceeds will benefit the group’s Aloha Cruisers senior transportation program. Donations of items are welcome.


Shoe drive at Wailuku First Friday event

If the Shoe Fits, at 21 N. Market St. in Wailuku, is having a shoe drive from 6 to 9 p.m. during the Wailuku First Friday event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui.

All donations will help the agency provide professional supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change the lives of Maui children for the better, according to a news release. Visit the website at www.bbbshawaii.org or call 242-9754 for more information or to schedule a pickup of items.


Saturday sale to benefit senior club

Hale Mahaolu Ehiku Senior Club will have a rummage sale and craft fair from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ehiku community hall, 56 Ehiku St., in Kihei.

Proceeds will support the club.


Scholarship for architecture students

The Maui Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, in conjunction with AIA National, is offering two scholarships.

AIA Maui will award one $1,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior and one $3,000 scholarship to an architectural college student.

Applicants must be Maui County residents, accepted and enrolled in a school or college accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, pursuing a degree in the field of architecture.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need. The award of scholarship funds requires enrollment confirmation from the school or college.

Scholarship applications and nomination forms are available online at aiamaui.blogspot.com/p/scholarship.html.

The application deadline is June 12.


Rummage on Sunday to benefit team

The Pono fast-pitch 12 and under team will have a multi-family rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Lihikai School cafeteria in Kahului. The sale is a fundraiser for the team.


Culinary academy to host ‘Open Kitchen’

The University of Hawaii Maui College Maui Culinary Academy will present an “Open Kitchen” event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 10.

The general orientation session will include information about summer and fall classes, how to enroll, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Pa’ina Culinary Arts Center, the chance to mingle with MCA’s chef faculty and graduates, and interactive food tastings.

Guest speakers will include Tylun Pang, executive chef for the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, and Hubert Des Marais, executive chef for the Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast Hawaii.

For more information and to reserve a seat at “Open Kitchen,” call Chris Speere at 984-3690 or Kulamanu Vorhies at 984-3272. UH-MC Culinary Program and application information may be found at www.maui.hawaii.edu/culinary. The reservation deadline for “Open Kitchen” is May 8.