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Joseph Souki to speak at Kiwanis meeting

Speaker of the House Joseph M. Souki will be guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting on Thursday at Cary & Eddy’s Hideaway Restaurant & Lounge in Kahului.

Souki will discuss the issues and work of the 2013 state legislative session.

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

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


Sale will benefit Maui Aids Foundation

The Maui Aids Foundation will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at 807 Kupulau Drive in Kihei.

Donations of items are being accepted through Sept. 6. Call 283-1090 to schedule delivery of items.

In addition to the garage sale, there will be baked goods available for purchase and entertainment throughout the day. All unsold items will be donated to Women Helping Women.

Money raised from the garage sale will support programs offered by Maui AIDS Foundation including, case management, prevention and education, and housing.

The mission of Maui AIDS Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS; to stop the spread of HIV infection; and to advocate for improved HIV/AIDS services.


Life in Thailand topic of presentation

The Rotary Club of Maui will host Steve Freid, host of talk show “Life on Maui,” as guest speaker at its noon meeting Sept. 5 in the Class Act Dining Room at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

“From Life on Maui . . . to Life on Thailand – Temples, Food, and Dentistry,” will be Freid’s topic.

Freid fulfilled a life dream by moving to Maui and hosting and producing his popular TV talk show for the past eight years. He recently lived in Thailand for six months in a village outside of Chaing Mai. Freid will share interesting facts about medical tourism in Thailand.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. Cost is $20 for the luncheon and meeting. For more information, contact or visit


Maikalani community lecture on Friday

The Maikalani Community Lectures series continues this month with a presentation by Skip Williams titled “AMOS: The Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

As part of the Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, AMOS provides state-of-the-art capabilities in the areas of space surveillance, imaging systems, active illumination, and high-performance computing. Williams is AMOS’ chief engineer.

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


Visitors bureau head to address Rotarians

Terryl Vencl, executive director of the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, will be the featured speaker at the noon luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina on Thursday at the Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant in the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali. The public is invited. For more information, call President Art Ortiz at 344-3010.


Meeting set for Kihei Charter School

The Kihei Charter School Governance Board of Education will meet Sept. 4 at the middle school, 41 E. Lipoa St., Unit 29, in Kihei. Public testimony will begin at 4 p.m. For more information, call 875-0700.


Feline spay/neuter services available

Ninth Life Hawaii is holding monthly feline spay/neuter clinics. Volunteers pick up cats at designated points on Maui and bring them to the sanctuary for surgery in a fully equipped surgery room. Animals are returned later the same day to the pickup locations. A minimum $35 donation is requested, however the service is always free in cases of hardship. For more information, call 573-3365 and follow the instructions or send email to for a surgical consent form.

To date, 9th Life Hawaii has sterilized more than 5,620 cats, which equates to tens of thousands of cats that won’t be born. Its clinics are open to all cats. Pregnant cats will not be sterilized.

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Social media leader part of presentation

Ka’anapali Beach Resort will host “A Social Media Conversation” with Ann Tran and Joyce Cherrier from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

Tran was named by Hayden Shaughnessy of Forbes magazine as one of 2013’s Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Cherrier is a freelance writer for several websites, a content contributor for Sears’ and a content contributor for Verizon #vzwbuzz. Cherrier also is on the social media team for Verizon. Her website is

Shelley Kekuna, executive director of the Ka’aanapali Beach Resort Association, will moderate the conversation focused on social media as one of several tools for marketing travel destinations.

A $15-per-person fee will include networking and light refreshments and Sheraton Maui’s nightly sunset cliff-diving ceremony. To register, visit


Benefit for Kihei house fire victims

The fundraiser for the Bagorio/Ulep families, who lost their multi-family Kihei home to a fire June 23, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cafe O’Lei restaurant at The Dunes at Maui Lani in Kahului.

Frank Delima will entertain. Tickets are $55 for adults and $12 for children. For more information, call Ana Koyanagi at 357-0726.


Group to tour airport fire dept.

A “Rotary on the Road” vocational tour of the Kahului Airport Fire Department will replace the regular morning meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday.

Tour participants will meet at gate 841 at 9:20 a.m. The one-hour tour will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The public is invited to attend. To participate, call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242.

For detailed directions to the tour meeting site, email Margie Flores at


Flu shots available at 2 pharmacies

Flu shots for the 2013-14 flu season are available at the Foodland Pharmacy located at the Pukalani Terrace Center and the new Napili Market Pharmacy at the Napili Market Place in Napili.

Flu shots are given at no charge to those 18 and over and insured by HMSA, HMSA Quest, HMA, Medicare, HMAA and UHA. The cash price is $30. No appointments are necessary.

For more information, call Foodland Pharmacy at the Pukalani Terrace Center at 572-8266 or the Napili Market Pharmacy at 665-0028.


Volunteer center announces contest

HandsOn Maui, the county’s volunteer center, is holding its first Facebook photo contest, “Capturing the Heart of Giving.”

The contest is sponsored by the county and the Tri Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council.

Contest organizers are looking for photos of volunteers in action that show the service, kindness, love and inspiration of helping others, according to a news release.

To read the contest rules and submit a photo, visit

Contest prizes include $25, $75 and $100 Wal-Mart gift cards for the top three entries. The submission deadline is Sept. 6.

Each winner will also receive free registration to the annual volunteer conference, Oct. 18.

To learn more about the conference, visit

For more information about the HandsOn Maui Facebook photo contest, contact Volunteer Center Coordinator Wendy Stebbins at or 270-7150.


Author to speak at Rotary meeting

The Rotary Club of Maui will host Eve Hogan, an inspirational speaker, labyrinth facilitator, relationship coach and author of multiple books, at its noon meeting Thursday in the Class Act Dining Room at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The topic of her talk will be “The Way of the Winding Path.”

Hogan has written several books, including “Way of the Winding Path,” “How to Love Your Marriage” and “Intellectual Foreplay.” Her latest release, “The EROS Equation,” is due out in October. Hogan also writes for Spirituality & Health magazine. As executive director of the Divine Nature Alliance, she oversees The Sacred Garden on Maui.

The cost is $20 for the luncheon meeting. The public is invited. For more information, email


Nabavi buys seeds for school gardens

Paris Nabavi, who operates two restaurants in West Maui, has offered to cover all the organic seed purchases for the Maui School Garden Network for the third year in a row, according to a news release.

Nabavi is sponsoring organic seed purchases for school gardens throughout the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai and working in the community to change the way families eat at school and at home.

More than 5,000 children in Maui County have been impacted by the Maui School Garden Network and its partner organizations, which cover 41 school garden programs for grades kindergarten through 12.

Nabavi runs Pizza Paradiso at Honokowai Marketplace. His second restaurant, Cilantro Mexican Grill in Lahaina Center, will close in late 2013 as he transitions to a new Mexican restaurant scheduled to open in the fall, Sangrita Grill & Cantina.

It will be located at the Fairway shops in Kaanapali. Nabavi has also pledged to support garden program expansions at Lahainaluna High School and Maui Preparatory Academy.

This spring, Nabavi was named as a “2013 Exceptional Small Business Owner” for Maui County. For more information about Nabavi, visit


Dinner to benefit Maui Swim Club

Maui Swim Club, led by Head Coach Spencer Shiraishi Sr., will hold a fundraiser dinner with Vineyard Food Co. on Friday and Saturday. There will be two seatings, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Fifteen percent of all proceeds will be donated to Maui Swim Club to assist with travel expenses for the coaches to Neighbor Island swim meets. For reservations and menu, call 243-3663 or email

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Hawaii’s dolphins topic of presentation

A presentation titled “Hawaii’s Dolphins: Human Impacts and Conservation Action” will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center in Maalaea.

The presentation will be shown live via streaming video with presenter Sarah Courbis, a research associate at Portland State University.

Courbis recently co-presented a talk at the Hawaii Conservation Conference in which she presented results from a study showing that the visitors most likely to harass wildlife also have a strong pro-environmental orientation, a release said. The study also showed that the majority of Hawaii’s visitors are unaware of marine conservation laws and eco-friendly recognition programs.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 856-8304.


Meeting tonight at Maui Waena school

Maui Waena Intermediate School will have a 7th- and 8th-grade “Meet & Greet” from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

The gathering is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet teachers, counselors, administrators and staff. Participants will also learn how to get connected to and monitor their children’s grades.


Book sale at Whole Foods Market

Maui Friends of the Library will have a book sale at Whole Foods Market in the Maui Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a large variety of donated fiction, nonfiction and oversize books for sale. Each child present will be able to select a free book from designated boxes of children’s books, while supplies last.

Maui Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization that supports the public libraries of Maui County with funding for programs, library materials and equipment. For more information about this sale and the organization’s used bookstores, visit


Maui News publisher to speak at meeting

Joe Bradley, editor and publisher of The Maui News, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Carey & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant & Lounge in Kahului.

He will speak on “Newspapers in the 21st Century.”

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

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


Sea turtles focus of talk at ocean center

Researcher and biologist Cheryl King will deliver a talk on sea turtles from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Maui Ocean Center.

Her presentation will focus on how one can get involved in saving sea turtles. King has researched turtles for more than 17 years and is in her 14th nesting season running Hawaii Wildlife Fund’s Hawksbill Recovery Project, which focuses on the conservation of Maui’s nesting and foraging hawksbill population.

The event is part of the center’s free Sea Talks series. Admission is through the aquarium’s front gate from 6 to 6:40 p.m. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 270-7088.


Maui Fair participant applications available

Applications for participants in the 91st Maui Fair, including for the Maui Fair parade and commercial exhibit booths, are available at

The fair opens with the parade at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3. The deadline for parade applications is Sept. 13. A mandatory parade participant meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Alexa Higashi Meeting Room at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Commercial exhibit tent booths are available on a first-come, first-served basis and application approval will be confirmed by notification from a Maui Fair representative.

Applications for livestock and poultry exhibitors are also available at

For more information, contact Carolyn Nishimura at or 871-6230, ext. 13, or Fair Managing Director Sherri Grimes at or 280-6889.

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Maui Fair tickets available at discount

Maui Fair cashier Dancine Takahashi has announced that pre-sale tickets are available at reduced prices now through Sept. 27. The fair will be held Oct. 3-6.

Pre-sale adult tickets are $5 ($7 at the gate, except for Sunday, when they’re $5) and child tickets (5-11 years old) are $2 ($3 at the gate). Keiki 4 years old and younger are admitted free.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the Maui Fair administrative office in the parking lot of the War Memorial Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 242-2721 prior to visiting.

Tickets are also available at the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, located in the Triangle Square, 425 Koloa St. #101B, in Kahului.

For more information about the fair, visit

Groups interested in selling entry tickets as a fundraiser may contact Takahashi at 264-2687 for more information.


Hawaiian Islands Land Trust topic of talk

Scott Fisher, director of conservation with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, will discuss the group’s efforts to preserve the natural beauty of Hawaii during a presentation Monday at the regular meeting of the Kula AARP Chapter at the Kula Community Center.

Attendees will hear about the progress already made by the organization on Maui and other islands and what the future may hold.

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

The event is open to the public. No reservations are necessary. Members and guests are encouraged to bring food for the Maui Food Bank.

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


Deadline Monday for alumni recipes

Maui High School alumni are invited to submit a recipe for the school’s centennial cookbook, which is being prepared in anticipation of the school’s upcoming celebration.

The deadline for submissions is Monday. Recipes and the author’s class year may be emailed to


Don Couch to speak at Rotary meeting

Maui County council member Don Couch will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon luncheon meeting Thursday in the Class Act Dining Room at the University of Hawaii Maui College. His talk will address home-based business legislation being reviewed by the Maui County Council.

Couch is a 22-year resident of Maui who has served the community in a variety of professional and volunteer positions. Prior to being elected to the council, he served the County of Maui as deputy planning director and as an executive assistant to Mayor Alan Arakawa, with a focus on issues affecting South and West Maui.

The public is invited to the meeting. The cost is $20 for the luncheon. For more information, visit


Retirees’ trip to Lanai postponed

Hawaii Government Employees Association retirees’ Lanai trip scheduled for Sept. 19 has been postponed until next year. The regular retirees’ meeting will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at the United Public Workers Hall in Wailuku.


Shopping passes to benefit nonprofit

Macy’s will partner with Parents and Children Together to invite customers to participate in Macy’s eighth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on Saturday.

The one-day-only shopping event supports local charities’ fundraising efforts and has helped raised more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006.

Macy’s shopping passes, which sell for $5 each, may be purchased from Parents and Children Together. The organization will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells.

By purchasing a shopping pass from Parents and Children Together, customers help to support services for survivors of domestic violence while enjoying a day of discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Passholders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit

To purchase a shopping pass from Parents and Children Together, call Lucy Feinberg at 244-2330.


Iao school plans open houses

Iao Intermediate School will hold open houses this week for different grade levels.

The 6th-grade event will be Tuesday, and the 7th- and 8th-grade open house will be Thursday.

The open houses will begin in the school’s dining center at 5:40 p.m., followed by classroom visitations. A special bell schedule will be passed out at the door.

Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend, to meet teachers and to understand what the curriculum and classroom expectations are.

The school advises, though, that the open house is not the time for parent-teacher conferences.

Parents or guardians are asked to bring a copy of their child’s schedule.

Those who pre-paid for dinner after registration day may pick up their tickets at the door starting at 4:40 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Child care for those 5 to 9 years old will be available.

For more information, call Lorene Rodrigues, Parent Community Networking Center facilitator, at 984-5610, ext. 241, or email her at


Significance of obon topic of talk

Lynn Araki-Regan will speak on the “Obon Festival’s Significance” during the noon luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului on Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Araki-Regan is an attorney in private practice. Over the years, she has been involved with organizations including the Maui County Bar Association, Kiwanis, the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, the Maui Humane Society and Maui Young Business Roundtable.

Cost for lunch is $20, or a $5 program fee. Information about speakers and club service projects can be found at For more information, call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.


LGBT youth topic of seminar on Friday

There will be a free training session for health professionals titled “Improving Emotional & Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku. The training will be by speaker and author Jeff Poirier.

To register, contact TeriLyn at 243-1252 or

Time will be allowed for bring-your-own lunch, or lunch may be purchased at the center’s Simply Healthy Cafe ($4 to $6).


Hawaiian language topic of conference

Pupukahi I Holomua is a conference on Hawaiian language immersion education that will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the student lounge at the Pilina building.

Students, families and teachers involved with the Kula Kaiapuni programs at Paia Elementary, Princess Nahi’ena’ena, Kalama Intermediate and King Kekaulike High schools, along with community members interested in Hawaiian immersion education, are invited to attend.

Guest speakers, an alumni panel and breakout sessions will be featured at the free event. Children in grades kindergarten through 5 will have their own cultural day of activities. For more information and to register visit or call Kili Namau’u at 283-7733.


Habitat to benefit from fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity Maui is participating in the annual Macy’s “Shop for a Cause” event. People who purchase a $5 pass from Habitat for Humanity Maui may enjoy 10 to 25 percent savings on selected items at Macy’s on Saturday.

All proceeds benefit the organization’s construction program.

To reserve a pass from Habitat for Humanity Maui, call 242-1140. Passes may be purchased at 970 Lower Main St. in Wailuku from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Volunteers sought for block party

Habitat for Humanity Maui is seeking volunteers to join its volunteer exchange program at the Kihei Fourth Friday block party.

Several volunteer shifts are available from 3 to 10 p.m. The event itself is from 6 to 9 p.m.

The volunteer exchange program allows Habitat for Humanity Maui to share with the community about its organization, the many volunteer opportunities available, fundraising events and its homeownership process.

Call 242-1140 or e-mail to schedule a three-hour shift and get a T-shirt.

For more information about the event, email


MECO Energy Fair happens Saturday

Maui Electric Co. will present electrical education, interactive displays, games and entertainment at its Maui Electric Energy Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

“Come visit our Maui Electric ohana to learn all about energy,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. “It’s a fun way for the entire family to see how electricity works and understand the importance of electrical safety, energy conservation and ongoing clean energy efforts.”

This free annual community event will feature various live electrical and robotics demonstrations, an electric vehicle display and hands-on energy activities, games and giveaways.

Additional displays will also be presented by the Baldwin and Maui high schools robotics teams, the County of Maui Department of Water Supply, JUMPSmart Maui, Save Our Seabirds, First Wind and Sempra Energy.

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Hawaiian Moonlight concert on Saturday

George Kahumoku Jr. and Gabe Goebbert will be the featured performers at Maui Historical Society’s Hawaiian Moonlight concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $25, or $20 for Maui Historical Society members. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free with a paid adult admission.

Coolers will be allowed. Soda and water will be available for purchase. Blankets and low-back beach chairs will be permitted. Limited seating will be available for kupuna.

The monthly concert series will take place on the grounds of the Bailey House Museum at 2375A Main St. in Wailuku.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 244-3326 or visit at


Actor, singer to speak at Rotary meeting

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea will host tenor Jim Price, lead actor and singer in the upcoming production of “Les Miserables” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The noon meeting will take place at Mulligans on the Blue on Aug. 21. The buffet lunch costs $16.

Maui Academy of Performing Arts Board President Vinnie Linares will join Price to speak about MAPA and give a live sample of “Les Miserables.”


Shop for a Cause to support PWF

Shoppers at Macy’s can support the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education and conservation programs and save up to 25 percent on purchases at the department store by taking part in the 8th annual Shop for a Cause at Macy’s stores nationwide on Aug. 24.

People can donate $5 to Pacific Whale Foundation now and receive a Macy’s Shop for a Cause savings pass to use on Aug. 24. To donate, visit

The Shop for a Cause savings pass will entitle shoppers to savings of 25 percent on regular, sale and clearance merchandise throughout Macy’s, including designer brands, as well as 10 percent off furniture, mattresses and area rugs.


Community invited to school meeting

The Kahului School Community Council will hold its monthly meeting beginning at 4:45 p.m. today in the school library.

Parents, students and community members are invited to the one-hour meeting. For more information, call 873-3058 during school hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Maui Cattle Co. topic of presentation

Alex Franco, manager of Maui Cattle Co., will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

He will speak on the operations of the Maui Cattle Co.

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

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


Reading of ‘Les Miserables’ offered

“Discovering the Classics: Les Miserables” will be presented at Kihei Public Library at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s section.

Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck) will conduct a dramatic reading of the “Classics Illustrated” comic book “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo. There will be a brief discussion, a question-and-answer session, and Lopaka will encourage children to read the original book.

This free one-hour program is recommended for ages 6 and older and will include light snacks and refreshments provided by the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund. Lopaka is a writer, English literature scholar and longtime reader of classic books.

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.

Kihei Public Library is located at 35 Waimahaihai St. For more information, call the library at 875-6833.


Two speakers to present at showcase

Nicole Fisher, of Skywriting by Nico, will speak on social media for business at the Maui Mompreneur Showcase on Saturday in the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom.

The 9 a.m to 1 p.m. showcase of mom-owned businesses is open to the public. Admission is free.

Fisher will present at 10 a.m., along with Ed Gazmen, sales and marketing consultant, who will speak on, “What Really Works? Effective Marketing Strategies.”

For more information, call 276-8373.


Death Tracks on Internet radio Sundays

Doorway Into Light, a Maui nonprofit organization in the fields of death and dying, is hosting a new Internet radio show titled Death Tracks. It can be heard at 6 a.m. on Sunday mornings on

The show intends to cultivate, stimulate and elevate our conversations on aging, dying and death, according to a news release.

It will include discussions, a call-in segment for listeners to ask questions and add comments, and some music tracks.

For more information, contact Bodhi Be at


Kaitlin Kim receives academic award

Kaitlin Kim, a student at Saint Anthony Junior-Senior High School and resident of Kahului, was named the 2013 recipient of the Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael’s College is located in Burlington, Vt.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization.

They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

* This article contains a correction from the original published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 on page A8. Community / Rotary speaker. The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea will host tenor Jim Price, lead actor and singer in the upcoming production of “Les Miserables,” at a noon meeting Aug. 21 at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. The date of the event was incorrect in a Local Briefs item. Also, Maui Academy of Performing Arts Director David Johnston is no longer scheduled to attend the event.

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Castlette Ale leads state delegation

Castlette Ale of Kihei, a member of the Wilbert Wah Hu Tom Ladies Auxiliary, #3850, led the state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 100th National Convention held July 20-24 in Louisville, Ky.

As the leading representative from the state, she voiced the delegates’ votes during the election of national officers and played a role in deciding the direction of the national organization for 2013-14.


AARP meeting will have 2 speakers on 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.

Guest speakers will be Taka Harada and Dale Zarrella.

Harada will recount Kalaupapa’s history and tell of his connection with his brother, who lived in Kalaupapa.

Zarrella will share information about St. Damien and the background of the sculpture of St. Damien that he created.

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


Mom-owned businesses focus of showcase

The Maui Mompreneur Showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom. Admission is free.

The Maui Mompreneur Network was created by Jovina Kaeo and Luana Fukumoto to provide a source of support, encouragement and resources for mom business owners on Maui, according to an announcement.

Twenty-two businesses were signed up for the showcase as of Thursday and the list was continuing to grow, said Kaeo.

The Mompreneur Showcase is open to mom-owned businesses on Maui.

Businesses interested in participating may call Kaeo at 344-8427; the network also has a blog at


Melanie Joy to present introduction to carnism

“Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism” will be presented by Melanie Joy at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia.

This presentation is based on the award-winning book of the same name.

Joy, a social psychologist, explains that carnism is an invisible belief system that shapes our perceptions of the meat (and eggs and dairy) we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why.

Joy describes how carnism, like other isms (sexism, racism, etc.), is most harmful when it is unrecognized; and it is sustained by complex social and psychological mechanisms.

By illuminating the invisible mechanisms of carnism, Joy helps viewers become more informed consumers and empowered citizens, according to an announcement.

Kaunoa Senior Center is located at 401 Alakapa Place. For more information, contact Steve at or 280-6865.


Palmyra Atoll topic of presentation

A lecture “Palmyra Atoll: Where the Wild Things are Still Wild,” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Kihei conference room at 726 S. Kihei Road.

Cheryl King, Hawaii Wildlife Fund vice president and Maui research coordinator, will be the guest speaker.

She spent June on the atoll working with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History and will report on the efforts that the team made to survey the sea turtle population there.

King has been researching sea turtles since 1996 in South Carolina, New York and Florida before moving to Maui and joining the Hawaii Wildlife Fund in 2000.


Reunion payment due for class of ’83

The Baldwin High School Class of 1983 reunion organizers request classmates to mail registration and payment as soon as possible for the 30-year class reunion to be held Aug. 30-31 in Las Vegas.

The reunion-night dinner will be on Aug. 31 at Makino’s, with a casual night Aug. 30.

Other activities are planned. For more information, contact Malorie Arisumi at or call 385-5154.


UPW retirees to meet in Wailuku

United Public Workers Paid Retiree Members Chapter 646, Maui Division, will have a meeting at noon Thursday at Tasty Crust restaurant in Wailuku.

New officers for 2014-17 will be nominated and elected. Delegates will be nominated to attend the UPW Retirees State Convention on Nov. 1 at the Ala Moana Hotel on Oahu.

Min Meng, special assistant to the state director of the UPW, will be guest speaker. Free lunch will be served to members. For more information, call Sylvia Valdez at 269-0210.


Dressage society fundraiser Tuesday

The Hawaii State Dressage Society will hold its annual fundraiser from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Flatbread Co. in Paia. HSDS supports the United States Dressage Federation’s mission of dedication to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage and equestrian events, including the new sport of western dressage.

Funds are being raised to promote the Young Rider Championship Show later this year and for upcoming educational events.

A variety of items and services will be offered in a silent auction. For more information or to donate to the auction, email Karen Davidge at or call Heather Hendel at 344-0635.


Rotary club to present speaker

The Wastewater Operations Program superintendent for the County of Maui’s Wastewater Reclamation Division will speak at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday.

Steve Parabiocoli will make the presentation at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Parabiocoli has been with the Wastewater Division for more than 29 years. He is past president of the Hawaii Water Environment Association and is active in the association’s Water Reuse Committee.

He has assisted with the development of the sustainable science degree water/wastewater curriculum at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information, call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or see the club’s website at


Large yard sale in Kahului on Saturday

Kahului Hongwanji Mission will have a yard and chow fun sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului.

Rummage items will include clothes, women’s and children’s shoes, children’s toys, anime, books, games, crafts, household items, golf clubs, and more. There will also be plants for sale.

In addition to chow fun, the selection of food and snacks will include baked goods, sushi, rice dishes, somen salad, mini bentos and chocolate candy. For more information, call 871-4732.

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‘Inspiration Award’ goes to Bob Douglas

Bob Douglas will receive the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Inspiration Award today as part of a Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk recognition event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom. Eighty nonprofit organizations will also be recognized during the program.

Douglas, nominated for the award by Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors, for years coordinated an annual Christmas tree-and-food box giveaway for Maui and Molokai families. Today he is nearly blind and receives transportation help from Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors but also serves as a telephone volunteer for the agency, calling several homebound elderly residents twice a day to “talk story” and remind them to take their medications.

As part of this year’s charity walk, Douglas offered a $5,000 matching donation challenge to raise funds for Na Hoaloha-Neighbors Helping Neighbor’s participation. The result was more than $15,000 raised and pledged to Betsy Scheller, the organization’s volunteer coordinator. She became the individual raising the most funds in this year’s event.


Electric vehicles topic of presentation

Electric vehicle expert Mike Snyder will be guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant & Lounge in Kahului.

Snyder, who is also a member of the club, will show two videos of his friend, business partner and EV world record race car driver Monster Tajima.

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

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


Obon celebration in Kahului on Saturday

Kahului Jodo Mission will hold its obon celebration Saturday. A service will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dancing to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Temple members will have plate lunches, drinks and snacks for sale. There will also be games for children.

The mission is located across from the Maui High School football practice field on the corner of Laau and Molokai Hema streets.


Italian American club to host potluck

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a beach potluck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Kamaole III Beach Park in Kihei.

The club will provide meat for the grill, soft drinks and bottled water. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share that serves five or more people. There will be a bocce contest and prizes for the winners.

The Italian American Club of Maui is an Italian heritage club, but people from any culture are welcome to join or attend meetings.

For more information call Secretary Fred Rawe at 876-1964. To learn more about the club, visit at


Coordinator of 3 agencies will speak

Frances Duberstein, development coordinator of Aloha House, Maui Youth and Family Services and Malama Family Recovery Center, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon meeting Aug. 15 in the Class Act Dining Room at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She will speak about how the three agencies work together to provide community services on Maui.

The meeting is open to the public, and the luncheon costs $20 per person. For more information, email club President Daniel Porter at


BHS Class of ’88 to hold rummage sale

Baldwin High School Class of 1988 will hold a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Pomaikai Elementary School cafeteria.

All proceeds will be donated to Baldwin High School in celebration of its 75th anniversary. Funds will be used to purchase lockers and benches.

For more information, call 280-1299.


Green sea turtles topic of presentation

A presentation on green sea turtles by author and researcher Peter Bennett will be given from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Maui Ocean Center.

Since 1982, Bennett and his wife, Ursula Keuper-Bennett, have spent Julys and Augusts in Honokowai. Together they have made more than 2,500 dives with the turtles in the area. They have documented the turtles’ life on the reef.

The presentation “Da Honu: Charismatic Megafauna” is part of the Sea Talks series. Admission is free through the aquarium’s front gate from 6 to 6:40 p.m.

Advanced reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.


Ten contestants participate in pageant

The Miss 4th of July Pageant was presented by Posh Princess Pageant Hawaii on July 27 on the main stage of the Maui Mall. There were a total of 10 contestants who came from all over the island and a total of 67 awards.

The pageant’s volunteer judges were Miss Aloha Maui 2013 Sophia Godinez-Miller, Tami Sharp, Lindsay Watson and Brittney Baker.

The “Supreme Titlists” are as follows:

* Selena Rodrigues, 7, Miss 4th of July 2013 Ultimate Grand Supreme, who won a crown, a sash and $250 in cash.

* Sophia Morris, 8 months, and Wytlee Souza-Lopes, 7, Miss Grand Supreme, who each won a crown, a sash and $50 in cash.

* Jerzy Poouahi Weeks, 4, and Brandi Kamalani, 9, Mini Supreme, who each won a crown and a sash.


Art show and sale at Unity Church

An art show and sale featuring local photographers, artists, jewelers and sculptors will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 on the grounds of Unity Church in Wailuku. There will be free parking at the county building and shuttle service. Admission is free. Donations of nonperishable food items for the Maui Food Bank are welcome.

Unity Church is at 483 S. High St. For more information, email, call 242-9327, or visit

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Caregiving for elderly topic of workshop

An “Eden At Home Training” by the Maui United Project Dana will be held Saturday at Kaunoa Senior Center.

The workshop is for those interested in caregiving for the elderly at home or elderly people interested in learning what life could be like while aging. Dana means selfless giving of time and energy without expecting anything in return.

Dr. Michael Cheang of the University of Hawaii-Manoa will assist in this eight-hour course. Follow-up training will be scheduled a month after the course to review and analyze the benefits of it.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the course to begin at 9 a.m.

There is a $10 registration fee for lunch and a workbook.

For more information or to register, call 572-7229.


MHS centennial meeting Wednesday

Maui High School Centennial planning meetings will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday and on Aug. 21 on the Kahului campus in room J-101.

Alumni and friends interested in helping with the various events in October are invited to attend.

For more information, call co-chairs Bobbie Arita at 214-0593 or Mike Molina at 264-4859.


Telephone employees plan reunion

Past and present employees of Hawaiian Telephone, GTE Hawaiian Tel, Verizon and Hawaiian Telcom are invited to a reunion Aug. 17 at Kahului Community Center. The evening will begin with pupu at 5:30 p.m., followed by picture taking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person (BYOB).

The deadline to sign up is Friday; call Daryl at 281-2054, Val at 244-0707 or 264-0476, Jamie at 242-5148 or Sheri at 281-6342.


3 people to be honored at Akaku event

Akaku: Maui Community Television will present its third annual Maui Walk of Heroes from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului. The event will include music, prizes, a silent auction, food and family fun.

Honorees Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Kimokeo Kapahulehua, reknown paddler and teacher featured in the award-winning film, “Family of the Wa’a”; and Teya Penniman of the Maui Invasive Species Committee, will place their handprints and footprints in cement in front of Akaku’s Kahului studio.

The celebration will be hosted by Andy Bumatai, with music by George Kahumoku, Richard Ho’opi’i and Andy Kaina & Kaina Country.

Mayor Alan Arakawa and community leaders will be special guests, along with the Maui Nui O Kama cultural halau led by Kumu Keli’i Tau’a.


Ukulele workshops at Bailey House

On the second Saturday of each month in 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon, ukulele players of all abilities are invited to bring their ukuleles to workshops led by Mele Fong at Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. The next workshop will take place Saturday.

Fong is a professional singer and entertainer who also teaches private and small group lessons at the museum. A $10 fee includes admission to the museum.

For more information, call Fong at 281-4981 or visit her website at


Employers council topic of presentation

The Rotary Club of Kahului will hear from Karen Honma of Hawaii Employers Council at its noon meeting Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Honma will talk about how the nonprofit membership employers group helps businesses with human resources, employment law compliance, labor relations and training.

Honma has been with the Hawaii Employers Council for 15 years, initially as director and now as vice president of membership development. She is responsible for recruiting new member companies to the organization, member relations and retention.

Prior to joining Hawaii Employers Council, she worked in market research and in education.

The event is open to the public. Lunch costs $20, or there is a $5 program fee.


Planning meeting for 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. Tuesday.

The festivities will be held in October.

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

For more information, call Lynn Araki-Regan at 280-1299 or visit


Two speakers to address Rotary club

Two of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea will speak at the club’s noon meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

The speakers are Karen Siagnco from First Hawaiian Bank and Cecilia Camp from Kihei Charter School.

The cost for lunch is $16. The public is welcome.


Social Media Bootcamp Saturday

High Tech Maui’s Social Media Bootcamp – led by consultant Peter Liu of Kaiscapes LLC – will take place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Economic Development Board’s Malcolm Center at 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 5, in Kihei.

The workshop is designed for those who are new to social media or starting to think about an overall social media strategy for their business but don’t know where to start.

The cost for the workshop is $65, which includes lunch.

High Tech Maui is a business-support program of MEDB. High Tech Maui usually hosts a Social Media Bootcamp every month.

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


2 doctors will address kidney group

The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and the Hawaii Organ Transplant Support Group will have two guest speakers at its meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Liberty Dialysis Conference Room at 105 Maui Lani Parkway in Wailuku.

Dr. Till Hansen of Hawaii Endocrine Associates will speak about diabetes and its complications. Dr. Douglas Birch of Maui Family Footcare will speak about podiatry and diabetes.

The meeting is for kidney patients and their caregivers. Questions and answers will follow the presentation. For further information or to reserve a spot at the presentation, call 986-1900 by Tuesday.


Rotary Club of Lahaina to meet Thursday

Development Coordinator Frances Duberstein of Aloha House, Maui Youth & Family Services and Malama Family Recovery will speak at the Rotary Club of Lahaina’s noon meeting on Thursday. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a master’s degree in public affairs. The meeting will be at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali. Lunch may be purchased from the menu. For more information, call President Art Ortiz at 344-3010.


Okinawan dancers to perform at obon

Ryukyu Kajimaya, a dance group from Okinawa International University, will dance at the Rinzai Zen Mission obon and perform traditional eisa dances during the intermission.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at Rinzai Zen Mission, located at 120 Alawai Road in Paia.


Iwo Jima topic of presentation Thursday

Harry Smith will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday in the Class Act Dining Room at the University of Hawaii Maui College. His topic will be “Why Iwo Jima Was Critical to Americans – Battle Strategy and Fate of the Flag Raisers.”

Smith is a 1952 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He retired in 1992 and has lived on Maui full time since 2008. He is an amateur historian on the subject of WWII and has traveled twice to Iwo Jima.

The meeting is open to the public. There is a $20 fee for lunch and meeting. For more information, contact