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PWF to celebrate return of whales to Maui

Pacific Whale Foundation will celebrate the return of the humpback whales to Maui this year with its annual “Welcome Home the Whales” event Saturday.

The celebration features special two-hour whale-watch cruises throughout the day led by members of Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team and certified marine naturalists. The “Welcome Home the Whales” cruises depart from Maalaea Harbor at 9 and 11:30 a.m.; and from Lahaina Harbor at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Cruise ticket prices are $24.95 for adults and $17 for children ages 7 to 12. Kids ages 6 and under are free (one child per paying adult).

Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Stores in Lahaina and Maalaea will also have a 25 percent off storewide sale Saturday. Porto, a Mediterranean grill and pizzeria in Maalaea, will host happy hour prices from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on food and beverages.

All proceeds go toward Pacific Whale Foundation’s efforts to protect whales and the ocean through research and advocacy.

For more information, call 249-8811, ext. 1, or visit pacificwhale.org.


Service, potluck at Keawala’i in Makena

Keawala’i Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Makena will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day service and potluck luncheon on Thursday.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.

A potluck luncheon will follow at noon. Turkey and gravy will be provided. Church members, friends and visitors are invited to bring a side dish to share. Drinks as well as plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.


‘Being With Dying’ subject of event

Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization, will hold its monthly gathering “Being With Dying” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Temple of Peace in Haiku.

This is a free event for people who are dying, their families, the grieving, caregivers and all who wish to explore their own death.

The gathering is facilitated by the Rev. Bodhi Be, the executive director of Doorway Into Light.

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


Author Robert Shaw will sign new book

Pukalani author Robert Shaw will be at The Friends of the Library bookstore at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday to sign his new book, “CouchEsthentics: The Exercise Book For People Who Never Exercise.”

The photo-illustrated and innovative book is designed for men, women and children of all ages who get little or no exercise and are not ready for strenuous physical fitness programs.

Every exercise can be done sitting on or standing in front of a couch or chair and at one’s own comfort level. Shaw’s website is www.couchesthentics.com.


Maui Waena plans evacuation drill today

Maui Waena Intermediate School will have a schoolwide evacuation drill from 8 to 10 a.m. today. Students, teachers and staff will be evacuating the school grounds by foot onto Onehee Avenue to Kahului Community Park and back. For any questions, call the school office at 873-3070.


Exchange student experience topic of talk

Cynthia Clark and Shayla Middleton will speak about their experiences as group study exchange students during the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea today at Mulligans on the Blue.

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


Farmers market at UH-MC today

University of Hawaii Maui College’s agricultural and natural resource students are holding a farmers market from noon to 1:30 today, Monday and Dec. 5 outside the Pa’ina Building. Students from the sustainable crop production class are growing a variety of produce to sell. There will also be ornamental corn and poinsettia plants available. Proceeds will support the agriculture department at the college.


Seals focus of fundraiser at Flatbread Co.

The Flatbread Co. in Paia will host a fundraiser for the Monk Seal Foundation from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

A percentage of pizza sales will be donated to the Maui-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Additionally, the foundation will hold a raffle and silent auction during the benefit.

For more information, visit www.monksealfoundation.org.

The Flatbread Co. is located at 89 Hana Highway.


Alzheimer’s disease topic of radio show

Lynsey Capone, of the Alzheimer’s Association Maui office, and Olive Bautista, nursing supervisor at Hale Makua, will talk about Alzheimer’s disease at noon Friday on radio stations KAOI 1110AM and 96.7FM.

The program, “Health Talk by Hale Makua,” is a monthly radio show providing information about health care on Maui with host Cindy Paulos.


Maui Rotarian recognized with award

Heather Ballaine of Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea recently received the “Quiet Rotarian Award.” This award is presented to one member per club who has demonstrated Rotary involvement in a quiet fashion and normally does not receive enough recognition for doing good work. Past Club President Joe Mitchell presented the award.

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Hospital announces student art contest

Maui Memorial Medical Center is again sponsoring an art contest for Maui artists in the grades kindergarten-12. The theme for this year’s contest is “Share the Aloha,” and subject matter may include landscapes, seascapes, animals, people and any other positive ideas that the artist envisions, according to a news release.

Twenty pieces will be chosen, with 10 each coming from the groups of grades K-5 and 6-12. The deadline for entries is Jan. 15.

Selected works will be on permanent display in the hospital, and the artists will be invited to attend a special reception in their honor and win a small prize.

“This will be our third contest, and we’ve found that our children’s artwork displays really uplift our patients and staff,” said Carol Clark, MMMC director of communications. “Their artwork contributes in providing a calm and healing presence in our hospital and is an inspiration for all of us.”

Entry forms may be obtained online at www.mauimemorialmedical.org/share-the-aloha.

For more information, contact Carol Clark at 442-5108 or cclark@hhsc.org.


Community imu available for meals

Pukalani Community Church of the Nazarene is preparing a Thanksgiving imu for the community to cook turkey, whole chicken, pork butt, ham, potatoes and more. Donations will be accepted to support the various ministries of the church.

Prepared food items in foil pans or wire baskets marked with the owner’s name may be dropped off between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at 211 Hiwalani Loop in Pukalani. Pickup is between 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday.

For more information, call Keaka Paleka at 283-7931.


Author to speak at Rotary meeting

Coach, speaker and author David Kloser will be the presenter at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 breakfast meeting Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Kloser’s topic is “Life Lessons Learned through Baseball – Building Character On and Off the Field.”

Kloser interviewed more than 300 Major League Baseball players about success, overcoming adversity and more, according to a news release.

The interviews turned into a book called “Stepping Up to the Plate: Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers.”

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information, contact President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or see www.kiheirotary.org.


Moms in business focus of craft fair

Maui Mompreneur Showcase will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom. The event is an indoor craft fair showcasing Maui’s mom-owned businesses. Crafters, homemade gifts and baked goods are some of the items that will be available.


Job developer will speak at meeting

Erin Ramirez, marketing specialist and job developer at Ka Lima O Maui, will be guest speaker at the noon lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani on Monday.

Ramirez will discuss the history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Ka Lima O Maui organization, and the activities that Ka Lima O Maui sponsored in celebration of the observance in October.

Ramirez holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in speech communications from California State University, Los Angeles.

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


Energy efficiency topic of presentation

The Italian American Social Club of Kihei will begin its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot at St. Theresa’s Church in Kihei to view a Nissan Leaf electric car.

Guest speaker Daryl Hansen of Pacific Energy will explain the features of the car and take members and guests for a short ride around the parking lot.

The club’s potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Hansen will speak about the use of photovoltaic cells, how they work and the science behind them.

All are invited to join this free event. For more information, email Don Tedesco at dstedesco@gmail.com.


Hanukkah party to include potluck

The public is welcome to attend a Hanukkah party from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Maui Lu in Kihei.

The program includes a traditional Hanukkah potluck dinner, live piano, Hanukkah candle lighting and Israeli folk dancing.

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Monsanto official will address Kiwanis

Carol Reimann, community and government affairs manager at Monsanto Hawaii, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui noon meeting Thursday at Carey and Eddie’s Hideaway restaurant in Kahului.

She will be speaking about the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms, according to an announcement.

The meeting is open to the public. Lunch is $12 and is required for admittance.

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


Health fair for homeless at Salvation Army

The University of Hawaii Maui College, The Ho’omoana Foundation and The Salvation Army will conduct the Patrick Foyle Annual Health Fair for the Homeless from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Salvation Army, 45 West Kamehameha Ave., Kahului.

The Health Fair will offer free health information and screenings.

There will be door prizes and free lunch will be served.

For more information, call 984-3454.


Hawaiian musician to appear at event

Singer, composer and scholar Kainani Kahaunaele will appear at the University of Hawaii Maui College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the student lounge on the second floor of the Pilina Building. After a private mentoring session with Institute of Hawaiian Music students, Kahaunaele will talk about her life in music, how she juggles a busy career as an academic with her musical activities and raising a family. She will also perform songs from her two Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning CDs, “Na’u ‘Oe” and ” ‘Ohai ‘Ula.”

This free event is open to the public. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited.

For more information, contact ihm@hawaii.edu or 984-3622 or go to maui.hawaii.edu/ihm.


Solar physics topic of free presentation

“What Makes the Sun Shine? An introduction to Solar Physics” is the title of a free presentation by J.D. Armstrong, which will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani as part of the ongoing Maikalani Community Lectures program.

Attendees will follow the travels of a photon from where it is generated in the core of the sun until it reaches Earth, according to a news release.

The research center is located at 34 Ohia Ku St.

For more information, call 573-9500.


Maui Prep will host annual Turkey Run

Maui Preparatory Academy will host the 4th annual Turkey Run on the Napili campus at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The 1.25 mile fun run is open to all island students in 4th through 8th grades. The top male and female in each division will receive a turkey.

Participants must bring two canned goods to donate to the Maui Food Bank, along with a waiver with a parent signature.

Students can register the day of the event at 3 p.m. or email Keenan Reader at kreader@mauiprep.org for a registration form or for more information.


Thanksgiving theme for keiki story time

Joanne Laird, program director for the Read Aloud America program, will present Thanksgiving keiki story time at 2 p.m. Sunday at Whole Foods Market in Kahului.

The event will be held in the deli area following the Family Fun Sundays program at Maui Mall.

This 30-minute reading is geared for children pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular Thanksgiving-themed children’s picture books.

There will be healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods Market. At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a brand new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home. There will also be drawings for prizes at the conclusion of the program. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Great American Smokeout at UH-MC

The Maui Coalition for A Tobacco-Free Hawaii will be celebrating the Great American Smokeout on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus Thursday.

There will be a health fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Pa’ina Building. A campus cleanup will follow from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with Maui Economic Opportunity youth. Volunteers will meet outside the Pa’ina Building.

Festivities will end with a screening of the documentary “Addiction Incorporated,” which exposes big tobacco companies and the effects of nicotine, according to a news release.

The film will be shown at 4 p.m. in the Pilina Building’s student lounge.


Vendor space available for craft fair

The ‘Tis The Season For Holiday Giving Craft Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului.

People who bring an unwrapped gift valued at $10 will receive a $5 coupon, according to an announcement.

A limited number of vendor spaces are available for $60.

Admission to the craft fair is free, and there will be door prizes.

Organizer Cheryl Padaken said that partial proceeds from the craft fair will go to a breakfast for the homeless at Kalama Park in Kihei.

For more information, call 446-4466.

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BHS community meeting Monday

The Baldwin High School Community Council invites students, parents, staff and the community to its meeting Monday in the multipurpose building. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner and student performances.

Attendees will meet Principal Katherine Kilborn, learn about the new Strive HI Education Program, and have the opportunity to share thoughts in preparation for the school’s academic and financial plan for the 2014-15 school year.

Other topics to be covered at the meeting will include discussions about ways to prepare students for college and careers; ways to increase student success and achievement; and how BHS can partner with parents, the community and businesses to benefit students.

Reserve a spot for dinner with Shannon Alueta at 727-3230 by noon Monday.


Pukalani bus route topic of discussion

The Pukalani bus route is on the agenda of the Pukalani Community Association meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Hannibal Tavares Community Center downstairs meeting room.

The association will discuss the bus route with Maui County Council Members Stacy Crivello and Gladys Baisa, Director of Transportation JoAnne Johnson Winer and Transportation Coordinator Darren Konno. The public is invited.


Diane Lee to share communication tips

The Rotary Club of Kahului will hear from Diane Lee on “Street Smart Etiquette” during its noon meeting Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani. She will share tips to polish personal presentations and interpersonal communication.

Lee’s background includes a career in sales and marketing throughout the Pacific and Western United States, years of guest services training with Disney Parks & Resorts, and accreditation from the Protocol School of Washington, according to a news release.

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


Buddhist wisdom on the art of dying

Lama Ole Nydahl will give a lecture on his new book “Fearless Death” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Tickets are available at the MACC box office for $20.

Nydahl is an experienced teacher for a Tibetan Buddhist practice on conscious dying called phowa and has taught this meditation practice to more than 90,000 people, according to an announcement. “Fearless Death” offers practical advice for approaching death without fear from both an experiential and a scientific basis, the announcement said.

To find out more about Nydahl’s book and his tour, visit www.fearlessdeathbook.com.


Specialized dog trainer will speak

The owner of Island K-9s and Dog Tags will be the speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meeting on Wednesday.

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

Radermacher specializes in training and handling of explosive-detecting and drug-detecting dogs.

He has assisted with K-9 training for the FBI in Los Angeles and various other agencies.

Radermacher will share information and answer questions from the audience. He will also explain his new Dog Tags program for veterans.

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


Mortuary to host support group

Nakamura Mortuary invites anyone who has experienced a loss to attend its bereavement support group meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at 1218 Lower Main St. in Wailuku. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.


Community meeting set at Kula school

The Kula Elementary School Community Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s cafeteria.

The Parent Teacher Association and 50th celebration committees also are to attend. All are welcome.


Hawaiian Ensemble to perform in Lahaina

The Kamehameha Schools Maui Hawaiian Ensemble will be showcased at this month’s Hawaiian Music Series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the Baldwin Home lawn in Lahaina.

The ensemble share their Hawaiian culture through hula, mele and oli. Students learn an extensive repertoire of Hawaiian songs, dance and chant. They have performed at various venues on Maui and Oahu and in New Zealand and Tahiti.

The free concert is presented by The Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Chairs are limited, and blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome. The Baldwin Home Museum is located in the heart of Lahaina, on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.

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Free workshops set for caregivers

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging will offer free caregiver workshops this month titled “Understanding the Older Adult.”

Kathleen Couch, caregiver/program coordinator with Maui Adult Day Care Centers, will be the presenter.

The workshops will take place on the following dates:

* 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei.

* 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at Home Pumehana Hall, Molokai.

* 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 22 at Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana.

* 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall, 11 Mahaolu St., Kahului.

The workshops are open to the public. No reservations are needed. Certificates of attendance will be provided for professionals.

Care services can be provided for elderly loved ones at the Kihei and Kahului workshops. Call in advance to arrange. For information call Couch at 871-5804.


Award-winning journalist to speak

Henry Bradsher, award-winning foreign correspondent, will visit Maui to discuss his memoirs, titled “The Dalai Lama’s Secret,” at a book-signing event at Barnes and Noble in Lahaina on Saturday and at Lahaina Rotary meetings on Nov. 19 and 21.

Bradsher will sign copies of the book from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

He will speak to the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise at Pioneer Inn from 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesday and to the Rotary Club of Lahaina at Royal Lahaina Resort from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 21. The public is invited to each of the events.

Bradsher, now retired and residing in Baton Rouge, La., was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press and the Washington Star for a quarter-century in India, the Soviet Union and Hong Kong. He won the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 1973 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting in 1972.


St. Anthony will have open house

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School will have an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

The school will provide information about the application process, curriculum and programs.

There will also be a tour of the campus led by students. Light refreshments will be served.

To attend, reserve a space by Friday. Call 244-4190, ext. 232, or send email to cpokipala@sasmaui.org.


Body and mind subject of talk

Denise LaBarre 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. The topic of her talk is “There’s No Place Like Home – in Your Body” from her book “Issues in Your Tissues: Heal Body and Emotion from the Inside Out.”

LaBarre studied psychology and language, according to an announcement.

The cost is $20 per person for the luncheon and meeting. The public is invited. For more information, email president@rotaryclubofmaui.org.


Thanksgiving theme of keiki story time

Joanne Laird, program director for the Read Aloud America Program, will present Thanksgiving Keiki Story Time at 10 a.m. Saturday at Savers, 380 Dairy Road in Kahului.

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade.

The story time will feature readings from Thanksgiving-themed children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Savers.

At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a gently used book from the Savers library to take home. There will also be drawings for prizes courtesy of Read Aloud America. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Search for truth topic of health talk

Dr. H. Lorrin Lau will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku titled “The Search for Truth about Plants, Animals and Better Human Health.”

Lau will show some ways to help find the truth about the many confusing and conflicting things people hear about what to eat and what to do about their health, according to an announcement. He will include examples from his research

Lau has done research at Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Lau developed the world’s first affordable pregnancy test, among other innovations, the announcement said. Since 1982, he has focused on preventive services for Women’s Health in Hawaii, putting into practice what he has learned from his research experiences and inventions.

Refreshments will be served. The Cameron Center is located at 95 Mahalani St.

For more information call 280-6865 or email steve@drsteveblake.com.


Bazaar at Christ the King Church

Christ the King Church is having its 3rd annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be entertainment by Maui Taiko, ELLEK, La Galleria, Manali’i Trio and Spanish Ministry Dance Group.

Other attractions will include a country store, arts and crafts, silent auction, rummage sale, plant sale, games for the keiki and a variety of food. There will be free admission and ample parking.


Monthly cleanup effort at Big Beach

Surfrider Maui will hold its monthly cleanup of Big Beach in Makena on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon.

A catered lunch will be offered for all volunteers.


Diabetes support group to meet

Maui Memorial Medical Center will host the 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 tips for the holidays with certified diabetes educator Marny Moriyasu.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Moriyasu at 442-5773.


YMCA plans yard sale on Saturday

The Maui Family YMCA will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday in the YMCA parking lot at 250 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului. Proceeds from the sale will benefit YMCA Camp Keanae. Children’s items, clothing, books, electronics, sporting goods, furniture, home and garden, and other items will be available for purchase.

Donations are being accepted at Maui Family YMCA during business hours. For help delivering items, call Andy at 248-8355.


Gift fair set at Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel South Maui will have a Christmas Gift Fair from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 575 S. Kihei Road. Shoppers can choose from a selection of gift items, onsite spa services and cafe treats.

For more information, call Calvary Chapel South Maui at 874-9238.


Christmas craft fair at St. Joseph

The St. Joseph Christmas Craft Fair will take place from 7 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish gym, 1294 Makawao Ave.

The event will include crafters, malassadas, baked goods, chow fun and chili by Don Miller.

Entertainment will be provided by Anthony Sardine. Santa is scheduled to make an appearance at noon.

A 50-cent donation is requested for entry.


Rummage sale at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Church in Wailuku will host a rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church courtyard.

Sale items will include plants, clothing, household items, books and more.

Also on sale will be a mini chicken bento for $5. In the parish hall, The Queen Emma Athletic Club will be holding a “penny a pound lifting” event.

Proceeds will help support “A Cup of Cold Water” shared ministry.

This fundraiser is organized by Kayela Santiago, a senior at King Kekaulike High School, for her senior project.

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Tickets available for fundraising gala

A limited number of tickets remain available for this year’s St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School fundraising gala, set for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

Entertainment includes award-winning singer and songwriter John Cruz, music by “Nevah Too Late” and performances by the school’s Student Jazz Ensemble. There also will be silent and live auctions.

Individual ticket prices range from $80 to $120. Sponsors may buy tables for guests, with those prices ranging from $1,000 to $1,750.

Purchase tickets by calling 244-4190, ext. 227, or go to www.impactalifetime.com.


Philosophy club will exchange ideas

What is education? will be the topic of the Seabury Hall Philosophy Club’s First Wednesday Symposium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the new A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center. The presenters in this student-based symposium will include freshman Kalan Birnie, sophomore Thomas Hayashi, junior Sancia Nash and senior Kyle Sullivan. The moderator will be Nicolas Colon.

This Socratic-style exchange of ideas is open to the Maui community. There is no charge to attend.


Veteran to speak at AARP meeting

U.S. Army veteran John Fairbank will be the guest speaker at the South Maui Chapter of AARP monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the Garden Room of Kalama Heights in Kihei.

Fairbank, a Vietnam combat veteran, will speak about his years of service.

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

Refreshments will be provided. Kalama Heights is located at 101 Kanani Road.


Clothing drive a benefit for women

Na Wahine Kuilima o ka Leo Kamaehu, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, has launched a fall clothing drive to support the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center in Lahaina.

Na Wahine Kuilima is collecting women, men and children’s clothing on behalf of associates at the three Starwood Hawaii properties in Maui: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; Westin Maui Resort & Spa; and Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Donated clothing will be delivered to KHAKO in Lahaina following the drive, which ends Friday.

Clothing items may be dropped off at the human resource departments of the three resort properties. The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is also accepting donations at its porte-cochere.

Na Wahine Kuilima o ka Leo Kamaehu (Women Moving Forward Together with One Voice of Strength) is a gathering of women in leadership roles within Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii. Na Wahine Kuilima’s mission is to support the diversity initiative for the advancement of women and to increase the number of high-potential women in senior management and leadership positions through training, mentorship and global citizenry.


Free workshop for college-bound students

A college-planning workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Baldwin High School Auditorium.

The workshop, which is free, is being organized by Hawai’i USA Federal Credit Union and the Hawai’i Association for College Admission Counseling.

College counselors from Maui High, Baldwin High and Maui Preparatory Academy will cover topics including preparing for, selecting and paying for college.

Each family that attends will receive a free copy of the workbook “College Planning – A Family Affair.”

The workshop is open to the public.

For more information, email college@mauihigh.org.


Kahului school announces meeting

The Kahului School Community Council will hold its monthly one-hour meeting beginning at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the school library. Parents, students and community members are invited.

The agenda includes plans for a new school website and an election of officers.

For more information, call the school at 873-3058.


3 service award winners to speak

The recipients of the Vocational Service Awards for the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will speak at the club’s 7:30 breakfast meeting Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Toby Neal, Bonny Ponting and Keola Donaghy will make the presentations.

Neal and Ponting are the directors of Keiki Kupboard. They will be recognized as the recipients of the Vocational Service Award for an organization. Both will share information about their organization.

Donaghy is the director of the University of Hawaii Maui Institute of Hawai’ian Music. He will be recognized as the recipient of the Vocational Service Award for an individual and will share information about the program that he directs.

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, www.kiheirotary.org.


SPCA Maui plans final ‘fixes’ of year

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui has three more spay/neuter clinics for cats scheduled in 2013. Clinic dates are Nov. 17 and Dec. 8 and 15 at Salty Dog, 313 N. Market St. in Wailuku.

All cats are welcome at SPCA Maui cat clinics; those bringing cats for surgery are asked to “pay what they can” said Clinic Director Peter Tierney.

“All cats will receive an identifying tattoo and ear ‘tip’ making it possible to spot ‘fixed’ cats in nature” added Tierney. “All cats need to be in hard-sided crates or humane traps, and SPCA Maui has them to lend for no charge.”

“SPCA Maui’s ‘Fix-a-Cat’ program has fixed more than 1,500 Maui cats since the program started just last year,” said SPCA Maui President Sue Liscombe. Liscombe also said SPCA Maui is now administering Maui County’s Spay Neuter Incentive Program.

For more information on fixing cats or Maui County SNIP vouchers, call SPCA Maui at 280-0738 or visit info@spcamaui.org.


Japanese festival set at high school

A King Kekaulike High School senior has organized a matsuri, or Japanese festival, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the school cafeteria and quad. There will also be a movie screening.

Maile Naito organized the matsuri as part of her senior project. There will be free parking and admission. The event is open to the public.

A free screening of “Go For Broke: Memories of Hawai’i Japanese Nisei” will begin 4 p.m. in the classrooms adjacent to the cafe.

The matsuri, to start at 6 p.m., will include food, games, free Japanese crafts, a Zenshin Daiko performance, KKHS student performers, traditional Japanese bon dance led by Maui Taiko, and Zumba by Jadine. All booths will be sponsored by school clubs.


Dinner a benefit Maui forest birds

The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from dinners served at the Vineyard Food Co. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Biologists from MFBRP will be in attendance, and information about their work will be available. The Vineyard Food Company specially created a five course menu.

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome as well. Patrons can bring their own beer or wine. The menu cost is $38 per person plus tax and gratuity.

For reservations, call 243-3663 or email chefg@maui.net.

Vineyard Food Co. is located at 1951 E. Vineyard St. in Wailuku.

For more information, visit www.mauiforestbirds.org.


Protecting native birds topic of talk

Laura Berthold of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will be the guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Berthold will discuss how her organization educates the public about endemic forest birds and their conservation on Maui.

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


Fashion show and auction at UH-MC

University of Hawaii Maui College student fashion designers and artists will present a fashion/art show and silent auction in the campus library from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Select garment designs and art pieces will be available to the public at the silent auction.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit student programs and clubs at the school. Refreshments will also be served. The event is being presented by the UH-MC Couture Club.

Local Briefs

Grant program for charitable organizations

Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge are accepting grant applications from nonprofit community organizations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai for its Community Gift Giving Program. The program will award grants of up to $2,500 per organization; applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 18.

In 2001, Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge established the program to provide recognition and support to charitable community organizations on each island. Since its inception, the program has contributed more than $799,900 to 832 nonprofit organizations throughout Hawaii, of which $305,000 went to 277 Maui County organizations, according to a news release.

The Maui County Community Advisory Board members are Roy Katsuda, chairperson; Sandy Baz and Jo-Ann Ridao of Maui; and Alberta de Jetley of Lanai.

Application forms and information are available at www.youngbrothershawaii.com under “Community Gift Giving” or by calling Hale Mahaolu at 872-4100.


Na Mamo O Mu’olea plans limu festival

The 5th annual Hana Limu Festival will take place Friday and Saturday.

Organized by Hana residents, the festival will focus on the important role communities play in the management of marine resources, according to a news release.

A talk story event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Helene Hall, with community leaders, cultural practitioners and limu experts.

The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Hana Bay Beach Park. It will include limu identification and pressing (including alien algae), an intertidal touch tank, cooking demonstrations with native limu by chef Barry Villiarimo, craft booths, keiki games, art projects, interactive science activities, a silent auction, food (including special limu dishes), live music and hula.

Na Mamo O Mu’olea is a nonprofit group made up of residents and families of the Mu’olea ahupuaa whose mission is to perpetuate traditional management of Mu’olea and to restore and maintain Mu’olea’s natural, cultural, scenic, historic and marine resources.


Maui Scottish Rite awards scholarships

Eleven students from Maui public high schools and one student from the University of Hawaii Maui College were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Maui Scottish Rite during a banquet June 7.

The checks and certificates were presented to the recipients by Scottish Rite Venerable Master Loren Holmberg and Scottish Rite Brother Alan Arakawa.

The 12 scholarship winners are Maile Jolena Bingham, Kihei Charter School; Mia Kawaipunahele Aina and Sophia Maria Katsikas, Hana High School; Michael Altair Kikukawa, Molokai High School; Julia Keakealani Bissen, University of Hawaii Maui College; Gaylord Paul Guzman Garcia and Bailey Jean Pendergast, Lahainaluna High School; Ian Michael Bingham, Faye Jannien Rosal Canaga, Angelo Sanakli, Raeann Maile Likulehuananiamalia Mukini and Steffi Savella Molina of Maui High School.

The Maui Scottish Rite has been awarding 12 $1,000 scholarship to graduates of Maui public schools for more than 25 years.


Keiki can read to a therapy dog at library

“Paws for Reading,” a free program for keiki in grades 1 through 5, will be offered at Wailuku Public Library every Tuesday in November. The programs will be conducted from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the literacy room.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, 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 may improve children’s reading and communication skills, according to an announcement.

Parents should call the library to sign up their children for 15-minute reading sessions; preregistration is required. All children must be on time for their session and accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

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

Wailuku Public Library is located at 251 High St. For more information or to sign up for a reading session, call the library at 243-5766.


Native seedlings have more room to grow

West Maui Kumuwai volunteers plucked weeds, pruned leaves and hauled out pickup truck loads of green waste Oct. 5 in an effort to maintain the Hanakaoo Cemetery slope (Canoe Beach), which is home to 1,000 native seedlings planted during a previous community effort. When fully established, the plants will stabilize the slope, reduce the amount of soil runoff reaching the ocean, and be a beautiful display of native Hawaiian plants.

To get involved with this project, call 214-4239 or email tova@westmauir2r.com.

To learn more about West Maui Kumuwai visit www.westmauikumuwai.org.


Event raises funds for cancer foundation

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Dollies Pub & Cafe held a “Touchdowns for Tatas” event Oct. 28 and raised $1,527 for the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Dollies made donations for touchdowns made in the Monday night NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams, collected donations and offered prizes.


Doris Todd students get new playground

Students, parents and volunteers gathered on the new sports court at Doris Todd Christian Academy on Oct. 2 to celebrate and bless their new playground.

Students presented lei and large thank-you cards to those who helped with the playground project. Alexander & Baldwin helped with contributions of money, equipment, trucks, sand and more.

Brooks Maguire, Parent Teacher Fellowship president, said, “We were able to complete a huge project for about a fourth of the cost with help and donations from Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., KT&S Trucking, Kihei Landscape & Gardening, TMC Construction, Pacific Frameworks, R Tendo Construction, Sterling Development Services, Goodfellow Brothers, Maui Industrial Fabricators, and many parent volunteers.”


Anti-bullying topic of community forum

Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului will host an anti-bullying forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria. The event is free, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 873-3070.


Senior club plans rummage sale

Hale Mahaolu Ehiku Senior Club will hold a rummage sale and craft fair from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the senior housing complex in Kihei.

Hale Mahaolu Ehiku is at 56 Ehiku St.


Anti-Semitism theme of movie screening

The Jewish Congregation of Maui will present a free screening of “Unmasked Judeophobia – The Threat to Civilization” at 6 p.m. Sunday at 634 Alulike St. in Kihei.

The film examines rising anti-Jewish ideology, according to an announcement.


Rachael Taylor earns scholarship

Rachael Taylor of Haiku received the Edith McPherson Scholarship in the amount of $1,200 for the 2013-14 academic year at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Taylor’s major is environmental studies.

Local Briefs

Driver safety course set for Wednesday

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roselani Place in Kahului.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years and older but is open to everyone. The goal of the course is to make drivers more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect driving ability and how to compensate for these changes.

The cost of the class is $14. AARP members receive a $2 discount with their AARP card.

Some insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the class.

To register for the class, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308. Roselani Place is located at 88 S. Papa Ave.


Fundraiser will benefit AIDS foundation

A “Dining for Life” fundraiser at Flatbread Co. in Paia on Tuesday will benefit the nonprofit Maui AIDS Foundation.

From 5 to 10 p.m., a portion of the sales from all pizzas sold will go to the foundation.

Proceeds will support client care, housing and food for those living with HIV/AIDS as well as for prevention and education.


Donate old appliances to help food bank

Maui residents can recycle their old refrigerators and freezers and get free curbside pickup if they donate their energy-saving rebate to the Maui Food Bank.

Hawaii Energy’s Rid-A-Fridge to Fight Hunger program will offer a $65 donation, the value of the rebate on Maui, to the food bank.

This offer is open, while funds last, to residential electric ratepayers with full-size (at least 14 cubic feet) freezers and refrigerators in working condition.

Refrigerators and freezers built prior to 1993 can be two to three times more expensive to operate than a new Energy Star model, the news release said. Taking those old units off the electric grid can save residents on Maui as much as $320 on their annual power bill.

Appointments to schedule a pickup can be made by calling toll-free (877) 231-8222 from Maui. For more information, go to the website www.hawaiienergy.com/rid-a-fridge.


Food and film festival Saturday in Kula

The Huliau Food & Film Festival will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Vodka’s organic farm in lower Kula.

There will be a four-course meal, live music, student films, a silent auction, pupu and a cash bar with locally produced beer, wine and Ocean Vodka cocktails.

The ahi main course will be prepared by Chef Marc McDowell of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. There also will be salad, dessert and a vegetarian pupu.

The event is open to those 21 years and older. Tickets are $75 and may be obtained at mauihuliaufoundation.org.

Funds raised will used for the nonprofit Maui Huliau Foundation’s environmental education programs.


Iao church site of PFLAG-Maui meeting

PFLAG-Maui will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Iao United Church of Christ in Wailuku.

The Maui Chapter of PFLAG works for safe and welcoming schools, workplaces, equality, marriage equality, protection from discrimination or harassment under federal and state laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The group can serve as a support group and a “welcoming place to share feelings, beliefs and disbeliefs,” the news release said.

For more information, email PFLAGMaui@gmail.com or mail PFLAG Maui, P.O. Box 606, Lahaina 96767.


Obamacare topic of discussion at event

A Chicago lawyer will discuss the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, at the Rotary Club of Maui meeting beginning at noon Thursday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

M.J. Yardley will provide a summary of the benefits that Obamacare has provided since it was passed in 2010 and an explanation of how the Hawaii Health Connector works to facilitate the purchase of insurance required by the law. He also will talk about who will qualify for subsidies if they apply for the insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector.

Yardley earned his law degree from the Kent College of Law in Chicago and has a master’s in special education. He has been a partner at Lord, Bissell and Brook and has practiced for 16 years in Chicago as a medical malpractice trial attorney.

The meeting will be held in the Class Act Dining Room at UH-MC. The cost is $20 per person for the luncheon and meeting. For more information, email president@rotaryclubofmaui.org.

The Rotary Club of Maui meets every Thursday.


Rotary official slated to speak Monday

The foundation chairman of the Rotary Club of Lahaina will speak to the Rotary Club of Kahului at noon Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Joseph D. Pluta will discuss the mechanics of the Rotary Foundation and its objectives in Hawaii.

Pluta is the owner and principal broker of Joseph D. Pluta Realty and has been a licensed real estate broker in Hawaii since 1972.

He is a member of the Realtors Association of Maui and Lahaina Rotary, and he volunteers on a number of committees in the community.

The public is invited. The cost for lunch is $20, or $5 to attend the program.

For more information, call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.


UH Center degree options topic of event

Bachelor’s and master’s degree options through the University of Hawaii Center, Maui will be the topic of a workshop beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The workshop will provide information on bachelor’s and master’s degree options and certification programs available to Maui residents. Degree programs available include a master’s degree in human resource management, an executive master’s in business administration degree, post-baccalaureate certificates in education, and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, disaster preparedness and emergency management, accounting, justice administration, nursing, psychology and health care administration.

The UH Center was established by the UH Board of Regents to facilitate offerings of select bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UH-Manoa, UH-West Oahu and UH-Hilo.

The gathering will take place in Laulima 108 at University of Hawaii Maui College.

For more information, contact the UH Center, Maui by phone at 984-3525 or email at uctrmaui@hawaii.edu.


Senior slated to discuss youth exchange

St. Anthony Junior Senior High School senior Phillip Fontaine will give a presentation on his yearlong Rotary Youth Exchange to Chiba, Japan, during a Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

Fontaine attended Katsuura Wakashiro High School, with an all Japanese-speaking curriculum.

This year, almost 7,000 students from more than 71 countries will participate in Rotary’s Youth Exchange. It is open to qualified students between the ages of 15 and 19. Children of non-Rotarians and Rotarians are eligible.

The buffet lunch at Wednesday’s meeting is $16. The public is invited. Visit www.rckw.org or call 269-2967 for more information.


Author LaBarre to appear at Rotary event

Local author Denise LaBarre will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise’s breakfast meeting at 7:30 Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

LaBarre is the author of “Issues in Your Tissues.” The book explores the emotional holding that is said to create physical stress, pain and “dis-ease.” It contains stories, cartoons and exercises, and gives insight and tools on healing, a release said.

LaBarre has practiced massage at a local resort for 14 years and built up a repertoire of healing stories that she uses with people. She is also a teacher and lecturer.

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 www.kiheirotary.org.


Iao School collects Box Tops year round

Iao School is collecting Box Tops for Education labels year round. It is currently accepting box tops dated January through December 2013 and later.

Box Tops can be found on hundreds of products such as Kleenex brand, Ziploc, General Mills Cereal and Betty Crocker.

Box Tops can be earned when one shops online. See the BTFE.com website for a complete list. In return, schools earn funding from Box Tops. The school is also collecting Campbell’s Labels for Education (UPC code) and bottle caps or end of the box flaps (with the code) from any Coke brand products.

Materials may be brought to the school’s main office during regular hours from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Box Top Coordinator/PCNC Facilitator Lorene Rodrigues at 984-5610, ext. 241, or Lorene_Rodrigues@notes.k12.hi.us.