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‘Critical thinking’ topic of presentation

Kiwanis Club of Maui member dentist Les Arakaki will be the speaker at the club’s noon meeting Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

He will speak about “critical thinking.” This will be a short talk on how to develop this skill and use it in daily life, according to an announcement.

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

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


Digitized historic newspapers on display

The Portuguese Association of Maui and the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum will sponsor a presentation on the digitized Portuguese language newspapers published in Hawaii between 1885 and 1924 at 10 a.m. Friday in the J. Walter Cameron Center. The presentation is free and the public is invited.

Sonia Pacheco, archivist for the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will conduct the presentation.

Six Portuguese language newspapers are included in the collection. The Hawaii Historical Society collaborated in the digitizing project.

For more information, call 243-0065.


Thousands of cats sterilized at clinics

9th Life Hawaii will hold its next feline spay/neuter clinic Saturday.

As of the group’s last clinic, on March 22, 9th Life Hawaii had sterilized 6,014 cats for the Maui community, according to a news release. Most of the sterilizations were done in the organization’s fullyequipped surgery room.

A $35 donation is requested for the clinic, but no animals will be turned away.

For more information, call 573-3365.


Two-day sale at St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church in Kula will have its annual sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Sale items will include clothing, household goods, furniture and toys. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags.

Homemade baked goods and coffee or tea will be available for purchase.

Proceeds will support programs of the parish. For more information, or to donate items (pickup may be arranged), call 878-1866.

St. John’s Church is at 8992 Kula Highway, across from Keokea Park.


AARP will present Shredding Event

The annual Shredding Event, sponsored by the Kula Chapter of AARP, will be held from 8 a.m to noon Saturday at the Access Information warehouse, 124 Manea Place in Waikapu.

People may shred up to four boxes of sensitive material such as old checks, tax forms or anything else with personal information on it.

This year, the event will also feature a food drive for the Maui Food Bank.

For information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448 before Saturday.


Boy Scout troop to sell breakfast meal

Boy Scout Troop 22 will present its annual breakfast fundraiser at St. Theresa Church in Kihei from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

The sit-down or takeout meal includes eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, beverages and all-you-can-eat pancakes for $8.


Craft fair at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center

A spring craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the first level of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center parking garage (behind Macy’s and the bus stop).

It is being sponsored by HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts. Admission is free.

Handmade gifts, crafts, snacks and more will be available.

For more information, call 877-3337.


Restaurant sales support school programs

A fundraising event will be held at the Sangrita Mexican Grill & Cantina from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday for the Lahainaluna High School agriculture and Future Farmers of America programs.

The restaurant will donate a percentage of all sales to the programs.

Chef/owner Paris Nabavi has been a supporter of school garden programs on Maui by providing free organic seeds to teachers and by contributing to their fundraisers, according to a news release.

For several years, Nabavi and his culinary team have purchased fresh cilantro from the Lahainaluna High School farm for his restaurants.

Last year, at this same event held at his former restaurant, Cilantro, Nabavi donated $600 to the agriculture program.


BHS Class of ’72 plans reunion

The Baldwin High School Class of 1972 will be joining Hawaii ’72 – nine high schools from Oahu – for a 60th Birthday Reunion in Las Vegas from Oct. 24 to 27.

Class members and guests are invited. A separate function for ’72 BHS classmates and guests may also be held within those dates.

For an information/registration packet, call Anne Kitagawa Oishi at 870-6182 or email happy2b@maui.net.

The deadline for registration and payment is Sept. 30.

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Tickets available for Inaugural Ball

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will have its Inaugural Ball from 6 to 9 p.m. May 5 in the the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom.

Tickets are $30 if prepaid by Friday, and $45 from Saturday to the night of the ball.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Lydia Dela Cruz at 244-3263.


Sale to support Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities Hawaii will raise funds by selling assorted specialty snacks and candies from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the entrance to Wal-Mart.

All proceeds will support Catholic Charities Hawaii in an effort to prevent homelessness and reduce poverty in Maui County, according to an announcement.

For more information call the Maui community office at 873-4673.


Maui Matsuri plans kickoff on Friday

Taiko performances, kendama demonstrations and kimonos will be a few of the highlights of the 2014 Maui Matsuri kickoff event sponsored by Araki-Regan & Associates, LLC, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The event will also feature karaoke, minyo (folk) dancing and a coloring contest sponsored by Sanrio. The event will conclude with obon odori (bon dance) practice around the stage at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The event precedes the 14th annual Maui Matsuri on May 9 and 10 at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

For more information about the Maui Matsuri kickoff event, call the festival hot line at 283-9999 or visit www.mauimatsuri.com.


Italian language focus of talk

The Italian American Social Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in St. Theresa’s Church Hall in Kihei.

The evening will begin with a potluck supper.

The guest speaker will be Italian-born Simona Patierno, who will talk about the Italian language. She will be involving the group in rehearsed conversations. Patierno will also talk about the origin of the language and translate many familiar words, phrases and sentences.

All are invited to attend.

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


May Day concert will benefit halau

Uluwehi Guerrero and Halau Hula Kauluokala will present a May Day is Lei Day benefit concert and silent auction in the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Room on Saturday.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. Entertainment will follow by Guerrero and Halau Hula Kauluokala and Na Leo Lani O Maui, under the direction of Gale Wisehart

Tickets are $25 and available from any halau member or by calling 250-8581.


Class on mental health first aid

Mental Health First Aid, a free comprehensive training that teaches people how to recognize and help others who are in a mental health crisis or at risk for mental illness, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cameron Center auditorium in Wailuku.

The class is limited to 20 people and is geared to teachers, counselors, school administrators, law enforcement and health care professionals, security guards, human resources professionals, supervisors and managers, mental health advocates, emergency room staff, emergency medical technicians, substance abuse counselors, and homeless and outreach providers.

To register, call 242-6461.


WWII historian to speak at meeting

Historian Harry Smith will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Smith will make a presentation on Japanese expansion in the Pacific region during World War II. He also will discuss the strategy of Gen. Douglas MacArthur across the Pacific and share why Iwo Jima was a unique battle.

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


Registration for kindergarten

Waihee School is holding kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year.

Information on bus transportation, classes, parent involvement and other topics will be discussed at a parent orientation May 7. For more information, call the school office at 984-5644.


Talk about Rotary ‘Down Under’

A Rotary Exchange team from Australia will give a presentation on Rotary “Down Under” at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

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


Pre-sale tickets availabe for sushi

Paia Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission will have a sushi sale Saturday. Pickup will be at the mission from 8 to 10 a.m. or at Ah Fook’s from 10 a.m. to noon.

Pre-sale tickets for egg maki sushi are $8; for nori maki sushi they are $7.

To request tickets, call the Rev. Shuju Inamura at 579-8051 or 283-6125. Email requests may be sent to cmurayama@hawaii.rr.com.


Schools competing in recycling contest

Old phone books may be dropped off at any Aloha Recycling HI-5 Redemption Center during regular business hours until May 20 to be eligible for a recycling contest among eight Maui schools competing for cash prizes.

Participating schools are Emmanuel Lutheran, Haiku Elementary, Hana High & Elementary, Kula Elementary, Maui High, Montessori Hale O Keiki, Pomaikai Elementary and Pukalani Elementary.

People dropping off phone books should let the staff know which of the participating schools to credit for the donation.

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Foundation to meet at Old Lahaina Prison

Lahaina Restoration Foundation will be hosting its 51st annual Breakfast Meeting from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Old Lahaina Prison.

The meeting is open to the public, and the $20 fee is all inclusive.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed with a breakfast buffet catered by CJ’s Deli.

Following breakfast, there will be a short business meeting lead by President David Allaire, a scholarship award presentation, a look at the foundation’s 2013 accomplishments, and a foundation update on upcoming projects and goals set for 2014 with Executive Director Theo Morrison.

The foundation will be awarding $35,000 in scholarships to Lahainaluna seniors and alumni. The awards are based on essays the students wrote about the importance of preserving Lahaina’s history.

Parking will be available at the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St., as well as Front and Prison streets. Seats are limited and reservations and payment in advance are required.

To reserve a seat, call 661-3262.


Rummage and food sale at mission

Kahului Jodo Mission will have a rummage and food sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church hall.

Food items for sale will include nishime, laulau, bento lunch, Spam musubi, chicken hekka, kalua pig, sushi and a variety of desserts and pickled foods.

There will also be plants and vegetables available for sale.

Proceeds from this sale will help support the activities of the church, according to a news release.

For more information or to donate items, call Iris Nitta at 276-4774.

The mission is located at 325 Laau St.


Kaunoa Senior Services topic of talk

Dana Acosta, RSVP director with Kaunoa Senior Services, will be guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Carey & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Acosta will talk about the ways Kaunoa cares for Maui County seniors, according to an announcement.

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

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


Tevaga will perform at Baldwin Home

Marvin Tevaga will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday during the free Hawaiian Music Series concert on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn in Lahaina.

Chairs are limited, and blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. The museum is on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.

The concert is part of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the county Office of Economic Development.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262.


Relay for Life teams forming for event

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Central and South Maui will take place from 6 p.m. June 28 to 6 a.m. June 29 at War Memorial Complex.

Relay For Life is an overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost and raise money for the fight against cancer, according to an announcement.

Teams are encouraged to sign up early.

For more information on the Relay For Life or to register a team, go to www.relayforlife.org/centralmauihi, or call event Chairwoman Monica Erice at 264-8314.


Celebration of children at college

The Hawaii Association for the Education of the Young Child-Maui Chapter will hold a celebration of children from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the Pilina multipurpose room.

This annual, free event is sponsored by HAEYC-Maui Chapter and the UH-MC early-childhood program. Families, caregivers and children will experience a variety of information and hands-on activities as well as make-and-take projects for children ages 1 to 5.

Local preschools will provide information about programs and registration processes.

Hawaii AEYC-Maui Chapter promotes, supports and expands quality and professionalism in early-childhood programs and services for Hawaii’s children, according to an announcement.


Lunch sale to benefit scholarship fund

The Maui Puerto Rican Association will have a Puerto Rican plate lunch sale at Hoaloha Park in Kahului from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to benefit its scholarship fund.

The plate lunch consists of pasteles, gandule rice and bacalao salad and sells for $8. Pre-sale tickets are available from Maui Puerto Rican Association members or by calling 283-3010 or Heritage Hall at 243-0065.

The association has awarded $106,250 in scholarships to 129 Maui scholars of Puerto Rican descent since 1982.


Life coach will conduct free seminar

Ed Gazmen, a certified life coach, will conduct a seminar on “How To Set And Achieve Any Goal You Have” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall.

Admission is free. To register, call the resource center at 873-8247.


VW enthusiasts plan Sunday cruise

Volkswagen enthusiasts are invited to participate in a VW Sunday Cruise on April 27.

Participants will meet at Piilani Shopping Center in Kihei at 8:45 a.m. After a 9:20 a.m. briefing, the cruise will begin at 9:30 a.m. and head toward Lahaina.

The cruise will end at Kahului Shopping Center.

For more information, call Hermaine Souza at 875-0997.


Taro Recipe Contest accepting entries

The East Maui Taro Festival on May 3 at Hana Ballpark will include a Taro Recipe Contest sponsored by Onipa’a Na Hui Kalo, a statewide organization of taro growers and enthusiasts.

The contest is open to all people and organizations.

Participants must bring their taro dish prepared and ready to taste for the judges, along with the recipe and the name, address and contact information of the person or group who made the dish. Entries should be dropped off at the Hui Kalo – Taro Task Force table in the taro tent at the festival no later than 11 a.m.

Dishes will be judged on presentation, taste and creativity. Any part of the taro plant can be an ingredient in the dish. A prize of a papa and a pohaku ku’i ‘ai (poi board and stone) will go to the first-place winner of the recipe contest. Second- and third-place winners will receive Foodland gift cards.

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Mystery theater theme of event

Maui Family Support Services Inc. will be holding its third annual Signature Dinner and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Kaeo Ballroom.

This year’s theme of crime mystery theater will lead to an interactive evening of answering “Who Dunnit” as guests attempt to solve the mystery of the evening all while raising money for a longtime Maui organization that serves children and families.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting Sarah Ward or Leah Neher at 242-0900 or visiting www.mfss.org website.


MFCC to present dinner program

The Maui Filipino Community Council will sponsor a dinner program at Binhi At Ani Maui Filipino Community Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday to recognize and remember the members of the task force that spearheaded the effort the build the community center.

The event will honor the memory of task force members who have died: Rafael Acoba, Mel Bartolome, Richard Caldito Sr., Rogelio Hidalgo, B. Martin Luna, Bert Olais, Cirilo Sinfuego Sr., A.B. Sevilla and Aurea Tagorda.

Surviving task force members will also be acknowledged: Virgilio Agcolicol, Dr. Hilario Aquilizan, Vince Bayoyo Jr., Artemio Baxa, Agrifina Cabebe, Romel dela Cruz, Selberio Menor, Mercedes Neri, Pepito Ragasa, Tony “Aio” Ramil, Aurelia Seatriz, Elmer Tolentino and Maria Acacio Unemori.

Dinner tickets are $25 per person and may be obtained from Agcolicol by calling 877-3247 or from other MFCC officers.


Flatbread benefit for student

The Flatbread Co. will have a benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to aid a University of Hawaii Maui College student who will represent the Valley Isle at a scholar laureate program in China.

Austin Van Heusen, a junior and honors student at UH-MC, will represent Maui County at the International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Engineering & Technology in Beijing and Shanghai from May 27 to June 9. He is the first student from Maui to be nominated and accepted into the engineering program, according to a news release.

In addition to representing UH-MC, Van Heusen will serve as an ambassador for two campus organizations: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui.

In an effort to offset the cost of tuition and travel expenses for the program, Van Heusen will receive $1.25 for each small pizza and $2.50 for each large pizza sold during the benefit. The evening will also include a silent auction and entertainment by the Hitzig brothers from the Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band.


Underage drinking topic of event

Maui Youth & Family Services is hosting an Underage Drinking Prevention town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Kalama Intermediate School cafeteria in Makawao.

Attendees will learn how to save lives, hear a personal story of loss and learn how to speak to their child about alcohol, drugs, peer pressure and consequences, according to an announcement.

This free event is part of Alcohol Awareness Month and the statewide “Be a Jerk” campaign. The campaign aims to prevent underage drinking by reminding adults about the consequences of providing alcohol to minors and by getting the entire community involved in changing the environment that contributes to alcohol abuse.


Sierra Club to celebrate birthday

Sierra Club Maui will host a free John Muir Birthday Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. Muir founded The Sierra Club.

The evening will feature an awards presentation, an educational session about Baldwin Beach Park erosion, Muir documentary excerpt screenings, a musical performance by 22-year-old Maui native and Paia resident Sebrina Barron, and birthday cake.

In addition to the educational presentations, Sierra Club Maui will present the Sierra Club Volunteers of the Year award to Nan and Steve Jackson of Kuau, and the Malama o ke Kai (Caring for our Oceans) award to Mark Deakos, a marine scientist, researcher and activist.

Sierra Club Maui is part of the Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter.

For more information about the Sierra Club Maui group, visit mauisierraclub.org.

To learn about Muir, visit the exhibit at www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit.


Senior and Disability Fair on Molokai

Molokai Occupational Center and Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana will host the annual Senior and Disability Fair 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana Senior Center in Kaunakakai.

There will be more than 30 vendors as well as presentations in the conference room.


Exceptional trees subject of tour

The Maui Outdoor Circle will host a walking tour of exceptional trees in Lahaina on Saturday, followed by lunch.

Tour participants will meet in the War Memorial Stadium parking lot in Wailuku at 9 a.m.

Tree expert Terry Nutt will serve as guide. He is a certified arborist, landscape professional and resident of Lahaina.

Participants will learn about the Lahaina Banyan Tree and other exceptional trees at Lahainaluna High School, Hale Paahao (the old prison) and the Baldwin House.

The price for the event is $50. It includes transportation and lunch at an oceanfront restaurant on Front Street. Space is limited. To make a reservation, call Barbara Fernandez at 878-6395.


‘Healthy Kids Day’ events at YMCA

The Maui Family YMCA invites residents to attend its annual Healthy Kids Day 5K and Fun Run on Saturday. This family-friendly event is open to kids and their parents.

Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m., with the Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. and the 5K starting immediately after. Both races will start and end at the YMCA, with the course winding through neighboring Keopuolani Regional Park.

The entry fee for the 5K is $10 and the Fun Run is $5.

Registration forms for all Healthy Kids Day events are available online or at the YMCA front desk.

The Maui Family YMCA is located at 250 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului. For more information, call 242-9007, ext. 231, or email ymcajean@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Maui Family YMCA, visit www.mauiymca.org.

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‘Moonlight Mele’ to benefit museum

“Moonlight Mele,” a fundraiser for the Bailey House Museum, will feature slack key guitar master George Kahumoku Jr. and friends on the grounds of the museum Saturday.

The gates will open at 5 p.m. with food for purchase, and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Vendors will also be selling island wares.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $20 for Maui Historical Society members and $15 for students age 12 through 18. Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free. All proceeds benefit the Maui Historical Society.

The admission price includes touring the museum. No outside food, coolers or pets will be permitted. Blankets or low beach chairs are optional because seating will be provided.

For more information, call the museum at 244-3326.


‘Light and Spectra’ title of presentation

The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy will demonstrate how astronomers use the light given off by planets, stars and galaxies to understand their composition and temperature during a 45-minute presentation titled “Light and Spectra” at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Molokai Public Library.

For more information, call the library at 553-1765.


Fitness classes for seniors in West Maui

The Maui County Office on Aging will sponsor its awarding-winning “EnhanceFitness” classes at Kaunoa’s West Maui Senior Center beginning Monday.

EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based fitness program designed to be safe and effective for seniors with a wide range of physical abilities, according to a news release. EnhanceFitness classes meet for one hour, three times a week and are ongoing. There is no charge for the program, but a voluntary monthly contribution is suggested.

The West Maui Senior Center classes will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. To register, call the West Maui Senior Center at 661-9432. For more information, call Paula Keele at 870-5530.


Dental program will hold orientation

The University of Hawaii Maui College’s Dental Assisting Program will hold a general orientation meeting for prospective students at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Oral Health Center in Wailuku.

The program is an accredited two-semester program that provides students with the skills needed to work in the dental profession. Students are taught in the classroom while receiving hands-on clinical training at the Maui Oral Health Center and at private dental offices on Maui.

The application deadline for Fall 2014 admittance is May 1.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 984-3250. Program and application information can be found at www.maui.hawaii.edu/dental.


Free car wash has community message

Maui Youth & Family Services will have a free car wash from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday as part of Alcohol Awareness Month in Maui County and the statewide “Be a Jerk” campaign.

The campaign is aimed at preventing underage drinking by reminding adults about the consequences of providing alcohol to minors and/or allowing alcohol to be a part of the underage community.

The car wash will be at the Boys & Girls Club of Maui Central Clubhouse at 100 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului, across from War Memorial Stadium.


Security guard training offered

A security guard training session, which is mandated by the state, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Iao United Church of Christ, Kanda Hall, 2371 West Vineyard St., in Wailuku.

The cost is $75 per person, plus tax. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.kaanamakawalu.com or email kaanamakawalu@hawaiiantel.net.


Author will sign Maui history book

Local author Gail Ainsworth, who wrote “Maui Remembers, A Local History,” will be available to sign copies of her book from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at 1152 Makawao Ave. during the Makawao Third Friday Town celebration.

All proceeds raised will benefit the Makawao History Museum. For more information, call Cheryl Ambrozic at 283-3732.


Justice system focus of presentation

Jim Crowe, a member of the Maui branch of the Community Alliance on Prisons, will speak on “Reinvestment in Hawaii’s Justice System and in Hawaii’s Prison Inmates” at the regular meeting of the Kula AARP Chapter on Monday at the Kula Community Center.

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

Crowe is also chairman of the Kula AARP Legislative Committee and volunteer advocate for the state AARP.

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

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


Annual yard sale at Wailuku mission

The Wailuku Hongwanji Mission’s annual yard sale will will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday on the church grounds at 1828 Vineyard St. in Wailuku.

In addition to rummage items, food such as nishime, Spam musubi and pickled goods will be available while supplies last.


Maundy Thursday Service in Makena

The annual Maundy Thursday Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Keawalai Congregational Church.

Na Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, will be singing “Bread of the World” by Reginald Huber and Ron Klusmeier as well as Mozart’s “Ave Verum” in Hawaiian.

Stephen Haines, director of the Music Ministry Program, will direct the choir. Members of the music team include organist Danny Brown and pianist Ellen Caringer.


Springtime Keiki Story Time at Savers

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

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

The story time will feature readings from Easter and spring-themed children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Savers for the keiki.

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. Every child will also receive a door prize from Read Aloud America. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Invasive species specialist to speak

Lissa Fox Strohecker, public relations and education specialist for the Maui Invasive Species Committee, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Carey & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

She will give an update on pests like the coqui frog, bunchy top banana virus and the little fire ant.

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

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


Volunteers sought for court system

Court Appointed Special Advocates Hawaii is seeking volunteers to assist the Family Court system by being advocates for abused and neglected children in need. Training will begin June 16.

Upon successful completion of training, volunteers will be certified by the State Judiciary to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children.

Volunteers typically handle one case at a time – and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

For more information, visit casahawaii.org, or call 808-244-2729.


Restaurants donate to robotics teams

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii supported the Hawaii robotics teams at this year’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology in Hawaii Robotics Regional Competition. McDonald’s owner-operators presented a check March 29 during the competition’s opening ceremony for $40,666, which will be divided among the 29 competing Hawaii robotics teams.

An additional $1,000 will be given to each of the five Hawaii schools (Waialua High School, McKinley High School, Kamehameha Schools, Maui High School and Kealakehe High School) moving on to the world championship in St. Louis, this month.

This year’s competition featured a total of 39 teams – the 29 teams from Hawaii plus one from the Mainland and nine from international schools.


Ho’olaule’a seeks artists and crafters

Artists and crafters are being sought for the annual ho’olaule’a at the Kamehameha Schools Maui high school campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3.

Vendors will be showcased in the Paki/Konia Vendor Courtyard or the grassy quad. All items offered for sale need to be of high quality and be screened by the vendor committee to ensure quality and to avoid direct competition with items sold by the school’s parent group, according to an announcement.

Artists and crafters also are encouraged to donate an item ($25 minimum value) to the silent auction.

For a vendor application and more information, send email to Denise Texeira, Ho’olaule’a 2014 vendor chairwoman at texeira1971@yahoo.com or call 870-1397.


Gift sales to benefit scholarship fund

The Boomvangers of Lahaina Yacht Club will host its semiannual scholarship fundraising gift show from 2 to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Lahaina Yacht Club.

Vendors will donate a portion of sales to the Boomvangers Keiki Fund. This free, 21-and-over event is open to the public.

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Creative entrepreneurship topic of talk

Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscheming, founder of Creative Business Cup – a global competition for entrepreneurs, will be the guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Kahului Rotary Club on Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Wiinstedt Tscheming will talk about strengthening creative entrepreneurship and startups in his home country of Denmark and in Europe. His presentation is intended to give inspiration to tackle similar challenges on Maui.

The public is invited. Lunch costs $20 or there’s a $5 program fee. Information about speakers and club service projects can be found at www.kahuluirotary.org.

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


Easter weekend service trip in crater

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for a service project in Haleakala crater over the Easter weekend, Saturday through April 21.

Participants will hike into the crater and stay in Holua Cabin, working on protection of native plants while also enjoying the beauty of the crater wilderness.

The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for participants doing service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. A maximum of 12 people can be accommodated on each trip, and volunteers must be physically fit and able to hike in and out of the crater at altitude, carrying a share of the food as well as their personal items, including a sleeping bag, according to an announcement.

Visit www.fhnp.org to register and learn more about the service trips and the Friends’ mission to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park. Then email the leader at christy@fhnp.org.


AARP, South Maui Chapter to meet

Pamela Norris of ICE Buddy Systems Inc. will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. Monday meeting of the South Maui Chapter of AARP in the activities room of Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

ICE Buddy Systems designs, patents and markets emergency preparedness products that are multifunctional for both everyday use and emergency survival, according to an announcement.

Norris also will provide information about the InCareRX free prescription discount card. It will be given to everyone at the meeting.

For more information, contact South Maui coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.


Information sessions at charter school

Kihei Charter School will be hosting information sessions for its expanded K-5 programs for the 2014-15 school year at 5 p.m. Wednesday and May 8.

All sessions will take place at the middle school campus, 41 East Lipoa St.

For more information, call 270-4912


Myanmar expedition subject of talk

Ron Harris will be speaking and showing photos from his recent expedition to Myanmar during the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

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


School preparing for band concerts

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School Band students are preparing for several concerts.

On Tuesday, the band will present its annual Spring Concert, featuring the jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and symphonic band at 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

On May 5, the Junior High Band Finale Concert, featuring beginning, concert and jazz bands will be at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Anthony Church Center.

A May 16 Aloha Concert will feature the symphonic band and wind ensemble at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Anthony Church Center.

For more information, contact Band Director Everett Yamashita at 244-4190, ext. 226, or eyamashita@sasmaui.org.


Rotary club will tour new police station

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

Club members and guests are invited to go on a tour of the new Maui Police Department Kihei Substation at 2201 Piilani Highway. The tour will start at 9 a.m.

The participate, contact Vocational Chairwoman Margie Flores at margieF1202@yahoo.com.


Free ‘Picnic for Poki’ concert in Wailuku

Reiko Fukino and friends will be featured performers during this month’s “Picnic for Poki” at Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Fukino is a solo guitarist who performs Hawaiian and contemporary music.

This free concert is presented by Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions. Coffee and fresh baked cookies will be provided by Roselani Place. The church is at 103 S. High St.


Soroptimist plan ‘Dinner and Discussion’

Soroptimist International of West Maui will host its monthly “Dinner and Discussion” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Paradise Grill in Kaanapali. The public is invited.

For reservations, call Ruth McKay at 283-5193.

Local Briefs

Scout-O-Rama for the whole family

Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America will host its annual Scout-O-Rama event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Maui, 100 Kanaloa Ave. in Wailuku.

Scout-O-Rama offers families a day of activities with more than a dozen exhibits, outdoor competitions and live demonstrations. Admission is free.

“The event highlights the core values and skills of Scouting in a fun manner that is open to the entire community,” said event Chairwoman Ellie Leialoha.

Scout-O-Rama events include pinewood derby-car racing and informational booths about Scouting and its many lifetime-learning programs.

“For Scouts, the best way to find out what you do best is to do it, and that doing is the focus of Scout-O-Rama,” said Danielle Ing, program director of Maui County Council of Boy Scouts of America.

For more information, call 244-3724 or visit www.mauibsa.org.


Rummage and bake sale at Hale Makua

Hale Makua Health Services will hold a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1540 Lower Main St. in Wailuku to raise funds for this year’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk.


Keiki will be read to at Barnes & Noble

Joanne Laird, program director for the Read Aloud America Program, will present Keiki Story Time at Barnes & Noble in the Lahaina Gateway Center at 2 p.m. Sunday.

This 30-minute Keiki Story Time is geared for children ages pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. The story time will feature readings from Easter and spring-themed children’s picture books. Healthy snacks will be provided by Barnes & Noble.

At the conclusion of the read-aloud session each child will receive a prize from Read Aloud America and will be able to select a new book to take home.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Family events set at Kihei Public Library

Kihei Public Library is hosting the following events this month:

* At 3 p.m. Friday, the Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wind Quintet will perform a concert. The 45-minute performance is suitable for children ages 5 and older.

* There will be a “Little Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt” at 10:05 a.m. Saturday for children 5 and younger. Children, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to bring their own Easter basket for a gentle Easter egg hunt for treats. Participants are asked to arrive on time for this 30-minute program.

* “Discovering the Classics with Papa Lopaka” will take place at 3 p.m. April 16. Children ages 6 and older are invited to join Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck) for a dramatic reading of the “Classics Illustrated” comic book of the “Arabian Nights” projected on a large screen. This one-hour program will include a light snack.

For more information, call the library at 875-6833.


Industrial hemp a topic at KCA meeting

Industrial hemp will be a topic of discussion at the Kihei Community Association meeting Tuesday.

Maui Farmers Union United President Vincent Mina will address agricultural practices including soil health, which could include replacing sugar cane with industrial hemp.

Past KCA President George Rixey, an architect, will converse about a single hemp product, hempcrete, and its use in construction as an improvement on concrete.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for conversation and pupu at the Kihei Charter School, 41 E. Lipoa St., in Kihei.

There is no admission charge, attendees are asked to bring nonperishables for Maui Food Bank. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call KCA President Mike Moran at 891-9176.


‘Hoarder’s Hope’ title of presentation

“Hoarder’s Hope” is the title of a Brown Bag Lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Cameron Center auditorium, 95 Mahalani St., in Wailuku.

RSVP is unnecessary for this Mental Health America of Hawaii, Maui County Branch, sponsored event.

The presentation will be by Gylian Solay of the Hoarder Outreach Program for Empowerment.


Robb Finberg will discuss heritage center

Pukalani Community Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Hannibal Tavares Center downstairs meeting room.

Robb Finberg of the planned Aloha Heritage Center will discuss this Epcot-style depiction of the lives and events of Hawaii up to the 19th century planned for 8 acres of commercial land in Kulamalu.

The public is welcome.

For more information, call Donna Clayton at 269-8014 or email donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.


Residents complete lifeguard training

Eleven students and associates of Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike, the nonprofit youth program in Hana, recently completed American Red Cross lifeguard certification training.

“We’re so thankful to the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation for this opportunity to get our local youth certified as lifeguards,” said Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike founder and Executive Director Rick Rutiz. “Over the years, we’ve had to rescue victims of our sometimes treacherous waters. Now 11 more people are empowered to help others along our remote windward coast.”

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Hawaiian steel guitar to get spotlight

Bryant Neal will discuss the Hawaiian steel guitar and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre during the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului on Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

A special performance by steel guitarist Geromino “Geri” Validriz of the Maui slack key bands Ola Hou, Maui Jam and The Waiehu Sons also will take place at the meeting. Validriz is a steel guitar instructor at Keola Beamer’s Aloha Music Camp and guest steel guitarist at George Kahumoku’s slack key shows.

He also will be performing at the upcoming Maui Steel Guitar Festival from Friday to Sunday at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

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


State health officer to speak at meeting

State Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang will speak about air quality on Maui and a current study on the effects of cane smoke, and other issues, during the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

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


‘What is Resurrection?’ title of symposium

The April Seabury Hall Philosophy Club Symposium – “What is Resurrection?” – will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center in Olinda.

The presenters in this dialogue on the theological, philosophical and psychological implications of the Easter season will include artist/educator Keith McKerry, Dr. Greg Lagoy, pastor Sean Housman and physical therapist/Tibetan Buddhist practitioner Laura Morris. The student moderator will be Nicolas Colon.

The public is invited to this free Socratic-style exchange of questions and answers.


Dinner to benefit family service agency

Parents and Children Together will present a benefit dinner at Vineyard Food Co., 1951 E. Vineyard St., Wailuku, on Friday and Saturday.

Seatings will be at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The four-course dinner with choices of appetizer and entree costs $48 per person. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will benefit PACT’s Domestic Violence Programs on Maui and Lanai.

There will also be a silent auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to PACT.

Reservations may be made by calling 243-3663.

For more information on PACT and its family service programs, visit www.pacthawaii.org.


Gala will support steel guitar festival

“Maui Mahalo to Sen. Daniel K. Akaka,” a gala celebration and fundraiser to support the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

Tickets for the benefit are $150 per person for Bronze Table Seating and $250 per person for Platinum Table Seating. Tickets are available at www.mauimahalo.com or by calling 283-3576.

Akaka and his family will be part of the evening’s entertainment. A silent auction offering rounds of golf, hotel stays, activities, dinners and more will also raise funds to support the festival.

The sixth annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival is free and open to the public. It will take place Friday through Sunday at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The festival includes performances, presentations, workshops and jam sessions along with Hawaiian cultural arts and crafts, exhibits and activities.


Scholarship pageant seeks contestants

The Maui Filipino Community Council is seeking contestants for the Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant to be held June 28. The pageant is open to single women of full or part Filipino ancestry between the ages of 18 and 27. High school seniors may apply, providing that their 18th birthday is by Dec. 31.

The deadline to enter is April 15.

Miss Maui Filipina 2014 will receive a prize package that will include a scholarship, round-trip airfare to the Philippines, travel allowance and more.

The new queen will also have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Hawaii Filipina Scholarship Pageant in July. Rochelle Marie Dagdagan de Leon is the reigning Miss Maui Filipina 2013.

For details and an application, contact Chairwoman Yvienne Tagorda-Peterson at 344-5575 or send an email to missmauifilipinapageant@gmail.com.


Caregiver classes to begin April 16

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes will begin in Kihei on April 16 at the Kihei Maui Adult Day Care Center (Hale Mahaolu Ehiku). Classes will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays through May 21.

Topics include reducing stress, improving self-confidence, communicating effectively with health care professionals and family members, balancing caregiving responsibilities, making tough decisions and locating helpful resources.

A registration fee of $25 is refunded to all who complete the course. For more information and to register, call Heather Greenwood at 244-3242, ext. 226.

This program is accessible for individuals with disabilities. For information or to request an auxiliary aid or service, call 244-3242 / TTY 800-222-1222 a week before the workshop.


Founder of veterans nonprofit to speak

David Fletcher, founder and director of the Wounded Warrior Wave Riders Association, will be the speaker at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

The Wounded Warrior Wave Riders Association was formed to provide a positive experience for veterans who have lost the use of one or both of their legs in combat. A specially designed paddleboard and custom paddle allows veterans who use wheelchairs the opportunity to explore Maui’s waters and catch waves.

Equipment and instruction is offered at no cost to wounded veterans who visit Maui each year.

Fletcher will share how the organization started and will provide information about this nonprofit group.

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


Degrees at college topic of presentation

Bachelor’s and master’s degree opportunities available on Maui will be discussed at a presentation hosted by the University of Hawaii Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Laulima Building Room 108.

The session will cover requirements for a variety of degree programs as well as the application process. The focus is on preparing students of all levels, from recent high school graduates to adults returning to school, according to a news release.

The session will include an opportunity to ask questions about UH distance programs in an informal face-to-face environment.

Degree programs currently available include a master’s degree in human resource management, an executive MBA degree, post-baccalaureate certificates in education, and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accounting, justice administration, political science, nursing, disaster preparedness and emergency management, and health care administration.

For more information, call the University of Hawaii Center, Maui, at 984-3525, or email uctrmaui@hawaii.edu.


BHS students will explore careers

Students will explore career opportunities during Baldwin High School’s annual Bear Affair from 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the BHS gym.

Schools, community organizations and businesses will be manning 98 booths.


Recycling event seeks school entries

The deadline for high schools statewide to register to compete in a recycling competition to win cash prizes toward project graduation is Friday. The two schools that redeem the most HI-5 beverage containers by dollar value will win $3,000 (first place) and $1,500 (second place). There is also a $1,000 wild card winner. The recycling period began March 7 and ends April 15.

Registration forms are available at www.reynoldsrecycling.com and www.rmhawaii.org.

Retail Merchants of Hawaii must receive schools’ registration forms by Friday to be eligible.

“Together with Reynolds Recycling, we continue to promote a cleaner and ‘greener’ Hawaii,” said Retail Merchants of Hawaii President Sheri Sakamoto. “Students, family and friends can bring their HI-5 beverage containers to any Reynolds Recycling location statewide.”

Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.


Buyers sought for livestock auction

People interested in participating as buyers at this year’s 4-H Livestock Show and Auction at the Upcountry Livestock and Ag Fair, are asked to call 264-9933 for information. The fair is scheduled to take place June 7 and 8 at the Oskie Rice rodeo grounds in Makawao.

More than 50 market steers, lamb, hogs and nanny goats will be sold at the auction beginning at 1 p.m. June 7 under the livestock tent.


College fair open to all Maui students

The Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling will sponsor a College Planning & College Fair for Maui families from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Maui High School B-Building and Gymnasium.

There will be breakout sessions in B-Building on a number of topics for college-bound students of all ages.

Starting at 6 p.m., over 50 colleges and universities from across the United States and overseas will be in the gymnasium for the annual spring college fair.

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

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

For more information, send email to college@mauihigh.org.


Vendor space open for ‘mompreneurs’

Vendor space is available for the Maui Mompreneur Spring Showcase on May 10 in the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom.

Since the event is before Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation and wedding season, organizers are seeking mompreneurs in the following areas: lei makers, party planners, caterers, bakers, face painters, photographers, crafters, party games, party rentals, party favors, etc.

For more information, visit www.mauimompreneurs.com.

Local Briefs

Kapa-making workshop to teach basics

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host an “Introduction to Kapa Making” workshop led by kapa-maker and former MNBG Executive Director Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the gardens.

Attendees will learn about the cultivation of wauke plants, harvesting techniques, an introduction to kapa equipment and tools, and the processing of wauke fiber.

Space is limited and a workshop fee of $125 applies. Current garden members will receive a discount. Contact 249-2798 or info@mnbg.org to request a reservation form and to inquire about additional workshop dates.

The gardens are at 150 Kanaloa Ave., in Kahului.


Baseball league will collect canned food

Maui Adult Baseball League is holding its annual canned food drive and fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Iron Maehara baseball stadium in Kahului.

All donations will go to the Maui Food Bank.


Dinner dance party catered by Capische?

The Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy will host its 2014 Springtime Dinner Dance Party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 9 at the Kihei Community Center.

The evening will feature a buffet dinner by Brian Etheredge, chef/owner of Capische? restaurant in Wailea. This adults-only event welcomes singles and couples, dancers and nondancers to join in fellowship, dinner and dancing.

There will be three hours of continuous contemporary music featuring Latin and ballroom music, including salsa, swing, tango, R&B and hustle.

Tickets are $30 through Friday, and $40 thereafter. Call 879-0055 to purchase tickets.

For more information, visit www.alohaballroom.com or contact Rita O’Connor at ritaoc@hawaii.rr.com.


Recycling coordinator to speak at meeting

Maui County Recycling Coordinator Hana Steel will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Carey & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Steel will give her “State of the Garbage Address.”

The meeting is open to the public. The cost of lunch is $12.

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


Radiation dangers topic of presentation

Debra Greene will discuss the danger of electromagnetic radiation from cellphones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi and smart meters when she joins the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea as guest speaker during the club’s noon meeting today at Mulligans on the Blue.

Greene has worked in the field of energy medicine for more than 20 years, according to a news release. She is an author, practitioner, seminar facilitator and speaker.

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


LHS plans parent information night

Lahainaluna High School invites parents of currently enrolled students to attend the school year’s final quarterly Parent Information Night at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Samuel Kamakau Library.

The session includes information in preparation for next school year, graduation updates, as well as other information.

Diane Gomes of Grad Nite Disney will also share information regarding travel packets for the popular senior destination.

After the business meeting portion, third-quarter report cards will be distributed. For more information, call the school office at 662-4000.


Bank taking donations for canoe voyage

American Savings Bank branches will be accepting cash donations from customers through April 19 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Malama Honua voyage.

With each donation of $25 or more, ASB will give customers a complimentary eco-bag displaying the voyage route.

On May 17, the Hokule’a and sister canoe, Hikianalia, will embark on a four-year journey around the world to spread their mission of bringing together organizations and individuals dedicated to learning together how to care for Earth’s environmental and cultural resources, demonstrating the powerful learning that happens when place-based education occurs between communities around the world, according to an announcement.

For more information, call Stephanie Hughes-White, director of internal communications at 541-8310 or email shugheswhite@asbhawaii.com.