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Maui Outdoor Circle announces luncheon

Maui Outdoor Circle will hold its annual luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kahili Restaurant in Waikapu.

Lucienne de Naie, vice chairwoman of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, will discuss “Dryland Forest of Wailea 670: Ancient Land, Modern Plans” at the luncheon.

Also on the agenda are a short presentation by the Maui Invasive Species Committee on little fire ants, updates on recent issues at Kanaha Beach Park, and discussions on wetlands and trees.

Maui Outdoor Circle will soon change its name to Maui Green & Beautiful, according to a news release from the group. The group’s “vision of keeping Maui clean, green and beautiful” will remain the same.

The public is welcome to attend. The cost for buffet lunch is $30.

For reservations and more information, call Barbara Fernandez at 878-6395.


Desmond Yap & Friends will perform

Desmond Yap & Friends will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the lawn fronting Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina as part of the continuing Hawaiian Music Series.

The free monthly concert series is sponsored by Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Chairs are limited. Concertgoers are welcome to bring blankets, mats and low beach chairs.

Baldwin Home Museum is located on the corner of Dickenson and Front streets.

For more information, call the foundation at 661-3262.


Recital to spotlight Maui piano students

Piano students of Rose Johnson will be performing a free recital beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Iao Congregational Church.

Recent high school graduates Kamalani Eldredge, Kasie Takayama and Dasya Tavares will play a variety of classical and contemporary pieces.

Iao Congregational Church is located at 2371 W. Vineyard St. in Wailuku.


Hawaii Wildlife Fund to benefit from sales

The Hawaii Wildlife Fund will benefit from dinner sales at Dazoo restaurant on Monday.

A portion of dinner sales from 5 to 9 p.m. will be donated to the organization, which is devoted to the protection of Hawaii’s marine ecosystem and inhabitants, according to a news release.

The event will include a signature drink and a silent auction.

Dazoo is located at 71 Baldwin Ave. in Paia.


State Rep. Justin Woodson will speak

State Rep. Justin Woodson will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting beginning at noon Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

The Central Maui Democrat will discuss the recently ended legislative session.

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

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


County to sponsor diabetes workshops

The Maui County Office on Aging will sponsor a “Better Choices, Better Health” diabetes self-management workshop series at Kaiser Permanente in Maui Lani.

This series will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on six Wednesdays, June 25 through Aug. 6. The program developed by Stanford University is said to help adults manage their diabetes as well as their overall health.

Included in the series are action plans for improving nutrition, exercise, relaxation, communication skills, medication management and more.

Participants will receive the book “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions” and a relaxation CD, “Time for Healing.”

The cost is $10 for individuals age 60 and older and for caregivers of any age. The cost for individuals age 59 and younger is $35; scholarships are available.

For more information or to register for the series, call coordinator Mary Kay Hoffman at 463-3166.

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Ocean camp for children ages 5 to 12

Pacific Whale Foundation will hold its Ocean Camp for children weekdays Tuesday through July 25.

PWF’s marine education team will teach children ages 5 to 12 at PWF’s Discovery Center in Maalaea. Each week will have a different theme and include field trips such as surfing and windsurfing lessons, tide pool explorations, snorkel cruises to Molokini, trips to Maui Ocean Center and beach visits. There also will be games, art projects and hands-on science exploration.

Camp cost is $72 per day, or $55 for foundation members. Last-minute registration – less than 24 hours prior to the day of camp – is $77 per day, or $61 for members.

Camp scholarships are available.

There is also an optional lunch service for $6.50 per day that is provided through Porto, a Maui flame-fired artisan pizza restaurant, and through Ola Catering. Both are owned by PWF.

For more information and to register, see www.pacificwhale.org or call 249-8811, ext. 1.


Caregiver workshop offered on Molokai

A free caregiver workshop titled “Daily Challenges of a Caregiver” will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Home Pumehana Hall on Molokai.

Participants will be able to learn about the early, middle and late stages of caregiving, as well as better understand the emotions and unmet needs of caregivers, with tips and techniques to survive caregiving.

A caregiver support group will follow the event.

The workshop is sponsored by Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging.

The workshop is open to the public. Reservations are not needed.

For more information, call Kathleen Couch at 871-5804.


Rotary club announces sunset gathering

The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will host a pau hana sunset beach get-together on the lawn at Keawakapu Beach (adjacent to The Five Palms Restaurant in Kihei) from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of the regular Wednesday-morning breakfast meeting, club members will gather in a casual beach setting. All interested business professionals and their families are invited.

Those attending should bring a pupu to share and their own beach chair and beverages. For more information, contact Social Chairwoman Elisa Rummel at 280-3038 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.


Kihei Youth Center to present annual luau

Kihei Youth Center will present its 2014 Moki Kalanikau Luau Fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the youth center. Food, entertainment and a silent auction are some of the attractions. High school scholarship winners will also be announced.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth between 11 and 17 years old. Children 10 and younger will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kihei Youth Center, 131 S. Kihei Road.

For more information or to make a donation, call Executive Director Lehuanani Huddleston-Hafoka at 879-8698.


Benefits of solar energy topic of talk

Jim Leahy of Haleakala Solar and Energy Management will be the guest speaker at the Italian American Club of South Maui’s 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday in St. Theresa Church Hall.

The evening will begin with a potluck supper. Leahy will speak about solar installation and how to save money on electricity. He will begin his talk at 7 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.

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


How to write a book subject of program

Maui author and writing coach Jasmyne Boswell will present a free program, “How to Write a Book,” at Wailuku Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Boswell is an author, writing coach and teacher with 30 years of experience, according to a news release.

Call the library at 243-5766 for more information or to request any special accommodation.


Representative from MECO will speak

Kau’i Awai-Dickson of Maui Electric Co. will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea’s 12:15 p.m. meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Awai-Dickson will discuss the company’s ongoing effort to reduce Hawaii’s dependency on imported fossil fuel, lower and stabilize electricity bills for customers, and protect the environment.

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


Company provides zip-line activities

Maui Zipline Co. is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui this month to offer free zip-line activities to all adults and children enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

The opportunity is offered to children enrolled in both school- and community-based mentoring programs.

Maui Zipline Co. is located at the Maui Tropical Plantation, at 1670 Honoapiilani Highway in Wailuku.


Nonprofit announces bowling event

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will celebrate its 27th annual Paniolo Bowl for Kids’ Sake event on June 21 at the Maui Bowling Center. The day of bowling will include a chance to win prizes.

For more information, or to enter a team, visit www.bbbshawaii.org/mauibowl.


Maui Seed Savers plan exchange

The Maui Seed Savers will present “A Celebration of Seeds,” its biannual seed and plant exchange from noon to 3 p.m. June 8 at the Paia Community Center.

There will be seed-saving demonstrations, a keiki zone, and seed and plant trading.

The event is free and all are welcome with or without seeds and plants.

For more information, call Evan Ryan at 269-9356 or email evnryan@hotmail.com.

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Silva appointed to board of directors

Michael Silva has been appointed to the J. Walter Cameron Center’s board of directors.

Silva is vice president and an owner of Fukumoto Engineering Inc. He is president of the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers Maui Chapter, chairman of the County Urban Design Review Board and a 2012 Ka Ipu Kukui fellow. Silva is also a member of the Hawaii Land Surveyors Association, the Maui Fair Alliance and the Maui Young Business Roundtable.


Properties of asteroids topic of talk

“The Properties of Asteroids,” a talk by J. D. Armstrong, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

What asteroids are, where they come from, and where they are going are some of the topics to be discussed.

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


Items being accepted for benefit sale

The Feline Foundation of Maui will hold another fundraising garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Donations of good salable items are being accepted for the garage sale, which will be at 231 Kawailani Circle in the Piilani II subdivision near Safeway in Kihei.

Money raised will go for spaying and neutering of cats in managed feral colonies. Volunteer caretakers maintain the colonies by trapping the cats, having them neutered or spayed and returning them to their home areas, as an alternative to euthanasia.

The program is funded 100 percent by donations.

To make arrangements to drop off items for the garage sale or to make tax-deductible donations, call 879-3059.


China to be subject of talk at meeting

Myles Kawakami, owner of Hawaiian Carpet One Hawaiian Ceramic Tile, will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting on Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Kawakami, who is a member of the club, travels to China periodically. He will be sharing his views of China’s economy, military and religion.

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

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


2 Maui Girl Scouts receive highest award

Two Maui Girl Scouts were among 25 statewide who earned their Gold Award on April 29, putting them in the top 5 percent of Girl Scouts across the nation.

The award is the highest achievement that a Girl Scout in grades 9 through 12 can earn. The scout must complete at least 80 hours on a project that creates measurable and sustainable change for the local, regional or global communities.

Carley Coppin of Kula and Jessie Haylor of Makawao were recognized for their Gold Award projects, “Horses Fostering Youth” and “Health & Wellness Fair for Foster Children.”

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation sponsored the Gold Award for a second consecutive year with a $5,000 grant. Joanne Arizumi, senior vice president of First Hawaiian Bank and a Girl Scouts of Hawai’i board member, acknowledged the girls’ exceptional projects at Saturday’s ceremony.

“The projects show that girls and young women today can accomplish anything they set their mind to,” said Arizumi. “It is truly a privilege to take part in the opportunities that the Girl Scouts provide.”


Donations fund equipment for hospital

With donations from The Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation, the Monsanto Foundation and individuals, the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation was able to purchase a new AngioJet Ultra Thrombectomy System that removes clots from arteries, reducing the complications and severity of heart attacks and stroke, according to a news release.

The AngioJet administers a high-speed saline solution through tiny openings in the tip of a small catheter. Plaque and clots dissolve into small pieces that are vacuumed back through the catheter. Unlike earlier technology, the AngioJet removes the clot entirely, eliminating the possibility that tiny pieces could move and cause additional complications.

An unexpected but very positive use for the equipment has been with dialysis patients. If there is any blockage at the dialysis site, treatments cannot be performed. The AngioJet is being used to clear any vascular clotting/blockage at the hemodialysis site, the release said.

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Kukuna Kaiao fundraiser Saturday

Kukuna Kaiao, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise and the University of Hawaii Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Beach Bums Restaurant in the Maalaea Harbor Shops.

There will be an all-you-can eat barbecue buffet and musical entertainment provided by the UH-MC students.

The event will be emceed by Grammy Award-winner George Kahumouku Jr.

There will also be an array of items that will be on display and up for bids at a silent auction.

A live auction item will be offered by “Chef Fely” Livaudais – a five-course Persian dinner for eight.

The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will contribute a portion of the proceeds of this event to the UH-MC Institute of Hawaiian Music scholarship program.

The cost is $45.

For tickets, visit www.kiheirotary.org or call Ed Corbett at 264-3468.


Caregiver workshop offered on Lanai

A free caregiver workshop titled “Daily Challenges of a Caregiver” will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Lanai Senior Center.

Participants will be able to learn about the early, middle and late stages of caregiving, as well as better understand the emotions and unmet needs of caregivers and tips and techniques to survive caregiving.

A caregiver support group will follow the event.

The workshop is sponsored by Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging.

The workshop is open to the public. Reservations are not needed.

For more information, call Kathleen Couch at 871-5804.


Discounted farm tours offered Saturday

Maui Country Farm Tours is offering a discounted $49-per-person tour for three farms as a benefit for the Hawaii Agri-Tourism Association, according to an announcement.

The farms are Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy and Ocean Vodka. The tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Whole Foods Market in Kahului. It will conclude at 2 p.m.

Space is limited. For more information, call 283-9131.

More information on the tour is available online at mauicountryfarmtours.com/2014/04/12/edible-hawaiian-islands-farm-day.


Doctor to discuss Parkinson’s disease

Neurologist Dr. Melvin Yee, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii, will speak about managing Parkinson’s disease at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Courtyard Marriott, near Kahului Airport. Admission is free, but seating reservations are recommended.

To reserve seating, call (866) 227-9788, ext. 1035890, and leave your first name only and how many people will be in your party.


Magician will speak at Monday meeting

Brenton Keith, a magician and owner of Brenton Keith & His Bag O’ Tricks and Gameshow Fanatics, will be the guest speaker at Rotary Club of Kahului’s meeting at noon Monday at Cafe O’ Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Keith will discuss his magic and his portable game show company that he says is a formula for success in the areas of interactive, team-building entertainment.

Doors of the event will open at 11:45 a.m. It is open to the public. The cost for lunch is $20 or a $5 program fee.

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


Foundation to match donations

Through the end of June, donations to the nonprofit Book Trust Maui County will be matched, up to a total of $20,000, by the Makana Aloha Foundation.

Book Trust allows more than 5,700 children from low-income families to choose and own $7 worth of books from Scholastic Book Club fliers each month of the school year. The program is in all Maui County public schools.

“We hope this match will encourage others to join us in supporting the keiki on Maui through this amazing organization,” said Jami Burks, president of the Makana Aloha Foundation.

While students receive books, teachers accrue bonus points that allow them to purchase additional classroom books, materials and resources under the Book Trust program.

More information is available at www.booktrust.org.


Event to focus on disaster preparedness

A presentation and community discussion on disaster preparedness will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wailuku Public Library.

People are invited to share their stories, ideas and experiences to help prepare Maui for possible future disastrous events. Participants will learn how to make their homes and workplaces more resilient against future disasters.

The program is to be presented by Kati Corlew, a community and cultural psychologist and a researcher with the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 243-5766.


Lupus to be focus of Rotary meeting

Lupus will be the topic of discussion at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea meeting at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

Speakers will be Rowan Mulligan and the Seabury Hall Interact Club. May is Lupus Awareness Month.

Lupus is a disease in which a body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues and organs, a release said.

The cost, including lunch, is $16, and the event is open to the public.


Spring musical set for Tuesday

“The Old Testament Fast Forward” will be Emmanuel Lutheran School’s annual spring musical this year, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

Children in kindergarten through 8th grade will present the musical comedy by Tom S. Long and Allen Pote. The show begins with the notion that the epic history of the Old Testament can be recounted in 10 minutes.

In a lighthearted manner, the students will retell the story of God’s unending love for all people through Jesus Christ.

Admission is free.


Artists, landscapers sought for exhibit

The Maui Association of Landscape Professionals is looking for entrants for the fifth annual ARTSCAPES “Living Art Exhibition,” to be featured at the 19th annual Maui Lawn and Garden Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the Maui Mall.

Exhibitors will create their designs in one of the Maui Mall storefronts. Entries can include water features, moving parts or whatever the artists can conceive, as long as at least 50 percent of the materials are plants.

This year’s theme is “Edible Landscapes” and the use of food plants is encouraged. Judges will award prize money for the top three entries, and the public will be invited to pick its favorite as well.

For more information about submitting a proposal for the competition, contact Gary Mohrlang at 298-8413 or gmohrlang@gmail.com, or go to www.malp.org.


Keiki Story Time to be held May 25

Joanne Laird, program director for the Read Aloud America Program, will present a May Keiki Story Time at 2 p.m. May 25 at Barnes & Noble in Lahaina.

The 30-minute story time is geared for children ages pre-kindergarten through the 2nd grade. It will feature readings from popular children’s picture books. Healthy snacks will be provided by the store, according to a news release.

At the end of the program, each child will receive a door prize from Read Aloud America and be able to select a book from Barnes & Noble to take home.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

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Moonlight Mele Series continues

The Maui Historical Society continues its Moonlight Mele Series, featuring Grammy Award-winning artist George Kahumoku and Friends, on Saturday on the grounds of the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku on Saturday.

The gates open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

There will be private tours of the museum and a special exhibition by the Maui Historical Society. Local vendors will sell island wares. There will be a beer garden offering a variety of beers and wine and a refreshment concession stand.

General admission is $30. Member admission is $20. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at the Bailey House Museum. Tickets are also available online at brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, email info@mauimuseum.org or call 244-3325.


Relationship counselor to speak

H. Lee Shapiro, a relationship counselor for 35 years, will speak to the Wailuku Rotary Club at 7 a.m. Thursday at Vineyard Food Co. in Wailuku.

He runs seminars titled “The Art of Melting Conflict.”

The public is welcome.

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


Illness the focus of Thursday talk

Sharon Klaschka, Guillain-Barre Syndrome chapter liaison for Maui County, will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

Klaschka will speak about her experience being afflicted with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and how she had to learn to walk again. Mayor Alan Arakawa has declared May to Guillain-Barre Syndrome month.

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

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


Salad luncheon set for Saturday

An assortment of salads will be available at the annual United Methodist Women’s Salad Luncheon at Ala Lani United Methodist Church at noon Saturday.

The luncheon will be in the church’s Founder’s Hall, 50 S. Papa Ave.

Tickets, available at the door, are $7 per person.

Diners may either enjoy a sit-down luncheon with entertainment by singer Nadine Guest or take out their salads.

Members of the women’s group prepare and serve their specialty salads for the traditional spring-time luncheon they have hosted for years. Funds raised at the event are used for the United Methodist Women’s worldwide mission work to benefit women and children.


Free acting classes to be offered

Act Now! acting coach Robert Angelo will be offering two, free two-hour introductory acting classes Saturday.

The class for adults is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kalama Heights Retirement Community, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

The class for children and teens is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 200 Waimaluhia Lane in Wailuku.

For more information, email actnowclasses@gmail.com.


School’s dedication ceremony Friday

Pu’u Kukui Elementary School will hold its dedication ceremony and “Ho’ike’ike ‘Ohana,” at 9 a.m. Friday at the school.

The program theme is leadership and gratitude.

Parking will be available at the Maui Tropical Plantation for guests, with shuttle service to and from the school beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the final shuttle departing the school at 12:30 p.m.


Biology professor to speak at two events

University of California Berkeley professor of integrative biology Tyrone Hayes will kick off his speaking tour in Hawaii at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Baldwin High School Auditorium, according to an announcement from Hawai’i SEED.

Hayes has presented hundreds of papers, talks and seminars on the role of environmental chemical contaminants in global amphibian declines and in the health disparities that occur in minority and low-income populations, according to the announcement.

Hayes also will speak at 6 p.m. Friday at the Molokai Community Health Center in Kaunakakai.


Ukulele band plans fundraiser

Kalama Intermediate School Ukulele Band is gearing up for its annual Sam’s UpCountry Jam and Barbecue from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include music, an ukulele workshop by Mele Fong, food, a silent auction and local vendors. The event helps the Kalama ukulele band and student government programs, according to an announcement. Admission is free.

Entertainment will include Ron Hatten and Damon Parillo, Brooks Maguire, Sheldon Brown, Kevin Brown, Andrew Molina, The Hawaiian Serenaders, Toni Dizon, Benny Uyetake and the Kalama ukulele band.

Nonperishable food donations for the Maui Food Bank will be accepted at the event.

For more information, call 573-8735.


Writing coach to speak at meeting

A writing coach will be the speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meeting, beginning at 7:30 a.m. today at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Jasmyne-Joan Boswell will share tips on how make writing more engaging and understanding for the reader and how to get works published. The title of her talk is “How to Write that Book You’ve Been Putting Off.”

She is a writing teacher and coach who has helped clients publish their books.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited.

For more information, contact club President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or go to www.kiheirotary.org.


Volunteer workshop to be held May 23

A “Volunteer Management 101” workshop and panel discussion will be held from 10 a.m. to noon May 23 in Maui Economic Opportunity’s Classroom 2 in Wailuku.

Joan Naguwa and Paul Belanger of the Network of Volunteer Leaders will lead the workshop.

The workshop will offer participants the chance to network with other volunteers and learn tactics to run volunteer programs.

Naguwa is executive director of the nonprofit Help Understanding & Group Support. Belanger, director of the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, has more than 40 years of experience in municipal, nonprofit and volunteer programs in Maine and Hawaii.

People can register for the free workshop by sending email to Wendy Stebbins at wendy.stebbins@mauicounty.gov with the participant’s name, agency and phone number. The deadline to register is Monday. For more information, contact Stebbins by email or call 270-7150.

The Maui County Volunteer Center and MEO are hosting the workshop.


Flower growers’ group to meet

Guest speakers will discuss invasive ant control and green solutions to pests, flower plant diseases and propagating protea plants in containers for landscaping at a Maui Flower Growers’ Association program from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The program will be in the Community Services building, Room 205 on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

The speakers are Janice Uchida, who has worked with fungal pathogens for more than 25 years; Arnold Hara, who has researched the development of postharvest heat treatments to control quarantine pests; and John J. Cho, a retired professor of plant pathology at the University of Hawaii.


Soup, malassada sale Saturday

The Portuguese Association of Maui will have its second scholarship fundraiser of the year from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hoaloha Park in Kahului.

The association will sell its signature Portuguese bean soup at $10 a quart and seven fresh, hot malassadas for $5.

Reservations for soup and malassadas are being taken at 877-0123.

All proceeds will benefit the association’s college scholarship program.


Agriculture event slated for Sunday

Go Maui and the Maui County Farm Bureau will present KOKUA AG, “Growing Our Future Together,” a family-friendly event promoting Maui agriculture, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Baldwin High School Gym.

The event will feature local food, entertainment, games and educational displays about Maui’s farmers and ranchers.

Organized by community volunteers as a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureau, KOKUA AG dovetails the farm bureau’s mission to educate and connect Maui’s agriculture community with the general public.

“Maui’s agricultural roots are so deeply entwined with our community, from our family connections to agriculture, to our daily connections to the foods we eat and enjoy every single day,” said Alice Lee, event chairwoman and president of Go Maui.

Mary and Manuel Tunta will serve as emcees. Admission is $5 suggested donation for each person; children up to 12 years old will be admitted for free.

For tickets, contact Lee at 244-2119.

For more information, visit www.kokuaag.com.

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How to write a book subject of program

Maui author and writing coach Jasmyne Boswell will present a free program, “How to Write a Book,” at Makawao Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Boswell is an author, writing coach and teacher with 30 years of experience, according to a news release.

Call the library at 573-8785 for more information or to request any special accommodation.


Group to perform Hawaiian classics

Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions will present the monthly free concert series, Picnic for Poki, at 11 a.m. Thursday on the lawn of Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku. Pamela Polland, founder of the group Keaolani, will sing a variety of Hawaiian classics.

The award-winning Polland will be joined by Damon Parrillo on slack key guitar and vocals and Joe Bommarito on bass.

Hula dancers will perform throughout the event.

Roselani Place will provide fresh baked cookies, coffee and water.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or mat and their lunch.

The church is at 103 S. High St.


Bonsai artist to give demonstration

The Valley Isle Bonsai Club will present a free demonstration titled Drastic Reduction of a Ficus Tree by bonsai artist Tim West at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kahului Jodo Mission, 325 Laau St., Kahului.

West will explain the essentials of reducing a ficus tree and give advice for developing a healthy bonsai.

Attendees are encouraged to bring any bonsai trees they may want advice on. Refreshments will be served during a meet-and-greet session.

Space is limited to the first 20 people. To RSVP, contact Mark Givensel at 357-4563 or mark@givensel.com.


Hoarders hope topic of presentation

Gylian Solay, of Organize Your Life, will discuss the process and outcomes of working with hoarders in their environment, during the monthly meeting of the South Maui Chapter of AARP on Monday. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m in the activities room of Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road, Kihei.

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


Kidney support group will meet

Legacy of Life Hawaii – Organ Transplant members will be guest speakers at the support group meeting sponsored by National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and Hawaii Organ Transplant Support Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cameron Center conference room.

Contact Jessica Nakasone-Koki at 856-7578 or Jessica@kidneyhi.org by Tuesday to save a spot or to ask questions.

The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.


Immunizations topic of lecture

Mental Health America of Hawaii will host a free Brown Bag Lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

The topic will be “Immunizations: Risks and Benefits” by Kenneth Kraska, a clinical researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The lecture is open to the public.


Flower growers to host presentation

The Maui Flower Growers’ Association will present an educational program from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the community services building, Room 5, on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

Guest speakers will discuss invasive ant control and green solutions to pests, flower plant diseases and propagating protea plants in containers for landscaping. The public is invited.


Invasive species on Maui topic of talk

Abe Vandenberg of the Maui Invasive Species Committee will speak at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Vandenberg will give an update on little fire ants and his committee’s activities.

Vandenberg has worked with Maui Invasive Species Committee for nine years on the coqui frog crew and as an outreach presenter. In 2013, he edited the MISC documentary “Invasion: Little Fire Ants in Hawai’i.”

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


Scholarships for high school seniors

Ohana Futbol Association is offering two $500 scholarships to one boy and one girl who are high school seniors and have committed to a college.

The application is available at www.ohanafutbol.com or email ohana@ohanafutbol.com.


Philosophy club to present symposium

“Is There Life After Seabury Hall?” is the topic of a symposium to be presented by the school’s philosophy club from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the new A’ali’ikuhonua’ Creative Arts Center on the school campus.

The presenters in this dialogue, covering the school’s past four decades, will share the professional and personal journeys of former Seabury students and faculty.

The symposium panel will include Kyle Ellison, Chris Matelles, Jopsalind Akoi and Paul Wood. The student moderator will be Nicolas Colon.

The Socratic-style exchange of questions and answers is free and open to the public.


Italian American Club plans potluck

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kaunoa Senior Center, 401 Alakapa Place, in Spreckelsville.

The potluck dinner theme will be Roman food, from the Lazio region of Italy. Attendees are asked to bring a dish that serves five or more.

Maria Rina Lee will be doing a presentation on “Italians in Hawaii.” Lee frequently visits the Lazio region of Italy and will also show photos from her travels. Attendees are encouraged to share their Roman stories at the meeting.

For more information, call Diane Alba-Means at 280-8008.

To learn more about the club, visit www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.


Flores De Mayo program at church

Kealen Corpuz Coloma, Flores de Mayo 2014 Queen of the Saint Theresa Filipino Catholic Club, will crown the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday at the 5 p.m. Mass followed by a dinner and program on the garden stage at St. Theresa Church in Kihei.

Katrina Rabang, last year’s queen, will crown Coloma, daughter of Willen and Alma Coloma.

The first runner-up, or Miss Faith, is Elene Jane Paz Rabino, daughter of Nema Genie and Elpidio Rabino Jr.

The second runner-up, or Miss Charity, is Kasey Napua Cababat, daughter of Ferdinand and Merly Cababat.

For more information, call Rey Golino at 205-2976.


Church to present bazaar on Saturday

A Kupaianaha Church bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The church is at 357 Waiale Road in Wailuku. Food, Neighbor Island goodies, silent auction items and craft booths are some of the attractions of the bazaar.


Program promotes stroke awareness

“An Evening of Music” program at the Lahaina United Methodist Church, beginning at 7 p.m. May 18, will recognize Stroke Awareness Month.

The public is invited, and donations will benefit the American Heart Association.

Harpist Kristine Snyder, Maui Celtic artist Hamish Burgess, and folk singer/songwriter Pastor Paul D. Tangonan will be featured performers.

Tangonan will share information about his own recovery process from stroke. Information on heart and stroke awareness will be presented by Kauwela Bisquera, regional director of the Maui County American Heart Association.

The church is at 988 Front St. in Lahaina. For more information, call Tangonan at 661-0420.

Local Briefs

‘No More Heart Attacks’ title of talk

“No More Heart Attacks,” a presentation by Steve Blake, will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Attendees will learn how clogged arteries develop and how to stop and even reverse arterial clogging, according to an announcement. Blake will outline which diets can lower the risk of heart disease and which fats constrict arteries, increasing the risk of a fatal clot.

Blake will review the latest research so that attendees can choose heart-safe lifestyle options, including fitness and stress reduction.

Blake has earned a doctorate in holistic health, specializing in nutritional biochemistry, and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, the announcement said.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served at this Vegetarian Society of Hawaii-sponsored event.


Schools promote lupus awareness

Rotary Interact Clubs from six Maui high schools plan to join up during Lupus Awareness Month in May to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research.

Lupus is a disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells and tissues.

Students from Seabury Hall, King Kekaulike High School, Baldwin High School, Maui High School, St. Anthony Junior Senior High School and Maui Preparatory Academy will be soliciting donations from businesses, selling awareness bracelets and hair ties, and host a “Lavender for Lupus Day” on Friday, when everyone is encouraged to wear lavender in support of lupus awareness. There will also be an lupus information booth at the Seabury Hall Craft Fair on Saturday.

For more information, contact Rowan Mulligan at rmulligan14@seaburyhall.org or 280-9866.


Junior Lifeguard signups Saturday

The County of Maui Department of Parks & Recreation, Aquatics Division, has changed the date for this year’s Junior Lifeguard signups at Lahaina Aquatics Center, with the new signup date will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Registrants are asked to come to the Lahaina Aquatics Center with a parent or legal guardian to take the required swim test (300 yards nonstop within 11 minutes). Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited.

The North Shore Junior Lifeguard session is full and only a few spaces are left in the South Shore program. The water safety program is offered for youths ages 13-17 years for a suggested donation of $15 to the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association – Maui Chapter.

Training consists of familiarizing students with water safety skills, CPR, first aid, surf and rescue techniques, ocean swimming, paddle boarding and lifesaving skills.

For more information, contact Cary Kayama at 270-6140 or Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138 or go to www.mauicounty.gov/juniorlifeguards.


Orchid Society announces show

The Maui Orchid Society will have its annual Mother’s Day show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Maui Mall.


Businesses owned by moms to sell gifts

Vendors at the Maui Mompreneur Showcase, featuring mom-owned small businesses, will have Mother’s Day gifts, graduation gifts and Father’s Day gifts available for purchase, as well as baked goods, jewelry, gift baskets and more, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom in Kahului.

Admission is free. For more information, call 757-4739.


Portuguese class begins Monday

The Portuguese Association of Maui will offer a course in conversational Portuguese for adult beginners on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Monday and ending June 30. There will be a supplemental practicum class on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The classes will be at Luana Gardens Community Center, 615 Papa Ave. in Kahului.

Registration is $15 per person. Class size is limited to 20 students.

Instructors will offer both continental Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese though the course.

For more information and to enroll, call 243-0065.


Relationships a topic on TV show

Local community leaders and co-hosts Lynn Araki-Regan, Leona Rocha Wilson, Becky Speere and Sharon Zalsos will discuss relationships during their one-hour live talk show “The Maui View” at 7 p.m. Thursday on Akaku Channel 54.

In addition to discussing relationships and how couples can tolerate a reasonable amount of stress, the show will discuss destructive behaviors.

Joining the co-hosts will be guest Max Tsai. Tsai is the owner of TC Kokua, a customer contact center. He is a partner at Jere Fine Jewelers of Wailea and owner of MXT Holdings, a real estate holding company.

“The Maui View” airs live the second Thursday of each month to discuss current events and news items ranging from social and political issues to headlines and community events that would be of interest to women and the community at large.

The show will reair May 15, 22 and 29, and June 5.

Viewers may post questions on “The Maui View” Facebook page or email themauiview@gmail.com.


Auction to benefit scholarship fund

Soroptimist International of West Maui will hold a silent auction for its scholarship fund at Lahaina Second Friday on Front Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Items include hotel stays, restaurant certificates, activities, luaus and shows, artwork and crafts.


Storytellers to visit Kahului library

Bento Rakugo, a Japanese theater and storytelling troupe, will perform at 3 p.m. Friday at Kahului Public Library.

Rakugo is a traditional Japanese performing art, where a seated storyteller acts out all the parts of a comedy. The program is suggested for children ages 12 and older.


Donations sought for rummage sale

Catholic Charities Hawaii is seeking donations for its annual rummage sale May 31 at St. Theresa Church.

Gently used clothing, small appliances and household items will be collected until May 23. All proceeds from the sale will be used to support Catholic Charities Hawaii in an effort to prevent homelessness and reduce poverty in Maui County, according to a news release.

To donate items or obtain more information, call the Maui community office at 873-4673.


BHS class of ’75 announces reunion

The Baldwin High School Class of 1975 is planning its 40-year reunion.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 9-10, 2015, on Maui.

For more information, email BHSHi1975@gmail.com by June 1.

Local Briefs

Coral reefs topic of presentation

Leila Sievanen will present responses from surveys administered to 200 people focused on West Maui coral reef conditions, threats to the reef, and what should be done to address these issues from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina.

Sievanen is an anthropologist based at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


Introductory computer class for adults

Al Bayless, an Internet computer class instructor at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia, will conduct a free basic computer skills course for adults from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Makawao Public Library.

Participants will learn how to use a touchpad and mouse; navigate the desktop; connect to the Internet; create an email account; and create a Microsoft Word document.

The focus of the class will be on PCs running Windows 7. Pre-registration is required; seating is limited. Call the library at 573-8785 to register.

Participants who own PC laptops are welcome to bring them to class. A library card is required to connect to the Internet.


Flatbread sales to aid charity effort

Seabury Hall Cooks for Ka Hale A Ke Ola will be the beneficiary of pizza sales from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at The Flatbread Co. in Paia.

The restaurant will donate $3.50 for each large pizza and $1.75 for each small pizza sold that evening. All proceeds go toward grocery purchases for meals cooked and served by Seabury student volunteers to the residents at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola shelter in Wailuku twice each month. The Flatbread Co. is at 89 Hana Highway.


Shave ice business will be at craft fair

Jessica Griffiths, owner of Maui Girlz Shave Ice, will take her business Upcountry to the Seabury Hall Craft Fair on Saturday. Her shave ice wagon will be at the middle school campus. One hundred percent of the gross proceeds will be donated to the school’s student aid program.


Portuguese Festa set at cultural garden

The Maui Portuguese Cultural Club will be holding a Portuguese Festa (cultural festival) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kepaniwai Park Portuguese Heritage Garden in Iao Valley. The festa will begin with a Coronation of Mary Ceremony in remembrance of her appearance to three children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Children and adults will then dance the chamarita, the cultural dance of Portugal.

Lunch, consisting of caldo verde soup, bread roll and Azorean iced tea, will be served for $8.

There will be a country store selling homemade jams and jellies, pickles, stone oven white and cinnamon bread, plants, fabric crafts and religious articles.

Proceeds will be used to beautify and maintain the Portuguese Heritage Garden in Iao Valley, continue club functions, and benefit the club’s scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors on Maui who are of Portuguese ancestry.

Lunch tickets are on sale through MPCC club members or by calling 385-2410.


Kendama Jam returns to Lahaina mall

Lahaina Cannery Mall will hold a Kendama Jam event organized by Maui Toy Works from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 17.

The tournament is open to ages 4 and older as contestants compete in different age divisions in an elimination-style competition. The family-friendly event will feature more than $1,000 in prizes, according to a news release. Advanced registration is recommended.

Pre-registration will be at Maui Toy Works at Lahaina Cannery Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There is a $5 entry fee.

For more information call Maui Toy Works at 661-4766 or email “mailto:loerar001@gmail.com”>loerar001@gmail.com.


New meeting place for organization

The Red Hot Mamas of Maui, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Rita’s restaurant on the second floor of Kalama Village,1945 S. Kihei Road in Kihei.

The chapter previously held its monthly meetings at Stella Blues Cafe, but that business has closed.

For further information about the Red Hot Mamas of Maui, call 879- 9964.


Healing love topic of talk on Saturday

Jill Grimes, a member of the Christian Science Board of Leadership, will speak on “Healing Love – Never out of reach” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Kahului, according to an announcement.

In her talk, Grimes will discuss the practical application of spiritual law and how it heals consistently and completely, the announcement says.

“God’s love dissolves the glue of our consent that attaches us to guilt, disease or age,” said Grimes, a resident of Tucson, Ariz. “The layers of a personal history begin to fall away and thought yields to the transformational power of spirit.”

For more information, contact Susan Bradley at 875-0366 or (423) 503-7704.


SPCA Maui offers ‘spring fix’ today

Clinics to spay/neuter cats will be held today and May 17 at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui Wailuku clinic.

All cats are welcome, including pet, community and feral. Humane traps are available to lend free with return deposit. All procedures are performed by local licensed vets and are on a by-donation basis, according to an announcement. Cats will receive an identifying tattoo in the ear and optional ear tipping for positive identification.

To reserve a space, to volunteer or to sponsor a “fix,” call the SPCA Maui at 280-0738 or email info@spcamaui.org.


WWII historian will speak at meeting

Historian Harry Smith will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea noon meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Smith will make a presentation on World War II history in the Pacific, with major events from Pearl Harbor to the capture of the Mariana Islands in the summer of 1944. He will also give a brief recap of the battle for Iwo Jima.

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


Guest speaker at Valley Isle Fellowship

Paul Weidig, a member of Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay and founder of that church’s Ministry for Sexual Minorities, will give a talk on “Leading Gay People to Jesus” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Valley Isle Fellowship.

According to an announcement, Weidig lived a monogamous, devoted life with his “husband,” Ric, for 45 years until Ric died in 2011. Devastated by his partner’s death, Weidig heard a sermon on the resurrection from Pastor Carl Moore at Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay on Easter Sunday 2012.

“He became ‘saved’ immediately afterward, and felt that God placed on his heart a special mission to gay people,” the announcement said.

For more information, contact the church at 244-0865. The church is at 473 S. High St. in Wailuku.


Maui 5K raises $14K for Maui schools

The third annual Maui 5K at Maalaea Triangle on April 6 drew a record 573 participants and raised more than $14,000 for Maui County schools, according to an announcement.

Elites and individuals competed in their own divisions with awards going to the top finishers. Everyone received a finisher’s medal as they crossed the finish line. A video of the event and race results can be found at www.maui5k.org.

For the third year in a row, the school with the most participants was Maui Waena Intermediate School, which won some free admission tickets to the Maui Ocean Center.

For more information on future events or to become involved in next year’s event, send an email to info@maui5k.org.


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 nine 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, Pu’u Kukui Elementary and Pukalani Elementary.

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


Little League officials receive CPR training

Maui County Paramedics Association member Steve Rossi recently trained coaches and board members of the Kihei Little League in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and coordinated donation of an automatic external defibrillator. The MCPA is a local union representing the county’s 80-plus paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

The AED is now available at the Kalama Park ball fields for cardiac emergencies.