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Annual bazaar at Po’okela Church

Po’okela Church will have its annual bazaar from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 200 Olinda Road in Makawao.

Items for sale will include clothing, furniture, potted plants, cut flowers, arts and crafts. There will also be a silent auction.

Food items will include hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and rice, chow fun, baked goods, pickled vegetables, produce, jams and jellies.

A keiki zone will offer games and a free bouncing castle. Entertainment will be offered throughout the day.

Proceeds will benefit ministries of the church.

To avoid parade traffic in Makawao, use Kealoloa Avenue mauka of Makawao Avenue or use Haleakala Highway mauka of King Kekaulike High School and follow the signs.

Free parade parking will be provided on the church grounds. For more information, call 573-0903.


Obon festival will be at Paia mission

The Mantokuji Mission Obon Festival will be held July 11 and 12. Services will begin at 6 p.m. in the temple. Food booths will open at 6:30 p.m. Taiko performances by Maui Taiko on July 11 and Zenshin Daiko on July 12 will begin at 7 p.m. A bon dance will follow on both nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Parkinson support group to meet

After a three-year hiatus, Maui Parkinson Outreach will host a support group meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge, 190 W Kamehameha Ave., across from Sears. The meeting will focus on what MPO can do to empower people with Parkinson’s disease. Also, MPO will introduce opportunities for physical enrichment through exercise.

For more information, call Mychael Patrick at 280-0907 or send email to “mailto:mauiparkinson@yahoo.com”>mauiparkinson@yahoo.com.


Theater production topic of talk show

“The Maui View,” a locally produced television show on AKAKU Channel 54, will discuss the Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ upcoming production, “Miss Saigon,” during its one-hour live talk show at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The show will discuss the making of MAPA’s “Miss Saigon,” scheduled to open in Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Aug. 15. “Miss Saigon” stars Sharon Zalsos, the producer of “The Maui View,” as a Vietnamese bar girl who falls in love with a Marine (Ricky Jones), only to be separated from him during the fall of Saigon at the close of the Vietnam War.

“The Maui View” is broadcast live each month to discuss current issues that would be of interest to women and the community at large, according to a news release.

The show will re-air at 7 p.m. Thursdays during July.

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


Scholarship winner to speak at meeting

Luke Broadbent, the scholarship recipient of the Rotary Club of Maui, will be the guest speaker at the club’s noon meeting Thursday in the Class Act Dining Room at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Broadbent was born in Santa Cruz, Calif., and moved in Hawaii in 2003. He attended Kamalii Elementary School and graduated from St. Anthony Junior Senior High School. He graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. Broadbent will attend the University of Oregon to major in jazz studies.

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


Hale Kau Kau topic of presentation

Hale Kau Kau representatives Gail Mitchell and Pinky Mendoza will be guest speakers at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Hale Kau Kau serves hot, nutritious evening meals to people in need at its facility in Kihei. The cost for the Rotary program and lunch is $16. The public is welcome to attend.

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Panel to discuss recycling for profit

“The Power of By-Products: Recycling Maui County Waste Streams for Profit,” is the title of a panel discussion from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Room 144 of the Ike Lea building on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

The panel will include Kelly King of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, Jennifer Chirico of Susty Pacific and Faith Ewbank, waste stream consultant.


Family movie to screen at Wailuku library

“Meet the Robinsons” will be shown on Family Movie Night at the Wailuku Public Library, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.

An orphan who dreams of someday finding a family to call his own finds his fate taking an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson transports him into the future. The movie is based on the book “A Day With Wilbur Robinson” by William Joyce.

Vocal contributors include Angela Bassett, Kelly Ripa, Tom Selleck, Adam West, Steve Zahn and Laurie Metcalf.

The animated sci-fi adventure comedy from Walt Disney Pictures is rated G.

The show is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


Chef to describe diet for a healthy brain

“Cooking For Brain Power,” a presentation by chef Catherine Blake, will take place at 7 p.m. July 2 at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Blake has been studying nutrition and health for more than 30 years, according to an announcement. She will talk about foods that promote brain health and show how to prepare antioxidant-rich wraps.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

For more information about this Vegetarian Society of Hawaii presentation, contact 280-6865 or steve@drsteveblake.com.


Water system provider to speak at meeting

Earl Ichimura, chief executive officer or Pural Water Specialty Co., will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Carey & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Ichimura is a service provider for potable and nonpotable water systems, along with being a specialty contractor for work involving water.

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

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


Families sought to host exchange students

International Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls, according to an announcement. These students are 15 to 18 years old and are coming to Maui County for the upcoming high school year or semester.

Families can choose students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests. To obtain more information about becoming a host family, call (800) 733-2773 or go to host.asse.com.


Restaurant supports agriculture program

For the second year in a row, a portion of the proceeds of chef Paris Nabavi’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Sangrita Grill & Cantina benefited the Lahainaluna High School Agricultural Program.

Nabavi gave $1,200 to Keith Ideoka and his students at Lahainaluna in their garden May 14.

“Funds raised will take our students to the Hawaii State Future Farmers of America Conference, where students experience leadership training, state-level skills, competitions and more,” said Ideoka, program manager of Lahainaluna Agriculture. “We will also purchase basic agriculture supplies for our students, such as seeds, fertilizer, potting soil, pots and garden tools that are essential to learning.”


Hilton and Maria Unemori receive honor

Rotary Club of Wailuku member Hilton Unemori and his wife, Maria, were recognized as members of Rotary’s White Hat Society during a recent meeting of the club.

The White Hat Society is composed of Rotarians who give $5,000 cash in any one year to any fund in The Rotary Foundation. The Unemoris were presented with White Hats, a framed certificate and a second concho each. A concho represents a donation of $5,000 in a Rotary year.


Maui Scottish Rite awards scholarships

For the past 30 years, the Maui Scottish Rite has awarded 12 $1,000 scholarships to graduates of Maui public schools. The 2014 winners are: Aileen Ballesteros, Matthew D. DeMichele, Juleen M. Flory, Kiloaulani E. C. Ka’awa-Gonzales, Maile J. Naito, Patience K. Nakihei, Alexandra J. C. Pardico, Paul A. Parker, Jeanette Pasalo, Ian Pflug, Wendy A. Pias and Alyssa J. Remigio Rosaro.

Each recipient and family members were invited to a banquet in their honor June 6 at Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant. Those in attendance were given their scholarship award by Scottish Rite Illustrious Sir Ken Berry. Scottish Rite Brother and Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa gave the opening address.


School collecting box tops during summer

Maui Waena Intermediate School is beginning its 2014-15 Box Tops 4 Education drive.

The school is collecting box tops for its Renaissance Program.

Box tops from a variety of product boxes and packages may be submitted to the school’s front office throughout the summer.

To download collection sheets and learn more visit www.mauiwaenasac.weebly.com.

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Keiki story time June 29

Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors for the Read Aloud America Program, will present a keiki story time at 2 p.m. June 29 at Whole Foods Market in Kahului.

The 30-minute story times are geared to children ages pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. There will be healthy snacks provided by the market.

At the conclusion of the session, each child will be able to select a new book from the program’s library to take home.

There will also be drawings for prizes. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Rummage sale Saturday

A rummage sale will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kahului School Cafeteria.

The Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an honorary society of women educators, is holding the sale to help fund a scholarship for a graduating high school senior or college student who plans a career in education.

Items sold will include plants, books, household items, clothing, toys and jewelry.


Group to benefit from sales

Whole Foods Market will donate 5 percent of total sales Thursday to Na Hoaloha, a Maui-based nonprofit organization that helps promote independence and quality of life for kupuna and people with disabilities.

The event is part of the market’s Community Day of Giving Back.

Na Hoaloha also provides transportation for kupuna, visits and reassurance. It also helps provide food to those who cannot get out to shop.

The program has 160 volunteers.

To volunteer or make a donation, visit www.nahoaloha.org.


Folk singing duo to perform

The folk singing duo of Chris Vonderborch and Cate Foley Burke of Tasmania will perform at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lahaina Public Library’s lawn.

Vonderborch is a retired geology professor from Flinders University in Adelaide in South Australia, and his wife, Cate, is an artist and songwriter. They are well-known Australian musicians who also play various instruments.

The event is free and open to the public. It is part of the library’s summer reading program.


Kahula to perform Thursday

Lahaina Restoration Foundation continues its ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program with a performance by Josh Kahula on guitar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the lawn of the Baldwin Home at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets.

Kahula is the lead singer of the Maui band Nuff Sedd. The band’s music influences are from SKA, Reggae, Funk and R&B. It also incorporates classic rock, alternative and pop sounds.

Chairs are limited. Blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.

The event is 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.


Get-together event Wednesday

The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will host a Pau Hana Sunset Beach get-together from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn at Keawakapu Beach adjacent to 5 Palms restaurant.

In lieu of its regular Wednesday morning meeting, the group will meet at the casual beach setting. Interested business professionals and their families are invited to attend.

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 the club’s website at www.kiheirotary.org.


Portugese festival Saturday

The Portuguese Association of Maui will hold its annual Festa Portuguesa Maui (Maui Portuguese Festival) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

This year’s event will focus on Portuguese Christmas traditions and memories shared by Al “Flako” Boteilho Jr. and Clarence Lopes.

Portuguese foods for sale include bean soup, malassadas, Portuguese sausage in sweet bread buns and codfish stew.

A country store will feature pickled onions, chowchow and lupin beans and fresh-baked breads.

The Heritage Hall chorale will open the program with anthems and Portuguese Christmas carols.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a demonstration on how to make a garlic-roasted pork dish.

At noon, there will be a presentation of folklore, poems and legends of Portugal.

Also demonstrated will be bread-making techniques, Portuguese card games, and Portuguese Christmas displays and artifacts.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 877-0173 or 243-0065.


Car wash, bake sale scheduled

Theatre Theatre Maui will hold a car wash and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday at the Lahainaluna Shell Station at the corner of Lahainaluna Road and Honoapiilani Highway.

Car washes are $5 per car. Cookies will also be sold.

Funds raised will help pay for the currently running Theatre Theatre Maui 2014 Westside Youth Summer Theatre Camp and its July 18-20 summer musical “Bugsy Malone Jr.”

For more information, call (808) 214-7443 or 661-1168.


Plate lunch sale on Saturday

Maui First Korean Baptist Church will have its chicken plate lunch sale and pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church at 595 Lono Ave. in Kahului across from Maui High School’s parking lot.

The plate lunches are $9 and include barbecue chicken, rice, kimchee and seaweed salad.


‘Degree-in-Three’ meeting set

An informational meeting on how college students can earn an associate in arts degree in liberal arts while attending day or evening and online courses will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Hawaii Maui College Ka Lama Building Room 109.

The program discussed is “Degree-in-Three,” in which students can attend college while meeting other outside commitments. It allows someone to attain an associate degree in liberal arts in three years. The degree may be earned faster for those who already have completed credits, a news release said.

The discussion will also cover registering for the fall semester, requirements, financial aid and student support services.

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


Two free caregiver workshops offered

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging will present two free caregiver workshops this week.

The first will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the South Maui Adult Day Care Center at 56 Ehiku St. in Kihei.

Kathleen Couch will present “Understanding Dementia Behaviors.” Learn about early-, middle- and late-stage dementia, tips and techniques for working with dementia and caregiver survival. Light lunch will be provided.

The second workshop will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall at 11 Mahaolu St. in Kahului.

Couch will present “Daily Challenges of a Caregiver.”

Learn about the stages caregivers go through from early to late caregiving, understanding the stress and emotions of caregiving, unmet needs of caregivers, caregiver survival and life after caregiving.

Light breakfast will be provided. The workshops are open to the public. No reservations are needed.

Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals. Complimentary adult day care can be provided by calling in advance.

For more information, call Couch at 871-5804.


Libraries to host performances

In celebration of the Hawaii State Public Library Systems Summer Reading Program, Uncle Wayne Watkins and the Howling Dog Band will perform at various libraries on Maui and Molokai.

Keiki 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to be entertained by the early-childhood educator and musician.

The following performances begin at 10 a.m.:

* Monday, Molokai Public Library.

* Tuesday, Wailuku Public Library.

* Wednesday, Lahaina Public Library.

* Thursday, Makawao Public Library.

The Kihei Public Library performance will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

If a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed, contact the hosting library as soon as possible.

For more information or updates on the performances, call the hosting library or see www.librarieshawaii.org.


Chocolate to be focus on meeting

Melanie Boudar, owner of Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, will be the guest speaker at the Italian American Social Club’s June meeting.

Her talk will follow a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Theresa’s Hall in Kihei.

Boudar uses cacao from Maui farms and a blend of island tropical fruits, nuts and spices to create her handmade chocolate confections.

The public is invited to attend the presentation and sample the chocolates.

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


Diabetes workshop begins Wednesday

A “Better Choices, Better Health” diabetes self-management workshop series will be held Wednesdays beginning this week through July 30 in Wailuku.

The six weekly sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente’s Wailuku Clinic at 80 Mahalani St.

The educational program is designed to help people manage their diabetes as well as their overall health through achievable action plans for improving nutrition, exercise, relaxation, communication skills and medication management, according to a news release.

The cost is $10 for those 60 years and older and for caregivers of any age. The cost is $35 for participants under the age of 60. Scholarships are available.

For more information or to register for the workshop series, call the Maui County Office on Aging at 463-3166. The office is sponsoring the workshop.


Discussion on manta rays set

Mark Deakos of the Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research will discuss “Manta Rays: More Than Just a Flat Shark” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Ocean Center.

Participants may learn about Hawaii’s largest population of manta rays residing in Maui waters.

The event is free and open to the public. Entrance is through the front gate from 5:30 to 6:10 p.m.

Seating is limited. For reservations call 270-7088.


Baker honored by California school

Christopher Baker of Kula received the American Legion First Place Award and the Stanley Sniff Disciplinary Award for his superior behavior and exemplary character at the 103rd Army and Navy Academy commencement June 7.

He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Bobby C. Baker.

Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is a private military boarding school in Carlsbad, Calif., with grades 7 to 12.


PBN editor to speak at luncheon

The new editor-in-chief of Pacific Business News, A. Kam Napier, will be the guest speaker at a noon luncheon Tuesday at King Kamehameha Golf Club for the Maui Affinity Group of the Public Relations Society of America’s Hawaii Chapter. Napier, who assumed the position in April, will share the editorial direction of PBN and how to work with the news team.

The Maui Affinity Group of PRSA is open to communicators of all levels including public relations, marketing and development professionals. The mission of the group is to build value, understanding and demand for public relations professionals on Maui.

Those interested in getting involved or attending the luncheon should contact Christina Yumul at christina@storieology.com. Membership is not required. Students interested in the profession are welcome. The cost for the luncheon is $40. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/engaging-with-pacific-business-news-maui-tickets-11835248547.


Teriyaki beef plate lunch sale Saturday

Hale Mahaolu employees are selling teriyaki beef plate lunches for their 23rd annual community fundraiser.

Tickets are $9 each.

Drive-through pickup will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hale Mahaolu Akahi, 300 W. Wakea Ave. in Kahului.

Proceeds from the sales will be donated to programs that support disabled and elderly people and other charities on Maui.

Hale Mahaolu is a private, nonprofit organization that provides affordable rental housing and support services for elderly and disabled people and families.

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


MHS student headed to festival

Maui High School Junior Christopher Kim has been selected to attend the 2014 Bezos Scholars Program, according to an announcement.

This leadership development program will bring together 12 public high school juniors, 12 educators and six scholars from the African Leadership Academy in South Africa for an all-expenses-paid week of exploration, dialogue and debate at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, Thursday to July 2.

Kim will be accompanied by Maui High School adviser Clint Gima.

In Aspen, Bezos Scholars will connect with international leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and creative artists across diverse disciplines – and engage in lectures, presentations, debates and discussions around critical issues.

“The Aspen Ideas Festival is captivating and is the perfect forum to inspire young people and educators,” says Jackie Bezos, president of the Bezos Family Foundation. “Bezos Scholar Teams return home to raise awareness and mobilize action as they co-create local ideas festivals that transform schools and communities across the U.S. and South Africa.”

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Kihei library to host events

Kihei Public Library will be hosting special summer events today and Saturday at the library at 35 Waimahaihai St.

Today at 3 p.m., Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck), a writer, English literature scholar and longtime reader of classic books will present a dramatic reading of his “Classics Illustrated” comic book “The Time Machine,” projected on a large screen. There will be a brief discussion and a question-and-answer session. The one-hour event is recommended for children ages 6 to 12 and includes light snacks and refreshments.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon will be “Bubble Day!,” where children may wear swimsuits to catch, pop, chase and blow bubbles. Children will receive a free balloon bracelet from Riki Inzano, Maui’s Balloon Lady. Participants should bring sunscreen and a towel. No pets will be allowed.

The bubble event and snacks at Lopaka’s presentation are sponsored by the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events, which are being held in celebration of the state library’s Summer Reading Program.

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


Talk to focus on manta rays

A talk titled, “Maui’s Manta Rays: Ambassadors of the Olowalu Reef,” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Kihei conference room at 726 S. Kihei Road.

The speaker will be Mark Deakos, founder of The Hawai’i Association for Marine Education and Research, a nonprofit organization with the mission of better understanding and protecting Hawaii’s marine resources.

Deakos obtained his biology degree from the University of Waterloo. At the University of Hawaii, he completed his master’s degree studying humpback whale behavior and continued his graduate work by completing his doctoral degree with a focus on manta ray ecology.

The event is free and open to the public.


All-island ceremony June 27

The presidents of each of the 10 Maui Rotary Clubs will be inducted into their positions together in an all-island ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. June 27 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

“This is a time for the public to see what Rotary on Maui is all about and to enjoy the unique celebration with the new presidents,” said District Governor Phil Sammer, about this first-time event.

Tickets are $30 and must be ordered online via Event Brite prior to Friday. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Mistress of Ceremonies is Kathy Collins and Mayor Alan Arakawa will address the attendees.

Eleven of Rotary District 5000 past and upcoming district governors will serve as induction officers.

A few of the dignitaries attending include Linda Coble, past district governor from 2000-2001 and George Fontaine, past district governor, 2007-2008.

Sammer will also attend.

The event is open to the public. All 10 clubs will have information about their organization.

Pupus and a no-host bar will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/maui-rotary-clubs-all-island-induction-tickets-8740038691.

For more information, contact Assistant District Governor Joanne Laird at 757-0981.


Naeole to speak at meeting

Clifford Naeole, the cultural adviser and a member of the public relations team at The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina’s meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Royal Ocean Terrace at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Naeole is the founder of the annual Celebration of the Arts, a three-day festival of music, art, food and conversation.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, call club President Art Ortiz at 344-3010.


Effort to benefit Read Aloud

Read Aloud America will be the beneficiary of funds collected during the “Be Book Smart Campaign” at Macy’s at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from Saturday through July 13.

Customers who donate $3 will receive $10 off a purchase of $30 or more at Macy’s. (Exclusions and restrictions apply, see a Macy’s associate for details.)

Macy’s, in turn, will donate $3 to Reading is Fundamental, a national nonprofit children’s literacy organization, to help provide free books.

In conjunction with the event, Read Aloud America will have an interactive game table set up in the Macy’s children’s department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning this week and concluding July 13.

Children will be invited to color a Read Aloud America Bookmark. Once completed, they can spin the wheel to win a prize. Some of the prizes include a brand new book.

If a “Be Book Smart” coupon is purchased while the game table is set up, the customer will be able to select a free children’s book to take home, according to a release.

For more information about the program, email Program Director Joanne Laird at joannelaird@readaloudamerica.org or see www.readaloudamerica.org.


Dama fest slated for Saturday

The 2014 Summer Dama Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center stage.

The event, hosted by Maui’s Kendama Superstore, has multiple contests for ages 5 and up. There also will be a kendama clinic from 10 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $3 for preregistered players and $5 for entrants that day.

More than $500 in prizes will be given out.


Workshop on chickens set

A workshop on raising chickens for egg and meat production will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The event, offered by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, will cover the best chicken breeds for egg laying and meat production, alternative feeding strategies to minimize feed import, food safety issues and regulations.

There also will be a demonstration on building a chicken coop.

Michael Duponte, livestock cooperative extension agent on the Big Island, and Julius Ludovico, who has successfully obtained the producer/grower 20,000 bird exemption from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be the instructors.

The cost of the course is $59.

For more information, contact 984-3231 or mvstephe@hawaii.edu. To register, go to edventuremaui.com (career training, agriculture).


Free ‘Aloha Fest’ is Sunday

King’s Cathedral will hold a free “Aloha Fest” beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The event is “an opportunity for us to give back to the community and share the aloha,” according to an announcement.

There will be free lunch and giveaways of televisions and bicycles.

A bus will pick up those who want to attend the event but need transportation.

For more information, call 871-7311.


Maui Wedding Expo Saturday

The Maui Wedding Association will present the 19th annual Maui Wedding Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.

The expo will feature Maui’s top wedding vendors, including wedding coordinators, photographers, videographers, florists, ministers/officiants, catering/cake/restaurants, music-ians/entertainment, locations/venues, limos/transportation, bridal wear/tuxedos, beauty/spa, travel/lodging, specialty products and services, rental equipment and wedding publications.

The event is free and open to the public. It will feature entertainment, wedding fashion shows, cake tasting and door prizes throughout the day.

Brides and grooms may register to be entered into the door prize drawing in advance at www.weddingexpomaui.com.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s parking structure will be available for self parking for the event at $1 for every three hours with validation at the expo. The hotel will also have property and restaurant tours and will offer specials for attendees of the expo.


Feed My Sheep CEO to speak

Joyce Kawakami, CEO of the nonprofit Feed My Sheep will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at the Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Kawakami will speak on “Local Businesses Taking Care of the Community.”

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

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

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Author to appear at museum

Maui writer and historian John Harrisson, author of “Haleakala Ranch: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary,” will be at the Makawao History Museum on Friday.

Harrisson will be available for autographs and will discuss his book, which details ranch history in Makawao, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the museum at 1152 Makawao Ave. across from the Makawao Public Library.

He has authored more than 35 other books, a news release said. Refreshments will be served.


‘Picnic for Poki’ on Thursday

Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions will host “Picnic for Poki,” a live entertainment show, at 11 a.m. Thursday on the grounds of Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku.

One of the entertainers will be Kaulike Pescaia, a Kamehameha Schools Maui student who is a musician and falsetto singer. His first contest win was at the age of 8 when he won Maui Shower of Stars in the 18 and under group.

The other performer will be Ah Tim Eleniki. Eleniki performs at venues around Maui.

There will be fresh baked cookies and coffee from Roselani Place kitchen.

People may bring their own lunch, a lawn chair and friends.

The event is free and open to the public. It is held every third Thursday of the month and is a continuation of a program put on by the late Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala.

For more information, call 871-7720.


Senior computer class offered

A five-week computer class for senior citizens will begin Thursday at Roselani Place in Kahului.

Seniors living outside of the retirement home are welcomed to the class that will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the retirement home.

The free class will teach seniors basic computer skills, how to navigate the Internet, how to operate email as well as learn about abuses and scams.

The class is being presented through the nonprofit Free Help Education Organization and Roselani Place.

For more information, call Elena Farinas, founder and chief executive officer of FCIG dba Free Help Education Organization, at 891-2220 or Roselani Place at 871-7720.


Crater service trip July 4-6

The Friends of Haleakala National Park will offer the public a chance to volunteer at the park, stay in a cabin and hike the crater on a service outing July 4 through 6.

Participants will stay in Paliku Cabin and do light service work removing non-native plants. A park ranger will accompany the trip to inform and answer questions about the biology, geology and history of Haleakala.

There will be a hike via the Sliding Sands Trail, which starts at the summit visitor center and comes out of the crater down the Kaupo Gap trail. A ride will be arranged back to the park. The only cost, in addition to shared meals, is a fee of $15.

Participants must be able to hike over rough terrain carrying a backpack with their clothing, personal items, a sleeping bag and a share of the group’s food.

Similar trips are offered over the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

To register and receive more information see www.fhnp.org. To reserve a space, call 264-4757.


Land trust director to speak

Scott Fisher, the director of conservation for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, will speak during the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

The land trust is an organization committed to working with private landowners, community groups, community leaders and government partners to protect Hawaii’s lands.

Fisher has worked on the Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge.

Cost of breakfast is $22. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or see www.kiheirotary.org.


Free movie night on Thursday

Extending the science theme of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s Summer Reading Programs, the Wailuku Public Library will show the film “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the library.

Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett’s children’s book of the same name, the film follows inventor Flint Lockwood and a brainy weather girl as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped and food is falling in its place, a news release said.

The animated comedy is rated PG.

The Family Movie Night is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


2 Maui students to graduate

Two students from Wailuku will graduate from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls on Saturday.

Tanner Lee will receive a degree in biology health sciences, and Kelsey Abellanida will receive a degree in diagnostic medical sonography, according to a news release.


New Rotary club forming

The new Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will hold its first planning meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Royal Lahaina Resort’s Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant.

Residents interested in joining the new club are encouraged to attend.

Two former Rotary Club presidents, Liz May and Jim Fahnestock, will be sworn in later this month as co-presidents of the new club.

May is general manager of AAAAA Rent-A-Space and is past president of Rotary Club of Lahaina. She has organized fundraisers that raised funds for the recent renovation of the Lahaina Public Library.

Fahnestock is a past president of the Rotary Club of San Carlos, Calif. He moved to Maui two years ago and formed The Vintage Ohana Team, a community involvement group for The Vintage at Ka’anapali condominium association.

The new club will begin meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 8 at the Royal Lahaina Resort.


Soroptimist to host candidate

Soroptimist International of West Maui will host mayoral candidate Tamara Paltin at its monthly dinner meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Paradise Grill in Kaanapali.

Paltin will discuss issues facing the county and her plans to address these issues, according to an announcement.

For reservations, call Ruth McKay at 283-5193.


Rummage sale at MECO

Maui Electric Co.’s annual rummage sale to benefit Maui United Way will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the auditorium at 210 W. Kamehameha Ave.

The selection will include clothing, baby items, shoes and household items.

Clean, gently used and/or new donations will be accepted starting Wednesday.

For more information, call Shelly Espeleta at 872-3216.


Women’s radio talk show to air

The first topic on “The Powder Room,” a radio talk show intended for women, is “Maui’s two mission women,” with special guest speaker Stacey Moniz, executive director of Women Helping Women. The live call-in show will explore warning signs of domestic violence and more, according to an announcement.

The show will air from noon to 1 p.m. Friday on KAOI Radio 1110 AM and 96.7 FM. There will also be online streaming at KAOI 1110.com.


Recycling event Saturday

Malama Maui Nui (Community Work Day), will hold a recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

Collected will include scrap metal, bicycles, appliances, lawn mowers, cooking oil, cellular phones, household batteries, vehicle batteries, printers, ink cartridges, electronics, computers, laptops, televisions, HI-5 and non-HI-5 recyclables, telephone books, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, used eyeglasses, hearing aids, books, DVDs, clothing, plastic and aluminum recyclables.

There is a suggested $5 fee to drop off regular-sized or smaller vehicle tires. There will not be paper shredding.

Residents are encouraged to bring a nonperishable donation for Feed My Sheep, a mobile food distribution program for Maui families and individuals in need.

For more information on what types of items are accepted call 877-2524 or visit www.cwdhawaii.org.


Discussion to focus on nutrition

Steve Blake, who holds doctorate degrees in holistic health and naturopathic medicine, will present a class and slide presentation on “A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Roselani Place at 88 S. Papa Ave.

Participants can learn how to lower their risk of getting Alzheimer’s by increasing intake of antioxidant fruits and vegetables. They will also learn about studies that show which supplements and medical plants have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk and progression of Alzheimer’s, according to a news release.

Roselani Place, a licensed assisted living community, will also host an open house with model apartments for viewing. There will be door prizes and musical entertainment by Glenn Foster.

Light healthy refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a space or obtain more information, contact Diane Alba-Means at diane@roselaniplace.com or call 871-7720.


Pukalani group to meet Tuesday

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

Tamara Lester of Yellowbird Graphics will present the new association website for comment.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information send email to donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.


Radio club hosting ‘Field Day’ June 28

The Maui Amateur Radio Club is inviting the public to learn more about amateur radio during a nationwide event June 28 called “Field Day” where the Maui club will be set up in a field between Hana Highway and the ocean just past Hookipa Beach Park.

The event runs from 8 a.m. June 28 through 8 a.m. June 29. The public is invited to visit during daylight hours to learn about how to get a ham radio license and participate in the event.

The event is the largest emergency communication event in the world, a news release said. Radio clubs and enthusiasts all over the United States set up portable stations and pass messages to others.

Last year, more than 2,500 stations and more than 36,000 individuals participated. More than 1.25 million contacts were made. The Maui Amateur Radio Club made more than 2,000 contacts from its location near Hookipa, the release said.


Build-A-Thon volunteers sought

“Habitat for Humanity Maui will present its eighth annual Build-A-Thon fundraiser to promote awareness of, and help eliminate, substandard housing and homelessness in Hawaii from 11 a.m. to 4 or 4:30 p.m. July 11 and 12. Volunteers may work a full shift or whatever time they have available, according to a spokesman. More than 100 volunteers will work to help build affordable housing for low-income Maui residents.

Participants will help with construction on a three-story, 16-unit condominium project on Kahawai Street in Happy Valley, which will provide homeownership opportunities for kupuna, the disabled, veterans, individuals and young families just starting out, according to a news release.

Every volunteer will receive a “goody bag,” a T-shirt, lunch and opportunities to win prizes. Each volunteer is asked to raise $100 to participate in this fundraiser.

For more information, call 242-1140, email max@habitat-maui.org, or visit www.habitat-maui.org.

* This article contains a correction from the original. The contact phone number in Local Briefs on Sunday on Page C1 about a computer class for senior citizens at Roselani Place in Kahului was incorrect.

The correct number is 871-7720.

The class will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the retirement home. Seniors living outside the facility also may attend.

The Maui News apologizes for the errors.

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Festival in Hana on Saturday

A King Kamehameha Day Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hana Town Center.

This annual fundraiser for Ohana Makamae (Hana’s Family Resource Center) will include local music, food, keiki crafts, vendor booths, a silent auction and more.

For more information, call 248-8538 or visit “http://www.ohanamakamae.org”>www.ohanamakamae.org.


Participants sought for cultural event

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host Ola Ka Honua 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the goal of this free family event is to celebrate and encourage Hawaiian cultural practices and to showcase local efforts to protect the natural environment.

Interested food vendors, musicians, halau hula and cultural practitioners looking to participate should call 249-2798. For more information or to make a donation to the event, email the gardens at info@mnbg.org.


Moonlight Mele concert Saturday

The Maui Historical Society will continue its Moonlight Mele concert series on Saturday with a performance by Grammy-award winning artist George Kahumoku and Friends.

The benefit concert will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Bailey House Museum in historic Wailuku town.

Guests are invited to arrive early to take a private tour of the museum, gift shop and special exhibit presented by the historical society. There will be a beer garden offering a variety of beers and wine as well as a refreshment concession stand.

General admission tickets are $20. Kamaaina tickets are available for $10, and children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Bailey House Museum or at brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, contact info@mauimuseum.org or 244-3326.


Digital SLR class offered Thursday

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center and the D.T. Fleming Arboretum will offer a digital SLR photography class from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the arboretum.

Professional photographer Aubrey Hord will help students become familiar with manual camera settings as the class captures images of Upcountry views and rare native plants growing within the Puu Mahoe cinder cone on Maui’s southern slopes of Ulupalakua.

Students with basic knowledge of their DSLR camera’s navigation will gain a mentored hands-on photo experience, according to a news release.

Tuition is $55 for Hui members or $69 for non-Hui members. The class cost includes a picnic lunch and the arboretum’s donation of a special surprise dessert.

Hord is a fine art, celebrity, portrait and wedding photographer.

Pre-registration and a DSLR camera/lenses are required. Participants will meet at Ulupalakua Ranch Store and caravan to the arboretum at 8 a.m.

For more information and to register, call Hui No’eau at 572-6560 or see huinoeau.com.


Institute to offer free lecture

“Supermassive Black Holes, Hypervelocity Stars, and Planets . . . Oh My” is the title of a free lecture by Idan Ginsburg at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advance Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

The institute is at 34 Ohia Ku St.

For more information, call 573-9500.


Rakugo storytelling event Monday

Japanese theater group Bento Rakugo from Oahu will perform traditional storytelling at the Wailuku Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The free performance is part of the Hawaii State Public Library’s “Fizz, Boom, Read” children’s summer reading program.

Rakugo (“fallen words”) storytelling is one of the most popular forms of Japanese theater. The performer presents a comic story while sitting on a Japanese cushion throughout the entire performance, speaking all of the voices in both the first person and third person, according to a news release. All stories will be spoken in English.

The event schedule is subject to change. Call the library at 243-5766 if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

For more information, visit librarieshawaii.org or on Facebook and Twitter by searching “HSPLSHIgov.”


Celebration of Fathers Saturday

Maui Family Support Services will host its eighth annual Celebration of Fathers from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The free event will be held on the Great Lawn at University of Hawaii Maui College.

There will be live entertainment, including music by teen group Na Wai Eha and Hawaiian singer Ata Damasco, according to an announcement for the event. The day will also feature performances by taiko drummers, a magic show by Holden Mowat, and a routine by the Warrior Elite All Stars Cheerleaders.

Keiki may enjoy jumping castles, a mini “color run” obstacle course and carnival games. Craft and food vendors will also be present.

The event will be emceed by Maui County Council Members Mike Victorino and Don Couch. Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Joe Souki are expected to speak about the role of fathers, the announcement said.

For more information, contact Shannon Carrier by email at shannon@mfss.org or by calling 242-0900, ext. 233.


Book sale to benefit libraries

The Maui Friends of the Library will have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside Whole Foods Market at Maui Mall.

A variety of donated fiction and nonfiction books will be available, according to an announcement. All proceeds will benefit Maui’s public libraries.

Keiki will be able to take home a free children’s book from a designated selection while supplies last.


Puunene mission to hold bon dance

Puunene Nichiren Mission will hold its annual bon dance Saturday night at the church at 9 Ani St. in Kahului.

Food sales will begin at 5:15 p.m. and include mini bentos, chow fun, curry, sushi and manju. Food items are limited. A church service will be at 7 p.m., followed by dancing.

A dance practice will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Additional parking is available behind the church via West Hawaii Street along Puunene Avenue.

The events are open to the public.


Weddings to be discussed on show

“The Maui View” will discuss various topics related to weddings during its one-hour live talk show at 7 p.m. Thursday on Akaku: Maui Community Television Channel 54.

The show titled “It’s Not About the Dress!” will discuss issues facing couples planning to tie the knot as well as every woman’s dream wedding in contrast to practical aspects as the history of weddings celebrated in June going back to the early Roman times, according to a news release.

The talk show, which is aired live on the second Thursday of each month, discusses current events of interest to women and the community at large. The show will reair on June 19 and 26 and July 3.

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

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Sale will benefit girl’s medical costs

There will be a garage sale and a bake sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 1006 Ho’omau St., Wailuku to raise funds for the medical expenses of Taysia-Lee Alexander, a 3-year-old-girl diagnosed with severe sensoneural hearing loss in both ears, according to an announcement. She needs multiple surgeries as well as cochlear implants. After the implants, she will need a lot of rehabilitation, therapy and doctor appointments on Oahu.


Class designed for aging motorists

AARP will present a driver safety class from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center.

This class is open to everyone although it is designed for drivers 50 years and older, according to an announcement.

The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate.

The $14 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members receive $2 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this class.

To register, call West Maui Senior Center at 661-9432. The center is located at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.


Celebration of Fathers at UH-MC

Maui Family Support Services Inc. will host its 8th annual Celebration of Fathers event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

Families are invited to enjoy live entertainment, including hula, taiko drumming, color dash obstacle course, bouncers and prize drawings throughout the day.

The Celebration of Fathers event is part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the importance of fathers in the lives of children, according to a news release.

The event is free to the public.

For more information, call Shannon Carrier at 242-0900 or visit the Maui Family Support Services website at www.mfss.org.


Caregiver workshop coming to Hana

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging will present a free caregiver workshop titled “Daily Challenges of a Caregiver” from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hale Hulu Mamo in Hana.

Kathleen Couch, Program Coordinator, will present on:

* Stages caregivers go through

* Stress and emotions caregivers experience

* Needs of caregivers

* Caregiver survival

* Life after caregiving

This workshop is open to the public; no reservations are needed. Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals, and a light lunch will be provided for attendees.

For more information call 248-8833 or 871-5804.


HGEA retirees announce meeting

The HGEA retirees general membership meeting will be at 10 a.m. June 16 in the Tante’s Restaurant conference room at the Maui Seaside Hotel. The guest speaker will be Mahie Trask, retirees administrator.


Italian recipes theme of potluck

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kaunoa Senior Center.

The potluck dinner theme is “your favorite Italian recipe.” Attendees are asked to bring a dish that serves five or more.

A $1,200 college scholarship was awarded to Maui High School graduating senior Wendy Pias by the Italian American Club of Maui last month. Pias and her parents will be at the potluck meeting.

Kaunoa Senior Center is located at 401 Alakapa Place in Spreckelsville.

The Italian American Club of Maui meets monthly and is open to everyone.

For more information, call 280-8008 or visit www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.


Master goldsmith to speak at meeting

Lambros Magiafas, a new master goldsmith on Maui, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting on Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

At the age of 12, Magiafas found his lifelong passion as a goldsmith, according to an announcement. As an apprentice, he was influenced by timeless designs of his native Greece. In addition to working with traditional materials, his artistic collections include asymmetrical and freeform designs. He will share his background and information about his craft.

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 open for keiki program

Unity Children’s Summer Program for youth 5 to 10 years old is open for registration. The program will be held during the following weeks at Unity Church of Maui, 483 S. High St., Wailuku: June 16-20, June 23- 27, July 7-11 and July 14-18.

Facilitated by Soul Space Maui with Rhonda Felix as the director, the program features The Living Curriculum that honors the inherent wholeness and wisdom within each child, according to a news release.

The program is built on Unity principles, and as Myrtle Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity stated, “Our goal is not to entertain children but to draw them out!”

The children will have art, music, movement, outdoor activities and Bible activities.

For more information, call Rhonda Felix at 205-8302.


Portuguese cultural club will meet

A Maui Portuguese Cultural Club general membership meeting will take place at 1 p.m. June 15 at the Kepaniwai Park Portuguese Heritage Garden house. Those interested in joining are welcomed to attend.

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Tide pool exploration event in Kihei

Pacific Whale Foundation and the Mana Kai Maui Resort will host a moonlight tide pool exploration from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in honor of World Oceans Day.

The event will be held in South Maui and participants can learn about creatures that roam the tide pools at night.

The event is for those ages 6 and older. Cost is $7 per child and $15 per adult.

Refreshments will be provided.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.

Call Pacific Whale Foundation at 249-8811, ext. 1, or book online at www.pacificwhale.org.


Land divisions in old Hawaii topic of talk

Ka’au Abraham of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei will give a presentation on ahupua’a (land divisions) during the 10 a.m. meeting of the South Maui Chapter of AARP on Monday.

The group will meet at in the upper level activities room of the Kalama Heights Retirement Community, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Marv Paularena 264-0300.


Fall prevention subject of workshop

AARP Hawaii is bringing together aging specialists for a free Maui workshop aimed at preventing falls in the home.

“Simple Steps to Fall Prevention, Better Health and a Home for Life” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia.

The event will feature information on:

* The latest research related to preventing falls through vision screening, medication review, strength and balance, and home modification.

* Modifying your home to make it safer and more age friendly.

* Technologies that can be used to promote independence and comfort at home.

To register go to aarp.cvent.com/simplestepsmaui or call toll free (877) 926-8300.

The event coincides with the Hawaii Department of Health’s statewide Senior Fall Prevention Awareness Campaign.


Canoe’s July launch subject of meeting

Kimokeo Kapahulehua, president of Hui o Wa’a Kaulua, and a panel of Maui voyagers will present an update on Maui’s own voyaging canoe, Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani, at the Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce 5:30 p.m. dinner meeting Tuesday at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

Capt. Timi Gilliom, canoe builder Charlie Nolan and Hui o Wa’a directors Jack Breen and Melanie Kehau King will join Kapahulehua to show pictures of completed work and discuss logistics for a July 11 launch ceremony and celebration at Mala Boat Ramp in Lahaina.

The public is invited to attend this launch update. A half-hour of networking will be followed by a buffet dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. The cost is $25. Members receive a discount. Parking is free, and reservations are required.

Call Kai Pelayo at 874-2426 or email kai.pelayo@waldorfastoria.com by Friday.


Taiko Festival coming to MACC on Saturday

Zenshin Daiko’s 15th annual Taiko Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

This year’s featured guests come from Sado Island, Japan: Hanayui, a trio of women who entertain audiences with traditional singing, dancing and taiko playing. Hanayui will be accompanied by odaiko player Yoshikazu Fujimoto.

Tickets are available at the MACC box office, 242-SHOW (7469) or at mauiarts.org. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.


Kiwanis Club of Maui announces meeting

Nelson Okumura, president of VIP Foodservice, will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Carey & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Okumura will share how the company became a major distributor of products and services in Maui County.

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

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


Two students recognized as ‘Bigs’

Kai’a Hill and Ryan Foree are the 2014 Maui School-Based Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year, according to an announcement from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui.

Hill is a recent graduate from Kamehameha Schools Maui and has been matched with her Little Sister, Ayanna, for two years.

Foree has been matched with his Little Brother, Kalema, for two years as well. Also a recent Kamehameha Schools Maui graduate, Foree is heading to college and is interested in pursuing a career in the dental field.

Unlike the traditional community-based mentoring program model where adult “Bigs” take their “Littles” on outings two to three times per month, typically on weekends, “Bigs” and “Littles” in the school-based mentoring program meet one-on-one in a classroom setting once per week.


India trip topic of slide presentation

Rotarian Mary Margaret Baker will narrate a slide show of her recent trip to northern India during the 12:15 p.m. meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on June 11 at Mulligans on the Blue.

Baker’s trip was to promote international Rotary projects with the Rotary Club of South Delhi Metropolitan, according to an announcement. The cost for the meeting is $16, including lunch. The public is welcome to attend.

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Memorial concert to honor late doctor

The 16th annual Jose L. Romero Memorial Concert will be held at 2 p.m. June 8 in the Maui Academy of Performing Art’s Stepping Stone Playhouse at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The concert will feature classical music performances by both students and professional musicians such as Lukela Mahi, Maui Cello Duo, Maui Madrigals, Darius Soo Hoo of Suzuki-Maui, Kisa Uradomo and the Romero family. A recommended donation is $7 for adults and $5 for students at the door and includes a dessert reception following the concert.

Proceeds from the concert will go toward the Jose L. Romero Music Scholarship Fund, which annually makes awards to support orchestral endeavors on Maui. Last year, the fund awarded $7,000 to organizations supporting and developing Maui musicians.

This annual event honors the memory of Romero, a Maui physician and violinist who regularly brought musicians together and was committed to the lifelong study and performance of classical music.


Cat spay/neuter clinic set for Saturday

9th Life Hawaii will hold a cat spay/neuter clinic Saturday. All cats are welcome except noticeably pregnant cats. The suggested donation is $35, but the service is always free if there is a hardship, according to an announcement.

Volunteers pickup cats at designated locations, including West Maui. Cats will be transported to 9th Life Hawaii’s fully equipped clinic. Cats will be returned later the same day to the original pickup point.

To schedule an appointment, call 573-3365 or email info@9thlifehawaii.org.


Writing camp for students starts Monday

College for Kids/College Bound will begin its summer camp experiences with Creative Writing: Ghosts, Werewolves & Zombies on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Laulima Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Students will be instructed in writing basics, including brainstorming, plot, setting, character development, point of view and editing. The camp is for students in grades 4 to 6.

Other classes included that week are storytelling with finger puppets, warrior chess, and art. As part of the College for Kids experience, walking field trips around the campus are included.

The camp cost is $299, plus a $10 materials fee. Partial scholarships are available for all families.

To register and discuss scholarships, call 984-3231.


Literary event at MACC for children

The 17th biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii’s Children will host a free presentation titled “Beyond The Moon: Journeys Imaginary and Real” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Alexa Higashi Meeting Room of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

Author Kathi Appelt, National Book Award finalist for “The Underneath,” and artist Grace Lin, Newberry Honor Book Recipient for “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,” will sign autographs following their presentations.

For more information, call the Children’s Literature Hawaii office at (800) 956-7559.


Obon dance and practice in Lahaina

Lahaina Shingon Mission will host the first obon dance of the season Saturday at 862 Luakini St., Lahaina. A service will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dance at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be obon practice offered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the church grounds.

During the obon dance Saturday, there will be a mini bazaar with a variety of sushi, baked goods, pickled mangoes and vegetables, nishime, trail mix and more. Food concessions will offer chow fun, chili and rice, lau lau plate and Spam musubi. Shave ice with azuki beans and cold drinks will also be sold.

The public is invited to join the service and dance. For more information, call 661-0466.


Suicide prevention workshop starts Monday

Due to increased demand, a free Maui Suicide Prevention Workshop from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the J. Walter Cameron Center has added more space for participants.

This two-day workshop will equip participants to respond knowledgeably and competently to people at risk of suicide, according to an announcement.

Participants learn and practice skills in identifying and responding to people at immediate risk of suicide. To register, call 242-6461.


Student to speak about lupus at meeting

Rowan Mulligan, president of the Seabury Hall Interact Club, will be the speaker 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.

Mulligan will make a presentation about Pledge Lupus and her journey as a high school student affected by lupus.

She and the members of her club have partnered with five other Maui high school Interact Clubs to support Pledge Lupus. They are making presentations at local Rotary clubs and other community events to raise awareness and collect funds on behalf of the Lupus Foundation of America.

After her presentation, a “Happy Dollars” basket will be circulated, and 100 percent of the funds raised will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America. In return for donations, Mulligan will offer awareness pins and bracelets.

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 ongoing for theater camp

Registration is ongoing for the 2014 Theatre Theatre Maui Westside Youth Summer Theatre Camp.

This year the kids will be rehearsing for and performing “Bugsy Malone Jr.” – a madcap musical set in the 1920s.

Registration will continue through the first day of camp, which begins June 9 and runs six weeks (8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) through July 20, with performances of “Bugsy Malone Jr.” on July 18, 19 and 20.

Sponsored in part by the County of Maui, tuition costs are $390 for all six weeks of camp. The camp is open to children entering the 4th grade in the 2014-15 school year, through 18 years of age.

The program director is Kristi Scott, and her creative team consists of Vania Jerome, Derek Nakagawa and Heidi Turner.

Call (808) 214-7443 or 661-1168 for information and registration forms.


Graduation to take place at Wailuku church

The graduation commencement of the Transformation School of Ministries class of 2014 will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wailuku Door of Faith Church.

The commencement is open to the public. The dinner to follow is by reservation at 244-1286.