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Celebration of visual arts at Hui No’eau

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center invites children and families to celebrate the visual arts at the Hui’s 2014 Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. This free event features hands-on art workshops, a scavenger hunt, face painting, snacks and lunch for sale.

In the gallery, the Hui will feature the 2014 Youth Art Exhibition, which showcases works created by children who participated in Hui summer programs.

The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission. The 2014 Youth Art Exhibition is on display in the gallery now until Aug. 7. For more information, visit huinoeau.com.


Health presentation at Cameron Center

Dr. Kenneth Kraska will give a free community presentation titled “The Brain, Behavior and Physical Fitness” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

In addition to being a doctor of podiatric medicine, Kraska has certifications from the International Sport Science Association in senior fitness, youth fitness training and exercise therapy, according to a news release. His past work experience includes clinical rotations at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and director of the Children’s Development Clinic of the Community College of Baltimore County.

No reservation is necessary to attend this event. For more information, call 242-6461 or email info@mhamaui.org.


T. Rex Planet will open 6-day exhibit

T. Rex Planet will open at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center on Friday with a range of activities designed to appeal to and engage all members of the family, according to an announcement.

This event simulates what it would be like to experience the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods first hand.

“Tracey” (a young T. rex) greets guests and can be found walking and playing around the exhibit. The main exhibit features more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors can interact with these creatures, learn about them and even ride a few.

Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit will also be available from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10.

General admission costs $18 (adults and children 3 years and older). There’s a $5 discount on as many as five tickets with a military ID. Children 2 and younger will be admitted for free with a paying adult.

For more information about the attraction, visit trexplanet.com.


Programs for keiki topic of presentation

JD Wyatt, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

He will talk about the programs at BBBS of Maui.

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

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


14 residents become trail guardians

Fourteen residents recently completed training to become Kia’i Ala Hele (trail guardians). These volunteers will hike popular trails in the Summit District to help visitors discover Haleakala.

The training included safety, radio communications, park resources, visitor services and Leave No Trace wilderness education topics. Kia’i Ala Hele is funded by the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of Haleakala National Park.

“This pilot program will help build stronger relationships between the park and local residents, while also educating visitors on the unique resources and importance of Haleakala,” said Chief of Interpretation Polly Angelakis. “If successful, our goal is to offer one or two Kia’i Ala Hele training sessions each year, bringing in even more local residents to volunteer in the park and giving visitors more opportunities to learn about this amazing place.”

Trail guardians commit to six hours per month for a minimum of six months. The next Kia’i Ala Hele training session is planned for late 2014 or early 2015 and will be publicized through the media and the park’s website (www.nps.gov/hale/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm) and Facebook page.


Portrait challenge calls for entries

The Maui deadline for artists to enter the Schaefer Portrait Challenge, a signature exhibit of the Schaefer International Gallery presented by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, is Sept. 20.

Held as a triennial event since 2003, the statewide juried art competition encourages Hawaii’s artists to present the people and stories of Hawaii through explorations in portraiture. Next year’s exhibit marks the fifth round of the exhibition.

Jurors will be Esther Shimazu, Keith Tallett and Sidney Yee. The three will travel around the state to view entries and make their final expert selection of two- and three-dimensional work.

For an application and more information, visit mauiarts.org.

Selected works will be on exhibit at the gallery Jan. 13 to March 22.

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Event will benefit STEM education

The annual Maui Economic Development Board Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction will take place Aug. 23 at the Grand Wailea Resort. A reception and silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner, a program and a live auction at 6:30 p.m.

This annual event raises funds for science, technology, engineering and math programs in the community, according to a news release. Guests will bid on prizes at auctions, compete in a lively “Are You Smarter Than a STEM 5th Grader?” game, and mingle with distinguished educators; Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and his wife, Lyndelle; and Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann; as well as friends and neighbors. This year’s winner of the Sen. Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award, which honors the legacy of the late U.S. senator, will also be announced.

Event tickets are $175 per person. For reservations and information, contact Maui Economic Development Board at 875-2300 or visit www.medb.org. Sponsorships are also available.


Moonlight Mele at the Bailey House

The Maui Historical Society will present its Moonlight Mele benefit concert series featuring George Kahumoku Jr. and performers from the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Hawaiian Institute of Music, under the direction of Keola Donaghy, from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Bailey House Museum.

All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Maui Historical Society and the Bailey House Museum and their efforts to collect, preserve, protect and share Maui’s history and heritage, according to an announcement.

General admission is $20. Tickets for MHS members/kamaaina are $10 and free for children 12 and younger. Admission includes the cost of touring the museum. There will be arts and crafts vendors, concessions and refreshments, and a beer and wine garden. For more information, call 244-3326 or visit mauimuseum.org.


Blood drive set at Cameron Center

The Blood Bank of Hawaii has scheduled a blood donation drive on Maui Aug. 19 through 22 at the Cameron Center, 94 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. To schedule an appointment, call 848-4770.

Blood drive days and hours are:

* Aug. 19 -10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Aug. 20 – 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

* Aug. 21 – 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* Aug. 22 – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Kite Festival will take flight

A Kite Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at North Beach (Airport Beach/Keka’a) in Kaanapali. It is being presented by the Hawaii Kitefliers Association. Kite master Robert Loera will be one of the participants. In addition to kites, there will be a “Kendama Riot” and other windless activities, according to an announcement.

The festival site can be found by turning at the Honua Kai Resort intersection and looking for the signs and kites, Loera said.

Event organizers include Maui Toy Works, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Wo Hing Museum & Society liaison Busaba Yip Douglas, and artist Semoia Lin.

Leading up to the kite festival on Saturday, there will be several activities at Lahaina Cannery Mall. Yip Douglas and Loera will be on hand to talk about ancient kite history at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Loera will also be at the mall from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday to give a kite-flying demonstration.


Meeting for new high school parents

King Kekaulike High School invites parents and guardians of incoming freshmen or new students to a parent night at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s student dining room. Attendees are asked to use the Haleakala Highway entrance. Topics that will be discussed include freshmen orientation day, graduation requirements and student expectations.

For more information, call the school office at 573-8710 or email askk@kkhs.k12.hi.us.


Kuini to perform at Bailey House

The Bailey House Museum and H.I. Mele Entertainment will present Hoaka Concerts with the musical trio Kuini at the Bailey House Museum on Friday. The group consists of Hawaiian musicians Iwalani Hoomanawanuiikanaauao Apo, Kapulanakehau Tamure and Keli Gobbles Viernes. Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the concert will begin at 6 p.m. VIP seating is $20, general admission is $10. There will be a beer and wine garden, an ‘awa bar, and food by Mala’ai. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Ticket outlets are Native Intelligence and Bailey House Museum, or online at brownpapertickets.com.

Visit the museum at www.mauimuseum.org or call 244-3326 for more information.


Kidney Foundation to participate in fair

The national Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will participate in a “Maui Primetime Wellness Fair” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Maui Lani. Over 30 health and wellness organizations will participate, according to an announcement. The event is free and the public is welcome.


School office open for business today

Beginning today, parents and guardians of Makawao Elementary School students may stop by the school office to purchase school T-shirts, deposit lunch money into their child’s account, and apply for bus transportation and the A-Plus program.


Clinical director to speak at meeting

Christina Andersson, a clinical director of youth services, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Maui on Thursday in the Class Act Dining Room at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Andersson supervises the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient program and the Ke Ala Pono School Based Substance Abuse Program.

She graduated from Argosy University in 2006 with her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is licensed in Hawaii.

Rotary Club of Maui meetings are open to the public. The three-course luncheon and meeting is $20 per person. For more information, email president@rotaryclubofmaui.org.


Contest focuses on marine life

Ocean enthusiasts and photography hobbyists are invited to enter Maui Ocean Center’s fourth annual “I Love Marine Life” photo contest for the chance to win a year membership to Maui Ocean Center and a photo eco tour with Photo Safari Hawaii.

The photo contest is open to everyone.

The deadline to submit an entry is 5 p.m. Aug. 1; winners will be announced the week of Aug. 6 and be displayed at the aquarium through the end of the month.

Maui Ocean Center encourages all participants to respect the marine environment and its inhabitants by keeping a safe distance from green sea turtles and other marine animals, to avoid stepping on coral, and to refrain from chasing or harassing animals while photographing them.

For an application, visit mauioceancenter.com.


Rummage sale at Wailuku church

Good Shepherd Women in Ministry will have a Red Tag Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Church – Parish Hall, 2140 Main St., Wailuku.

Clothing, housewares, books, toys and plants are some of the items that will be available for purchase. Proceeds will help with outreach ministries of the church, according to an announcement.


Kids’ Clothing Exchange in Haiku

A Kids’ Clothing Exchange and Kids’ Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the field house behind Haiku Elementary School, 105 Pauwela Road in Haiku.

This is a moneyless consignment, according to an announcement. Participants may bring kids’ clothes that they no longer need and trade them for bigger sizes. There will also be a free Kids’ Fair with a bounce house, games, BBQ and shave ice.

The event is hosted by North Shore Church. For more information, contact Kirk Friesen at 446-6371 or kirk@northshorechurchmaui.com.


Crafters sought for Kula Festival

St. John’s Episcopal Church is seeking crafters and vendors for its annual Kula Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 in Keokea.

The event will include live entertainment, food and drink, baked goods, plants, produce, a silent auction and children’s games.

The proceeds from the festival are shared with different local charities each year. This year’s beneficiaries are A Cup of Cold Water, which is an outreach to Maui’s homeless, and Hope Lodge, which is a project of the American Cancer Society to provide free housing for Neighbor Island residents who have to go to Honolulu for treatment.

To reserve a space or get information, call 878-6531 or 280-5315. The office at St. John’s can be reached at 878-1485.

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Kula AARP will meet on Monday

Kula Hospital’s thrift store, and volunteer opportunities at the hospital, are on the agenda of the regular meeting of the Kula AARP Chapter on Monday at the Kula Community Center.

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

Lani Kukaua of Kula Kali Iki o Kula Auxiliary will be the featured speaker.

Kula Kali Iki o Kula Auxiliary runs the thrift store, Kala Iki, on the grounds of the Kula Hospital, and recruits volunteers to work in the hospital.

The meeting is open to the public. Members and guests are encouraged to bring food for the Maui Food Bank.

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


Cerebral Cafe to present program

The Cerebral Cafe will present “Strangers from Paradise: The Micronesians” by professor Willis Moore from 9:30 am to 1 p.m. Tuesday in The Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Since the 1990s, an estimated 30,000 Micronesians have moved to Hawaii under the terms of three Compacts of Free Association, which exist between the U.S. and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau, according to a news release.

The program will include time for questions, comments and sharing.

A three-course lunch is included in the $20 fee. Advance registration can be made online at cerebralcafe55@aol.com.


Health care a topic at presentation

Stacy Rosati-Casco, from the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, will speak about advanced health care directives and power of attorney at the 6 p.m. meeting of the Italian American Social Club of South Maui on Tuesday at St. Theresa’s Hall in Kihei.

Joining Rosati-Casco will be Shawn Moreland and Christie Keliikoa from the Maui County Office on Aging. They will speak about outreach services for senior citizens and Kupuna Care. This session is geared for people 50 and older who want to find out about senior services provided by the state and county.

The evening will begin with a potluck supper.

The public is invited to attend this free event. For more information, contact Don Tedesco at dstedesco@gmail.com.


Combating invasive plants topic of talk

Chuck Chimera will present “Invasive Plants: Hawaii’s Growing Problem & What We Can Do About It” at the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals in the Community Services Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Chimera is a weed risk assessment specialist with the University of Hawaii-Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. He has worked in conservation in Hawaii for 20 years, mostly with U.S. Geological Survey’s Biological Resources Division and the National Park Service at Haleakala. He received his master’s degree in botany from the University of Hawaii.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 268-6927 or visit our www.malp.org.


Marine debris subject of forum

A free presentation on Japan’s tsunami and marine debris hitchhikers will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center located on the lower level of the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops.

Sonia Gorgula of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources will deliver the presentation on the protocol for responding to Japan’s tsunami marine debris based on data collected from Hawaii. The talk will include aquatic invasive species risks and surveys planned by the department for the summer.

The public event is part of PWF’s “Making Waves” lecture series.

For more information, contact Pacific Whale Foundation’s Conservation Department at 856-8304 or visit www.pacificwhale.org/content/making-waves-lecture-series-2#.


‘Adoptathon’ at PETCO to continue

Ninth Life Hawaii held an “Adoptathon” at PETCO in Kahului on July 12. Three cats were adopted at this shared event with Hawaii Animal Rescue Organization, which found a new home for one dog.

Ninth Life Hawaii Adoption Counselors Cynthia Bocoboc and Cynthia Lippert were on hand to facilitate the application process. Other volunteers included Carol Robertson, Dawn Matney, Deb Parcher, Jeanne Rabold, Linda Griffith, Leolani Abdul, Mia Watson and Nenita Riley.

Ninth Life Hawaii plans to be at PETCO every Saturday with more “Adorable Adoptables.” The organization will facilitate travel arrangements for tourists who want to bring a cat home with them, according to an announcement.

Ninth Life Hawaii will present a spay/neuter clinic on Saturday. The organization will transport cats to the surgery clinic. A $35 donation is suggested, but the service is free in cases of hardship. Call 573-3365 to register.


Tracking sharks subject of talk

The Maui Ocean Center’s complimentary Sea Talk Series continues from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with a presentation on shark behavior by researcher Carl Meyer. Meyer is the assistant researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.

Meyer’s presentation, “Shark Tech: Tracking the Hidden Hunters of the Deep,” will focus on how researchers are using electronic devices to learn about the biology and behavior of sharks in Hawaii. The shark data collected are available for public viewing at www.pacioos.org.

The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session in which Meyer will be joined by John Gorman, head curator for Maui Ocean Center, and Kahu Dane Maxwell, Maui Ocean Center’s Hawaiian cultural adviser.

Sea Talks are held at Maui Ocean Center in the Open Ocean exhibit.

Admission is complimentary with entry through the aquarium’s front gate from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Seating is limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.


Rummage sale at St. Ann Church

St. Ann Church in Waihee will present its annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Food items for sale will include steak plates, baked goods, a farmers’ market kim chee, St. Ann Onolicious Sweet Bread, pancit, vegetable and banana lumpia. Items for sale will also include a selection of clothes, household goods, books, shoes and toys.

For more information, call 269-4946.

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Diabetes support group meets today

Maui Memorial Medical Center will host the Diabetes Education Support Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Marion Hanlon room of the hospital’s Kahului Tower. The topic for this month will be Life with Diabetes with Marny Moriyasu, certified diabetes educator. She will offer tips on living with diabetes.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Moriyasu at 442-5773.


Hana event to benefit dialysis patients

The nonprofit Hui Laulima O Hana will hold its sixth annual Hale Pomaika’i Hana Community Dialysis Home Kokua Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the Hana Dialysis Home. Admission is free and the public is invited.

There will be local entertainment, food, arts and crafts booths, clowns, shave ice, a silent auction, drawings, a baked goods sale, and a special tour of the nation’s first-of-its-kind communal dialysis home, according to an announcement.

All proceeds will benefit patients on dialysis. For more information, call Lehua Cosma at 269-5343.


Keiki Story Time at Whole Foods Market

Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time at Whole Foods Market in Kahului at 2 p.m. Sunday in the deli area.

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. The story time will feature readings from popular children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods Market for the keiki.

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


Club helps families tackle sanitation

Maui’s Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea recently partnered with Rotary Club of Calgary to provide financial help with water, sanitation hygiene and community development projects in Cambodia.

“To date, 977 latrines have been installed in rural villages,” said Walter Haessel, a winter member of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea. “Rotarians, you can be truly proud of the work you are helping do in Cambodia.”

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea’s grant writer is Mark Harbison.


Vintage vehicles sought for Oct. 2 parade

The Maui County Veterans Council is seeking nonmodified civilian and military vehicles for the Maui Fair Parade on Oct. 2.

The council sponsors a military contingent in the parade. It includes ROTC students, veteran associations and active military groups. A number of veterans are unable to walk the parade route, and the council would like them to be able to ride the route in vehicles produced before World War II.

For more information, contact Doug Scherer at 205-4654 or dougonmaui2007@gmail.com. He’ll be providing his 1931 Ford Model A.


Student elected to two honor societies

Josie Gomez of Lahaina was elected to two honor societies in June at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. – Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Gomez, a 2010 graduate of Lahainaluna High School, is majoring in music. She is the daughter of Barbara Newton and Robert Gomez of Lahaina.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honorary society in America and awards membership to seniors who have demonstrated superior scholarship, a news release said. Pi Kappa Lambda recognizes students with exceptional musical and scholastic achievements.


BRIDGES program begins July 23

Building Recovery of Individual Dreams & Goals through Education & Support weekly classes for adults who have a diagnosis of mental illness will begin July 23 in Wailuku.

This free self-help program, also known as BRIDGES, will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for 10 weeks in room 206 of the Wailuku Business Plaza, 2065 Main St. It is funded by a grant from Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.

For more information or to register, call Mental Health America of Hawaii at 242-6461.

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Massage therapists lend their hands

Massage therapists will lend their hands to Lahaina military service veterans and seniors in celebrating EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St.

The event is sponsored by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the nation’s largest massage membership association, and the Maui Academy of Healing Arts, a massage therapy school based in Kihei, according to a news release.

The volunteer massage therapists professionals join ABMP volunteers nationwide in an educational public service designed to promote the many benefits of massage therapy.

The Maui Academy of Healing Arts has been organizing senior clinics since 1988. For more information, visit massageschoolmaui.com.


Flatbread sales to benefit Hale Makua

The Flatbread Co. in Paia will donate a portion of its flatbread sales to Hale Makua Health Services during dinner service Tuesday.

Hale Makua Health Services will have an information table at the event and will be giving away door prizes all evening.

The Flatbread Co. is at 89 Hana Highway.


Rotary club sets pau hana event

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 breakfast meeting. All interested business professionals and their families are invited to attend.

“This is a great opportunity to network and get to know Rotary members in an informal and relaxed setting. We look forward to meeting new business leaders and their families and sharing networking opportunities,” said Joanne Doell, club president.

Those attending are asked to bring a pupu to share and their own beach chair and beverages.

For more information call Secretary Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.


Rotary Club of Wailuku to meet

Michelle “Shelly” Blackburn, acting chief executive officer of Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, will speak about the centers’ current status, projects and programs during a 6:30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Wailuku on Thursday at Vineyard Food Co., 1951 E. Vineyard St.

The program and breakfast cost $15. The public is invited to attend.


Author will sign new picture book

Author Stacy Nyikos will be at the Maui Ocean Center for the launch of her newest picture book, “Toby,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday. She will sign copies and meet with patrons.

The story of a sea turtle’s adventures from egg to the ocean was inspired by the author’s interaction with rescued turtles.

“I couldn’t get enough of them,” said Nyikos. “They are so brave and curious and silly and pouty and rascally and a million other things. I had so much fun meeting and writing about them.”

This is Nyikos’ fifth underwater adventure book. “Toby” is illustrated by Shawn Sisneros. The 32-page hardcover book retails for $15.95.


Interns visit Haleakala Ranch

Twelve Maui High School students selected for the Pohai Maile Internship Program at Haleakala National Park spent June 18 learning how to battle invasive species as part of a comprehensive land management program.

Scott Meidell, vice president and general manager for Haleakala Ranch Co., guided the students and their adult chaperon on a hike through its lands below the national park.

Students learned about the ranch’s comprehensive approach to invasive species management that includes chemical, mechanical and grazing strategies to manage harmful weeds like gorse and fireweed. They also heard about the cooperative relationship between the national park and the ranch to curb damage to native ecosystems caused be feral pigs, goats and deer by fencing and other management strategies.

Pohai Maile is a three-week internship program for high school students to learn about the National Park System, its efforts to protect natural and historical resources, and potential careers.

For more information, see www.haleakalaranch.com.


Scholarship program topic at meeting

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea Scholarship Education Program will be the topic of discussion at the 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. meeting of the club on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. The cost for the meeting is $16, which includes lunch. The public is welcome to attend.


Author to read books at library

As part of the Summer Reading Program at the Lahaina Public Library, author Nansy Phleger will be reading children’s books she wrote and illustrated while living in Tasmania, Australia.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Phleger will read “Sheila the Curious Sheep Saves the Day.” Attendees will see and hear what happens when Sheila grows up and a terrible event threatens all her animal friends.

At 10:30 a.m. July 26, Phleger will read “Li Chou & the Dragon’s Promise.” Li Chou is a little boy who lives with his mother and grandfather in a village facing hardship due to heavy snows and threats of a monster living in the forest where they gather firewood. Li Chou faces the forest’s dangers, confronts and makes friends with the monster, and with his help finds a solution to save the village from starvation.


Girl Scouts donate to Hale Makua

Girl Scout Daisies Troop 770 presented Hale Makua Kahului resident Vilma Sanchez, a former Girl Scout, with a donation of $200 for Hale Makua Health Services on June 17. The troop, consisting of members Mikaela Benavides, Natasha Esclito, Johnneece Mahie Miyagawa, Moniz-Kekumu, Pohai Roback, Adison-Rae Sako and Manaia Ulu, decided to give a portion of the funds raised from their Girl Scout cookie sales.

“We are honored to have been selected by Girl Scout Troop 770 as the recipient of their hard work and efforts,” said Joyce Tamori, Hale Makua Health Services chief financial officer.

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Scam awareness topic of presentation

The South Maui Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the Upper Level Activities Room at Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road, Kihei.

Guests from the Senior Medicare Patrol will present a short series of skits illustrating the dangers of scams. There will be a short question-and-answer period following the skits.

For more information, call Marv Paularena at 264-0300.


Italian American Club of Maui plans picnic

The Italian American Club of Maui will host its 20th annual potluck picnic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Villa Vitale, 45 Welina Place, Makawao (in the Kula 200 neighborhood).

Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share that serves five or more people. There will be a competitive meatball cook-off, a dessert cook-off and a bocce ball contest with prizes.

The club will provide soda, water, tea and juice. Guests are invited to bring their own beer or wine.

There is a large swimming pool; towels and swimsuits are necessary.

The IACM is a Italian heritage club, but people from any culture are invited to join or attend meetings. The picnic event is a family affair with children, grandchildren and friends, and potential members are welcome.

For more information, call 280-8008. To learn more about the club, visit www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.


Rummage sale in Kula on Saturday

Kula Shofukuji Mission will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 113 Puanani Place, 100 yards after Crater Road on Kekaulike Highway.

Umbrellas will be set up at the entrance. Rummage items will include clothing and dishes.


Show teasers set for ‘Bugsy Malone Jr.’

With its 2014 summer musical, “Bugsy Malone Jr.” underway, Theatre Theatre Maui’s Westside Summer Youth Theatre Camp will perform show teasers at 7 p.m. Friday in Campbell Park during Lahaina Second Friday festivities, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lahaina Cannery Mall, and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble in the Lahaina Gateway shopping center.

The campers will perform a selection of songs from “Bugsy Malone Jr.,” led by Kristi Scott and her creative team of Vania Jerome, Derek Nakagawa and Heidi Turner.

Theatre Theatre Maui is also participating in a book fair with Barnes & Noble through Saturday. Purchases made using ID number 11396389 will help support Theatre Theatre Maui.

This book fair event is to support Theatre Theatre Maui and its mission to provide low-cost and no-cost performance-based theater arts training and experience for the youth of West Maui, according to an announcement.

For more information, call Angie Thompson at 661-1168 or 214-7443.


Food innovation courses offered online

The food industry workforce development and training series offered by the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Office of Continuing Education, Food Industry Fundamentals, is being offered in an online, on-demand format to accommodate more participants.

Online registration discounts are available. Visit edventuremaui.com/maui-food-innovation-center to register and for specific details on course offerings. People may also call EdVenture at 984-3231 to register. Each course is $39.

Certificates of participation will be provided upon completion of each course.


UH-MC students receive scholarships

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association awarded $6,000 in scholarships to six University of Hawaii Maui College students from proceeds of the annual Excellence in Education Golf Tournament held in August. The students each received a $1,000 scholarship. Students were recognized as outstanding achievers by their department coordinators.

Recipients from the UH-Maui College Business and Hospitality Department are Jason Amby, Rhea Salvador and Shermila Sioson.

Recipients from the UH-Maui College Culinary Academy are Melissa Haake, Josefina Sanchez and Koa Taylor.

The six were honored at the Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards gala April 13 at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.


McDonald’s awards scholarships

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii has awarded $2,500 scholarships to nine top student employees in support of their journey toward a college degree. The high school seniors were honored at a May 17 luncheon.

Maui students selected for this year’s scholarship program are: Honey Angel Agcanas – McDonald’s of Dairy Road; Jhaiza Sagario – McDonald’s of Kahului; Jill Christine Blanca – McDonald’s of Kaahumanu; and Norlyn Ranchez – McDonald’s of Kahului.


Child center earns accreditation

Christ the King Child Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals, according to a news release.

To earn the accreditation, Christ the King Child Development Center went through a self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs, the release said.

Local Briefs

Two speakers to address Rotarians

Karl Bossert and Sam Millington of Anaergia Services will speak at the 12:15 p.m. meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Anaergia Services is responsible for developing and implementing the Maui Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy Project.

The cost for the program is $16, including lunch. The public is welcome to attend.


Beginning beekeeping training offered

The University of Hawaii Maui College Edventure will host a “Beeginning Beekeeping” training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Cooperative Extension training room on campus.

The training will introduce the biology and habits of bees, with an opportunity to look right into the hive.

Danielle Downey, the apiculture specialist for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, will instruct the curious and the beginner.

To register, call 984-3231 or visit edventuremaui.com. If this is a first-time registration this year, use code MAUSUM2014 to receive a 10 percent discount when registering online.

For more information, email mvstephe@hawaii.edu.


Songs to mark end of library program

Peter and Melinda Wing will help Kahului Public Library mark the end of the Summer Reading Program with their own blend of songs and silliness at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to an announcement.


Computer class to teach photo program

“Learn How to Use Picasa,” a free computer class, will be offered at the Makawao Public Library from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Adult Reading Section.

Al Bayless, an Internet computer class instructor at Maui public libraries and the Kaunoa Senior Center, will discuss how to edit and organize digital photos by using Picasa, a free photo organizing and editing program from Google. Learn how to email photos, send photos to Facebook and email photos to stores for printing.

Participants with laptops are encouraged to visit picasa.google.com and download the Picasa program to their computers prior to coming to class.

A valid Hawaii State Public Library System card is required to connect to the library’s wireless Internet. Participants should arrive at 5:45 p.m. to set up their computer and wireless connections. This computer class is suitable for ages 12 and older.

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

Makawao Public Library is at 1159 Makawao Ave.

For more information, call the library at 573-8785.


Program allows children to read to dogs

“Paws for Reading,” a free program for keiki in grades 1 through 5, will be offered at the Wailuku Public Library on four Tuesdays in July.

The programs will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and July 15, 22 and 29 in the Literacy Room.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, a nonprofit organization that provides people with physical disabilities specially trained dogs to assist them in living more independent lives, will present the program. Reading to a therapy dog can help build a keiki’s reading confidence and strengthen literacy skills, and is fun, according to a news release.

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

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

Wailuku Public Library is at 251 High St.

For more information or to sign up for a reading session, call the library at 243-5766.


Akaku production specialist to speak

Luke Livaudais, the executive director of Holomua Life Learning, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Fulton has worked at Akaku since 2010. She will share information about her background and about Maui’s only community television network.

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

For more information, call Secretary Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or visit the club’s website at www.kiheirotary.org.


Funds to support conservation districts

Monsanto Hawaii recently donated $6,000 to benefit soil and water conservation districts on Oahu and Maui, where farmers live. A $5,000 grant will go to support the West Oahu district and $1,000 for Central Maui.

Organized in 1954, the Hawaii Association of Conversation Districts serves as the state’s instrument and voice for the conservation movement in Hawaii, according to a news release.

Currently, there are 16 soil and water conservation districts statewide. These districts were organized for the protection and conversation of soil and water resources in the interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of people in the region.

Monsanto Hawaii’s funding will go toward general conversation efforts, including conservation awareness programs and hiring of conservation specialists to assist with implementation; as well as conservation planning efforts to assist farmers, ranchers and landowners within the districts.

Local Briefs

Lahaina mission plans obon festival

Lahaina Jodo Mission will celebrate its annual obon festival on Friday and Saturday. The service on both evenings commences at 6:30. On Friday, there will be no bon dance.

On Saturday, the floating lantern procession from the temple around the Great Buddha to the beachfront begins immediately after the service. The floating lantern ceremony (toro nagashi) celebrates the memory of all departed loved ones.

Maui Taiko will perform a short presentation before the bon dance and will also accompany the bon dance music. Members of Fukushima Taiko Union from Fukushima prefecture will also be drumming traditional Fukushima bon dance songs.

Food concessions open to the general public at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Festival Chairpersons Donald Fujii and Edwin Sera invite the community to this celebration.

For more information, call 661-4304.


Tide pool study to happen at night

A moonlight tide pool exploration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and July 21.

Participants may learn about the creatures that roam South Maui’s tide pools at night.

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

Refreshments provided. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight and gather on the beach in front of the Mana Kai Maui Resort.

The event is co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort and the Pacific Whale Foundation.

To make a reservation, call 249-8811, ext. 1, or book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10 percent.


Paul Gammie will speak at meeting

Paul Gammie, chief executive officer of Gammie HomeCare, will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Eddie & Carey’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Gammie will talk about future plans for Gammie HomeCare.

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

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


Psychic abilities topic of presentation

Helen Kritzler will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon meeting July 10 in the Class Act Dining Room at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Also known as Haiku Helen, Kritzler is a psychic palmist, cybernet networker and acting improviser, according to a news release.

In her talk, she will address the scientific connections with psychic abilities.

The luncheon and meeting is $20 per person. The public is invited.

For more information, contact president@rotaryclubofmaui.org.


Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up

More than 30 participants volunteered on a Habitat for Humanity Maui construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-11.

Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.

The volunteers worked to measure, cut, assemble and install wooden door frames in Habitat’s Kahawai Street affordable housing project in Happy Valley.

They were supported by Aloha Mixed Plate and Whole Foods, which donated lunches for the group.

Lowe’s donated a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat Maui.


MHS class of ’84 announces reunion

The Maui High School Class of 1984 will hold a 30th class reunion Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Las Vegas. Activities will take place in the California Hotel’s Maile Room and the Main Street Station’s Social Club.

The cost for these events is $100 per person.

Email mauihs84@gmail.com to receive detailed information.


Keiki Hula Festival returning to Lahaina

The Lahaina Cannery Mall will host its 16th annual Keiki Hula Festival on July 19 and 20. The program will begin at 11 a.m. each day, with the last performance at 3:30 p.m.

This free, two-day event will feature halau from across the island presenting kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula.

The weekend celebration also features Hawaiian artisans and crafters demonstrating lei making, weaving, woodcarving and other traditional skills.


Free shave ice for food donation

Jessica Griffiths of Maui Girlz shave ice will provide a free shave ice to individuals who donate a canned food item during a collection for the Maui Food Bank at Safeway Maui Lani from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.


Donations sought for rummage sale

St. Ann Church in Waihee is seeking donations of household items, clothes, books, shoes, toys and sellable items until July 26 for its annual rummage sale.

The rummage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at the church. There will also be steak plates, baked goods, a farmers market, kimchee and the church’s sweet bread, vegetable and banana lumpia, and pancit.

For more information and to make a donation, call the church office at 244-3284.


Gabbard presents award to student

Christopher Kim of Maui was a runner-up in the inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition – “The House STEM App Challenge” – for the innovative phone and tablet applications he created to participate in the districtwide competition. The challenge included submissions from across the state, according to a June 6 news release from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s office.

“Hawaii students like Christopher Kim are equipping themselves with the skills and knowledge to be future leaders that will solve the challenges of tomorrow,” said Gabbard.