Local Briefs

Hospice care topic of AAUW meeting

End-of-life decisions, advance-care planning and hospice care will be discussed at the American Association of University Women’s meeting Saturday at Moose McGillycuddy’s, 2511 S. Kihei Road.

Guest speakers are Dr. Nancy Long, the medical director at Hospice Maui, who is board-certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine; and Robin Garrison, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse.

The AAUW business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the speakers at 11 and lunch at noon. Members may bring silent auction items or wrapped mystery gifts.

Visitors are welcome.

There will be a $3 charge for members and $5 for guests.

For reservations and selection of entree, contact Cathy Thompson at cathyt808@gmail.com or 268-1232.

For information about AAUW, contact co-Presidents Martha Dean at mdean5@hawaii.rr.com or Janet Walker at bjpwalker@comcast.net.


Benefit concert today in Haiku

Singer and songwriter Valerie Hummingbird will give a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. today at The Temple of Peace at 575 Haiku Road.

Hummingbird will perform with Paul Marchetti, Carl Rozyski and Barry Feld.

The suggested donation is $15.

All profits from the concert will go to Four Elements Earth Education, a nonprofit organization, according to a news release. Organization founder Ricky Berry learned ancient arts of wilderness survival as a child from an Apache elder, Stalking Wolf. Berry now teaches survival skills and a pure connection to the Earth (see 4eee.org).


Master Gardener applicants sought

The University of Hawaii Extension is accepting applications for its 2017 Maui Master Gardener program through Dec. 2.

The program has classes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from January through May.

Cost is $175 per person, which includes the training manual and all class resources. It involves gardening in Hawaii, organic practices, pest control, tropical landscaping and more from professors and experts in the field and hands-on experience.

For more information and an application, contact Cynthia Nazario-Leary at 244-3242, ext. 229 or cnazario@hawaii.edu.


Maui premiere for surf film Saturday

Maui resident Ian Walsh’s new film, “Distance Between Dreams,” will have its Maui premiere at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and show times are 6 and 8 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12.

As massive El Nino-powered swells build across the Pacific Ocean, Walsh and his  brothers band together on a quest to take surfing to unimaginable heights, according to the film synopsis.


New exhibit opens at memorial center

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s exhibit “MIS: America’s Secret Weapon — Japanese Americans in the Military in WWII “ is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday through Jan. 31.

Thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry waged war against their parents’ homeland in World War II as members of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service, using their knowledge of the enemy’s language and culture to give America an edge that shortened the war and saved lives. Their feats were classified for years.

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is located on Go For Broke Place in Kahului. To learn more, visit www.nvmc.org.


Group to perform Okinawan dance

Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone and her performing arts group will share traditional and classical Okinawan folk music and dances at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kahului Public Library.

Attendees will have an opportunity to dance with the performers.

This free 45-minute program is suitable for all ages.


Ocean acidification will be discussed

A scientist from Australia will discuss the impact of global ocean acidification on the past, current and future ocean during a Sea Talks Series event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Maui Ocean Center.

Will Howard, head of science at the Office of Chief Scientist in Canberra, will also discuss how the continued monitoring of global ocean acidification is vital for policymakers, the public and scientific communities.

Ocean acidification is an emerging threat to the marine environment arising from ocean absorption of carbon dioxide from industrial emissions, according to a news release.

Doors open after 5:30 p.m. The talk is open to the public. For reservations, call 270-7075.


Fourth Friday to kickoff holidays

“The Big Holiday Kickoff” is the theme of Kihei’s Fourth Friday Town Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Azeka Shopping Center Mauka.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance. Unwrapped gifts for less-fortunate children and adults will be accepted.

There will be entertainment, food booths and trucks along with arts and crafts booths.

Donations will be accepted for the Maui Food Bank. Drop off nonperishable food donation at the tent next to the main stage or at the volunteer tent in front of Java Cafe.

Parking is available at Azeka Makai, Kihei Plaza and St. Theresa Church.

For more information, see www.kiheifridays.com or www.facebook.com/kiheifridays.


Kula AARP meeting planned for Monday

The Kula AARP Chapter will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Kula Community Center.

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

The speaker will be Jerry Dela Cruz, associate partner/marketing director with Allan H. Makata & Associates.

The meeting is open to the public.

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


UH programs to be discussed

Bachelor’s and master’s degree opportunities available on Maui will be discussed during a presentation hosted by the University of Hawaii Center Maui at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Laulima Building Room 214.

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

Degree and certificate programs are available in business, education, information and library science, nursing, social sciences, health care administration, accounting, justice administration and interdisciplinary studies.

For more information, contact the University Center Maui at 984-3525 or uctrmaui@hawaii.edu.


Maui’s rare birds subject of talk

Laura Berthold, who is with the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Makawao Public Library.

She will speak about Maui’s rare native forest birds, their habitat and the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project’s initiatives to help them.


Return of whales to be celebrated

The Pacific Whale Foundation will hold a “Welcome Home the Whales” event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to kick off the whale-watching season.

An open house will be held at the foundation’s store and headquarters at the Maalaea Harbor Shops. There will be live music and informational tables, along with tours of PWF’s research offices and Discovery Classrooms.

PWF will also offer whale-watching tours from Lahaina and Maalaea harbors.

For more information on the event or tour reservations, call 249-8811, ext. 1.


Artists’ holiday sale Saturday in Kihei

The Stevens Ohana will host the 12th annual Artists’ Holiday Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 214 Mahie Place in Kihei.

Sale items will include paintings, pottery and jewelry. Parking will be available along Kilohana Drive at the garden gate entrance.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Curt Stevens at 205-2878.


Junior lifeguard classes offered

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Division is offering junior lifeguard classes for students ages 11 to 13 during the winter holiday break, Dec. 26-Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The free program will be offered at two locations and includes training in lifesaving water skills, first aid and CPR.

Participants must register in person with a parent or guardian, and must be able to complete a 100-yard swim nonstop within three minutes.

Registration is available at two pools:

• Upcountry Pool (Pukalani) — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. Phone 572-1479.

• Shiraishi Pool (Kahului) — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. Phone 270-7410.

This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/aquatics.


Benefit for birds at brewing company

Maui Brewing Co. in Kahana will host a benefit night for the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Half of the pub’s profits from house beer sales will go toward protecting native birds.

The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is dedicated to the conservation and research of rare and endangered bird species on Maui.

Maui Brewing Co. is located at 4405 Honoapiilani Highway in the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center. For more information, visit www.mauiforestbirds.org.


Applications for preschool available

The Kamehameha Schools preschool and Pauahi Keiki Scholars scholarship applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available.

Preschool applications can be found at www.ksbe.edu/preschool. Applications are due Jan. 31.

The Pauahi Keiki Scholars is a need-based scholarship for eligible keiki attending approved, non-Kamehameha Schools preschools in Hawaii. Children are eligible for up to three years of funds, but must reapply each year.

Go to www.ksbe.edu/preschool for a complete list of approved PKS preschools. The application deadline for Pauahi Keiki Scholars is Feb. 17.


Bookstores seek holiday help

Maui Friends of the Library bookstores are seeking volunteers to handle increased crowds during the holidays, and its Queen Ka’ahumanu Center store is extending some of its hours.

Volunteers work three- to four-hour shifts handling the cash register, stocking shelves and helping customers, according to a news release.

The Queen Ka’ahumanu Center store is extending its hours for Friday — it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 10 to Dec. 23, the Ka’ahumanu store will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It will be open its normal times Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a spokesperson said.

The Ka’ahumanu store features dozens of new Hawaiiana books as well as thousands of used books.

Residents and visitors can volunteer by calling the store managers at three of the Maui Friends of the Library bookstores: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, 877-2509; Wharf Cinema Center, 667-2696; and Puunene, 871-6563. Volunteer forms are also available at the stores.