Local Briefs

Curbside Christmas tree pickup offered

Curbside Christmas tree pickup service will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 2 for residents of Paia, Haiku, Makawao, Pukalani and Kula.

It is a benefit for Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui to help the club’s community projects.

Small and medium trees are a $10 donation for a pickup and a minimum $20 donation for a large tree pickup.

Since the trees will be processed into compost, all decorations must be removed, including tinsel. Trees should be set out on the curb before 8 a.m. Jan. 2.

Pickup can be scheduled by contacting the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui at 878-2177.

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Gifts delivered to Molokai children

“Project Give a Gift” has completed its delivery of gifts to the children in Child Protective Services on Molokai.

The student-led delivery was done by the Maui Preparatory Academy.

All donors fulfilled letters to Santa written by children in the Child Protective Services program.

Established nine years ago, the annual Project Give a Gift drive was the brainchild of then-Maui Prep student Sarafina Huck.

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‘Maui Made Sundays’ to resume

“Maui Made Sundays” will be resume at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

Normally held the first Sunday of each month, there will be no event Jan. 1.

The event features Maui-made product booths along with a variety of live, island-style entertainment, according to a news release.

Vendor fees will remain at $45 per day plus state tax.

To be eligible to participate, a business must be based in Maui County with a current state GET license. Products offered for sale must be made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County. Products may include source materials made and/or found in Hawaii. Vendor applications may be downloaded at queenkaahumanucenter.com or picked up at the guest services desk or the management office.

For more information, call 877-3369 or see www.queenkaahumanucenter.com.

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Treecycling event set for Saturday

Makawao Elementary School will be holding a “Christmas treecycling” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds.

The requested donation is $5, with proceeds going to the 5th-grade banquet.

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Family event slated for Saturday at mall

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center will hold a “Let’s NOON Year’s Eve Together” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the mall.

There will be family festivities with a giant balloon drop at noon. There will also be free keiki crafts, face painting, balloon making and strolling magic, along with party hats, tiaras and horns. The countdown to a balloon drop will begin just before noon.

The event will feature a DJ and prize giveaways.

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Entrepreneurial training offered

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Program will offer its next Core Four Business Planning course in January.

One-hour introductory classes will be held at MEO’s Family Center in Wailuku from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 3, and from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at The Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall.

The six-week series begins Jan. 10 and continues from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through Feb. 16. All sessions will be held at MEO’s Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at MEO’s Family Center.

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Maui Arts League plans fundraiser

The Royal Lahaina Resort will host the 2017 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Gala, “Art to Heart,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 24. Tickets are on sale at www.mauipleinairpainting.org/events or from Lois Reiswig at 665-1491.

The cost is $150 until Saturday, and $175 thereafter. Seating is limited.

This gala and art sale event has grown to an exhibition of more than 100 original Maui paintings created by 26 professional plein air artists.

Guests will also be treated to choreography by Iona Modern Dancers from Honolulu as well as the music of Gina Martinelli & Company.

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is the main fundraising event of Maui Arts League.

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Group spreads cheer to children

The women of Soroptimist International of West Maui spread cheer to the 49 children in Lahaina’s emergency housing program at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center by establishing a closet full of new clothing to be distributed as needed to children upon their arrival to the shelter.

The recent Red & White Social in the living room of one of group’s members raised $1,535 by auctioning off “white elephant” items to raise funds to begin stocking the closet.

The women also took on a “Giving Tree” project to provide Christmas gifts for the children currently residing in emergency housing.

To learn more about the club, contact President Julie Meszaros at meszarosjr@gmail.com or (707) 738-3111.

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Lona Ridge hosts holiday visitors

Lona Ridge in Wailuku Heights has hosted student and retiree groups over the holiday season to view the hundreds of poinsettias that bloom along the estate’s driveway along with ornaments and decorations from the collection of the late “Christmas Lady,” Eleanor Watanabe.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186 Maui retirees have been guests at Lona Ridge for the past three years, this year making a trip during the holiday season.

Young adults from King’s Cathedral who received a special certificate for having succeeded in the National Junior Bible Quiz Verse Memorization competition also visited the estate, along with students from the Hawaii Technology Academy.

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