Local Briefs

Bookmobile will visit new locations

The new state-of-the-art Holoholo Bookmobile is adding more than a dozen new stops to its schedule beginning Monday. The bookmobile, which began service Sept. 10, is Maui’s full-service public library on wheels. It offers books for all ages, DVDs, audiobooks, story times, free Wi-Fi, reference help, and assistance with eResources.

Holoholo (“go for a ride” in Hawaiian) will unveil its Spring 2017 schedule including three new stops at community centers in Haiku, Kula and Pukalani. Four additional stops on the west side include Montessori Eagles International Preschool, Kama’aina Kids Lahaina, Hale Mahaolu Eono and Princess Nahiaenaena Elementary School.

Printed copies of the bookmobile’s new schedule will soon be available at Maui Public Libraries. For more information, visit www.librarieshawaii.org: click “Visit” tab, then “Maui Bookmobile,” or call Wailuku Public Library at 243-5766.


‘Being Mortal’ to screen at Kaunoa

Hospice Maui invites the community to a screening and discussion of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Being Mortal” from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville.

Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing life-limiting illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members.

Doctors, nurses and other professionals will be available for discussion following the screening. For more information, contact Joyce Lechuga at 446-7609 or Joyce.hospicemaui@gmail.com.


Nutrition educator will speak at meeting

Nutrition educator Catherine Blake will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue restaurant.

Blake has been working with her husband, Steve, at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience since 2014. She is the author of the “Parkinson’s Disease Cookbook.”

Lunch is $15. The public is invited. For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Dentists to promote oral health at schools

The Hawaii Department of Education and the Hawaii Dental Association will join forces to promote oral health in Hawaii schools, according to a news release.

Dentists will be visiting DOE 1st- and 2nd-grade classes on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island from Jan. 16 to Feb. 28,  which coincides with National Children’s Dental Health Month in February.

“When students do not get the health care they need, we find that it affects their performance in school. This partnership is a huge step to provide services to many children who are not getting proper oral health care,” said schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “As we work toward closing the achievement gap, we must look at the whole child and that includes their experiences outside of the classroom. We’re grateful to the Hawaii Dental Association for making this opportunity available for students.”

For more information about the HDA partnership and other HIDOE health and wellness initiatives, visit www.hawaiipublicschools.org.


Keiki Story Time at Whole Foods

Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time in the deli seating area at Whole Foods Market in Kahului at 2 p.m. Jan. 15.

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods Market for the children. At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a brand-new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home.

There will also be drawings for door prizes at the conclusion of the program. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Degree programs will be discussed

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

The session will focus on requirements for distance learning degree programs at the UH system campuses including UH-Manoa, UH-West Oahu and UH-Hilo.

Degree programs are available in business and hospitality, education, human services, information and computer science, and nursing, among others. For more information, contact the University Center at 984-3525 or uctrmaui@hawaii.edu.


Aquaponics courses offered at UH-MC

University of Hawaii Maui College will offer aquaponics entrepreneurship and introduction to commercial aquaponics science courses beginning Jan. 17.

Both courses are part of an aquaponics technician certification for businesses in need of technically trained workers, and/or small aquaponics business owners who need industry aligned methods and required food safety and sanitation methods.

Registration is open until Jan. 13 and students may audit or sign up to earn credit toward an aquaponics technician certification. For students with day jobs, the course is offered online and in the evenings to include both weekly lectures and lab.

The courses are being offered online for rural Maui and outer island students.

For online registration, visit www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/avail.classes?i=MAU&t=201730&s=BUS or www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/avail.classes?i=MAU&t=201730&s=SSM.


Readers sought for literacy program

The Read Aloud America Program is seeking volunteer readers for an evening family literacy program to be held at Princess Nahienaena Elementary School in Lahaina. Dates of the program are Feb. 9, March 9, April 6 and May 4.

A volunteer can sign up for all or any of the dates of the programs. Volunteer readers are needed from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. A free light dinner will be served. Volunteers must be age 16 or older.

During the evening program, children are divided into age groups and are escorted to a classroom for a 40-minute read-aloud session. The program provides all books for the sessions. Volunteer readers will receive training and a handbook during a 60-minute training session prior to the start of the program.

According to Program Director Joanne Laird, “Volunteer readers are the heart of the RAP program. Children immediately bond with a volunteer reader because there is no pressure for the children to perform. Children just sit back and listen to great stories — no tests, no book reports, no questions in a read-aloud session. It is a positive experience for children and the volunteer reader.”

To register, visit www.readaloudamerica.org/volunteer_reg.htm.


Peace Hero award seeks nominations

Maui Seasons for Peace is once again holding its signature annual Maui Peace Hero event. The ceremony is being held on March 24 at the University of Hawaii Maui College Pilina Multipurpose Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event has been held annually since 2002.

The Maui Seasons for Peace board of directors is now accepting nominations from throughout the community to receive this year’s Maui Peace Hero award.

Maui Peace Heroes are “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Criteria for selection is a person who:

• Moves our community in the direction of peace through their practice of nonviolence.

• Serves as an unsung ambassador of goodwill who unselfishly donates time, talent, energy and resources for the greater good.

• Is generous at heart, doing deeds that often go unnoticed.

• Is committed to making a positive significant difference in our community.

A few the past recipients include Kainoa Horcajo, Dr. Virginia Cantorna, Bonnie Newman and Duke Sevilla.

To nominate a person for this recognition award, send an email to seasonsforpeace@gmail.com. An application packet will be mailed to the sender. The application deadline is Jan. 20.


Community attends reading program

A “makeup” Read Aloud America program was held for the Hana community on Dec. 15. This program was held to make up for the canceled program in August due to torrential rains. The evening program drew almost 200 children, parents, staff, community members and volunteers to Hana High & Elementary School.

The program is dedicated to promoting literacy and helping families bond through the fun of reading and being read to. Every child received a new book of his or her choice during the read-aloud time. The Hana school staff and volunteers prepared a full dinner and Santa Claus arrived to present the guests with a candy cane with their dinner.

At the end of the evening, Santa Claus brought additional door prizes in his bag and posed with each of the door prize winners. With every door prize came a brand-new book.


Presentation by ACLU at college

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii will present a civil rights discussion from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at University of Hawaii Maui College, Ka Lama Building, Room 103. The UH-MC Human Services Department and Maui Peace Action are co-hosts.

ACLU staff will bring three timely topics to the table: Defending civil rights in the new administration; community control of police surveillance; and ending mass incarceration in Hawaii.

To RSVP, contact office@acluhawaii.org or 1 (877) 544-5906.