Local Briefs

Makawao Union Church’s stained glass windows are one of the highlights of guided tours of the nearly 100-year-old building on Saturday.

Tours of historic church at event

Tours of the historic Makawao Union Church will be held every hour during the Spring Fair on Saturday. Beginning at 9 a.m., Pastor David Schlicher will guide groups around the outside and through the interior of the stone building, which will be 100 years old on Sept. 2.

Highlights include the enormous stained glass windows, the clock tower and bell, and the pipe organ — the largest on Maui. The Spring Fair is an annual fundraiser to help restore and maintain the 102-year old Community Hall.

The fair opens at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. There is free admission and free parking. Arts and crafts vendors, food booths, a bake sale, farmers market and a rummage sale inside the hall are some of the attractions.

For more information, contact 579-9261 or mucspringfair@gmail.com. Makawao Union Church is located at 1445 Baldwin Ave., between Paia and Makawao.

Uncle Wayne


Uncle Wayne will perform ‘unplugged’

Musician and early-education specialist Uncle Wayne Watkins will share songs for toddlers and preschoolers during the following “unplugged” sessions at Maui County public libraries:

• Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Wailuku.

• Thursday at 11 a.m. in Kahului.

• Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Kihei.

All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. These shows are sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library.


Lives of two black men topic of lecture

A look at two black men whose lives and acts of human courage impacted a generation will be the topic of a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wailuku Public Library.

Maui resident Heather Salmon will lecture on the African diaspora and the lives of her late father, Dr. John Douglas Salmon, and Uncle David V. J. Bell, Ph.D. The program is free and open to all.

Dr. Salmon was Canada’s first black surgeon, and Bell was a dean, author and leader in the sustainability movement, according to an announcement. They were also musicians and family men. Both lost parents when they were children and went on to rise to the top of their fields. This lecture and video presentation reveals their pioneering breakthroughs and accomplishments.

Heather Salmon is a renowned sound healer, ordained priestess, cultural creative innovator and recording artist, the announcement states.

The program schedule is subject to change. For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


Workshop set on self-defense

The instructors of Maui Ki-Aikido are offering a special public workshop on self-defense. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku. The cost is $10. Students should come 15 minutes early to register and check in. The class is open to teens and adults.

The program will teach basic form, offer tips for how to protect yourself by remaining aware of your environment, and introduce a few simple self-defense techniques. Students will also learn about how the mind and body respond in a high-stress environment.

Founded in 1953, Maui Ki-Aikido is the oldest aikido dojo in the United States. Learn more about the dojo’s programs at mauiaikido.com, or call 357-5172 for information.


Smart Driver Class coming to Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kalama Heights Retirement Center, 101 Kanani St. in Kihei.

This class is designed for drivers 50 years and older, but all adults are welcome to attend. 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 $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested. To reserve a space, call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.


Workshop geared to ‘grand-families’

The University of Hawaii Extension Service will present a free workshop during the Department of Education Spring Break for grandparents raising grandchildren. Topics include legal resources and communication skills that are geared to “grand-families.” Lunch is included.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the Community Services Building at University of Hawaii Maui College.

To register, contact Heather Greenwood-Junkermeier at 244-3242, ext. 226 or heather8@hawaii.edu.


Hale Kau Kau plans annual fundraiser

Hale Kau Kau will honor the Maui Food Bank during its annual fundraiser from 3 to 8 p.m. March 26 at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.

The partnership between Hale Kau Kau and the Maui Food Bank has enabled Hale Kau Kau to continue its mission to feed those on Maui who are hungry, according to an announcement. Every day of the year, Hale Kau Kau cooks, serves and/or delivers 160 hot meals to the homebound, the homeless and all those who are in need of a hot meal.

The event will feature live and silent auctions, entertainment and a Pacific Rim dinner prepared by the hotel chefs. Tickets are $140 and available by calling the Hale Kau Kau business office at 879-4844 or by email at Halekaukau@rcchawaii.org. For more information, visit www.halekaukau.org.


Mardi Gras will benefit Montessori

Montessori Hale O Keiki in Kihei will present a Mardi Gras Masquerade beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Wailea.

This ninth annual benefit gala will feature New Orleans-inspired food crafted by Grand Wailea Executive Chef Ryan Urig, live entertainment, and dancing courtesy of DJ Dan Weisman. There will also be live and silent auctions, including a mobile bidding auction platform, which allows for bids via smartphone.

Montessori Hale O Keiki’s largest fundraiser of the year is open to the public and will support its tuition assistance program, which helps 40 percent of the school’s families. Funds will also go toward campus growth efforts.

Single tickets are $175. For more information, call the school office at 874-7441.


NAMI offers free 12-week course

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will present a free 12-week course for parents, families, caregivers, partners and friends of loved ones affected by mental illness.

The classes will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning this Thursday at Waiehu Beach Center, 270 Waiehu Beach Road. The classes will be offered through June 8 in the same building as Uncle Willie’s Closet (downstairs).

To register, send an email to pualanisecretary@gmail.com or call 269-3849.


Reef-safe sunscreen exchange at school

The Student Ohana for Sustainability at King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina will sponsor a reef-safe sunscreen exchange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees may exchange their current sunscreen for reef-safe sunscreen and make a difference for coral reefs in Hawaii.

The SOS will have an outreach table with educational information about chemical sunscreens and a petition to ban coral-damaging sunscreen statewide.

For more information, email Alicia at ar13@hawaii.edu.


Kula AARP Chapter to meet on Monday

Kathleen Couch of Maui Adult Day Care Centers will speak on a variety of subjects that involve seniors during the Monday meeting of the Kula AARP Chapter at Kula Community Center. The meeting begins with refreshments at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30.

The meeting is open to the public; no reservations are necessary. For more information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Free workshops to aid caregivers

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and Maui County Office on Aging invite the public to free caregiver workshops titled “Breathing for Physical/Emotional Well Being.” Julie Buck will provide her knowledge, along with hands-on movement to help attendees experience the benefits of breathing and movement techniques to promote calmness, serenity and well-being.

The workshops are as follows:

• Tuesday, 10 a.m. — South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei.

• Wednesday, 10 a.m. — Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana.

• Saturday, 9:30 a.m. — Elima Community Hall, 11 Mahaolu St., Kahului.

• March 28, 10 a.m. — Lanai Senior Center, Lanai City.

Refreshments will be provided for attendees (with lunch in Hana). Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals.

Complimentary day care will be provided for adults during the workshops (except Hana); call in advance to arrange.

For more information, call Kathleen Couch at 871-5804. No reservations are needed to attend. All workshops are open to the public.