Local Briefs

Michael Markrich

Speaker Series will feature author

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will continue its quarterly “Speaker Series” at 2 p.m. June 11 with a talk by author Michael Markrich about his research on the 100th Infantry Battalion. The event will take place at the Oceanview Maui Adult Day Care Center on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center campus in Kahului.

The free event is open to the public, but reservations are required. The talk will be followed by the premiere of NVMC’s summer exhibit “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion.”

Markrich is a writer and economist who has written extensively on issues pertaining to Hawaii and the Western Pacific. He is a former columnist for the Honolulu Advertiser. A deep interest in history led him to the story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

To learn more, visit www.nvmc.org.

Rae Takemoto (from left), Jayden Isobe, Kate Welch, Renee Romerdahl and MACC Education Director Chadwick Pang are shown at the Teacher Awards Dinner April 20 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.


42 county teachers accept awards

Forty-two teachers from 11 Maui County schools received Certificate of Study Awards at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center during the annual Teacher Awards Dinner on April 20, presented by MACC Education Director Chadwick Pang.

Every year teachers are recognized for completing a minimum of 32 hours of professional development in the arts offered through the partnership between the MACC and the state Department of Education, Maui District.

“Teachers come from all schools in Maui County and take what they learn back to the classroom where students thrive in an environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. You will see these students succeeding in school and careers,” said Pang in his address to the teachers. “Thank you to the many school administrators, donors and legislators in our community who support making a positive impact on children’s lives through arts education.”

For more information on the MACC arts education programs, visit www.mauiarts.org and click on the “Education” tabs.


Clothing giveaway at Haiku church

St. Rita Church in Haiku will have its third annual Free Clothing Give-away from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 655 Haiku Road. There will also be free books, shoes, toys, kitchenware and bedding.

Bento lunches, drinks, plants, St. Rita breads, cookies, pickled items, jams and jellies will be available for purchase.

For more information and directions, visit stritahaiku.com or call the parish office at 575-2601.


Pizza sales will help watershed

Flatbread Co. in Paia will be holding a benefit pizza night for the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds from any dine-in or takeout pizza will go toward reforesting the leeward slopes of Haleakala.

Flatbread Co. is located at 89 Hana Highway. For takeout orders, call 579-8989.


Rotary Club will host guest speaker

Bud Pikrone, general manager of the Wailea Community Association, will be the guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Sunset yoga class will benefit MHS

The Maui Humane Society will present a sunset yoga class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sugar Beach Events in Kihei. The class costs $15 and a ticket is required to attend. All proceeds will benefit the Maui Humane Society.

To register, visit www.mauihumanesociety.org or call 877-3680, ext. 218.


Keiki Story Time set at ocean center

Joanne Laird, program director for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time in the Makai Theatre at Maui Ocean Center at 1:30 p.m. on June 11. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular ocean-themed children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Maui Ocean Center for the children.

At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select two brand-new books from the Read Aloud America library to take home. There will also be drawings for door prizes at the conclusion of the program.

Space is limited to 20 families and reservations must be made in advance. The first 20 families who register will receive a confirmation and meeting location. This event is free and no aquarium admission is required.

For further information, contact Laird at joanne_laird@readaloudamerica.org.

To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-read-aloud-america-tickets-34263704663.


Scholarships open to college students

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) along with AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation (AHEF) will award more than 30 scholarships to Hawaii college students who are focused on science, technology, engineering, math, (STEM) or cyber coursework.

The grants range from $3,000 to $5,000 per student.

The AFCEA-AHEF scholarships are merit-based academic scholarships so financial need or family income is not considered. They are available to any Hawaii students majoring in STEM core subjects regardless of whether they or their families are in the military. The money can be used for books or tuition at any accredited school in the world.

In addition to academics, AFCEA-AHEF will consider volunteerism, character, leadership, professionalism or excellence in technology. The deadline to apply is June 30. To apply or get more information on the scholarships, go to www.afceahef.org.


Kaunoa topic of presentation

Ruth Griffith, Kaunoa Senior Services administrator for Maui County, will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise 7 a.m. meeting on Tuesday at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. The $10 fee includes a full breakfast.

She will present an overview of Kaunoa programs. Visitors and residents are welcome to attend.


Rummage sale to support scholarships

The Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an honorary society of women educators, will have a rummage sale from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kahului Elementary School cafeteria.

There will be plants, books, household items, clothing, toys and jewelry in addition to other items. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship for a graduating high school senior and a college student who plan a career in education.


Workshops about hospice slated

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging invite the public to free caregiver workshops titled “When Is The Right Time to Call Hospice?” at several locations this month.

Lynne Lewis, patient advocate/community liaison for Islands Hospice, will present on the following days:

• Saturday — 10 to 11 a.m. at Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall, 11 Mahaolu St., Kahului.

• June 14 — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei.

• June 22 — 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St., Lahaina.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Complimentary day care will be provided for adults during the workshops. Call Kathleen Couch, program coordinator, in advance to arrange day care at 871-5804.


Club offers junior sailing classes

The Lahaina Yacht Club Jr. Sailing Summer Program enrollment is open to children 9-15 years old. There will be six Jr. Sailing classes in June/July. The one-week sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a limit of 16 students per class. Lunch is included and a group photo is taken on Wednesdays.

The cost is $350 for nonmembers and $300 for current LYC members. Space is limited. Details and the registration form can be found at www.lyc.us/the-lyc-juniors-program.


Retirement plans topic of workshop

“Think of Your Future,” a free AARP workshop for pre-retirees, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the J. Walter Cameron Center auditorium in Wailuku.

No individual advice will be given and no products or services will be promoted or sold, according to an announcement. To register, visit aarp.cvent.com/future6-10 or call toll free (877) 926-8300.


Concert will benefit historical society

“Moonlight Mele with George Kahumoku Jr. & Friends” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku. The fee is $5; children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

This benefit concert for the Maui Historical Society is part of a concert series established by Kahumoku.

For ticketing information or to speak to a representative, contact 244-3326.


Scholarship goes to Lahainaluna student

Lahainaluna High School senior Calder LaValle is the recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship from Rock and Roll Motorcycle Club Inc., Maui Chapter. Lavelle, 18, lives in Lahaina and plans to enter University of Hawaii Maui College this fall.

The club plans to offer a $500 scholarship each year to an outstanding senior student in a Maui high school.

The scholarship recognizes academic achievement, social skills, connection to the community and the willingness to help others.

Rock and Roll MC also provides toys and money for “Toys 4 Tots,” “Tools 4 Schools” and food shipments to Molokai by making and selling smoke meat, holding car washes and through club member donations.