Local Briefs

Meeting Monday to discuss reunion

The Maui High School Class of 1962 will be holding a meeting Monday to discuss the 55th reunion in Las Vegas.

The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center food court.

The reunion is planned for Sept. 22-23, and those who plan to attend are urged to attend the planning meeting.

For more information, contact Louis Fernandez at 276-4285.


Volunteers sought to hike in the crater

Volunteers are needed for a service project in Haleakala Crater with the Friends of Haleakala National Park on July 2-4. The group will hike into the crater, stay free in Paliku Cabin and work on protection of native plants in the crater. The hike out July 4 will be on the Halemauu Trail.

In addition to helping the national park, those volunteering will also have some time for hiking, bird-watching, stargazing or photography as well as enjoyment of the quiet crater wilderness.

The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for volunteers doing service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. A maximum of 12 persons can be accommodated on each trip, and participants must be physically fit and able to hike in and out of the crater carrying a backpack with their sleeping bag, personal items and a share of the food.

To join this trip, first visit and register your readiness at the website www.fhnp.org where more information about the Friends’ mission and work to preserve and protect the park can be found. Then email or call the trip leader listed on the website for a reservation.


Learn to bon dance and workshop set

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui and Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will present a workshop about obon from 1 to 4 p.m. June 24 at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Kahului.

Attendees will hear the history of obon and learn to bon dance.

The center is located at 1 Go For Broke Place off Kahului Beach Road. For reservations, call Priscilla Yamamura at 283-4253 by June 20.


Guest speaker slated at Rotary meeting

Cassandra Abdul, executive director and principal broker of Na Hale O Maui, will be guest speaker at the noon lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Na Hale O Maui is a 501(c)(3) community land trust created to provide secure, decent and affordable housing alternatives for low- to moderate-income people of Maui County.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Kula church plans rummage sale

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kula will have its annual Rummage and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 and 17 in the church parish hall.

Sale items will include clothing, small appliances, household items and toys. Homemade baked goods, coffee and tea will be available for purchase. Clearance prices will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 17.

A playground will be open to children, though no supervision will be provided. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags.

Proceeds will help the 117-year old church continue its programs and maintenance.

For more information or to donate items for the sale (pickup may be arranged), call 878-1485 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The church is located across from Keokea Park.


Tickets available for luau at St. Anthony

Tickets are available for St. Anthony School’s 28th annual Ho’olaule’a ‘Ohana Luau. The event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. June 24 at St. Anthony Sullivan Field.

The event features live Hawaiian music, food and prize drawings. Tickets are $30 presale by June 19 or $45 at the door, $10 for keiki 6-12 and free for keiki 5 and under. Anniversary classes are welcome to block seating areas.

“St. Anthony is grateful for the tremendous support we receive year-round from our alumni and community,” said Betsey Gunderson, head of school at St. Anthony. “Our annual Ho’olaule’a is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with friends and family while enjoying the wonderful festivities planned. A big mahalo goes to the event’s coordinator, Hoapili Ane, and the many other volunteers who put their heart and soul into making this a memorable event.”

For information and tickets, contact St. Anthony School’s Business Office at 244-4190, ext. 228, or email Harvest Baisa at hbaisa@sasmaui.org.


Home Show set at War Memorial

The Construction Industry of Maui will have its annual Home Show Friday and Saturday at the War Memorial Gym in Wailuku. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Home specialists will be on site to answer building questions. There will be more than 40 vendors with a variety of products, a keiki workshop, prizes and giveaways.

For more information, contact the Construction Industry of Maui at 868-8974 or constructionindustryofmaui@gmail.com.


Presentation reveals the life of fishes

“What A Fish Knows,” a talk by Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku. Balcombe, an ethologist, will take attendees under the sea, through streams and estuaries and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes in this richly illustrated presentation.

Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and an author whose books include “Second Nature” and the newly released best-seller, “What A Fish Knows.”

This presentation is free; no reservations are required. It is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.

For more information, contact 385-2970, jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit www.vsh.org. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Down To Earth. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


Juneteenth event to celebrate culture

Juneteenth, A Celebration of Freedom, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kepaniwai Park/Heritage Gardens in Wailuku.

Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. The Maui celebration will include a historic presentation, drumming, food, poetry and Father’s Day celebration. For more information, contact Gwyn Gorg at 878-8434.


Festa Portuguesa takes place Saturday

The Portuguese Association of Maui will have its annual Festa Portuguesa Maui (Portuguese festival) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Portuguese foods for sale at the festa include bean soup, malassadas, Portuguese sausage hot dogs in sweet bread buns and codfish stew.

A country store will feature pickled onions, chow chow, tremocos (lupin beans), jellies, baked goods and handmade crafts.

Vendor tables are available at Festa and may be reserved for $25 each; call 243-0065 to reserve one.

Free genealogy services are offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 243-0065.