Local Briefs

Past District Gov. Joe Pontanilla (from left), Zone Chairman David Rudd and past District Gov. Mark Mizuno check dates and sort nonperishable goods at the Maui Food Bank. The six Lions Clubs on Maui helped prepared 11 pallets of food for distribution.

Lions Clubs assist Maui Food Bank

The six Lions Clubs on Maui (Airport Lions, East Maui Lions, Haleakala Lions, Kahului Lions, Maui Lions and Mauna Kahalawai Lions) recently assisted the Maui Food Bank by preparing 11 pallets of food for distribution. The Lions were assigned to check the expiration dates, sort and pack by category all nonperishable items donated by the community as part of the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

“Besides helping the Maui Food Bank, we, the Lions, came to realize the support this community gives to the food bank,” said Zone Chair David Rudd. “We would like to thank Stephanie Kaplan of the Maui Food Bank for her support of the Lions.”


Rotary Club plans ‘Friend-Raiser’

Maui residents are invited to attend a “Friend-Raiser” hosted by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Royal Lahaina Resort, 2780 Kekaa Drive in Kaanapali.

Members will discuss the club’s community service projects, including the monthly Third Saturday Recycling program at Lahaina Cannery Mall, now entering its third year. The club will provide complimentary pupu and there will be a no-host bar with happy hour drink prices until 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Royal Ocean Terrace. Parking is free for attendees.

To attend the Friend-Raiser, RSVP Mariko Higashi at marikoinmaui@gmail.com or 866-8116.


Stress management topic of free class

Stress management expert Patti Sabla will facilitate a free “Stress Management 101” workshop from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall. It will be followed by a question-and-answer period until 1:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn ways to overcome stress, as well as relaxation techniques. Participants will also receive a copy of “8 Ways to Sneak Exercise Into Your Day.”

Seating is limited. To RSVP, call 270-5767.


Benefit for school club at Flatbread Co.

Flatbread Co. in Paia will host a fundraiser for Puu Kukui Elementary School’s English Language Learner Club from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of all flatbread sales during that period will benefit the club. There will also be a silent auction.


‘A Dog’s Purpose’ to screen at library

Wailuku Public Library will host family movie night Thursday with a screening of “A Dog’s Purpose” at 5:30 p.m.

Adapted from the best-selling novel by William Bruce Cameron, the movie is about a dog who is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine’s existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.

This PG-rated movie is free and open to all ages. Healthy snacks will be provided by Hawaii Medical Service Association. For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


Plants and music at library event

Makawao Public Library will celebrate its new native Hawaiian garden from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library and Ho’olawa Farms, the program will include music and talk story with slack key master and Hawaiian cultural practitioner George Kahumoku Jr., a native Hawaiian plant game, painting of a native Hawaiian plant mural and distribution of free mamaki tea and native Hawaiian plant seeds.

The library is at 1159 Makawao Ave. For more information, call 573-8785.


Sierra Club offers program for keiki

Keiki ages 7-13 are invited to Sierra Club Maui’s first Sprouts outing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Maluaka Beach in Makena. This outing’s focus is on oceans and sea life. Through activities, keiki will learn about the impacts of rising sea levels, plastic in the oceans and more.

There is a $5 suggested donation. To RSVP, contact sierraclubmauigroup@gmail.com or 419-5143.


Rotary Club will meet on Wednesday

Wayne Wong, director and adviser for the Hawaii Small Business Center, will be 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.


Volunteers sought for trip to crater

The Friends of Haleakala National Park will host a free service and learning trip for 12 volunteers from Aug. 5 to 7 at the park.

Volunteers will hike into the crater and do protective work for native plants while staying in the Holua Cabin. A park ranger will accompany the group partway and provide interpretation about natural and cultural resources.

Volunteers also will have time to hike, stargaze and shoot photos as well as enjoy the crater’s quiet wilderness.

Volunteers must be physically fit enough to hike in and out of the crater while carrying their sleeping bag, personal items and food. Park entrance fees will be waived.

For more information and to register, visit www.fhnp.org or call 876-1673 or email the trip leader at christy@fhnp.org.