Local Briefs

Tickets on sale for 2017 Fur Ball

Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Fur Ball, presented by the Maui Humane Society and YourVet Maui.

“The Great Catsby: A Night of Purr-hibition” is this year’s theme. The ball will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. The evening will include a premier buffet dinner, no-host bar (two drink vouchers included with each ticket), live music and dancing, and silent and live auctions.

Each ticket also comes with $100 in casino chips to use in a speakeasy casino. Individual tickets are $175 each and tables of 10 are $1,750. There is a limited number of sponsorships still available. All proceeds from this event will support the Maui Humane Society’s efforts to save the lives of animals.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.mauihumanesociety.org or contact donate@mauihumanesociety.org or 877-3680, ext. 219.


Walking team forming on Maui

Blue Zones Project Central Maui is holding its launch event from noon to 2 p.m. July 30 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, and members of the public are welcome to attend and join a Walking Moai Team.

Moai originated in Okinawa as people formed informal groups as a way to support one another in times of need. Blue Zones Project is bringing this age-old tradition to communities across America, including Maui.

People looking for ways to be more active, rediscover their community and expand their social circle may want to consider joining a Walking Moai Team, according to an announcement.

For more information, email BlueZonesProjectCentralMaui@sharecare.com.


Schedule pickup for BHS students

Baldwin High School students who have preregistered can pick up their class schedules on the following dates:

• Seniors — Tuesday, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

• Juniors — Wednesday, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

• Sophomores — Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon.

• Freshmen –Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration fees, lunch payments, parking fees and bus payments will be accepted at this time. Applications for bus and parking will be available. Applications for free/reduced lunch will be passed out on the first day of school and are also available online at ezmealapp.com. Student IDs and locker sign-ups will also be offered.

Cash will be the only accepted form of payment; no checks. For more information, call the main office at 727-3200. The first day for incoming freshmen and new students in all grades will be on Aug. 8. All other students report to school on Aug. 9.


Coral event set at ocean center

“Incredible Corals: Night at the Reef” will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday at the Maui Ocean Center. There will be coral stations, presentations, stargazing and a chance to see corals spawn in person. Based on the summer lunar cycle, it is predicted that rice corals around Maui and those on exhibit at Maui Ocean Center will spawn on this night.

While coral spawning is predicted to occur Monday, it is not guaranteed due to numerous environmental variables.

A portion of event proceeds will be donated to the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release threatened and endangered Hawaiian sea turtles, maintain a repository for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals and provide educational opportunities in marine sciences and conservation.

The cost is $34.95 for adults and $24.95 for children. For more information and ticket purchases, visit www.mauioceancenter.com/incrediblecorals or call 270-7000. Event admission discounts are available for Hawaii residents, U.S. military and annual pass holders.


Social club will meet on Tuesday

Kathy Becklin, executive director of “Grow Some Good,” will be guest speaker at the 6 p.m. meeting of the Italian American Social Club of Kihei potluck meeting on Tuesday at Saint Theresa Church Hall in Kihei.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share with the group.


Rally for health care on Saturday

Organizing for Action and partner organizations will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in front of Kahului Shopping Center at 65 W. Kaahumanu Ave. to rally to show support for federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Fundraiser set at Flatbread Co.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will have a benefit fundraiser pizza dinner and silent auction at the Flatbread Co. in Paia from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds from pizza sales during those hours will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui.

For more information, visit www.bbbshawaii.org or call 242-9754.


Ballroom dance registration set

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will hold its first of two registrations in Beginner Rumba and Intermediate East Coast Swing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. The second registration will be during the break, from 7:40 to 7:55 p.m. Membership dues are $20 per year; classes are $35 per quarter.

For more information, contact Bill Ruidas, membership chair, at 873-8605, or Jeffrey Dela Cruz, assistant dance director, at 244-3263 or visit www.facebook.com/ballroomdancemaui.


Equestrian therapy topic for speaker

Sarah Lyons will speak at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday about equestrian therapy, activities and humane animal education.

The meeting at Mulligans on the Blue is open to the public; lunch is $15. For more information, email



Lunar planting talk at farmers market

By the light of a silvery half moon, one should cultivate, prune and mound sweet potatoes next weekend. So says Native Hawaiian lunar planting tradition.

Kekoa Enomoto will discuss the Hawaiian tradition of farming by lunar phases in a free mini-lecture at 11 a.m. Saturday, which will be part of the Keokea Farmers Market held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and last Saturdays of each month at the Keokea nursery site next door to Grandma’s Coffee House. The twice-monthly market offers garden-fresh produce, crafts, food and rummage.

Two 1.5-by-2-foot Native Hawaiian lunar-planting calendars will be awarded in a prize drawing to attendees at the event.

Two Hawaiian homelands nonprofits, the Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association and Pa’upena Community Development Corp., co-sponsor the Keokea Farmers Market, with accompanying lectures through Dec. 30.

Waiohuli homesteader Joylynn Paman will be “Taking a Look at Our Ahupua’a System” in the Aug. 12 free mini-lecture.

For a full lecture schedule or more information, contact Enomoto at 276-2713 or email kenomoto1@hawaii.rr.com.


‘Ki Principles’ topic of workshop

“Ki Principles” will be the topic of a special public workshop offered by the instructors of Maui Ki-Aikido from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku. Students will learn exercises to develop core skills like centeredness, focus, calmness, relaxation, awareness and posture, and learn how they relate to Aikido.

The cost is $10. Students should come 15 minutes early to register and check in. The workshop, taught by Joni Jackson, is open to teens and adults.

Founded in 1953, Maui Ki-Aikido is the oldest aikido dojo in the United States. For more information, visit mauiaikido.com, email mauikiaikido@gmail.com or call 283-9226.