Local Briefs

Educators receive DOE merit award

The state Department of Education recognized a Maui team during its recent 2017 Employee and Team of the Year award ceremony. The event recognizes employees for their special and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawaii.

A Team Excellence Award of Merit went to speech and language pathologists from the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area: Sommer Aumiller, Richard Beilke, Loretta Brem, Cierra Crowe, Valerie Donnalson, Christina Gonzalez, Lueann Kessler, Janel Merritt, Jill Mutch, Sue Lee, Laurie Norman, Emma Pognant, Barbara Rolph, Eve-Noel Uaiwa, Jenna Nakama, Janine Williams and Tami Yamamura.


Donors sought for blood drive

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is seeking donors for its October blood drive. To make a reservation for one of the times listed below, call (808) 848-4770 or visit bbh.org.

The drives are subject to change.

• Oct. 16 — 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at UH-Maui College Pilina Building multipurpose room in Kahului.

• Oct. 17 — 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at King Kekaulike High School gymnasium in Pukalani.

• Oct. 18 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cameron Center auditorium in Wailuku.

• Oct. 19 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cameron Center auditorium.

• Oct. 20 — 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cameron Center auditorium.

To give blood, donors must be in good health; be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent/legal guardian consent form); weigh 110 pounds or more; and present a valid photo ID with date of birth.


Film about preparing kids for the future

A discussion and showing of the film “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing our Kids for the Innovation Era” will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Seabury Hall’s creative arts center. The executive producer of the film, Ted Dintersmith, will lead a discussion panel following the film. The event is free and open to the public.

Dintersmith is one of America’s leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship and education, according to an announcement. He knows what skills are valuable in a world of innovation, and how to transform schools to prepare kids for their futures, the announcement states.

His professional experience includes two decades in venture capital, including being ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for 1995-99.


4 Toastmasters will compete on Oahu

Toastmasters International has announced the winners of the Area 3 Contest held Sept. 16.

In the Humorous Speech Contest, Don McEntire of the Kihei Toastmasters Club took first place while Gina Gormley of the No Ka Oi Toastmasters Club was second. In the Speech Evaluation category, Carrie Rogers of the No Ka Oi Toastmasters Club was first with Christine Bowers of Maui Toastmasters Club second.

All first- and second-place winners will move on to the Division A Fall Contest on Oahu on Saturday. Winners from that contest move on to the District Fall Conference on Nov. 4.


Maui salsa congress a four-day affair

The second annual Maui Salsa Bachata Congress will take place at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina Thursday through Oct. 8. It will include bachata and salsa workshops for dancers of all levels and performances by world champion dancers. There will also be social dance parties until 2 a.m. each night and sunset beach dance parties.

Tickets range from $75 for a one-day pass to $150 for a four-day pass. For ticket information, call 446-4843 or visit www.mauisalsacongress.com.


Sailing canoe will be topic of talk

Cultural practitioner Kimokeo Kapahulehua will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. He will be speaking about Maui’s double-hulled sailing canoe, Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15. For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


‘Get a Job’ will screen at Akaku

The Akaku Upstairs Salon Series will present a screening of the award-winning movie “Get a Job!” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

The comedy, directed by Maui resident Brian Kohne, was filmed on Maui in 2011 with a cast of islanders. To RSVP, call 871-5554.


Tax-Aide looking for volunteers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers on Maui for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers assist many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.

There is need for volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification.

To learn about our volunteer opportunities, visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1 (888) 687-2277. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.


Suicide Grief Support Group forming

Hospice Maui will offer a six-week Suicide Grief Support Group from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Thursday, until Nov. 9 at Hospice Maui, 400 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

For more information and to register, contact Joyce Lechuga at 244-5555. This will be a small group and preregistration is required.


Justice for seniors topic of meeting

The Hawai’i Access to Justice Commission invites senior Maui County residents to a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the J. Walter Cameron Center, Suite 24, in Wailuku. The commission would like to hear senior residents’ concerns and questions regarding the justice system in Maui County. Refreshments and food will be provided.

To RSVP, contact Bevanne Bowers at 244-5744 or bbowers@mauimediation.org.


Pet Parade set at Kihei church

Trinity Episcopal Church By-the-Sea and Maui Pride will present a Pet Parade from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church gardens.

Judges will award prizes for categories such as looks most like owner, ugliest pet, most handsome, most beautiful, best costume, best strut, best trick and others. This event is free and open to the public. The church is located at 100 Kulanihakoi St. in Kihei.

To enter a pet, visit www.trinitybts.org or www.mauipride.org.


Tony Takitani will be honored on Oct. 21

Tickets are available for a fundraiser honoring longtime Maui Memorial Medical Center Maui Regional Board member Tony Takitani. In addition to recognizing Takitani’s advocacy for the hospital, the event will benefit the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

The event will take place under the stars on the Dunes at Maui Lani Driving Range on Oct. 21. The evening includes a cocktail reception and golf games at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and entertainment by Willie K at 8:30.

Sponsor tables of 10 are available for $10,000 platinum, $5,000 gold and $3,000 silver. Individual tickets are $200. To purchase tables or tickets, call 242-2630 or email tiana.x.cordero@kp.org.


Full Moon Bocce Bash benefits school

Montessori Hale O Keiki’s fifth annual Full Moon Bocce Bash will take place from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 4 at Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei.

The 21-and-over event is open to the public. The school invites people to put together a team of four, don a costume and participate in this school fundraiser.

The cost is $90 per player, which includes: five games of round-robin play, prizes for first and second place best costume and even biggest loser, glow-in-the dark championship game, silent auction, pupu and dinner provided by Kono’s on the Green, along with a cash bar.

People may also join as a spectator, take part in the auction and raffle, enjoy the food and support the teams for $30 per person.

To register, visit mhokbocce17@eventbrite.com or call 874-7441. The registration deadline is Nov. 3 to be eligible to play.

Money raised from ticket sales, silent auction and sponsorships will benefit Montessori Hale O Keiki’s financial aid program.


Free document shredding Oct. 21

In order to help Maui residents protect themselves from identity theft, Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau and Access will securely shred and dispose of documents containing personal information from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at 821 Eha St. in Wailuku. This free disposal service will be limited to two banker boxes per person.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters will also be on site to collect lightly used items.