Local Briefs

Suzanne Frazer

Talk to focus on ‘Why I Don’t Eat Fish’

“Why I Don’t Eat Fish,” a talk by Suzanne Frazer, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. Frazer is the co-founder and president of

Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai’i, an award-winning, nonprofit she founded with Dean Otsuki in 2006. The purpose of B.E.A.C.H. is to inspire actions on an individual and community level that reduce and prevent marine debris.

Contrary to popular opinion, eating fish is not healthy, says Frazer, and she will talk about why she personally does not eat fish, according to an announcement. Attendees will learn about the chemicals manufactured into everyday plastic items, how plastic gets more toxic in the ocean from the accumulation of persistent organic pollutants and the implications for seafood eaters of an ocean of plastic.

This talk, presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, is free; no reservations needed. Food will be provided by Down to Earth in Kahului.

For more information, contact 385-2790, jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit vsh.org. The J. Walter Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


Communication skills will be subject of talk

A talk on communications skills and tips for helping the hard of hearing will be held at noon Wednesday during the lunch meeting of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club at Mulligans on the Blue.

Joanne Doell’s talk, titled “R U Listening?” will be about having conversations with the hard of hearing.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com


Art class for children to be held Wednesday

The program “Under the Sea: Kids Art Class with Pam Hayes” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Makawao Public Library.

The class is designed for grades 2 through 5. All materials will be provided.

Children will learn how to draw coral reefs, divers and mermaids.

Participants are limited to 20; to reserve a spot, call 573-8785.

This free program is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library.


Ecotourism to be focus of training

Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness Training will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Kihei. There will also be a training from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 in the University of Hawaii Maui College Community Service Building.

The training aims to educate tour operators and guides about native ecosystems and species found in Hawaii and the projects that are helping conserve it.

Presentations about conservation and Maui’s natural environment are given by representatives from the Maui Invasive Species Committee, East Maui Watershed Partnership and Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, among others.

Trainings are free and tour operators and guides are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP, visit mauimauka.org. For more information, email info@mauimauka.org.


AARP Smart Driver Class offered in Kula

An AARP Smart Driver Class will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Center.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years and older, but all adults are welcome. The emphasis is on becoming more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect driving ability and how to compensate.

The $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership.

Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested. Contact Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.


Forum for people with disabilities scheduled

The 21st annual Legislative Forum for People with Disabilities will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

The theme of the free meeting is “Community Inclusion,” and state and county lawmakers will be on hand to answer questions and speak to constituents.

People needing access accommodations should contact Roxann Kehus at 984-8218 or Roxann.kehus@doh.hawaii.gov by Thursday. There is no assurance that requests for access accommodations received after the deadline will be met.

Lawmakers will engage with community members via a game of “Ohana Feud,” in answering questions about issues facing the public.

The forum is sponsored by the Maui Disability Alliance, which is an association of 29 groups on Maui serving the needs of people with disabilities.

For more information, visit mauidisabilityalliance.org.


Modern slavery will be subject of presentation

A presentation on modern slavery will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the old Puunene School Library, behind the Puunene Mill.

The presenter will be Davina Durgana, a human trafficking professor and statistical prevalence expert from Washington, D.C.

The title of the talk is “Global Measurement of Prevalence and Vulnerability to Modern Slavery: A United Nations Perspective.”

This free event is being hosted by Maui County and the state Department of Health’s Maui District Health Office.

For more information, contact Jeny Bissell at 984-2136.


Fundraiser set for Maui nonprofit

Maui Coming Home Ohana, a nonprofit that assists individuals and families transitioning out of incarceration, will have its second annual fundraiser from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Maui Beach Hotel.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Carole Vida Eleneki at 357-0091, Nicole Sasaoka at 268-1275, Cory Sasaoka at 446-5848 or Debbie Mahuna at 281-8711. General tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $100. Dinner is included in the ticket purchase.

For more information, contact one of the people above or email mauichc@gmail.com. All proceeds go to assisting individuals transition out of incarceration as well as connecting them with services to support their re-engaging with community living.


Maui writers to be in Lahaina on Friday

Maui Writers Ink will host a local authors table beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at Campbell Park during Lahaina’s Second Friday celebration. 

Meet the authors of “Short Stories and Poems,” as well as Elaine Gallant, author of “The 5th C: CIA Novel,” along with Danielle Bergan, author of “It’s Always Okay to Be Me; A Journey to Recovering Lost Hope” and Norm Bezane, author of “Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui.”


Ka Lima O Maui to present job fair

Ka Lima O Maui, a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping adults with disabilities by providing job skills training and employment services, will hold its 6th annual Job Fair from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

The job fair is open to all people, including those entering the workforce for the first time. There is no cost to attend and no cost to businesses to have a table. Ka Lima O Maui anticipates more than 30 employers will participate. All disability providers and their clients are encouraged to attend.

The job fair is held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of the month is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

Ka Lima O Maui has been “Enhancing Lives through Self-Reliance” since 1955 by providing a variety of different services such as grounds and custodial services, internship and job placement programs, ticket to work and the Medicaid Waiver Program.

For more information about the job fair, call 244-5502.


Entrepreneur fair seeks keiki

The Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association invites keiki to participate in its inaugural Keiki Entrepreneur Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Keokea Marketplace, located at Mile Marker 17 of Kula Highway at Kaamana Street, a quarter-mile past Grandma’s Coffee House.

Keiki can sell their handmade items, crafts, art and more or showcase musical talent as part of the entertainment lineup.

Keiki of all ages are welcome to participate in this event.

For more information and to reserve booth space, contact Kanoe Merino at kanoelehua11@gmail.com.


Lahaina Hongwanji bazaar is Saturday

Lahaina Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church at 551 Wainee St. 

There will be craft items, rummage, plants, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, assorted sushi, bento lunches, chow fun, nishime and other food items. 

Walgreens staff will be on hand to administer flu shots to members of the public. 

For more information, call Aileen Cockett at 268-3542. 


Talk to focus on aging, dying, death

A presentation titled “Getting Old Ain’t for Everyone,” about aging, dying and death, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road Suite 204 in Kahului.

The presenter will be the Rev. Bodhi Be, executive director of Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization on Maui.

Be is also a funeral director, end-of-life and bereavement counselor, hospice volunteer, teacher and trainer of death midwifery and a ceremonial guide.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

To RSVP, contact 871-5554 or info@akaku.org.


LHS Class of 1973 planning reunion

The Lahainaluna High School Class of 1973 is preparing to celebrate its 45th year class reunion on Maui from April 19 to 22.

The class anticipates various activities including a sunset sail, welcome reception/dinner, campus tour while attending the annual David Malo Day event at Lahainaluna and a Sunday brunch.

Classmates wanting details should update or confirm their contact information by contacting LHS1973IMUA@gmail.com or Gregg and Joyce Wada at 661-6191.


QKC seeks groups for gift wrapping

Applications are available for Maui nonprofit organizations to participate in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center’s gift-wrapping fundraising during the upcoming holiday season.

Maui 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply to provide holiday gift-wrapping and jingle ambassador services in December.

Gift-wrapping gives nonprofit organizations the opportunity to outreach, educate and fundraise during the highest QKC traffic season of the year. Organizations must provide coordination of four volunteers, collect donations for gift-wrapping via cash and credit card, and provide their own wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, card and pens.

In addition, organizations will be required to select a date to be dedicated jingle ambassadors. Organizations must recruit 12 volunteers to fill cups of hot chocolate and sell wands and headbands. QKC will provide the products and point-of-sale support. The organization will receive net proceeds of all sales.

For detailed information and dates available for the holiday gift-wrapping and jingle ambassador program, contact Michele Feorene at mfeorene@qkcmanagement.com or 856-8109.


Internship trains conservationists

Applications are being accepted for the Na Hua Ho’ohuli i ka Pono, an internship program specifically designed to help develop Maui’s next generation of conservation leaders.

Host agencies for the Spring 2018 Program are the Maui Invasive Species Committee, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. Two positions are available for college-level students who have an interest in integrating conservation as part of the foundation for a future career in any field they may be pursuing.

Applicants will be selected through a competitive process that includes a formal application, criminal history check and interview. Interns will earn a biweekly living allowance of $475 and are eligible to earn an AmeriCorps Education Award that may be applied toward higher education costs or student loans.

Interested candidates must be available for 19 hours a week from Jan. 22 to May 11, 2018. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing accommodations. Completed applications and all required documents must be received by 8 a.m. Nov. 27.