Local Briefs

Grace Chen O’Neil

Doctor will discuss plant-based diet

A talk titled “Happy Gut, Happy Life” will be presented by Dr. Grace Chen O’Neil at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, 91 Pukalani St., in Pukalani.

O’Neil will talk about how people can optimize their diet and lifestyle to improve the health of micro-organisms in the gut, which will improve overall health, according to an announcement.

O’Neil is a board-certified emergency physician who practices on Oahu. She advocates a plant-based diet for her patients to improve their health.

The presentation is free; no reservations are needed. It is being sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Refreshments will be provided by Alive and Well in Kahului. For more information, call 385-2790 or email jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit www.vsh.org.

Julie Checkoway


Nisei Veterans to host book signing

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will host Julie Checkoway, author of “The Three Year Swim Club — The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory,” at a book-signing at Barnes & Noble in Lahaina at 2 p.m. Saturday.

In her book, Checkoway tells the story of in 1937 of how legendary Maui coach Soichi Sakamoto took a group of local plantation kids,

trained them in Puunene irrigation ditches and led them to become international and Olympic champion swimmers.

Checkoway is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts individual artist grant and fellowships at writers’ colonies. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salt Lake Tribune and Huffington Post.

NVMC’s mission is to ignite the potential in people by inspiring them to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the nisei veterans.


Harvest Festival set at Kula School

The 30th annual Kula School Harvest Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the lower field at Kula Elementary School, 5000 Kula Highway.

The entertainment lineup will feature John Cruz, Kaina Kountry Band, Nuff Sedd, Hi Ground featuring Hemakananui, Maui Bag Pipe Band, King Kekaulike Jazz band, Alexander Academy of Performing Arts and Kula school students.

In addition, there will be local vendors, arts and crafts, pony rides, hay rides, a petting farm, a silent auction, a country store and local food. Admission is a $1 donation.

For more information, contact Ku’ulei Mashino at 269-2440 or 876-7614.


Garden pest update topic of presentation

Jenny Pell and Cynthia Nazario-Leary, Ph.D., will give an update on how to manage snails, slugs, little fire ants and other garden pests at the 6 p.m. meeting of the Pukalani Community Association on Tuesday in the downstairs meeting room at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center.

Pell is one of the leaders on the new Haiku FoodHub, and Nazario-Leary is the urban horticulture extension agent and master gardener coordinator at University of Hawaii at Manoa Cooperative Extension Service.

The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.


Ice sculpting in spotlight at mall

Maui’s International Ice Sculpting Exhibition and Competition returns to Lahaina Cannery Mall on Saturday and Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days.

The free event features artists from Japan and across Hawaii demonstrating skill and technique as they transform ice into art. A freestyle ice-carving exhibition is Saturday’s highlight, while pride and prize money will be on the line Nov. 19 as artists sculpt huge blocks in a 90-minute, head-to-head competition.

The art will be on display throughout the weekend.


St. Joseph craft fair happens Saturday

The St. Joseph Christmas Craft Fair will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Early Learning Center Maui, 1294 Makawao Ave., in Makawao.

The event will include locally made crafts, food, books, plants and baked goods for sale, as well as entertainment by Anthony Sardine and an appearance by Santa at 11 a.m.

Admission is $1 per person.

Crafters and vendors interested in space should contact Donna Pico at 572-7652.


Independent living topic of presentation

Kathleen Kenney, independent living specialist from Aloha Independent Living Hawaii, will be guest speaker at the 10 a.m. meeting of the South Maui Chapter of AARP on Monday in the Activities Room of Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

Kenney will share information about the core services her agency provides on Maui to support the independence of anyone with any type of disability.

She has a particular interest and education in vision rehabilitation, so she will also share information about how vision changes with age and discuss some resources for living with vision loss.

For more information about this monthly meeting, contact South Maui AARP Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.


Medicare topic of free workshops

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office will present “Medicare 101,” a free caregiver workshop, at three locations this week. Hannah Harmon, a benefit consultant specializing in Medicare health coverage, will be the presenter.

The workshops will take place as follows:

• Tuesday, 10 a.m. — Hale Hulu Mamo (Hana Senior Center), 5101 Uakea St.

• Wednesday, 10 a.m. — Lanai Senior Center, 309 Seventh St., Lanai City.

• Thursday, 9:30 a.m. — Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St.

The workshops are free and open to the public; no reservations required. Refreshments will be provided for attendees. Complimentary day care will be provided for adults during the Lahaina workshop; call in advance to arrange.

For more information, call Kathleen Couch at 871-5804.


Rotary Club plans lunch meeting

Rick Castillo, director of membership at The King Kamehameha Golf Club, 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.


Food drive set at Kihei church

Volunteers from Halau Na Pua ‘O Ka’iwa and 808UkeJams will accept donations during a food drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Keolahou Church in Kihei.

Nonperishable foods and goods will help sustain the church’s Hale Aina food pantry, which has been serving the South Maui community since 2000. The church is located at 177 S. Kihei Road.

For more information, contact Puamana Delos Santos at 276-3773 or chickila@hawaii.rr.com.


Molokai High School on winning team

A three-team alliance of Molokai High School, Waialua High & Intermediate School and the Rolling Robots from Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., was named the 2017 Pan Pacific VEX VRC Tournament Champions Nov. 4-5 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Oahu. The VEX VRC Championship comprises middle and high school students.

A second robotics team from Molokai High earned the Teamwork Award, while a team from Maui High received the Energy Award.

Seventy-nine teams from Hawaii, California and China participated in the weekend tournament sponsored by the Hawaiian Electric Cos. and Okinawa Enetech with the support of the Engineers’ Council–University of Hawaii and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium.

Full results of the 2017 Pan Pacific VEX Robotics Championship can be found at www.robotevents.com.


Kahului school plans meeting

The Kahului Elementary School Community Council and the Parent Teacher Student Association will hold a public informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the school. The meeting will cover PTSA activities, the school academic plan, academic accreditation and Title 1 for school year 2017-18.

Kahului Elementary School students will provide entertainment and there will be a video montage of the school’s cross country team. A light snack will be offered.


Volunteers sought for work in crater

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for an overnight service project in Haleakala Crater from Dec. 2 to 4. The group will hike into the crater from the summit and stay free for two nights in Kapalaoa Cabin, hiking out the third day on the Halemauu Trail.

The middle day will involve work on protection of native plants.

In addition to helping the national park, those volunteering will also have 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, applicants should first visit and register their readiness at the website www.fhnp.org where more information about the friends’ mission and work to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park can be found. Then email or call the trip leader listed on the website service trip page for a reservation.