Local Briefs

Zumbathon event to benefit Toys for Tots

The eighth annual Dance for Tots Zumbathon will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center in Kahului. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

The community is invited to Zumba with Rayo McPhee’s ohana and a variety of other Zumba instructors from Maui.

Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. There will also be prize giveaways.

Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under 5 years of age will be admitted for free. Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center is located at 780 Onehee Ave.

For more information, contact McPhee at 385-2549 or rayozumba@yahoo.com.


MAPA announces holiday event

The Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ will hold its first holiday event at the Food Court in the Promenade Building, 2050 Main St. in Wailuku, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The event coincides with the ongoing Wailuku First Friday street party.

The public is invited to this family-friendly event, which will include dancing with MAPA performance groups, caroling with Maui Choral Arts and fun with Hawaii Technology Academy. The evening will culminate with the lighting of a Christmas tree.


Book sale set at Makawao library

Maui Friends of the Library will have a book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Makawao Public Library. There will also be holiday crafts in the library from noon to 3 p.m. All proceeds of the book sale will benefit Maui’s public libraries.

Every youngster, up to age 18, may choose a book to take home for free.


Car wash to benefit 12 school gardens

As part of its “Fuel Up. Do Good.” community giving program, Ohana Fuels will sponsor a car wash benefitting the “Grow Some Good” school garden program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 85 S. Wakea Ave. in Kahului.

Through school gardens at 12 Maui schools, “Grow Some Good” promotes healthy communities, local agriculture and improved access to nutritional and affordable food for students.

There is a $10 donation per vehicle. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the car wash, visit www.growsomegood.org.


Donors sought for blood drive

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is seeking donors for its December blood drive at the Cameron Center Auditorium in Wailuku. 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.

• Dec. 18 — 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

• Dec. 19 — 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Dec. 20 — 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Dec. 21 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Dec. 22 — 7:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

To give blood, donors must be in good health, be 18 years of age or older (16-17 years of age 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.


Hula and ukulele events at libraries

Hula ku’i kumu hula Michael Pili Pang and his Muolaulani dance group will perform a hula ku’i — a descriptive dance style that blends traditional hula with Western idioms — at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Makawao Public Library.

In addition, The Hawaiian Serenaders, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, will share information about the ukulele and demonstrate how applying different rhythm patterns affect the feel of a song at the following libraries:

• Kahului Public Library — 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.

• Hana Public & School Library — 1 p.m., Wednesday.

• Wailuku Public Library — 6:30 p.m., Thursday.

The Friends of the Library of Hawaii is sponsoring these free programs along with the Hawaii State Public Library System.


SHRM will host presentation Dec. 8

The Society for Human Resource Management Hawai’i Maui Educational Foundation will host Pono Shim, president and CEO of the nonprofit Enterprise Honolulu, for a presentation from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at The King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

“Achieving Success and Prosperity for Businesses in Hawai’i by Embracing Our Island Heritage and Values” is the title of Shim’s talk as he will discuss his approach to the development of the economy and the people of Hawaii.

To register, visit www.shrmhawaii.org.


Event to benefit children with PKS

A fundraising event honoring Raiden Nazaiah and benefitting Pallister-Killian Syndrome kids will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Maui High School parking lot. “Ridin 4 Raiden” is being organized by Raiden’s family.

Pallister-Killian Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. Raiden is the first child born with PKS on Maui and the second living PKS child in Hawaii, according to an announcement.

There is a $5 entry fee or unwrapped toy requirement to enter. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Activities will include a silent auction, car show-n-shine ($10 per vehicle), keiki activities and live entertainment. For more information, call 298-8093.


AARP in Action breakfast planned

AARP Hawaii will host a free AARP in Action breakfast from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the J. Walter Cameron Auditorium in Wailuku.

AARP Hawaii is looking for volunteers to help put on free workshops for caregivers, help kupuna prepare their taxes, advocate to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, fight fraud, and hold other activities throughout the year to help people choose how they live as they age.

People don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. Pre-register at aarp.cvent.com/action11-29 or by calling (877) 926-8300.


Pizza party will benefit MMS

Maui Mediation Services will have a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Flatbread Co. in Paia. A portion of pizza sales during this time will go to MMS. There will also be a silent auction.

Maui Mediation Services is celebrating 35 years of bringing people together. The nonprofit organization is one of five community mediation centers across the state and the only one serving Maui County.

For more information, call Bowers at 244-5744.


Teens and digital age topic of film

Seabury Hall and Carden Academy are inviting the public to a free showing of the documentary “Screenagers,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center at Seabury Hall. The film explores parental struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction and offers solutions to help kids find balance.

A panel of experts will lead a discussion following the 70-minute film about teenagers growing up in the digital age. The program is scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m.

Seabury Hall is located at 480 Olinda Road in Makawao. For more information, contact Gayle Hart, Seabury Hall parent coordinator, at 442-6111.


Christmas event set in Makawao

The Makawao Community Association will present “Christmas in Makawao” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Activities will include free pony rides at the lot next to Designing Wahine, a rummage sale and kalbi plate lunch sale at Po’okela Church, Christmas tree decorating and Christmas specials at various merchants.


Maui bird center plans open house

Maui Bird Conservation Center at 2375 Olinda Road in Olinda will have an open house on Saturday and Dec. 3. Tours will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the day. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. both days, and the last tour will start at 2 p.m.

Tours will include a brief history of the program and facility, a look into daily routines for caring for the birds and a chance to observe the birds. The open house is free and no reservations are required.


Sugar museum has special display

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum is displaying a selection of panels depicting the heroic and historic story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team through Feb. 28.

The panels are part of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s “One Puka Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion” exhibit. The battalion was composed almost entirely of second-generation Japanese from Hawaii. Many of them were members of the plantation community.

The museum is located across from the former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. mill and is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 871-8058 or visit www.sugarmuseum.com.