Local Briefs

Runner-up honors in the Lahaina Cannery Mall’s annual International Ice Sculpting Competition went to Maui’s Marc McDowell for his “InstaFrame with Guitar & Pineapples.” He took home a second-place prize of $500.

Writing workshop with Wayne Moniz

“How to Craft a Killer Short Story with Wayne Moniz” is the title of an Akaku Upstairs Workshop that will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 20, in Kahului.

Moniz is a writer and playwright who has received the Cades Award for Literature. His body of work includes 13 plays, several screenplays, short stories, poetry and lyrics.

This workshop will focus on sharing the elements needed to fill out a successful short story outline. Moniz will cover the writing process from “idea to editor,” and he’ll share some resources that will make writing a bit easier for people interested in writing a story of their own on Maui.

To RSVP, call 871-5554.


Donations sought for annual breakfast

The 17th annual Christmas Breakfast serving Maui’s less fortunate will take place from 5 to 9 a.m. Dec. 25 at Kihei’s Kalama Park by the basketball courts.

Formally known as Imaika’s Christmas Project, the event includes breakfast, coffee, hot cocoa and tea. Also, goodie lunch bags filled with a sandwich, water, fruit and Christmas candy will be given away.

Sunrise Rotary Club of Kahului will be helping with a Health Wellness tent where blood-pressure checks and limited health care services will be provided. Also, a hair-cutting tent will be set up and a phone-home service will be available.

Donations of bottled water, pastries, gently used (washed) clothing, Christmas candies, fresh fruits, wrapped gifts, packaged snacks, reusable bags, gift cards, jackets and sweaters are welcome. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, donations may be dropped off Hoaloha Park in Kahului (across from Kahului Shopping Center).

For more information, call Cheryl Padaken at (707)-486-5235.


Program to explain cannabis therapy

Maui Grown Therapies will launch “Ten for 20 Tuesdays” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This new, biweekly program offers a 20-minute presentation for 10 guests by the company’s patient education specialists. Guests will learn how cannabis therapy works, conditions that qualify for the medical use of cannabis and the rules governing Hawaii’s medical dispensary program. A short Q&A session will conclude the presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The free program will be held in Maui Grown Therapies’ public reception room at 44 Paa St. in the Maui Lani Village Center every other Tuesday. Light refreshments will be served.

“Several prospective patients and their caregivers have asked us to host informational events like this so they can understand how the program works,” said Teri Freitas Gorman, Maui Grown Therapies director of community relations and patient affairs. “Many are surprised to learn that our dispensary offers much more than herbal cannabis. For example, several patients love our tinctures for discreet and effective relief from pain, nausea, muscle spasms, anxiety and other symptoms.”

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 866-7576 or going online at www.mauigrowntherapies.com.


Annual Delaware Day event planned

The annual Delaware Day Celebration on Maui will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at Beach Bum’s BBQ & Grill, 300 Maalaea Road, at the Maalaea Harbor Shops.

This event is open to all “First Staters” who now live on — or are visiting — Maui. It is for all those Delawareans who were born, raised, lived, went to school or worked in the “First State.”

Attendees are advised to wear an article of clothing to identify themselves as someone from Delaware.

For more information, contact First State Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.


Church offers gift-wrapping

Word of Truth Church, located at 40 S. Puunene in Kahului, is offering a Christmas gift-wrapping service during this holiday season. Gift-wrapping is done by donation and drop-off service is available.

The dates and times are: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 10, 1-9 p.m.; Dec. 12, 5-9 p.m.; Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Dec. 17, 1-9 p.m.; Dec. 19, 5-9 p.m.; and Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

For more information, call 871-6843.


Piano recital set at Wailuku church

DFMusicMaui and Wailuku Union Church will present a piano recital at 7 p.m. Saturday by Damira Feldman at 327 S. High St. in Wailuku. The program, Russian Dreams, will feature piano works by Russian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Light refreshments will be served after the concert. There is a $15 suggested donation.


Tickets available for Christmas Ball

The Hawai’i Ballroom Dance Association will host a Christmas Ball from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom. Tickets are $40 through Dec. 12 and $45 from Dec. 13 until the day of the event. Refreshments and a no-host bar will be available.

For more information, contact Lydia Dela Cruz, ticket chair, at 244-3263.


Three ice sculptors awarded prizes

Ice artists from Japan and Hawaii went head to head on Nov. 19 at the Lahaina Cannery Mall’s annual International Ice Sculpting Competition.

Local artist Darren Ho took top honors and received a $1,000 cash prize for his “Honu & Pineapple Tower” design.

Runner-up honors went to Marc McDowell of Maui, who sculpted a “InstaFrame with Guitar & Pineapples.” He took home a second-place prize of $500. Third place and the $300 prize went to Japanese artist Kato Masashige for his detailed “Dolphin in Limu” piece.

The Lahaina Cannery Mall event is the only annual ice-sculpting competition in Hawaii and also included a freestyle ice-carving exhibition that was held on Nov. 18.


Kahului mission to present Winterfest

Kahului Hongwanji Mission will present Winterfest 2017 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului. There will be crafts, food, plants, Walgreens flu shots and gently used warm clothing for sale.


Maui author will speak at meeting

Maui author Autumn Shields 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 pubic; lunch is $15. For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Men’s support group forming

The Pacific Cancer Foundation and Answer Cancer Foundation are sponsoring bimonthly Men’s Cancer Support, Advocacy & Educational Group meetings at the Cameron Center, Room 7, in Wailuku, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 20.

The meetings will continue on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The meetings are designed to empower men to deal with what can be a life-changing diagnosis.

For more information, contact Peter Kafka at 298-1655.


Chamber announces Christmas dinner

“Kalikimaka ma Lalo o ke Kai” (“Christmas Under the Sea”) is the theme for the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Membership Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. The dinner will be held in the Open Ocean exhibit.

“Maui Ocean Center is a longtime MNHCoC member,” said MHNCoC President Teri Freitas Gorman. “We thought it would be fun to celebrate Christmas there and enjoy the company of sharks and our other underwater friends.”

In lieu of a formal presentation, the December membership dinner will feature the music of Maui’s own Ikaika Blackburn.

The evening will open with networking and passed pupu followed by a buffet.

The cost is $80 for members. Reservations must be paid in advance through PayPal at www.mnhcoc.org or by phone at 757-3045. Due to venue capacity, attendance is limited so early reservations are highly recommended. The RSVP deadline is Friday. Advance reservations are required; walk-ups will be turned away.


Bike assemblers will surprise keiki

Krank Cycles invites the public to help assemble bikes for the Boys & Girls Club of Maui and local churches. The store is partnering with Jim Falk Motors to assemble 400 bikes for underprivileged kids. Each of the boxes contains a bike that needs to be assembled.

Volunteers will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16 at the old Lowe’s building in Maui Marketplace, 270 Dairy Road in Kahului. No mechanical ability is required. People who have tools are asked to bring 10, 13 and 15 mm wrenches and sockets, along with metric Allen wrenches.

For more information, call the Krank headquarters at 572-2299.


2018 MHS pet calendar on sale

As part of its annual holiday fundraising drive, the Maui Humane Society is selling its 2018 pet calendar for $10. All proceeds benefit the Maui Humane Society. For more information, visit mauihumanesociety.org or call 877-3680.