Local Briefs

Dramatic reading at Makawao library

Makawao Public Library will host a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” from 11 a.m. to noon Friday. The reading will be performed by Mark Collmer. Warm, spiced cider will be served.

Collmer has presented “A Christmas Carol” on stage for audiences on Maui and in Philadelphia.

This free program is sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library. It is recommended for adults and young people age 8 and up.

No reservations are needed. For more information, call 573-8785.


Wailuku mission taking mochi orders

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will be making mochi on Dec. 28 and plans to sell it on the same day from 7 to 10 a.m.

The prices are as follows:

• Ten pieces of plain mochi (small) for $6.

• Eight pieces of red sweet bean mochi for $6.

• Small okazari set (bottom size 2 inches and top size 1 inch) for $2.50.

• Large okazari set (bottom size 4 inches and top size 2 inches) for $5.

To place an order, call Wailuku Hongwanji Mission at 244-0406. The deadline to order is Saturday.


Rotary Club will not meet on Wednesday

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea will not meet on Wednesday in observance of the Christmas holiday. For more information about the club, which meets at Mulligans on the Blue, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Donations will aid Kahului school

Thanks to the donations of customers and community members over the past week, Pukalani Superette was able to donate $1,000 to aid Kahului Elementary School in its recovery from the suspicious fire that occurred on Nov. 24. The fire caused an estimated $1.2 million in damage to classrooms and their contents, and led to the closure of the school for a week.

Pukalani Superette General Manager Jerry Masaki said, “Mahalo to our generous customers for their support in helping out the staff and students of Kahului School. It is an honor to help those in our community who are in need. We have employees who attended Kahului School as keiki and they are excited that we were able to offer this gift.”

For each donation period, Pukalani Superette selects a different charity or organization to support. Customers are encouraged to drop loose change or donations in the donation canisters located at each checkout.


Free holiday art program for keiki

Local artist and school art teacher Chelsea Toia-Vaa will lead a free holiday art program from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wailuku Public Library.

Keiki in grades 3 and up will upcycle old books and magazines to create their very own Christmas trees, and craft handmade cards to give away for the holidays.

All materials will be provided. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit the library or call 243-5766.

This event is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library.


Maui Rotary clubs to host student camp

The 10 Rotary Clubs of Maui are inviting high school sophomore and junior students to apply to attend Camp

RYLA. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp will be held on Martin Luther King weekend, Jan. 13 through 15, at YMCA Camp Keanae. All expenses for this leadership training camp will be paid by the Rotary clubs of Maui County.

Students from all public and private high schools in Maui County are invited to apply. Sixty students will be selected.

The purpose of the camp is to give the students an opportunity to participate in leadership training experiences and activities. These activities will be led by 24 student facilitators who will help guide the campers in understanding the principles of effective leadership. Student facilitators were selected from the 2016 Camp RYLA participants.

The application deadline is Wednesday.

To receive an application packet, contact Joanne Laird, camp director, via email at mamalrd01@gmail.com.


Pizza sales will benefit Sierra Club

Flatbread Pizza Co. in Paia will donate a percentage of all pizza sales from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Sierra Club Maui. There will also be a silent auction with holiday gifts, including a massage at the Grand Wailea, tickets to the Iao Theater and a stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani.


Christmas tree pickup available

Curbside Christmas tree pickup service will be available for Paia, Haiku, Makawao, Pukalani and Kula from 8 a.m. to noon. Dec. 30 and can be scheduled by contacting the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui at 878-2177.

A $10 donation per small and medium trees and a minimum donation of $20 per large tree will help support the club’s community projects.

Since the trees will be processed into compost, remove all decorations, including tinsel. Set the tree out on the curb before 8 a.m. on the day of pickup.


Local author will promote book

Local author Tenajah Nae’ole Turner will be at the Friends of the Library store in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center promoting her children’s book “Mahina and Koa the Gecko” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.