Local Briefs

Food drive underway in Kaanapali

The Fairway Shops in Kaanapali is teaming up with Skyline Eco-Adventures Ka’anapali for a holiday food drive to benefit Maui Food Bank.

Through Jan. 15, people can drop off a nonperishable canned food donation at the Skyline Ka’anapali location and receive a free beach tote bag courtesy.

For more info, visit www.fairwayshops.com or follow at @fairwayshopsmaui on Instagram and @fairwayshops on Facebook.


Lanai to host Fifth Friday event

The Fifth Friday event on Lanai will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Dole Park.

It will feature more than 30 vendors and participants, including food booths, restaurants and music and entertainment.

To accommodate the event, the Lana’i Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Expeditions ferry and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to provide a Fifth Friday Lana’i Package that includes ground transportation between Maui and Lanai, including a special ferry that departs Manele Harbor at 9:45 p.m.

Details can be found online at www.fifthfridaylanai.com.

Residents and visitors can choose to depart from Lahaina on the Expeditions ferry at 9:15 a.m., 12:45 or 3:15 p.m.; however, the return from Manele Harbor is limited to 9:45 p.m. The cost for the package is $60 for adults and $50 for children. Packages can be purchased online at lostonlanai.com/product/new-link-5th-friday-lanai-event-ticket-transportation-package. A discounted price is available for kamaaina or kupuna already holding a ticket booklet from Expeditions.


MEO’s business class to begin Jan. 9

The Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Program’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing information about how to start, operate and grow a business.

A one-hour introductory classes will be held at the MEO’s Family Center from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 2, and at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 3.

The six-week evening series will be from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 9. It will take place two days a week through Feb. 15. All sessions will be held at MEO’s Family Center at the Cameron Center, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at MEO’s Family Center.

For more information, call MEO at 249-2990.


Big band music concert in Wailuku

Maui’s 20-piece jazz band, Chop Suey, will perform at the Maui Coffee Attic in Wailuku from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Jam Club from King Kekaulike High School will precede the Chop Suey performance.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

For more information, call 250-9555.


Boy Scouts donate toys to needy children

At a Court of Honor and Christmas party held at the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission social hall Dec. 12, the Boy Scouts of Troop 40 donated dozens of new toys to the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center for distribution to needy children for Christmas.

Scoutmaster Dave Merchant said that the Scouts donated toys instead of participating in a gift exchange with one another.

“All of us at the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center want to personally acknowledge Troop 40’s donation of gifts for our keiki during their Court of Honor & Christmas Party,” said Friends of the Children’s Justice Center Executive Director Paul Tonnessen.

“You went above and beyond to make sure that a part of our mission to heal children of abuse and neglect during the holidays was successful. We just want you to know that it is people like you that make the Friends so successful in achieving our mission year after year. You have shown all of us the true meaning of giving and the value of the Scout’s honor to our community.”

For more information about Troop 40, call 280-1299.


4-H Club spreads holiday cheer

The Maui Wailani Diamonds 4-H Club from Central Maui and Kihei cheered up the patients at Hale Makua in Wailuku on Dec. 13 by giving out candy canes, singing Christmas carols, taking pictures and presenting patients with a Christmas tree or table candle arrangement.


House of Representatives is hiring

The state House of Representatives is accepting job applications for the upcoming 2018 legislative session that begins next month.

Working at the state Legislature offers individuals an opportunity to experience the legislative process firsthand. The job requires a four- to fve-month commitment, depending on the position.

Most positions begin Jan. 2 and end on the last day of the legislative session in May. People working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for health insurance, including drug, dental and vision coverage.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter, including the positions desired, to resume@capitol.hawaii.gov. All resumes submitted will be available for review by the individual representative and agency offices.

For more information about employment opportunities at the state House of Representatives, see www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hjobs.aspx.


Poi-making tools to be discussed

Waiohuli taro farmer Norman Abihai will discuss “Pohaku Ku’i ‘Ai” poi-making tools at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Keokea nursery site next to Grandma’s Coffee House.

The free mini-lecture is part of the semimonthly Keokea Farmers Market held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and last Saturdays of the month.

The Keokea and Waiohuli homesteaders will share bananas, citrus and other homegrown produce with attendees.

Participants should bring a basket, sweater and chair.

For more information, send contact paupena.kekoa@gmail.com or 276-2713.