Local Briefs

Coral to be subject of talk Wednesday

Aaron Hartmann, a Hrdy Fellow in conservation biology, will discuss “The Trials and Tribulations of Baby Corals” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea.

Hartmann will discuss the earliest life stages of corals, highlight new research examining how coral offspring respond to the variety of environments they experience as they disperse into the water column, the different strategies corals use to pass algal symbionts to their offspring and how climate change may affect the process.

The event is part of the center’s Sea Talks series. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, contact 270-7075 or info@mauioceancenter.com.


Performances set at two libraries

Keiki can sing in the new year with Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Bang, which will perform at two public libraries.

The first performance will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kihei Public Library, and the second at 10 a.m. Saturday at Makawao Public Library.

Wayne Watkins, an early-education specialist, and his band will provide songs and stories for ages 2 and up.


State libraries part of reading challenge

Beginning Monday, the Hawaii Public Library System will be part of a “Winter Reading Challenge,” in which top performing libraries could receive $10,000.

Patrons must read 1 million minutes through the month of January. If so, Mark Cuban from “Shark Tank” will donate $25,000 to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to building literacy skills among children, and also $10,000 to top performing libraries to use for community programs or donate to nonprofits in the area.

The state public library system is one of 100 communities challenged by Cuban and Bean Stack, a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning.

Readers will also be eligible for prize drawings, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii.

To sign up for the program, see www.librarieshawaii.org.


Volunteers sought for service trip

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for an overnight service project in Haleakala Crater from Jan. 13 to 15.

The group will hike into the crater on the Halemau’u Trail and stay free for two nights in Holua Cabin, hiking out Jan. 15.  

On Jan. 14, there will be work on protection of native plants. In addition to helping the national park, those volunteering will have some time for hiking, bird-watching, stargazing or photography, as well as enjoyment of the quiet crater wilderness, according to a news release.

The park entrance and cabin fees will be waived for the volunteers.

A maximum of 12 people 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, visit and register at www.fhnp.org. Then for a reservation, email or call the trip leader who is listed on the website.


Support group to meet Wednesday

The Men’s Cancer Support, Advocacy & Educational group meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cameron Center, Room 7, in Wailuku.

The topic will be “Early Screening — The Latest.”

The meetings, held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, are sponsored by The Pacific Cancer Foundation and Answer Cancer Foundation.

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


Space is available at health expo

Booth space is available for nonprofit and government organizations and service companies that focus on health to participate in the “Live Local. Live Healthy” Ohana Expo on Jan. 13.

The event will be held at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature healthy cooking demonstrations and fitness activities. There will be prizes announced every hour.

The event is supported in part by the Blue Zones Project and Yanagida Strength & Fitness.

For more information and booth applications, see queenkaahumanucenter.com.


Best Buddies official will be guest speaker

Alison Somilleda, senior program manager for Best Buddies International, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue.

Somilleda manages eight intermediate and high school programs for Best Buddies. The organization is dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to its website.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Makawao library will host macrame class

A program to learn macrame will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Makawao Public Library.

“Learn How to Macrame with Aunty Monica” is free and open to the public. It is designed for adults, teens and children ages 10 and older.


Pro-life activist to speak at annual march

Pro-life activist Joe Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League and author of “Racketeer for Life and Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion” will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Maui March for Life that begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 13.

Maui Knights of Columbus Council 8578 and Christ the King Church Respect for Life Ministry are the principle sponsors of the event.

Marchers will gather at Kane Street and Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, then march to Christ the King Church at the corner of West Wakea and Puunene avenues. From 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., speakers will participate in “Sharing for Life,” followed by the Rosary.

“Be Not Afraid” is the theme of the march.

For more information, contact Norman Franco at 357-6676 or normanfranco@hotmail.com.