Animal sanctuary founder to speak
“Paradise Found! What Farm Animals Teach Us About Compassionate Living,” a presentation by Laurelee Blanchard, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center.
Blanchard is founder of the Leilani Farm Sanctuary, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that is home to nearly 300 rescued animals, including goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, geese and deer.
This presentation examines animal exploitation and how the public can make new, informed food choices, aligned with compassion, that will optimize physical health in ways that are ecologically sustainable.
No reservations are needed for this free event presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Food will be provided by Down to Earth in Kahului.
For more information, call 385-2790, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit vsh.org. The J. Walter Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.
Passage meditation topic of free course
A free introductory course in passage meditation will be offered by the Maui Passage Meditation Group on Mondays from 6 to 7:45 p.m., beginning on Monday and continuing Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at Unity Church of Maui, 483 S. High St. in Wailuku.
The course will help attendees establish a daily practice of passage meditation. In this method, developed by Eknath Easwaran, participants meditate on inspirational passages from the world’s great wisdom traditions.
Members of any faith and life philosophy are welcome, and no previous meditation experience is necessary. To register, contact Annette Schmidt, Maui Passage Meditation Group coordinator, at email@example.com or (925) 216-0381.
Grandcares will present workshop
Grandcares will present a free, one-hour workshop titled “Goal Setting for the New Year for Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren,” from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Makawao Public Library. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library is at 1159 Makawao Ave.
Local authors to sign their books
Maui Writers Ink will feature two guest authors Friday at its Local Authors Table at Lahaina’s Second Friday beginning at 5 p.m. at Campbell Park.
Danielle Bergan will sign copies of her book, “It’s Always Okay To Be Me, a Journey to Recovering Lost Hope,” and Nancy Lins will be signing copies of her book, “Baby Blues, A Naturopathic Approach for Postpartum Health.” Also, Maui Writers Ink author Elaine Gallant will be signing copies of her book, “The 5th C — a CIA Thriller.”
Maui Writers Ink authors will also sign two anthologies, “Short Stories and Poems” and “Supernatural Tales.”
Molokai children benefit from event
Sunshine, Santa and the aloha spirit were out in full force at the recent “Paddle For Keiki” in Kihei. More than 150 participants came together for the paddling event to benefit underprivileged children in Maui County by giving them toys this holiday season.
The event was organized by Hawaiian Paddle Sports in partnership with Street Bikers United, joining the goodwill efforts of Maui’s paddling community and motorcycle riders around the island.
A total of $1,900 and 141 toys were collected this year, enough to provide toys for more than 200 children. Capt. Timmy Gilliom delivered the toys to Molokai children on Maui’s voyaging canoe, Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani.
The second annual “Paddle For Keiki” was free and open to the public. It took place at Kihei Canoe Club at Ka Lae Pohaku Beach Park, followed by the after-party at Nalu’s South Shore Grill.
For more information, go to www.paddleforkeiki.com.
Nominations open for peace heroes
Maui Seasons for Peace is accepting nominations for its annual Maui Peace Hero recognition event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the University of Hawaii Maui College Dining Hall.
Maui Peace Heroes are “ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” according to an announcement. To nominate a person, email email@example.com for an application packet. The application deadline is Jan. 20.
Rotary Club will meet Wednesday
The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea will have a social gathering at its noon lunch meeting on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Na Hoaloha topic of presentation
The South Maui Chapter of AARP will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the Activities Room of Kalama Heights at 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.
Monnie Gay, who serves as a board community adviser for Na Hoaloha, will be the guest speaker. Na Hoaloha helps frail kupuna and disabled age in place and improve their health. She will share information about Na Hoaloha and volunteer opportunities.
For further information, contact South Maui AARP Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.
University women plan lunch event
American Association of University Women’s lunch bunch will meet at noon Tuesday at Maui Coffee Attic, 59 Kanoa St. in Wailuku. To RSVP with a lunch selection, email Sara Green at email@example.com with lunch bunch in subject line or call (907) 350-4700.
Kahului school council will meet
The Kahului School Community Council will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the school. Parents, students and community members are invited. For more information, call 727-4700 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days.
JCS offers two scholarships
The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is accepting applications for its annual scholarship to be awarded to two graduating high school seniors who promote and perpetuate the Japanese culture through education and/or the arts.
Those interested in applying should contact Sandy Hirata at firstname.lastname@example.org or 283-7746 or visit www.jcsmaui.org. The application deadline is Feb. 28.