Local Briefs

Girl’s Day event planned at QKC

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center will celebrate Hinamatsuri, or Girl’s Day, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Maui Minyo Kai will be presenting a Japanese Doll display, origami and kanzashi crafts, along with Japanese folk dancing. Sanrio Ka’ahumanu will have Hello Kitty on hand for photos and will offer an opportunity for a chance to win a $100 Sanrio Gift Basket. Disney-style characters Poppy and Belle will also meet and greet keiki with pink balloons.


Science Bowl team reaches quarterfinals

On Jan. 27, Maui High School’s Science Bowl team 1 swept through its division, which included Maui High 2, Wailua, Punahou 1 and Punahou 2 at Honolulu Community College.

However, in the afternoon quarterfinals, Maui High lost to Iolani 1. Maui High 1 received a $100 check for reaching the quarterfinals.

Maui High 1 was led by senior Laney Flanagan. Others on the team were One Jae Lee, Kaitlyn Takeno and Joshua Lee. Ed Ginoza coached the team.

In the finals, Punahou 1 defeated Roosevelt to defend its title and won a trip to National Science Bowl in Chevy Chase/Bethesda, Md.


MOKK offers two scholarships

Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai has announced that it is offering two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors of Maui who are of Okinawan ancestry or are children of members of the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai. Applications are available at all Maui high school counselors’ office or from the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai office in Wailuku. The deadline to submit the application is March 28.

The Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai is a nonprofit organization that is committed to perpetuating Okinawan heritage, culture and arts. The Maui Okinawa Cultural Center is located at 688 Nukuwai Place, across from Sack N Save in Wailuku. Membership is open to all, those whose roots are in Okinawa as well as others who are Okinawan at heart.

For more information, contact Darren Konno at 633-4439 or dskonno@hotmail.com.


Maui Science Center topic of presentation

Maui Science Center founder and President Rimma Murta will give an interactive presentation at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Pioneer Inn. The meeting is open to the public; the $10 fee includes breakfast with menu choices.

Maui Science Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide unique and engaging educational and cultural experiences to learners of all ages and backgrounds. The project was founded in August of 2014, and with a dedicated group of volunteers it is progressing rapidly, said Murta.

The inspiration for the center came from the many science museums on the Mainland such as the Exploratorium in San Francisco, as well as Neighbor Island facilities like the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.

Maui Science Center offers traveling events and programs at local libraries, schools and science carnivals, as well as science camps during the school break.


Event will name Youth of the Year

The 2018 Gene & Ruth Freedman Youth of the Year event will take place Wednesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. It will honor Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Youth of the Year finalists. Admission is free.

The program and candidate speeches will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a reception and entertainment at 7 and the announcement of the 2018 Youth of the Year. Castle Theater doors will open at 5:30.


Paia Zen temple announces bazaar

Paia Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission will present its 41st annual bazaar from 7 to 11 a.m. March 4.

Japanese foods will include nishime, ohagi and manju. There will also be local favorites like chow fun, Spam musubi and shiso rice. Other treats will include sponge drops, pies and donuts.

Japanese collectibles, antiques, rummage bargains and new and used furniture will be available for purchase. Crafts, produce and plants will also be available.

Paia Mantokuji Mission is located at 253 Hana Highway, across from the Paia Community Center. For more information, call 579-8051.


Cuba visit topic of presentation

Ron Harris will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea noon lunch meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. Harris will speak about his recent trip to Cuba.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15. For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Science Olympiad winners announced

The Maui Regional Science Olympiad Tournament took place Feb. 8 at University of Hawaii Maui College. The results follow:

Division B-Middle School

1st Place, Carden Academy; 2nd Place, Seabury Hall Team 1; 3rd Place, Seabury Hall Team 2.

Division C-High School

1st Place, King Kekaulike High School Team 2; 2nd Place, Baldwin High School; 3rd Place, King Kekaulike High School Team 1.

The top two winners in each division advance to the state finals Saturday on Oahu.


Vision support group announces meeting

The Vision Impairment and Blindness Education and Peer Support Group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ohana Health Plan, 285 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Suite 101B, in Kahului.

The guest speaker will be Jean Tessmer, from Space Option Inc. She will share information about what reasonable accommodations are allowed for housing (low income, privately owned apartments and senior living facilities). Space Options is known for home renovations that provide greater independence, safety and comfort for seniors and those living with disabilities.

For more information, call 866-4690.


MEO Head Start taking applications

MEO Head Start is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Head Start is a federal program that provides early childhood development services to families that meet the federal poverty guidelines and selection criteria. Eligible participants are children who will be 3 and 4 years old by July 31.

Parents/legal guardians are required to provide the child’s certificate of birth and household income (preferably 2017 income tax returns or 2017 W-2 forms; pay stubs or SSI/TANF printout). Applications are to be completed in the office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, except on all federal and state holidays, at the MEO Family Center in the J. Walter Cameron Center, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

For more information, contact MEO Early Childhood Services department at 249-2988.


Social club will have potluck

The Italian American Social Club of Kihei will have its monthly potluck meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Saint Theresa Church Hall, 25 W. Lipoa St. in Kihei.


Pancake Day to benefit hospital

Hawaii IHOP restaurants will celebrate National Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday by offering each guest a free short stack of its buttermilk pancakes. This annual family-friendly tradition aims to raise funds and awareness for Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Kapi’olani Medical Center.

“We are grateful for our continued partnership with IHOP Hawaii in celebration of National Pancake Day,” said Martha Smith, chief executive officer of Kapi’olani Medical Center. “This event raises funds to support programs and services to care for all of Hawaii’s children, and we thank the community for their support.”

The Maui IHOP is at the Maui Mall in Kahului.


Kiwanis Club of Maui cleans beach

The Kiwanis Club of Maui cleaned the shoreline along Kahului Beach Road, near the old Y. Hata building, on Jan. 20. This cleanup was part of Matson shipping company’s long-standing environmental community partnership called Ka Ipu ‘Aina (Container for the Land).

Matson donates the container for the cleanup project and in return for disposing the debris, Matson makes a $1,000 contribution to nonprofits.


Business planning classes are forming

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Program will present its 36-hour Core Four Business Planning course beginning March 6.

The classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through April 12. All sessions will be held at MEO’s Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

One-hour introductory classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at MEO’s Family Center and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall.

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. There is a $300 fee to take the course. Financial aid is available. For more information, call 249-2990.


Animal kindness theme of art class

The Animal Kindness Club Art Class in Kihei taught by Barbara Steinberg and Jonathan Orlowski and co-sponsored the by Maui Parks and Recreation Department held its quarterly art exhibition celebration Feb. 14. All the children received a certificate of excellence award for their achievement of painting watercolor images of animals that are near extinction.

Parents brought pupu to share and participated by telling the children which of the three chosen paintings in the show touched their heart and why.

Weekly classes meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The cost is $10 weekly.

For an art supply list and more information, call Steinberg at 269-6845.