Local Briefs

Russell Sparks

Coral reef update at free presentation

A free presentation offering updates on the State of Hawaii’s management of Maui’s nearshore fisheries and coral reef resources will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday during the meeting of the nonprofit Maui Nui Marine Resource Council.

The meeting will take place at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center Classrooms at Maui Harbor Shops in Maalaea.

The guest speaker will be Russell Sparks, aquatic biologist of state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Re-

sources. Sparks’ presentation will also include an update on the status of Maui’s reefs following the bleaching event of 2015.

In addition, MNMRC staff will offer updates on its recent and ongoing projects, including the expansion of a volunteer-based water-quality monitoring program to include 48 sites in South and West Maui, and a study of corals off Olowalu.

The talk is open to the public; refreshments will be served.


Women Helping Women plan gala

Women Helping Women Maui’s 21st annual gala, “Restoring the Heart, Ho’okele Pu’uwai,” will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

The celebration will include a gourmet Polynesian-style dinner, silent auction, and a program honoring survivors and heroes. Entertainment will be provided by Kuaola and featured performer Sister Robi Kahakalau.

Tickets are $150 per person. A table for 11 people can be purchased for $1,650. Individual tickets or tables are available at womenhelpingwomen

maui.com/events/annual-event. All event proceeds go to funding emergency shelters and support programs for victims of domestic violence on Maui and Lanai.

For further information, contact 446-7342 or event@whwmaui.net.


Death Cafe to begin monthly meetings

Beginning Tuesday, Doorway Into Light’s executive director, the Rev. Bodhi Be, will host a monthly Death Cafe at 6 p.m. at Fernando’s Mexican Grill in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului. The Death Cafe will meet the first Tuesday of each month.

The objective of the Death Cafe is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives,” according to an announcement.

It is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

For more information, contact Be at 283-5950.


Annual luau set at Makena church

“E hele mai, e ‘ike! Come and see!” is the theme for the 27th annual Luau of Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the church at 5300 Makena Road. Food service will begin by noon.

Kamaaina and malihini are invited to enjoy a day of family, friends and food; oli, mele and hula.

Entertainment will be provided by Max Angel, Anthony Pfluke and kumu hula Hokulani Holt’s Hahalu Pa’u O Hi’iaka.

The luau will also feature a gift center and a children’s area.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 to 17. For more information, contact 879-5557 or keawalai@hawaii.rr.com.


Lanai health center receives award

Lanai Community Health Center has been selected as a 2017 Health Information Management Systems Society Davies Award Recipient.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve community health outcomes.

“Lanai Community Health Center has surpassed expectations in their work to improve community health outcomes for a diverse patient population,” said Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems Jonathan French, senior director of quality and patient safety initiatives at HIMSS North America. “Their telehealth program serves as a leading model for health care organizations in Hawaii and beyond to follow.”

Having one of the largest telehealth programs in Hawaii, LCHC uses digital technologies to provide health services to patients remotely, elevating the patient care experience while significantly reducing costs.

LCHC will be recognized at the HIMSS18 Awards Gala at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas on Thursday. For more information on LCHC, visit www.lanaicommunityhealthcenter.org.


Free workshop about dementia

Dorothy Colby, a certified trainer and mentor, will conduct a “Positive Approach to Dementia Care” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Wellness Building at Kaunoa Senior Services in Spreckelsville.

The workshop will help caregivers understand what’s behind challenging behaviors and teaches techniques to better connect with people with dementia.

To register for the workshop, call (877) 926-8300.

Kaunoa Senior Services is located at 401 Alakapa Place.

AARP Hawai’i, the Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative and Kaunoa Senior Services are sponsoring the seminar.


BHS wins mikoshi design contest

Baldwin High School is the winner of the Honolulu Festival’s 15th annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest. The students’ winning cultural artwork will be on display in Honolulu during the festival attended annually by thousands, Saturday to March 11.

A mikoshi is a decorative float unique to specific prefectures in Japan that is carried by groups of celebrants during festivals.

High schools on Maui were invited to submit a mikoshi design based on this year’s Honolulu Festival theme: “Harmony Over the Ocean, Journey to Peace.”

The students of Baldwin High School involved in creating the mikoshi design won a trip to Oahu sponsored by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, Hawaiian Airlines, the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, Outrigger Enterprises Group and Maui Ocean Center to showcase their winning piece.

“Baldwin High School created a beautifully designed mikoshi that carefully brings together the unique cultures of Japan and Hawaii,” said Tsukasa Harufuku, president & CEO of JTB Hawaii. “We are so proud of the students for the design elements and showcasing cultural diversity.”

Baldwin’s mikoshi will be displayed at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday and then carried through Waikiki in the Grand Parade on March 11.

Baldwin High School’s mikoshi is inspired by the art of origami. To symbolize this year’s Honolulu Festival’s theme, the students incorporated the traditional designs of origami.


Kind Kids USA founder to speak

Kind Kids USA founder Dustin Metzler will speak at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise 7 a.m. meeting Tuesday at the Pioneer Inn. The public is invited and the $10 fee includes breakfast with menu choices.

Metzler got the inspiration for Kind Kids USA while helping his son with his small recycling business in Kihei. With kids now participating in 11 states, Kind Kids USA is a nationwide effort to get kids actively working and simultaneously spreading kindness.


Men’s cancer support group will meet

“A Gallium 68 PSMA-PET SCAN — What it Showed Me” will be the theme of Wednesday’s meeting of Men’s Cancer Support, Advocacy & Educational Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 7 of the Cameron Center in Wailuku

Sponsored by the Pacific Cancer Foundation and Answer Cancer Foundation, the meeting is designed to empower men to deal with what can be a life-changing diagnosis. For information, call Peter Kafka at 298-1655.


MECO representative to speak at meeting

Kuhea Asui with Maui Electric Co. will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Monsanto Hawaii offers scholarships

Applications are being accepted for Monsanto Hawaii’s Life Sciences Scholarship. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of all high schools in Hawaii who will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in a discipline related to the life sciences, including agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry, crop science and soil science.

As many as 10 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded this year. The deadline for applications is April 1.

To download an application, visit www.monsantohawaii.com/community/education/scholarships.


Teruya elected to IAAO board

Maui County Real Property Tax Administrator Scott K. Teruya was elected to the International Association of Assessing Officers executive board on Jan. 1. He was sworn in on Jan. 11 at the Kansas City, Mo., headquarters.

As an executive board member, Teruya will attend quarterly meetings of the board and represent the 7,800 IAAO member organization for a three-year term ending in December 2021.

Teruya has been with the County of Maui’s Real Property Assessment Division for the past 21 years and has served as the division administrator since 2007.


Kahului school council will meet

The Kahului School Community Council will hold its monthly meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the school. Parents, students and community members are invited. For more information, call 727-4700 during school hours.