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Heather Shenkman

Cardiologist will discuss vegan diet

“The Vegan Heart Doctor’s Guide to Reversing Heart Disease, Losing Weight, and Reclaiming Your Life,” a presentation by Heather Joy Shenkman, M.D., and the title of her just-published book, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center.

Shenkman is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area. While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise, and medication when appropriate.

Attendees will learn what heart disease is, how a plant-based diet can prevent and reverse it, and tips on how to transition to a plant-based diet.

This free event is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; no reservations are needed. Food will be provided by Down To Earth in Kahului. For more information, call 385-2790, email jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit vsh.org. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Sylas Jenkins and Kawekiuaumoaikaohukaukauhiwi Palakiko will preside over festivities as king and queen during Friday’s Ho‘ike in Lahaina.


Annual Ho’ike set at Lahaina school

King Kamehameha III Elementary School will be celebrating its annual Ho’ike at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the school campus in Lahaina.

The students who will represent the king and queen at this year’s festivities are King Sylas Jenkins and Queen Kawekiuaumoaikaohukaukauhiwi Palakiko.

The royal court representatives are Princesses Sela Afu, Kyli Beam, Layla Carlos, Imani Caserta, Naiya Eide, Kailehua Kenolio Kaina, Puniao Tufaga Cuelho and Kauileia Wright Smith; and Princes Enoka Balinbin, Noah Caiserman, Ledan Delatori, Kaimiloa Kaina Allen, Donovan Magno, Ka’ilikea McCabe, Ezequiel Olea and Chase Yasutake.

The conch blowers are Shansi Boaz-Vasquez, Anastasia Morris, Simione Olakauatu and Loreen Ramirez Velasquez. The master and mistress of ceremonies are Myles Ferguson and Jordan Gomez.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Claire Tillman at 662-3955, ext. 240.


Speech contest set at Cameron Center

The Area 3 Toastmasters Speech Contest will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

To participate, contestants must first compete at their local clubs. Speech contest categories are International Speech and Table Topics. The winner of the area contest goes on to compete in the Division A Spring Contest on April 14 on Oahu. Winners from that contest move on to the District Spring Conference on May 5.

The Saturday event is free and open to the public.


Lions clubs of Maui plan charity walk

The Lions clubs of Maui — consisting of the Airport Lions, East Maui Lions, Haleakala Lions, Kahului Lions, Mauna Kahalawai Lions and Maui Lions — will have a charity walk, “Walk for Vision & Hearing,” to benefit the Hawaii Lions Foundation on Saturday.

The walk will be held at the Veterans Memorial Peace Park (next to the Nisei Veteran Memorial Center, One Go For Broke Place) in Kahului beginning with registration at 7 a.m. and the walk starting at 8. Participants will walk through the peace park three times to complete the approximately 1-mile walk.

Registration forms are available from any Lions club member or by calling chairperson of the walk, Mark Mizuno, at 242-7638.

Money raised from the charity walk remains in Hawaii to help fund Lions clubs initiatives, including the continued hearing-and-vision screening in public schools statewide.


Free band concert at Maui Waena

The Highlands Intermediate School Symphonic Band and the Maui Waena Intermediate School Symphonic Band will perform for the public at 6 p.m. Friday the Maui Waena School Cafeteria.

This free massed band concert is the first of two performances that the Highlands and Maui Waena bands will perform together. The second concert will be on Oahu at the Highlands Intermediate School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. April 20.

Maui Waena is located at 795 Onehee Ave. in Kahului. For more information, call the Maui Waena band room at 727-4298.


Spring bazaar set at Lahaina mission

Lahaina Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual spring bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on the church grounds at 551 Wainee St. There will be craft items, rummage, plants, cut fresh flowers, baked goods, assorted sushi, bento lunches, chow fun, nishime and other food items available for purchase.


Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra to play

Maui’s own Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wailuku Public Library. The musical selection will include hip-hop and funk with a big-band sound, as well as contemporary and vocal jazz standards.

The Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra is a group of local musicians who get together once a week for the love of big-band jazz.

For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


QKC will welcome Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny will arrive at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center at 10 a.m. Saturday. Along with Easter Bunny arrival fanfare, there will be an age specific keiki egg hunt and coloring contest with special prizes, and Easter egg crafts from 10 a.m. to noon. DJ Bunny will spin spring tunes and give away Easter Bunny ears and balloons.

For more information, visit queenkaahumanucenter.com or the QKC Guest Services desk.


Free vegan cooking class in Wailuku

“What Do Vegans Eat?” a cooking and food preparation class, will be held at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. Attendees will learn to prepare whole plant food dishes, how to save time in the kitchen, how to get the most nutritional bang for food dollars and other topics.

Admission is free; no reservations are needed. This class is sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. For more information, contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


‘Open Mic Night’ at chamber event

“Open Mic Night” is back by popular demand at the next Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce social event, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Maui Tropical Plantation Tram Station in Waikapu.

“Our members love, love, love ‘Open Mic Nights,’ “ said Teri Freitas Gorman, president of the MNHCoC. “It’s an opportunity to relax, laugh, eat, drink and talk story. We talk about our businesses, the nonprofit causes we support and often just share funny stories and bad jokes. We will also announce the theme for our 2018 Business Fest in October, so it’s going to be a great evening.”

An assortment of pupu will be served along with no-host cocktails. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP and pay in advance at www.mnhcoc.org or call Shirley Blackburn at 757-3045 to pay by phone. The deadline for RSVPs is today.


MHS to host garage sale on Saturday

Maui Humane Society will be hosting a “Garage/Bag Sale” from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the society’s parking lot, with all proceeds to benefit the shelter’s Charity Walk fund.

People can purchase a bag for $5 and fill it with items. Larger items will be priced separately and are not included in the bag sale.

For more information, visit mauihumanesociety.org or call (808) 877-3680, ext. 218.


Maui author to speak at meeting

Author Malia Bohlin will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Bohlin will be speaking about her book, “Left at Hiva Oa,” which is based on a true story.

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


PACT plans benefit at Flatbread Co.

Parents and Children Together, a family service agency, will benefit from a fundraiser and silent auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Flatbread Co. in Paia. A portion of all pizza sales will benefit PACT. The organization works to stop family violence in Maui County.

For more information, call 244-2330.


Mediator will speak at Rotary meeting

Using mediation to quickly resolve conflict will be guest speaker Saul Larner’s subject at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Pioneer Inn. The public is invited and the $10 fee includes a breakfast with menu choices.

Larner is the founding director of Dispute Resolution Collaborative, located in the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei.


Smart Driver Class planned in Kula

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Kula Community Center.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years and older, but all adults are welcome. The emphasis is on becoming more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate. A $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

To register, call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.


Documentary will screen in Kihei

Hospice Maui invites the community to a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing life-limiting illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members.

For more information, contact Joyce Lechuga at 446-7609 or Joyce.hospicemaui@gmail.com, or Donna Willard, Hui Aloha, at 446-6522. This is a Hospice Maui and Kalama Heights event.


Paia youth published in issue of Highlights

The January 2018 issue of Highlights magazine published a response from 9-year-old River Humphreys in its “Riddles” section. Humphreys is the child of Heather Tanis Humphreys and a 4th-grader at Haiku Elementary School.

Each year, Highlights readers send the magazine more than 35,000 submissions. The magazine selects work by boys and girls of all ages and from many different places in the world. Humphreys was one of only 32 children chosen for the January 2018 issue.

Children who want to submit their work to be considered for publication in future Highlights issues should visit www.highlightskids.com/send-us-your-creative-work for more information on the guidelines and details for submission.


Rotary Club offers $2,500 scholarship

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is awarding one $2,500 academic scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in West Maui or on Molokai and attends a Maui or Molokai high school.

The student should demonstrate superior academic abilities, involvement in school activities and a winning character profile, and must be pursuing a field of study that will benefit the environment.

The academic award also reflects the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s focus on environmental initiatives, a core mission that is realized through sustainability projects and its “Go Green” third Saturday recycling event held monthly at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

The application deadline is March 31.

To receive a scholarship application or to learn more about the award, email Laird at mamalrd01@gmail.com or call 757-0981.


AARP chapter plans meeting in Kihei

The South Maui Chapter of AARP will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the Activities Room of Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

A representative from Habitat for Humanity will be share information about the organization’s home-repair program, called “A Brush with Kindness.”

Habitat partners with low-income homeowners to make critical home repairs and home improvements. Applications will be available at the meeting.

For further information, contact South Maui AARP Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.