Local Briefs


Disease prevention topic of presentation

“Delaying Death and Avoiding Disability,” a presentation by Don Forrester, M.D., will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kihei Community Center. He will talk about how to prevent and reverse significant chronic conditions with a focus on diabetes, weight loss, high blood pressure and dementia.

Forrester obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, his medical degree from Georgetown University, and completed his residency in family medicine in Sacramento.

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, contact 385-2790, jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit vsh.org. The Kihei Community Center is at 303 E. Lipoa St.


Sales to benefit volcano evacuees

Big Island bronze sculptor Chris Barela will introduce a new limited edition sculpture collection exclusive to Martin & MacArthur at two events Thursday. Profits from sales of Barela’s bronze “Voyager” sea turtles will benefit Kilauea Volcano evacuees. The artist will be present from noon to 3 p.m. at Martin & MacArthur’s Shops at Wailea store and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Whaler’s Village Home location in Kaanapali.

A former professional surfer and Pipeline finalist who appeared on the cover of Surfing Magazine, Barela retired from the sport in the late 1980s and turned his love for the ocean into a career in sculpture. He resides in the upcountry community of Waimea and has been sculpting for 25 years.

Using a Dremel drill, Barela will engrave “ALOHA” on any Barela sculpture purchased during the Maui events. The artist will also sign the piece’s Certificate of Authenticity. Customers need not be present to take advantage of the special offering.

For information on the Maui events, contact Martin & MacArthur, 667-7422, or Barela Art Studio-Hawaii, www.barelaart.com.


Electronic music topic of discussion

Electro-acoustic composer and media educator Peter Swanzy will be at Makawao Public Library from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss the historical impact of electronic music.

This free presentation is part of the Pioneers of Electronic Music Ebb & Flow lecture series in cooperation with the Hawaii State Public Library System.


Surfboard showcase at Outlets of Maui

Outlets of Maui in Lahaina will present Vintage Surfboard Showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the main stage area. The exhibit includes a Volkswagen Bug and special talk story appearance by legendary board shaper Bob “Ole” Olson.

A collective of ocean conservation groups will also be on hand presenting informative, interactive exhibits and distributing educational literature.


Senior portraits for BHS seniors

Senior portrait sessions for the Baldwin High School Class of 2019 will be held in the school’s library June 19-22.

BHS seniors are asked to visit nagaminephotomaui.com and click on Seniors 2019 and Baldwin High School. Seniors whose names are not on the list are asked to contact Nagamine Photo Studio at 244-3636 to schedule an appointment.


Clothing giveaway at St. Rita Church

St. Rita Church at 655 Haiku Road in Haiku will hold its third annual Free Clothing Giveaway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Also being given away free are shoes, kitchenware, bedding, books and more. The parish will also sell food, soft drinks, plants, St. Rita breads, cookies, pickled items, jams and jellies.

For more information, visit stritahaiku.com or call the parish office 575-2601.


Fellows program taking applications

The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program completed its 11th year with a graduation ceremony at University of Hawaii Maui College on May 31 and is now seeking applicants for its 12th year.

A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program is a yearlong program designed to help develop and train future leaders.

The program requires active participation during the year for approximately two to three days each month, depending on the activities planned.

Approximately 14 to 16 fellows will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the board of directors for Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program. Applicants will then be notified by early August. The deadline for applications is July 6. For an application or more information, visit www.kikfellows.org.


Interactive story time at church

Trinity Episcopal Church by the Sea invites children and their parents to an interactive story time from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Kilolani Hall at 100 Kulanihakoi St. in Kihei. “Stone Soup” is the featured book.

Audience involvement will include participation in acting out the story, creating a craft, making a snack, eating together and talking story. Everyone will go home with a soup recipe.

For more information, contact the church office at 879-0161.


Rummage sale at Hale Mahaolu Elua

Hale Mahaolu Elua’s annual rummage and chili sale will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 200 Hina Ave. in Kahului. A chili-and-rice bento plate will be available for $5. Soda and water will be sold for $1.

Elua Senior Club member vendors will have a large and diverse selection of items for sale and plants will be sold the same day in an adjoining area.

Visitors are asked to park on Hina Avenue.


Monsanto rep will speak at meeting

Kai Pelayo, community affairs manager of Monsanto, 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.


U.S. Coast Guard receives recognition

State Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey (West Maui, Maalaea, north Kihei) presented a certificate to the U.S. Coast Guard District 14 on May 25 in recognition of “the important work they do in protecting our Maui waters” as part of National Safe Boating Week.

National Safe Boating Week began 60 years ago to encourage all boaters, paddlers, sailors and fishermen to enjoy America’s waters responsibly.

According to McKelvey, the U.S. Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for 70 percent of all boating accidents.

“Through basic boating safety procedures — carrying lifesaving emergency distress and communications equipment — boaters can stay safe on the water,” said McKelvey.

“On average, 650 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the U.S. and thousands more are injured. It’s through the hard work and steadfast vigilance of the men and women of the Coast Guard that many accidents have been prevented and lives saved.”


2 Maui students win writing award

Leila Baqui and Kaydence Lilio from Kamehameha Schools Maui are among 25 winners of the 12th annual My Hawai’i Story Contest focused on the environment. The students will be presented with awards and prizes at the Hawai’i Conservation Conference on July 25 at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Ulu Ka Lala I Ke Kumu: From a Strong Foundation Grows an Abundant Future,” which means “The Branch Grows From the Tree Trunk.”

My Hawai’i is an annual environmental writing contest for middle school students in grades 6, 7 and 8 from across the state. The top 25 poems and short stories were selected from 281 submissions and will be published in an anthology that is distributed to schools and libraries statewide.


2 Hana graduates receive scholarship

Two Hana High School graduates, Fara Ulaleo Aina and Sara-Ann Kanaka’ole, have been awarded $2,000 each, a laptop and a Da Kine backpack by the Kukui Malamalama Scholarship program. The scholarship award is administered by Hana Maui Trust.

Aina has been accepted to the Culinary Institute of America in New York and will be attending in the fall.

Kanaka’ole will be attending University of Hawaii Maui College to study Hawaiian studies/language.