Local Briefs

Christmas Project seeks volunteers

Now in its 17th year, Imaika’s Christmas Project is getting underway in organizing this year’s Christmas Breakfast for the less fortunate. It will take place Dec. 23 at Kihei’s Kalama Park fronting the basketball courts. Setup begins at 4:30 a.m. and the breakfast lasts until around 8 a.m. or until everything is gone.

Organizers are seeking volunteers and donations, including a pastor or someone willing to donate 20 minutes of his or her time at the event.

Suggestions for donations: gently used clothing (washed), jackets, sweaters, books, reusable bags, shoes, toiletries, towels, wrapped gifts and fleece blankets. The organization is also looking for bottled water, snacks and gift cards. Apples, oranges, pastries and other fresh items can be arranged to be picked up closer to the event. Drop-off dates will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 on the open lawn beside First Hawaiian Bank in Kahului and across the used car lot. Look for the signs.

For more information, call Cheryl Padaken at (707) 486-5235 or Hyde Batson at 359-1080.


Keiki and staff will take part in drill

Kamali’i Elementary School in Kihei will have an off-campus evacuation drill from 9 to approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Everyone on campus will evacuate to Moana Estates Park, located on Liloa Drive.

The school staff requests that community members and visitors drive carefully when students and staff are walking along Kealii Alanui Drive and Liloa Drive during the evacuation.


Paper presented at national expo

Poliala Dickson, a graduate of the Maui High School class of 2000 and currently in her second year of teaching at Tennessee State University, was invited to present the dissertation she wrote for her doctorate at the American Public Health Association 2018 annual Meeting & Expo, which took place Nov. 10-14 in San Diego, Calif.

Dickson is an assistant professor in TSU’s Department of Human Performance and Sports Sciences. Her paper it titled “Identifying Perceived Barriers To Weight Management in Native Hawaiian Women.”


3 leading women topic of presentation

The American Association of University Women’s meeting on Saturday will feature a presentation about three of Maui’s most accomplished women.

Author and historian Gail Ainsworth will discuss the influential roles of Queen Ka’ahumanu, Edith Smith Baldwin and Patsy Takemoto Mink in shaping the history of Maui. Ainsworth is a retired University of Hawaii Maui College librarian.

The business meeting will begin at 10:30 am., following by the speaker at 11, and lunch at noon at Moose McGillycuddy’s, 2511 S. Kihei Road in Kihei.

RSVP with menu selection to Virginia Shaw at aauwspeakermeeting@yahoo.com There will be a $3 meeting fee for AAUW members and a $5 fee for guests.


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Maui Pride invites the community to join its observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Kamaole I Beach Park in Kihei. Organized by local transgender author and activist Danielle Bergan, transgender activist Jennifer Pribble and transgender activist Tiare Sua, the event will commemorate all those transgender men and women who suffered violent, senseless deaths in 2018.

During the event there will be a reading of the names of those who have been killed this year. Anyone in attendance is welcome to participate. The event will end at sunset with a flower ceremony. All those who would like to participate are asked to bring loose flowers.

Transgender Day of Remembrance, a nationwide event, was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was brutally murdered in 1998.


Pizza sales will benefit Arc of Maui

Arc of Maui County will have a fundraising event at Flatbread Co. in Paia from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

In addition to Flatbread Co.’s donation of a portion of all pizza sales, Arc of Maui County will host a silent auction with a variety of donations from local individuals and businesses.

Funds raised will enable Arc of Maui County to purchase new recreational and educational equipment for its adult day programs.

Flatbread Co. is located at 89 Hana Highway.


Boy Scouts to sell Christmas trees

The Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America will have a Christmas tree sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8 at Camp Maluhia. There will be a bake sale and hot beverage stand open. Admission is free.

Tree shoppers will be able to select a Norfolk pine tree to cut down themselves. Some hand tools will be provided but visitors may bring their own. No power saws are permitted. There will be many sizes of trees to choose from. Suggested donation for trees is $5 per foot. Cash or check will be accepted.

For more information, call 244-3724, ext. 1, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Authors will sign books at store

Maui authors Malia Bohlin and Elaine Gallant will have a book-signing event at the Maui Friends of the Library store at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday.

They will be joined by members from Maui Writers Ink, publishers of two short story collections, “Short Stories and Poems” and “Supernatural Tales,” written by fellow Maui authors.

Bohlin is author of “Left at Hiva Oa,” the story of an around-the-world adventure gone drastically awry, leaving one sailor alone on a frantic mission to save his own life.

Gallant is author of “The 5th C: A CIA Novel,” a tale of international intrigue involving a new CIA officer tasked with a simple mission but soon catapulted into the darker shadows of the world’s diamond trade.

Copies of all books will be available for purchase, benefiting Maui Friends of the Library.


Meeting set for men with cancer

The Men’s Cancer Support, Advocacy & Educational Group has initiated a new interactive support platform for its bi-monthly meetings for men in Maui County. Men are welcome to join from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday by calling (646) 749-3129 and entering the access code: 222-583-973#, #.

Instructions for joining via computer or smartphone can be found at pacificcancerfoundation.org or by phoning Peter Kafka, the moderator, at 298-1655.

These live, interactive phone-in meetings, sponsored by the Pacific Cancer Foundation and AnCan.org are designed to empower men to deal with what can often be a life-changing diagnosis.


Mediation training offered in Kihei

Nonviolent Communication for the Next Generation will present mediation training at a private location in Kihei from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. The training will feature Jori and Jim Manske, and Hawkeye Lannis, trainers, mediators, speakers and facilitators of Nonviolent Communication.

The mediation training will focus on skills to resolve conflict in relational means, focusing on needs of parties involved, with win-win outcomes.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $250, with limited scholarships available. More information can be found at www.nvcnextgen.org or by calling (682) 302-2247.


Retreat for vegans on Maui, Big Island

In Defense of Animals is hosting its first-ever Vegan Spirituality Retreat from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 at a private veganic farm on Maui and from Dec. 4 to 9 at a private vegan sanctuary on the Big Island.

Participants will enjoy vegan cooking classes, self-care workshops, excursions and ceremonies with Alessandra Rupar-Weber, Ayako Hashimoto, Rae George, Lisa Levinson and Vanessa Marsot.

Enrollment is limited. Gluten-free and raw meal options are available. To register, visit www.idausa.org/hawaiiretreat. For more information, contact Levinson at (215) 620-2130 or lisa@idausa.org.


Art workshops set in West Maui

Maui Arts League will sponsor two oil painting workshops in West Maui Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 25-27. Each three-day workshop offers classroom, demo and personalized field instruction for 12 professional or amateur artists.

Tuition costs $428.66; participants provide art equipment and materials. To register and download a supply list, visit www.celebrateartonmaui.org and click on “Events.”

Both art workshops are part of the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational art event, Feb. 16-24, now in its 14th year.