Local Briefs

The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono will be decorated for an open house tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event, called Lei of Aloha 12, is a benefit for Hokulani Holt’s halau hula, Pa‘u O Hi‘iaka. Tickets are $40.

Lei of Aloha 12 benefits halau

Lei of Aloha 12 will take place at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The open house tour of the award-winning, historic bed-and-breakfast inn is a benefit for Hokulani Holt’s halau hula, Pa’u O Hi’iaka. Tickets are $40.

The day also features music, hula, poetry readings, light snacks and beverages, and A Hawaiian Country Store with gift items for purchase.

The contemporary Hawaiian musical trio Ahumanu will release its new CD, “Kahi Aloha,” at the event.

For tickets, contact (808) 264-1820 or shoopiicool@gmail.com.


Decorators sought for golf cart parade

Pukalani Community Association’s Christmas Fair and Electric Golf Cart Parade will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Pukalani Country Club, located at the end of Pukalani Street.

Organizers are seeking cart decorators to help with the electric golf cart parade. Cart entry is $50 and carts are provided by the Pukalani Country Club.

The event will feature a crafts and gifts fair, food, activities for children, a cookie baking contest hosted by Lala Sweets, entertainment and, once darkness decends, the electric golf carts, decorated by community members and businesses, will begin to proceed down the ninth fairway parade route. A special visit by Santa will highlight the parade.

Tickets will be sold at the event and are $2 per person with free admission for children under 12. Funds raised will support programs at Pukalani Elementary School and King Kekaulike High School. Participants are advised to bring blankets and beach chairs.

For information on how to participate in the event, email donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.


Pub fundraiser will benefit native birds

A “Pint Night for the Birds Benefit” will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Maui Brewing Co. in the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center. 

Half of the pub profits from house beers sold that night will go toward protecting native birds on Maui, as part of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. 

The organization reminds attendees to drink responsibly and have a designated driver. 


World AIDS Day event planned

Maui AIDS Foundation will recognize World AIDS Day 2018 at 3 p.m. Saturday at Iao United Church of Christ, 2371 W. Vineyard St. in Wailuku. Parking is free, and appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day (#WAD2018), which takes place on the first day of December each year worldwide. The day is recognized as the first-ever global health day for people to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

Established in 1987 as Maui County’s only AIDS service organization, Maui AIDS Foundation provides services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS along with outreach, education and screening for local communities at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

“This year’s World AIDS Day theme is #KnowYourStatus,” said Maui AIDS Foundation Executive Director Mark Anderson. “Getting tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections gives you the knowledge to protect yourself and your partners. We urge everyone in Maui County to join the initiative and learn their HIV status. Now is the time to take the test, take control and #KnowYourStatus.”

For more information on World AIDS Day and Maui AIDS Foundation, visit www.MauiAIDS.org.


Harvard Club will meet on Saturday

The Harvard Club of Maui will have its annual meeting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the mauka pavilion of the Wailea Point condominiums, 4000 Wailea Alanui Drive. All existing and prospective members are invited. Contact club President Maury Davenport at mauryd221@msn.com for details and to RSVP.


‘What’s up in Haiku?’ theme of meeting

The Haiku Community Association will hold its last meeting of 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Haiku Community Center. Doors will open at 6.

The meeting theme is “What’s Up in Haiku? What’s in the Pipeline?” and will feature updates on local infrastructure and community projects from state and county officials and local community members.

Representatives from county Public Works, Maui Police and Fire departments, state Department of Education and the newly elected County Council member have all been invited to present updates and answer community questions.

Hamakualoa Aha Moku Council will also offer updates, and focus areas will be chosen for Haiku’s 2019 Community Mapping project.

HCA will also have a table of brand-new Haiku logo wear for sale and sneak preview of the silent auction items that will be featured at the Dec. 4 HCA benefit night at Flatbread Co. in Paia. Flatbread will provide free pizza for attendees at Wednesday’s meeting and other potluck pupu is welcome. All who attend are asked to bring nonperishable food donations for the Maui Food Bank.

For more information, visit haikumaui.org.


Large garage sale set in Makawao

Makawao Hongwanji Mission will present its annual winter garage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1074 Makawao Ave.

More than 3,000 square feet of items will be offered for sale. Items include furniture, antiques, dishes, books, small appliances, crafts and clothes. There will also be food, plants and a country store.

For more information, call 572-7229


Nominations sought for annual award

Japanese Cultural Society of Maui President Deron Furukawa has announced that nominations are being sought for the prestigous Nihon Bunka Award, which is given to individuals in the community who have dedicated their lives to helping perpetuate the Japanese culture or those who have shown excellence and contributions to the Japanese arts and/or culture and for their selflessness in sharing their talents with the community.

To nominate someone, visit jcsmaui.org/nihonbunka/ to complete a form online. Deadline for nominations is Dec.15.

For more information, contact Lynn Araki-Regan at 280-1299 or arakiregan@gmail.com.


Hawaii Nature Center seeks volunteers

Individuals, businesses and civic groups are needed to spruce up Hawaii Nature Center’s Maui campus that includes site beautification, landscaping and light construction projects. The volunteer work takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Next date is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 875 Iao Valley Road in Wailuku.

To support this service day, contact Kapua@HawaiiNatureCenter.org for details. RSVP is required.

The nonprofit organization’s Maui campus in Iao Valley suffered serious flood damage due to heavy rains over the last three years. The cleanup continues to restore the property to best serve the Maui community.

HNC on Maui also seeks donation of the following supplies: Badger sunscreen, dish towels, forever postage stamps, folding tables and chairs, insect repellent, walkie-talkies, waterproof cameras and a wheelbarrow. Contact Jeeyun@HawaiiNatureCenter.org to coordinate drop-off of donations.


Friends of park plan social event

The Friends of Haleakala National Park invites the public to join its members to talk story and enjoy a cold brew at the Kohola Brewery, a local craft microbrewery at 910 Honoapiilani Highway in Lahaina, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The benefit “Science and Culture Night with the Friends of Haleakala National Park” will showcase the nonprofit’s work to support the national park and help native species thrive on Haleakala. Attendees can also learn about opportunities to volunteer with the group in the crater at the summit plant nursery or in Kipahulu, to donate to the Endangered Species Fund, and even to “Adopt a Nene.”

Drinks and food are available for purchase from the brewery and the Ono Taco food truck.

More information about the Friends of Haleakala National Park and its service trip schedule can be found at www.fhnp.org.


Brain health topic for guest speaker

The Rotary Club of Kahului will welcome Elaine Slavinsky to its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului.

Slavinsky’s talk is titled “Maintain Your Brain.”î She is a hospital discharge planner and a lecturer at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She was the Maui program director for Alzheimer’s Association, clinical director for Hospice Maui, and director of nursing at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Tante’s is located at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. Lunch costs $20.


Club plans final potluck of 2018

The Italian American Social Club of Kihei will have its last monthly potluck meeting for 2018 at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Theresa Hall at 25 Lipoa St., Kihei. As always, members are encouraged to provide a salad, main dish, or a dessert to share with the group.


STEM Exploration Day at Maui Waena

Maui Waena Intermediate School’s STEMworks AFTERschool Program is hosting a hands-on learning event for the public on science, technology, engineering and math on Saturday.

The STEM Exploration Day runs from 8 a.m. to noon inside room 0-101. The event is open to everyone ages 4 and older.

Families may take their photo for Christmas and greeting cards, and even design their own border and background. Visitors also may explore the school’s digital playground and take classes in video production, animation, coding, Photoshop and game design.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase and a $5 recommended donation is requested. Snow globes and thermogenic slime also can be created and purchased.

For more information, call Jennifer Suzuki at (808) 385-2942 or email mwis.suzuki@gmail.com.