Local Briefs

Friends of national park announce meeting

The Friends of Haleakala National Park invites the public and all past and present volunteers to its annual membership meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in the downstairs meeting room, 91 Pukalani St., across from the Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center.

Park representatives and Friends officers will give updates about 2018 achievements and challenges, and attendees can contribute to discussion of upcoming plans for the nonprofit’s work to protect and improve the park in 2019. FHNP members will elect officers for 2019, and refreshments will be served.

FHNP membership dues are $30 a year. New members can join and current members renew at the annual meeting, or by clicking “join us” at fhnp.org.


Managing editor to kick off free series

Maui Business Brainstormers invites Maui business owners to its “Rock Your Business in 2019” event, a series of free educational workshops being offered in January.

The workshops will kick off with Lee Imada, managing editor of The Maui News. He will give a one-hour presentation on creating a news release at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall. Sign-in starts at 9:45.

Attendees will learn the difference between a free news release and a paid advertisement. Imada will explain how to write an effective news release from the media’s perspective and the elements that should be included.

The two following sessions are “Wi-Fi Standards” at 11:30 a.m. with Joseph Bardwell and finally a three-speaker panel beginning at 1:45 p.m. on “Be a Champion of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service” featuring Debra Finkiewicz, Diane Haynes Woodburn, and Alyson Winters.

The entire day of events is free, but seating is limited. RSVP with MBB at www.Meetup.com/MauiBusiness

Brainstormers. Online RSVP is required. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.


Whale watch cruise will benefit AAUW

Tickets are on sale for the American Association of University Women’s annual whale watch cruise. The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. March 3. Check-in time will be 2:15 p.m. in front of the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Maalaea store.

The cruise is the major fundraiser for AAUW’s three scholarships, which have been awarded annually since 1987 to women who have completed two years of post-secondary education and plan to continue their studies at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Tickets are $40 each and include pupu and door prizes. Naturalists on board the PWF’s catamaran will talk about whales, and beer and wine will be available at the cash bar. Checks should be made out to AAUW-Maui Branch.

For tickets, contact Pat Gotschalk at pagotschalk@gmail.com or 868-0418. Cash donations for the scholarship fund are welcome.


Vendors and crafters sought for keiki festival

Organizers of the 2019 Valley Isle Keiki Fest are looking for crafters and vendors for the festival set for April 13 at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Great Lawn. The theme is “Celebrating the Keiki — April, the Month of the Young Child.”

Booth space costs $125 for vendors selling keiki-related items. Nonprofit groups providing “hands-on” activities for children will have their fees waived. All vendors are subject to approval by the Keiki Fest.

Main sponsor of the Keiki Fest is the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle in partnership with UH-Maui College, Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation, 4-H Maui and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui.

To reserve booth space or for sponsorship information, call Vanessa Kina at 250-2777 or Rachel Phillips at 283-9043 or send email to keiki