Local Briefs

Liv Baker

Wild animal welfare subject of free talk

“The Clear Case for Compassionate Conservation: Living in a World Where All Animals Matter,” a talk by Liv Baker, Ph.D., will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Compassionate Conservation is an emerging, multidisciplinary field of science that reimagines our relationship with and responsibility for wild animals by recognizing that we need a conservation ethic that prioritizes the protection of other animals as individuals, valued in their own right, not just as units of populations and species. It seeks to inspire scientifically and ethically sound conservation practices.

Baker is a conservation behaviorist and an expert in wild animal welfare. Her talk is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Food will be provided by Down to Earth in Kahului. Admission is free; no reservations are required. For more information, contact (808) 385-2790, jerome.kellner@gmail.com, or visit vsh.org. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


Roz Baker

MEO gala honors Sen. Roz Baker

More than 275 businesses, community members and legislators gathered at Maui Economic Opportunity’s second annual Gala on March 2 to honor state Sen. Roz Baker for her years of service representing the people of Maui County.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stated in a written address, “For over 25 years Sen. Roz Baker has devoted countless hours of advocating for issues that affect the quality of life for the residents of Hawaii and has been a staunch supporter of MEO’s mission and work.”

MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe said, “We are so grateful for Sen. Baker and her thoughtful care and concern for the people we serve.”

MEO is a nonprofit community action agency, and as Maui County’s sole anti-poverty organization serves nearly 18,000 individuals and families annually.

For more information about MEO and its programs, contact Chief Operating Officer Gay Sibonga at 249-2990 or gay.sibonga@meoinc.org.


St. Patrick’s Day party benefits Rotary

Nevah Too Late will provide the dance music at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s fifth annual “Go For The Green” St. Patrick’s Day party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Molokai Ballroom of the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali.

Event proceeds will support recycling in West Maui, scholarships for local students and various projects in the community.

“We are thrilled to have Nevah Too Late back for a return engagement for our St. Patty’s Day party” said Kyoko Wills, fundraising chair. “We invite the community to join us as we kick up our heels and have a great time, all for a good cause.”

The “Go For The Green” St. Patty’s Day party will include a no-host bar, dinner buffet, dancing and silent and live auction. Silent auction items will be posted on the 32auctions website prior to the event. Attendees may purchase tickets in advance for $100 per person ($125 at the door), which includes dinner and two drinks.

Tickets are available at www.universe.com/goforthegreen2019. For information on the event and event sponsorship, or to donate silent auction items, call Wills at 206-5062.


Fundraiser set at Hale Mahalou Ehiku

The Ehiku Seniors Club in Kihei will present its semiannual arts and crafts, baked goods and rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Community Room of Hale Mahalou Ehiku, 56 Ehiku St.

There will be local crafts, snacks and more available for purchase.

The Ehiku Seniors Club is a social and resource center for local kupuna. A nonprofit organization provides information and resources, as well as planning low-cost social and cultural outings for kupuna. The club will also accept donations of items for sale.

For more information, contact club President Judith McGowan at 879-6978.


AAUW Lunch Bunch to meet on Tuesday

American Association of University Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 808 on Main, 2051 Main St. in Wailuku. RSVP with menu choice to Sara Green at aauwlunchbunch@gmail.com with Lunch Bunch in the subject line, or call Sara Green at (907) 350-4700.


Event to honor king’s birthday

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation will present a free community event honoring the birthday of Hawaii’s longest reigning monarch, King Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III), from 4 to 6 p.m. March 17 at the King Kamehameha III Elementary School cafetorium. Popular academic lecturer Ron Williams Jr. will give an illustrated research presentation. A light pupu reception will follow.


Vencl will appear at Kaupo meeting

Terryl Vencl, community liaison for Mayor Michael Victorino, will be the guest speaker at the Kaupo Community Association meeting set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Kaupo School.

There will be committee reports on school restoration and community building.

A potluck lunch will follow.


Cannabis for seniors topic of program

Michael Backes, researcher and author of the best-selling book “Cannabis Pharmacy,” will be the featured speaker at the University of Hawaii Maui College’s continuing Lunch & Learn Series on Saturday.

Backes will talk about why more Hawaii seniors are using medical cannabis to manage age-related conditions. The presentation will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at UH-MC. The $20 registration fee includes a hot buffet lunch and class materials. To register, visit cannabis4seniors.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited.

During the lecture, seniors and caregivers will also learn how to find the best cannabis product for their situation and about proper dosing.

Backes will also discuss smoke-free cannabis products available at licensed dispensaries. The final 30 minutes will be reserved for questions and answers.

UH-MC has plenty of free parking, including reserved handicapped stalls, and ADA-accessible facilities. Guests should enter from Wahinepio Avenue; the event will be on the second floor of the Pa’ina Building.

Backes will also give a presentation titled “Truths & Myths About Medical Cannabis” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday as part of the ongoing Akaku Upstairs Salon series at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

To RSVP, visit conta.cc/2Ex92ij or call 871-5554.


Escape room topic for guest speaker

Guest speaker Kit Zulueta will speak about the Mystery Maui Escape Room in Wailuku at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligan’s on the Blue.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Volunteers sought for crater project

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for an overnight service project in Haleakala Crater March 24 to 26.

The group will hike into the crater and stay free for two nights in Holua Cabin while doing work to protect native plants and nene habitat.

A maximum of 12 persons can be accommodated on each trip.

Participants must be physically fit and able to hike in and out of the crater carrying a backpack with their sleeping bag, personal items and a share of the food. Tools are provided by the park.

To join this trip, first visit and register at www.fhnp.org. For a reservation for this trip or a future trip scheduled on the website, send email to or call the leader whose contacts are listed on the service trip page.


Sale planned at Po’okela Church

Po’okela Church in Makawao will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The selection will include books, household items, furniture and clothing.

The church is located at 200 Olinda Road. For more information, call 573-0903


Credit union doubles scholarship funding

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has issued a call for scholarship applicants for its Lowell Kalapa Scholarship Program for the 2019-20 school year. Doubling its scholarship grant funding from $40,000 in 2018, Hawaii State FCU will award $80,000 to 20 deserving Hawaii students planning to attend a fully accredited university, college or trade/vocational school. Each student will be awarded $4,000.

The deadline to apply is March 31.

The Lowell Kalapa Scholarship is open to all Hawaii State FCU members and their dependents.

For more information about eligibility or to apply, visit www.hawaiistatefcu.com/scholarships.


Cordage workshop planned at gardens

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului will host a cordage-making workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The craft of using cordage, or rope, to bind materials together was highly developed in Hawaiian culture. In this class, students will learn various techniques for making cordage.

Participants will explore fibers from a variety of native and canoe plants with UH-Maui College lecturer Cathy Davenport.

She has taught a variety of classes at UH-MC, most currently Hawaiian field biology. She holds a Master of Science degree in ethnobotany from UH-Manoa, where Isabella Abbott was her adviser.

The cost is $50 for nonmembers or $25 for current garden members.

Email info@mnbg.org or call 249-2798 for reservations. This workshop is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.