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Newly installed Kihei Toastmasters Club President Cara Flores (from left) is shown with other officers Ann Elaine Johnson, Farima Joya and Rita Massey at the Jan. 17 swearing-in ceremony.

Kihei Toastmasters Club installs new officers

The new year brings new club officers to the Kihei Toastmasters Club. Maui Area Director Ann Elaine Johnson installed the following officers at the Jan. 17 meeting: Cara Flores as president and vice president membership; Johnson as vice president education and treasurer; Farima Joya as vice ...

2-day boating licensing course to begin in Kihei

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an introductory two-day About Boating Safely course from  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (7:30 a.m. registration) and  9 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 at the NOAA/Whale Sanctuary building, 726 S. Kihei Road in Kihei. Completion of both the Saturday and Feb. 12 ...

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‘Aloha Sugar’ video contest seeks entries Akaku is hosting a video storytelling contest about what sugar has meant to Maui and, more importantly, what a post-sugar future might look like to all residents of Hawaii. Akaku is accepting submissions for 2- to 10-minute videos (Sugar ...

Peduncle throws are one of many aggressive behaviors used by a male humpback in a competition pod. Raising its tail above the surface, the whale slaps its peduncle (muscular body part that connects to the tail) against the water, sending a resounding “crack” to ward off approaching males.   MAUI OCEAN CENTER photo

Male humpbacks use a number of tactics to threaten rivals

As the countdown to Valentine’s Day begins you may sense that love is in the air, but for one of the ocean’s largest swooners the season of love has already been in full swing. February through March is peak season for the estimated 10,000 humpback whales that migrate through the ...

Honor Rolls

KING KEKAULIKE HIGH SCHOOL 2nd Quarter Na Haumana Hanohano (The Honor Students) Pookela 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average These students earned higher than 4.0 GPAs because of their work in Advanced Placement, college-level classes. Grade 10 —  Malia Barker, Nicolas Deel, Preston ...

Mel Fukunaga (left) receives an engraved bowl in recognition of joining the Volunteer Examiner Century Club by administering his 100th amateur exam session on Dec. 2. He is shown with from Tom Worthington, president of the Maui Amateur Radio Club.   SHAWN BOECKMAN photo

Mel Fukunaga recognized for giving 100 amateur radio exams

The Maui Amateur Radio Club recently honored Mel Fukunaga, KH6Y, for his long-term dedication to amateur radio licensing on Maui. The Federal Communications Commission issues amateur (ham) radio licenses, however since 1982 the FCC has authorized private organizations to administer the ...

AARP Hawaii Volunteer State President Gerry Silva (left) and AARP Hawaii State Director Barbara Kim Stanton (right) present state Sen. Roz Baker (center) with a “2016 Capitol Caregiver” award for her efforts to pass the CARE Act last year.

AARP presents Sen. Baker with award for her support of family caregivers

AARP Hawaii advocacy volunteers from Maui and across the state descended on the state Capitol Jan. 17 to talk with lawmakers about AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities for the 2017 session. The volunteers, dressed in red AARP shirts, hosted a coffee hour for lawmakers and their staff, then ...

Donors sought for February blood drive

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is seeking donors for its February blood drive. To make a reservation for one of the times listed below, call (808) 848-4770 or visit bbh.org. The drives are subject to change. • Feb. 20 — 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., UH-Maui College Pilina Building, multipurpose ...

Volunteers will read to 1st-graders during ‘5 Million Words Challenge’

Rotarians across Hawaii are celebrating children’s book author Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2 with the “5 Million Words Challenge.” Taking place from Feb. 27 to March 3, the weeklong program is a partnership between Hawaii Rotary District 5000, the Department of Education, State of ...

Heart health theme of inaugural ‘Life is Why’ fair

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and the American Heart Association will present the inaugural “Life is Why” fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. This family-fun event will feature a “Heartfelt” fashion show, an array of heart-healthy booths including blood ...

Friends of Haleakala Park volunteers hike through an area known as Pele’s Paint Pot. A service trip to the crater is planned from Feb. 18 to 20.

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Volunteers sought for crater service trip Volunteers are needed for a service project in Haleakala Crater with the Friends of Haleakala National Park from Feb. 18 to 20. The group will hike into the crater, stay free in Holua Cabin, and work on protection of native plants in the crater. In ...

Hawaii federal court co-sponsors civics contest for students

A civics contest organized by the federal courts of the western United States offers high school students a chance to win cash prizes while learning more about constitutional conflicts that arose during one of the most momentous periods in the nation’s history. “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal ...

Melan Evangelista (from left) and Judina Hass of Servco Subaru Maui present Nancy Willis of the Maui Humane Society with a check for $5,000.

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: Subaru Hawaii has donated $30,000 to local nonprofits as part of its “Share the Love” sales campaign, now in its sixth year. The Maui Humane Society received $5,000 of the ...

Hale Makua offers Nurse Aide Scholarship Program

Hale Makua Health Services has announced a new Nurse Aide Scholarship Program, which aims to offset the cost of attending a state-approved nurse aide training program and encourage more people to work at Hale Makua. The organization has determined that one of the major challenges for ...

Mardi Gras Maui to raise funds for HIV services in Maui County

The Maui AIDS Foundation will host its sixth annual Mardi Gras fundraiser at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea on Feb. 18. The VIP event begins at 6 p.m. with a New Orleans-inspired dinner created by Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst. A live auction will follow, along with live entertainment ...

Hui No‘eau Art Affair 2017 tickets on sale

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center will present Art Affair 2017, its premier themed-art auction and social event, from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 25 at the center in Makawao. Proceeds from Art Affair enable access to visual arts programming for all ages and abilities throughout the year. The evening ...

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Walking, biking encouraged

Maui Bike League members Sharyl Boren (from left), Sookie Kunst and MBL Steering Committee members Frank De Rego, Sandra Hoapili McGuinness and Anne Rillero recently attended an event at the University of Hawaii Maui College to celebrate the selection of Central Maui as a Blue Zones Project ...

Program supports eco-initiatives of K-12 students and teachers

Kupu, a Hawaii conservation and youth education organization, and Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation have launched the Hawai‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge, a new mini-grant program to support emerging environmental projects from Hawaii’s public, private and charter schools. Students and ...

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Two workshops kick off MEDB’s Startup Weekend Maui Series

The Maui Economic Development Board will offer two workshops in February as part of its 2017 Startup Weekend Maui Series. Entrepreneurs interested in jump-starting their new business or fine-tuning their existing business are encouraged to attend either or both of these sessions. Workshops will ...

Water protection theme of student video contest

The county Department of Water Supply is presenting a source water protection video contest. The contest is open to all Maui County public, private and home-schooled high school students from grades 9 to 12. Classroom teachers are invited to encourage their students to participate. Video ...