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Harold Okumura (left) and Masao Motooka shared their memories of World War II during the first nisei veterans speaker’s series March 11 hosted by the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Kahului. -- MELANIE AGRABANTE photo

World War II nisei veterans share their personal stories

Two World War II nisei veterans shared their personal stories March 11 during the first of a speaker’s series hosted by the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center located at One Go For Broke Place in Kahului. Event moderator David Fukuda, whose father was the only nisei commanding officer in the ...

Malama Maui Nui launches Great American Cleanup

Malama Maui Nui is inviting volunteers to “be the bridge from mauka to makai” during the month of April. As part of Keep America Beautiful’s annual Great American Cleanup, Malama Maui Nui is encouraging volunteers, churches, organizations and businesses to form their own block cleanups ...

Free learn-to-swim classes for children and adults

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division announced it is offering free swim classes this spring for both children and adults. Classes, schedules, locations and registration details are as follows: • Swimming Stroke Development and Conditioning Classes for ...

Coach Soichi Sakamoto teaches stroke technique to his swimmers.

UH-MC to screen ‘Coach’

University of Hawaii Maui College will screen a digitized version of “Coach,” a 30-minute documentary that tells the story of how Maui plantation kids trained in irrigation ditches in the 1930s and went on to win national and, in some cases, Olympic championships, under coach Soichi ...

Dan Galpern

Local Briefs

Attorney to speak on climate change Attorney Dan Galpern will be giving a public presentation on climate change, the rule of law and the national interest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 726 S. Kihei Road in Kihei. Galpern is a public ...

Students encouraged to apply for financial aid ‘sooner than later’

FAFSA is an acronym that every student — and their parents — needs to know. It stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and it is the pathway to myriad types of financial aid. Last year (2016), if you filed your FAFSA by March 1, you were right on track — that’s the ...

Lahainaluna students perform at Shakespeare competition

Lahainaluna High School recently held its annual English Speaking Union Shakespeare Monologue Competition with the assistance of Theatre Theatre Maui and Shakespeare coach Katherine Cloutier — who was accompanied and assisted by actor Rick Schneideman. The judges were three well-known Maui ...

Kealani Schmitt (from left), Skyler Schmitt, Barbara Steinberg and Leila Schmitt hold up their best art with certificates of excellence presented by Steinberg.

Animal Kindness Club Art Class has graduation

The Maui Animal Kindness Club Art Class art exhibition graduation took place March 8 at the Kenolio Bridge Club in Kihei for 12 keiki art students of Barbara Steinberg. All students received a certificate of excellence for their three best paintings. Their families participated by saying ...

New mural depicts Hawaiian goddess

FIRST PHOTO: Combining his two very diverse loves — graphic arts and marine biology — Kamehameha Schools Maui senior Toby Plunkett painted a mural on the side of an outbuilding at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui’s Haiku Clubhouse, a place he has called a second home for eight years. ...

Concert on Saturday will benefit Hawaiian immersion preschool

The Hawaiian immersion preschool of Punana Leo o Maui invites the public to celebrate a living Hawaiian language at its 30th annual Ho‘omau Hawaiian Music Concert from 9 a.m. to sunset Saturday at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului. The event will feature Hawaiian musicians, Hawaiian ...

Vendors sought for Kuhio Day celebration

The 28th annual Prince Kuhio Day Celebration will unfold from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 1 at Paukukalo Hawaiian homestead. Organizers are seeking craft and food vendors, who may contact Lori Rabanes at senabar@aol.com or 463-2463 for application forms. Vendors pay $75 each and supply their ...

STEM Imagineers raising funds for trip

The Pukalani STEM Imagineers are raising funds to attend the VEX IQ World Championship in Louisville, Ky., in mid-April. The team won the STEM Research Project award at the Hawaii State VEX IQ Robotics Championship to qualify for the world competition. It needs to raise $25,000 by April 20 to ...

Volunteer leadership training at MEO on Friday

The County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Volunteer Center announced it is hosting a leadership mastery training from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., Classroom A, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. “Create Balance, Inspire Others & Sustain ...

Local Briefs

Tours of historic church at event Tours of the historic Makawao Union Church will be held every hour during the Spring Fair on Saturday. Beginning at 9 a.m., Pastor David Schlicher will guide groups around the outside and through the interior of the stone building, which will be 100 years old ...

Bridging the technology generation gap can bring families closer

By HEATHER GREENWOOD JUNKERMEIER For The Maui News Some grandparents (and great-grandparents) feel overwhelmed by the constant changes in technology. According to Alan Kay, a computer scientist, there are reasons for that. “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were ...

Benefits of Lean Startup methodology for businesses touted at workshop

The old adage “If you build it they will come” flew out the door during Maui Economic Development Board’s “Business Model Canvas & Lean Startup Overview” workshop held on Feb. 15. In its place came the advice to all entrepreneurs and small business owners: “Best to not build ...

Honor Rolls

BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL 2nd Term Principal’s Commendation List 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average Note: (+) denotes students with grade-point average above 4.0 because of student work in Advanced Placement, college-level classes. Grade 9 — Anastasha Luz Aco, Glenn Jacob Agorilla, Ryce Andres ...

Zedekiah Yadao-Rurbianes (from left), Stephanie Blanza, Savannah Aroyan and Kanoa-Justis Blue are shown with new bikes provided via a donation from members of the Business Network International No Ka Oi Chapter. Aroyan is a Maui Youth & Family Services counselor and the three kids are MYFS participants.

Bikes and helmets facilitate Project Venture program

Members of the Business Network International No Ka Oi Chapter on Maui recently donated money to provide bicycles and helmets to kids at nonprofit Maui Youth & Family Services. MYFS empowers youths and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled ...

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Preparing a meal at the shelter

The Kiwanis Club of Maui volunteered to help with feeding homeless people at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center on Feb. 18. The club donated and prepared a kalua pig and cabbage dinner with all the extras for 60 people. Featured in action are Dorothy Bennett (from left), Alex Bennett, ...

Molokai 6th-grader Olapa Duvauchelle compares notes with judge Ernest Rezents, retired professor emeritus from UH-Maui College. Duvauchelle’s project was titled “The Effects of Different Water Mixtures on the Germination of Crotalaria juncea Seed.” The 58th Maui County Regional Science & Engineering Fair was held Feb. 28 in the UH-Maui College’s Pilina Building.   The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Maui County Regional Science and Engineering Fair results

The 58th annual Maui County Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place Feb. 28 at University of Hawaii Maui College. The results are as follows: Representing Maui County at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif. on May 14-19. First Place: Evelyn ...