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Stephanie Ohigashi

Three Nihon Bunka awardees will be recognized at annual JCS event

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui will welcome the Year of the Dog at its annual Shinnen Enkai (New Year) dinner on Jan. 27 at the Elleair Rainbow Room at the Maui Beach Hotel. The Shinnen Enkai will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the traditional otoso (sake welcome) with no-host cocktail hour to ...

Wild foods advocate to lead demonstration

The public is invited to join Blue Zones Project for a cooking demonstration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. The cooking demonstration is part of a monthly series of events held on the second Friday of every month at QKC’s Center Court and is hosted by Malika ...

Laurelee Blanchard

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Animal sanctuary founder to speak “Paradise Found! What Farm Animals Teach Us About Compassionate Living,” a presentation by Laurelee Blanchard, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center. Blanchard is founder of the Leilani Farm Sanctuary, an all-volunteer, ...

Honor Rolls

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS Maui Middle School Second Quarter Headmaster’s List 4.0 Grade-Point Average Grade 6 — Kealoha Baricuatro, Alyssa Fernandez, Keegan Gantala, Kalei Lono, Malia Marin, Kadence Merritt, Haylee Pruse, Caroline Sloper, Emi Wunder Grade 7 — Haley Agustin, ...

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the most endangered animals in the world. It’s one of only two mammals indigenous to Hawaii’s terrestrial environment and is the state’s official mammal. --   Maui Ocean Center / SHAWN CALEY photo

Hawaiian monk seal faces ‘rough seas’ in its recovery

“Do you see that line of cliffs overgrown with ti leaves? Do you see that stone lying there, shaped like an ‘ilio, a dog, with the head, the body, and all the features of a dog?” . . . When Wahine‘oma‘o had spotted the stone, she said, “ Oh Hi‘i, I do see the stone you are talking ...

Brian Stoneburner (from left), Julia Wagner, Theresa Marzan and Donna Keanini of Princess Nahienaena Elementary School are shown with Josh Fukagawa, Duke’s Beach House Manager, at the awards presentation.

Restaurant recognizes teachers

Duke’s Beach House recently recognized Brian Stoneburner, Donna Keanini, Julia Wagner and Theresa Marzan of Princess Nahienaena Elementary School as Educator of the Month for August, September, October and November, respectively. Stoneburner, head custodian, was nominated for taking pride ...

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: Maui Electric Co. recently presented the Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America and The Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i each with $10,000 donations. The funds are provided through Maui ...

Kihei Elementary School Student Council Members Maya Connolly (from left), Lyric AhPuk and Ava Arai display the bags and boxes full of donated toys for children who receive support from Maui Family Support Services.

Kihei students conduct toy drive

The Kihei Elementary School Student Council sponsored a toy drive for children who receive support and services from Maui Family Support Services. Thirty-six grade-level classrooms each provided up to three gently used toys for the community service project. More than 125 toys were ...

Grants

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui with an ‘Ahahui Grant in the amount of $4,000. The funds will be used for a communitywide cultural event: the Makahiki Games, traditional Hawaiian games of skill, stamina and strength. The event will feature several ...

The Rodrigues family received Christmas gifts from Maui Memorial Medical Center through Maui Family Support Services Adopt-A-Family program. Pictured with members of the family are hospital staff members.

Hospital workers adopt 40 families

Maui Memorial Medical Center staff members provided hundreds of Christmas gifts for 40 Maui County families in need through Maui Family Support Services Adopt-A-Family program. The hospital started off in the program with just one department participating a couple of years ago, but it has ...

Local Briefs

Coral to be subject of talk Wednesday Aaron Hartmann, a Hrdy Fellow in conservation biology, will discuss “The Trials and Tribulations of Baby Corals” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. Hartmann will discuss the earliest life stages of corals, highlight new ...

Tourists walk around the Taj Mahal as workers clean the monument in Agra, India, on Dec. 5. Travel guidebook publisher Fodor’s has published a list of where not to go in 2018 that includes the Taj Mahal. -- AP photo

Overtourism, safety cited in list of places to avoid

As you contemplate all those “where to go in 2018” lists, here’s a twist: a list of places to avoid in the new year. The where not to go list is from Fodor’s, the travel guidebook publisher. Fodor’s “no list” includes places plagued by overtourism and destinations with safety ...

Workers walk past “Toy Story” character Woody at the construction site of Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2011. A new 11-acre Toy Story Land is expected to open in 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. -- AP file photo

Disney’s Toy Story Land looms large in 2018 theme park news

If you’re planning ahead to spring and summer trips, and your family loves theme parks, you’ll want to know about some of the new rides and attractions debuting in the new year. Disney’s Toy Story Land One of the most anticipated openings for 2018 is Toy Story Land , expected to open ...

Attendees of a Morningstar investment conference walk beneath banners at the McCormick Center in Chicago on June 24, 2010. Understanding mutual fund share classes could save investors hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long term. -- AP file photo

Wrong mutual fund can rob years of retirement income

You may not know it, but there’s a class system inside your investment portfolio. At least there is if you own mutual funds, as nearly 55 million households do. Mutual funds are frequently divided into share classes, which essentially means different fee levels. The same fund — with the ...

The 2017 Chrysanthemum Festival Court and their escorts are: Princess Kristi Echiverri and Kawika Fernandez (from left), Princess Jaelynn Nobriga and Logan Cabanilla-Aricayos, Queen Paige Maki Nagahama and Kai Iinuma Nakaaki, Princess Makaylen Tadeo and John Williamson and Princess Sokha Furumoto and Caleb Perreira. -- Nagamine Photo Studio photo

Chrysanthemum Festival queen crowned

Paige Maki Nagahama, 17, of Wailuku was crowned the queen of the 65th Chrysanthemum Festival on Dec. 2 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. A senior at Seabury Hall, she is the daughter of Paula Diep and Hank Rapoza. The princesses are: • Jaelynn Nobriga, 17, of Kahului, ...

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Montessori students visit Hale Makua residents

Montessori School of Maui elementary school students performed and brought gifts for Hale Makua residents in Kahului on Dec. 14. The children and their families brought more than 100 gifts for the residents, which included socks, slippers, electric shavers and a CD player. This is an addition ...

Local Briefs

Food drive underway in Kaanapali The Fairway Shops in Kaanapali is teaming up with Skyline Eco-Adventures Ka‘anapali for a holiday food drive to benefit Maui Food Bank. Through Jan. 15, people can drop off a nonperishable canned food donation at the Skyline Ka‘anapali location and ...

New UH-MC club highlights the true meaning of the season

As most of you read this, your children are anxious with anticipation about the presents that await them on Christmas morning, and you may be well into planning the Christmas meal that is traditional in your family. Perhaps you’re even looking ahead to your New Year’s celebration. Most of ...

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Students collect food

Makawao Elementary School Students collected 1,500 pieces of canned and dry foods for the Salvation Army. It was part of the school’s Student Government Food drive Nov. 13 to 17. The drive has been going on for more than 10 years. 

Gifts delivered to Molokai children

Maui Preparatory Academy coordinated dozens of volunteers to fulfill the holiday wish lists of children in Child Welfare Services on Molokai. The student-led delivery was made possible through the combined efforts of Maui Preparatory Academy, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., Lahaina Grill, Kahana Door ...