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Ross store hosts donation drive

Ross Dress for Less will accept donations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui through Feb. 26.

The donation drive is part of a four-week program, “Help Local Kids Learn,” sponsored by Ross and the clubs.

Every year, nearly 4 million young people are served by the Boys & Girls Clubs, an announcement said.

All proceeds will benefit island youth clubs. Each $3 donation provides an hour of homework help for a youth, and $15 helps keep a keiki safe after school.


Some businesses will observe holiday

Public schools and federal, state and county offices will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.

Residential trash pickup will not be affected. The Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed. The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost Greenwaste will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. Olowalu Recycling will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

All public libraries will be closed from Saturday through Monday.

The Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina libraries will be shuttered Tuesday.

The Maui News business offices also will be closed Monday.


OHA offers free documentary shows

A documentary film on the return of Chief Kalani’opu’u’s sacred cloak and helmet will be screened beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Iao Theater in Wailuku, the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced.

Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m.

OHA is hosting screenings on Maui, Kauai, the Big Island and Oahu as a way to promote and share Native Hawaiian culture.

In 1779, the chief gave his ‘ahu ‘ula (cloak) and mahiole (helmet) to Capt. James Cook when the English explorer landed in Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii island. While Cook was later killed on Feb. 14, 1779, the chief’s gifts sailed to Europe with the crew and ultimately were exhibited at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, according to OHA.

In March, a partnership among OHA, the New Zealand museum and Bishop Museum, with support from Hawaiian Airlines, led to the return of the cloak and helmet to Hawaii. The documentary film Na Hulu Lehua: The Royal Cloak & Helmet of Kalani’opu’u tells the story of the chief, his treasures and the cultural awakening of their return to the islands.


Summer Fun Guide seeks submissions

The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 9.

To have an activity included in the guide, submit the following information:

* Name of program and for what ages.

* Sponsoring organization or business.

* Program times and dates.

* Location of the program.

* Description of program.

* Cost of the program.

* Contact information.

The deadline to submit information is noon March 31. Year-round programs will not be accepted for the guide.

Information may be emailed to Leah Sherman at, faxed to 242-9087 or mailed to Summer Fun Guide, The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.

Photos may be submitted for use on a space-available basis. Shots of people doing things are preferable; group shots are unlikely to be used. Photos may be emailed in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.