Local Briefs

Laulau plates will finance halau trip

A Central Maui halau is selling $10 presale tickets for a laulau plate that will be available at First Friday Wailuku on July 7. The plate includes kalo (taro), sweet potato, rice and pohole fern salad. Plate pickup is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Native Intelligence shop.

Tickets are available at Native Intelligence, or from Lei Boteilho at 298-7195 or leilani_kamalei@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit halau members taking a Tahiti and Rapanui huaka’i hele (trip) next summer to mark the 15th anniversary of Na Hanona Kulike ‘O Pi’ilani, led by na kumu hula Sissy Lake-Farm and Kapono’ai Molitau.


Whole Foods helps culinary educators

Whole Foods Market Hawaii has selected the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation as its statewide nonprofit partner for its Community Giving Day on Thursday.

Five percent of net sales from all three Whole Foods locations in Hawaii — including Kahului on Maui — will go toward supporting the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation’s mission of promoting culinary education for Hawaii’s community college and high school students and educators.

Whole Foods Market hosts Community Giving Days twice a year to benefit local nonprofits. Members of the HCEF board will be at each store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to meet the public and explain HCEF programs.


Adolescents of the Arts at Maui Mall

Maui youths will showcase their art at the Adolescents of the Arts: 2017 Art Exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday in Suite B-8 at Maui Mall. Guests will be able to view and purchase art to benefit adolescent artists, as well as donate to the Maui Family Support Services. Admission is free and open to all.

Lexi Figueroa, a senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui, is curator of the exhibit.


Solstice celebration today at heiau

Aloha in Action will have its annual Summer Solstice celebration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at Kukuipuka Heiau.

Lei’ohu Ryder and Maydeen ‘Iao will share blessings, talk story and music during the celebration, which also serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Kukuipuka Ohana. The entire suggested $30 donation will go to maintenance expenses and the preservation of the site, according to an announcement.

For more information, including location, directions, heiau protocol and what to bring: www.leiohuryder.com.


Lahaina Rotary Club wins award

For the second consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset has been named small club of the year at the Rotary International 2017 District 5000 conference. District Gov. Clint Schroeder presented the award on the final day of the conference, which took place May 19-21 at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.

Clubs were judged in several categories. Award patches were presented to first runner-up and first place in each size division for six categories: community service, club service, vocational service, youth service, international service and public image.

Lahaina Sunset won small club of the year for earning first-place awards in public image, vocational, club and international service, and first runner-up awards for community and youth service. The club also received the prestigious District Governor’s Citation.

Small clubs are defined as having 29 members or fewer. There are 31 small clubs in District 5000.


Veterans council donates Bush book

The Maui County Veterans Council is giving all the Maui County libraries, including the University of Hawaii Maui College library, a copy of President George W. Bush’s book, “Portrait of Courage.”

The book is about 98 Iraq-Afghanistan veterans whom Bush has met and invited to his ranch in Texas for mountain biking and golf. He did an oil painting of each of the veterans, accompanied by a bio of that soldier, which tells how they were injured and their journey to recovery.

Maui County is home to approximately 10,000 veterans, according to Doug Scherer of the Maui County Veterans Council. He said placing the book in Maui County libraries pays homage to all veterans and their supporters.


Maui assessors win national award

The Maui County Real Property Assessment Division received a 2017 Excellence Award for appraisal and tax solutions at the recent Tyler Public Sector Excellence Awards in San Antonio, Texas.

Maui County sought to accomplish its long-standing goal of meeting the International Association of Assessing Officers’ standards on property inspections. The county formulated a plan to integrate data from outside sources into its iasWorld software so that management and staff could use the data in conjunction with real property data to make the sales validation and permit processing tasks more efficient, according to a news release.

Through a single view of data, staff discovered more time for field inspections with access to comprehensive data all within iasWorld — reducing duplicate data entry and increasing efficiencies.


Seabury Hall wins math bowl — again

Seabury Hall’s Upper School Math Team won first place at the 39th annual Hawaii State Math Bowl on May 6 at the BYU-Hawaii campus in Laie, Oahu.

The team took first place for the fourth year in a row, a news release said. Eighteen public and private high schools from across Hawaii competed in the event. The Math Bowl is a math competition open to all high schools statewide and sponsored by the Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Seabury Hall’s official team, coached by Sean Wilson, is composed of senior Jesse Doan, freshman Steven Doan and sophomore David Shiraki. They took top honors in Division A by earning a total of 85 points out of a possible 90.

They also earned the highest overall score in the competition, surpassing larger schools in Division AA such as McKinley, 80 points; Iolani, 54 points; and Punahou, 53 points.

Sophomore Alana Battad, freshman Jason Huynh and junior Mikhaila Sung also participated in the event.