Local Briefs

Farmer and intern to speak at market

Farmer Norman Abihai and agricultural intern Kepa Revelle will speak on “Cultivating Youth Farmers” at 11 a.m. Saturday during the inaugural bimonthly Keokea Farmers Market.

The free market offers fresh produce, crafts, food and rummage from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and last Saturdays of the month, through Dec. 30.

The nonprofit Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association hosts the farmers market at its 3-acre Keokea nursery site next to Grandma’s Coffee House in Kula.

Abihai and Revelle are to discuss their experiences and perspectives as a veteran cultivator and youth farmer, respectively. Abihai grows indigenous and endemic plantings of Mana Lauloa and Piialii varieties of kalo, plus awa, banana, mango and dozens more edibles on his 1-acre Waiohuli homestead.

Revelle is an intern on Abihai’s farm. The Kamehameha Schools Maui 2017 graduate plans to study music in Texas two years, then pursue environmental studies at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.


Meeting to outline fellows program

Applications are being accepted for the Ka Ipu Kukui 2017-18 Fellows Program.

People interested in developing leadership skills are invited to an introductory event at 5 p.m. Friday at the Maui Economic Development Board’s Malcom Center at 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite No. 1, in Kihei. Information also may be found at www.kikfellows.org.

A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program is a yearlong course designed to help develop and train future leaders.

The program requires active participation during the year, for approximately two to three days each month, depending on the activities planned.

Approximately 14 to 16 fellows will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the board of directors for the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program. Applicants will be notified by early August. The deadline for applications is July 15.


Youth SING IT! winners announced

Lahaina Cannery Mall has announced the winners of the first SING IT! Youth Singing Competition, which took place June 24.

Twenty Maui youths competed to win cash prizes totaling $1,800 and a professional recording session.

• Thirteen-year-old Jacqueline Brown’s performance of “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “Little Mermaid” brought her the highest point total of the day, and she was awarded the $1,000 first-place prize.

• The second-place prize of $500 went to Jena Mukai, 14, who sang “On My Own.”

• Placing third, and winning $300, was Alexandra Hays, 11, for her performance of Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova.”

• The “People’s Choice” award went to Preston Summit, 13, who received the loudest cheer after his performance of “Bet On It” from the movie “High School Musical.” As a recipient of this award, Summit gets a recording session in a professional recording studio.


Kukui tree uses topic of workshop

Kukui, Hawaii’s official state tree, will be the topic of a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului.

Kukui has many uses, ranging from food to medicinal applications. Lei and natural dyes can be made, and kukui nut oil can be burned as fuel for torches.

Cultural practitioner Ko’i Lum will show participants how to make ‘inamona (a Hawaiian relish) and lamalama (a torch) from parts of the kukui tree.

The cost is $25 for members of the garden and $50 (which includes membership) for nonmembers. For reservations, call 249-2798.

This workshop is sponsored by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.


AAUW lunch bunch to meet

The American Association of University Women’s lunch bunch will meet at noon Tuesday at Kamana Kitchen, 1881 S. Kihei Road in Kihei.

To RSVP, contact Sara Green at (907) 350-4700 or alaskagal515@gmail.com and type “lunch bunch” in the subject line.


GoFarm seminar set at UH-MC

The University of Hawaii Maui College Agriculture and Natural Resources Department will host the next GoFarm Hawai’i@Maui AgCurious seminar from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 12.

This seminar is for people interested in becoming production farmers in Hawaii. Applications for the next cohort of students for the GoFarm Hawaii beginning farmer training program will be handed out at this seminar.

To RSVP, contact Pedroo@hawaii.edu. For more information, visit www.gofarmhawaii.org.


Rummage sale set for Saturday

The Hale Mahaolu Ekolu Club will present a rummage sale and silent auction from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 717 Makaala Drive in Wailuku.

Sale items will include food, clothing, crafts, bedding and household items.


Clubs prepare meal at center

The Kiwanis Club of Maui and Hawaii Swim Club joined forces June 10 to provide 50 residents of Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center with a dinner of beef broccoli, homemade egg rolls, rice and baked chocolate chip cookies and ice cream for dessert.

Eighteen volunteers contributed 54 hours of community service. Hawaii Swim Club member Paige Nagahama organized the project.


Cleanup effort seeks volunteers

Get the Drift and Bag It! — a monthlong series of community cleanups organized by Malama Maui Nui in partnership with the County of Maui — is calling on residents and visitors to organize a coastal cleanup in Maui County on Sept. 16.

Register to participate by calling 877-2524 or visit malamamauinui.org.