Local Briefs

Book drive for young patients

St. Anthony School 8th-grader Kali Spalding’s love for reading motivated her to launch a new book drive for young patients at Kapiolani Medical Center on Oahu.

“I hope, through my book drive, to comfort children that may find peace in the pages of a good book,” Spalding said. The book drive will conclude Sept. 22.

Donors are encouraged to drop off new books geared for middle and high school-age students between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, at St. Anthony School. A specially marked box is located at the Science Quad near the main high school office for public donations.

Spalding’s goal is collect 500 books. Barnes & Noble bookstore has already contributed 250 books, Maui Wedding Flowers has donated 40 books, and Lowe’s on Maui has donated collection boxes.

Donors with more than 25 books are asked to contact Spalding prior to drop-off. Contact information is listed at 808kalgraceschool.wixsite.com/mysite.


Deadline extended for MHS reunion

The deadline to sign up for the Maui High School Class of 1977 40th reunion events in October has been extended to Sept. 20.

The reunion weekend begins from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12 with banquet night at The Seascape Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. The cost to attend is $75 per person. There will be a no-host cash bar.

Stag night for class members only will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 at Oskie Rice Arena in Olinda. There will be a buffet dinner with coffee, tea and water. Attendees may bring their own alcoholic beverages, and event organizers urge those who do so to have designated drivers.

The cost is $35.

The final organized event of the reunion weekend, the Aloha Family Picnic, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Kalama Beach Park. It is a potluck with the class providing paper goods. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed because the event is in a county park.

The cost is $10 per family.

Email RSVP to Ione (Daniels) Nobriga at inobriga1@gmail.com. Checks, which are nonrefundable, should be made payable to MHS Class of 1977 and may be sent to Sheila Talon, P.O. Box 1732, Makawao 96768.


Energy fair at QKC on Saturday

Maui Electric Co. will present games, interactive displays, hands-on demonstrations and entertainment at the free Maui Electric Energy Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Dedicated to all things energy, the fair is an opportunity for the family to learn and explore, according to an announcement.

Back again this year is Maka, the Super Energy Saver mascot who teaches keiki how to be energy-saving heroes that catch the energy villains lurking in their homes. The event will feature displays on renewable energy, power generation and distribution, and energy conservation and efficiency.

Entertainment will be provided by Maui Zenshin Daiko, Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy, Arlie-Avery Asiu and others. Attendees can meet with community partners who join in Maui Electric’s mission to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy: Auwahi Wind Energy, Hawaii Energy, Maui Economic Development Board’s Island Energy Inquiry, Maui High and Lihikai Elementary schools’ Robotics Clubs, County of Maui Department of Water Supply, Save Our Seabirds, Maui Science Center and Pacific Biodiesel.


Coral bleaching topic of film

Organizing for Action is partnering with the Chasing Coral team and University of Hawaii Maui College Sustainable Science Management to give a free public presentation of the award-winning documentary “Chasing Coral” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UH-MC Campus, Ike Lea Science Building, Room 144.

“Chasing Coral” won the Best Documentary Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was shot in Australia and Hawaii, among other countries.

The presentation is free and open to the public. A panel discussion with Q&A and recommendations will follow with Maui environmental scientists and educators who have done research on coral bleaching, its overall health and its importance to the environment. Seating is limited.


Nene logo contest accepting entries

Haleakala National Park’s annual Nene Awareness Day logo contest is accepting entries. The contest ends on Sept. 21.

Students in grades 6, 7 or 8 can draw or paint an original logo about nene on one 8.5-by-11-sized paper and include a short slogan about one of the following ideas: 1. Why nene are special, or 2. What people can do to protect nene. The park will accept one entry per student. All entries must include the student’s name, school, teacher, grade and a phone number or email contact for the student’s parents or guardians.

Three winners will be chosen. Each will receive a prize of their choice from books and games donated by the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of the park. The three winners’ families will each receive a park annual pass ($30). All entries and students’ names will be on display in the park’s Headquarters Visitor Center beginning on Nene Awareness Day, Sept. 26.

Winners’ parents or guardians will be contacted by Sept. 25. Mail entries to: Nene Logo Contest, Interpretation Division, Haleakala NP, P.O. Box 369, Makawao 96768. Contest information can be found at www.nps.gov/hale/getinvolved/index.htm.


Toastmasters move to Area 3 Contest

No Ka Oi Toastmasters Club has announced the winners of its club contest in the Humorous Speech and Speech Evaluation on Sept. 8.

Gina Gormley took first place for her humorous speech “A Huge Dude,” and Carrie Rogers won in the Speech Evaluation category. Both will move on to the Area 3 Contest from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Toastmasters International Club members from clubs across Maui are coming together to compete. This event is free and open to the public.


Smart Driver Class scheduled in Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from noon to 4:15 p.m. Saturday at the South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 56 Ehiku Loop in Kihei.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years and older, but all adults are welcome to attend. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate. The $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

To register, call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.


Disaster training for teens to begin

The Maui County 4-H program is offering youth preparedness and educational outreach program known as MyPI (My Preparedness Initiative) Hawaii on yet-to-be-determined dates this month.

The program will be offered as an after-school weekly program at various Boys and Girls Clubs on Maui. Students do not need to be current 4-H or Boys and Girls Club members to participate in the program and there is no cost to participate. Those graduating from the program will receive a backpack of preparedness materials and be eligible to complete the Maui County disaster simulation to become Community Emergency Response Team recognized.

For additional information regarding MyPI Hawaii or to sign up for the program, contact Nancy Ooki, 4-H Youth Development Programs, UH-Manoa Extension and MyPI Hawaii program coordinator, at ooki@hawaii.edu or 244-3242, ext. 225, or Malik Bell, education specialist at the Boys and Girls Club, at 242-4363, ext. 228. Additional information is available at www.mypihawaii.org.