Local Briefs

Team forming for crater work

Haleakala National Park and the Pacific Whale Foundation are recruiting volunteers for a plant removal project on Saturday. Participants will be picked up at Maalaea Harbor at 7:30 a.m. or at the main parking lot of the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani at 8:15 a.m. Volunteers work for three hours and will be dropped off by 3 p.m.

Work includes physically removing young pine trees and small invasive plants from the Summit District. Training, hand tools, gloves and other equipment will be provided. Sign up by 11 a.m. Friday at 249-8811. Space is limited.


World AIDS Day event at museum

Maui AIDS Foundation will recognize World AIDS Day 2017 and its 30th anniversary as an organization at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House museum, 2375 Main St. in Wailuku. This free event is open to the public, and includes free parking and refreshments.

The event will be both a remembrance of those who have died from complications of HIV/AIDS and recognition of the 30 years that Maui AIDS Foundation has dedicated to the community.

“We have come a very long way in our fight against HIV, but that fight is not over,” said foundation Executive Director Steve Hire. “We remember everyone we have lost. We are also extremely excited about recent advances in HIV prevention and treatment. The good news is that we no longer fear HIV as a death sentence.”

Along with case management services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, the organization provides confidential and free testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and syphilis on an appointment basis by calling 242-4900. Office hours at 1935 Main St. No. 101 in Wailuku are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, and Saturday by appointment.

For more information visit www.mauiaids.org.


Winterfest open to community

Pomaikai Elementary School in Kahului will present Winterfest from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. This free community event will include cookie decorating, local artisans, food and a visit by Santa.

For more information, visit www.pomaikaiwinterfest.weebly.com.


Waikapu meeting set for Tuesday

The Waikapu Community Association will hold its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Waikapu Community Center.

The agenda includes a presentation about current and proposed developments. There will also be voting on the 2018 board, for which the association is seeking candidates.

For more information, visit www.waikapumaui.org or www.facebook.com/waikapumaui.


Rose Parade official speaking in Wailea

Barry Rosenfeld of Bakersfield, Calif., will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea today at Mulligans on the Blue.

Rosenfeld has been director of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee for the last three years.

He spends much of his time working with families with special-needs children, according to an announcement.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15. For more info, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Presentation all about coconuts

Kai McPhee, owner/operator of Punakea Palms, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Maui on Thursday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului.

McPhee will talk about the health benefits of coconuts, the different stages of growth, their uses and some of the tools he uses to extract the coconut water and coconut meat. He will also explain how to make coconut milk.

Visitors are welcome; lunch is from the menu. For more information, call 244-6603.


Plant and pottery sale at UH-MC

The annual University of Hawaii Maui College Christmas Plant and Pottery Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the UH-MC greenhouse and ceramic studio. This year, students have grown nine varieties of poinsettias. Poinsettia bowls and hanging baskets will also be available, along with a selection of rare native plants and trees, ornamentals and Hawaiian chili pepper plants.

The crop-production students will be selling freshly picked vegetables from the campus farm; the beekeeping students will be selling newly harvested honey from the agriculture program apiary; and the ceramic students will have handmade pottery in various sizes, colors and styles.

All proceeds benefit the agriculture and natural resources and ceramics programs at the college. Use the Wahinepio Road entrance across from Keopuolani Park near the recycling area and park in the small lot near the greenhouse.


Haircuts will benefit cancer patients

The American Cancer Society will present a “Cut Out Cancer” event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Plush Beauty Lounge at Lahaina Gateway, 335 Keawe St., No. 22.

The lounge will provide a free haircut and styling for those who donate their hair to make wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. There will be light refreshments, Christmas crafts and activities, gift-wrapping, jewelry pop-up sale and giveaways.

For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/RFLWMcutoutcancer or call 244-5554.


Waldorf Holiday Faire set in Kula

The Haleakala Waldorf School Holiday Faire will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be local and international craft vendors, food, live entertainment, a silent auction, hands-on crafts, a bake shop, handmade wreaths, games and puppetry.

Haleakala Waldorf School is located at 4160 Lower Kula Road in Kula.


Mini-bazaar set at Po’okela Church

Po’okela Church, 200 Olinda Road in Makawao, will have a mini-bazaar from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The selection will include plants, books, household items, clothing, baked goods and kalbi bento. For more information, call 573-0903.


Vision group will meet today

The Vision Impairment and Blindness Education and Peer Support Group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today at the Ohana Health Plan office, 285 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

Guest speaker Judy Guajardo will talk about fall prevention. The public is invited. For more information, contact kathleenk@alohailhawaii.org or call 866-4690.