Local Briefs

Homelessness and hunger on agenda

Joyce Kawakami, CEO and founder of Feed My Sheep, will share her ideas on eliminating homelessness and hunger on Maui during Thursday’s Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon at Tante’s Restaurant.

The meeting is open to the public and lunch is from the menu. The restaurant is in the Maui Seaside Hotel, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

For more information, call 244-6603.


Internment exhibit will open Friday

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center exhibit “Internment: Stories from Maui” will open Friday and run through Feb. 23.

It will available for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and by appointment Saturdays.

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of Japanese-Americans, German-Americans and Italian-Americans to camps in the United States. Approximately 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were interned, including some on Maui and elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands.

The exhibit features personal stories, photographs and information on the two locations on Maui that served as detention centers. Japanese-Americans in Hawaii were being arrested prior to Executive Order 9066, according to a news release. Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military personnel began rounding up Japanese residents in Hawaii whom they perceived to be influential in the community, including businessmen, priests, Japanese-language schoolteachers and professionals.

Mauians, including Teiichiro Maehara, Kiyoji Hotta and Shigeru Murakami, were interned in camps on the Mainland while their sons lost their lives on battlefields in Italy while serving in the U.S. Army.

For more information, contact NVMC Executive Director Deidre Tegarden at 244-6862, 276-5756 or deidre@nvmc.org; or see www.nvmc.org.


QKC will hold Noon Year’s Eve party

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center will hold its second annual Let’s Noon Year’s Eve Together! Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kahului mall.

There will be free crafts for keiki, face painting, balloon making and strolling magic, along with Noon Year’s Eve hats, tiaras and horns.

The countdown to a balloon drop will begin just before noon.

There will be giveaways and a QKC Resolution Wall where members of the public can can write their 2018 resolutions.

For more information, see www.queenkaahumanucenter.com.