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Maui festivities planned for Martin Luther King Jr.

A blessing, march, speeches and entertainment will be held Monday in front of the Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa will issue a proclamation at 8:30 a.m. at the Stone of Hope monument in front of the county building, which will be followed by a blessing.

A march will begin at 9 a.m. with participants including the Hawaii Government Employees Association, Hawaii State Teachers Association and the Maui United Buddhist Association. The march will go along High Street heading north, turn down Main Street toward Kahului, hang a right on North Church Street, then up Wells Street and back to the county building, said Ayin Adams, the event coordinator for the African Americans on Maui Association.

Adams said the public is invited to attend all events including the march.

A hula halau from Central Oahu, Na Wahine O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu’uwai, along with Maui Taiko and a band from King Kekaulike High School will be performing at the event following the march, she added.

There will be entertainment, speeches and food vendors until noon. 


Flags at half-staff to honor Rep. Bertha Kawakami

Gov. David Ige has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff today in honor of former state Rep. Bertha Kawakami.

She died Nov. 30 and her memorial service is set for today. The former lawmaker was 86 years old.

“Rep. Kawakami positively influenced the lives of many of Hawaii’s youth while serving at the Hawaii state Department of Education for more than 30 years,” said Ige. “I first knew her as an educator on Oahu. Throughout her lifetime, she was committed to working for Hawaii and making our state a better place to live.”


Kihei Charter School plan to be covered at KCA meet

Updates on construction on the new Kihei Charter School campus, a new county governance structure proposal and a Hawaiian signage project are on the Kihei Community Association agenda Tuesday evening at the current Kihei Charter Middle School, 41 E. Lipoa St.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The gathering will afford members the opportunity to meet the new board members as well.

The association collects nonperishable food and cash donations for the Maui Food Bank.

Membership is encouraged but not required to attend.

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