Local Briefs

Four students to talk about the stars

Four Maui students will share their interest in the study of stars during a 6:30 p.m. presentation Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

Lucas Lavin, Jordan Vaughn, Zain Jabbar and Celeste Jongeneelen will give a free talk titled “The Interest in Our Stars II.”

The research center is located at 34 Ohia Ku St. in the Kulamalu development.

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Disaster prep topic of UH-MC meeting

The Maui Association for Family and Community Education will present a free mini-conference from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Community Service Building at University of Hawaii Maui College. The public is invited.

Featured will be a representative from the Red Cross and Marc Nishimoto, Ph.D., from the Maui District Health Office, with information on disaster preparedness. There will also be a cooking demonstration.

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Raffle celebrates 80 years of service

Maui Federal Credit Union is giving away 80 gifts in a social media raffle to celebrate 80 years of serving the families of Maui. Social media users can follow @MauiFCU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find more details on how to enter. Those who are not on social media may visit the credit union at 107 E. Wakea Ave. in Kahului to enter the raffle.

The raffle culminates at the institution’s 80th annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 25 at the Maui Beach Hotel. A grand prize will be drawn before the commencement of the business meeting and election results.

Tickets are on sale for the annual meeting for $15 if purchased by Friday, and will cost $30 afterward.

Tickets are limited to the first 300 Maui FCU primary members only, and includes lunch and a free gift. For tickets, call 873-5050.

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Pukalani school council will meet

The Pukalani Elementary School Community Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the school library.

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Education grant taking applications

Applications are being accepted for the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund. This Monsanto Fund grant program is open to public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai.

Established in 2005, the fund helps provide Hawaii public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance science education in the schools, and encourage students to consider a future career in the sciences.

The 2018 application deadlines are April 25 and Sept. 25. Applications can be downloaded at www.monsantohawaii.com (click on “Community,” then “Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund”) or by contacting any one of Monsanto’s farm stations on Maui 891-8830 or Molokai (808) 553-5070.

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Overnight service trip to crater set

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for an overnight service project in Haleakala Crater over the Prince Kuhio state holiday weekend, March 24-26.

To join this trip, first visit www.fhnp.org where more information can be found about the organization’s mission and work to preserve and protect the park. Then for a reservation, email the trip leader who is listed on the website.

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Scholarships will be awarded to 5 seniors

The Maui Association for Family & Community Education is offering $2,000 scholarships to be awarded to five seniors graduating from high schools on Maui in 2018.

The selection criteria include being a Maui resident for the last five years; maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale; demonstrating financial need; and exhibiting good character in the community and at school.

Students must plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year postsecondary educational institution full time.

The deadline for applications is April 7. The 2018 MAFCE application packet is available at high school counselors’ offices.

For more information, email mauifcescholarship@gmail.com.

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