Local Briefs

Solar telescope is topic of lecture

There will be a free community lecture about the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope being built on the summit of Haleakala at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

Kathleen Tatem will discuss instruments being developed on Maui and how they will be used. The talk will conclude with a discussion of questions about time and electrodynamics.

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

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Second 50/50 Day event opens in Paia

The second 50/50 Day will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Paia Community Center.

The #GettingTo5050 Movement advocates a gender-balanced world across all parts of society, from the economy and politics to culture and home. The event will include short films, take-action pledges and discussion.

Admission is free. This event is for people ages 9 and older.

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MOKK plans annual rummage sale

Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai will hold its annual rummage sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Maui Okinawa Cultural Center, 688 Nukuwai Pl. in Wailuku.

Located near Sack N Save in Wailuku, the sale will include food, plants, toys, books, CDs and DVDs, kitchenware and new and used items.

For more information, call the office at 242-1560.

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Maui Matsuri kickoff is at QKC

The 18th annual Maui Matsuri Kickoff will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

There will be taiko performances, Japanese dancing and a coloring contest by Sanrio Kaahumanu. The event will conclude with bon odori (bon dance) practice around the stage — those with no experience are invited to join in.

Other events are planned May 2 through 5, culminating with Maui Matsuri Festival Day at University of Hawaii Maui College on May 5.

For more information, visit mauimatsuri.com.

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Visitation set for preschoolers

Wailuku Elementary School will hold a prekindergarten visitation from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Preschoolers entering kindergarten next school year (2018-19) should report with their parents to the school cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. Parking will be available at the county park.

For more information, contact the school office at 727-5500.

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Rummage sale at Good Shepherd

There will be a rummage sale for Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Parish Hall at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2140 Main St. in Wailuku.

Sale items will include clothing, housewares, foot-wear, toys and books.

The event will include a chili-and-rice pickup from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for presale ticket holders.

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Housing concerns is topic of meeting

The Faith Action for Community Equity Housing Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at Iao Congregational Church in Wailuku.

The agenda will include a discussion of the Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a special presentation by Victor Geminiani of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. The center recently published a report titled “Hawaii Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing and Hawaii’s Economy.” The report states that “1 in 3 homes in Lahaina are vacation rentals.”

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Stan Franco at 214-3575.

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25th He-Man event planned at Slim’s

Slim’s Power Tools will present the 25th annual He-Man Competition from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 142 Kalepa St. in Kahului.

Thirty-three male and female contestants will compete. During the preliminary rounds, each contestant uses hand tools in a series of four events with the fastest four competitors moving on to the final round.

“It’s not always the biggest person that wins,” said Rand Okemura of Slim’s Power Tools and coordinator of the He-Man Competition. “The competition tests speed, skill and accuracy and it showcases the convenience of using power tools.”

For more information about this event, contact Okemura at (808) 841-0902 or rand@slimspowertools.com.

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