Local Briefs

Free VA home loan seminar planned

Tony Dias, Department of Veterans Affairs home loan specialist, will be hosting a free VA home loan seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the J. Walter Cameron Center.

At the seminar, veterans can learn how to utilize their VA Home Loan benefit to purchase or re-finance a home up to $679,650 with no money down, no private mortgage insurance and have more than one VA loan at a time.

Dias will also addresses how veterans can re-finance into a VA home loan from other loan programs to lower their monthly payments.

Space is limited. To register, call (808) 224-5767. Refreshments and snacks will be served. The Cameron Center is located at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.


Internship seeks five candidates

The deadline to apply for the paid Na Hua Ho’ohuli i ka Pono conservation leaders internship program this fall is 8 a.m. July 27.

Interested candidates must be available for 19 hours a week Oct. 1-Dec. 22. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and housing accommodations.

There are five available positions with the following agencies: Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy.

Applicants will be selected through a competitive process, which includes a formal application, criminal history check and interview. Interns will earn a biweekly living allowance of $475 and have the potential to earn a bonus of $1,250.

For more information, visit www.nhhphawaii.org. Questions about the program may be directed to Program Coordinator Serena Kaldi at serena@nhhphawaii.org or (808) 727-2184.


Video-making class at Akaku

There will be a Basic Video Storytelling and Production Class from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays July 20 to Aug. 20 at Akaku Maui Community Media in Kahului.

Basic Mac competency and Introduction to Akaku are prerequisites to take this course.

This class will teach the basics of field video production and news-gathering skills, including both the interview process and narration. Students learn about field cameras and production methods, plus basic editing.

Once completed, graduates who register as Akaku production associates are certified to use field equipment and reserve time for editing in the Media Lab.

The cost is $299 for nonmembers, $264 for members and $150 for youths. To register, visit akaku.org/classes or call 871-5554.


Summer dance tickets on sale

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will host a Summer Bash dance at Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a no-host bar and refreshments.

For more information, contact Lydia DelaCruz, ticket chairperson, at 244-3263.


Ukulele subject of presentation

The Hawaiian Serenaders — Richard Tom and Mele Fong — will share information about the ukulele from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Makawao Public Library.

Attendees will learn the instrument’s history, types, parts, how to tune it and how playing the ukulele has evolved from rhythm accompaniment to a solo instrument.

The husband-and-wife duo also will demonstrate how applying different rhythm patterns affect the feel of a song.

Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.