Local Briefs


C-SPAN official to Speak at Rotary

Vanessa Torres, a marketing specialist for C-SPAN Networks, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kahului’s weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine.

Torres will be speaking about the C-SPAN Bus that will be visiting schools, universities and historical sites while on Maui and Oahu. C-SPAN is a private, not-for-profit company whose vision is to make government more open to the public, televising political proceedings to those all over the country, a news release said.

The bus will arrive on Maui on Tuesday. The tour will showcase C-SPAN’s nonpartisan resources and the programing it plan to gather that will air on C-SPAN in October. It is titled “Hawaii Weekend,” a news release said.

Lunch is $20. For more information, contact club President Gary Albitz at 281-9672 or albitzkrotary@gmail.com, or see www.kahuluirotary.com.


AARP to present retirement workshop

AARP Hawai’i is offering a free “Think of Your Future” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kaunoa Senior Center, 401 Alakapa Place in Spreckelsville.

Topics presented at the workshop include finances, Medicare and Social Security.

AARP membership is not required to attend. There’s also no age limit or minimum. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold, according to an announcement.

To register, call 1 (877) 926-8300 or visit aarp.cvent.com/future8-18.


Adoption fees waived at shelter Saturday

The Maui Humane Society will have a national “Clear the Shelters” day on Saturday.

Thanks to the Savitt Family Foundation, adoption fees will be waived on all dogs, cats and “critters,” the society said.

More than 900 shelters nationwide will be holding adoption events on Saturday. Clear the Shelters was created to help address overcrowding at the shelters and to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting from a local animal shelter.

For more information, see www.mauihumanesociety.org or call 877-3680, ext. 3.

To find out more about the Clear the Shelters events, see www.cleartheshelters.com.


Pukalani association will meet on Tuesday

The Pukalani Community Association’s quarterly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the downstairs meeting room of the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Speakers are King Kekaulike High School Principal Mark Elliott and Chris Kepler, the theater arts teacher at the school. They will share the school’s accomplishments and vision along with news of the new arts building.

Petar Kovacic, the association’s skatepark chairman, will give an update on the park’s opening and plans for a celebration event.

The meeting is open to the public; light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.


Volunteer readers sought for schools

Read Aloud America is looking for volunteer readers for children pre-kindergarten through middle school. 

For the 2018-2019 school year, the program is concentrating at two schools, Haiku in the fall and Kula in spring. 

The Haiku program begins on Aug. 30 and the remaining sessions will be on Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 8. Report time for readers is 5:45 p.m. at Haiku Elementary School. 

To volunteer, see www. readaloudamerica.org/volunteer_ops.htm. For more information, send email to joannelaird@readaloudamerica.org.


Kiwanis to meet at disaster center

Kiwanis Club of Maui will hold its August Pau Hana meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Disaster Center at 1305 N. Holopono St., No. 2, in Kihei.

The center’s representatives will be at the meeting to discuss the scope of their work.

The center was created in response to the devastation experienced in Hawaii from Hurricane Iniki in 1992, a news release said. Its mission is saving lives and reducing disaster risk. Since inception, its client base has expanded to governments and nonprofits from around the world. 

The meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome. A no-host food-and-drink gathering will follow at nearby Maui Brewing Co.

For more information, contact Bryce Thayer at 871-2233.


Town party set in Makawao on Friday

Makawao town will hold its Third Friday Town Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Baldwin Avenue will be closed from 4:15 to 9:30 p.m. from Makawao Avenue to Brewer Street. There will be entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts and the Komoda Bakery Keiki Zone.

Stores will be open along with restaurants. The event’s theme this month is “Dance the Night Away,” and will feature artists including the band Luna Overdrive on the main stage.