Santa Claus to join fundraising efforts
PAIA - Santa Claus will be the featured attraction Saturday of a holiday fundraiser benefiting the Friends of Hookipa, a group dedicated to sustaining native plants at Maui's north shore beach park.
Children can be brought to see Santa for an hourlong appearance beginning at 6 p.m. at Hana Hwy Surf in Paia. Cookies and milk will be served through 9 p.m., and Let the Grass Grow will perform live ukulele music starting at 7 p.m. and there will be a prize drawing at 8 p.m.
Lucky number tickets are available between now and during the event at the Paia surf shop. The suggested donation is $5 per ticket or $20 for five.
For more information, call 579-8889 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Police seek public's help in finding teen
WAILUKU - Maui police are seeking the public's help in locating a 17-year-old Kahului girl who was last seen by her family on Dec. 1 when she was dropped off at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
Since then, Jessica Takemura has been spotted in the Wailuku area and may be accompanied by a male.
She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She has brown eyes and long black hair with brown ends.
Anyone with information should call the Maui Police Department at 244-6400.
Kihei beach access roadwork continues
WAILEA - Work on a South Kihei Road beach access parking project continued Wednesday. It began Monday and briefly halted after neighbors objected.
The neighbors tried to get the Maui Planning Commission to discuss their objections Tuesday but were turned down because it was not on the agenda. At least one neighbor, Shep Gordon, said via e-mail that the neighbors were reviewing their options.
Bud Pikrone, general manager of the Wailea Community Association, which is overseeing the project, said Wednesday that the work would continue.
Stars, stories part of evening program
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK - Star watching and Hawaiian stories will be part of a free evening program during a total lunar eclipse from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Haleakala National Park.
Park entrance fees of $10 per vehicle for a three-day pass or $25 for an annual pass will apply. The program will be held at the Haleakala Visitor Center at the 9,740-foot elevation.
Participants should bring a red-filtered flashlight and binoculars and should dress for very cold temperatures and windy conditions. Space is limited.
The program is sponsored by the park and the Hawaii Natural History Association.