Event to back launch of ancient voyaging canoe
LAHAINA - Canoe rides, entertainment, storytelling and stargazing will be part of the first Wa'alaulea on Sunday to raise awareness and support for the launch of Mo'okiha O Pi'ilani, a 62-foot replica of an ancient voyaging canoe.
The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kamehameha Iki Beach Park. The lineup of local entertainment includes Ernie Cruz Jr., Eric Gilliom, Amy Hanaiali'i, Wilson Kanaka'ole, Kapali Keahi, Mondo Kane, Tava Nui Tahitian dance troupe and Dr. Nat & Rio Ritmo.
Food, crafts, a silent auction and door prizes also will be part of the event.
The nonprofit Hui O Wa'a Kaulua, geared to the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through education of ancient Polynesian seafaring and voyaging traditions, is putting on the event.
After 16 years of construction, Mo'okiha O Pi'ilani is approaching the last phases of construction, according to the organization.
Halperin to discuss proposed Puunene jail
KAHULUI - Netra Halperin, a former social worker and legislative aide, will speak Thursday to the Rotary Club of Maui on the proposed new jail in Puunene and alternative measures for creating public safety.
The public is welcome to the Rotary Club of Maui meeting at noon at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The cost is $20.
Halperin, an advocate of prison reform, will discuss findings of Justice Reinvestment, a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. According to the Justice Reinvestment website, the project includes a strategy to return out-of-state prisoners to Hawaii, reduce spending on corrections and reinvest savings generated on strategies to reverse recent crime trends.
Benefit at Fierce Salon to support women's shelter
WAILUKU - Fashions by i'Adore Co., Kai One La handcrafted jewelry and a cut-a-thon will be part of a Spring Into Style event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Fierce Salon.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Women Helping Women, which runs the only domestic violence shelter on Maui.
Stylists will offer $40 haircuts during the cut-a-thon, with half of the proceeds going to the nonprofit agency.
Along with i'Adore, a mobile boutique for women, men and children, participants include RealW8 women's supplements and No Ka Oi Kettle Corn. The salon is at 380 Hookahi St.
Earth Day organizational meeting set for tonight
PAIA - A 2012 Maui Earth Day Festival organizational meeting will be held tonight at 7:30 at Mandala Ethnic Arts.
The Earth Day Festival is scheduled for April 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Keopuolani Park Amphitheater in Kahului.
Mandala Ethnic Arts is located at 29 Baldwin Ave. Planning meetings are scheduled Wednesdays until the event. For more information, call 268-1211.
Whole Foods chefs to speak to Italian group
KIHEI - Two Whole Foods chefs will speak to the Italian American Social Club on Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m. in St. Theresa Church's Stawasz Hall.
Chefs Andrea Palmer and Ethan Schatz will be doing a healthy Italian food demonstration on raw food alternatives, including pesto, pasta and pizza.
There also will be cheese and olive oil tastings. The evening will begin with a potluck dinner.
The public is invited.For more information, contact Don Tedesco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate Blackburn to speak to Kiwanis club
WAILUKU - Joe Blackburn, Maui County Council Wailuku residency district candidate, will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Maui on Thursday at Cary & Eddie's Hideaway, beginning at noon.
The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $12. For more information, contact club Secretary Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.
Maui High Class of 1962 to hold reunion meeting
WAILUKU - The Maui High School Class of 1962 will hold an organizational meeting for its 50-year reunion Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. at Tasty Crust.
Classmates are asked to return the RSVP form as soon as possible.
For more information, call Louis Fernandez at 276-4285.
Baldwin Beach cleanup part of Trees Please
PAIA - Cleanup of Baldwin Beach Park, a collaboration between the Maui Tomorrow Foundation and the Maui Film Festival, will be held on Kuhio Day on Monday, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Trees Please at Baldwin Beach event will involve volunteers clearing green waste and branches from designated areas at the beach. Hand tools will be provided and used to remove hale koa saplings, while leaving the milo saplings to grow.
This is the first phase of the Trees Please project, an effort to replant native trees lost to coastal erosion at Baldwin Beach Park.
It is a partnership with Maui County's Department of Parks and Recreation and Community Work Day.
Volunteers are asked to meet at Community Work Day's table on the beach just east of the pavilion. Water and snacks will also be provided.
For more information, call 244-7570 or go to the website www.maui-tomorrow.org.
Ukulele music festival to be held at Kalama school
MAKAWAO - Sam's Upcountry Jam and Ukulele Music Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kalama Intermediate School.
There will be free ukulele lessons, a songwriters workshop, an art talk with Mele Fong, a jazz clinic, conversations with a Hawaiian nose-flute maker and more. There also will be a jam session, so attendees are urged to bring their ukuleles.
Music will be heard all day. The lineup includes jazz saxophonist Mel Martin, Andrew Molina, George Kahumo-ku, Benny Uyetake, Hawaiian Serenaders Mele and Derek Sebastian.
Tina Schor, Team LaTina and some of Maui's best zumba instructors will be holding a Zumba Jam.
Food and craft vendors and a rummage sale in the cafeteria also are planned.
Kalama Intermediate School is located at 120 Makani Road; admission to the event is free. For more information, go to the website www.ukuleleexplosion.com or call Kalama School at 573-8735.
Trinity church to hold garage sale
KIHEI - Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will hold its annual garage sale Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The church is located at 100 Kulanihakoi St., off of South Kihei Road, between Waiapo and Kaonoulu streets.
Whale foundation to lead hike, watch
LAHAINA - Pacific Whale Foundation will lead a free guided hike and whale watch tour at 7:30 a.m. March 28.
A foundation naturalists will lead 13 participants along a 5.5-mile hike along the Lahaina Pali trail to view the scenery and any whales in the area. The hike is for those 15 years or older who are fit and experienced hikers.
Free transportation will be provided from the foundation's Ocean Store in Maalaea to and from the trailheads. Hikers will meet at 7 a.m. There are no bathrooms on the trail.
Advance reservations are required. Call 249-8811, ext. 1 for more information.
Ocean center sets cleanup Saturday
MAALAEA - The Maui Ocean Center will hold a community cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the areas surrounding the aquarium in Maalaea.
Because of the strong winds in Maalaea, lots of debris is blown into the empty lots that surround the aquarium. The goal is to grab and bag the trash before it reaches the ocean, where it can be harmful or fatal to marine animals. Gloves, trash bags, grabbers and vests will be provided by the Community Work Day Program. The center will provide bottled water. Wear sunscreen.
For more information, call 344-2533 or send email to email@example.com.
March for Babies to be held April 14
WAILUKU - The March of Dimes will hold its Maui March for Babies on April 14 at the War Memorial Gym, starting at 7 a.m.
The event will feature food, entertainment, prizes and a two-mile walk through Keopuolani Park, and serves as a fundraiser for the organization that works to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
To register, visit www.marchforbabies.org or call Jeff Rogers at 214-2839.
'Beyond the Reef' reading March 31
WAILUKU - Local author and playwright Wayne Moniz will present a program March 31 at 4 p.m. at the Bailey House Museum.
Moniz will read from his latest book, "Beyond the Reef: Stories of Maui in the World," and the event will also feature slack-key performances by Kevin and Sheldon Brown.
The suggested cost is $10 for the public or $5 for Maui Historical Society members.
'A Caregiver's Journey' offered
KAHULUI - The author of "A Caregiver's Journey and Workbook," Karen Twichell, will be speaking at Roselani Place's Caregiver's Tea and Open House on Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m.
She will share her stories of easing the stress of caring for loved ones and improving the caregiver's quality of life in the process. Using humor and stories of her own personal experiences as the caregiver of eight different family members with cancer, she offers practical guidance and shows family caregivers how to make the job of being a caregiver easier and less stressful.
Tea and refreshments will be offered. Glenn Foster will offer entertainment, and there will be door prizes.
There also will be tours of the facility. Reservations are required; call 871-7720 or email to info@roselaniplace. com. Roselani Place is located at 88 S. Papa Ave.
Lindamood-Bell open house set
KAHULUI - An informational open house by Lindamood-Bell Learning Pro-cesses will be held March 31 at 9:45 a.m. in its Maui Learning Center.
The open house will include a presentation about Lindamood-Bell instruction that helps develop reading, spell-ing, comprehension, critical thinking and math skills by addressing the underlying causes of learning difficulties, a news release said.
This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 214-6945 or email maui.center@lindamood bell.com.
The office is located at 173 Hoohana St., Suite 203, in Kahului.