Hispanic cultural event for kids Saturday
KAHULUI - A free Hispanic cultural event for children, "Dia Del Nino," will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at King's Cathedral.
The event will include games, music, a puppet show, cotton candy, shave ice and prizes, according to organizer Beth Schultz.
The church is located at 777 Mokulele Highway. For more information, contact Schultz at 264-5702.
Three acres burn in sugar cane blaze
PUKALANI - Three acres of sugar cane burned in an unscheduled fire Wednesday night just below Pukalani off Old Haleakala Highway, a fire official said.
The fire was reported at 10:50 p.m. by area residents who were concerned when the cane fire reached within 100 yards of homes on the Kihei side of the highway, said Battalion Chief Allen Duarte.
Makawao and Kula engine companies and a Kahului tanker responded, with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. taking over firefighting operations. The fire was brought under control at 1 a.m.
Damage was estimated at $15,000.
'Be a Jerk' event coincides with car wash
KAHULUI - A free car wash in conjunction with the "Be a Jerk" campaign will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ceramic Tile Plus in Kahului.
Maui Economic Opportunity's Youth Services Underage Drinking Prevention Program members will do the washing as community members sign a pledge to "Be a Jerk" to refuse to provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
Organized locally by the county Department of Housing
and Human Concerns and MEO, "Be a Jerk" aims to reduce youth access to alcohol by changing community practices, knowledge and policies. The project is funded through the state Department of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Cardoza named chief 2nd Circuit judge
WAILUKU - Judge Joseph Cardoza has been named chief and administrative judge of the 2nd Circuit, according to an announcement from the state Judiciary.
Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald chose Cardoza to head the Second Circuit, which covers Maui County.
Cardoza assumes his position Tuesday and will succeed Judge Shackley Raffetto, the Judiciary's 2011 Jurist of the Year, who will be retiring at the end of April after 25 years on the bench.
"Judge Cardoza is a proven leader who has demonstrated his commitment to justice and to serving the community," Recktenwald said.
Cardoza has been a Circuit Court judge on Maui since 1999. He was Maui County's prosecuting attorney and later founded the law firm of Cardoza and Fukuoka. He is also a past president of the Maui County Bar Association and Hawaii Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
Writing mentor course open to educators
KAHULUI - Educators can apply for a course to become writing mentors with the Hawaii Writing Project this summer.
The program at University of Hawaii Maui College introduces teachers across all grade levels and disciplines to writing practices and theories they can use to motivate students and their fellow teachers to become better writers. The invitational summer institute runs from June 25 to July 13.
Best-selling author Rebecca Walker is scheduled to return as a presenter.
Graduate student teachers can earn six graduate credits in the Department of Curriculum Studies. Fees total around $100 to $150.
Public school teachers can earn five Department of Education credits. They should register online at pde3.k12.hi.us.
The deadline to apply is May 15. For more information, call Marnie Masuda at 984-3435 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.