Maui AIDS Foundation offers chance to win gas card
Asian and Pacific Islanders who get a free and confidential HIV test through Friday at the Maui AIDS Foundation will be eligible to win $100 in gas.
In conjunction with National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, which runs through Friday, there will be opportunities to win free gas. Winners will be notified by May 30.
Mia Davis, 8, puts a donation in the jar for the Maui Food Bank at the Pukalani Foodland on Rotary At Work Day held last month.
According to a Centers for Disease Control 21 city study, 43 percent of Asians who tested positive were unaware of their status and 45 percent of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who tested positive also were unaware of their status.
Asian and Pacific Islander women have the highest rate of increase in new HIV infections in the nation, the news release said.
To make an appointment and for testing times and locations, call the Maui AIDS Foundation at 242-4900.
Kalama Heights to host free barbecue, events
KIHEI - The Kalama Heights Retirement Community will host a series of free events, including a backyard barbecue, to celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, according to an announcement.
These include the barbecue at 12:30 p.m. Friday, an educational seminar on Veterans Administration benefits for veterans and surviving spouses at 10 a.m. Saturday, a lunch from 10 a.m. to to 2 p.m. Sunday and a Memorial Day luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 879-1500. The Kalama Heights facility is at 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.
The retirement community's website is at www.kalamaheights.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters fishing contest June 2
WAIKAPU - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will hold its second annual fishing contest from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 2 at Maui Tropical Plantation.
The free event will include fishing, activities and lunch.
Interested participants are asked to RSVP by Tuesday. Registration is required, and will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the day of event.
If a "Little" would like to attend and their "Big" is unable, shuttle service from the agency will be provided. Anyone requesting transportation must complete forms prior to the event.
The contest is sponsored by Kahului County Council candidate Alan Fukuyama.
For more information, call Jen Kwasny at 242-9754, ext. 208.
Youth environmental film festival set for June 2
WAILUKU - Maui Huliau Foundation will hold its 2012 Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at Iao Theater in Wailuku.
Students will present their work, which include documentary, educational fiction and claymation films. Funds raised at this event are used to continue the foundation's Environmental Filmmaking Club in the upcoming school year.
Audience members will also have the opportunity to learn about the Maui Huliau Foundation, which is supported by a board of community educators and environmental enthusiasts, as well a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority's Natural Resource program.
General admission tickets are $12, youth 18 and younger are $5, and VIP reserved seating is $25. Tickets may be purchased online at www.huliaufoundation.org/festival or at the theater box office starting at 7 p.m. the day of event.
Maui Mall Family Sundays event this weekend
KAHULUI - A Maui Mall Family Sundays event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the shopping center.
The free monthly event will include science- and agricultural-themed workshops, activities, exhibits, entertainment and prize giveaways.
Select students will be recognized at center stage for their academic and personal achievements. These students have been nominated by Maui County teachers, then selected by Maui Mall and entered into a drawing for a free iPad and iPod.
Maui Mall will give away one iPad and one iPod at each Maui Mall Family Sundays event and is encouraging Maui County teachers to nominate one student per month who has achieved in the classroom. Application forms and more information are available at www.mauimall.com.
Last month's winners were iPad recipient Devynn Kochi, an 8th-grader from Doris Todd Memorial Christian School, and Lihikai Elementary 2nd-grader Max Ornellas, who received an iPod.
Motivating Menehune Minds to begin June 12
WAILUKU - Motivating Menehune Minds, a robotics workshop for 4th- through 8th-graders, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon June 12 to 16 at Baldwin High School.
Students will design, build and test robots, including the OWI Moonwalker II Robot and VEX Tumbler. Both robots will be used to compete in games. Students will be able to take home the OWI robot.
The cost is $150 including a T-shirt and OWI robotics kit.
Limited space is available, with reservations confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment forms and tuition checks payable to Baldwin High School Robotics should be mailed to Gary Suter, Baldwin High School, 1650 Kaahumanu Ave., Wailuku 96793.
For more information, contact Suter at email@example.com or 984-5656, ext. 317.
Maui Veterans Day Parade panel to meet Friday
WAILUKU - The Maui Veterans Day Parade organizational committee will meet Friday at 2 p.m. at 35 Lunalilo St.
The public is encouraged to attend.
For more information, call Ed Gazman at 276-8373 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cochran to address Upcountry Rotary Club on Friday
MAKAWAO - Council Member Elle Cochran will speak at an Upcountry Rotary Club meeting on Friday.
Cochran will share her life story, focusing on becoming a winner and a person blessed with success, organizers said. The meeting is from 8 to 9 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $13. The public is welcome. For information, call 268-2287.
Maui Tea Party director to speak
KAHULUI - Windward Construction President John Kerr will be the Kiwanis Club of Maui's guest speaker at noon Thursday at Cary & Eddie's Hideaway restaurant.
Kerr is past president and current director of the Maui Tea Party. He will discuss the party's activities on Maui.
Lunch costs $12.
For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.
Program to focus on health care
Delivery of health care will be discussed on "Netra's News" to be televised at 7 p.m. Thursday on cable Channel 53.
The guests will be Thomas P. Huber, managing director for health care leadership and strategy at Kaiser Permanente, and Tony Krieg, chief executive officer of Hale Makua.
Guests will discuss strengths and deficits of our local and national health care systems - with a focus on long-term care. Viewers may call in at 873-3430 during the live show.
The program is hosted by Netra Halperin, a former social worker, legislative aide and candidate for the state House of Representatives.
Lahaina obon dance June 2
LAHAINA - The first obon dance of the season will be at Lahaina Shingon Mission at 826 Luakini St. on June 2.
The service will be at 6:30 p.m. and the dance at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a minibazaar with sushi, baked goods, pickled peaches and mangoes, tsukemono, nishime and more. Also sold will be chow fun, teriyaki beef, chili and rice, spam musubi, shave ice and cold drinks.
A dance practice will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the church.
For more information, call 661-0466.
Two schools receive library books
KIHEI - The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise recently presented more than $600 worth of library books to Kihei and Kamali'i elementary schools.
Principal Halle Maxwell of Kihei school accepted 70 trade paperback books for her school library at a club meeting. The books were selected by Kihei School Librarian Mina Otani.
Principal Christopher Daly of Kamali'i school received 29 hardback books ordered by school Librarian Amber Stluka earlier this month.
In lieu of a gift to the keynote speaker at each weekly meeting, the club asks the speaker to write a message for a bookplate for a book to be purchased for the Kihei school libraries. Books are ordered each year by the school librarians and the bookplate is placed inside each book with the club's and speaker's names and the message.
This is the 10th year that the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise has provided books for these two school libraries.
Lei-making event set for Saturday
KAHULUI - The public may join Kaunoa Senior Services' staff and volunteers Saturday to make lei for Makawao Veterans Cemetery graves for Memorial Day.
The activity is one of the ways people can "Experience Kaunoa!" a showcase of its classes, activities and programs highlighted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maui Mall.
There also will be a Memorial Day tribute on stage, followed by dance, fitness and exercise demonstrations, live entertainment and class demonstrations and performances.
There will be art exhibits, displays and hands-on activities. Crafts, edible treats and other goodies will be for sale.
People may donate flowers and greenery, including mock orange leaves, bougainvillea flowers, bozu flowers crown flowers, orchids, plumeria and ti leaves. Drop the items off between 8:30 and 10 a.m. behind IHOP.
For more information call Kaunoa at 270-7308.
Clubs hold food bank collection
Eight Maui Rotary clubs collected more than 8,000 pounds of food and more than $6,500 in cash donations for the Maui Food Bank over two days late last month.
On April 28 and 29, nearly 50 Rotary club members accepted nonperishables and cash donations for the Maui Food Bank at the entrance doors of Safeway in Lahaina and Kihei; Foodland in Pukalani, Kahului and Kihei, Times Supermarket in Lahaina and Pukalani Longs.
One club collected fresh produce from local farmers as part of the project.
In the two days, the clubs collected 8,483 pounds of food and $6,546 in donations.
The community service project was part of Rotary at Work Day on April 28, a Rotary international community service effort. Thousands of volunteers tackled the needs in their communities and exhibited the Rotary Motto: "Service Above Self."
Tabangcura-Torricer reunion July 1
KAHULUI - The Tabangcura-Torricer ohana reunion is scheduled from 2 to 10 p.m. July 1, at the Cupie's Drive-In/Bentos & Banquets location at 134 W. Kamehameha Ave.
Registration forms may be emailed to interested participants or picked up at Cupie's during normal business hours. The deadline to register is June 1.
The event is open to family members and friends of the ohana along with those of the Sumabat, Somera and Ragamat families. Extended family and friends are also invited.
The family is also seeking to help the Maui Food Bank and is collecting cash and nonperishable food donations at Cupie's.
There will also be reunion T-shirts, a family cookbook, prizes, entertainment by Ahumanu and food.
DLNR to offer teacher institute
HONOLULU - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a four-day teacher institute in June on Maui that blends science, culture and standards-based learning.
The deadline for educators who teach kindergarten through 6th-grade to enroll is Friday. Those studying to become teachers also may enroll.
Participants will be certified in Project Learning Tree, Aloha Aina and Navigating Change curriculums and will be exposed to lesson plans from the Ohia Project and Hoike O Haleakala. There will be opportunities to hike, explore and engage with scientists and cultural practitioners.
The event on Maui will be June 21 to 24. The cost is $75.
Details including draft agendas are at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/PLT/2012.
For more information, contact Stephanie Hurder at Stephanie.M.Hurder@hawaii.gov or call (808) 587-4169.
Sponsors sought for 90th Maui Fair
WAILUKU - Organizers of the 90th Maui Fair "A Timeless Tradition" are seeking sponsors for the September event that serves as a primary source of funding for many of Maui's nonprofit and community organizations.
New sponsorship packages that fit many budgets have been developed to provide value-added benefits for companies that invest in the event, according to a news release. Sponsors receive a significant amount of publicity, as the fair draws close to 100,000 people.
The fair, which relies entirely on corporate and local business sponsorships, donations and volunteers, will open with a parade Sept. 27 and will continue with rides, food, entertainment and more through Sept. 30.
For more information, contact Carolyn Nishimura, Gilbert & Associates at
More information also is available at www.mauifair.com or twitter.com/mauifair.