Waikapu Community Association to meet
WAIKAPU - The Waikapu Community Association will hold its quarterly general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Waikapu Community Center.
Community members will learn about the results of recent association efforts to shape the Maui Island Plan. Upcoming community projects and events will be discussed, including plans to beautify the Waikapu bridge. The latest information on Na Wai Eha's fight for stream water will also be shared.
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Author to speak at Rotary Club meeting
KIHEI - Award-winning Maui author and playwright Wayne Moniz will speak at a Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Five Palms Restaurant in Kihei.
Moniz will share information about his newly published book, "Beyond the Reef: Stories of Maui in the World." His latest book is a follow-up volume to his "Under Maui Skies and Other Stories," winner of the Readers Choice Award from Hawaii Book Publishers Association in 2010. He also won the Cades Award for literary excellence in 2005.
Books will be available for purchase following the talk.
The public is invited. Cost of breakfast is $22.
For more information, call club President Jane Emery at (831) 539-3005 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.
Poet Pablo Neruda topic of discussion
MAKAWAO - In celebration of the Hawaii State Public Library System's 2012 Children's Summer Reading Program, "Let's Talk About 'The Dreamer' by Pam Munoz Ryan" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Makawao Public Library. Admission is free.
Todd Sammons, associate professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will lead a discussion of the author's fictionalized account of the childhood of renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, an imaginative dreamer who was despised by his authoritarian father.
Children's Literature Hawaii will provide free copies of the book to participants.
The program is for ages 8 through adult.
If special accommodation is needed, contact the library as soon as possible at 573-8785.
Hawaiian history talk planned for rotaryz
KIHEI - Paulo Faleafine Jr., founder and executive director of the Royal Hawaiian Guard, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort.
Faleafine will discuss 19th-century Hawaii, its monarchs and religion and cultural change and will discuss today's Royal Hawaiian Guard, its correlation to the past and its mission for the future.
The public is invited. Cost of the breakfast is $22. For more information, call Jane Emery at (831) 539-3005 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.
Roselani Place to hold public open house
KAHULUI - Roselani Place, a senior assisted living community, invites the public to its open house at Maluhia Terrace from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Lynsey Capone, local program coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, will present a talk titled "Memory Loss or Normal Aging?" Capone will discuss symptoms and effects of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, causes and risk factors, how Alzheimer's affects the brain, benefits of early detection and more.
Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Reservations for the talk are suggested, as seating is limited.
Pescaia to perform at 'Picnic for Poki'
WAILUKU - Musician and falsetto singer Kaulike Pescaia will be the featured musical guest at "Picnic for Poki" at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ka'ahumanu Church in Wailuku.
Pescaia will be joined under the monkeypod tree by Sheldon Brown on ukulele, Joe Bommarito on bass and Gerry V. on steel guitar.
Pescaia is 13 and attends Kamehameha Schools Maui. He is working on his debut CD with Ola Na Mele Productions.
Roselani Place will have fresh-baked cookies, coffee and water. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or mat and a lunch.
For more information, call 871-7720.
Paddling sessions to benefit food bank
KIHEI - Maui Canoe Club will host its "Paddle for Food" drive on Friday at the club, located on Sugar Beach along North Kihei Road next to the Kealia Condominiums.
Those who bring one or more nonperishable food item will receive a free half-hour paddling session in one of the club's outrigger canoes. Four sessions will begin at 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
All donations will benefit Maui Food Bank.
Maui residents and visitors are invited to paddle with the club at 6, 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday.
Storyteller to perform at Lanai library
LANAI CITY - Storyteller Dave Del Rocco, a former Public Librarian of the Year and Hawaii State Public Library System children's librarian, will present "Stories From Around the World" at 3 p.m. Friday at the Lanai Public Library. Admission is free.
Del Rocco will share folktales from Hawaii, Africa, Alaska, Italy, Laos and the Philippines. His tales are mostly humorous and explain how different cultures view aspects of their world.
The program is for ages 5 and older.
If special accommodation is needed, contact the library as soon as possible at 585-7920.
Plants for first aid workshop offered
HUELO - Earth Medicine Institute and Hale Akua Garden Farm will present a workshop titled "Hawaiian Plants for First Aid" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the farm in Huelo.
The day will include hands-on learning and lectures by David Bruce Leonard and Jody Bowman. Lunch will be from 1 to 2 p.m., and participants are asked to bring their own meal.
A suggested donation is $50, but no one will be turned away, according to a news release.
To register, call 572-9300 or visit www.haleakuagardenfarm.com.
Dinner party honors longtime kumu hula
KAHULUI - Kumu Lucky Cabral was honored for her 25 years of teaching hula at Kaunoa Senior Center during a dinner celebration May 4 at Maui Beach Hotel.
In attendance were Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann, county personnel and Kaunoa staff. Also present were three students from Cabral's first class: Vicky Malaqui, Barbara Murakami and Betty Yamashiro.
Kaisahan Club grants scholarships
WAILUKU - The Kaisahan Club of Maui held its first-ever scholarship awards April 22 at the Wailuku Community Center.
Recipients were Luke Brown, Melanie Robino Ragamat, Caitlin Marie Aningat, Charissa DeGuzman, Walter Domingo, Benedict Valdez, Esmerelda Eve Alvares and Kenneth Eugenio.
The club was founded with a goal of helping members as well as the community through service projects; providing financial assistance for members' families in times of bereavement; and fundraising for scholarships for students in need. It is a multicultural organization that welcomes members from any background.
MHS Class of 1987 reunion scheduled
The Maui High School Class of 1987 will hold its 25-year class reunion from August 17 to 19. Festivities will include an old school night at Maui Beach Hotel, a party at Timba in Lahaina and a family beach day.
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Shirt sales to help Suzuki's foundation
WAILUKU - Maui Thing has teamed with the Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation to create limited-edition apparel to benefit the foundation, which supports the scientific research of chronic illnesses - specifically kidney disease research - and encourages and promotes healthy lifestyle choices.
Suzuki's father is a four-year kidney cancer survivor; Suzuki's sister-in-law has focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a genetic abnormality that affects the kidneys.
The cost is $22 for a "Suzuki 808" T-shirt and $29.50 for a "Maui Boys" women's long-sleeve shirt, which are available at the Maui Thing store located on Market Street in Wailuku.
For more information, visit www.kurtsuzukifamilyfoundation.org.
Lanai residents get new refrigerators
Thirty Lanai families recently received new energy-efficient refrigerators as part of a trade-in program put on by the Blue Planet Foundation.
By trading in their old refrigerators, residents could purchase an Energy Star model for $250 through the foundation's "Hui Up!" program.
"Our old refrigerator was 20 years old. It was breaking down and water was dripping," Natalie Ropa, who participated in the program, said in a news release. "We were looking into buying a new one, but as as we got the ('Hui Up!'') postcard in the mail, we were like, we're doing this. They take away the old one and give us a brand new one."
The Blue Planet Foundation estimates each of the families could save as much as $530 a year on their electric bills, based on current electricity rates.
Federal stimulus money also was used to fund the program.