Hale Makua representative to speak at Kiwanis Club meeting
KAHULUI - Connie Miller, administrator at Hale Makua in Wailuku, will speak at a Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Cary & Eddie's Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.
Miller will discuss "the Eden alternative," a philosophy that puts elders in the center of decision making at nursing homes and strives to make nursing homes more homelike. She will talk about Hale Makua's efforts to implement the Eden philosophies.
The meeting is open to the public and visitors are invited. Cost of lunch is $12.
For more information, call Kats Anderson at 357-8877.
Floating Lantern Ceremony and o-bon festival Saturday
LAHAINA - Lahaina Jodo Mission will celebrate its o-bon festival and traditional Floating Lantern Ceremony on Saturday.
The evening begins with a Buddhist o-bon service led by resident minister the Rev. Gensho Hara at 6:30. Following the service will be the traditional Floating Lantern Ceremony around the Great Buddha on the temple grounds that will proceed to the beach fronting the temple.
The bon dance featuring the music of Maui Taiko will follow in the temple courtyard. Maui Taiko will offer a special drum performance before the dance.
Food booths will open at 6 p.m. and include roll and cone sushi, chow fun, teriyaki beef and mahimahi plates, caesar salad, andagi and shave ice. There will be games for children.
Lahaina Jodo Mission is located at 12 Ala Moana St. in Lahaina.
Public invited to learn about University of Hawaii Center
KIHEI - The public is invited to learn about the University of Hawaii Center during two free information sessions.
Staff members will explain the degrees offered on Maui through the center's distance learning program, and be available to answer any questions from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Kihei Public Library.
Staff members will discuss the University of Hawaii bachelor's and master's degree programs available to students of all levels - from recent high school graduates to adults returning to school - from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 17 at the Kihei library. In addition, they will explain the application process and answer any questions.
The University of Hawaii Center on Maui offers selected programs that are available at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, West Oahu and Hilo campuses. Nearly all courses are taught online.
Contact the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.
For more information, call the library at 875-6833.
Maui High School Class of 1982 reunion activities set
The Maui High School Class of 1982 will hold its 30-year class reunion on July 20 and 21.
The July 20 event will be held at Watercress Sports Bar & Grill in Wailuku; the July 21 event will be at Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.
Registration forms are available by calling 281-2904 or 281-4408, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit the Maui High School Class of 1982 Facebook page.
Recent St. Anthony graduate awarded $1,000 scholarship
Recent St. Anthony High School graduate Shea Fernandez received a $1,000 scholarship from the Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
Fernandez will attend Chaminade University in Honolulu this fall and major in elementary education.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an international organization that promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators.
The organization will hold its annual rummage sale from 8 to 11 a.m. July 21 in the Kahului School cafeteria to raise scholarship funds.
Funds sought for documentary featuring George Kahumoku Jr.
Funds are being raised to produce a documentary on multiple Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning musician George Kahumoku Jr. Supporters are asked to visit www.kickstarter.com, then search "George Kahumoku Jr., A Hawaiian Life." Each $25 donor will receive an autographed copy of the DVD when it's completed.
Kahumoku is a master slack key guitarist, songwriter, high school teacher and college professor, artist, storyteller, farmer and more, according to a news release.
The 90-minute documentary produced by Dave Berry will be titled "A Hawaiian Life." It will focus on three main areas of Kahumoku's life: teaching, farming and music.
Kahumoku hosts the weekly Masters of Hawaiian Music concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Napili Kai Beach Resort.
For more information, visit www.slackkeyshow.com.
East Maui Animal Refuge wins $1,000 prize in online contest
HAIKU - Supporters of the East Maui Animal Refuge in Haiku earned the organization a $1,000 prize in the 2012 Animal Rescue Site $300,000 Shelter+Challenge, organized by Petfinder.
This is the first win for animal refuge. Sixty-six Petfinder shelters and rescue groups received grants in this portion of the contest.
The third round of voting will begin on Monday. Fans of the group can vote online once a day at www.theanimalrescuesite.com.
For a list of adoptable pets at East Maui Animal Refuge, visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/HI17.html.
Speech-language pathologist chosen to attend workshop
HAIKU - Alexis Hill of Haiku was one of 15 speech-language pathologists chosen to attend an intensive workshop on stuttering therapy.
Hill, a speech therapist with the Hawaii Department of Education, is participating in the workshop, "Treating Children and Adolescents Who Stutter," from Monday through July 13 in Philadelphia.
It is co-sponsored by the Stuttering Foundation, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Florida State University.
"Since 1985, we have conducted intensive workshops in order to increase the pool of speech-language pathologists trained in the latest techniques for the treatment of stuttering," said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation.
The Stuttering Foundation is a nonprofit organization helping those who stutter. For more information, visit www.stutteringhelp.org.
Maui High Class of 1980 and older reunion activities set
A reunion for Maui High School graduates from the Class of 1980 and older will be on Oahu from July 13 to 15.
A sunset catamaran booze cruise will be on July 13. Participants are asked to meet at Duke's in Waikiki between 4 and 4:30 p.m.
Golfing will begin at 6:30 a.m. July 14 at Waikele Golf Club.
A party will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Rumours Nightclub in the Ala Moana Hotel. A VIP room is reserved.
A buffet brunch will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab in Honolulu. Cost is $22.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. Alternatively, attendees may order off the menu. RSVP by Monday.
Ala Moana Hotel is offering a special room rate for reunion attendees.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Meeting to discuss Baldwin High School 75th anniversary
WAILUKU - A meeting to plan Baldwin High School's 75th Anniversary celebration will be held at 5 p.m. July 17 in the school's new library.
Anniversary festivities will be held in October 2013.
Anyone interested in helping to plan the anniversary events is encouraged to attend this planning meeting.
For more information, call Terry Miller at 984-5656, ext. 256, or Lynn Araki-Regan at 280-1299.
Seabury student wins MIT award for science activism
Seabury Hall student Zeb Mehring, who recently completed the 9th grade, received the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's NEST (Network of Educators of Science and Technology) outstanding student award.
NEST created student awards for "science activism" - science presentations in a public forum. In Mehring's case, this came in the form of a presentation on time travel he gave at the Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability. The awards are based on a student's scholastic achievements, their school and community outreach, and their passion for science.
Mehring was recommended by Seabury Hall biology teacher Sherri Reed. After being nominated, he was then endorsed by NEST member and MIT alumnus Philip Blackman.
County of Maui names 2012 Summer Volunteer Hero
WAILUKU - Lori Feroldi was named the County of Maui 2012 Summer Volunteer Hero.
Feroldi volunteers at the Haliimaile Community Garden, where she is a volunteer workday leader, secretary and treasurer of the Garden Council, manages garden-maintenance projects, provides orientation for new gardeners, produces newsletters, writes and manages grants, and works with garden membership. Feroldi received a $25 Cafe O'Lei gift certificate for her service.
For more information on summer volunteer opportunities, call Wendy Stebbins at 270-7150 or visit www.handsonmaui.com.