DeLeon to address Kiwanis
David DeLeon will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon on Thursday at Cary & Eddie's Hideaway Restaurant & Lounge in Kahului.
DeLeon is the Realtors Association of Maui government affairs director and a Charter Commission board member. He will be speaking on all things related to the Charter Commission.
The meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome. Cost of lunch is $12.
For more information, call Kats Anderson at 357-8877.
MHS Foundation awards given
Maui High School Foundation will honor its 2012 Hall of Honor winners at a Hall of Honor Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Maui Beach Hotel's Elleair Rainbow Ballroom.
Elmer Cravalho was given the Silversword Heritage Award as an alumnus distinguished in life and work. Curtis Lee was given the Award of Excellence winner as an alumnus who has excelled in their field or profession. Inez McPhee Ashdown was given the Spirit of Maui Award as an alumni who gave back to the community. Dennis Ishii was given the Inspiration Award as a faculty member, past or present, who went above and beyond and made a difference to the students of the school. Elise Hamura was give the Saber Spirit Award as an individual who is an unsung hero to the school.
Tickets are $50 per person; seating is limited.
For more information, call Stacy Woodson at 873-3091, email email@example.com or visit the Maui High School office.
Hula Honeys to play Thursday
Hula Honeys, featuring Ginger Johnson and Robyn Kneubuhl, will be the featured performers at Picnic for Poki at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ka'ahumanu Church.
Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions will host the event on the grounds of the historic church at 103 S. High St.
The event is free. There will be fresh-baked cookies, coffee and water available. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and lawn chair or mat.
For more information, call 871-7720.
Meeting on homelessness set
Rafael Ayala will speak at the Rotary Club of Lahaina from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant at Royal Lahaina Resort.
Ayala is the current site director for the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center in Lahaina. He over sees the emergency and transitional housing programs and monitors the affordable housing units on the neighboring property.
For more information, call Rotary Club of Lahaina President Liz May at 721-5909 or visit www.rotaryclublahaina.org.
LHS to hold parents' meeting
Lahainaluna High School will hold its quarterly Parent Information Night (PIN Night) at 6 p.m. Thursday in the school's Samuel Kamakau Library.
The meeting will include updates on HSA testing results and the HSA testing schedule for this school year. Parents who have not activated their EdLine accounts will have an opportunity to do so.
In addition, first quarter report cards will be distributed.
German professor to speak
The topic "How to Find Life on Other Planets" will be discussed by a professor from Germany studying in Hawaii at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in Pukalani.
Svetlana Berdyugina, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Freiburg in Germany and a UH NASA Astrobiology Institute Senior Fellow, will discuss what is life and what are its building blocks as well has how has life emerged on Earth and where else can we look for it.
For more information, call 573-9500.
Meditation event this weekend
Maui Meditation Circle will host a weekend retreat led by monastics of Self-Realization Fellowship from Friday to Sunday at the Grand Wailea.
The retreat theme is "Discovering the Beauty of God Within You." Classes will focus on meditation techniques, concentration, energization and chanting based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
For more information, call (323) 315-0460 or visit www.mauimeditation.org.
Strohecker to talk about fire ants
The Native Hawaiian Plant Society will host guest speaker Lissa Strohecker at 7 p.m. Friday in the Hannibal Tavares Community Center Pool Room in Pukalani.
Strohecker is the outreach and education specialist for the Maui Invasive Species Committee. She will speak about fire ants, risks to people and the environment and what can be done to prevent their spread.
Refreshments will be served.
Coastal cleanup on north shore planned
Water sports enthusiasts from Positive H2O, Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter and Community Workday will host a coastal cleanup along Maui's north shore from Baldwin to Hookipa beaches from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Event registration begins at 9 a.m. at Baldwin Beach Park.
"What ends up on the ground eventually makes it to our beaches and our oceans," said Jake Miller, founding member of Positive H2O and professional windsurfer. "The plastic problem is a silent killer and taking action is a first step to solving it."
There will be raffle prizes and free pizza from Flatbread Co. following the cleanup.
Participants are asked to bring their own bucket or reusable bag, gloves and a water bottle. Water will be provided. Participants are encouraged to share photos of the trash they collect via social media to raise awareness on how our everyday actions impact the environment.
Business who would like to donate raffle items may contact Miller at 250-6055.
BBBS nonprofit to hold clothing drive
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will hold its monthly clothing drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Walmart, next to the automotive center.
The community is encouraged to bring reusable clothing and small household items.
For more information or to schedule a pickup of donated items, call 242-9754 or visit www.bigsofmaui.org.
Wailuku Hongwanji to hold annual fair
Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual Autumn Food & Craft Fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, located at 1828 E. Vineyard St. in Wailuku.
The event will feature crafters from Maui and Oahu, food items and live entertainment.
J. Walter Cameron Center benefit set
The J. Walter Cameron Center will hold its annual fundraising benefit 6 p.m. Saturday at the King Kamehameha Golf Course.
The event will feature dinner, live music and dancing, as well as a casino night theme with legal gaming tables offering games of roulette, craps, Black Jack, Texas Hold'em, Let It Ride, Bingo and silent and live auctions, according to event organizers.
Individual tickets are priced at $125. Tickets can be purchased through Candy Sakugawa Baisa at 244-5546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wailuku center is home to the following resident social service agencies: A Keiki's Dream, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association of Hawaii, ARC of Maui County, Best Buddies International, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawaii, Heritage Hall, Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Imua Family Services, Ka Lima O Maui, Maui Community Mental Health, Mediation Services of Maui, Mental Health Association of America, MEO Kahi Kamalii, and Pacific Cancer Foundation.
Loomis to speak to women's group
Spirituality & Health Managing Editor Ilima Loomis will be the guest speaker at the American Association of University Women meeting Saturday at Waterfront Restaurant at Maalaea Harbor Shops.
The business meeting begins at 10 a.m., followed by the speaker at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon.
Loomis was a staff writer at The Maui News from 2001 to 2012. She has won SPJ Hawaii Chapter Excellence in Journalism awards for investigative reporting, feature, enterprise and public service. Among her books is "Rough Riders: Hawaii's Paniolo and Their Stories," published in 2006.
The public is invited. RSVP by calling AAUW President Cheryl Bergman at 244-1850.
Fall-themed festival to be held Sunday
Haku Baldwin Center's Fall Harvest Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 444 Makawao Ave.
Festivities will include pony rides, a petting zoo, haunted house, silent auction, farmers market, craft fair and more. There will also be a keiki Halloween costume contest starting at 1 p.m.
Proceeds will support Haku Baldwin Center's free community therapeutic programs for children with special needs and patients of all ages.
For more information, call 572-9129.
Griffiths to speak on mothering topics
Kate Griffiths, an honor graduate of the London School of Economics and publisher of Mauimama, a local resource guide for pregnant women and parents with young children, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kahului's meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Dunes at Maui Lani banquet room.
Griffiths, will present the program: "The Mauimama: One Mama's Quest to Inform, Guide and Entertain Pregnant Maui Mammas and Local Parents with Young Children."
Her talk will focus on an overview of resources for parenting, food and nutrition, child behavior and development, Maui legal notes and father issues, along with physical, mental and spiritual issues around raising infants and young children.
Lunch is $20 or participants pay a $5 program fee.