Solar telescope, bus meeting topics
New Maui Bus routes for Upcountry and the University of Hawaii's planned solar telescope project for Haleakala are on Wednesday's community meeting agenda of the Kula Community Association.
Jo Anne Johnson Winer, director of transportation for Maui County, will make a presentation at 7 p.m. at the Kula Community Center. She is expected to share details on the route and schedule of a new bus service that is expected to start and return to the Pukalani Shopping Center.
The meeting also will cover the construction traffic impacts that the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope project is expected to have along Kekaulike Highway and Crater Road.
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources recently reaffirmed its approval of a key permit for the $300 million project to be built atop Haleakala.
The association also will be electing its 2013 officers and board members and giving out its annual Malama Kula Award to recognize special contributions to the Kula community. This year's recipient is the Kula Hospital Auxiliary.
For more information, call 283-4376.
Legislative process detailed in sessions
The Hawaii state Legislature's Public Access Room will be offering free workshops designed to educate citizens on Hawaii's legislative process.
The Maui workshop schedule is:
* noon Dec. 3, Kahului Community Center.
* 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Kihei Community Center.
* noon Dec. 4, Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Pukalani.
* 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Lahaina Civic Center.
* 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Wailuku Public Library.
Virginia Beck, PAR's assistant public access coordinator, will lead the workshops.
For more information, call the Public Access Room at (808) 587-0478, toll-free from Maui at 984-2400, ext. 70478; or toll-free from Lanai and Molokai at (800) 468-4644, ext.70478.
Rotary accepting holiday tree orders
Christmas tree orders are being accepted by the Rotary Club of Kahului through Friday or until they are all sold.
The Douglas and Noble firs from Oregon will be distributed at the Kahului Shopping Center (near Burger King) 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8.
The 6- to 8-foot Douglas firs are $70 and the Noble firs, $85. Trees may be ordered from club members or online at www.kahuluirotary.com/ChristmasTrees.cfm.
Proceeds support the club's community service programs that target literacy, hunger, health and youth leadership on Maui, a club news release said.
For more information, contact AnnaLena Zanolini at 264-5860.
Blood drives slated for isle in December
Blood Bank of Hawaii will hold five blood drives on Maui next month.
Scheduled blood drives are:
* 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Dec. 20, Lahaina Civic Center, Social Hall.
* 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Cameron Center auditorium.
* 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 26, Maui Economic Opportunity.
* 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Maui Economic Opportunity.
* 7 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Dec. 28, Maui Economic Opportunity.
The donation process lasts about an hour and includes a confidential interview and short physical.
Donors must be 18 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
To make an appointment, visit the website www.bbh.org or call toll-free (800) 372-9966.