Juneteenth celebration happens Saturday
The African Americans on Maui Association and African American Heritage Foundation will present a "Juneteenth" celebration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park on the corner of Market and Vineyard streets.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, takes place on June 19. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865.
The free event will include games, watermelon and prizes.
Sandra Shawhan will be the host. John Stan Rippy and Jewel McDonald will be guest speakers. There will also be storytelling with Gwyn Gorg and poetry with Ayin Adams. Drum and Dance of Passion will provide entertainment.
The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Maui Fair food concessions meeting today
There will be a mandatory meeting for all invited Maui Fair food concessionaires at 5:30 p.m. today in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Alexa Higashi meeting room.
Rules and regulations will be discussed by the Maui Fire Department, state Health Department officials, Hawaii Gas and Wasa Electric Co. regarding electrical needs. Food concession contracts will be distributed at this meeting. For more information about the food concessions, call Ryan Shibano at 357-0399.
The 2013 Maui Fair "A Timeless Tradition" will be held Oct. 3 through 6 at the War Memorial Complex.
For more information about the Maui Fair, contact Fair Director Sherri Grimes at 280-6889 or visit www.mauifair.com.
Fundraiser for Relay for Life team
Vineyard Food Co. will host a dinner benefiting American Cancer Society Relay for Life on June 21 and 22.
This fundraising dinner is on behalf of Team Pokipala, which has family members - Winona and son, Carl Jr. - currently receiving treatment for cancer.
A set menu is being offered.
Cost is $37 per person (15 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Team Pokipala's participation in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event on June 29).
Diners are welcome to bring their own beer and wine.
Seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both nights. Call Vineyard Food Co. at 243-3663 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and the menu.
Street parking and parking at various surrounding lots will be available.
Boutique to host anniversary celebration
The Passion 4 Fashion Boutique at the Lahaina Gateway Center will be hosting its one-year anniversary celebration at the store from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The night will feature champagne, chocolate, discounts and giveaways.
The boutique store carries various clothing, including plus sizes up to 3X, as well as shoes, bags, hats and accessories.
Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 667-7432 or send email to email@example.com.
Forum will examine race relations
A community forum on the impact of political, economic, social and religious systems on race relations in Hawaii and South Africa will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Keawala'i Congregational Church in Makena.
Scheduled speakers include the Rev. Allan Boesak and Toni Bissen, executive director of the Pu'a Foundation.
The church is at 5300 Makena Road.
For more information, call 879-5557.
Chaplain requests items for MCCC office
Maui Community Correctional Center Senior Chaplain Pua Hashimoto invites residents to help stock the renovated MCCC office with religious books, Bibles, holiday cards, magazines and office supplies.
Hashimoto is also preparing for the Angel Tree Ministry to provide gifts at Christmas for the children of residents in MCCC.
For more information, contact Hashimoto at 281-9390 on weekdays.
Master chef will speak at meeting
Christian Jorgensen of CJ's Deli and Diner in Kaanapali will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina lunch meeting Thursday.
The meeting will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant in the Royal Lahaina Resort.
Jorgensen is a master chef with international credentials. He was trained in Denmark and Switzerland. He has written several books and developed his own line of pots and pans.
The public is welcome to the meeting. Call President Liz May at (808) 721-5909 for details.
Student wins script-writing award
John Puaoi, a recent graduate of Molokai High School, won third place in the 11th- to 12th-grade category of the "Take Charge of Your Future Commercial Script Writing Challenge."
More than 200 Hawaii students used their creativity to write commercial advertising scripts that encouraged their peers to prepare for college and careers.
Media sponsors for the contest included GEAR UP Hawaii; Oceanic Time Warner; Clear Channel Hawaii; Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union; Leavitt, Yamane and Soldner; and Napa Auto Parts.
Puaoi received a Sony digital camera and a $100 gift certificate from Hawaiian Island Creations.