MEO gets grant to help farmworkers
Maui Economic Opportunity, based in Wailuku, has received $312,663 from a U.S. Labor Department program to improve economic opportunities and to combat unemployment for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.
MEO was one of seven organizations nationwide to garner a portion of $9.1 million from the National Farmworker Jobs Program, a Labor Department news release said.
The grantees will help farmworkers upgrade their agricultural job skills or acquire new skills in industries that offer higher wages and more stable employment, the news release said. In addition, participants will receive supportive services, such as transportation, nutrition and child care, that remove barriers to farmworkers pursuing training.
Grants are allocated through a formula that estimates the number of eligible workers in each state or territory. The grants cover a two-year period but are funded on an annual basis. This award runs from July 1 to June 30, 2014.
For more information on the National Farmworker Jobs Program, go to www.doleta.gov/msfw/html/nfjp.cfm.
Kihei Community Association to meet
State Sen. Roz Baker and state Reps. Kaniela Ing and Angus McKelvey will appear at the Kihei Community Association meeting Tuesday evening at the Kihei Charter School.
The state lawmakers who represent South Maui will be answering questions about the recent legislative session and discussing developments affecting the area.
There also will be an update on the "Grow Some Good" program.
The evening will begin at 6:30; doors open at 6. Kihei Charter School is located at 41 E. Lipoa St.
The public is invited. Nonperishable donations for the Maui Food Bank are being collected.
For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or go to www.gokihei.org.
12-hour vigil to begin Saturday
Hui Pono Ike Kanawai will hold a 12-hour vigil at the Haleakala National Park Visitor Center lookout from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. June 23 to raise awareness of the cultural landscape and history of the mountain and the construction of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope.
The National Park Service willl not close the parking lot and lookout area for the vigil, the public is invited, a news release about the event said.
There will be ohana stories, personal experiences, historical accounts and observance of protocols and respect. There also will be an hourly cultural protocol.
"This vigil is a cultural practice based in recognition of and need for divine intervention," said the group's news release about the event.
The group is raising concerns about the transparency of the construction of the 14-story telescope and protection of Native Hawaiian artifacts and symbols, the news release said.
Speakers include Kiope Raymond, University of Hawaii Maui College instructor in the Hawaiian Studies Department; Joyclyn Costa, a member of the ATST Native Hawaiian Working Group and past alakai for Hui Pono Ike Kanawai; and Wilmont Kahaialii and Kaniloa Kamaunu, Hui Pono Ike Kanawai presenters.
Restroom facilities are available. Attendees are advised to dress for extremely cold weather and to be mindful of the altitude.