Teens will compete for youth honor
The 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Youth of the Year finalists will compete for the Gene Freedman Youth of the Year honor from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. A reception will follow from 6 to 7 p.m.
Teen participants are Mason Aquino, Central club; Jamie Gomes, Makawao club; Aaron Na'ea, Lahaina club; and Tia Bright, Haiku club.
One teen will be named local Youth of the Year and will go on to complete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members across Hawaii for the state title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brand Corp.
Writing competition accepting entries
The LahainaTown Action Committee is accepting submissions for its first Maui Short Story Competition.
The intent of the contest is to encourage previously unpublished writers to explore writing about the island of Maui from a unique perspective, according to a news release.
The competition is open genre. However, LAC recommends keeping the subject to Maui. For example: Maui life, heritage, culture, the land and the ocean. There is a 1,500-word maximum.
Entries will be accepted until March 20.
The entry fee is $25 per submission. There is a limit of three entries per person.
Winners will be announced April 11. First place will receive a cash prize. Other winners will receive prizes donated by LAC sponsors.
Entries can be submitted online or via postal mail accompanied by an entry form that can be found at www.visitlahaina.com. For information, call 667-9175.
MHS meeting for graduating seniors
Parents/guardians of seniors planning to paritipate in the 2014 Maui High School commencement ceremony must attend one of two mandatory meetings.
The meetings will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Feb. 8.
All meetings will be held in the Maui High School cafeteria.
Information about commencement will be provided and senior expectation and permission forms will be distributed.
Forms must be picked up and signed by both the parent and student at the meetings.
For more information, contact Ti'a Joaquin at 727-4000.
MEO's Head Start taking applications
Maui Economic Opportunity's Head Start will accept applications for the 2014-15 school year beginning Monday.
Head Start is a federal program that provides early childhood development services to families that meet the federal poverty guidelines and selection criteria.
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old by July 31 are eligible for enrollment.
Parents/legal guardians will be required to bring the child's birth certificate and two forms of household income (i.e., 2013 W-2 forms or 2013 tax returns and four to six current pay stubs or a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families printout).
Applications may be completed in the office between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except on federal and state holidays) at the MEO Family Center, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.
For more information, contact the MEO Early Childhood Services department at 249-2988.
Donation in memory of Martin Luna
Instead of a holiday gift exchange in December, the employees of Munekiyo and Hiraga Inc. in Wailuku decided to do something a little different.
In honor of Martin Luna, an attorney for Carlsmith Ball who died of cancer last year, the employees dedicated their gifts to help fund the B. Martin Luna Room at Hope Lodge Hawai'i.
The 18 employees of the company donated $3,325 in honor of Luna, who was a respected community leader and friend to their company, according to a news release.
The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Hawai'i provides free lodging and ground transportation to patients and their caregivers during cancer treatments on Oahu. Neighbor Island, Guam and Oahu patients who live more than an hour's drive from the facility may apply to stay at this "home away from home." The American Cancer Society plans to break ground for its 19-guest-room facility in Honolulu this year.
For more information on Hope Lodge Hawai'i, visit www.hopelodgehawaii.org or call the Maui office of the American Cancer Society at 244-5554.
School to showcase mikoshi at festival
Kamehameha Schools Maui won the competition among Maui high schools to showcase its mikoshi at the 20th annual Honolulu Festival for the second straight year.
A mikoshi is a decorative float unique to specific prefectures in Japan that is carried by groups of celebrants during festivals.
The mikoshi will be on display at the Hawaii Convention Center on March 8, and the students will carry their float in the grand parade down Kalakaua Avenue on March 9.
Kamehameha Schools Maui's winning design was inspired by the students' perceptions and experiences with multiculturalism, unity and love, according to a news release.
This year's festival theme is: "Jubilation: One Heart, One Pacific, One World."
Mardi Gras a benefit for AIDS foundation
The Maui AIDS Foundation will hold Mardi Gras Maui from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 8 at The King Kamehameha Golf Club.
VIP ticket holders will enjoy dinner, champagne and a special performance by Deborah Vial.
Everyone will be entertained by Kit Kat Cabaret and Glamity and dance to DJ LaRage, DJ Kurt and Dj Trvr.
Trish da Dish will emcee this third annual event that raises money for those affected by HIV/AIDS on Maui.
There will also be a silent auction and prizes for best costume. People must be 21 to attend.
VIP tickets are $100, or $125 at the door. General-admission tickets are $35, or $40 at the door. Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $2,500 and include a table for 10 with VIP admittance and other benefits.
Visit mauiaids.org or call 242-4900 to purchase tickets.