Author to appear at museum
Maui writer and historian John Harrisson, author of "Haleakala Ranch: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary," will be at the Makawao History Museum on Friday.
Harrisson will be available for autographs and will discuss his book, which details ranch history in Makawao, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the museum at 1152 Makawao Ave. across from the Makawao Public Library.
He has authored more than 35 other books, a news release said. Refreshments will be served.
'Picnic for Poki' on Thursday
Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions will host "Picnic for Poki," a live entertainment show, at 11 a.m. Thursday on the grounds of Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku.
One of the entertainers will be Kaulike Pescaia, a Kamehameha Schools Maui student who is a musician and falsetto singer. His first contest win was at the age of 8 when he won Maui Shower of Stars in the 18 and under group.
The other performer will be Ah Tim Eleniki. Eleniki performs at venues around Maui.
There will be fresh baked cookies and coffee from Roselani Place kitchen.
People may bring their own lunch, a lawn chair and friends.
The event is free and open to the public. It is held every third Thursday of the month and is a continuation of a program put on by the late Allen "Braddah Poki" Pokipala.
For more information, call 871-7720.
Senior computer class offered
A five-week computer class for senior citizens will begin Thursday at Roselani Place in Kahului.
Seniors living outside of the retirement home are welcomed to the class that will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the retirement home.
The free class will teach seniors basic computer skills, how to navigate the Internet, how to operate email as well as learn about abuses and scams.
The class is being presented through the nonprofit Free Help Education Organization and Roselani Place.
For more information, call Elena Farinas, founder and chief executive officer of FCIG dba Free Help Education Organization, at 891-2220 or Roselani Place at 871-7720.
Crater service trip July 4-6
The Friends of Haleakala National Park will offer the public a chance to volunteer at the park, stay in a cabin and hike the crater on a service outing July 4 through 6.
Participants will stay in Paliku Cabin and do light service work removing non-native plants. A park ranger will accompany the trip to inform and answer questions about the biology, geology and history of Haleakala.
There will be a hike via the Sliding Sands Trail, which starts at the summit visitor center and comes out of the crater down the Kaupo Gap trail. A ride will be arranged back to the park. The only cost, in addition to shared meals, is a fee of $15.
Participants must be able to hike over rough terrain carrying a backpack with their clothing, personal items, a sleeping bag and a share of the group's food.
Similar trips are offered over the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
To register and receive more information see www.fhnp.org. To reserve a space, call 264-4757.
Land trust director to speak
Scott Fisher, the director of conservation for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, will speak during the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.
The land trust is an organization committed to working with private landowners, community groups, community leaders and government partners to protect Hawaii's lands.
Fisher has worked on the Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge.
Cost of breakfast is $22. The meeting is open to the public.
For more information, call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or see www.kiheirotary.org.
Free movie night on Thursday
Extending the science theme of the Hawaii State Public Library System's Summer Reading Programs, the Wailuku Public Library will show the film "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" at 6 p.m. Thursday at the library.
Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett's children's book of the same name, the film follows inventor Flint Lockwood and a brainy weather girl as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped and food is falling in its place, a news release said.
The animated comedy is rated PG.
The Family Movie Night is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call the library at 243-5766.
2 Maui students to graduate
Two students from Wailuku will graduate from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls on Saturday.
Tanner Lee will receive a degree in biology health sciences, and Kelsey Abellanida will receive a degree in diagnostic medical sonography, according to a news release.
New Rotary club forming
The new Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will hold its first planning meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Royal Lahaina Resort's Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant.
Residents interested in joining the new club are encouraged to attend.
Two former Rotary Club presidents, Liz May and Jim Fahnestock, will be sworn in later this month as co-presidents of the new club.
May is general manager of AAAAA Rent-A-Space and is past president of Rotary Club of Lahaina. She has organized fundraisers that raised funds for the recent renovation of the Lahaina Public Library.
Fahnestock is a past president of the Rotary Club of San Carlos, Calif. He moved to Maui two years ago and formed The Vintage Ohana Team, a community involvement group for The Vintage at Ka'anapali condominium association.
The new club will begin meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 8 at the Royal Lahaina Resort.
Soroptimist to host candidate
Soroptimist International of West Maui will host mayoral candidate Tamara Paltin at its monthly dinner meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Paradise Grill in Kaanapali.
Paltin will discuss issues facing the county and her plans to address these issues, according to an announcement.
For reservations, call Ruth McKay at 283-5193.
Rummage sale at MECO
Maui Electric Co.'s annual rummage sale to benefit Maui United Way will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the auditorium at 210 W. Kamehameha Ave.
The selection will include clothing, baby items, shoes and household items.
Clean, gently used and/or new donations will be accepted starting Wednesday.
For more information, call Shelly Espeleta at 872-3216.
Women's radio talk show to air
The first topic on "The Powder Room," a radio talk show intended for women, is "Maui's two mission women," with special guest speaker Stacey Moniz, executive director of Women Helping Women. The live call-in show will explore warning signs of domestic violence and more, according to an announcement.
The show will air from noon to 1 p.m. Friday on KAOI Radio 1110 AM and 96.7 FM. There will also be online streaming at KAOI 1110.com.
Recycling event Saturday
Malama Maui Nui (Community Work Day), will hold a recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.
Collected will include scrap metal, bicycles, appliances, lawn mowers, cooking oil, cellular phones, household batteries, vehicle batteries, printers, ink cartridges, electronics, computers, laptops, televisions, HI-5 and non-HI-5 recyclables, telephone books, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, used eyeglasses, hearing aids, books, DVDs, clothing, plastic and aluminum recyclables.
There is a suggested $5 fee to drop off regular-sized or smaller vehicle tires. There will not be paper shredding.
Residents are encouraged to bring a nonperishable donation for Feed My Sheep, a mobile food distribution program for Maui families and individuals in need.
For more information on what types of items are accepted call 877-2524 or visit www.cwdhawaii.org.
Discussion to focus on nutrition
Steve Blake, who holds doctorate degrees in holistic health and naturopathic medicine, will present a class and slide presentation on "A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer's," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Roselani Place at 88 S. Papa Ave.
Participants can learn how to lower their risk of getting Alzheimer's by increasing intake of antioxidant fruits and vegetables. They will also learn about studies that show which supplements and medical plants have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk and progression of Alzheimer's, according to a news release.
Roselani Place, a licensed assisted living community, will also host an open house with model apartments for viewing. There will be door prizes and musical entertainment by Glenn Foster.
Light healthy refreshments will be served.
The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a space or obtain more information, contact Diane Alba-Means at email@example.com or call 871-7720.
Pukalani group to meet Tuesday
The Pukalani Community Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center's downstairs meeting room.
Tamara Lester of Yellowbird Graphics will present the new association website for comment.
The meeting is open to the public.
For more information send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio club hosting 'Field Day' June 28
The Maui Amateur Radio Club is inviting the public to learn more about amateur radio during a nationwide event June 28 called "Field Day" where the Maui club will be set up in a field between Hana Highway and the ocean just past Hookipa Beach Park.
The event runs from 8 a.m. June 28 through 8 a.m. June 29. The public is invited to visit during daylight hours to learn about how to get a ham radio license and participate in the event.
The event is the largest emergency communication event in the world, a news release said. Radio clubs and enthusiasts all over the United States set up portable stations and pass messages to others.
Last year, more than 2,500 stations and more than 36,000 individuals participated. More than 1.25 million contacts were made. The Maui Amateur Radio Club made more than 2,000 contacts from its location near Hookipa, the release said.
Build-A-Thon volunteers sought
"Habitat for Humanity Maui will present its eighth annual Build-A-Thon fundraiser to promote awareness of, and help eliminate, substandard housing and homelessness in Hawaii from 11 a.m. to 4 or 4:30 p.m. July 11 and 12. Volunteers may work a full shift or whatever time they have available, according to a spokesman. More than 100 volunteers will work to help build affordable housing for low-income Maui residents.
Participants will help with construction on a three-story, 16-unit condominium project on Kahawai Street in Happy Valley, which will provide homeownership opportunities for kupuna, the disabled, veterans, individuals and young families just starting out, according to a news release.
Every volunteer will receive a "goody bag," a T-shirt, lunch and opportunities to win prizes. Each volunteer is asked to raise $100 to participate in this fundraiser.
* This article contains a correction from the original. The contact phone number in Local Briefs on Sunday on Page C1 about a computer class for senior citizens at Roselani Place in Kahului was incorrect.
The correct number is 871-7720.
The class will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the retirement home. Seniors living outside the facility also may attend.
The Maui News apologizes for the errors.