Haleakala park officials to host meeting
Haleakala National Park officials will host a community meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kipahulu Visitor Center, according to an announcement.
The park superintendent and chief of interpretation will provide general updates and answer questions about park programs.
Gatherings scheduled to support Israel
Maui rallies and a gathering to support Israel will be held this month, beginning Thursday.
From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and on Aug. 28, in conjunction with a statewide rally for Israel, a demonstration will be held at the corner of Puunene Avenue and Dairy Road in Kahului. Organizers suggest participants bring posters, flags and shofars (musical instruments traditionally made of rams' horns).
On Sunday, a "Stand With Israel Solidarity Gathering" will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maui Lu Long House at 575 S. Kihei Road.
A guest speaker will be Leehy Shaer, the aunt of Gilad Shaer, a teen victim in the violence. There will be other speakers as well and special music, dance and current updates on Israel.
For more information, call 281-4427 or 357-3303.
Gardening topic of two public sessions
The group Grow the Change will hold two public sessions on gardening at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center garden in Wailuku today.
The first will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will consist of weeding and building soil and biomass. The second session from 2:30 to 6 p.m. will consist of building "Earthbag" terraces. These will become miniature community garden plots for shelter families to grow organic food. An after-school program will be in session from 2:30 to 3 p.m. as well. Participants may bring their children.
Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and sun protection. They should bring their own water and a reusable water bottle.
The center is at 670 Waiale Road.
For more information, see growthechange.org.
Charges filed in alleged assault, robbery
A Pukalani man was charged with the robbery and assault of another man who reported that he was beaten in a Kahului parking lot last month, police said.
Bail was set at $25,000 for John Baker, 23. He was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.
Police said the robbery occurred at about 4 p.m. July 24. The victim was walking near the Maui Seaside Hotel when he saw Baker sitting in the back of a pickup truck and waved to Baker. Then, Baker and two others confronted the victim in the hotel parking lot, assaulted him and stole his money, police said.
The victim required stitches after suffering a laceration to the right side of his head, police said.
An all-points bulletin had been issued for Baker before he was arrested Friday evening on charges of fourth-degree theft and resisting arrest, police said. He also was arrested on a contempt-of-court warrant.