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Dedication to highway program recognized

In recognition of their commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway public service program, a team of employees from Hula Grill Ohana received the No Ka Oi Highway Hui Award from the state Department of Transportation Highways Division-Maui District. Since 2008, the group of volunteers, called the ...

Hawaii Nature Center unveils new programs

The Hawaii Nature Center will offer new programs for 2021 that include expanded programs on the weekends, more school break camps, the continuation of its weekday offerings and opportunities for small group nature encounters. Upcoming weekend experiences for children ages 3 to 5 and their ...

Maui Ocean Center presents its Volunteer of the Year Award

The Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute recently awarded its 2020 Volunteer of the Year Award to two recipients, Alan Espiritu and Bruce Weyermann, who both serve as volunteer lead field responders for the institute’s Sea Turtle Response Team. The marine institute’s inaugural Volunteer of ...

5th grader pens winning poem

Fifth grader Isla Harris recently received the Maui County grand prize in the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Awards. Harris attends Roots School in Haiku. Her poem, “Better Together,” was selected from a field of 525 entries. The annual competition is sponsored by ...

Virtual whale watches for kids

The Pacific Whale Foundation will host weekly virtual whale watch sessions for kids starting Feb. 16. PWF will bring the whales to students during one-hour sessions offered multiple times daily Tuesdays through Fridays until May 21. There will be 7 a.m. HST time slots available for East ...

Local Briefs

Rotary club to host Maui meteorologist The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea will host local meteorologist Malika Dudley as its guest speaker at its 12 p.m. Zoom meeting on Wednesday. The Zoom meeting ID is 829 1334 8817. The passcode is 081120. For more information, contact Dennis Bagshaw at ...

Pet of the Week

I’m hoping I have all the right moves that’ll win you over. My name is Dancer, and I’m an outgoing and affectionate 3-year-old that’s hoping I can be just the lover boy you are looking for. As one of a dozen black-coated cats at the shelter, I tend to blend into the background even ...

Are crosswords good for brain health?

Have you ever wondered if crosswords will keep your brain fit as you age? Are there other activities that are even better? Christine Spencer, Maui’s regional coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, has that question asked of her often. So how does Christine answer ...

Youth scholarship applications available

Maui County’s Rotary clubs are now accepting applications for the annual Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation scholarship. There are 10 Rotary clubs in Maui County and each will select a deserving high school student to receive the $5,000 scholarship award. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1. ...

Realtors Foundation accepting applications for 2021 Presidential Scholarship

The Realtors Association of Maui Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021 Presidential Scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 31. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $2,500. To be eligible, an applicant must be a high school senior or a former recipient of ...

Publishers Weekly Best-sellers

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Ahead of the Class

To have your class, workshop or presentation included in this free listing, email its title, instructor, location, dates, start/end times, cost and brief description to currents@mauinews.com. Due to the volume of submissions, items will be listed as close as possible to their start date; if a ...

Thrift Stores

The following is a listing of nonprofit organizations that sell an assortment of used and donated goods. For changes or new listings, call 242-6335. • Goodwill Retail Thrift Store, 250 Alamaha St., Ste. N-9, Kahului, 442-8989, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ...

Datebook/COVID-19 Schedule Changes

The Maui News has compiled a list of countywide cancellations, closures and postponements due to coronavirus. This story is updated daily as information is released. Datebook Listings Today 16 • Habitat for Humanity Maui ReStore, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. For ...

Sentry donates $250K to food bank

The Sentry Insurance Foundation announced a $250,000 donation to the Maui Food Bank on Tuesday. The donation came in conjunction with the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament that is set to play Thursday through Sunday at the Kapalua Plantation Course. “The pandemic has ...

Toy drive delivers Christmas cheer to county children

Maui United Way and the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui held a holiday toy drive last month that collected more than 2,300 toys for deserving children on Maui, Lanai and Molokai. The 2020 toy drive was sponsored by Pacific Media Group. All of the donated toys were ...

Rotarians help beautify Lahaina

As part of a project to beautify Lahaina Town, members of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise replanted a medicinal herb garden at the Baldwin Home Museum on Dec. 19. The garden once belonged to Dr. Dwight Baldwin, who used Native Hawaiian and western plants in his healing practices. Today, ...

Tamura’s makes donation

Kalama Intermediate School recently received a donation of disposable face masks and hand sanitizer from Glenn Tamura, owner of Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors on Maui, the school said. School maintenance lead Brenda Waikiki (left) recently received the donation from Tamura’s Wailuku ...

Local Briefs

Chess clubs seek members Louis Tomsic, a Hawaii tournament director for the U.S. Chess Federation, is seeking Lanai- and Maui-based members for two online chess clubs, Team Maui and the Lanai Chess Club. Both clubs play on chess.com. Membership is free. Lanai Chess Club and Team Maui ...

Grants

The Hawaii Council for the Humanities is now accepting grant applications for its public humanities and preservation and access grants. The deadline to apply is March 5. The council’s public humanities grants offer funding up to $10,000 and are suited for programs that aim to promote deep ...