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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group to meet

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 190 W. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului. The group meets on the first Saturday of each month. Caregivers, spouses and all family members of people with Parkinson’s disease are invited to attend. Activities include stretching and movement sessions.

For more information, contact (239) 687-9556, 344-7955 or fitqueen007@earthlink.net


Waldorf high school plans open house

Haleakala Waldorf High School invites prospective families to its open house from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 on the Kaluanui campus at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Open house participants will have the opportunity to learn about the program, meet high school faculty and students, and tour the campus.

There are limited seats available in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. Students interested in applying may call Paula Berdal at 878-2511 or visit www.waldorfmaui.org. Financial aid is available to new students. Attendees are asked to use the Kaluanui Road entrance.


‘Wild about Whales’ sleepover at aquarium

Children ages 6 to 13, along with an adult, are invited to a sleep over at the Maui Ocean Center. The aquarium’s Education Team will host this evening, which begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and ends at 9 a.m. Jan. 24. The theme for January’s sleepover is “Wild about Whales” and will include whale-themed activities, an exploration of the Living Reef after dark, and hands-on marine life lessons.

Each child must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. The cost is $75 plus tax per person and includes snacks, continental breakfast, a souvenir decal and all-day admission to the aquarium the next day.

Aquarium members receive 15 percent off admission. Space is limited. To make a reservation, call 270-7075. Reservations must be made no later than noon the day prior to the sleepover.


Cleanup campaign will be at two locations

Malama Maui Nui’s next cleanup campaign, “Aloha ‘Aina,” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 17.

Volunteers may join one of two co-hosted events that day: a beach cleanup at Po’olenalena Beach in partnership with Surfrider Foundation – Maui Chapter; or the Waikapu Cemetery workday with West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership.

Call Malama Maui Nui at 877-2524 or email volunteer@cwdhawaii.org to participate in these upcoming events or to reserve supplies and post-event trash pickup service for your own community cleanup.

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Soil regeneration presentation Jan. 4

Polyface Farm managers Daniel and Sheri Salatin, experts in soil regeneration through multi-species rotational grazing, as well as multi-market sales, will give a presentation on soil regeneration from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4 in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Ike Lea science building.

The Salatins are visiting Maui from Virginia to consult with Hoku Nui Maui Farm in Makawao. The 250-acre farm of old pineapple land-turned-pasture is starting to regenerate the soil based on recommendations by soil experts like the Salatins.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact mvstephe@hawaii.edu or 984-3502.


Historian to speak at Rotary meeting

Local historian Gail Ainsworth will speak on the history of Makawao at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Maui on Jan. 8 at the Kahili Restaurant in Waikapu.

The talk will cover early to recent times, including immigrant groups, agriculture and the town’s development as a business center. Ainsworth is the vice president of the Makawao History Museum and the author of “Maui Remembers: A Local History.” She is retired following 30 years of service as a librarian at University of Hawaii Maui College.

The cost is $20 for the luncheon meeting. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact President Colleen Welty at www.rotaryclubofmaui.org.


Dance association to hold registration

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association, Maui Chapter, will be having its registration Jan. 5 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and then from 7:40 to 7:55 p.m. during intermission.

Lessons in beginner hustle and intermediate samba will be offered. Membership dues are $15 a year. In addition, the last two dances of the fiscal year are $10 each.

For more information, call Bill Ruidas, membership chairman, at 873-8605 or Jeffrey Dela Cruz, assistant dance director, at 244-3263.


Moonlight Mele on Saturday at museum

A Moonlight Mele with George Kahumoku Jr. & Friends will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku.

The event will include museum tours, arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine garden and special guests from the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for kamaaina. Children will be admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 244-3326 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Keiki and mentors get special excursion

Platinum Tours owner John Fierro took Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui’s “bigs” and “littles” on a ride through East Maui recently.

On Nov. 15, 29 children and mentors from Kahului, Wailuku and Princess Nahienaena elementary schools, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maui High School and Lahainaluna High School took in sights along the road to Hana from Platinum Tours’ vehicles.

Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon sponsored a breakfast for the keiki and mentors. The Maui Cookie Lady donated dessert.

“We are so thankful for the Maui community’s support of our mentoring programs,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui Executive Director JD Wyatt.


Introductory classes begin Jan. 6

Maui Economic Opportunity will present one-hour introductory classes for its next Core Four Business Planning course from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 6 and 8 at MEO’s Family Center, 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku.

An introductory class will also be offered at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 7.

The six-week series begins Jan. 13 and continues from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through Feb. 24. All sessions will be held at MEO’s Family Center.

The 36-hour course teaches participants how to write a business plan and provides information on how to start, operate and grow a business.

Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MEO’s Family Center.

To learn more about the training course, call MEO at 249-2990.


Pageant winner to advocate for Medicare

Maui resident Terri Rainey was crowned Ms. Dual Medi-Medi 2015 at the inaugural Ms. Medicare Pageant on Monday at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki.

Contestants 60 to 85 years of age competed in private interviews, Hawaiian wear, evening wear and onstage question segments of the pageant. Rainey also won the optional talent portion of the pageant.

As Ms. Dual Medi-Medi 2015, Rainey will advocate for Medicare and help educate the community about Medicare benefits, according to an announcement.


Jazz orchestra to perform at library

A free concert by the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra will be presented at Makawao Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14.

The orchestra is a 19-piece jazz band known for upbeat, contemporary big band jazz arrangements. It is directed by Casey Nagata and features musicians from around the Valley Isle.

The Friends of the Library of Hawaii is sponsoring this one-hour concert, which is suitable for the whole family. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

The library is at 1159 Makawao Ave. For more information, call the library at 573-8785.


How to use Google class to be offered

Al Bayless, an Internet computer instructor at Maui public libraries and the Kaunoa Senior Center, will conduct a class on how to use Google to search the Internet on Jan. 7 at Makawao Public Library.

Participants should arrive at 5:45 p.m. to set up their computer and wireless connection. The class will be from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in the adult reading section. A valid Hawaii State Public Library System card is required to connect to the library’s wireless Internet.

Bayless will teach basic search skills and some advanced techniques. Participants will learn how to search for information, pictures, and videos and discover if there is information about them on the Internet.

This class is suitable for ages 12 and older. Advance signup is required to attend. Class is limited to 10 people.

Contact the library three weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. The program is subject to change.

Makawao Public Library is at 1159 Makawao Ave.

For more information, call 573-8785.


Healthy reef systems talk set for Jan. 17

Snorkel Bob’s will give a healthy reef talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Kihei Charter School auditorium.

The presentation will include video and slides from around the globe describing how healthy reef systems correlate with healthy communities and business environments, according to an announcement.

This free event is open to the public. Snorkel Bob’s is offering a free photo book to everyone who attends (one per family). All ages are welcome. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk. Refreshments will be provided.

The school is at 300 Ohukai Road, Kihei.

For more information, call 264-9999.

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Gift items on sale at Keokea market today

Keokea coffee, teas and honey; Deborah Crawley’s ginger candy and wafers; and handmade glass, metal, pearl, silver and Hawaiian jewelry will be available today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Keokea Homestead Open Market. The market, which will also feature fresh produce from Kanehe, Moki’s and Olakino farms, is at the 16.9 mile marker of Kula Highway at Kaamana Street, a quarter-mile past Grandma’s Coffeehouse.

The nonprofit Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association hosts the open market on the second Sunday of each month, through April. The association represents Maui’s only Native Hawaiian agricultural homestead, encompassing 66 two-acre lots dedicated to sustainable, subsistence farming.

For more open-market information, including vendor applications, call Karen Park at 870-3220 or email “mailto:keokeapark@aol.com”>keokeapark@aol.com.


Order deadline is Tuesday for rice cakes

Mochi is part of the Japanese New Year’s cultural tradition, and Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will be selling the rice cakes Saturday.

The prices are:

* 10 pieces of plain komochi (small) for $6.

* Eight pieces of an (red sweet beans) mocha for $6.

* Small okazari set (bottom 2 inches and top 1 inch) for $2.50.

* Large okazari set (bottom 4 inches and top 2 inches) for $5.

The deadline to place an order is Tuesday; call 244-0406. Pickup time Saturday is from 7 a.m. to noon.

The tradition is to double stack mochi, which is called okazari, in the living room, office or workshop to express appreciation and good tidings for the new year.

On New Year’s Day, the tradition is to eat ozoni, a mochi soup with a variety of vegetables. The vegetables are mainly rooted vegetables, such as lotus root (renkon), radish (daikon), gobo, araimo and carrots (ninjin).

The significance of using rooted vegetables is to established a great and firm root in the earth and to build a good home and family, the Wailuku Hongwanji news release said.


Rotary club offers curbside tree pickup

The Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui will offer curbside Christmas tree pickup in Paia, Haiku, Makawao, Pukalani and Kula from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Jan. 3. Since the trees will be processed into compost, all decorations must be removed, including tinsel.

A $10 donation per tree will go toward supporting the club’s community projects.

Trees should be set on the curb before 8 a.m. on the day of pickup, which can be scheduled by calling 878-2177.


Students challenged to develop vision

Lawmakers are inviting students across the state to participate in the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest, which asks students the question: “What do you think needs to happen in the next 50 years for Hawaii to be the best place to work and live?” All Hawaii students in grades 4 to12 are invited to present their vision for the future through an essay, poster, or video submission.

The contest is inspired by former Gov. George Ariyoshi’s book, “Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, the Next Fifty Years.” The entry deadline is at 11:59 p.m. Jan 31. Winners will be announced in March. More information can be found on the contest website at www.hawaiinext50.com, and organizers can be reached at hawaiinext50@gmail.com with any questions.

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Cookbook on sale at Makawao museum

The Makawao History Museum is selling the new “Look What’s Cooking in Makawao” cookbook, a collection of recipes from residents of Makawao. In addition to recipes, there are historical photographs and Makawao history facts.

The book may be purchased with a $20 donation to the museum at 3643 Baldwin Ave. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cookbook is a fundraising effort made possible by a grant from the Atherton Family Foundation. Makawao History Museum advisers Sunny Jordan and Judy Mertens, and Makawao History Museum Director Gail Ainsworth, contributed to the cookbook.


Concert to feature Hawaiian favorites

Kawika Ho’opi’i & Friends will perform Hawaiian Christmas favorites from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Hawaiian Music Series’ free concert. The concert will be in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at Dickenson and Front streets.

From a family deeply rooted in Hawaiian music, Ho’opi’i pays tribute to the traditional style of music that surrounded him in Kahakuloa Valley, where he was raised. Brandon Hirata and Po’okela Wood round out the trio. The group will be accompanied by hula dancers.

Blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome; a limited number of chairs are provided for kupuna. For more information, call 661-3262.

This event is coordinated by the foundation in partnership with Hawaii Tourism Authority and Maui County Office of Economic Development.


Christmas gifts sought for children

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. is requesting donations from the community of unwrapped Christmas presents, including books, toys, gift cards to purchase necessities (such as shoes and clothes) for children attending MEO Early Childhood programs and whose families are unable to provide them with a gift.

The presents will be provided to children attending programs supported by the MEO Early Childhood Services Department, including MEO Head Start (preschool), MEO Kahi Kamalii Infant and Toddler Center (12 months to 3 years), and the MEO Ohana Strengthening project (birth-16 years of age; children of incarcerated women).

Gifts and donations may be dropped off until Wednesday at the MEO Early Childhood Services office at the MEO Family Center; 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Office hours are 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Community garden plans potluck, tours

Hali’imaile Community Garden will hold its annual Christmas potluck and open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Attendees are asked to bring a main dish, side, salad, dessert or beverage to share.

To participate in the optional Secret Santa gift sharing, bring a gift valued up to $10 for the gift table and receive a gift from another gardener or guest.

The garden will also be open for free tours during the open house.

The entry gate is secured and will be staffed during the open house for guests. For directions, contact the garden at least one day in advance or follow the signs from the corner of Haliimaile Road and Leie Street.

For more information, call (415) 480-4769 or email haliimailegarden@gmail.com.


Managing chronic pain topic of talk

Jennifer Aberhart, an expert on chronic pain, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

Aberhart’s presentation will concern understanding of chronic pain conditions and how they can be prevented through self-management. Aberhart has numerous treatment approaches to help recovery and replenishment of the body after experiencing chronic pain.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information, call Secretary Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or see www.kiheirotary.org.


Christmas Block Party for homeless

The 16th annual Christmas Block Party for the homeless and shelter home children on Maui will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center, 395 Waena Place, Wailuku.

There will be free food, entertainment and a gift for every child who attends.

The party is sponsored by Church on the Go Inc. For more information, or to learn how to help, call Pastor Laki Kaahumanu at 385-2912. A gift wish list may be viewed at www.churchonthego.us.


Church group will perform at mall

The Kihei Lutheran Church congregation’s music department will present an evening of Christmas music and dance at Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The performance on center stage will feature Kihei Lutheran’s choir, hula group, hand chimes group, keiki, soloists and other musicians.

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Community grant applications due Friday

Young Brothers Ltd. is accepting grant applications from nonprofit community organizations in Maui County for its Community Gift Giving Program. The program will award grants of up to $2,500 per organization.

Application forms and information are available at “http://www.youngbrothershawaii.com”>www.youngbrothershawaii.com under “Community Gift Giving.” The deadline for applications is Friday. It’s preferred that applications be submitted by email to cab@htbyb.com. Applications also may be faxed to (808) 543-9489 or mailed to: Young Brothers Ltd., P.O Box 3288, Honolulu 96801, Attn: Tiff Whitworth.

The Maui County Community Advisory Board members are Roy Katsuda, chairman; Sandy Baz and Jo-Ann Ridao of Maui; and Alberta de Jetley of Lanai.


Dinner and auction will benefit kupuna

Na Hoaloha will host dinners and a silent auction Friday and Saturday at the Vineyard Food Co., 1951 E. Vineyard St. in Wailuku, to help fund support services for Maui’s homebound seniors.

Seatings for both nights are at 5:30 and 7:30. The four-course meal has a variety of menu items. Participants can bring their own alcohol (beer and wine only). The meal cost is $43.

The silent action will be held both nights. Auction items include a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour, sunset cruise, Mama’s Fish House and other restaurant certificates. For reservations, call 243-3663 or email chefg@maui.net.

Na Hoaloha is a nonprofit providing senior transportation, friendly visits, telephone reassurance and respite caregiving programs to help seniors remain independent. For more information about programs or to volunteer, call 249-2545 or visit www.nahoaloha.org.


Finance topic of talk at Rotary meeting

Barry Hyman, member of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea and vice president of Financial & Investment Management Group, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at 12:15 p.m. meeting today at Mulligans on the Blue.

Hyman will share his knowledge of finance and money management.

The cost is $16, including lunch. The public is welcome.


Christmas craft fair at Grace Bible Church

Grace Bible Church in Kahului will host a Christmas craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Baked goods, sausage plate, pulled-pork sandwiches and handmade gifts are among the items that will be offered.


Salvation Army leader to speak at meeting

Capt. Robert Steiner of the Salvation Army will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway restaurant.

He will discuss new directions and changes in the coming year for Maui County and programs benefiting the community.

The meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome. Lunch is $12.

For more information, call Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.


Christmas trees on sale at Kula farm

Kula Kelly’s Farm, owned by husband-and-wife team Mike Wilson and Kelly Bass, is selling Norfolk pine Christmas trees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and by appointment until Christmas.

Customers pick which tree they want and farm workers cut it for them and load it onto their car.

There are 120 trees to pick from, ranging from 3 to 20 feet tall at $10 per foot.

The farm is at 742 Holopuni Road in the Kula Glen subdivision.

For more information, call Wilson at 281-2277.


Social club announces Christmas party

The Italian American Social Club will hold its annual Christmas party at Fabiani’s Restaurant in Kihei at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The menu features a four-course dinner with pizza appetizers, house salad and a choice of three entrees. Tiramisu will be the featured dessert. The cost for the event is $35 per person, and all are invited to join the club members for this festive occasion. Drinks will be charged separately. For further information, write Don Tedesco at dstedesco@gmail.com.


Whale watch cruise to benefit scholarships

Tickets are on sale for the American Association of University Women’s annual whale watch cruise, which raises funds for three annual University of Hawaii-Maui College scholarships.

The cruise will be from 4 to 6 p.m. March 1. Check-in will be at 3:15 p.m. at the Pacific Whale Foundation Store in Maalaea.

Tickets are $35 each and include pupu, door prizes, a whale watch guide and a poster. Naturalists on board will talk about the whales. There will be a cash bar.

AAUW offers three scholarships each year to women who have completed two years of post-secondary education and plan to continue at the University of Hawaii-Maui College.

Tickets are available from Karen Grafe at 874-5625, karjog@aol.com. Or contact any AAUW Maui Branch member.


Maui Open Studios event begins Jan. 31

The 5th annual Maui Open Studios event is scheduled for four consecutive weekends beginning Jan. 31.

During the event, artists and artisans will open their studios and exhibition spaces to show and sell their work to the public. The event is free to the public.

An MOS guidebook containing an artist directory and maps to different studios and exhibition spaces around the island will be available in January. For more information, see www.mauiopenstudios.com.


Volunteers sought for project graduation

A King Kekaulike High School 2015 Project Graduation planning meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the staff dining room. Attendees should enter the campus through the Haleakala Highway gate. The committee is looking for volunteers: family members, neighbors, friends or anyone willing to lend a hand to make this year’s event a success. For more information, call Kris Musto, chairperson, at 870-0553.


Flatbread sales to benefit school band

Flatbread Co. in Paia will host a benefit night for the Emmanuel Lutheran School Band from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The band will receive a portion of sales for all flatbreads during those hours. There will also be a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m.

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‘Never too Late to Go Vegan,’ title of talk

“Never too Late to Go Vegan: Why and How to Make the Switch to a Better Life,” a talk by Patti Breitman, will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Attendees will discover why raw, paleo, sugar-, salt- or oil-free, Main Street and every other kind of vegan is on the right track, according to an announcement. Climate change, animals’ lives, and your own good health are all affected every time you shop for groceries, Breitman says.

Breitman is director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals. She is on the advisory council of the Animals & Society Institute, a not-for-profit organization that brings science and knowledge together with ethics and compassion. She is the co-author of “How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty” and “How to Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even if you Never Want to be One.” Her newest book, written with Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina, is “Never too Late to Go Vegan; The Over 50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant Based Diet.”

Talks are structured for adult-level audiences. Admission is free and refreshments, courtesy of Down to Earth, will be served.

For more information about this Vegetarian Society of Hawaii event, contact Jerome Kellner at 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com.


Consumerism subject of symposium

The Seabury Hall Philosophy Club has selected a topic dealing with the impact of consumerism on the holiday season for its symposium titled, “So Whose Birthday Is It Anyway?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the A’ali’ikuhonua’ Creative Arts Center on the Olinda campus.

The presenters in this gathering of philosophers will include the Rev. Kerith Harding (St. John’s Episcopal Church), Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and Seabury Hall instructor of mathematics Sean Wilson. The student moderator will be Thomas Hayashi.

This Socratic-styled exchange of questions and answers is open to the public. There is no admission charge.


Christmas ballroom dance tickets on sale

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will host a Christmas dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom. Tickets are $35 until Thursday and $45 thereafter. For tickets and/or more information, call Lydia Dela Cruz at 244-3263.


School to present annual Winter Karnival

King Kekaulike High School will present its annual Winter Karnival from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. There will be food and craft booths, including acai bowls, poi mochi and smoke-meat bowls. Visitors may access the campus through the Haleakala Highway entrance.


Gallery will host surf book signing in Paia

Founder of Surfer Magazine and Maui resident John Severson will sign copies of his art book, “John Severson’s SURF,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Puka Puka in Paia.

The gallery has collaborated with art publisher Damiani to produce Severson’s first monograph, chronicling 70 years of his work and life in surf films, photography, paintings and Surfer Magazine.


Restoration group to lead hike Friday

The Maui Restoration Group will lead a hike to the Auwahi district on the slopes of Haleakala from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to weed, plant and collect seeds. The group will meet at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store.

Due to the rough and steep terrain, boots must be worn that cover the ankle. Some extra boots may be available. Layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat are suggested for participants.

Volunteers are asked to RSVP by contacting auwahi@yahoo.com.


Orientation set for dental program

The University of Hawaii Maui College Dental Assisting Program will hold a general orientation meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at University of Hawaii Maui College in Hale 217.

The UH-MC Dental Assisting Program is an accredited two-semester program that provides students with the skills needed to work in the dental profession. Students are taught in the classroom while receiving hands-on clinical training.

Program information and an application can be found at www.maui.hawaii.edu/dental.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 984-3250.


Registration open for SAT prep course

All high school, charter school, home school and other program students are invited to join Seabury Hall’s SAT Prep Course. The program will meet twice a week from Jan. 25 to March 11. It is designed for juniors to take the SAT and/or the ACT in spring 2015 and/or fall 2015.

Special features of the course include: acquisition of skills necessary for success on the SAT and ACT, vocabulary from an extensive word list, in-depth practice with an analysis of real SAT questions, 40-plus hours of classroom instruction, SAT preparation book, free review sessions prior to the SAT, overview and practice for the ACT.

The object of the program is for students to develop comprehensive critical reading, math and writing skills necessary for success on the tests.

Classes will be held six Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and six Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No classes will be held during Seabury Hall’s “winterim” (Feb. 8-13). The total cost is $395.

Registration forms are available at the Seabury Hall front office, by calling 572-7235 to have one mailed, or from www.seaburyhall.org/sat.


Key clubs, Kiwanis celebrate together

King Kekaulike High School Key Club, along with all the Kiwanis clubs on Maui and Key clubs from Baldwin High and Maui High schools, gathered for a potluck celebration Nov. 11 for the 100th year of service for the Kiwanis and in celebration of Key Club Week, Nov. 1-8.

Participants enjoyed food, games and entertainment. Key club members met with sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, played games and had a potluck dinner.

The celebration was planned by Devynn Leigh Kochi, King Kekaulike High School Key Club president.

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Public invited to holiday celebration

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce invites the general public to attend a holiday celebration and the installation of its 2015 board of directors Dec. 10 at Elleair Ballroom, Maui Beach Hotel. No-host cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner will follow at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are $40 if purchased by today. The regular ticket price is $50.

The event includes dinner, entertainment, door prizes, a silent auction, a Christmas Fashionista event and games.

For tickets, call Lynn Araki-Regan at 244-6042.


Kaupo association plans annual meeting

The Kaupo Community Association will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the old Kaupo School. There will be membership renewal and association T-shirts will be for sale.

For more information, contact Alohalani Smith at jadesmith@quixnet.net or 870-2820.


Santa will visit celebration in Makawao

Makawao’s ninth annual Holiday Celebration will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Santa will arrive at 9:30 a.m., escorted by the Seabury Hall Marching Band, and will be at the Makawao Public Library from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Maui Friends of the Library also will be there with free books for children; the Kalama School ukulele group will provide holiday music.

On Baldwin Avenue, in the middle of town, there will be free pony rides for the keiki from 10:30 to 2:30, along with free art activities, a strolling magician, and Christmas carols and holiday music from King Kekaulike High School. The Makawao History Museum will have a collection of paniolo-related art available via a silent auction, including handpainted cowboy/cowgirl boots.


Mom-run businesses to sell merchandise

A Maui Mompreneur Christmas Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom. Admission is free. Baked goods, handmade gifts and jewelry are among the items that will be available for purchase.


Christmas tree fundraiser at Lahaina mall

The Rotary Club of Lahaina is holding its annual Christmas tree and wreath fundraiser at the Lahaina Cannery Mall parking lot from 3 to 7 p.m. daily through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The noble fir trees are sold from a refrigerated container. Proceeds from the sale remain on Maui to help fund scholarships, tutoring programs and other Rotary service projects.

Trees can be purchased online at www.lahainasunriserotary.org. Free delivery to any address in West Maui is available for all purchases and tree-cycling, with free pickup, is available for $5.

Members of the Lahainaluna softball team will select four needy families to receive trees.


Student organizing food drive Saturday

Nikolina Musto, of King Kekaulike High School, will be doing her senior project during opening day of the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association’s Winter season on Saturday; the project benefits the Maui Food Bank. Each player is asked to bring one canned good or nonperishable item to their game. She will have a station set up at Keopuolani Park and Luana Gardens. For more information, call Musto at 870-0553.


Modern telescopes topic of presentation

“How a Telescope Works” is a free program to be offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center, 34 Ohia Ku St., Pukalani.

James D. Armstrong will give simple geometric explanations of some of the optical systems used today to view the heavens. For more information, call 573-9500.


Waikapu association announces meeting

The Waikapu Community Association will hold its annual general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Waikapu Community Center.

New board members will be elected and an update will be provided on the board’s activities for the past year. Refreshments for the holiday season will be offered.

For more information, contact WCA at waikapuCA@hawaii.rr.com.


Reinforcing team values focus of workshop

The Society for Human Resource Management Hawaii, Maui Educational Foundation, will present a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a mixer, in the King Kamehameha Golf Course’s Ho’oheno Room.

Attendees will learn how to reinforce the values of their team through outcome-based “Team Play,” facilitated by Lori Teragawachi of University of Hawaii Maui College.

The workshop is free to SHRM Hawaii members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990.


Annual yard sale at mission on Saturday

Kahului Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual end-of-the-year yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 291 S. Puunene Ave., Kahului.

There will be a rummage, baked goods, craft items, food and plants.

For more information, call the Kahului Hongwanji office at 871-4732.


Smart Driver Class set in West Maui

An AARP Smart Driver Class, formerly known as Driver Safety Class, will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years and older but all adults are welcome to attend. The emphasis is on becoming more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate.

The fee has been increased to $20 (cash or check) and will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with a current AARP card. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is recommended. For more information, or to register, call the West Maui Senior Center at 661-9432.


Kihei Swim Club topic of presentation

Robert Leonard, president of the board of directors for Kihei Swim Club, will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting Dec. 10 at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei. Leonard will explain the history of the group and share plans for its growth.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited.

For more information, call Secretary Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or see www.kiheirotary.org.


Open house set at community garden

Hali’imaile Community Garden will hold its annual Christmas Community Potluck and Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share.

To join in the optional Secret Santa gift exchange, bring a gift valued up to $10.

The entry gate is secured and will be manned during open house hours for guests.

Contact the garden at least one day in advance for directions or follow the signs from the intersection of Hali’imaile Road and Leie Street. This event is free. For more information, call (415)-480-4769 or email haliimailegarden@gmail.com.