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Band to perform its final show at event

Fred’s Garage will perform its final show with its current band lineup at the fourth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event Saturday at Whalers Village in Kaanapali, according to an announcement. The band will be joined by Elvis imitator Darren Lee, star of “Burn’n Love.”

Registration for walkers will being at 9:30 a.m. and the event will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

This family-friendly event is a men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. The $10 registration fee includes free parking validation, a T-shirt and 25 percent discounts at Hula Grill and Leilani’s restaurants. Shoes will be provided.

To sponsor a team or donate, visit www.eventjoy.com/e/4thannualwalkamile. For more information, call 669-5200.


Monthlong cleanup effort underway

The statewide marine debris cleanup campaign “Get the Drift and Bag It!” kicked off with several cleanups happening simultaneously Sept. 19.

The Maui kickoff event at Kahului Harbor hosted by Malama Maui Nui and Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter gathered 76 volunteers who removed 54 bags of trash along a mile stretch of beach off of Kahului Beach Road, in addition to the harbor’s boat ramp area.

Volunteers collected data on the type and quantity of litter found in efforts to develop better litter prevention strategies. The most commonly found items at the kickoff included cigarette butts, pieces of plastic, food wrappers and fireworks.

The monthlong cleanup campaign continues through Oct. 17 with community-organized cleanups happening across Maui County.

People interested in getting involved can call Malama Maui Nui at 877-2524 or visit malamamauinui.org for more information.


Contest entry forms available

Hula Grill in Kaanapali will present its 19th annual Ukulele Contest Oct. 17.

Check-in will be at 8:30 a.m. and the contest will begin at 10.

Contest entry forms must be received by Oct. 16 by mail, fax or in person at Hula Grill. Forms are available at Bounty Music in Kahului, Lahaina Music in Lahaina, Mele Ukulele in Wailuku and online at hulagrillkaanapali.com/ukulelecontest.

There are three solo divisions for students from 1st grade to 12th grade, as well as open group divisions (maximum four members).


STEMworks Club seeks donations

The Maui Intermediate School STEMworks Club is seeking donations for its Nov. 14 bazaar.

Gift certificates, services, gift baskets, etc., are requested for the silent auction. Gently used items are sought for the rummage sale.

Contact Jennifer Suzuki at mwis.suzuki@gmail.com or 385-2942 to arrange drop-off or pickup.


HGEA scholarship forms available

Hawaii Government Employees Association’s Charles R. Kendall Scholarship is open to more than 42,000 HGEA members or dependents who are attending or plan to attend a college, university or vocational or trade school on a full-time basis.

Since its inception, HGEA has awarded more than 2,000 scholarships. This school year, 37 Hawaii students are receiving a total of $63,500.

The application process is open through Jan. 15. Recipients of the HGEA Charles R. Kendall and Russell K. Okata Scholarships will be selected based on financial need, academic ability, personal letter and recommendations. Awards will be announced in July.


Head Start sponsoring program

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. Head Start has announced its sponsorship of the USDA Child Care Food Program.

Meals will be made available to enrolled children/clients at no separate charge. Parents’/clients’ income determines the amount of money the U.S. Department of Agriculture will reimburse MEO to provide meals to enrolled children/clients. All children enrolled in Head Start are eligible for free meals. Meals will be provided at all Head Start locations.


Event to benefit Hui No’eau

Tickets are available for the ninth annual Hui No’eau Wailea Food and Wine Celebration.

Hosted in the Anuhea Room at Hotel Wailea from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14, the evening features a silent auction and tastes by island chefs and vintners. Proceeds will help support Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center’s visual arts education on Maui.

There will be wine tastings from MauiWine at Ulupalakua and food by Migrant, Cuatro, Ka’ana Kitchen, Three’s Bar & Grill and others.

Standard tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets, call 572-6560.

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Tour under full moon at KIRC property

Mahina’ai Night will offer a guided tour of Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission’s new walking trail on its Kihei property, live music by University of Hawaii Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music, food vendors, and an opportunity to talk story with experts in Kahoolawe history, restoration and culture.

This program, made possible by a grant through the Maui County Product Enrichment Program, will take place tonight from 6 to 8 under the full moon. The 45-minute tour begins at 6 with music from 7 to 8. The event is free and open to the public.

Parking is at the Kihei Boat Ramp. Follow signs for the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission, just a short walk to the boat house site at 2780 S. Kihei Road. RSVPs are requested at 243-5888.

Flashlights and closed-toe footwear are strongly recommended. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Contributions will be accepted for the Kaho’olawe Rehabilitation Trust Fund.


Spring Wind Quintet to perform at library

In celebration of Classical Music Month (September), Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wind Quintet will present a free concert at Makawao Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

A typical performance by the Spring Wind Quintet features arrangements of Hawaiian music (“Queen’s Hula,” “Kamehameha Waltz,” “Ku’u Ipo I Ka He’e Pue One”), World War I songs (“Over There,” “Pack Up Your Troubles,” “Roses of Picardy,” “The Caisson Song”), and some well-known wind quintet music.

Spring Wind Quintet members include: Susan McGinn (flute), J. Scott Janusch (oboe), James Moffitt (clarinet), Jonathan Parrish (horn) and Marsha Schweitzer (bassoon).

The one-hour concert is produced by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program and is suitable for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

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


Maui Pride Weekend begins on Friday

The Maui Pride Weekend will take place from Friday to Oct. 4. Activities include a mini-concert with Keali’i Reichel to open a film festival at Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort in Kihei, dance party at Kono’s on the Green in Kihei, hike on Haleakala, festival at the University of Hawaii Maui College, gala awards dinner and more over the three-day event. For a full list of events and ticket prices, visit mauipride.org.

Maui Pride is a nonprofit organization founded to “encourage, celebrate and educate all people of the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.”


Monthly recycling event fulfills need

The next “Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” event at Lahaina Cannery Mall will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 17. All recyclables qualify for drop-off except oversize tires, clothing and household goods. There is no fee to drop off items but a $5 donation is requested for each tire. No fees are paid to residents for recyclables delivered to the event.

Maui residents say the monthly event is meeting a community need. Several people who dropped off items at the Sept. 19 event said that the service is helping them clean up their homes and their neighborhoods.

“It’s wonderful. There should be no opala anywhere with this service,” said Gille Silva of Waikapu, who dropped off scrap metal. “Thanks to this event, there should be no reason for anyone on the west side to be throwing anything on the side of the road, in the cane fields or in the bushes.”

“Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” is the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s centennial project to mark 100 years of Rotary in Hawaii.

Malama Mau Nui is a co-sponsor of the monthly event, along with 5A Rent-A-Space in Honokowai, Lahaina Cannery Mall and the County of Maui.

“Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” will continue through June. For more information, or to volunteer to help at the events, contact Liz May at 5A Rent-A-Space at 669-5200. Able volunteers are needed to assist in handling large drop-offs.


Trilogy continues reef cleanups

Trilogy Excursion’s Blue’Aina Campaign hosted a reef cleanup at Mala Wharf on Sept. 20, with 60 volunteers.

Participants enjoyed breakfast and lunch donated by Maui Brewing Co. while hearing a presentation from the community nonprofit benefitting from the event, Malama Kai. Trilogy donated $1,000 to Malama Kai to support its work in maintaining Maui’s mooring system and creating future ocean stewards.

The next Blue’Aina Reef Cleanup will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4. There’s a $30 donation per person. Advance reservations are recommended. Call (408) 569-7986, or email blueainareservations@gmail.com.


KCA presents dual community awards

At the Sept. 13 Kihei Community Association general membership meeting, President Mike Moran announced unprecedented dual Wiliwili Warrior Awards for 2015.

Cheryl and Gene Zarro of the South Maui Learning Ohana received the first award for more than a decade of work starting and growing the Kihei Charter Schools.

The second award went to Kirk Surry, Kathy Becklin and Nio Kindla for their work with Grow Some Good. The three have worked together to create school gardens for several years. Their first successful garden was at Kihei Elementary School and now they are expanding to schools islandwide.


Beginner computer class for seniors

A “Windows to the World” beginners computer class for senior citizens will be offered at Roselani Place in Kahului on five Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The classes will run from Oct. 8 to Nov. 5.

The class is open to Roselani Place seniors and seniors outside the residence at 88 S. Papa Ave. It is being presented by the Free Help Education Organization. This is a free course. A $45 donation will be accepted for supplies and tools.

In addition to computer basics, information about purchasing a computer and how to explore the Internet, the class will include information about how to avoid elders abuse and scams.

For registration information, call Elena Farinas, president of the Free Help Education Organization, at 280-7100, or Roselani Place at 871-7720.


Nominations open for annual award

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is seeking nominations for its annual Nihon Bunka Award.

The organization recognizes individuals each year for their excellence and contributions to Japanese arts and/or culture and for their unselfish willingness to share their talents with the community.

Nominations are due by Nov. 30 to Lynn Araki-Regan, by mail to 1823 Wells St., Suite 2A, Wailuku 96793; fax at 249-2872; or email at lynn@araki-regan.com.

Winners will be honored at the society’s Shinnen Enkai dinner on Jan. 30 at the Maui Beach Hotel. For more information, call Araki-Regan at 244-6042.


Program to benefit STEM learning

Fuel Your School 2015 is a collaboration between Chevron and donorschoose.org to provide up to $350,000 for education projects across Hawaii.

In 2014, public schools in Maui County benefited from the FYS program and received $45,598 to fund classroom projects geared towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning and hand-on activities that connect to real-world experiences.

Public school teachers across Hawaii are invited to post eligible classroom projects to donorschoose.org by Wednesday. From Thursday to Oct. 31, FYS will donate $1 (up to $350,000) to help fund proposed projects for every consumer purchase of eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron stations.


Project Grad meeting at King Kekaulike

A Project Grad 2016 meeting will take place in the King Kekaulike High School cafeteria staff dining room at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

All supporters are encouraged to attend. Snacks and water will be provided. The agenda will include discussing ideas and making plans for graduates, so attendees are asked to leave their students at home. For more information, email Fanchette Robinson and Kristy Matsuura at kkhs2016projectgrad@gmail.com.

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Maui Special Rodeo to be held Sunday

Haku Baldwin Center and Piiholo Ranch will present the fourth annual Maui Special Rodeo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Piiholo Ranch, 325 Waiahiwi Road in Makawao.

The rodeo is dedicated to children with special needs and provides an opportunity to experience all the excitement of a rodeo in a safe and supportive environment. Children have access to horseback rides, “dummy” bull rides, roping instruction from real cowboys, rodeo games, a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, coloring club and a swag bag full of rodeo goodies.

The event is open to spectators. Volunteers and donors are needed. For more information, contact 572-9129, hbcriding@gmail.com or see hakubaldwincenter.org/mauispecialrodeo.


Workshops to teach artifact care

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation has announced three free, hands-on artifact-cleaning workshops titled “Hands On History.”

Museum archivist Arrianna D’Orsay will lead the workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 at the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.

Open to senior members of the public, the workshops focus on preserving a part of Lahaina’s past for future generations. Participants will learn how to properly clean and store the foundation’s various treasures and artifacts like Hawaiian quilts, antique dishes and heirloom dolls, using gentle, noninvasive cleaning methods. Questions about preserving family heirlooms for the next generation are welcome.

To register for the workshops, call the West Maui Senior Center at 270-4310.


Care for elderly focus of talk

Kathleen Couch, program coordinator for Maui Adult Day Care Centers, will speak at Tuesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Couch will share her knowledge on the issues surrounding aging and the services available to support the elderly and adults with special needs.

The meeting is open to the public.


Course on boating safety to be offered

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an introductory two-day “About Boating Safely” course Oct. 2 and 3 at the NOAA/Whale Sanctuary building, 726 S. Kihei Road in Kihei.

The Oct. 2 class will be from 6 to 9 p.m., with registration at 5:30 p.m., and the Oct. 3 class will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This course includes general information about choosing and maintaining a boat, operating a boat or personal watercraft safely, navigation rules and aids to navigation, handling boating emergencies and more.

Completion of both classes is required for a boat operator license. The cost of the class is $40, payable the first night, by cash or check. Books are provided by state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The instructors are all trained by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteer their time in order to promote safe boating. This course fulfills the new Hawaii requirements for the licensing of boat operators.

Pre-registration for this class is recommended. To register for the class online, go to www.mauiboatclass.com. For any questions, contact Denise Ankrum at mauiboatclass@gmail.com or 986-0023, ext. 9.


Day of Peace event planned

The Maui Seasons for Peace organization will celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace with an event from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

This annual celebration by the organization recognizes the efforts of those who have worked to end conflict and promote peace.

The Kamehameha School Ukulele Band, Aunty Doll with Kupuna Hula, Unity Choir and a performing group from the Maui Academy of Performing Arts are part of the entertainment lineup. Performances will continue each half hour for the duration of the event.

The Rotary Clubs of Maui will share information about international and local projects sponsored by the 10 local clubs.


Open mic at college a community affair

The Music Club of University of Hawaii Maui College will host an open mic event from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Student Lounge.

UH-MC students, staff and faculty are invited along with the general public. This is a free family-oriented event with food and a variety of talent.

“This is the third year we have held open mics” said Karyn Sarring, adviser to The Music Club. “So many open mics are just for music, held late at night and is not for family. We wanted to showcase all the different talents in our community and provide an opportunity for all of UH-MC performance classes (music and drama) and speech classes too.”

The UH-MC chorus will give a special performance along with the Institute for Hawaiian Musicians and surprise talent from the community. Ronda and Ruben Pali, founders of Maui Music Mission in Lahaina, will have their keiki ukulele and chorus, ages 6 to 12, performing at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact sarring@hawaii.edu or 205-1241.


Christmas craft fair seeks participants

King’s Cathedral & Chapels, Women’s Ministry and Masters Business Association is seeking participants for a Christmas Crafts Fair.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in the church gymnasium.

For more information and applications, call Jackie Dickson at 357-6110.

Rotary Club inducts new president Valorie Spence was inducted as the new president of Rotary Club of Maui on Aug. 26 at the Maui Country Club. As a past president of the club in 1996-97 and former assistant governor for Rotary in Maui County from 1997-98, she will be serving as president again for the 2015-16 year.

The Rotary Club of Maui was chartered in Nov. 23, 1937, and will be celebrating its 78th anniversary at one of the original meeting sites, the Maui Country Club in Sprecklesville.

The Rotary Club of Maui meets every Wednesday at noon in the Maui Country Club upstairs meeting room. There is a $20 fee for the two-course luncheon and meeting, which features a guest speaker and business networking opportunity.

For more information, contact valorize@idsmaui.com.


Book Trust renews its commitment

Book Trust, a national nonprofit literary organization, marks its 11th year of support for reading and literacy among students in Maui schools, with renewed funds and programming for the 2015-16 academic year.

Book Trust’s mission is to get books to children from low-income families. Elementary students at seven schools in the Maui school district will receive up to three books per month for a total of up to 30 books over the course of the school year.

Since 2004, Book Trust has been opening doors to reading on Maui and has put nearly 558,000 books into the hands of children. In the 2014-15 year alone, Book Trust reached 3,641 children in Maui schools. Based in Colorado with offices in Hawaii, Book Trust invested $477,800 in books for children last year among 17 schools in the state.

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Breadfruit cooking demonstration today

Chef John Cadman, maker of Pono Pies and Maui ‘Ulu Hummus, will be highlighting breadfruit (‘ulu) as a substitute for potato in a cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

“People are amazed at what you can make with breadfruit,” said Cadman. “I make pies that taste like cheesecake. And anything that you can make with a potato, you can make with breadfruit – fries, hash browns, curries, stews – you name it.”

The event is a part of the Breadfruit vs. Potato initiative, a good-humored public education campaign with a goal of increasing the use of breadfruit, a Hawaiian staple food, as a substitute for potato. Sponsored by the Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu project, the demonstration is part of other statewide events. September has been proclaimed by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Gov. David Ige as the month to “Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu O Hawai’i Nei” – to lift up and celebrate ‘ulu in Hawaii.


3 UH-MC scholars to speak at meeting

Three University of Hawaii Maui College scholars will speak to members of the American Association of University Women, and new officers will be installed, during a meeting Saturday at Tante’s Island Cuisine Restaurant, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

Members and guests will be welcomed at 11 a.m. At 11:15, Scholarship Chairperson Dorothy Tolliver will install new officers. At 11:45, scholarship recipients Cheska Rhose Liwag, Emily Graham and Kate M. Hamre, who are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, will speak about their plans and aspirations and what the AAUW scholarships mean to them.

Proceeds from AAUW’s annual whale watch cruise fund three scholarships a year for women at UH-MC.

Lunch will be served at noon. Reservations and menu selections must be made by Sept. 25 to Janet Walker, (530) 409-0192, or bjpwalker@comcast.net.


New program for dementia patients

This summer, several volunteers have been participating in a new, 10-week pilot program called “Move With Balance,” aimed at improving the memories, thinking and cognitive skills of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

The public can learn about this program at an upcoming community outreach event with creator Karen Peterson, musician Bill Fuller and volunteer mentors from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Hale Mahaolu Elima meeting room at 11 Mahaolu St. in Maui Lani. Light refreshments will be served.

This award-winning program is supported by Maui’s Kaunoa Senior Services, the state Department of Health, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and other organizations.


Registration for MHS Hall of Honor event

Maui High School alumni and friends are invited to the Homecoming Kick-Off and Hall of Honor Assembly on Oct. 16.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Maui High School gym, 2015 honorees Wilson P. Cannon Jr., Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Spencer Shiraishi and Odell Marinia will be honored.

Honorees of the past will be introduced as will honored alumni from the Golden Anniversary Class of 1966. An open house with campus tours and lunch will follow.

Call Activities Coordinator Glenda Joyo at 727-4110 to register. If ordering lunch, call by Oct. 2.


Keiki Story Time at Whole Foods

Joanne Laird, program director for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time in the deli seating area at Whole Foods Market at 2 p.m. Sept. 27. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade. There will be healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods for the children.

At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a brand-new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home. There will also be drawings for door prizes at the conclusion of the program. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Accreditation a first for the state

The associate degree program in Early Childhood Education at University of Hawaii Maui College was recently accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a first for the state, a news release from the college said. Nationwide, 10 institutions were granted accreditation this year, bringing the total number of accredited programs to 180.

“We are proud to be the first in Hawaii to achieve NAEYC accreditation for the associate degree,” said Elaine Yamashita, professor and Early Childhood Program coordinator at UH-Maui College. “The process of improvement that we continue to engage in and validate by accreditation assures our students, college and community in our tri-island county that we value and support student learning and engagement, and keep current on best practices for young children and their families.”

For more information about the Early Childhood Education program at UH-MC, visit maui.hawaii.edu/eced.


Organization assists grieving teenagers

Brooke A. Browne, director of Na Keiki o Emalia, will speak at the 7:30 breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise Wednesday at Chez Meme Bistro and Bakery Restaurant in Kihei.

Na Keiki o Emalia’s mission is to improve the lives of children and teens grieving the death of a parent or sibling. Browne is a clinical psychologist and specializes in wellness. She will explain in detail about the program and answer questions about how this program began and has grown.

The meeting fee is $5 and includes coffee or tea. Breakfast may also be ordered from the menu.

The public is invited.

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Being reef friendly focus of training

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is offering training that will provide research-based options for reef protection. The class, “Reef-Friendly Shoreline Innovations for Landowners,” is for resort and condominium staff, landscapers, landscape architects and anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of reef-friendly strategies.

The newly published “Hawaii Hotel Reef Stewardship Guide” and the low impact design guidebook “Stormwater Management the Natural Way: Low Impact Design and Development” will provide the framework for the training, which features instructors and coral reef stewards Liz Foote of Project S.E.A-Link and the West Maui Kumuwai Campaign, Wesley Crile of Coral Reef Alliance, and Tova Callender of West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative.

The training will take place on five consecutive Thursdays beginning Sept. 24 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $219. Included in the course will be watershed stewardship, low impact design, irrigation management and plant selection, and visitor and community engagement. Class sessions will take place on-site at the Hyatt Regency Maui in order to see strategies in action.

Tuition assistance may be available for eligible participants who register early. To register, visit edventuremaui.com, or call 984-3231. For further information, call 984-3502 or email mvstephe@hawaii.edu.


AARP to present ‘Life Reimagined’

In an effort to help people evaluate their priorities and navigate new life phases, AARP Hawaii is hosting a free “Life Reimagined” event Tuesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will focus on helping participants seize new opportunities and make the changes needed to fulfill their dreams in the areas of work, learning, relationships and well-being, according to a news release.

Speakers include Gladys Baisa, Carolyn Escritor Cretella, Donna Clayton and Sonny Gamponia.

To register online, visit aarp.cvent.com/LRIMaui9-22 or call toll-free (877) 926-8300.

Japanese mythology subject of free talk “Japanese Mythology in Film,” a free presentation, will be offered next week at the following libraries:

* Tuesday, 6 p.m. – Kahului Public Library.

* Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. – Wailuku Public Library.

Yoshiko Okuyama, associate professor of Japanese studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and author of “Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film and Anime,” will read selected passages from her new book and discuss how to identify and understand common themes of religion and folklore often found in popular Japanese movies and anime.

This one-hour program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Contact the hosting libraries as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.


Sen. Schatz offers internship program

Friday is the deadline to submit an application with the office of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz for the annual Schatz Seniors High School Internship Program.

Now in its third year, the program provides a hands-on learning opportunity about the U.S. Senate, creates a forum for students to share issues and information with the senator and his staff, and encourages students to be leaders and advocates in their schools and communities.

“The Schatz Seniors program is an incredible opportunity for our office to work with the future leaders of Hawaii,” Schatz said. “We have interns across the state who are engaged in their communities, and I look forward to working with them every year.”

This is not an office position and students should miss little or no class time in performing the tasks or assignments related to the program. The internship runs from October to April 2016, and interns must commit for the full term. Public, private, charter and home-school seniors may apply.

The application is available at www.schatz.senate.gov. For more information, call (808) 523-2061.


Math Circle offers free workshop

Maui Math Circle will offer a free workshop for students in grades 3 to 5 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School, Building H. The registration deadline is Saturday. To register, visit www.mauimathcircle.weebly.com.

The mission of the Maui Math Circle is to help students develop problem-solving skills and expand their knowledge of mathematics. Its goal is to foster an appreciation for mathematics. At the workshop, students will listen to short lectures and participate in group activities.

To learn more about Maui Math Circle, contact Bjorn Nelson and Lilia Maeda at mauimathcircle1808@gmail.com or visit the aforementioned website.


Soul Kitchen to play at canoe fundraiser

The band Soul Kitchen will participate in a fundraiser for Na Opio O Kihei Canoe Club from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Nalu’s South Shore Grill in Kihei. There will be a $10 donation at the door.

Kihei Canoe Club will join Hawaii’s paddling delegation by sending several of its na opio (junior) crews to compete in the 17th International Va’a Federation’s World Outrigger Canoe Sprint Championships in Australia in May 2016.

In order for their athletes to compete, they need to raise $40,000 to cover travel and entry expenses. This fundraising event is an effort to help the club achieve this goal.

For additional information, call Kimokeo Kapahulehua at 276-7219.

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Two Mauians receive awards

Two Mauians received awards at the 41st annual National Association for Rural Mental Health convention in Waikiki July 30 to Aug. 2

Lillian Asuncion received the Ann Schumacher Rural Clinical Practice Award. The award is presented to an experienced practitioner who has demonstrated excellence, innovation and professional development and who has worked with domestic violence. Asuncion has over 25 years of rural mental health experience.

Tom Vendetti received the Rural Arts Award, given annually to honor the lifelong contributions of Peter G. (Pete) Beeson to both rural mental health and the rural arts.

Vendetti combines his work as a psychologist and his passion as a filmmaker to direct and produce films that have been viewed around the world. He began making documentaries over 20 years ago. His primary focus has been committed to producing documentary programs that preserve the environment and culture and promote happiness.


Housing projects on WCA agenda

The Waikapu Community Association will host presentations on housing projects during its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Waikapu Community Center.

Vince Bagoyo and Bill Frampton will present their conceptual plans for an affordable housing project situated at Waiale Road. Mike Atherton will provide an update on his proposed Waikapu Country Town development on the south side of Waikapu.

The presenters are seeking feedback from the Waikapu community on suggestions and concerns regarding these projects.

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


Learning disabilities mini-conference set

Interactive entertainment, developmental learning activities provided by specialists and early-childhood screenings for children ages 2 through 5 will highlight the Kid Zone at the 2015 Learning Disabilities Association of Hawai’i Traveling Mini-Conference from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Beach Hotel. The event is free and open to all families.

Registration is required and can be completed by calling LDAH at 1 (800) 533-9684 or emailing Rosie Rowe, LDAH education and training coordinator, at rrowe@LDAHawaii.org. For more information, visit www.ldahawaii.org.

The mini-conference is an opportunity for families to learn more about resources and services available to help their children with or at risk of disabilities. Kid Zone will include age-appropriate activities and comprehensive child care for siblings so parents of children with disabilities, students with disabilities and educators can attend informational sessions and workshops.


Preparedness class for caregivers

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging will present free caregiver workshops titled “In a Disaster . . . What do I do with Grandma & Kimo the Dog?” in Lahaina, Hana and Lanai City.

A panel of speakers from the Red Cross, Maui Humane Society, Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Branch and Maui Economic Opportunity Transportation will present how the best time to be ready for a disaster is before it happens.

The workshops will take place as follows:

* Tuesday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. – West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina.

* Wednesday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana.

* Sept. 22, 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Hale Kupuna O’Lanai, Lanai City.

The workshops are open to the public. No reservations are needed to attend. Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals. Light refreshments will be provided for attendees. Complimentary day care will be provided for adults during the Lahaina workshop by calling in advance to arrange.

For more information, call Kathleen Couch at 871-5804.


Legal aid for seniors topic of presentation

Stacey Casco, a paralegal and notary public at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, will be guest speaker at the 10 a.m. meeting of the South Maui Chapter of AARP on Monday in the Activities Room of Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

Casco will focus on her responsibilities as part of an interdisciplinary team that helps seniors by providing assistance and advocacy.

For further information, call South Maui AARP Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9974.


Lahaina restoration subject of discussion

Theo Morrison, executive director of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, will speak at the 7:30 breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday at Chez Meme Bistro and Bakery Restaurant in Kihei.

Morrison will share the history of the organization and plans for future projects.

The meeting fee is $5 and includes coffee or tea. Breakfast may also be ordered from the menu. The public is invited. For more information, call Secretary Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.


Homegrown entries sought for fair

The Maui Fair horticulture exhibit seeks entries of homegrown vegetables, fruits, nuts and flowers.

Entry forms are available at www.mauifair.com, the Maui Fair administrative office in the War Memorial parking lot and at select schools. Call Warren Watanabe at 281-9718 for applications to be dropped off at a school.

Entries will be accepted at the War Memorial Gym from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 24.


Nene logo contest entries due Friday

Friday is the deadline for Haleakala National Park’s annual Nene Awareness Day logo contest.

Students in grades 6, 7 or 8 can draw or paint an original logo about nene. Contest information can be found at www.nps.gov/hale/getinvolved/index.htm.

Three winners will be chosen. They will receive a prize of their choice from books and games donated by the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of the park. The three winners’ families will each receive a park annual pass ($25).

All entries and students’ names will be on display in the park’s Headquarters Visitor Center beginning on Nene Awareness Day, Sept. 26. Winners’ parents or guardians will be contacted by Sept. 25.


Yard sale at Kahului Hongwanji Saturday

Kahului Hongwanji will have a yard sale from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului.

Rummage items will include clothing, household items and toys. Plants will be available for sale. Food items will include chicken hekka, bentos, baked goods and pickled vegetables.

For more information, call 871-4732.


Boy Scouts to honor Mayor Alan Arakawa

Mayor Alan Arakawa has been selected by the Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts of America to receive the Distinguished Citizen 2015 recognition.

The council’s highest honor given to an individual will be bestowed on Arakawa at the Distinguished Citizen Dinner on Oct. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Maui, Grand Ballroom.

“We are honored to be recognizing Mayor Arakawa at this special dinner for his lifetime of community service,” said Boy Scouts of America Maui Council President Grant Chun. “As a former Boy Scout, he inspires today’s youth to strive to become strong, brave, trustworthy and responsible citizens – honorable characteristics that are defined in our Scout Laws.”

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7.

Event tickets are $150 per person. Sponsor tables with preferred seating and company recognition are also available starting from $1,750. RSVP no later than Oct. 2. For tickets and information, call 244-3724. Proceeds benefit the Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Local Briefs

Diabetes education today at MMMC

Maui Memorial Medical Center will host the Diabetes Education Support Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Nutrition Education Room. The topic for this month will be “How to Count Carbs” with Marny Moriyasu, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator.

There will be a healthy potluck. The public is invited to bring a dish and learn how many carbohydrates are in it.

The Diabetes Support Group holds free monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Moriyasu at (808) 442-5773.


Drill on Friday will affect traffic

Wailuku Elementary School will have an off-site school evacuation drill from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday.

The entire student body will be walking to Wells Park, affecting traffic in the area.


Grant-writing workshop set

Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance will host a grant-writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei at 726 S. Kihei Road.

The workshop will be facilitated by John Mitchell, formerly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and will help interested participants develop submittals to respond to environmental education and conservation project solicitations.

Participants will learn how to identify funding opportunities, how the grant application process works, how reviewers evaluate grants, and tips and resources to improve submittals.

Participants will receive a grant-development workbook and resource packet and are encouraged to bring works-in-progress so they can develop questions, receive guidance and take notes on what to improve.

The cost of the workshop is $50. Space is limited and registration is required.

To register, visit EventBrite (direct link: www.eventbrite. com/e/heea-grant-writing-workshop-tickets-17774520068 or search HEEA on eventbrite.com). Lunch will be provided with the support of The Learning Coalition.

For more information, contact HEEA Special Projects Director Liz Foote at 283-1631 or lfoote@hawaii.rr.com.


Employee issues topic of workshop

The Maui District of the Society for Human Resource Management Hawaii invites the public to attend a program titled “Stimulate Rather Than Perpetuate: How to Handle Employee Discipline Problems” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Maui Economic Opportunity, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Employee performance issues are one of the biggest challenges that supervisors, managers and human resource professionals face, according to a news release.

Bernard K. Nunies, with Kane’ahanui Management Consulting, will provide insight into understanding and coaching those employees who need further development to get their performance on track.

The program is free for SHRM Hawaii members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.shrmhawaii.org/ events.


Smart Driver Class in Kahului

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Roselani Place in Kahului.

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

The fee is $20 (cash or check) and will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members receive $5 discount with proof of membership.

Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this class.

Pre-registration is requested; call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.


Anniversary event for dance group

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will celebrate its 26th anniversary by hosting a dinner and dance from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom.

Tickets are $40 through Sept. 16, then $50 from Sept. 17 to the day of the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Lydia Dela Cruz at 244-3263.


Distance degrees topic of gathering

Bachelor’s and master’s degree opportunities available on Maui will be discussed at a presentation hosted by the University of Hawaii Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Laulima Building, Room 108.

The session will cover requirements for a variety of degree programs as well as the application process. The focus is on preparing students of all levels, from recent high school graduates to adults returning to school. The session will include an opportunity to ask questions about UH distance programs in an informal face-to-face environment.

Degree programs currently available include the master’s degrees in business administration, information and library science, human resource management and social work; post-baccalaureate teaching certificates in secondary or special education; and bachelor’s degrees in social sciences, justice administration, accounting or interdisciplinary studies, among others.

For more information, contact the University of Hawai’i Center, Maui at 984-3525 or email uctrmaui@hawaii.edu.


Volunteers sought for coastal cleanup

Malama Maui Nui is seeking volunteers to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 19. This annual activity is the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to clean beaches, lakes and rivers, according to a news release.

Volunteers are urged to join a cleanup or organize their own at a favorite surf break, snorkel bay or beach park.

Call 877-2524 or visit malamamauinui.org for details on how to get involved.


Fair calls for hobby and craft entries

The 93rd Maui Fair Hobbies and Crafts Exhibit rules and regulations, judging criteria and entry forms are available at www.mauifair.com or the Maui Fair Office in the War Memorial Gym parking lot.

All entries must be registered and dropped off between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the War Memorial Gym in Wailuku. Pickup is between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.

For applications or more information, contact hobbiesandcrafts@mauifair.com or call the Maui Fair office at 272-2721 and leave a message.


Walking tour will begin at Kokua Fair

A Maui County Kokua Fair walking tour of historic Wailuku town will be led by Wallette Pellegrino beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 19.

Sign-ups for 20 people will be from 10 to 11 a.m. the day of the tour at the Kokua Fair information booth in the county building courtyard, 200 S. High St. in Wailuku. If more than 20 people are interested, an additional tour will be offered at a future date.

“Discover Wailuku” bro-chures with maps and information will be available at the booth.

The Wailuku Walking Tour will take approximately 60-90 minutes.

For information, contact Cynthia Conrad at 572-6548 or cconraddesign@gmail.com.


Ho’oulu to benefit immersion studies

The community is invited to attend Ho’oulu 2015, a benefit for the Hawaiian Language Immersion programs at both Princess Nahienaena Elementary and Lahaina Intermediate schools. This fun, family and cultural event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 on campus at Princess Nahienaena.

There will be continuous Hawaiian entertainment and dance featuring Reuben Pali and Halau, Mapuana Samonte & Halau Hula Malani o Kapehe accompanied by Ahumanu Trio, Leohone, Old Lahaina Luau, Homestead, Matagi and Malino. Makalapua Kanuha will emcee the day’s festivities.

Other activities include food, arts and crafts, a keiki zone with bouncing castles and games, and a silent auction.

The cost to enter is $5 for those 13 and older. Those 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

For more information, call Tiara Ueki at 385-2782 or email tkavalley@yahoo.com.

Local Briefs

Trail ride to benefit children’s hospital

Thompson Ranch in Kula will host its 23rd annual Saddle Up Trail Ride from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The ride will be from Thompson Road corrals, across Haleakala Ranch pastures, to the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe cinder cone within Ulupalakua Ranch.

A local ranch style lunch will be served.

The fee is $100 per person. Participants include riders and nonriders who join the lunch wagon caravan. Participants will receive a cap, hat pin, T-shirt, certificate and a chance for door prizes.

Participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship donations to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The person raising the most money will be awarded a trophy belt buckle.

Organizers expect 75 to 100 riders and nonriders to generate up to $25,000 for the St. Jude Hospital. Sponsor forms are available at Wai Ulu Farms feed store in Pukalani, Del’s Farm Supply and at Maui Feed Farm Supplies, both in Kahului.

All participants are asked to check in at the corral on Thompson Road between 7 and 8 a.m. the morning of the event. For more information or to make a donation, call Thompson Ranch at 878-1910.


Living, dying talk with Sharon Lund

Professional international speaker, author and minister Sharon Lund will give a workshop titled “Sacred Living Sacred Dying” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept 13 at the Lumeria Retreat Center, 1813 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. The cost is $25. Her talk is being presented by Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit Maui organization.

Lund’s presentations have taken her throughout the United States and into Canada, Russia, Japan and Europe. She has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Eye on America,” “48 Hours,” CNN and numerous other shows. She was also featured in the November 2007 issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine. Lund also accepted a personal invitation from President Bill Clinton to speak at the White House, and she also spoke at the Centers for Disease Control.

Attendees are asked to bring a notebook. For more information, contact Bodhi@doorwayintolight.org or 283-5950.


Rotary club to host pau hana event

Instead of its regular breakfast meeting, The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will host a pau hana sunset beach potluck get-together on the lawn at Keawakapu Beach (adjacent to The Five Palms Restaurant) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Business professionals and their families are invited to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share and their own beach chair and beverages.

For more information, contact Secretary Joanne Laird at mamalrd@jps.net or visit www.kiheirotary.org.


Festival set at Maui Jinsha Mission

The Maui Jinsha Mission will present its Great Autumn Festival Saturday at 472 Lipo Place in Wailuku.

The day will begin with a church service at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 and entertainment at 6:30.

Entertainment at this free event will include Maui Taiko, Maui Buyo Dance Academy, Nakayama Minyo Kai, Mika Shin Buyo Kai, Afuso-Ryu Choichi Kai Maui, Jimpu Kai Maui and Maui Karaoke Club.

For more information, call 244-4048.


‘Bocce Builds Homes’ event on Saturday

Habitat for Humanity Maui will present its second annual “Bocce Builds Homes” tournament on Saturday at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m.

The registration fee is a tax deductible donation of $400 for a team of four. Lunch is included in the registration fee and a cash bar will be available throughout the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and there will be opportunities to win other door prizes.

All proceeds will go toward Habitat’s Home Build program to help low-income families and individuals. Habitat for Humanity Maui has completed 18 homes so far in 2015 and has already begun work on two more – one in Waiehu and one in Lanai City.

The registration form can be found at www.habitatmaui.org/UserFiles/File/Bocce_Ball/Bocce_Registration_Form_9-12-2015_updated.pdf.

Habitat is also holding its 15th annual golf tournament on Nov. 14. Sign up for both tournaments and receive a $200 discount off the total registration costs.

If interested in volunteering or donating on any level with Habitat for Humanity Maui, call community relations director Max Tornai at 242-1140.


Fair baby contest seeks contestants

The Maui Fair is accepting entries for its 16th Baby of the Year Contest. Contestants born on or between March 26, 2013, and Sept. 26, 2014, will be eligible to participate; there is no admission fee. The entry deadline is Sept. 18, or the first 120 contestants.

Interested parents can register online at www.mauifair.com/attractions/baby-contest.

“We are proud to bring the 16th Baby of the Year Contest, which showcases the many families and children of Maui,” said Sherri Grimes, Maui Fair managing director.

The contest takes place on Sept. 26 at the Main Entertainment Stage. The keiki are judged on physical appearance, healthiness and personality, with each category scored on a 50-point scale. The five highest-scoring babies are each awarded prizes from the Maui Fair and its sponsors. The 2015 Baby of the Year also wins a weekend getaway at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. All contestants will receive a goodie bag from fair sponsors.

For more information, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura at yukilei.sugimura@gmail.com or 870-8047.


Disaster readiness subject of workshop

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging will present a free caregiver workshop titled “In a Disaster . . . What do I do with Grandma & Kimo the Dog?” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St. in Kihei (in back of Hope Chapel).

A panel of speakers from the Red Cross, Maui Humane Society, Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Branch, and Maui Economic Opportunity Transportation will present how the best time to be ready for a disaster is before it happens.

The workshop is open to the public. No reservations are needed to attend. Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals. A light breakfast will be provided for attendees. Complimentary day care will be provided for adults during the workshop by calling 877-5804 or 874-8338 in advance to arrange.

For more information, call 871-5804.


Bingo, open house at Roselani Place

Roselani Place will host a Senior Saturday Sushi Bingo and Community Open House event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, as a kickoff to National Assisted Living Week. The event will be at Roselani Place, 88 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.

Fresh sushi and refreshments prepared by Roselani Place will be served. Model apartments will also be open for viewing.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 871-7720 or email diane@roselaniplace.com.

Roselani Place will also host a Grandparent’s Day Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The cost is $10 for nonresidents of Roselani Place. Children 5 years old and younger will be admitted free. To RSVP for this event, call the number above.


Project grad meeting at King Kekaulike

A Project GradNite 2016 meeting will take place in the King Kekaulike High School cafe staff dining room at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14. People interested in being a volunteer, especially parents or guardians of underclassmen, are invited to attend.

Email Fanchette Robinson and Kristy Matsuura with any questions or ideas at kkhs2016projectgrad@gmail.com.


Fair to introduce pie baking contest

The Maui Fair will introduce its first pie baking competition on Sept. 26.

There will be two categories. The open category is for the first 25 non-professional registered entries. Pies will be judged on taste, consistency (crust to filling ratio) and appetizing looks. The winner will receive a grand prize of an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott on Maui and $250 cash. Judging for the open category will commence at 4 p.m. and conclude approximately at 5. A complete list of rules and regulations and registration form can be found on www.mauifair.com.

The chef category will highlight professional island chefs showing off their best recipe to win a cash prize of $150. Chefs must bring their entries to the main entertainment tent by 2:30 p.m. and judging will begin at 3. Judging criteria will be the same as the open category.


Prelude to festival at St. John’s church

St. John’s Episcopal Church will present “A Starry Night in Kula” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18. This event is a prelude to the St. John’s Kula Festival. Included are heavy pupus and wine tasting from MauiWine and a special performance by Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua led by kumu Gordean Bailey. The performance will be followed by a live auction of some of the items from the auction, as well as a sneak preview of the silent auction that will be available at the festival the next day.

A limited number of tickets are available by calling 878-1485. The cost is $40 per person. This is an adult-only event. For more information, visit www.stjohnsmaui.org/fest.


Orientation set for community garden

Hali’imaile Community Garden plots are available for new members interested in producing their own organic food and joining a community keen on working together to make the garden a beautiful, productive place.

Registrations are being accepted for a two-part new member orientation from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 8. Preregistration and attendance on both days is required.

For more information, call (415) 480-4769 or email the contact form at www.haliimailegarden.com/contact.html.


LGBT youth group meets monthly

A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth group meets one to two times a month and includes social events and discussions.

Discussions include bullying, healthy relationships, stigma versus pride, sexual and emotional health and increasing coping skills.

The Maui AIDS Foundation sponsors the “MPowerment Project” that lets individuals express themselves and share with others in a supportive and safe atmosphere.

For more information, contact Chasity Cadaoas at chasity@mauiaids.org or call 242-4900, ext. 232.


Kihei resident joins Teach For America

Teach For America has announced that Luke Livaudais of Kihei has been accepted into the organization’s 2015 teaching corps.

Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

Livaudais, a 2011 graduate of St. Anthony High School and a 2015 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, will teach in Hawaii. He joins the corps from a job at Holomua Life Learning in New Orleans.

“I was fortunate enough to receive my education from St. Anthony, but I did not realize how blessed I was to attend that school. I did not care much for education, and I was beyond lucky to receive a scholarship to Loyola New Orleans. On the Mainland I was seeking an opportunity to make change, and I was able to do so by teaching with the organization Holomua Life Learning. After seeing the remarkable changes that education can make, I’ve become so thankful for my education.”

Livaudais joins a network of 50,000 corps members and alumni working alongside parents, principals and communities for positive change.


Education fund taking applicants

Applications are being accepted for the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund. This Monsanto Fund grant program is open to public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai.

Established in 2005, the fund helps provide Hawaii public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance science education in the schools, and encourage today’s students to consider a future career in the sciences. To date, the program has awarded more than $195,000 to public schools throughout the state.

Grant applications are accepted and reviewed twice a year. The next application deadline is Oct. 6. Applications can be downloaded at www.monsantohawaii.com or by calling any one of Monsanto’s farm stations: on Oahu (808) 685-8371, Maui 891-8830, or Molokai (808) 553-5070.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Co., is a not-for-profit organization. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Local Briefs

Music festival set Sunday in Waikapu

The first Hawaiian Music Festival, which features Richard Ho’opi’i, Keali’i Reichel and Palani Vaughan, will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

The event is being hosted by the developers of Waikapu Country Town, Waikapu Properties LLC and Mike Atherton; Cravalho Entertainment and H.I. Mele Entertainment. The development encompasses nearly 500 acres around the Maui Tropical Plantation and proposes 1,433 residential units and 200,000 square feet of commercial space when completely built out, according to documents filed with the state.

Other entertainers on the bill include Napua Greig, Kamaka Kukona and Paula Fuga.

There will be food booths, a kava bar, a keiki zone and Hawaiian arts and crafts.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youths ages 6 to 17. Youths 5 and younger enter free.

The event will benefit the nonprofit groups Na Leo Kako’o o Maui, which supports the three Hawaiian immersion schools on Maui, and Cancer Kids of Hawaii, which provides support for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Tickets may be purchased at YNVU Clothing at the Maui Mall, Westside Vibes, Da Kitchen in Kahului and Kihei and all Minit Stops.


Ho’olaulea planned Saturday in Keokea

The second Keokea Ho’olaule’a will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Keokea Marketplace at Mile Marker 17 of Kula Highway.

There will be arts and crafts, food and entertainment. Four dozen vendors range from homesteader Norman Abihai demonstrating the carving of papa ku’i’ai, or poi-pounding boards, to lei po’o, or head lei, hand woven by Sandy Pulahi.

Food items include Keokea coffee and honey, smoked-meat plate, Portuguese bean soup, Hawaiian plate and kalbi beef.

Admission is $1, with children 12 and under free.

Proceeds benefit the host nonprofit Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association. For information, contact Kalena Park by email at keokeamarketplace@gmail.com or phone at 870-3220.


Expo Milano 2015 subject of event

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a potluck and a presentation on Expo Milano 2015 at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish from a northern region in Italy for five or more people. The club will provide paper products and utensils. Bring a favorite beverage to accompany the meal.

Jim Jacobson will deliver the presentation on Expo Milano 2015, which he attended in May. The six-month event, which runs through October, is the Universal Exhibition in Milan, Italy, where more than 140 participating countries show the best of their technology, a news release said. The technology focuses on being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, its website said. The expo also lets participants find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes of each of the exhibitor countries.

In addition to the potluck presentation, attendees are encouraged to participate in the book and video exchange. Bring an item (relating to Italy is preferred) to exchange. A donation for the items will support the club’s yearly scholarship fund.

The Italian American Club of Maui’s monthly meetings are open to the public. The club also raises funds for a yearly scholarship for a high school senior on Maui to apply to his or her continuing higher education.


Talk: How to eat healthy for cheap

A presentation titled “Confessions of a Low Class Vegan: Three Years Later,” led by vegan Karl Seff, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

He will discuss how it is easy and inexpensive to eat well.

Seff has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and has a doctorate in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a vegan since 1991 and served on the board of directors of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii for 23 years.

Free admission and refreshments will be provided by Down to Earth. The event is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. For more information, call 385-2790 or email jerome.kellner@gmail.com.


Student artwork sought for fair

All kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in Maui County may submit their student artwork for the annual Maui Fair School Art Exhibit.

The student artwork will be exhibited in the War Memorial Gym during the Maui Fair, Sept. 24 to 27.

Teachers will also assist with the installation and takedown of the exhibit. Submissions will be accepted Sept. 14 to 16. There will be no late entries.

For more information, see www.mauifair.com and download 2015 School Art Participation for General Information and Guidelines and the Artwork Labels Form.

For further information, contact Angie Abe at 573-7265 or anabe@ksbe.edu, or call Wade Hondo at 727-3200.


Maui Pride offers scholarship awards

Maui Pride is now accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship awards for those attending a post-secondary school for the 2015-16 school year.

The award is open to all ages but they must be attending a qualifying educational institution, which includes community colleges, four-year colleges, universities or specialty trade schools.

In addition to being a resident of Hawaii, scholarship applicants must either identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning “LGBTQ” or have an LGBTQ community member as a parent. The scholarships must be used within 12 months of receiving the award. The deadline to apply is Sept. 14.

The main purpose of the scholarship award is to support and educate the community by helping deserving recipients pursue their education, a news release said.

“The mission of Maui Pride is not about teaching tolerance. Instead, we work tirelessly toward achieving appreciation of all forms of diversity in society through education and enlightenment,” said Chuck Spence, vice president of Maui Pride and owner of the Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort.

Funds for the scholarships are raised through various Maui Pride events including Pride Festival Weekend, the annual Lava Soiree and monthly Rainbow Dine-Out events. Funds are also raised via direct donations to Maui Pride, a registered nonprofit organization.

Maui Pride has awarded more than $21,000 in scholarships.

Interested candidates can start their application process by downloading the appropriate forms at www.mauipride.org/scholarship.


Grief support group to start in Kihei

Hospice Maui is starting a weekly bereavement support group in Kihei this month. This group provides an opportunity for adults to share their experiences and feelings regarding the death of their loved ones and to listen to and learn from others.

The group is called Helping Ease a Loss (HEAL) and meetings are free. It will meet at Kihei Lutheran Church, 220 Moi Place, every other week on Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Meeting dates are today, Sept. 16 and 30, Oct. 14 and 28 and Nov. 11. Meetings are facilitated by Hospice Maui Bereavement Counselor Evelyn Billington, Ph.D. For more information, call Hospice Maui at 244-5555 or Sanni Tharp 268-8524.