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Local Briefs

Mall to donate unopened candy

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center will again welcome store-to-store trick-or-treating by those 12 years of age and younger starting at 5 p.m. Saturday while supplies last.

Participating stores will be designated with an orange balloon, and the mall’s customer service center adjacent to center court will offer free trick-or-treat bags as well as treats.

New this year, the customer service center will additionally have a small toy or other nonfood alternative available, while supplies last, in support of the “Teal Pumpkin Project,” a national campaign to promote the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters, including those with food allergies. Separately, Maui Friends of the Library will offer children’s books for those who trick-or-treat at its Queen Ka’ahumanu Center location.

Following Halloween, the mall will host a candy buyback program at its customer service center Sunday to Nov. 5. Children are invited to sell their unopened Halloween candy at $1 per pound, up to 5 pounds.

The mall will donate the purchased candy to Operation Gratitude, which includes the treats in care packages sent to U.S. service members, veterans and first responders. The program is sponsored by Conmy Orthodontics of Maui and Hawaii Medical Service Association.

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SLIM offers bamboo building workshops

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is offering a three-day workshop to learn and practice the art of building with bamboo.

Rich von Wellsheim of Whispering Winds Bamboo will instruct at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The first class will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The second class will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14. The final class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21.

To register, go to edventuremaui.com and click on Agriculture and Horticulture in the Career Training dropdown menu. The price is $399 (discounted from $449).

For more information, contact Melanie Stephens at mvstephe@hawaii.edu or 984-3502.

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Family night at Kamalii school

The Kamalii Elementary School PTA is sponsoring its annual “Fall Family Fun Night” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Food trucks, games, trick-or-treating, entertainment, a haunted house and a silent auction are some of the activities planned.

Costumes are encouraged. Proceeds will fund various school activities such as fine arts, the school garden and positive behavior support system.

The evening will also serve as the Kamalii School Community Council community event to gather input about the school’s academic and financial plan for 2016-17.

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‘Spooky Stories’ at Wailuku library

In celebration of Halloween, Kathy Collins will tell spooky Hawaiian legends and folk tales from other cultures at 2 p.m. today at the Wailuku Public Library.

“Spooky Stories (Small Kine!)” will be lighthearted enough for young children to enjoy, according to an announcement.

Raised on Maui, Collins’ pidgin-speaking alter ego, “Tita,” is a fixture at Oahu’s annual Talk Story Festival and is a regular columnist for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine.

This free event is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library and is suitable for ages 5 and up. All young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

For more information, call the library at 243-5766.

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Adult choir to sing at Keawala’i church

The Music Ministry Program of Keawala’i Congregational Church, under the direction of Stephen Haines, will present an evening concert of sacred music at 7 Friday in the sanctuary.

The concert will feature the members of Na Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir of the church.

Keawala’i Congregational Church was established in 1832. Over the course of its history, the church has had numerous choirs. Na Leo Nahenahe, or “sweet voices,” began in February 1998 with 20 singers and grew to include 35 voices when the choir recorded its first compact disc. Of the original singers, at least 15 have remained with the choir.

The choir represents the church’s continued commitment to preserve and perpetuate anthems, hymns and songs in many different languages, and in particular, the Hawaiian language.

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History night to be held at Kihei library

Kihei Public Library will host a historical slide show and community talk story session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday focusing on the history of Palauea, the long narrow ahupuaa where remains of one of south Maui’s oldest pre-contact settlements in the year 800 have been found.

Palauea is known by kamaaina as an important ceremonial center, with numerous heiau, shrines and other alignments important to Hawaiian navigation and traditional planting practices. A 22-acre coastal Palauea preserve is now under the stewardship of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and University of Hawaii Maui College. A 130-acre mauka preserve is being finalized.

The slide show will be facilitated by local history researchers, Lucienne de Naie and Daniel Kanahele. Kamaaina of the area are also welcome to share their family stories and remembrances of the region.

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Animal welfare is topic of event

“Animal Protection Talk Story,” an event to share concerns and ideas about Hawaii animal welfare, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty in Animals Maui, 355 Hukilike St., Suite 112, in Kahului.

For more information, call Inga Gibson at (808) 354-3211 or Rene Umberger at (808) 283-7225.

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RIPPED class at UH Maui Fit

Vangie Felipe will lead a RIPPED class at 5:30 p.m. Friday as part of a “Fitness Friday Happy Hour” series at UH Maui Fit.

RIPPED (resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet) is a full-body workout suitable for any fitness level.

Felipe is among substitute instructors at the University of Hawaii Maui College fitness center who are teaching one-hour fitness classes on select Fridays.

The cost is $5 for those dropping in.

The membership cost for the fall semester, which runs through Dec. 19, is $55 for UH-MC students, $75 for UH-MC faculty, staff, military veterans and those age 55 and older and $90 for the public. Membership provides unlimited access to UH Maui Fit classes, including RIPPED, yoga, boot camp, freestyle core training, Zumba, pilates, Muay Thai Novice, self-defense and Hit Fit. Monthly memberships of $30 are also available.

For more information, call 984-3430 or email mauifit@hawaii.edu. More information is also available at maui.hawaii.edu/studentlife/uh-maui-fit/.

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Training offered for visitor industry

The East Maui Watershed Partnership, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, and Maui Invasive Species Committee have teamed up to offer training to anyone working in the visitor industry to learn about Maui’s unique natural resources and current efforts to protect it.

The Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness Training is a one-hour program held at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Community Extension Room on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

Space is available from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Nov. 10. Contact Allison Borell at the East Maui Watershed Partnership, 573-6999 or pr@east

mauiwatershed.org, to reserve a spot.

Participants will learn from conservation professionals about current projects and take back information to share with guests about the forests of Haleakala, native forest birds, habitat restoration, unique plants and how Maui is addressing invasive species concerns. Field guides and handouts will be provided.

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Support group plans 6 meetings

“Reconnecting with Life after Loss” is the focus of a six-week bereavement support group that will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at Hospice Maui, 400 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

The purpose of this group is to continue supporting the bereaved as they transition into life without their loved one and focuses on establishing a renewed sense of self, purpose and personal interest, according to an announcement. The six sessions include sharing insights and experiences through discussion combined with interactive activities.

Facilitators are Joyce Lechuga, registered nurse, and Evelyn Billington, Ph.D.

To register for this free event, call Hospice Maui at 244-5555. Creative materials will be provided.

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BHS school council announces meeting

The Baldwin High School Community Council will discuss the school’s academic and financial plans at its community meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the school library.

All Baldwin High School families and community members are invited to attend and provide their input. Dinner will be provided. RSVP by calling 727-3200.

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MEO business planning course to begin

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Program will present its 36-hour Core Four Business Planning course from 9 a.m. to noon beginning Nov. 3.

One-hour introductory classes will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at MEO’s Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The six-week series will be held at MEO’s Family Center.

Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at MEO’s Family Center. There is a $300 fee to take the course. Financial aid is available.

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Free screening of ‘Most Likely to Succeed’

The Maui community is invited to attend a free screening of the award-winning film “Most Likely to Succeed” on Wednesday at the A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the campus of Seabury Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:30.

The Hollywood Reporter calls this film “a smart and engaging look at education in 21st century America.” Sal Khan of Khan Academy said, “The 21st century is going to be all about building, creating and innovating. This remarkable film shows a path of how we can empower all of our children to do that.”

Seating is first-come, first-served. There will be a question-and-answer panel discussion after the film. The panelists are Sarah Bakhiet, head of school, Seabury Hall; Gene Zarro, chairman of the board of directors, Kihei Charter School; Kehau Lu’uwai, principal, Paia Elementary School; and a member of Seabury Hall Philosophy Club. Attendees are encouraged to speak freely.

Organizers request that all cameras and recording devices be turned off during the event. More information about the film can be found at mltsfilm.org.

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Halloween Keiki Parade on Saturday

The 37th annual Lahaina Halloween Keiki Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Parade participants will meet at 4:15 p.m. at the corner of Papalaua and Front streets.

The parade route is down Front Street, past the Wharf Cinema Center, and ends at Banyan Tree Park.

There will be candy for the keiki, special guests, prizes and music.

The event is sponsored by the Soroptimist of West Maui, Rotary Club of Lahaina, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, and the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.

For more information, contact West Maui Soroptimist Jill Holley at jill@kidneyhi.org.

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Book signing on Wednesday at UH-MC

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui will host a book signing for the newly released book by UH Press, “Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawaii,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at University of Hawaii Maui College in the Kalama Building, Room 103.

Local Maui experts who contributed chapters to the book will be presenting: John Bendon, Jennifer Chirico, Scott Fisher, Penny Levin, Steve Parabicoli, Kirk Surry, Ramsay Taum and Susan Wyche. The panel will include a discussion on key sustainability topics on Maui such as sustainable agriculture, green building, water conservation, culture and school gardens.

The focus of the book is on viewing islands from a systems perspective and the importance of valuing the entire system in nature rather than just the parts.

Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at a discount during the event.

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Open house at bird conservation center

The Maui Bird Conservation Center will present its annual open house on Nov. 7 and 8 at 2375 Olinda Road in Makawao.

MBCC is a nonpublic facility, which focuses on captive breeding and reintroduction of six critically endangered species of native Hawaiian birds. These birds are rarely seen in the wild, making the open house an exclusive event for viewing these birds and learning about their conservation.

Tour times for both days will be 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Space is limited on all tours. Call the MBCC team at 572-0690 to reserve a space.

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‘Boochfest’ to benefit Doorway Into Light

Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit funeral home and resource center, will present its annual Halloween fundraiser, Boochfest, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Makawao Union Church Hall.

Along with an open kombucha bar, provided by Big Wave Kombucha, there will be music from DJ Ged, Samba Maui Dancers and Drummers, and Komborera Marimba Band.

This is a family event and costume party. There will be prizes for the best costumes.

The cost to attend is $20. Children under 10 will be admitted for free.

For more information, call Doorway Into Light at 575-7870.

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New CD has message of hope for women

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Rev. Cindy Paulos delivered her latest CD, “Arise Above Abuse, Artists Speak Out for Women,” to the nonprofit agency Women Helping Women Maui, in addition to delivering over 150 CDs nationwide.

The CD contains a collection of spoken-word pieces and music to raise awareness for victims of rape, abuse and domestic violence.

“Most of the stories narrated in this album come from real-life experiences and convey messages of hope, healing, understanding, forgiveness and positive change,” said Paulos. “We wish to let women know that there is help available and that there are people who do care. We hope that you will feel the need to do something about this issue.”

All proceeds from sales will be donated to Women Helping Women.

“Arise Above Abuse, Artists Speak Out For Women” has been accepted for Grammy consideration and is available on amazon.com.

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‘Trunk-or-Treat’ at Hope Chapel

A Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Spectacular will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Hope Chapel, 300 E. Welakahao Road in Kihei.

There will be a hayride, petting zoo, mechanical bull, games, entertainment and a food-truck court.

Nonscary costumes are encouraged. Admission is $3 per person, keiki 3 and younger will be admitted for free.

Admission includes all candy, attractions and entertainment. Food is an additional cost. Nonperishable food items will be accepted for the Maui Food Bank.

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Willie K to play at Halloween event

Piilani Village Shopping Center merchants invite the community to a free Halloween event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. There will be costume contests for adults and children at 7 p.m. with registration at 6:30 at the event booth. Prizes will be awarded.

Maui’s Willie K will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Participating merchants will pass out trick-or-treat candy. Other activities include games with prizes, organized by the Seabury Hall Class of 2016; Brenton Keith and His Bag of Tricks and magician Timothy Wenk, performing sidewalk magic; face painting; balloons; and “trunk or treat” with 10 Maui classic cars.

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

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Walk against breast cancer on Saturday

The inaugural Maui Spirit of Survival Walk Against Breast Cancer will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Wailea. The 3-mile walk will be along the scenic Wailea coastal path. Parking is free at Polo Beach public parking lot. The walk will begin and end at Polo Beach.

To register and donate, visit mauispiritofsurvivalwalk.com. Because this is a new event for Maui, walkers are registering online through the main event on Oahu. All fundraisers on Neighbor Islands support the statewide event. Walkers may also register and make donations the day of the event at the registration table at the site.

All proceeds from the Maui Spirit of Survival walk Against Breast Cancer will go directly to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, funding breast cancer research and patient services programs in Hawaii.

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Free Aikido classes offered Upcountry

Maui Ki-Aikido will offer free classes for adults and children at its Upcountry dojo Nov. 3 and 10 at Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani as follows: 5 p.m., beginning children; 6 p.m., intermediate children; 7 p.m., teens; 8 to 9:30 p.m., adult beginners.

Anyone interested in trying one or both classes should wear comfortable clothing and come 15 minutes early to check in.

Founded in 1953, Maui Ki-Aikido is the oldest Aikido dojo in the United States and offers classes six days a week at its Wailuku dojo.

For more information, visit mauiaikido.com or email mauikiaikido@gmail.com.

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Harvest party at church on Saturday

The Pukalani Baptist Church Harvest Party will begin with a free dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be games, prizes, a costume parade and cake walk.

The church is at the corner of Old Haleakala Highway and Loha Street, across from Pukalani Superette. For more information, email pbckidz@gmail.com.

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Healthy lifestyles theme of talk

The Rev. Shelley St. John will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon to 1 p.m. meeting Nov. 4 at the Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville.

As a co-creator of the Temple of Peace, St. John will share information about cleansing and creating a healthier lifestyle at any age. She has been a holistic registered nurse for 38 years.

The meeting is open to the public. The cost of the luncheon and meeting is $20. For more information, contact club President Valorie Spence at valorie@idsmaui.com.

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$5 Wednesdays for KKHS Project Grad

Jamba Juice will sell refreshments during the King Kekaulike High School Project Grad $5 Wednesdays fundraisers in front of the school, near the mural, and in back of the school adjacent to Building G from 1 to 1:30 p.m., according to an announcement.

KKHS Project Grad 2016 early registration and payment of $90 is due by Nov. 2. After that date, the fee is $100. Students may pick up the forms at the school office.

Project Graduation is an all-night chaperoned event immediately following the commencement ceremony, in which graduates are shuttled to a safe, alcohol-, drug- and tobacco-free location to celebrate.

For more information and scholarship requests, email Fanchette Robinson and Kristy Matsuura at kkhs2016projectgrad@gmail.com.

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Open house set at Waldorf high school

Haleakala Waldorf High School invites prospective families to an introduction to the Waldorf High School curriculum at the Kaluanui campus in Makawao at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7. There will be an overview of the program.

The campus is at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Use the Kaluanui Road entrance off Baldwin Avenue. For information, call 878-2511 or visit www.waldorfmaui.org.

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Sale to benefit Feral Cats Maui

A fundraising garage sale for Feral Cats Maui will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Kihei.

The sale will be at 231 Kawailani Circle in the Piilani II subdivision near Safeway.

Money raised will go to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit group dedicated to the no-kill solution of trapping, spaying and neutering, then returning of cats in managed feral colonies, with the goal of humanely reducing and managing the population of free-roaming cats.

More information is available at feralcatsmaui.org.

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Activity for dog owners and pets

The Maui Humane Society will present “Bark in the Park” on Saturday morning at Keopuolani Park. The event promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for humans and dogs while raising awareness and funds for Maui’s homeless pets.

The public is invited to participate in the 1.5- or 3.1-mile walk or run and pet Halloween costume contest for a fundraising minimum of $35 for adults and $20 for keiki under 12. The pet expo and “Taste of Agility” dog training sessions are free. The event is sponsored by the Petco Foundation.

Registration for the walkers or runners will be at 7:30 a.m. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs and wear Halloween costumes. The walk or run will start at 9 a.m.

The pet expo will be from 8 a.m. to noon.

An awards ceremony for the finishers in the walk or run will be at 10 a.m.

The best Halloween costume and look-alike pet and owner contests will be at 10:30 a.m.

The agility course will also open at 10:30 a.m. with a canine demonstration followed by introductory training sessions.

To register in advance, call 877-3680 or visit www.mauihumane.org.

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Webinar about spiritual truths

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Maui is one of the sponsors of a free live webinar at 1 p.m. on Saturday about spiritual truths that heal mind and body of suffering, according to an announcement.

To register for the lecture, visit app.webinarjam.net/register/1716/d227813c4f. The presentation may be viewed on a computer, iPhone or iPad. The lecturer, Evan Mehlenbacher, is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. After his talk, he will answer questions.

For more information, email dorsielglen@gmail.com.

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Bazaar at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission

The Lahaina Hongwanji Mission is holding its annual Fall Autumn Fest Bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday on the church grounds at 551 Wainee St.

Craft items, rummage, plants, cut fresh flowers, baked goods, assorted sushi, bentos, chow fun, huli chicken and other food items will be available for sale. Walgreens will be at the bazaar to provide flu shots. There will also be a book signing for the biography of Tommy Sarashina, titled “Tommy’s Wars: Paradise to Hell and Back,” by author Howard Fields.

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Learn to trap fruit flies at free class

A free Fruit Fly Management class will be offered by the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Community Service Building on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

Attendees are asked to bring a 1- and 2-liter bottle for making their own traps. GF-120 fruit fly bait will be available for sale at $40 per bottle. All other supplies for making traps and lures will be provided.

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Free college fair at Baldwin High School

The Hawai’i Association for College Admission Counseling is sponsoring the fall College Planning & College Fair event for Maui families from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Baldwin High School multipurpose room and gymnasium. Over 90 colleges and universities from across the United States and overseas will be in attendance.

Students can learn about the various colleges, including admission and scholarship information. A general college advising and financial aid center also will be available to students and their families to answer specific questions regarding the college admission process and financial aid.

Prior to the college fair, starting at 4:30 p.m., there will be a college planning event for Maui families in the multipurpose room. There will be workshops on a number of topics for college-bound students of all ages.

This college event is free of charge and open to the public. Students from all Maui schools are welcome to attend.

For more information, students should contact their local school counselor or email HawaiiACAC@gmail.com.

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‘Wicked Woods Walk’ in Kula

Kupu Group Inc. presents “Maui’s Wicked Woods Walk” at the Enchanted Floral Garden in collaboration with Kula Fields Farmshop and Cafe from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31.

“Maui’s Wicked Woods Walk” is a near half-mile loop trail on 8 acres at the Enchanted Floral Garden in Kula.

The tour ends at Kula Fields Farmshop and Cafe where coffee, cider, holiday treats and snacks will be served. Tickets are $13 per person and are available at www.enchantedfloralgarden.com/wicked-woods-walk via Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The staff recommends that families with children who may be sensitive to scary people or scenes come during the day before 4 p.m. when there are no actors present and no lines. Entrance before 4 p.m. is $8 per person for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in person in the Kula Fields Farmshop and Cafe at the Enchanted Floral Garden, 2505 Kula Highway.

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‘Living With Grief’ webinar at UH-MC

Hospice Maui will host Hospice Foundation of America’s 2015 annual “Living With Grief” webinar titled “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

This program will explore the ways professionals can assist patients and families as they cope with the loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses.

The teleconference will be free of charge and shown at the University of Hawaii Maui College from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 with an optional 30-minute panel discussion at the end. Complimentary refreshments and an HFA companion book will be offered to attendees.

The registration deadline is Thursday to ensure availability of seating and materials. To register or for more information, call Hospice Maui at 244-5555.

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Philosophy club will host symposium

A Seabury Hall Philosophy Club Symposium titled “Is the Social Network Social?” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Olinda campus.

The student presenters in this gathering of fledgling philosophers will include senior Lauralei Singsank, junior Zander Medrano, sophomore Antonio Greco and freshman Evan Elasser. The student moderator will be Samuel Frampton.

Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public.

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Kula AARP Chapter to meet on Monday

The regular meeting of Kula AARP Chapter will be held on Monday at the Kula Community Center. The meeting begins with refreshments at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30.

The speaker will be Stacy Casco from Legal Aid. The meeting is open to the public, no reservations are necessary. For information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.

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Japanese cultural society plans meeting

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui will hold its general membership meeting at 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission temple.

The meeting will be followed by a tea ceremony performed by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Maui Association at 1:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is limited to the first 40 people who sign up. To register, contact Priscilla Yamamura at 283-4253 by Thursday.

For more information about the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, visit www.jcsmaui.com.

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Performance will benefit Maui keiki

A Kokua for Maui Keiki event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Na Lio Maui in Lahaina.

Na Lio Maui is a Hawaiian cultural performance, telling the story of the horse in Hawaii. It features hula, chant, Hawaiian music and horses. The performance site is on the Lahaina hillside above Puamana. It is presented by Kahalawai Farms and Stables.

Tickets are $65 for alii seating or $50 for premium seating. Proceeds from this performance will be donated to Haku Baldwin Center’s therapeutic horseback riding and animal-assisted therapy program for special-needs children.

The event is being organized by Ayla Forsythe for her senior project at Kamehameha Schools Maui. To reserve tickets, call 269-3706 or email aylarforsythe@gmail.com.

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Volunteers sought for day of service

Malama Maui Nui encourages residents to identify an opportunity to serve in their community and take action to address that need on Saturday in honor of Make A Difference Day. This day of service celebrates neighbors helping neighbors, and recognizes that every person has the power to make a positive contribution, according to an announcement.

To learn more about Make A Difference Day, visit malamamauinui.org or call 877-2524.

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Open house at institute of astronomy

The University of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy-Maui will present its ninth annual open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Maui Advanced Technology Research Center, 34 Ohia Ku St. in Pukalani. Attendees will be able to look through a telescope, experience lab tours and science demonstrations. Some activities will be weather permitting.

Admission is free. For more information, call 573-9500.

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Makawao library announces free events

Makawao Public Library will offer the following free programs:

* Monday, 6:30 p.m. – “Maui’s Native Forest Birds: Their Past, Present and Future.” Ornithologist Laura Berthold of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will present a brief history of the Valley Isle’s native forest birds – the Maui honeycreepers – which are rare and found nowhere else on Earth. She will discuss the project’s research and habitat restoration efforts through stories, photos and statistical information. The program is suitable for ages 15 through adult.

* Thursday, 10 a.m. – “Kids Magic Show and Face Painting.” Cirque Jolie will perform an interactive magic show that features a live rabbit and “light show,” followed by face painting. The Maui Friends of the Library is sponsoring this program that is suitable for children ages 1 through 8, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

* Oct. 29, 10 a.m. – “Halloween Boo-tastic Boogie Stories.” Performing artist and musician Mary Lynn Goode will present non-scary Halloween stories, music and interactive activities.

The Maui Friends of the Library is sponsoring this one-hour program that is suitable for children ages 2 through 5, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Contact the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed for these programs.

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

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Bazaar on Saturday at Shingon Mission

Wailuku Shingon Mission, at 1939 North St., will have a bazaar from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

There will be a farmers market, baked goods, food items including chow fun and crafts. Pre-sold chow fun can be picked up from 7 to 11 a.m.

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Halloween stories planned for keiki

Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Halloween Keiki Story Time in the deli seating area at Whole Foods Market at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25.

This 30-minute storytime is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature Halloween stories. Children are encouraged to come in costume and there will be a special treat bag for those in costume.

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.

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Discover Waldorf Day is Saturday

Discover Waldorf Day will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school’s campus in Kula, across from the Kula Post Office. This tour is designed to give adults a glimpse of what the children experience every day in the classroom.

Visit www.waldorfmaui.org or call 878-2511 for more information.

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Dress up and book reading in Lahaina

“The Goodnight Gecko” author Gill McBarnet will host a storytime reading of her latest book, “The Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii,” at the Lahaina Barnes & Noble at 11 a.m. Saturday. A pre-Halloween dress-up parade and prize contest for keiki (ages 6 and younger) will follow the reading.

For more information, call 662-1300.

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Human Trafficking Conference set

Women Helping Women, in conjunction with Soroptimists International of Maui, the American Association of University Women and the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women, will host a Human Trafficking Conference at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the Kalama Building, Room 103, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The presenter for the conference will be award-winning community organizer and human trafficking expert Kathryn Xian, executive director of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery. Since 2005, Xian has helped draft and pass 11 Hawaii laws relating to human trafficking, including Hawaii’s first labor trafficking law and the nation’s first state statute outlawing sex tourism and making it a felony offense. Since 2000, she has been raising local awareness of the trafficking of women and children for sex to and from Honolulu and has influenced the passage of laws with regard to sex tours and promoting prostitution.

Organizers of the conference hope to create a Maui coalition to address this growing problem on Maui.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Donations to the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery are suggested, but attendance to the conference is free. Send email to trafficking@whwmaui.net to reserve a space or request more information.

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Geneticist to speak about eye disease

The Support Group for Persons with Visual Impairment will hear a presentation by Sally Irwin at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Kalama Heights Billiards Room, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

Irwin’s talk is titled “Genetic Factors in Eye Disease and Research Efforts toward Their Reversal.”

She is a geneticist and professor at the University of Hawaii Maui College and adjunct professor with the University of Hawaii John Burns Medical School.

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Gardening classes available at college

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is offering four three-hour classes in gardening and farm-related subjects.

Evan Ryan will offer two three-hour sessions called “Planting Fruit Trees 1 and 2.” The first session is from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at University of Hawaii Maui College, going over the principles and practices of planting fruit trees.

The second session, on Oct. 25, will be on a farm and will cover how young fruit trees have been planted and the concepts of best practices. Each is a stand-alone class priced at $69.

Also, Gerry Ross is offering two three-hour sessions, both at UH-Maui College. From 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, “Soil Tests and Soil Amendments” will take place. This class will clarify how to use soil tests effectively and what organic soil amendments are available and beneficial.

From 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 10, Ross will instruct in “Seeds and Plant Propagation,” covering the step-by-step process to raising healthy seedlings. Each class is $69.

Discounts are available when taking more than one of these classes. To register, visit edventuremaui.com and choose Agriculture and Horticulture in the Career Training menu. Contact Melanie Stephens at mvstephe@hawaii.edu or 984-3502 with questions.

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West African dance classes offered

West African master dancer and drummer Fara Tolno from Guinea will be on Maui from Tuesday to Oct. 23 to teach dance classes and perform at Casanova in Makawao on Oct. 22.

The classes are all from 6 to 7 p.m. and the performance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Tuesday class will be at Makawao Union Church Hall at 1445 Baldwin Ave., and the Oct. 21 through 23 classes will be at Maui Yoga & Dance Shala at 381 Baldwin Ave. in Paia.

Classes are $15 each. The cover charge for the Casanova performance is $10.

No registration is necessary for the classes. For more information, call 268-3722.

Tolno is the founder, director and choreographer for Kissidugu, his percussion and dance theater ensemble.

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Retirement income topic of discussion

New York Life agent Susie Lauricio will be the guest speaker during Tuesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset. The meeting will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Lauricio will discuss the benefits of diversifying retirement income with life insurance. She has been a New York Life agent for two decades and has been awarded numerous industry honors, according to a news release.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Students will solicit donations for run

Wailuku Elementary School students will begin soliciting donations Monday for the school’s annual Fun Run, set for Nov. 25.

The event generates funds for field trips, visual arts, creative movement and enrichment classes.

Donors may request receipts, which are included in the Fun Run packets distributed to students.

For more information, call Christine Ortiz, Wailuku Elementary School PTSA president, at 283-1626.

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Deadline Sunday for Business Fest

Sunday is the mandatory registration deadline for the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s ninth annual Business Fest from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Grand Wailea.

This year’s theme is “Pono: Environmental and Social Values in Business.”

“Tourism continues to be the driving force behind Hawaii’s economy and the recent series of tropical storms remind us that climate change is a very real threat to our future as one of the world’s top destinations,” said MNHCoC President Doreen “Pua” Canto. “Our ancestors understood that balance between environment and economy was necessary to ensure a prosperous future. This Biz Fest will encourage discussion about how this cultural value is expressed in the 21st century.”

In between sessions, attendees are encouraged to visit the Biz Fest Exhibit area featuring displays by MNHCoC members spanning health and wellness, community and social services, cultural practitioners, business consultants, designers, artists, restaurants, retail and more.

As part of the MNHCoC’s commitment to the next generation of business leaders, 50 students from Kamehameha Schools Maui and King Kekaulike High School will receive scholarships to attend this event.

Event sponsors enable free admission to all Business Fest sessions except for the Keynote Luncheon; the meal cost is $55 per person. To register, or for more information, visit www.mnhcoc.org/Business-Fest/2015.

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Diabetes support group to meet

The Maui Memorial Medical Center Diabetes Education Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Marion Hanlon Conference Room on the third floor of MMMC’s Kahului Tower.

The topic for the gathering will be “Reducing Your Risk for Vascular Disease” by Dr. Ron Boyd.

The diabetes support group holds monthly meetings geared for diabetic patients and their families. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.

For more information, call Marny Moriyasu, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, at 442-5773.

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Health care issues workshop Oct. 22

Mental Health America in Hawaii (Maui County) will host a free workshop for health care professionals interested in health privacy and civil rights from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pilina Multipurpose Room.

The workshop will focus on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability privacy rules and the protection of civil rights under Title IV that covers federal student aid.

Register on Eventbrite at ocrmaui.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact Gino Merez at (808) 586-4111 or gino.merez@doh.hawaii.gov.

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Program accepting applications

The University of Hawaii Maui College master gardener program currently is accepting applications for its 2016 training course.

The course will meet 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from Jan. 13 to May 25.

The master gardener program depends on volunteer commitment to fulfill its mission. If accepted into the program, volunteers will be expected to sign a contract to fulfill 50 volunteer hours toward the program within the first year of completing the training course.

In exchange for volunteer hours, master gardeners receive a minimum of 48 hours of tropical horticultural training provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources faculty, extension specialists, county extension agents and recognized horticultural leaders in the community.

Applications for the program are available online at goo.gl/forms/Id0ToHNyiQ or at the UH Cooperative Extension Office on the UH-MC campus.

For more information, contact Cynthia Nazario-Leary at cnazario@hawaii.edu or 244-3242, ext. 229.

Local Briefs

Five blood drives set for October

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is planning blood drives on Maui. To schedule an appointment or check on drive information, call 848-4770 or visit bbh.org.

The following blood drives are subject to change:

* Oct. 19, 9:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Kamehameha Schools Maui gym.

* Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – UH-Maui College Pilina Building multipurpose room.

* Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Lahaina Civic Center social hall.

* Oct. 22, 10:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Cameron Center auditorium.

* Oct. 23, 7 a.m.-1:15 p.m. – Cameron Center auditorium.

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Donations for garage sale will benefit SPCA

Donations are being accepted for a garage sale Saturday in Kihei to benefit SPCA Maui’s low-cost spay and neuter clinics for cats and dog.

The event also will honor the late Doris Pompillio, a founding board member of the organization.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 231 Kawailani Circle in the Piilani II subdivision near Safeway.

Arrangements can be made to drop off saleable items and donations by calling 298-1207.

More information is available about the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Maui by calling 280-0738 or at www.spcamaui.org.

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Dr. Terry Shintani to discuss ‘Peace Diet’

“The Peace Diet: How to Reverse Disease in 10 Days” is the title of a presentation that will be given by Dr. Terry Shintani at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cameron Center auditorium, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Shintani will describe major points from his new book, “The Peace Diet: How to Reverse Obesity, Aging, and Disease by Eating for Peace of Body, Mind and Spirit.” Some of the topics are: Five lessons for long-term weight control and health; Protein: why vegetarian animals have bigger muscles than meat-eaters; why eating more may be better for weight loss; eight enhancements to whole-person health; beat high blood pressure and diabetes with less medication; how diet is related to your personal peace; anti-inflammatory diet for arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disease; and how to cut cholesterol with less medication.

Admission is free to this event sponsored by Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. For more information, contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com.

Shintani and several guest speakers also will appear at the Cameron Center during a free event hosted by the African Americans on Maui Association and The Temple of Peace from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. One of the guest speakers is Sandra Rose Michael from Las Vegas. She is one of the world’s leading scientists studying holistic health, according to a news release.

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Maui entrepreneur to share her experience

The owner of Teri Edmonds Industries will speak at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 breakfast meeting Wednesday at Chez Meme Bistro and Bakery Restaurant in Kihei.

As a college graduate in finance and accounting, Teri Edmonds started her entrepreneurial path consulting for big firms. Fourteen years ago, Edmonds took the leap and embraced the world of shoes. She now enjoys designing and creating as the owner of If The Shoe Fits and Maui Shoe Repair, both in Wailuku.

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

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

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Distance degrees topic of presentation

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. Thursday in 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 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.

A certificate of achievement in veterinary assisting will be offered on Maui in the spring. This program will be featured during the workshop.

For more information, contact the University of Hawaii Center, Maui by phone at 984-3525 or by email at uctrmaui@hawaii.edu.

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Smart driver classes set in Kahului, Kula

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Center and from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday 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 a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

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

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Seniors club plans rummage sale

The Hale Mahaolu – Akahi Seniors Club will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the patio area, 300 W. Wakea Ave., across from the old Maui Pine parking lot in Kahului.

There will be a selection of clothing, plants, food and more.

Visitors are asked to use street parking only.

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School to celebrate 20th anniversary

King Kekaulike High School will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a reception starting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the King Kekaulike High School Gym.

The event will honor 20 people and organizations for their support of the school. Honorees include Pukalani Superette, Duane Hamamura, state Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Louis Silva, David Morihara, Gundi Dancil, Emily Haines-Swatek, June and Paul Kaneshiro, Jay Paa, Carolyn Johnson, Cindy Asato-Kochi, founding KKHS Parent Teacher Student Association officers, Clark Hashimoto, KKHS Alumni Teachers and Alumni Association founders, retired Principal Susan Scofield, Trisha Grimley, David Fukuda, Pulama Collier, Mary Weeks and the 1995 original staff members.

An Athletic Hall of Fame and Wall of Honor will be unveiled to recognize those who have made a mark on Kekaulike athletics. Honorees include Leahi Hall, Daniel Scott, Bailey Massenburg, Derrick Montalvo, Kurtis Saiki and Dennis Dias. The 2015 Alumni of the Year also will be awarded to 1999 graduate April Uyehara.

Coordinated by the King Kekaulike High School Alumni Association, the event is free and open to the public.

Donations will be accepted to assist with scholarships for Kekaulike students.

For more information go to kkhsalumni.org or email kkhsalumni@gmail.com.

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Korean Thanksgiving festival on Saturday

The Maui Korean Community Association will present a “2015 Korean Thanksgiving” festival beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. The public is invited.

A $10 entry fee includes dinner and entertainment. Raffle tickets may be purchased for door prizes. The grand prize is a round-trip ticket to Korea.

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Volunteers sought to walk-a-mile

Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes, an event that gives men the opportunity to raise awareness about male-committed sexualized violence against women, will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at University of Hawaii Maui College.

For more information, or to volunteer, see www.mauiwalkamile.com.

Local Briefs

Oktoberfest benefits scholarship fund

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise will host its fourth annual Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. today at the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. The event will fund a vocational scholarship for a Maui County high school student.

Juergen Will, longtime Lahaina resident and owner of Saltwater Signs, provided his mom’s original recipe for the hot German potato salad. Bratwurst and bockwurst are special ordered for the festival. Sauerbratgen, braised red cabbage, potato pancakes with sour cream, apple sauce and German chocolate cake round out the menu. A no-host bar will feature wine, beer and cocktails.

The oompah band, Lisa Owen and the Village Musicians, will perform polkas, waltzes and other popular songs. The band members have been playing together for 20 years. They are: Anne Durham on piano, Jimmy Coulter on drums and vocal, Jerry Eisenberg on clarinet and Lisa Owen on tuba.

In addition to a silent auction, a lucky number drawing will be held. Guests will purchase tickets and place them in the canisters next to a featured gift. Throughout the evening, tickets will be pulled and the winning ticket holder will receive the gift.

Tickets are $45 each and are available online at www.lahainasunriserotary.org. Seating is limited.

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Ministry assists Maui’s homeless

A Cup of Cold Water served 3,936 people for the first half of 2015, according to a news release.

The outreach ministry of the Episcopal churches on Maui continues to operate weekly in Central, South and West Maui and delivers the basic needs of water, nutrition, clothing, first aid, hygiene and comfort to Maui’s homeless population.

The street ministry partners with Roman Catholic, numerous Protestant denominations and nondenominational church members, along with Kahului Hongwanji members and other Buddhist friends.

ACCW is an all-volunteer outreach that is funded only by churches, individuals, hotels, businesses, church grants and private charitable grants and trusts. It does not accept any government money.

Interested persons may call 244-4656.

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‘FoodEx Japan’ seeks local business

The Maui Food Technology Center, along with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, is seeking local food businesses interested in participating in the 41st International Food and Beverage Exhibition, “FoodEx Japan.”

Considered the largest food trade show in Asia, the event will be held March 8-11 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

Businesses are encouraged to attend an informational meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 15 at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall (across from Pizza Hut). To register and for more information, email info@mauifoodtechnology.org or call (888) 948-6382.

Selected businesses will receive assistance from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and MFTC. Preference will be given to export-ready companies that have products with marketing potential. Products must be produced and/or manufactured in Maui County.

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Contest promotes Nene Awareness Day

The following student artists, all from Maui Waena Intermediate School, are winners of the Nene Awareness Day Logo Contest:

Rysher Belen placed first with “Nene The State Bird of Hawaii”; Kirk Seitz was second with “Malama Aina Kokua Nene”; and Maya Hickman took third with “Pick Up Your Litter.”

Each student received prizes provided by Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of Haleakala National Park.

One middle school participated in the contest. All submitted artwork was displayed at the Haleakala Visitor Center on Sept. 26, which was Nene Awareness Day. The winning entries also are posted on the park’s Facebook page.

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7th Plantation Days event is Oct. 16, 17

After seven years, the Lahaina Plantation Days will celebrate its finale Oct. 16 and 17.

The event will take place at the Old Pioneer Mill Co. smokestack site next to 277 Lahainaluna Road. Event hours will be from 5 to 10:30 p.m. both days. Parking is free.

Among the highlights are performances by Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Ikaika Blackburn and Leohone, Ekolu trio, Willie K, Amy Hanai’ali’i, Napua Greig and Melveen Leed, along with the Zenshin Daiko drummers.

The public will enjoy cuisines by over 15 Maui restaurants and food purveyors. There will also be a beer and wine garden, a MauiGrown Coffee tent, a plantation art gallery featuring works by well-known local artists, keiki game zone and farmers market.

“These wonderful activities will be a fitting tribute to an era that has touched so many lives,” said Lahaina Restoration Foundation Executive Director Theo Morrison.

Admission is $5. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262, email info@lahainarestoration.org or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.

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Breast cancer focus of event on Lanai

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Lana’i Community Health Center is hosting its second annual Susan G. Komen Ohana Wellness Day from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 17.

This free event will feature wellness booths, Zumba fitness, health care screenings, refreshments and a prize drawing. It will be held at the LCHC Administrative Office, 333 Sixth St.

This community event is designed to raise awareness of breast health services available to the Lanai community and is sponsored by Susan G. Komen. Last year, the event saw about 130 participants. This year, participants can enjoy:

* Memory Walk – 7:30 a.m. registration at 333 Sixth St., 8 a.m. walk around Dole Park (includes free T-shirt).

* Refreshments at 9 a.m. including fruit, bars, water.

* Zumba fitness at 9:30 a.m. led by Zumba-certified LCHC fitness instructor Jamie Hale

* Wellness Fair, 9 a.m. to noon – includes breast health education and referral, flu shots, blood pressure checks, oral health screening, minor eyeglass repair/adjustments, family planning, body mass index checks and nutritional counseling.

Local Briefs

Registration for salsa and fox trot classes

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will have its first class in beginner salsa and intermediate fox trot from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

Registration will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; then briefly during a break from 6:40 to 6:50 p.m.

There is an annual $15 membership fee to join the organization and $30 quarterly fee for the classes.

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

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Reunion weekend for BHS Class of 1975

The Baldwin High School Class of 1975 is having its 40th reunion on Friday and Saturday.

There will be a meet and greet from 6 to 10 p.m. at Dani’s Restaurant in Wailuku on Friday. A dinner and program will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Cafe O’Lei at Maui Lani in Kahului on Saturday.

Classmates may visit www.alumniclass.com/baldwinhs to get more information, or email BHShi1975@gmail.com with questions. The deadline to register is Tuesday.

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Celebration of Filipino-American History

Mayor Alan Arakawa and the County of Maui, together with the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will kick off the month of October as Filipino-American History Month with a Philippine flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the County Building at 200 S. High St., in Wailuku.

The Philippine flag will be flown at the county building throughout the month of October.

After the flag-raising ceremony and brief formal program, which will include a proclamation by the mayor, there will be Filipino cultural entertainment by the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Filipino Folk Dance Troupe and food samples provided by the restaurants that will be at the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival: Randy’s Catering & Fast Foods, CAA Market Place, RM Mini Mart and Fast Food & Catering Services, Vidad’s Local Kine Grindz and Paradise Supermart Fastfood & Catering.

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Potluck, bocce ball at annual picnic

The Italian American Club of Maui will be hosting its annual beach picnic potluck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Kamaole III beach park in Kihei.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share that serves five or more people. The club will provide bottled water.

There will be a bocce ball contest and prizes for the winners. Club logo wear will be available at the picnic.

The Italian heritage club invites people from any culture to join. For more information, call President Bob Lercari at 874-5905. To learn more about the club, visit www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.

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Da Kidney Da Kine day returns to Lahaina

The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will host its second annual Da Kidney Da Kine Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

The foundation will offer free screenings for people over 18 years of age. The screening will detect signs of early kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood sugar. Each participant going through the screening will receive their personalized results and have a one-on-one consultation with a medical professional or doctor.

The event will have “KAOI” radio DJ Cindy Paulos to emcee. Entertainment will be provided by Lahaina’s Kulewa, Jack Gist and Friends and Auntie Doll’s Ka Pa Hula O Maui. There will also be a keiki corner.

For more information contact Jill Holley, director Maui office of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, at 986-1900 or visit www.kidneyhi.org.

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Latex allergy information at UH-MC

There will be a latex allergy information table in front of the Pa’ina Building at University of Hawaii Maui College from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in observance of Latex Allergy Awareness Week.

Latex allergies impact 10 to 17 percent of health care workers and up to 6 percent of the U.S. general population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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Dinners will benefit watershed group

A Hawaiian-inspired four-course dinner at Vineyard Food Co. and Catering From Soup to Nuts in Wailuku on Thursday and Friday will help benefit the East Maui Watershed Partnership. Seatings start at 6 p.m. The cost is $38 per person and does not include gratuity. Customers may bring their own beer and wine only; no corkage fee.

Reservations are required by calling 243-3663 or by email at chefg@maui.net. The menu may be viewed at cateringfromsouptonuts.com.

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Talk Story events at Hui No’eau

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center and the East Maui Watershed Partnership continue their 5 to 6 p.m. “Talk Story Thursdays” series to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the islands’ ecosystems and species.

Speakers will appear at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao from 5 to 6 p.m. as follows:

* Thursday – Jay Penniman, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project manager.

* Oct. 15 – Scott Crawford, Manuel Majia and Jay Carpio of the Maui Nui Makai Network.

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Vocational training abroad topic of talks

The Youth Service Chair for Rotary District 5000 will be making presentations at five Rotary Club meetings Tuesday through Friday about her experience traveling to China.

Joanne Laird traveled to Lanzhou, Gansu, China, as part of a Rotary International Vocational Training Team Project in July. As a VTT team member, Laird taught English, pedagogy, curriculum based on children’s books, classroom management and American culture to 28 rural elementary English teachers (trainees) in China. She will share a PowerPoint presentation about this two-week experience.

Presentations will be made at the following Rotary Club meetings:

* Tuesday, 7 a.m. – Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, The Pioneer Inn.

* Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise, Chez Meme Bistro and Bakery, Kihei.

* Wednesday, noon – Rotary Club of Maui, Maui Country Club.

* Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – Rotary Club of Valley Isle Sunset, Fernando’s Restaurant, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

* Friday, 8 a.m. – Rotary Club of Upcountry, Casanova Restaurant, Makawao.

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Korean language class at church

A Korean language class will resume at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Ala Lani United Methodist Church, 50 South Papa Ave. in Kahului. Beginners are welcome. The instructor is Jaeman Lim, pastor. There is a donation of $5 per month for supplies.