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Plant sale Saturday at UH-Maui College

The University of Hawaii Maui College annual Christmas plant and ceramic sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the college’s greenhouse and ceramics studio.

The Introduction to Horticulture students have grown nine varieties of poinsettias, including a new variety, “Autumn Leaves.” The plants are available in the standard 6-inch pots, as well as 4-inch pots and large mixed color bowls.

There will also be edible plants, including rare Hawaiian banana varieties, Hawaiian taro, papaya and vegetable starts. Plants whose flowers are used for lei will also be sold, including white and purple crown flower, green rose and pikake. There will be endemic Hawaiian plants and exotic ornamentals for sale.

The beekeeping class members will sell their just harvested raw honey.

There will be dishes, vases and decorative items sold by ceramics students.

All proceeds benefit the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Ceramics programs.

Entrance to the sale is via Wahinepio Drive, across from Keopuolani Park’s entrance.

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Smart Driver Class to be held Thursday

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be held from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

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

A $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the 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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Angel Tree event set for Saturday

A donation, gift card and unwrapped gift drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

The Kahiau Angel Tree giving project is in partnership with the Salvation Army Lahaina Outpost. There will be live music and entertainment. The donations will benefit Maui’s less fortunate children during the holiday season.

Santa will arrive at the center at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Photos at the mall with various photo packages will be available through Dec. 24.

The Salvation Army Lahaina Outpost will also be providing free holiday gift wrapping from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

For information on the giving project, call 281-4467.

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Event to benefit women in crisis

Maui author, radio personality and composer the Rev. Cindy Paulos will hold a CD-signing event at noon Saturday at the Friends of the Library store at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

She will be talking and reading selections from her latest CD, “Arise Above Abuse, Artists Speak Out for Women.” The CD uses spoken words and music to tell the story of what is means to be a victim of sexual and domestic abuse. Contributors include some of the country’s most talented artists and a local political leader.

The CD has been given out to more than 150 organizations that help women in need. Profits from the proceeds are being given to Women Helping Women, a local organization assisting women in crisis.

For more information, see www.AriseAboveAbuse.com or contact Paulos at 244-9145.

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Holiday Faire to be held Saturday

Haleakala Waldorf School’s Holiday Faire will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school on Kula Highway across from the Kula Post Office.

Admission is $3 for adults while children 12 and under are free.

At 10 a.m. will be the elf parade, where every child dressed as an elf receives a free gift, according to a news release.

There will be more than 75 Maui artisans, live entertainment, food including baked goods, a farmers market, hands-on craft activities such as candle dipping and keiki games.

For more information, call 878-2511 or see waldorfmaui.org.

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Free winter concerts planned

The Baldwin High School Music Department will be holding several free winter concerts in Central Maui next month.

The first will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 with the symphonic band performing at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

At 7 p.m. on Dec. 10, beginning and concert choruses with the “Blue” Orchestra will perform at the Baldwin High School Auditorium.

The concert band will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The symphonic band will play at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Maui Mall.

The department is under the direction of Stephen Rodrigues.

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Teachers can parasail for free

UFO Parasail, on Kaanapali Beach fronting Whalers Village, is letting teachers fly free from Tuesday through Dec. 14 with a valid teacher ID. Participants will get a Deluxe UFO Parasail Ride.

“It is our pleasure to do this to let our educators know just how much we appreciate them,” said Greg VanderLaan, president.

UFO Parasail’s state-of-the-art parasailing equipment ensures a safe and easy way to take in the sights, according to a news release. Celebrating 30 years of safe flying in Hawaii, UFO Parasail Maui is located on Kaanapali Beach. Its website is ufoparasail.net.

For more information about UFO Parasail, call VanderLaan at 661-7836; for reservations, call (800) 359-4836.

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Po’okela Church Rummage sale set

Po’okela Church in Makawao will have a Clearance Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Sale items will include kalbi rib plate lunches, baked goods, plants, vegetables, wreaths, Asian collectibles and antiques, furniture, appliances, kitchen items, holiday decorations, art supplies, books, CDs, movies and exercise equipment.

The church is at 200 Olinda Road.

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Deep-sea habitats to be discussed

A discussion of the study and survey of the unexplored, deep-sea habitats in the main Hawaiian Islands, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and Johnston Atoll will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Maui Ocean Center.

Chris Kelley, the program biologist for the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii, will be presenting the recent findings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos Explorer, also known as “America’s Ship for Ocean Explorer.”

Kelley, the crew of the ship and scientists from around the world recently conducted the study.

There will be high-definition video of deep-sea biology and geology, including never seen before species.

The talk will be held at the Open Ocean exhibit. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6. Seating is limited.

Reservations are recommended; call 270-7088.

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Benefit book sale set in Makawao

Maui Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in front of the Makawao Public Library in conjunction with the “Christmas in Makawao” event.

There will be donated fiction, nonfiction and holiday books for sale.

Each child present will be able to select a free book from a designated box of children’s books while supplies last.

Maui Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization that supports the public libraries in Maui County with funding for programs, library materials and equipment. For more information, see www.mfol.org.

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Volunteers sought for workday at farm

A workday at the Ke Kahua Farms in Waiehu will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Volunteers are asked to bring their own water, shoes and gloves. The farm is located at the corner of Waiehu Beach Road and Kahekili Highway.

The farm is part of Maui Economic Opportunity’s Hanai Hawaiian Agricultural Project. Hanai, meaning to “feed the people,” aims to improve the overall well-being of Hawaiians, according to Ke Kahua’s Facebook page.

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Zumbathon for Toys for Tots is Dec. 2

Rayo’s Latin Fitness will be hosting the 7th annual Dance for Tots Zumbathon at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

Doors open for registration at 4:30 p.m. In addition to a $5 fee, participants should bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

There will be door prizes and other events.

For more information contact 385-2549 or Rayozumba@yahoo.com.

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Ministry pre-holiday fair event Saturday

Good Shepherd Church Women in Ministry will hold a pre-holiday fair event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Lufkin Parish Hall in Wailuku.

There will be new clothing for men, women and children along with baked goods, Christmas crafts and holiday gifts.

Proceeds will benefit outreach ministries serving Maui communities.

For more information, call the church office at 244-4656.

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Fishpond discussion, workday planned

A Hawaiian cultural presentation of the history and cultural importance of the Ko’ie’ie Fishpond and highlights of community programs by the Associations of the Fishponds of Maui (‘Ao’ao O Na Loko I’a O Maui) will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei.

Heading the presentation will be the association’s executive director, Joylynn Paman. The association is revitalizing the more than 400-year-old Ko’ie’ie Fishpond, which was built by Native Hawaiians.

Also Saturday, volunteers are welcome to participate in the association’s community workday from 9 to 10 a.m. Work will include restoring portions of the fishpond wall.

For more information, see www.mauifishpond.com.

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Pizza party will benefit sanctuary

Pacific Primate Sanctuary will hold a “Pizza Party for the Monkeys” from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Flatbread Co. in Paia.

It will include a silent auction featuring items from local artists and crafts people. Flatbread will donate a portion of the proceeds from each pizza sold to the sanctuary.

The sanctuary is a federally authorized wildlife conservation organization, providing refuge and rehabilitation to threatened and critically endangered monkeys. It is run entirely by volunteers.

For more information, send email to pps.assistantmanager@gmail.com.

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Russian orphans topic of presentation

A discussion about the lives of Russia’s orphans will be held at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Leanna Roberts, vice president of iOrphan, a charity that provides basic necessities to orphans and disadvantaged children in Russia and Eastern Europe, will be the guest speaker. She will discuss her recent travel to communities in Siberia, where she worked with children in need.

She also serves as the international chair of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Health care on meeting agenda

Over-the-counter medications and issues with health care will be discussed by a pharmacist at the Italian American Social Club in Kihei meeting Tuesday.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper at St. Theresa’s Hall in Kihei. The event is free.

Alex Evans, the head pharmacist at Safeway in Kihei, will be the speaker. He is a certified geriatric pharmacist who used to work in the public health field.

For more information, contact Don Tedesco at dstedesco@gmail.com.

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Book giveaway for children and teens

Hundreds of new books for children and teens are available at the Kihei Public Library for its December book giveaway.

The library’s Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund, with the help of Hawaii Community Foundation and Maui Friends of the Library, has donated the books.

Each person will be allowed one book while supplies last.

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Drug counselor to hold book signing

A substance abuse counselor and author of the book “Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict” will be holding a question-and-answer session and book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Story of Hawaii Museum at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Author Stan Dokmanus said that the goal of his book is to help people in need of change to learn to address limiting beliefs and values that lead to unwanted behavior.

“We cannot change the facts of our past,” Dokmanus said. “But, we can change how we code that information and how we feel about it. How we see, hear and feel or code this information is the key to why we do the behavior and how to make the wanted changes.”

Dokmanus has been doing substance abuse counseling on Maui since 2006. A certified criminal justice and addictions professional and substance abuse counselor, the author was a group facilitator for the Navy Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois.

He also has struggled with alcoholism and attention deficit disorder and has been clean and sober for more than three decades, according to a news release.

The book also is available at amzn.com/1514181614.

For more information, call (808) 385-4550.

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Ceremony held to honor Eagle Scouts

High school seniors Shane Ribucan and Jake Mateaki recently received their Eagle Scout Awards at the Makawao Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

They received the Boy Scouts’ most prestigious award from their scoutmaster, Gregory Page. Also in attendance were Robert Nakagawa, scout executive of Boy Scouts of America, Maui County Council, and District Executive TJ Cordero.

Ribucan is the son of Sean and Stacy Ribucan. He is a senior at King Kekaulike High School and is a member of the football team.

Mateaki is the son of Jared and Kazuko Mateaki. He is a senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui and plays on the soccer team.

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‘Resilient Investor’ topic of free event

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is hosting a free presentation from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 on making financial investments that align with personal values. The presentation is based on a book co-authored by Michael Kramer called “The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money.”

The event will take place at University of Hawaii Maui College, Laulima Building, Room 225.

Kramer calls himself “a longtime sustainability champion in the state.” He founded HI Impact (which spawned ProtoHUB Honolulu), the Kuleana Green Business Program (and its five annual conferences), the Think Local Buy Local initiative, and the state Sustainable Business Corp. designation statute, according to a news release.

“The Resilient Investor” expands the definition of investing beyond money to include personal and tangible assets. Kramer hopes for discussion on the possibilities for values-driven personal investment.

For more information, call Melanie Stephens at 984-3502.

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BHS class of ’67 planning reunion

A special 48th reunion is planned Dec. 14 on Maui for Baldwin High School Class of 1967 alumni. There was an earlier reunion on Oahu that some classmates may have missed, according to an announcement.

For information, call Daryl Kaluakini Atay at 244-3528, Karen Lau Hee Ogata at 385-7172, or Leilani Kenui Kukaua at 575-2324.

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CIZE class offered at UH Maui Fit

Nichole Romias will teach a CIZE dance workout class at noon Wednesday at UH Maui Fit, the fitness center at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The one-time introductory class incorporates cardio training, core strengthening and muscle toning in a workout created by professional choreographer and trainer Shaun T.

The cost of the one-hour class is $5 for nonmembers dropping in.

For the rest of the fall semester, the center is offering half-price membership rates of $28 for UH-MC students, $38 for UH-MC faculty and staff, $45 for the public and $38 for military members, veterans and seniors age 55 and older.

Membership provides unlimited access to fitness classes through Dec. 19. Monthly memberships are also available for $30. More information is available by contacting 984-3430 or mauifit@hawaii.edu, or going to maui.hawaii.edu/studentlife/uh-maui-fit/.

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Believe campaign returns to Macy’s

The Macy’s Believe campaign has returned for the eighth year to celebrate the season’s spirit of generosity and goodwill, all while benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Through Dec. 24, “believers” of all ages can bring stamped letters to Santa to any Macy’s store or send a letter by visiting macys.com/believe. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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Project seeks to improve oral health

University of Hawaii Maui College is partnering with Kaiser Permanente to improve the dental health of residents on Maui by providing informational packets that are distributed to all parents of newborns born at Maui Memorial Medical Center and at senior living centers.

To date, 6,000 packets have been distributed to create awareness of oral health needs of Maui residents young and old.

The effort recently was recognized in a mayoral proclamation ceremony attended by representatives from UH-Maui College Dental Assisting Program, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, and the Frank and Gertrude Doyle Foundation, as well as county Managing Director Keith Regan.

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Christmas tree sale set at Kalama

Kalama Intermediate School will be selling noble and grand fir Christmas trees again this year.

The trees, which are being shipped in a refrigerated container from Oregon, will be 5 to 7 feet at $55 and 8 to 10 feet at $85. Prices are only for preorders. To place an order, go to www.kalamaschool.com.

Tree pickup will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5; and 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 6.

Trees will cost an additional $10 on pickup day if it is not preordered.

For more information, call Kalama Intermediate at 573-8735.

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Service project volunteers sought

Volunteers are being sought for a service project in Haleakala Crater from Dec. 5 to 7.

The group will hike into the crater, stay free in Kapalaoa Cabin and work on protection of native plants in the crater. There will also be some time for hiking, stargazing or photography.

The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for volunteers doing the service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. A maximum of 12 persons can be accommodated. Participants must be physically fit and able to hike in and out of the crater carrying a backpack with their sleeping bag, personal items and a share of the food.

To register, see www.fhnp.org, then call the trip leader at 264-5429 for a reservation and more information.

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Ohana Fuels helps organization

Women Helping Women recently received a nearly $8,500 donation from Ohana Fuels’ “Fuel up. Do good.” community giving program.

Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of the local community and donates a portion of every gallon of gasoline and diesel purchased at all of its stations in that community.

Women Helping Women was the recipient on Maui that received donations from Ohana Fuels purchased from July 1 through Sept. 30.

“We value the exceptional work Women Helping Women does to help our local ohana. We look forward to offering continued support through our ‘Fuel up. Do good.’ program,” said Kimo Haynes, president of Hawaii Petroleum. Ohana Fuels is Hawaii Petroleum’s retail fuel brand.

Women Helping Women Executive Director Stacey Moniz said the organization is grateful to Hawaii Petroleum and Ohana Fuels for their generosity and support.

“This donation will help our emergency shelter, crisis hotline and support programs for victims of domestic violence and the over 700 women and families we help every year on Maui and Lanai,” Moniz added.

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LAS celebrating 48 years of service

The Lahaina Arts Society will celebrate 48 years of supporting the Maui artist community with its “Art in the Park” festivities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 29 under the historic Lahaina Banyan Tree.

There will be a fine art fair, live entertainment, a tie-dye workshop, face painting and a birthday cake. A silent auction to benefit the Lahaina Arts Association, founded by the Arts Society, will also be held.

LAS in a nonprofit organization that showcases, markets and mentors Maui County artists.

For more information, call 661-0111 or see www.lahainaarts.com.

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Parent night set in West Maui

A parent night for current 8th-graders in West Maui will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lahainaluna High School’s Samuel Kamakau Library.

The meeting aimed at current 8th-graders readying to enter the freshman class at Lahainaluna next fall will assist parents in understanding Lahainaluna’s curriculum and program offerings and assist in the planning of their child’s class schedule for next school year.

Discussed will be school policies and expectations, graduation requirements, and course requirements and offerings. Staff representatives from various departments and pathways will share highlights of their programs. Information on new programs will also be given.

Registration materials will be distributed to 8th-graders at Lahaina Intermediate on Dec. 1. Students from Sacred Hearts School will receive their registration materials on Dec. 3. A campus tour for 8th-graders is scheduled for Dec. 3.

For more information, contact LHS School Registrar Shanda Sasai at 662-3979, ext. 244.

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Skyline raises funds for nonprofits

More than $8,000 was raised for charity at Skyline Eco-Adventures’ fifth annual “Zip for the Trees” community event and fundraiser on Nov. 15 at Skyline’s Haleakala zipline course.

Funds were raised by selling zipline tours. More than 450 people attended the event, which included entertainment and activities.

Beneficiaries were the Children’s Justice Center, Hui Malama Learning Center and Maui Youth & Family Services.

Event participants and Skyline employees also planted more than 350 native trees and removed invasive species.

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Ice sculpting winners announced

Shunji Murakami from Japan took top prize in the 2015 International Ice Sculpting Competition at Lahaina Cannery Mall on Nov. 15.

He took top honors for heart and eagle design, receiving a $900 cash prize. His name is also engraved on the event’s perpetual trophy.

Second prize went to Darren Ho of Maui, who sculpted a dolphin and turtle piece.

The Lahaina Cannery Mall event is the only annual ice sculpting competition in Hawaii and includes a freestyle ice-carving exhibition the day before the competition, a news release said.

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Evacuation drill set for Wednesday

Maui Waena Intermediate School will hold a schoolwide evacuation drill from 8:05 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Students and faculty will be walking from the school to Kahului Community Center’s park and then back to the school, according to a news release.

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UFO donates to Feed My Sheep

UFO Parasail donated $500 to Feed My Sheep, a mobile food distribution program for the needy.

The company raised the money through a one-day-only kamaaina special on Nov. 8 with all proceeds from parasail rides going to Feed My Sheep.

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Rotary Clubs organize food drive

For the 12th consecutive year, the nine Rotary Clubs on Maui will be involved in a two-day islandwide food drive for the Maui Food Bank before Thanksgiving.

Rotary Club members will be at entrance doors Saturday and Sunday of the following businesses accepting nonperishable food and cash donations: Safeway in Maui Lani, Kihei and Lahaina; Times Supermarket in Honokawai; Cash ‘N Carry in Wailuku; and Longs Drugs in Pukalani. Hours of the food drives are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Mediation Services head to speak

Bevanne J. Bowers, executive director of Maui Mediation Services, will be the guest speaker at the American Association of University Women’s meeting Saturday at Tante’s Island Cuisine Restaurant in Kahului.

A business meeting and silent auction will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the speaker at 11 a.m. Lunch is at noon.

Bowers will discuss the MMS mission of helping people find creative and appropriate ways of resolving disputes. The community-based organization handles a variety of conflicts for families, neighborhoods, businesses and government agencies by bringing people together to find their own solutions.

For reservations and selection of entrees, contact Catherine Thompson at cathyt808@gmail.com or 268-1232.

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Harvest Festival set for Saturday

Kula Elementary School will present its 28th annual Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

There will be entertainment, local crafters, pony rides, hay rides, a silent auction, a book fair, country store, artisan marketplace and restaurant row.

Maui Ocean Center will have a special presentation with live marine life.

Admission is free. Funds raised at the festival will benefit the school’s enrichment programs.

The school is at 5000 Kula Highway in Kula.

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Christmas tree orders being taken

A container of freshly cut 6-foot-plus Noble firs is on its way to Maui for the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise annual fundraiser.

Expected to arrive Nov. 29, the refrigerated container will be set up in the south corner of the Lahaina Cannery Mall parking lot.

Presale tickets are available for $70 by contacting 281-1807 or Ann.Neizman@boh.com. After Nov. 29, the price for a 6-foot tree will be $80. Sale hours on the lot will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Smaller trees and wreaths will also be sold at the lot.

The Rotary Club offers free delivery of any tree to any location in West Maui.

All proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees are used to fund projects in the West Maui schools and community. Visit the Rotary Club on Facebook at Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise for more information.

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Distance degrees to be discussed

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 the Laulima Building, Room 108.

The session will cover requirements for a variety of degree programs as well as the application process. The session will include an opportunity to ask questions about UH distance programs in an informal face-to-face setting.

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 uctrmaui@hawaii.edu.

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Recycle event to be held in West Maui

The next “Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

All recyclables qualify for dropoff except oversized tires and household goods. There is a $5 charge for each tire; all other items are accepted without charge. No fees are paid to residents for recyclables delivered to the event.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset holds the monthly event with sponsorship from Malama Maui Nui, 5A Rent-A-Space, Lahaina Cannery Mall and Maui County.

“Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” will continue through June 2016. For more information or to volunteer, contact Liz May at 5A Rent-A-Space at 669-5200. Volunteers are needed to assist in handling large dropoffs.

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Harpists and flutist to perform Friday

The Kapila Institute will present a holiday concert fundraiser with three acclaimed harpists and a flutist from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Makawao Union Church.

This “Cherish The Child” themed event will feature music by The Kona Harp Ensemble. The musicians include Bernice Roberto, Irmisul and Irene Ryding on harps, and Manuel Roberto on Shak-uhachi and Bansuri flutes with Bernice Roberto on vocals. Devotional dancer and singer Hladini Bernard will be special guest.

The suggested donation is $20. Donations are also being accepted at www.voicesnotviolence.org. Tickets are available at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/heavenly-harps.

Volunteers are also needed and can attend the concert for free.

For more information, contact 878-2108 or inspired@TheKapilaInstitute.org.

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Story time at Whole Foods on Sunday

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

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature stories with a Thanksgiving theme. There will be healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods Market for the children.

At the conclusion of the session, each child will be able to select a new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

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Free stunt show at Cycle City Maui

A Toys for Tots toy drive will coincide with a free motorcycle stunt show starring Nick Apex at Cycle City Maui from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

This event, called Stunt Fest Maui, will take place in the store parking lot at 150 Dairy Road in Kahului.

Apex has videos on YouTube that generate over 9 million views. Local Boy’s Stunt Team Hawaii will also be performing during the event.

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Subaru sales to benefit nonprofits

Subaru Hawaii has announced the fifth year of its community-based “Share the Love” sales campaign where it will donate $250 for each new 2015 or 2016 Subaru vehicle sold, up to $30,000, through Dec. 31, to six local nonprofits, including Maui’s Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Maui Humane Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui.

To sweeten the deal for the nonprofit partners, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite participating nonprofit organization at Subaru Hawaii’s online voting contest. At the end of the campaign, Subaru Hawaii will award the organization with the most “votes” an additional $5,000.

Subaru Hawaii’s “Share the Love” campaign has donated more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations in the past five years.

Survivors of suicide event in Wailuku “2015 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day” will be observed during a program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center, 1791 Wili Pa Loop in Wailuku.

It will include a screening of “Family Journeys: Healing and Hope after a Suicide,” a documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There will also be a continental breakfast, lunch and group activities.

For more information, contact Mona Cherry at nanacherry1954@hotmail.com or 264-1511.

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‘Rummage & Tack Sale’ on Saturday

The Haku Baldwin Center will be holding a “Rummage & Tack Sale” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the nonprofit group’s therapeutic programs for children and adults with disabilities.

The center is located at 444 Makawao Ave.

For more information, call 572-9129 or see hakubaldwincenter.org/tacksale.

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Actor will perform scenes from ‘Damien’

Vincent Linares will perform select scenes from the play “Damien” during the Kula Community Association’s 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday at Kula Community Center.

He will also conduct a Q&A, relating the scenes to important social-cultural historic events of that time.

This is a new approach in presentation of the play in parts, rather than in two acts, allowing the audience to make direct connections through Q&A to the play and its time frame, according to a news release.

The scenes will highlight St. Damien’s struggle with his faith and social-civic responsibility, some graphic descriptions of the settlement and its patients, and political events during his tenure at Kalaupapa.

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PCA to hear from four speakers

Pukalani Community Association’s quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Hannibal Tavares Center downstairs meeting room will feature four speakers.

State Rep. Kyle Yamashita is scheduled to give an update on topics of interest to Upcountry residents. Mark Hyde will discuss the county manager government alternative for Maui County. Mike Beason will explain a Verizon Wireless project at Pukalani Country Club. Pukalani Elementary School Principal Kathleen Diminio will give an update on her school.

Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public.

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Gift collection for needy children

Four churches on Maui will serve as the island’s collection sites for Operation Christmas Child Monday-Nov. 23. It is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, according to a news release.

The annual Samaritan’s Purse project will be collecting shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone here in Maui can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Maui volunteer coordinator Debbie Rodrigues.

Maui area residents hope to contribute more than 1,900 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

The collection sites are: Hope Chapel Kihei, 300 E. Welakahao Road, Kihei; Grace Bible Church, 635 Hina Ave., Kahului; Lahaina Baptist Church, 209 Shaw St., Lahaina; and In His House of Restoration Church, 18 Kauiki St., Hana.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (808) 357-6425.

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KCA plans final meeting of 2015

The Kihei Community Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School, 41 E. Lipoa St. in Kihei.

Guest presenters at this final KCA meeting of 2015 are Maui County Council Chairman Mike White and Maui Tomorrow Executive Director Albert Perez.

In addition, a list of nominated 2016 board members will be introduced to the membership for a vote to initiate the meeting.

This last meeting of the year does not require membership to attend, but it is encouraged, according to an announcement. While the nomination process for the 2016 board has closed, per KCA bylaws, the organization is searching for committee members. For a list of KCA committees, see gokihei.org/committees/committee-system. New committees may also be formed by interested volunteers.

KCA strongly advocates for generous nonperishable donations or checks for the Maui Food Bank.

For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or see www.gokihei.org.

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Korean tales will be told at library

Storyteller Bonnie Kim, whose storytelling performance is enhanced with Czech-style marionette puppets and shadow puppets, will give a free performance at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wailuku Public Library.

Kim will present “Long Long Ago, When Tiger Smoked: Animal Tales from Korea.”

She will share trickster rabbit tales that are found all over the world, from Africa to America to Asia.

Following the puppet show, participants will have the opportunity to make simple shadow puppets and explore characterization and movement. Supplies will be provided. This interactive program is suitable for ages 4 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

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

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Community invited to open mic event

The Music Club of University of Hawaii Maui College will present its open mic event from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the student lounge as part of International Day on campus. All UH-MC students, staff and faculty are invited along with the general public. There will be free admission and free food.

UH-Maui College International Day will include feature cultural dances, singing, music and crafts from Cameroon, China, India, Japan, Korea and the Philippines between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in multipurpose room and continue into the evening with the open mic event.

“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, drama and language) and speech classes too. We are thrilled that it has expanded into a full day of talent which represents the international community that is Maui.”

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

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Philosophy club to present symposium

The Seabury Hall Philosophy Club will present a symposium titled “Has the American Dream Become a Nightmare?” from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center, 480 Olinda Road in Olinda.

Among the presenters for this gathering will be author and Seabury Hall Head of School Sarah Bakhiet, art educator Semyon Bilmes and Hawaiian kupuna Les Kuloloio. The student moderator will be Thomas Hayashi.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

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Ocean-safe methods focus of new program

A new program being managed by the West Maui Kumuwai campaign is seeking to enlist landscapers and condominium properties in Honokowai to highlight and support ocean-friendly practices.

There will be an informational meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kaunoa Senior Center, 88 Pauoa St. in Lahaina, hosted by the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative in conjunction with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

All community members concerned about the health of West Maui’s watersheds and reefs are invited to attend.

For more information about the program, contact Campaign Manager Liz Foote at 283-1631 or WestMauiKumuwai@gmail.com.

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Store launches second shoe drive

Due to popular demand, If The Shoe Fits in Wailuku launched another shoe drive Nov. 6 as part of its landfill-diversion program.

“People kept dropping off shoes when the last shoe drive ended, so I figured the program was working, why not keep it going. It’s a win-win for all,” said store owner Teri Edmonds.

If The Shoe fits is accepting donations of gently used shoes that are repurposed for the benefit of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui. During the shoe drive ending in 2014, 12,000 pairs were collected. This year the “shoe team” is looking to collect 13,000 pairs.

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Program for STEM teachers offered

The application deadline for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers to apply for the “Our Project in Hawaii Intertidal” program has been extended to Monday.

OPIHI is an aquatic-focused program but teachers in all STEM subjects, grades 6-12, can integrate it into their curriculum, according to an announcement.

Maui trainings will be March 12, 13 and April 3 in Kihei. Teachers will receive a stipend and classroom supplies.

For a link to the application, visit tinyurl.com/OPIHI2015Flyer.

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Maui Waena Tech Club plans bazaar

The Maui Waena Tech Club will hold a bazaar from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Maui Waena Intermediate School, 795 Onehee St. in Kahului.

In addition to a rummage sale, there will be a silent auction, plant sale, display of student projects, entertainment, food booths, crafts and face painting. A children’s bicycle helmet giveaway will begin at 9 a.m. and continue while supplies last.

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Hospice Maui offers grief support event

Hospice Maui invites families and individuals to join in for a free, family-centered grief support program designed to help adults and children who are grieving a loss.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday along with an open house at the Hospice Maui facility at 400 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. It will provide opportunities to connect with others, practical information around grief and the holidays, and art projects that are focused on the expression of grief and/or remembering those we lost. All art supplies will be provided.

Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, call 244-5555.

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Ice sculpting returns to West Maui mall

The International Ice Sculpting Exhibition and Competition returns to Lahaina Cannery Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day event features artists from Japan and Hawaii demonstrating skill and technique as they transform ice into art.

The event includes a freestyle ice-carving exhibition by Japanese artists Saturday and a 90-minute, head-to-head competition Sunday.

The art will be on display throughout the weekend. The event is free.

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Ocean stewardship workshop planned

Ka’anapali Makai Watch and the Westin Maui Resort & Spa will host an educational workshop, ” ‘Ike Kai,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hale ‘Ike room at the Westin.

The workshop is designed to inform and engage community members, particularly those associated with resorts and watersports companies, in local resource stewardship. The workshop will focus on general boating and ocean recreation rules and regulations as well as aquatic resources rules.

This informational workshop also serves as a training for those wishing to officially volunteer with the Ka’anapali Makai Watch program; an optional component will be incorporated into the workshop for those interested.

The workshop is open to all who would like to learn more about ongoing resource management and conservation on Maui and how they can play a role.

To RSVP, contact Ka’anapali Makai Watch Coordinator Liz Foote at Lfoote@hawaii.rr.com or 283-1631.

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Fuel purchases benefit nonprofit

The nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center (Malama Na Makua A Keiki) is the recipient of the ‘Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up, Do Good” program for the months of October, November and December. A portion of every ‘Ohana Fuels gasoline purchase at all eight Maui Minit Stop locations will be donated to the organization, which provides holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children.

Malama is the only women-specific addiction treatment center on Maui and the only place on the island where young children can live with their mothers during the recovery process.

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Ho’olaule’a to be held at Paia School

The Friends of Paia School will present Ho’olaule’a Makahiki, a fundraiser for the school, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the school campus.

The theme for the event is “Kau Ka Maluhia – The Peace has Settled.”

November is the beginning of the makahiki season that ancient Hawaiians celebrated as a time of peace.

There will be entertainment, food booths, vendors, a keiki zone, rummage sale, country store and event T-shirts for sale. There is no entrance or parking fees for this drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free event. Mats and chairs are permitted but no coolers will be allowed.

For more information, see paiaelementary.com and go to the Ho’olaule’a tab in the menu bar, or contact Kehau Lu’uwai at 579-2100 or kehau_luuwai@notes.k12.hi.us.

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Volunteers sought for garden workday

The public is invited to join a team of volunteers Friday morning at the Wahikuli Rain Garden in Kaanapali to care for native plants at this polluted runoff reduction project of the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. below the shower at the north end of the park.

The group will later head to Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park to care for another West Maui Ridge to Reef demonstration project – the native plants on the slope above the cemetery. West Maui Kumuwai will provide water; attendees should bring gardening tools and sun protection.

Those wishing to collect and take home some clippings of native plants for their own gardens should bring an appropriate container.

For more information, send email to westmauikumuwai@gmail.com, visit www.facebook.com/WestMauiKumuwai or call/text Campaign Manager Liz Foote at 283-1631.

This workday will be hosted by Malama Maui Nui and the West Maui Kumuwai campaign.

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Tickets available for mission’s sushi sale

Paia Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission will have its Fall Sushi and Nishime Sale on Saturday.

Orders may be picked up at the mission from 8 to 10 a.m. or at Ah Fook’s in Kahului from 10 a.m. to noon.

Presale tickets for egg maki ($8) and nori maki ($7) are available. To request tickets, contact 283-6125 or cmurayama@hawaii.rr.com. People may also call the Rev. Shuju Inamura at 579-8051 to request tickets for sushi.

Tickets for nishime have sold out.

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Free ‘Malama the Trees’ workshop set

Maui Green & Beautiful will present the fifth annual Malama the Trees Free Educational Workshop from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at University of Hawaii Maui College in the Kalama building, Rooms 103 and 104.

Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by a variety of presentations.

For more information, call Elaine Malina at 879-9169 or visit www.mauibeautiful.org.

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Holiday yard sale to benefit nonprofit

Somos Ohana Nicaragua will hold a holiday yard sale in Kula at 51 Mano Drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds from the sale of new and used Christmas decorations, plants, baked goods, new gifts and good-condition used items will be dedicated to the building fund for the high school, which the group is constructing in rural northwest Nicaragua. It is in an area where there has never been a secondary school.

Ground was broken for the first two wings of the one-story school in August during the annual visit of the volunteer team from the Maui nonprofit. Construction by the Nicaraguan building team is continuing and is scheduled to be completed before the beginning of the next school year in February.

For more information, contact Somos Ohana Nicaragua President Charlotte Flavin at 572-9898 or visit somosohananicaragua.org.

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MMMC Auxiliary to host Harvest Sale

The Maui Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary will host its annual Harvest Sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday in the Wailuku Tower lobby. The fundraiser will feature a large selection of baked goods, plants, jewelry, artwork and gift baskets, as well as a silent auction.

In addition to the Harvest Sale, the auxiliary manages the hospital’s gift shop.

There are nearly 60 members that volunteer their time providing almost 10,000 hours of service in 15 hospital departments.

Some of the items the group has recently donated to the hospital include 100 tables and five sleeper chairs for patients.

People interested in making a donation to the auxiliary or the Harvest Sale may call Amy Hanlon at 242-2333.

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Fishing tournament, raffle on Saturday

The Alailupe Koka Shorefishing Tournament, organized by King Kekaulike High School senior Alfred Tatofi as part of his senior project, will have its weigh-in from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului. The tournament is open to keiki ages 5-14.

Parents can register their keiki for the tournament and see the rules by going to Facebook.com/AlailupeKokaTournament and printing out an entry form. All entry forms must be mailed in before Friday.

Registered keiki will be eligible to win prizes including fishing poles, fishing tackle and gift cards by placing in the tournament or participating in the giveaway at the event.

A raffle, open to all ages, will be held at the event and will feature prizes from the Grand Wailea, the Four Seasons Resort Maui and other local businesses. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the event for $3.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Alailupe Koka, who was born with Progressive Bulbar Palsy and Syringomyelia.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/AlailupeKokaTournament or contact tournament organizer Alfred Tatofi by phone at (808) 495-5897 or by email at ATATOFI@gmail.com.

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Talk about use of glyphosate, GMOs

Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America, will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio. She will share information about MMA’s action to provide glyphosate testing of people and water.

Honeycutt has spoken around the world and before major corporations about “Our Right To Know,” the dangers of glyphosate and genetically modified organisms and their impact on children and health. Attendees will hear her call to educate and empower millions of people regarding GMOs by offering organic and sustainable solutions and choices to protect families and health.

She will share her plans to take The Shaka Movement’s “Right to Health” platform to the Mainland.

The Shaka Movement, a Maui nonprofit, is committed to protecting, preserving and improving the public trust resources for current and future generations, according to news release. It aims to empower and protect farmers, their children and the people around these farms.

For more information, call (844) 661-2944, email info@ShakaMovement.org or visit www.mauigmomoratoriumnews.org.

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Maui Special Rodeo today in Makawao

Haku Baldwin Center and Piiholo Ranch will present the fourth annual Maui Special Rodeo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today 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.

This event is open to spectators. For more information, contact 572-9129, hbcriding@gmail.com, or visit hakubaldwincenter.org/mauispecialrodeo.

This event was rescheduled due to weather concerns from the original date of Sept. 27.

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Vegetarian society to host presentation

“Food Literacy Education: Why Our Future Depends on Understanding How Food Can Promote the Health of People and the Planet” is the title of a presentation that will be given by Antonia Demas, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Demas has a doctorate in education, nutrition and anthropology from Cornell University and has worked in various capacities for over 40 years developing food-based curriculums and teaching food studies.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served courtesy of Down to Earth. This talk is sponsored by Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. For more information contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com.

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Rummage sale at Christ the King

Christ the King Church will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the parish hall at 20 W. Wakea Ave. in Kahului. Rummage items will include furniture, household items, clothing and Christmas decor.

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Club announces potluck meeting

The Italian American Club of Maui will host a potluck from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Roselani Place, 88 South Papa Ave. in Kahului. The potluck dinner theme is Italian food. Attendees are invited to bring a dish that serves five or more people.

The meeting agenda includes the election of 2016 officers. The IACM welcomes additional nominees at this meeting.

Jill Sullivan, manager of Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars at the Shops of Wailea, will give a presentation on products from the store, including tasting.

The IACM is an Italian heritage club, but is happy to have people from any culture join.

For more information or to RSVP, call 874-5905. Learn more about the club, visit www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.

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Smart Driver Class in Kihei, Kahului

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Kalama Heights Retirement Center in Kihei 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 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.

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Fund bringing two veterans to Maui

The Soldiers Appreciation Vacation Fund has brought more than 30 Purple Heart veterans to Maui for an all-expense-paid vacation provided by Java Jazz in Lahaina.

This year’s guests of honor are Joel Holodynski from the 3/325 AIR (airborne infantry regiment) 82nd Airborne Bravo Company and Jared Lemon (aka Ski) from 2/508 PIR (parachute infantry regiment). Lemon lost his right arm in an explosion in Iraq and Holodynski nearly lost his life to a 762 mm round, missing his femoral artery by 1 millimeter.

The Soldiers Appreciation Vacation Fund’s mission has been to provide a stress-free environment to those soldiers who have given up a “normal’ lifestyle for their country.

Established in 2007, Java Jazz provides the round-trip flight, food and other expenses while Greg Nelson, the general manager from Napili Kai, provides an oceanfront condominium.

Java Jazz will be hosting a welcome dinner in honor of the soldiers’ arrival on Wednesday.

It will be a special night of live music that will initiate a week full of activities and relaxing for the special guests, according to a news release.

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Flatbread sales to benefit preschool

Flatbread Co. in Paia will hold a benefit from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday for Kansha Preschool.

The restaurant will donate a portion of all flatbread sales, dine-in or takeout, during these hours.

The preschool is also having a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Bidders must register at the door to participate.

Kansha Preschool is located at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center at 3 Go For Broke Place in Wailuku. Proceeds from the benefit will go toward program operations. For more information, contact the school at 242-5437 or kanshapreschool@gmail.com.

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Project Grad extends early registration

King Kekaulike High School Project Grad 2016 organizers have extended KKHS Project Grad early registration to Monday.

Early registration is $90; after Monday, the fee is $100. Students may pick up the forms at the school office.

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Hospice Maui to benefit from event

Thirty-five Maui restaurants will participate in the sixth annual “Dine Out for Hospice Maui!” on Tuesday. Participating restaurants will donate proceeds from the meal to Hospice Maui.

Participating restaurants include: 5 Palms Restaurant, ‘ami ‘ami Bar & Grill, Capische?, Coconuts Fish Cafe, Longhi’s Wailea, Mala Wailea, Migrant Maui, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Monsoon India, Pita Paradise Bistro, Casanova Italian Restaurant, Colleen’s at the Cannery, Flatbread Co. Paia, Kula Bistro, Makawao Steak House, Market Fresh Bistro, Polli’s Mexican Restaurant, Fleetwood’s on Front Street, Frida’s Mexican Beach House, Honu Seafood & Pizza, Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, Longhi’s Lahaina, Mala Ocean Tavern, Maui Brewing Co., Merriman’s Kapalua, Roy’s Kaanapali, The Plantation House Restaurant, Aria’s Restaurant & Catering, Bistro Casanova, Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe, Da Kitchen Cafe, McDonald’s Dairy Road, McDonald’s of Kahului and The Mill House.

To learn more about hospice care and Hospice Maui call 244-5555 or visit hospicemaui.org.

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Kidney support group set to meet

Dr. Scott D. Hoskinson, who specializes in internal medicine and infectious disease, will be the guest speaker at a support group meeting sponsored by National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and Hawaii Organ Transplant Support Group from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Liberty Dialysis Conference Room, 105 Maui Lani Parkway, Conference Room B, in Wailuku.

Hoskinson will give a presentation on “Infection Control – how bacteria, viruses and parasites are transmitted. How germs travel so that individuals with compromised immune systems can learn how to avoid them.”

The meeting is open to the public. It will include an open forum, and questions and answers.

To RSVP or ask questions, contact 357-8877 or hotblessingsgroup@gmail.com by Tuesday.

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Event to benefit pregnancy center

The Friends of Malama Pregnancy Center will present its second annual fundraiser to benefit Malama Pregnancy Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului.

There will be gourmet desserts, provided by the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Institute, fine teas, a silent auction, hat contest and a table-setting contest. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Melissa Ohden will be the keynote speaker, sharing her story of how she survived a failed saline abortion in 1977.

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Workshop on kidney disease management

The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will host a free four-part kidney interactive workshop and information series this month.

The aim of the classes is to “improve the self-management skills of those with chronic kidney disease stages 2 and 3, including those with diabetes and hypertension,” said Jill Holley, director of foundation’s Maui County branch. She added that by teaching participants how to make basic lifestyle changes, it’s hoped that the progression of their disease could be stopped.

The first three classes will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, and the last class will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cameron Center in Wailuku on Monday and Nov. 16, 23 and 30.

These classes are appropriate for a wide range of adult audiences including senior citizens, caregivers or those with signs of kidney disease, kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

All sessions are taught by professionals relating to the subject matter, including a registered nurse, renal dietitian, personal fitness trainer and a pharmacist.

For more information or to register, call Jill Holley at 986-1900.

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Stress relief focus of caregiver class

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging are presenting free workshops about caregiver stress management at four locations this month.

Professor Van Ho, along with her students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa nursing class, will present on the “The Three R’s of Stress” – recognizing stress, resources to utilize and relieving stress.

The workshops will be presented as follows:

* Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall, 11 Mahaolu St., Kahului.

* Tuesday, 10 a.m. – Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana.

* Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. – Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St., Lahaina.

* Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. – South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei (in back of Hope Chapel).

No reservations are needed to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Certificates of attendance will be available for professionals. Complimentary day care can be provided for adults during the workshop; call in advance to arrange.

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

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St. Rita Church to hold rummage sale

St. Rita Church in Haiku will hold its annual rummage and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall at 655 Haiku Road.

Rummage items will include furniture, household items, clothing, jewelry and Christmas decor.

There will also be plants, fresh produce and food, including Estrella’s award-winning breads, pickled items, jellies and jams.

For more information, call 575-2601.

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Living with grief teleconference set

A program to help people cope with grief and loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will be presented by Hospice Maui from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the University of Hawaii Maui College Kaaike Building.

The free teleconference will be Hospice Foundation of America’s 22nd annual Living With Grief Program, “the Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.” It will be moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Refreshments and books will be provided. Parking is available in the UH-Maui College parking lot, across from the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

“This program will explore the ways that therapists, health care workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors and other professionals can assist patients and families as they cope with the loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses,” according to an announcement.

Three hours of continuing education credits are available for a wide range of professions.

For more information or to register, call 244-5555.

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Lions clubs begin student screenings

The Lions clubs of Maui have begun their annual hearing and vision screening for all elementary students on Maui, from kindergarten to 5th grade.

Last year, the clubs screened 2,619 students for vision and referred 223 students for further testing. For hearing, the clubs screened 2,006 students and referred 46 students.

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Vendor space open for winter craft fairs

The Maui Mompreneur Winter Craft Fair will be held at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom.

Vendor space is available. Send contact to luana.fukumoto@gmail.com or (808) 344-8427 for vendor forms and information.

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‘Zip for the Trees’ to benefit charities

Skyline Eco-Adventures will hold its fifth annual “Zip for the Trees” community event and fundraiser Nov. 15 at its Skyline Haleakala course.

The event is in support of Maui children’s charities along with the native reforestation on Skyline’s Haleakala zipline course. Funds are raised by selling $40 tours that allow guests to zip through towering eucalyptus trees on three ziplines, including Maui’s only pendulum zipline, reaching speeds of more than 45 miles per hour.

All proceeds from the event will benefit three local charities: The Children’s Justice Center, the Hui Malama Learning Center and Maui Youth & Family Services.

Music will be provided by Paula Fuga along with the Hawaiian ukulele band Kanekoa. The day’s events will also include prizes and giveaways, horseback rides and food for purchase.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit zipline.com/zip4thetrees or call 518-4002.

Skyline’s Haleakala course is located 2.5 miles up Crater Road on the way to Haleakala National Park.

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Vendors sought for holiday craft fair

Roselani Place will host “Crafts, Caroling and Cookies,” a craft fair and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at 88 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.

The assisted-living facility is accepting applications for local cookie makers, artisans and craft vendors.

For more information and details about the event, contact Diane Alba-Means at 871-7720 or diane@roselaniplace.com.

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Stanford University recognizes librarian

Stanford University recognized Seabury Hall Librarian Linda Lindsay for her exceptional teaching. The recognition states, “Your dedication as an educator and a mentor has contributed to the future of your students, Stanford University and your community.”

Lindsay was nominated by one of her former students, Jasmine Doan, a student of Stanford University Class of 2019. Doan wrote, “Ms. Lindsay is a passionate educator who goes above and beyond to share her knowledge with her students. She is not only a librarian, but also a mentor who has taught me how to lead with compassion and humility. What I admire most about Ms. Lindsay is her selflessness and dedication to help her students and the local community. She instills in each of us a lifelong love for learning, inspiring us to be the best we can be.”

Lindsay has been at Seabury Hall since 1978.

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Discounted rates at UH Maui Fit

Starting Monday, UH Maui Fit is offering half-price memberships for the rest of the fall semester.

Membership allows unlimited access to classes at the fitness center, which is on the first floor of the Pilina Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The discounted rates are $28 for UH-MC students, $38 for UH-MC faculty and staff, military members, veterans and those age 55 and older, and $45 for the general public.

Classes offered include Zumba, yoga, pilates, RIPPED, freestyle core training, Muay Thai Novice, boot camp and self-defense.

Members can use fitness equipment, including a treadmill, exercise bicycles, weights, weightlifting equipment and punching bags, during open gym hours from 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

The drop-in fee is $5 a class. Monthly memberships also are available for $30.

More information is available by calling 984-3430, sending email to mauifit@hawaii.edu or going online to maui.hawaii.edu/studentlife/uh-maui.fit/.

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Campaign to feed homebound seniors

Whole Foods Market Maui has kicked off a “Feed 4 More” campaign to help feed Maui homebound seniors.

Customers can make a donation at any register through Nov. 30 or online at www.shop.wfm.com.

For every $10, Whole Foods Market will provide a pantry basket of spaghetti, marinara pasta sauce, organic apple sauce, organic rustic vegetable soup, white organic long grain rice, diced tomatoes, and sliced beets, black beans and cannellini beans.

“We are thrilled to partner with Na Hoaloha this holiday season to provide healthy, nutritious food to Maui’s beloved seniors. We are grateful to Na Hoaloha’s dedicated team of volunteers and their service to help homebound kupuna remain independent and living in their own homes,” said Elyse Ditzel, Whole Foods Market community marketing director.

With the help of Na Hoaloha volunteers, many frail elders and people with disabilities will receive baskets of food. Na Hoaloha is a nonprofit serving 430 frail kupuna with the help of 200 volunteers in Maui County. Na Hoaloha volunteers are visiting homebound seniors or driving them to get to the doctor, or to get medication and food almost daily. Many of those served have no family on Maui.

For more information about Na Hoaloha, visit www.nahoaloha.org.

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Harvard Club of Maui plans meeting

The Harvard Club of Maui will hold its annual dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the mauka pavilion of the Wailea Point condominiums, 4000 Wailea Alanui Drive in Wailea.

All existing and prospective members are invited. Email club President Maury Davenport (mauryd221@msn.com) for details and to RSVP.

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Spay/neuter clinics to begin for cats

9th Life Hawaii is holding feline spay/neuter clinics on Saturday and Nov. 11. Clinics are open to all cats: owned, abandoned and feral. Pregnant cats will not be sterilized.

Volunteers will pick up cats at designated points on Maui and bring them to the sanctuary for surgery in a fully equipped surgery room. They will be returned later the same day to the pickup locations.

The organization suggests a minimum $35 donation, however the service is free if there is a hardship. To obtain a surgical consent form, call 866-3050 and follow the instructions or send email requesting a surgical consent form to info@9thlifehawaii.org.

The surgical consent form may also be found and printed by visiting www.9thlifehawaii.org.

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‘Unlikely Liberators’ presentation set

Eric Saul will tell the story of the “Unlikely Liberators,” the history of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, after the 6 p.m. service Friday at The Jewish Congregation of Maui, 634 Alulike St. in Kihei.

The “Unlikely Liberators” came upon survivors of Dachau concentration camp in 1945. The U.S. soldiers, many of whom were Japanese-Americans from Hawaii and the Mainland, had volunteered to fight in World War II and prove their loyalty as American citizens – even as some of their own families languished in U.S. internment camps.

Saul served as curator of the Military Museum at the Presidio of San Francisco from 1973 to 1986. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the congregation at (808) 874-5397.

There will also be a photo exhibit of archival photographs taken by members of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, and curated by Saul, in the Education Center at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Kahului from Nov. 10 through Jan. 30. Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Maui’s Jewish community is participating in the “Unlikely Liberators” exhibit with the display of a Torah scroll (handwritten Bible) rescued from a European town whose inhabitants perished during the war.

For more information about “Unlikely Liberators” exhibit and to arrange special tours, contact the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center at (808) 244-6862, or via email, info@nvmc.org.

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Pastele available at inaugural craft fair

Caterer Pikake Newhouse will be selling her popular pastele during the inaugural Holiday Crafts at Keokea Marketplace from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. The Keokea Marketplace is at Milepost 17 of Kula Highway at Kaamana Street, a quarter-mile past Grandma’s Coffeehouse.

The marketplace will offer seasonal gift items, stocking stuffers and fresh produce and plants. For event information and vendor applications, contact Kalena Park at email keokeamarketplace@gmail.com.

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Rotarian to share experience in China

Joanne Laird will share her experience with the Rotary International Vocational Training Team when she speaks at Tuesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset at the Royal Lahaina Resort. The meeting runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Laird, the youth service chair for Rotary District 5000, visited China with a group of professionals in July for a two-week project to instruct Lanzhou educators in various subjects. Laird’s presentation will focus on her role teaching American culture, English, classroom management, pedagogy and curriculum based on children’s literature to 28 rural elementary English teachers.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Veterans invited to commissary sale

Veterans are invited to take advantage of commissary sale prices on grocery items Friday through Sunday at The Army Reserve Center next to Baldwin High School, 1686 Kaahumanu Ave. in Wailuku.

National Guard and Army Reserve members, military retirees, active-duty military service members and their families can take advantage of commissary benefits and savings, according to an announcement.

Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Sale items may include paper products, soap and cleaning products, canned goods, sodas, sport drinks, water, laundry detergents and a variety of other products at savings that average 30 percent or more.

Customers must present a valid Department of Defense Military Identification Card that authorizes commissary privileges in order to shop, the announcement states. Cash, checks, debit cards and credit cards will be accepted for payment. The use of coupons is encouraged. For additional information, visit www.commissaries.com.

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Luau on Saturday to benefit VFW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3850 will present a Veterans Day Luau on Saturday at the VFW Hall, 1136 Uluniu Road in Kihei. A no-host bar will open at 5 p.m., followed by food service at 6. There will be live music and hula dancers.

The menu includes kalua pig cooked in an imu, huli huli chicken, lomi lomi salmon, rice, macaroni salad, green salad and a variety of desserts.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at www.vfwmaui.com, from any VFW or VFW auxiliary member, or at the event.

Proceeds will support the VFW and VFW community service projects.

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Assistance Dogs of Hawaii plans event

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii’s second annual “Giving Thanks” benefit event will be held Nov. 15 at the Waialae Country Club on Oahu. Guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers, followed by a three-course gourmet dinner and dessert. Television personalities Guy Hagi and Kim Gennaula will host, highlighting several graduate teams and puppies in training.

There will be live jazz music throughout the evening and a live auction.

Tickets are $150 each and tables of 10 are $1,500.

ADH has a facility in Makawao where it trains dogs that provide a variety of services for humans.

“We appreciate the tremendous community support we have received over the years,” says Mo Maurer, ADH founder and executive director. “We are so thankful to have the opportunity to impact the lives of so many people.”

For more information, visit www.assistancedogshawaii.org or call (808) 298-0167.

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