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High school art contest announced

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is accepting submissions from Hawaii high school artists in the 2nd Congressional District for the 2016 Kaha Ki’i Congressional Art Competition, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Hawaii art students, with the support and mentorship of their teachers, continue to surpass my expectations year after year with their creative, beautiful and thoughtful artwork. I’m looking forward to seeing the submissions to our annual competition in 2016,” said Gabbard. “The nationwide competition is a great platform for Hawaii students to showcase the unique culture of our islands and communities from their perspective. The winning pieces will be on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol and in my Washington and Hawaii offices for visitors to enjoy.”

Artwork must be submitted by Feb. 23. Semifinalists will be announced shortly after, and Gabbard will reveal the winning pieces at an awards ceremony in April at the state Capitol.

Interested applicants can obtain complete details regarding the competition on the congresswoman’s official website or by calling Gabbard’s office at (808) 541-1986.

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Doorway Into Light to meet Monday

The nonprofit Doorway Into Light will hold its monthly gathering of “Being With Dying” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Temple of Peace in Haiku.

The free event is for people who are dying, their families, the grieving, caregivers to the dying and all who wish to explore their own approaching death. The event begins its ninth year.

It is facilitated by the Rev. Bodhi Be, the executive director of Doorway Into Light.

For more information, contact Be at bodhi@doorwayintolight.org or call 573-8334.

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King ceremony at stone monument

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Stone of Hope Monument, 200 High St. in Wailuku.

The public is invited to join Ayin Adams, Bryant Neal, Kahu Alalani Hill, Gwyn Gorg, Lei’ohu Ryder and others during this observance. Participants are also asked to bring a lei to adorn the monument.

For information about the African Americans on Maui Association, visit www.africanamericansonmaui.com.

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Group works with Maui’s deaf youths

Maui Deaf Friends held a Deaf Awareness Day at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center on Dec. 10 by providing skits done in American Sign Language by some of the leaders in Maui’s deaf community.

The Maui Deaf Friends club is raising funds to provide more support for Maui’s deaf youths. They also hope to work with state legislators to pass a bill that would recognize ASL as a foreign language, according to an announcement.

For further information, call Beth King, teacher of the deaf, at 870-4818.

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Business planning classes are forming

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Program will present its 36-hour Core Four Business Planning course beginning Jan. 12.

The classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through Feb. 23.

One-hour introductory classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall and from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at MEO’s Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

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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Relay For Life to kick off 25th year Jan. 7

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Central & South Maui 25th anniversary kickoff party will be Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

People interested in learning more about the relay, where the money goes or how to can get involved are invited to attend.

In the past year and a half, donations to the American Cancer Society have helped 447 people in Maui County get the help they need with their cancer diagnosis, according to a news release.

Through Relay For Life, teams from businesses, schools, families and places of worship, among others, raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission.

This is a community-based event where teams and individuals set up campsites and take turns walking or running around a track. Cancer survivors and caregivers take a celebratory first lap to start each event. Teams and individuals can sign up by visiting www.relayforlife.org/centralmauihi or by calling (877) 957-7848.

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CERT training to begin Jan. 9

Community Emergency Response Team Basic Training will be offered at Princess Nahienaena Elementary School cafeteria in Lahaina on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and Feb. 6.

The first CERT class will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Jan. 16 class is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, contact Maui Civil Defense Agency at 270-7285 or cert@mauicounty.gov.

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Market raises funds for Feed 4 More

Whole Foods Market Maui recently raised nearly $9,000 in its two-week campaign through its Feed 4 More program that provides meals to Na Hoaloha (Loving Friends), a volunteer-based nonprofit serving Maui homebound seniors, an announcement said.

“We are very proud to partner with Na Hoaloha to help Maui’s kupuna enjoy a joyous holiday season, ” said Annalee England, store team leader at Whole Foods Market Maui.

Whole Foods Market established the Feed 4 More program in 2012. Shoppers donate money to help stock pantries of individuals in need. Since the program’s inception, Whole Foods Market Maui has provided more than $74,600 in food to Ka Hale A Ke Ola, Maui’s Homeless Resource Center, in addition to seniors served by Na Hoaloha.

“We mahalo the community for their generous giving and Whole Foods Market for their commitment to care for Maui kupuna,” said Candice Carter, executive director of Na Hoaloha.

Na Hoaloha is a volunteer-based nonprofit, serving Maui for 20 years. Its goal is to keep homebound seniors and persons with disabilities safe, free of isolation and out of long-term institutional care. The nonprofit serves 450 Maui County kupuna with its 210 volunteers.

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Juried exhibtion works to be accepted

The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center will be accepting artwork from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday for is annual juried exhibition.

Artists may showcase work in ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, jewelry, digital media, fiber, wood, mixed media and all other artistic creations made within the past two years, according to a news release.

Juror Marcia Morse, a tenured professor of art at Honolulu Community College, will select the works.

Morse currently serves as dean of University College, the liberal arts program of the college.

The exhibition prospectus and entry forms are available for download at huinoeau.com/exhibitions.

The exhibit opens to the public Jan. 9. It will be on view in the Hui’s Makawao gallery through Feb. 18.

The Hui is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call 572-6560.

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Care-A-Van receives $18,680 grant

The Salvation Army Care-A-Van homeless outreach program on Maui received an $18,680 grant from the HMSA Foundation.

The grant through The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands goes to a program that serves about 150 homeless people on the island weekly. The Salvation Army’s Kahului and Lahaina Corps offer the program, which utilizes a van equipped with basic survival needs and medical supplies. The program is designed to search for and to provide assistance to homeless individuals and families living on beaches and in cane fields on the island.

“The HMSA Foundation’s significant gift helps sustain our outreach program to the ever-growing homeless population on Maui,” said Maj. John Chamness, divisional leader for The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “It’s a blessing when organizations like the HMSA Foundation get involved in their community and support valuable social services programs on Maui such as Care-A-Van.”

“This is a much needed program that provides access to essential services people and their families depend on as they transition back into permanent housing and self-sufficiency,” said Jason Paloma, interim executive administrator for the HMSA Foundation.

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UPW retirees invited to dinner meeting

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – United Public Workers Retirees Chapter 646 (Maui Division) will have its annual Ohana Dinner Meeting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Maui Beach Hotel. Admission for retiree members is free and $29.98 for guests. RSVP for the event and free bus transportation by Jan. 21.

The RSVP contact is Sylvia Valdez at 269-0210.

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Makena resort organizes gift drive

The Makena Beach & Golf Resort employees, guests and community members continued a 13-year partnership with the Maui Chapter of Child & Family Services by donating more than 160 gifts for children in need.

The presentation was made Monday at the resort to the nonprofit agency, dedicated to the betterment of children and families in Hawaii.

The resort places a giving tree in the lobby and in the employee cafeteria with tags with names and interests of a children in need and in Hawaii’s foster care program. Donations were up 30 percent this year, said Kathleen Collins, human resources director for the resort.

“It’s a wonderful tradition and partnership that we are proud to continue each year,” she said.

“Each year, we receive more and more donations from the Makena team,” said Joyce Natividad, the nonprofit’s program secretary, who received the gifts. “It is so wonderful to see all the donated gifts proudly on display when we drive up to Makena each year.”

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Crafts, movie to be offered at library

“Bananas for Minions,” a free storytime, crafts and movie program, will be presented at Makawao Public Library at 6 p.m. Dec. 30 in the children’s section.

Keiki 5 years and older accompanied by a parent or caregiver are invited to hear a “Minions” story and create a minion banana craft and New Year’s shaker from 6 to 6:20 p.m. All supplies will be provided.

The highlight of the program will be a screening of the popular Universal Pictures’ “Minions,” from 6:20 to 7:50 p.m.

In this prequel to the “Despicable Me” franchise, minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

“Minions,” featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton, is rated PG and suitable for all ages.

Call the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

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

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Events to benefit organization

Mental Health Kokua will take part in the Maui Celebrity Series events featuring actors William Shatner and Jeff Bridges on Dec. 30 and Jan. 23, respectively. A portion of proceeds will contribute to furnishing housing for homeless adults as part of MHK’s program to end homelessness in Hawaii.

The events will take place featuring Shatner and special guest Brian Evans on Dec. 30, and then Bridges on Jan. 23 at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

“Our sincerest thanks,” said Greg Payton, CEO of Mental Health Kokua, “to Brian Evans and William Shatner for helping end homelessness in Maui.”

“The collaboration between The Maui Celebrity Series and Mental Health Kokua,” said Evans, producer of the series, “is to help homeless individuals live proud and productive lives. It’s my way of giving back to our community.”

Mental Health Kokua will also host a Shatner autographed movie memorabilia auction at the Dec. 30 event, including chances for a meet-and-greet opportunity with Shatner. Tickets are available at www.honoluluboxoffice.com.

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Association seeks new members

The Maui Non Profit Directors Association is seeking new members and inviting current members to renew their membership in 2016. The association’s mission is to provide a recognized forum for nonprofit organizations to exchange personal and professional support and to cultivate resources to benefit themselves, their organizations and the community.

To become a member of the association, applicants must be one of three things: a paid executive director of a Maui nonprofit agency, a deputy director next in line for the executive director post or the top-level paid administrator of an agency.

Meetings are held at the Maui Economic Opportunity Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku on the second Thursday of each month from 8 to 10 a.m.

Current officers are President Paul Tonnessen of the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Vice President Debbie Cabebe of Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., Treasurer Sherri Dodson of Habitat for Humanity Maui, and Secretary Richard Carr of Habitat for Humanity Maui. Board members are Immediate Past President Cesar Gaxiola of J.W. Cameron Center, Bevanne Bowers of Mediation Services of Maui, Caroline Kilhour of Hui No’eau, and Laksmi Abraham of Maui United Way.

For more information, visit www.mauinonprofit.org or contact Dodson at sherri@habitat-maui.org or 242-1140.

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Tickets available for annual JCS dinner

The community is invited to attend the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui’s Oshogatsu Traditions Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Wailuku Hongwanji social hall.

Mochi pounding and sampling will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and other activities starting at 6. Ozoni, a traditional New Year’s soup made with mochi and seasonal vegetables, will be served.

Post-dinner activities include sharing of information about other Japanese New Year’s traditions, playing Japanese games, and making New Year’s cards and decorative box crafts.

Tickets are limited to the first 100 people. The cost is $10 for Japanese Cultural Society of Maui members (present membership card for member pricing) and $15 for nonmembers. Tickets are available for purchase at Credit Associates of Maui, 1817 Wells St., Wailuku, until Tuesday. For more information, call 283-9999.

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Philippine artist ‘BenCab’ to visit

Philippine national artist Benedicto Cabrera, also known internationally as “BenCab,” is visiting Maui for a social event hosted by the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, the chamber announced.

“BenCab on Maui, A Meet and Greet Reception” will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sabado Studios, 1980 Main St. in Wailuku. This is a free event.

BenCab is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. He is now based in Baguio City, Philippines, where his works are displayed at the BenCab Museum.

The museum was created to “bring arts closer to the people” and also to promote the conservation and protection of the environment, as well as the culture and traditions of the region.

For more information or to RSVP, call event chair Christine Sabado at 205-2809.

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Cookbook sales to benefit United Way

HouseMart Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin Crafts present “HouseMart Eats,” the fourth cookbook fundraiser published and led by the company. Cookbooks are $10 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit various United Way organizations, including Aloha United Way, Maui United Way, Kauai United Way and Hawaii Island United Way.

“HouseMart Eats” is a compilation of 133 recipes submitted by HouseMart’s Hawaii, Washington, Nevada and Oregon employees and community partners.

For information on “HouseMart Eats,” visit hmstores.com, benfranklinhawaii.com and acehardwarehawaii.com.

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Club offers tree pickup service

Curbside Christmas tree pickup service will be available for Paia, Haiku, Makawao, Pukalani and Kula from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 2 and 3.

Pickup can be scheduled by contacting the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui at 878-2177.

A $10 donation per small and medium trees, and a minimum donation of $20 per large tree will help support the club’s community projects, according to an announcement.

Trees will be processed into compost. People scheduling the tree pickup service are asked to remove all decorations, including tinsel, and to set the tree out on the curb before 8 a.m. on the day of pickup.

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Kwanzaa event at Kepaniwai Park

The African Americans on Maui Association and the County of Maui invite the public to celebrate Kwanzaa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the historic monument in Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens in Iao Valley.

For more information, call AAOMA President Gwyn Gorg at 878-8434 or visit www.africanamericansonmaui.com.

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Boy Scouts plan annual banquet

The Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America will have its annual banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Maui Lani Stake Center, 1300 Maui Lani Parkway in Kahului.

The night’s theme is “Super Heroes.” The organization will be celebrating all of the accomplishments of Maui County Council in 2015.

Guest speaker for the night will be Maj. Gen. John Harrel.

Cost will be $20 per person for a catered meal, or $150 for a catered table (seats eight).

To sign up to attend, visit www.mauibsa.org/cab2016.

For more information about Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America, visit www.mauibsa.org.

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Hula Honeys to perform Monday

The Hula Honeys will perform a free holiday concert at Makawao Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The Hula Honeys – Ginger Johnson and Robyn Kneubuhl – perform a blend of vintage hapa haole songs with hip jazz classics.

The Maui Friends of the Library is sponsoring this one-hour concert that is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Call the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

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

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Celebration of ‘Sakada Day’

A free “Sakada Day” event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center in Kahului.

Sakada Day kicks off a yearlong celebration of the 110th anniversary of the arrival of the first sakadas from the Philippines.

Attendees are encouraged to wear Filipino attire as cash prizes will be awarded for the best female and male Filipino attire. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the People’s Choice Parol Contest.

Parol contest entries must be dropped off at the Binhi at Ani by 10 a.m. Sunday.

The program will include remarks by Mayor Alan Arakawa and Vince Bagoyo Jr., chairperson of the organizing committee. Scheduled entertainers include Aunty Iola and Halau Hula O Keola Ali’I O Ke Kai, Bailes de Pilipinas, Dance International Production, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Filipino Folk Dance Troupe, Maui Filipino Community Council, Timpuyog, Sharon Zalsos, Miss Hawaii Filipina 2015 Chelsea Guzman, Miss Hawaii Teen USA Joahnna Lee Ucol, Miss Teen Maui Filipina 2015 Kawena Kan Hai and others.

For more information, contact Bagoyo at 357-3842 or visit www.Facebook.com/110MauiFilipinos.

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Orders for mochi are due Saturday

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will sell handmade mochi from 7 a.m. to noon Dec. 27.

Ten pieces of plain mochi will be sold for $6, eight pieces of red sweet beans mochi will be sold for $6. A small okazari set costs $2.50, and a large okazari set is available for $5.

Orders are due by Saturday at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission, 1828 Vineyard St. in Wailuku. For more information, call the mission at 244-0406.

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Registration for SAT, ACT course

Seabury Hall’s Winter SAT and ACT prep course will begin on Jan. 17 and conclude on March 2, three days prior to the first offering of the new SAT test.

This course is generally geared for juniors (Class of 2017) and will cover all aspects of both tests. The SAT has been substantially revised and this course will prepare students for these changes, according to a news release.

Classes will be held each Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and each Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Total cost remains at $395 and covers the new book and all materials. Students from all high schools as well as home-schooled students are invited to join the class.

To register, visit seaburyhall.org and then go to Quick Links. Applications and information can also be emailed, faxed or mailed. Contact kmiddleton@seaburyhall.org for additional information.

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Hawaiian choir to sing on Saturday

The Na Leo Lani O Maui choir, under the direction of Gale Wisehart and kumu Uluwehi Guerrero, will perform its seventh annual holiday concert, “Maui Kalikimaka,” at the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $30 for reserved seating and $22 for general seating. Tickets are available only online at www.mauiacademy.org.

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Pizza sales will benefit food bank

The Maui Food Bank will have a fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday at Flatbread Co. in Paia. A portion of every pizza sold will benefit The Maui Food Bank.

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Salvation Army captain to speak

Capt. Robert Steiner of The Salvation Army will be guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Tante’s Restaurant in Kahului.

Steiner will speak about the annual budget, including revenue streams and various Maui County programs serving the community, the ever-changing challenges of the homeless and future goals.

The meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome; lunch is from the menu.

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

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Memorial event to mark 20 years

The Heaven Sent Support Group will have its annual Memorial Christmas Tree Event for Bereaved Parents on Dec. 20 at Wailuku Union Church.

Registration will take place at 1:30 p.m. and the program will start at 2. Attendees are asked to bring a special ornament in memory of their loved one.

This is the 20th anniversary for this gathering, according to an announcement. Refreshments are welcome.

For more information, call 244-0125, 572-6516 or 879-9251.

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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 the Laulima Building, Room 108.

The session will cover requirements for a variety of degree programs as well as the application process. The focus is on preparing students of all levels, from recent high school graduates to adults returning to school.

The session will include an opportunity to ask questions about UH distance programs in an informal face-to-face environment.

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

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

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Keiki Story Time has a Christmas theme

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. on Dec. 20.

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature stories with a Christmas theme.

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

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Puunene warehouse booksale on Saturday

Maui Friends of the Library will have a Puunene Warehouse Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the bookstore behind the HC&S sugar mill.

Prices will be reduced on assorted books and CDs (up to 10 books/CDs for $1). Every child under 16 years of age will receive a free book. Others eligible for free books are teachers, home-school parents and librarians.

Maui Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization and all the books for the warehouse sale have been donated by the Maui community. MFOL supports all Maui County libraries with funding for programs, materials and equipment. New volunteers and friends are always welcome. See www.mfol.org for more information.

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Plant sale will benefit students

The Lahainaluna High School Future Farmers of America will have a plant sale at the Lahaina Cannery Mall from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the south end of the parking lot below Honoapiilani Highway. Hybrid plumeria, hybrid ti, taro, croton, ginger, palms and various exotic and native plants for landscaping will be on available for sale.

This plant sale is a fundraiser to help cover travel costs for students participating in the 2016 State FFA Conference on Oahu.

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Funds raised for lifesaving tools

More than $200,000 was raised toward the purchase of lifesaving equipment for surgeons in the hospital operating room during a fundraiser for the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Nov. 17 at Spago at the Four Seasons Resort Maui.

The sold-out event was co-chaired by Tamar Goodfellow and Karen Williams.

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Fishpond event to honor leader

The community is invited to participate in ‘Ao’ao O Na Loko I’a O Maui’s community workday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers will help maintain 68 feet of Ko’ie’ie Fishpond in north Kihei.

The event is being held in honor of the nonprofit’s leader, Kimokeo Kapahulehua, as he commemorates his 68th birthday this month. A birthday celebration will follow from 11 a.m. to noon at Kalepolepo Park.

Kapahulehua has guided the nonprofit organization in the revitalization of Ko’ie’ie Fishpond for the last 15 years, according to a news release. He has spearheaded the wall’s restoration process, educated thousands of youth and community members about Native Hawaiian fishponds and the Hawaiian culture, created an educational cultural canoe tour about the fishpond and ocean, and has raised thousands of dollars over the years to support the organization, the release states.

The nonprofit is also hosting a monthlong fundraiser in which Kapahulehua is asking his supporters to make a contribution to ‘Ao’ao O Na Loko I’a O Maui in lieu of birthday gifts. He’s encouraging monetary donations in the sum of $68, $168, $680, $6,800 or any other amount. End of the year tax-deductible donations can be made at www.mauifishpond.com. For more information, visit www.mauifishpond.com.

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Free health fair at St. Anthony school

The St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School freshman class will present the St. Anthony Ho’omaika’i Ola Kino Health and Wellness Fair from 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. Friday in the school resource center.

The fair will promote healthy habits. St. Anthony freshmen have connected with local experts in the field and businesses who will share information on ocean safety, healthy eating, stress management, fitness and fire and public safety.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Harpist to perform at Wailuku library

Local harpist Lily Swan will perform seasonal music at the Wailuku Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Swan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, poet and fiber artist. She has been recording and performing for the past 20 years. She has previously played with the Maui Festival of Harps at a preholiday season performance at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, as well as many other venues.

The event is free and all ages are welcome.

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Charitable group will meet today

The 100 Women Who Care Maui charitable organization will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Hui Noe’au Art Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. A social and dinner with drinks will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. for those who wish to stay.

The group meets for one hour, four times a year, and each member brings a check for $100. Every member can nominate local charities, nonprofits or worthy causes, whose names are put into a hat. Three names are drawn at random at each meeting.

A 100 Women Who Care member makes a five-minute presentation about each cause. The group votes on which cause to support.

The top vote-getting charity then receives all the checks, made out to it on the spot.

For more information, contact Chelsea Hill at 357-9591 or Mandy Prouty at (312) 752-8349 or welcome@100womenwhocaremaui.org.

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Music, crafts at marketplace

Keokea recording artist Richard Dancil and musicians Kapali Keahi of Lahaina and Wes Furumoto of Haiku will headline entertainment at a Holiday Crafts at Keokea Marketplace event Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be seasonal gift items, homemade foods and fresh produce and plants. The Keokea Marketplace is at Mile Marker 17 of Kula Highway at Kaamana Street, a quarter-mile past Grandma’s Coffeehouse.

The Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association will hold 2016 quarterly events in place of second-Sunday-of-the-month open markets, according to an announcement by association officers. Organizers cited an upswing in islandwide farmers markets, lowering vendor and shopper turnout at the homestead’s fledgling 16-month operation.

The Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association represents Maui’s only Native Hawaiian agricultural homestead, encompassing 66 2-acre lots dedicated to sustainable, subsistence farming.

For event information and vendor applications, contact Kalena Park at email keokeamarketplace@gmail.com.

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Craft fair, caroling at Roselani Place

Roselani Place will host “Crafts, Caroling & Cookies” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at 88 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului. Model apartments will also be open for viewing during the craft fair and bake sale.

There will be carolers and items created by Maui crafters. The selection will include exotic wood creations, Hawaiian fabric crafts, holiday wreaths, jewelry, crystals, unique mug designs, baked goods, smoothies and kettlecorn.

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

Roselani Place is a licensed assisted living community. It offers apartments for independent and assisted living, and for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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Arboretum partners with the community

Members of Kaneloa, directed by Dustin Palos, volunteered at the DT Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe on Thanksgiving weekend for “a day filled with ‘ike (learning), culture, history, food and fun,” according to a news release. Volunteers cleared weeds around native trees and fertilized with chicken pellets.

Kaneloa members will return today to clear for planting their newly “adopted forest.” The arboretum created the program “Adopt a Forest” to actively involve the community in Puu Mahoe’s native forest restoration.

Kaneloa plans return visits throughout the year to care for and expand its forest area.

The Fleming Arboretum and Kaneloa share parallel missions to teach and empower the local community to become future leaders through cultural, scientific and hands-on ‘ike caring for the aina (land), the release states. The Fleming Arboretum and Kaneloa promote youth and community groups volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Visit www.flemingarboretum.org and kaneloa.org to learn more about both organizations.

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Talk on fasting, plant-based diet

“Fasting: A Modern Application of an Ancient Practice” will be presented by Alan Goldhamer, doctor of chiropractic, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

The nation is currently experiencing an epidemic of obesity and the diseases associated with dietary excess, including high blood pressure, diabetes and autoimmune disease. This talk will review the cause and the cure for this epidemic and provide practical advice that actually works, according to a news release.

The presentation will include an overview of the use of fasting and the importance of eating a diet that is derived exclusively from plant-based foods, free of added oil, sugar and salt.

Goldhamer has been the director of the TrueNorth Health Center for over 30 years. TrueNorth Health Center is an integrative medical facility in Santa Rosa, Calif., with a staff of 50, including doctors of medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and psychology.

Admission is free to this Vegetarian Society of Hawaii event. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Down to Earth. For more information, contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com.

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Gathering Tuesday for ‘First Staters’

The annual Delaware Day Celebration on Maui will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sangrita Grill and Cantina in the Fairway Shops at 2580 Kekaa Drive in Lahaina.

To help people find the location, there will be a banner that says “Aloha from the 50th State to the 1st State,” according to an announcement.

This annual event is open to all “First Staters” living in the islands or visiting Maui. Attendees are asked to wear their favorite Delaware T-shirt, hat or jacket.

Anyone who has lived in Delaware for any length of time is invited to attend and share First State stories and First State memorabilia.

For further information and to make a reservation, call First State Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.

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Flatbread sales will benefit school band

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

The band will receive a portion of sales for all pizzas, dine-in or takeout, during these hours. There will also be a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m.

Flatbread Co. is at 89 Hana Highway.

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‘Keiki Chanukah Party’ on Tuesday

Chabad of Maui and Monkeypod Art Studio will present “A Keiki Chanukah Party” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at 830 Kolu St. in the Wailuku industrial park.

Activities will include arts and crafts (make your own menorah), a donut-glazing station, menorah lighting and Chanukah music. Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, call 280-6590.

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Holiday toy drive for MEO preschoolers

Makena Robinson of Makawao, a senior at King Kekaulike High School, is holding a Holiday Toy Drive through Thursday for the preschoolers in MEO’s Upcountry Head Start Program.

Drop-off locations are Colours Salon Maui, 173 Ho’ohana St. in Kahului, and the office of Dr. Guy Horie, D.D.S., 1836 Wili Pa Loop in Wailuku.

Robinson will also pick up donations; she may be reached at 870-0045.

The toy drive is part of Robinson’s senior project. She has been a volunteer at the Upcountry Head Start preschool since October.

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MFOL plans book sale on Dec. 13

Maui Friends of the Library will have a Holiday Book Sale in front of Whole Foods Market in Kahului from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 13.

There will be an assortment of fiction, nonfiction and holiday books for sale. Each child present will be able to select a free book from designated boxes of children’s books while supplies last.

MFOL is an all-volunteer organization that supports the public libraries of Maui County with funding for equipment, materials and programs. To learn more, visit www.mauifriendsofthelibrary.org.

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Christmas musical at King’s Cathedral

King’s Cathedral will present a Christmas musical comedy, “It’s A Wonderful Christmas,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Dec. 13. This original show for the entire family takes after the classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” with added music, lights and humor. There will also be a preshow at 6 p.m. featuring hula, ethnic dance and songs.

Tickets are available at the church office for a $2 discount, or at the door: adults $10, children 3-12 years old $8. For more information, call 871-7311.

King’s Cathedral is located at 777 Mokulele Highway in Kahului.

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Seasons for Peace to celebrate heroes

The Maui Seasons for Peace organization will recognize the 2015 Maui Peace Heroes with an Interfaith Service Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday in the University of Hawaii Maui College Pilina Multipurpose Room.

Receiving the 2015 Peace Heroes awards will be Keali’i Reichel, Kainoa Horcajo and Maui Native Nursery.

The theme of this interfaith and recognition ceremony is “Strength in Diversity for Universal Peace.” The Rev. Mary Omwake will serve as master of ceremonies. Representatives will share messages of peace from Buddhist, Jewish, Bahai, Sufi and Christian faiths. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

This recognition has been held annually since 2002 by Maui Seasons of Peace, a nonprofit organization that promotes, plans and delivers four yearly events that celebrate, honor and give recognition to peace in the Maui community and beyond.

For more information about this organization, contact Secretary Donna Vida at seasons

forpeace@gmail.com.

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Kaiser donates hoops, basketballs

Members of the Maui Family YMCA can get in more court time with the donation of three new basketball hoops and 20 basketballs from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

Kaiser Permanente’s donation was part of the WNBA FIT Clinic event, hosted in partnership with the Women’s National Basketball Association at the YMCA in October. Maui Family YMCA welcomed New York Liberty guard Candice Wiggins and clinician Sean Hanrahan to teach the benefits of healthy living and fitness to nearly 100 Maui children and their parents.

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Tutoring company offers scholarships

In cooperation with local Maui schools, Aloha Family Tutors has developed a scholarship program for economically disadvantaged families on Maui. The local tutoring centers will be contributing $25 to a designated scholarship fund for every student from the designated school who enrolls for extra academic support.

Aloha Family Tutors offers accredited academic support.

Scholarship funds will be allocated by each school’s principal, based on teacher recommendations, for underprivileged keiki.

For more information, contact Akela Kekoa, program director, at info@aetutoring.com or (808) 344-8468.

Local Briefs

First Project Gift to be at Bailey House

God’s House is hosting its inaugural gift drive Saturday for homeless and hospitalized children that features a snow machine, entertainment and other activities for children and adults.

Project Gift will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Bailey House Museum Grounds. Admission is free.

About 20 craft vendors and a silent auction with donations from over 30 companies will be available, according to an announcement. Children will get the chance to meet Queen Elsa, from the movie “Frozen,” get shimmer tattoos, eat sand candy, make ornaments, shoot basketballs and play other games.

Attendees are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy or make a donation toward children spending the holidays on the street, in homeless shelters or hospitals.

“Christmas should be special for all keiki on Maui and just one gift can help remind them that they are loved,” the announcement said.

For more information, visit godshousemaui.com/project-gift/.

To get involved, contact Aubrey Anana at 870-2606 or aubreyanana@gmail.com.

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SBA nominations due on Friday

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2016 Small Business Award is Friday at the Hawaii District Office in Honolulu.

The required nomination forms with detailed information on the nominees are available at www.hisbdc.org or by contacting the Hawaii District Office. Completed forms should be submitted to the SBA District Office at 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1-306. For more information, call SBA at (808) 541-2990.

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Kihei-Wailea Rotary Club to meet today

Donna Stockwell, founder of Na Wahine Ho’omana, will be the guest speaker at today’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue. The meeting will run from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Na Wahine Ho’omana strives to offer an all-inclusive, lowcost women’s resource center, according to a news release.

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea is in its 38th year of service. A buffet lunch is $16 and visitors are welcome.

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Toy Drive planned for Molokai keiki

The donation deadline for Maui Preparatory Academy’s eighth annual Toy Drive for Molokai’s keiki is Monday. New, unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at Lahaina and Napili fire stations and the Lahaina Police Station.

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Smart Driver Class takes off in Lahaina

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center.

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

The fee is $20 (cash or check) and will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members receive $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this class.

Preregistration is requested. Call the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina, at 270-4310.

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Club announces Christmas party

The Italian American Social Club will have a Christmas party at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Fabiani’s restaurant in Kihei. The dinner will feature an assortment of pizza, house and Caesar salad, lasagna and chicken parmigiana. Dessert will feature tiramisu. The cost for the four-course meal, including soft drinks, is $35 per person.

The party is open to the public. For more information, contact Don Tesesco at dstedesco@gmail.com.

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Winterfest to be held at Kihei chapel

WinterFest will take place at Kihei Baptist Chapel from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to this free event.

The church will have Christmas gift items and treats available for donation to benefit missions, according to an announcement.

Kihei Baptist Chapel is at 1655 S. Kihei Road.

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Sale will help to feed the hungry

A rummage sale will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Parish Hall of Good Shepherd Church in Wailuku. Funds will go toward a “mini luau” to feed the hungry Dec. 27 at the church’s Ka ‘Ohana Kitchen.

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Maui student wins award for essay

Krizhna Bayudan of Lahainaluna High School is one of six $500 award recipients in the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission’s 2015 high school essay contest titled “How to Inspire Fellow Students to Volunteer.”

This year, over 240 essays were submitted by public and private high school students in grades 10 through 12.

“When I read each of the essays, it renewed my faith in the next generation of leaders. I want to thank each student for participating in this essay contest and also their teachers and families for their support of these outstanding students,” said Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley, who also serves as the chair of the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission.

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Dream car art contest underway

Toyota Hawaii is inviting all students ages 15 and younger throughout Hawaii to create original, hand-drawn illustrations of “Your Dream Car” for Toyota Hawaii’s 2016 Dream Car Art Contest. Entry forms and rules are available at toyotahawaii.com and at all Toyota Hawaii dealerships statewide. The entry deadline is Jan. 15.

Submitted artwork will first be judged at the local level (Toyota Hawaii local contest), with the top three artworks being selected from each age category. The first-place winners will receive an iPad mini 4. The second- and third-place winners in each age category will receive $100.

The top three winners in each age category will be entered in the Toyota Motor Corporation World Contest, where they could be selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan to attend the final awards ceremony in the summer of 2016. Since 2012, three Hawaii artists have traveled to Japan to participate in the World Competition.

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Donations raised will help fight polio

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset raised more than $600 in the fight to end polio thanks to contributions from community members.

On Oct. 24, the club hosted an education table in front of the Lahaina Cannery Mall Safeway store where residents could learn about worldwide efforts to eradicate the disease. With a 2-to-1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the total amount donated increases to nearly $2,000. The money will allow for the immunization of more than 3,000 children.

“In 2015, no child should suffer from the devastating polio virus. Thanks to the help of the Lahaina community, we’re contributing to the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign to eradicate this debilitating disease,” said Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset President Sandy Schneider.