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Ching Ming set at historic graveyard

The sixth annual Kwong Fook Tong Cemetery cleanup, also known as Ching Ming, will be celebrated from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Waiehu cemetery. Volunteers will be clearing overgrown vegetation from the historic Chinese graveyard. Lunch will be provided for registered volunteers. To sign up, call Daniel Ornellas at 264-0783.


Free brown bag lecture on Tuesday

“Do You Want To Step Into Your Happiest, Healthiest, Most Alive Self?” is the title of a presentation by Denise Lionetti that will take place at the Cameron Center in Wailuku from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This is part of a brown bag lecture series that is presented by Mental Health America of Hawaii-Maui on the first Tuesday of the month. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 298-9452 or visit happyandhealthycoach.com.


April is prevent child abuse month

Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui and Ho’oikaika Partnership invite Maui County keiki and families to attend a special kickoff event to help celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

The organizations will promote child abuse prevention. Mayor Alan Arakawa’s proclamation will be read, and there will be a special performance by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band at 9 a.m. Monday at the county building front lawn. There also will be a reading of the proclamation at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Dole Administration Building on Lanai.

The Ho’oikaika Partnership is a coalition of more than 50 Maui County agencies and individuals committed to preventing child abuse and neglect.

For more information, contact partnership coordinator Ashley Santander at info@hooikaikapartnership.com or call 280-9714.


Open Captioning Movie Day at mall

Maui Deaf Friends and Aloha Independent Living Hawaii will present an Open Captioning Movie Day (words printed on the screen) of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at 7 p.m. Monday at Maui Mall Megaplex Cinema in Kahului.

The cost is $11.60 for adults and $8.60 for children. There will be free popcorn courtesy of Maui Deaf Friends (one popcorn per family).

The PG-13 movie runs for 2 hours and 31 minutes.

To RSVP and confirm the time, contact Maui Deaf Friends Director Jeff Morris at mauideaffriends@gmail.com or Maui Deaf Friends Secretary Beth King at 870-4818 (text or call).

Attendees are invited to a sign and talk story session after the movie. American Sign Language interpreters will be available.


Food sales benefit scholarship fund

The Portuguese Association of Maui will hold its scholarship fundraiser from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hoaloha Park in Kahului. The association will sell its signature Portuguese bean soup at $10 a quart and fresh, hot malassadas at six for $5.

Pickled onions are also on sale in various size containers, ranging from $5 to $10. Lopes Farms is providing freshly baked Portuguese bread to help with the fundraiser.

Reservations for soup, malassadas, pickled onions and bread are being taken at 871-5855.

All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. The association is granting two awards of $1,000 each this year. Funds for scholarships are raised through food sales.

Since forming in 2002, the 32-member association has awarded 43 scholarship grants totaling $37,500 to 39 Maui scholars.


Keiki Story Time and book signing

Maui author Toby Neal will join Read Aloud America for a book-signing and Keiki Story Time event beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Lahaina.

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular Hawaii-themed children’s picture books.

Neal will be available to sign books from 2 to 4 p.m. She is the author of the best-selling Lei Crime Series and a co-author with nine other writers of the anthology “Paradise, Passion, Murder: 10 Tales of Mystery from Hawai’i.”

Royalties from sales of this book will go to Read Aloud America, according to a news release.

A 30-minute Keiki Story Time will be offered by Joanne and Larry Laird. There will be healthy snacks for the children and at the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home. There also will be drawings for door prizes for every child.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

For more information, contact Joanne Laird at joannelaird@readaloudamerica.org.


Shoppers can help new bookmobile

The Maui Friends of the Library in cooperation with Whole Foods Market has started offering shoppers the chance to contribute money to purchase library materials for a new bookmobile the nonprofit is donating to the Hawaii State Library System.

Named Holoholo (meaning “go for a ride” in Hawaiian), the “Library on Wheels” is being gifted to the state by MFOL.

Holoholo is set to roll on Maui in June.

“We’re doing our part, having raised $300,000 from used book sales at our three stores. Through our new ‘Dollars for Holoholo’ campaign, we hope Whole Foods Market shoppers and others will help us raise sufficient funds to stock the bookmobile with new books, magazines and other materials,” said Dorothy Tolliver, MFOL past president and bookmobile committee chairwoman.

Funds also are being collected at the three MFOL used bookstores and by checks made to MFOL Bookmobile, P.O. Box 1017, Wailuku 96793.


WWII Water Balloon Battle at Doris Todd

Doris Todd Christian Academy in Paia will celebrate its 10th annual World War II Water Balloon Battle at 12:45 p.m. Friday.

The school is a mile up Baldwin Avenue from the main traffic light in Paia.

The 4th- and 5th-grade students have been learning about the two world wars. The World War II Water Balloon Battle started many years ago after the school received new desks for classrooms and had over 100 boxes from all of the desks. Teachers decided to take those boxes and to allow the students to turn them into tanks to be used in an end-of-the-unit water balloon fight. Now, this event is attended by all the school’s grades, as well as parents and teachers.

Doris Todd Christian Academy is accepting applications for preschool through high school for the 2016-17 school year. For more information, call 579-9237.

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Potluck planned for Vietnam-era veterans

The Maui Vet Center will host a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Potluck event for Vietnam and Vietnam-era Veterans and their families at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The center is at 35 Lunalilo St., Suite 101, in Wailuku.

For more information, call 242-8557.


Hawaiian chamber topic of discussion

The Rotary Club of Kahului will host Doreen Napua Canto, president of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, and vice president Teri Freitas Gorman, as guest speakers at the club’s weekly luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Cafe O Lei at The Dunes at Maui Lani.

Canto and Gorman will give an update on the chamber’s history, vision, mission and values. This is the chamber’s 10th anniversary. The speakers also will provide a historical perspective of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Pi’i’koi in honor of Prince Kuhio Day, which was March 26.

The event costs $20, which includes lunch.

For more information, call club President Kelli Myers at 250-7573.


Childhood trauma workshop on Friday

Mental Health America of Hawaii / Maui County Branch has announced two programs for April:

* An Effects Of Childhood Trauma Workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday the at Maui Beach Hotel. It is being sponsored by the Maui County Children’s Justice Committee. Registration is $50 and includes a buffet lunch.

* Families Supporting Other Families is the name of a free 12-week course beginning April 7 in Haiku. There will be an introductory session at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Temple of Peace in Haiku.

For more information about either of these programs, visit www.mentalhealthhawaii.org or call 242-6461.


College conference focuses on Filipinos

Registration is being accepted for the 2016 Pamantasan Conference, which is being held at the University of Hawaii Maui College to promote the Filipino culture and to encourage the advancement of Filipino students as leaders on campuses and in the community.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Pamantasan is a Filipino word for university or college. The annual assembly includes students, faculty and professional staff in the University of Hawaii system.

The cost is $5 for high school students, $15 for college students, $25 for faculty, staff and community members.

People may register to attend the conference at pamantasan2016.eventbrite.com.


Couples can learn love languages

Worldwide Marriage Encounter will present “Languages of Love” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 at the St. Anthony Church Center in Wailuku.

Couples will have the opportunity to learn their primary love language and that of their spouses. The love languages include: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch.

The enrichment is based on Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages.”

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The event costs $25 per couple and includes the cost of lunch for two, books and supplies.

The deadline to register is April 13. Checks made be payable to WWME and presented at the door.

The event will be followed up with a community gathering from 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 6 at the Waikapu Community Center. More details will be announced later.

For more information, contact Fred and Donna Ventura at 298-4241 or send email to donnav3@hawaiiantel.net.


Garage sale for 9th Life Hawaii

A fundraising garage sale for 9th Life Hawaii will be held Saturday in Kihei, as the nonprofit cat rescue organization downsizes its facility. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 231 Kawailani Circle in Piilani Village II.

Donations of saleable items in good condition will be accepted Friday. To arrange to drop off donations, call 298-1207.

Donations for the 501(3)(c) organization are tax deductible.

Over the years, 9th Life has spayed or neutered more than 7,000 cats to help control the cat population. The organization has also placed hundreds of cats in homes.

More information about 9th Life is available by calling 572-3499 or visiting www.9thlifehawaii.org.


2 events planned at Makawao church

Makawao Union Church invites the public to two events in April:

* April 3, 6:30 p.m. – Centennial Choral Celebration featuring 50 singers, instrumentalists, hula and the largest pipe organ on Maui. World-renowned organist Mark Thallander and choristers from Maui and the Mainland will perform. A free-will offering is requested.

* April 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – MUC’n’Stuff Spring Fair 2016 with a rummage sale, arts and crafts, bake sale, food booths, entertainment and door prizes. Free parking and free entry.

For more information, contact Julia Wayman, office manager, at 579-6291.


Students collect 3,000 lbs. of trash

Students from Lahainaluna High School’s carpentry program held a beach cleanup from Launiupoko beach to the Olowalu trash site at the end of February. The students collected an estimated 3,000 pounds of trash. This project provided the students a lesson on how trash affects their life and the fact that there is limited space on an island for trash, according to an announcement.

The students were supervised by instructor Jeremy Delos Reyes, along with colleague and brother Colin Delos Reyes, and U’i Kua’ana of Lahaina Intermediate School, as well as with other parent volunteers.


LHS Class of ’74 plans Las Vegas trip

Members of the Lahainaluna High School Class of 1974 will celebrate their 60th birthdays in Las Vegas from Oct. 18 to 20.

Lots of activities are planned for the celebration including golf, bowling and slot tournaments.

Classmates may contact the committee by email at 1974lunas@gmail.com, the Facebook page – Val-Casco-Classmates, or leave a message at 667-9707.


Walk around Maui to benefit nonprofit

Brian Sato of Makawao is raising funds for the Haku Baldwin Center by walking the entire perimeter of Maui in eight days, beginning April 16 and ending April 23.

His goal is to raise $5,000 dollars for the Haku Baldwin Center’s nonprofit therapeutic programs, which include therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs, animal-assisted therapy/activities for patients of all ages, humane animal education and horsemanship for military veterans.

All of the nonprofit organization’s therapeutic programs are provided at no cost to participants.

Tax-deductible contributions for this effort may be made at gofundme.com/BrianWalks. With a $250 contribution, Sato will wear a company/organization’s T-shirt for one day of his walk.

Sato is a recipient of the 2015 Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Award. He did a walk for Hale Makua in 2014.


CERT training to begin on Molokai

Community Emergency Response Team Basic Training will be taught in April on Molokai.

The 24-hour program consists of classroom instruction, hands-on training and field exercises.

The first class will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Molokai High School cafeteria. Subsequent classes will be on April 9, 16 and 23.

CERT is sponsored by Maui Civil Defense Agency and taught by instructors from Maui Fire Department. Registration is required because class size is limited.

For more information, contact Maui Civil Defense at 270-7285 or send email to cert@mauicounty.gov.


Wailuku Hongwanji plans rummage sale

Wailuku Hongwanji Church will have a rummage sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday on the church grounds.

Sale items will include clothing, household goods, utensils, books, toys, plants and food, including Spam musubi, chow fun, nishime and poi mochi.

This fundraiser will support Buddhist activities and upkeep of the church grounds.

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Pizza sales to benefit PACT

Parents And Children Together will host a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Flatbread Co., 89 Hana Highway in Paia.

A portion of the proceeds from every pizza sold will benefit PACT’s Family Peace Center’s Domestic Violence Survivor’s Unit. There also will be a silent auction.

For more information, call 244-2330 or visit www.pacthawaii.org.


Kapa-making demo set at garden

Maui Nui Botanical Garden will host a three-day Hawaiian kapa-making demonstration event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This will be an opportunity for Maui kapa makers to get together to support and to share with one another. This is not a workshop, and participants should bring their own equipment and fiber to work on. Hala mats and water will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch or something to share.

Members of the public are welcome to observe and learn more about the ancient Hawaiian art of making cloth from the bark of wauke, or paper mulberry tree.

The garden will be hosting an intensive, hands-on kapa-making workshop May 28. To register, contact 249-2798 or info@mnbg.org.

For more information, contact Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond at lschattenburg@gmail.com.


Social club to host potluck dinner

The Italian American Social Club of South Maui will have its monthly potluck dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Theresa’s hall.

After dinner, a speaker from the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity will present a program on its home-building services on Maui. All (Italians and non-Italians) are welcome to attend.


Orchid Society holds Easter Show

The Maui Orchid Society will present its 2016 Easter Show at Maui Mall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

An array of orchids grown by hobbyists and professionals will be on display, with many of the orchids offered for sale by local commercial growers.

American Orchid Society certified judges will judge the exhibit at the Maui Mall, and ribbons will be awarded.

For more information or to inquire about Maui Orchid Society membership, call 283-6111.


Kaniala Masoe to headline hoolaulea

Award-winning falsetto artist Kaniala Masoe will headline Saturday’s Prince Kuhio Day Ho’olaule’a.

The Paukukalo Hawaiian Homes Community Association hosts the 27th annual event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Paukukalo Park.

The free community event includes food, crafts and daylong entertainment featuring Aunty Matagi and musical groups Homestead, Pu’uwai and Yoke of Jesus Church ensemble. Masoe is a songwriter, entertainer and hula dancer. He won the 2002 Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Competition.

Ho’olaule’a food purveyors include the Keokea Homestead Farm Lots Association with its teriyaki plate lunch; call 870-3220 for presale tickets.

A Project Vision Hawai’i health provider will offer free vision screening and free reading glasses for adults.

For more information, contact Evalino Mariano 276-8978 or manavel_11@msn.com.


Woodturners plan monthly meeting

The Maui Woodturners Association will meet from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Community Service Building at University of Hawaii Maui College.

The meeting is open to the public. Membership to the club is available for $25 per year.

For more information, call Club President Emiliano Achaval at 854-1028.


Queen Emma Trust to be topic of talk

Walter Ritte of Molokai will conduct an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in Keanae for all kanaka maoli regarding the Queen Emma Trust.

The meeting will be across from the baseball park under a big tent. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair, brown bag lunch and soft drink.


Nominations sought for school council

The Puu Kukui Elementary School Student Community Council is seeking candidate nominations for parent representatives and a community representative. Self-nominations are welcome.

The SCC is composed of the principal, one faculty member, one staff member, one student, three parent representatives and one community representative. Meetings are held monthly during the school year and are open to the public.

Nominations should be sent to Principal Chad Okamoto at chad_okamoto@notes.k12.hi.us by March 31. For more information, contact Okamoto at 727-3000.

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Class to teach ‘Safe Internet Computing’

Al Bayless will present a “Safe Internet Computing” class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kihei Public Library.

Bayless will share information about phishing schemes, buying online, public computers, hotspots and more. Attendees will learn how to keep their computer safe from viruses and intruders by using free software from the Internet. Although the software discussed is Windows PC based, Mac users will benefit as well.

Bayless has been working with computers for over 30 years. He teaches Internet computing classes at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville.


Kula AARP plans meeting on Monday

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

Harry Johnson, Maui Economic Opportunity transportation director, will be the featured speaker. He will talk about the services available as well as answer questions from the audience.

The meeting is open to the public, no reservations necessary. For information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Senior paddlers featured at workshop

The E Ho’oulu ‘Ike: Cultural Enrichment Workshop Series at the Bailey House Museum will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with a presentation titled “Wa’a: Healthy Hawaiian Lifestyles.”

Septuagenarians from Hawaiian Canoe Club and Sandy McGuinness of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition of Maui County will speak about Hawaiian canoe outrigger paddling and the nutrition that helps keep them healthy and fit.

This workshop is free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information, contact (808) 244-3326 or Info@MauiMuseum.org. The Bailey House Museum is at 2375A Main St. in Wailuku.


Fundraiser for Hale Makua Health Services

Flatbread Co. in Paia will have a benefit from 5 p.m. to closing on Tuesday for Hale Makua Health Services. The restaurant will give a portion of the proceeds from dining-in or takeout pizza sales to Hale Makua Health Services to provide financial assistance for frail elderly and disabled individuals who are unable to afford the cost of care and services at Hale Makua.

There will also be a silent auction filled with works of art and handcrafted items, along with door prizes being given away throughout the night.

For more information about the event, call 871-9283.


One-week sale benefits robotics teams

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii is teaming up with Friends of Hawaii Robotics to support Hawaii students as they get set to participate in the ninth annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in Hawaii Robotics Regional Competition.

During the fundraising week from Monday to March 27, $1 from every Egg McMuffin and Egg White Delight sandwich and Egg McMuffin and Egg White Delight Extra Value Meal sold between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at restaurants statewide will benefit participating Hawaii robotics teams.


Bookmobile services topic of presentation

Susan Werner and Dorothy Tolliver will be guest speakers at Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. The meeting will run from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Werner, branch manager of the Wailuku Public Library, will present a brief history of bookmobile services on Maui. Tolliver will share information about the new bookmobile that Maui Friends of the Library is acquiring. She is the chair of the Bookmobile Committee, a past president of MFOL and a librarian at University of Hawaii Maui College Library.

Buffet lunch is $16; visitors are welcome.


St. Joseph Feast April 29 to May 1

The annual St. Joseph Feast will take place April 29, 30 and May 1 at the church, 1294 Makawao Ave. in Makawao.

Food offerings will include authentic malassadas, Portuguese soup, waffle dogs, chow fun, nachos, barbecue teriyaki, burgers and mocha freeze.

At 7 p.m. on April 29 and 30, there will be a live auction featuring golf, gift certificates to dinners, hotels and activities donated by businesses throughout the state. The traditional livestock auction will be held at 1 p.m. on May 1.

The feast features local entertainment, games, crafters, a country store, plants, produce, flowers and more.

Hours for the feast are 6 to 10 p.m. April 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 30, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1.

The church is currently seeking donations, crafters and entertainment for the event. Scrip is also available for sale at the parish office. For more information, call Donna Pico at 572-7652.


Gabbard announces art contest finalists

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced 20 finalists in the 2016 Kaha Ki’i Second Congressional District Art Competition and launched a “People’s Choice” contest on her official Facebook page. The entry with the most “likes” in the “People’s Choice” Contest on Facebook at 5 p.m. Thursday will be featured as the cover photo at the top of Gabbard’s official Facebook page and the artist will win a cash prize.

There are six finalists from Maui County: Sonja Angst, Karina Bhattacharya, Courtney Holland, Zen Ribao, Allyza Sayno and Layce Yamauchi.

A gallery of the finalists’ artwork is now on display in the halls of the state Capitol.

The overall winner of the districtwide competition will be announced on Saturday in a ceremony at the state Capitol.


Kahului Hongwanji plans Spring Bazaar

The Kahului Hongwanji annual Spring Bazaar will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday on the temple grounds at 291 S. Puunene Ave.

Food items for sale will include sushi, chow fun, mini teriyaki bento, chili, Spam musubi, cookies and other baked goods. There will be plants, fresh vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, a country store and rummage items.

For more information, call 871-4732.


Two-day Kuhio Day event set in Lahaina

The Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club will present a two-day Prince Jonah Kuhio Day Hoolaulea from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and March 27 under the Lahaina Banyan Tree. There will be local food favorites, Maui crafters and artisans, Hawaiian music, hula, exhibits and keiki activities. The Easter bunny will make an appearance at 10:30 a.m. March 27.

Admission is free. For more information, email lhcchopekakau@gmail.com.


Musical event for keiki at Lahaina mall

A “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Lahaina Cannery Mall. Children ages 6-12 will be able to explore musical instruments and meet the musicians who play them at this free family event.

Musicians from Maui orchestras and high schools will participate. Keiki will receive a “passport” on arrival and get a stamp when they explore each musical booth. They will be able to view musical instruments up close while the musicians talk story about how music is created. Keiki can then redeem their filled passport for a musical prize.

For more information, call 463-7856 or visit facebook/mauimusicmission.


Heart walk, health fair on April 2

The American Heart/Stroke Association’s 18th annual Maui Heart Walk & Health Fair will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. April 2 at Keopuolani Park. There is no registration fee. Donations of any amount will be accepted.

For more information or to register, visit www.mauiheartwalk.org or contact Kauwela Bisquera at 244-7185.


MAFCE offers five scholarships

The Maui Association for Family and Community Education will offer five $2,000 scholarships to qualifying 2016 high school graduating seniors on Maui.

The deadline to apply is April 10. The 2016 MAFCE application packet and forms are available at high school counselors’ offices.

The Maui Association for Family and Community Education is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through continuing education, developing leadership and community action.

For more information, email Chaclyn Nagata at mauifcescholarship@gmail.com.


MHS places in science bowl

Maui High School was a quarterfinalist at the 24th Hawaii Science Bowl in January at Honolulu Community College.

There was a competitive field of 19 teams from 13 high schools statewide. MHS earned $100 for its school’s science department.

Maui Electric Co. was a co-sponsor of the event.

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Learn to swim registration set

The County of Maui Department of Parks & Recreation, Aquatics Division, has announced registration for the county’s “Learn to Swim” sessions for Kihei and Upcountry classes set to begin in April:

* Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon – Registration at the Kihei Aquatic Center. Parent/child, adult and Levels I, II and III will be offered April 4-May 29 on various days.

* March 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Level 1 registration at the Upcountry Aquatic Center. Classes will be held on Saturdays for six weeks beginning April 16.

Parents must register in person for the sessions. Classes are limited, and registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, contact Aquatics Specialist Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138.


Keiki story time at Whole Foods

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 at 2 p.m. Sunday. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular children’s picture books. 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.


Cleanup kickoff at Maliko Gulch

Malama Maui Nui’s Great American Cleanup returns Saturday through April 30. Individuals of any age and ability are encouraged to take action where they see a need. The kickoff event for this year’s Great American Cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Maliko Gulch. For more information, visit malamamauinui.org or call 877-2524.


Distance degrees topic of presentation

Bachelor’s degree opportunities available on Maui will be discussed at a presentation hosted by the University of Hawaii Center at University of Hawaii Maui College campus 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. Degree programs will focus on offerings from the University of Hawaii West Oahu, which include bachelor’s degrees in business, accounting, marketing, social science and public administration, and certificates in health care administration, risk management and substance abuse studies.

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


Prevention class offered at MMMC

Maui Memorial Medical Center is partnering with Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and the Maui County Office on Aging to offer the Play 4 Prevention Program. This wellness program begins Thursday and runs through June 9.

The program will meet at Maui Memorial each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The program is free and geared to those 50 years of age and older, or a family member or caregiver of those who need help changing their life.

To register, call Mark Marabella at (808) 772-3955 or email mmarabella@mpqhf.org.


Children’s clothing exchange in Haiku

There will be a children’s clothing exchange and fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haiku Elementary School basketball court, 105 Pauwela Road in Haiku.

Attendees are invited to bring their children’s clothes that they no longer need and trade them for larger sizes. The fair will offer a bounce house, games, free lunch and shave ice.

The exchange takes place on the fourth Saturday of every other month. The schedule can be found at www.northshorechurchmaui.com.


Arakawa to speak at Rotary meeting

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui’s 8 a.m. meeting Friday at Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli in Makawao. An $18 fee includes breakfast.

For more information, contact President Zak Pacholl at (503) 550-6666 or zakpacholl.rotary@gmail.com.


Carwash proceeds to benefit school

Emmanuel Lutheran School will have a benefit carwash, by donation, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds at 520 W. One St. in Kahului, near the corner of Kaahumanu and Papa avenues.


Bazaar will sponsor Maui Relay For Life

The Lahaina Hongwanji Mission is holding its annual Spring Bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on the church grounds at 551 Wainee St. in Lahaina. Craft items, rummage, plants, cut fresh flowers, baked goods, assorted sushi, bentos, nishime, chow fun, huli chicken and other food items will be available for sale.

The bazaar is also sponsoring the American Cancer Society West Maui Relay For Life cancer awareness and fundraising effort. An informational desk will help register new relay teams and accept donations. Individual relay teams are invited to join the bazaar to fundraise toward their team goals.

For tickets or more information, contact Noosh Nishihara at 870-6478.


Club plans rummage sale

Hale Mahaolu Akahi Seniors Club will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday in the patio area. Shoppers are asked to park on Wakea Avenue or Hina Avenue (across from old Maui Pineapple Co. parking lot). Sale items include clothing, plants and food.


Smart Driver Class in Kula and Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Kula Community Center and from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at Kalama Heights Retirement Center in Kihei.

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

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

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


Free fall prevention program in Wailuku

The Hawaii Department of Health, the Fall Prevention Consortium and the Tai Chi for Health Institute are coming to Maui to help prevent falls among kupuna. They will partner with Maui’s Na Hoaloha from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Friday at the Cameron Center auditorium.

Stan Michaels of the EMS Injury Prevention Program of the DOH and Ileina Ferrier, master trainer from TCHI, will present a free program about fall prevention.

To RSVP, call Candice Carter of Na Hoaloha at 249-2545.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville will host the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Instructor Workshop. A scholarship application is available for people who are employed full time with any program that works with or assists seniors and are willing to teach the Seated Tai Chi at their place of employment. Ferrier will lead the class at Kaunoa. Registration is $225.

For more information about the scholarship application, call Stan Michaels at (808) 733-9202.


Meeting to discuss Plantation Festival

Queen Ka’ahumanu center invites all cultural nonprofit organizations whose ancestors worked in Maui’s sugar plantations to attend a meeting to discuss a Plantation Festival which is tentatively set for July 23. The meeting will be held at the Queen Ka’ahumanu management office at 5 p.m. on Monday. RSVP is required by Friday to trojas@qkcmanagement.com or 877-3369.

One representative from each cultural organization should attend. Discussion will include cultural and historical displays, food and beverage, entertainment, prizes, sponsorship opportunities and other related components.


2 scholarships to be awarded

The Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International announces its 2016 Selective Recruitment Grant-In-Aid Program. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to one high school senior on Maui and a college student from Maui pursuing a career in education.

The Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma’s yearly rummage sale during the summer provides the funding for this scholarship.

Application forms are available from high school counselors or by request at dkg.gamma.maui@gmail.com Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15.


Association to award scholarships

The Portuguese Association of Maui is accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships for college-level studies in accredited institutions.

Applicants must be of Portuguese or part-Portuguese descent and residents of Maui County.

Applications are available from all high school counselors in Maui County or by writing to Scholarship Chairman, Portuguese Association of Maui, P.O. Box 838, Wailuku 96793.

Applications and all required documents must be postmarked no later than March 31 to be considered.

For further information, contact Scholarship Chairwoman Audrey Rocha Reed at 243-0065 or 871-7052.


Vendors sought for gift show

The Lahaina Yacht Club Boomvangers will host its fifth annual gift show in the courtyard at the Pioneer Inn at 658 Wharf St. in Lahaina from noon to 4 p.m. on April 10.

The Boomvangers is the auxiliary group of the Lahaina Yacht Club. Activities benefit LYC programs and the local community. The ongoing programs raise monies for scholarships, junior sailing programs and Keiki Christmas.

The gift show event is free to the public.

The Boomvangers is currently taking reservation for vendors. The cost is $25; a registration form must be completed and 10 percent of vendor sales will go to help fund Boomvangers programs.

The deadline is April 6 for registration and payment. For information, email boomvangers@lyc.us or visit the Lahaina Yacht Club on Front Street to pick up a vendor form, or visit www.lyc.us.


Library seeks poems and art submissions

Members of the public are invited to contribute an original poem and/or a picture they have made (8.5 inches by 11 inches or smaller) to Kihei Public Library in anticipation of National Poetry Month in April and the library’s 20th anniversary.

Submissions will be on display at the library through April with one submission allowed per person. Contributors are asked to express their thoughts about the library, about reading and about being a lifelong learner.


Ocean activity for special needs keiki

World-class ocean athlete Andrea Moller will host the fourth annual Imua Keiki o ke Kai, a unique event to provide children with special needs an opportunity to bond and participate in ocean sports with a who’s who list of top professional water sports athletes at 10 a.m. April 3 at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului.

Imua Keiki o ke Kai is a pre-event to the long running BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua Maliko Downwind race. Camp Imua’s keiki will participate in stand-up paddling, double-hulled outrigger canoe paddling and Jet Ski rides during Imua Keiki o ke Kai.

Imua Keiki o ke Kai was inspired by Moller’s vision to offer the children of Camp Imua an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with ocean athletes in a safe and supervised environment.

Imua Keiki o ke Kai is actively seeking volunteers to assist with the 2016 event. People with inquiries may visit imuakeiki.com/contact/. To learn more about BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua, visit www.paddleimua.com.


‘Legends’ event tickets on sale

The fourth “Legends of Lahainaluna” Awards ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. April 3 at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. The event honors individuals and businesses that have significantly contributed to Lahainaluna High School and the Lahainaluna community.

This year, the Lahainaluna High School Foundation will honor former principal Michael Nakano with the individual award, and TS Restaurants with the business award. The foundation will also present its posthumous award to the Rev. Sheldon Dibble (1809-1845), one of the original teachers at Lahainaluna.

There will be a buffet dinner, two-hour hosted bar, live music performed by Al Nip and the awards ceremony.

Tickets are $100 per person and $900 for tables of 10. To reserve seats, use the donor form at www.lahainalunahighschoolfoundation.org, or call 214-2839. Seating is limited.

Local Briefs

Maui water supply director will speak

The Rotary Club of Kahului will host Dave Taylor, director of Maui County’s Department of Water Supply, to speak to its members and guests at the club’s weekly luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Cafe O Lei at The Dunes at Maui Lani.

Taylor will present an update on the county’s water supply, including answering questions about the county’s current thinking

about water rights, water quality, the forecasted impact of HC&S’ cessation of cane production on Maui’s water supply and the county’s response to it.

Taylor is a 25-year Maui resident with a bachelor’s degree in environmental and mechanical engineering, and a master’s degree in structural engineering.

A public servant in various engineering and management positions for two decades, he has served as Maui County’s director of water supply since 2011.

Cost to attend is $20 and includes lunch.

For more information, call club President Kelli Myers at 250-7573.


UH Maui Fit offering a spring discount

Beginning Monday, UH Maui Fit is offering a 50 percent discount on memberships for the spring semester, which runs through May 13.

Memberships offer unlimited access to fitness classes and open gym sessions at the fitness center on the first floor of the Pilina Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The center offers fitness classes including yoga, RIPPED, freestyle core training, Zumba, Roll It With Pilates, Muay Thai Novice, boot camp and Hit Fit.

With the half-price discount, membership is $28 for UH-MC students, $38 for UH-MC faculty and staff, $45 for the public and $38 for seniors ages 55 and older and veterans. Monthly memberships are also available for $30. There is a $5 drop-in cost for individual classes.

For more information, call 984-3430, send email to MauiFit@hawaii.edu or go online to maui.hawaii.edu/studentlife/uh-maui-fit/.


Honey and bees topic of presentation

The South Maui Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Activities Room of Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.

The guest speaker will be Christy Gusman from the Circle L Ranch. She will be sharing information on how the Circle L Ranch Honey is a high-quality, 100 percent farm-to-table product – all from hives on Maui. She will bring samples to taste and share information on beekeepers and how to help protect bees.

For further information, call South Maui AARP Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.


Mark Hayes will perform at church

Award-winning concert pianist Mark Hayes will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena. Members of Na Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir of the church, will be singing three anthems arranged and composed by Hayes. Donations will be accepted.

Hayes’ personal catalog totals more than 1,000 published works.


Keiki Art Camp offered in Haiku

A Keiki Art Camp will be offered Wednesday to March 24 at the Treehouse in Haiku. This program, for children ages 5 and older, will feature local artist Parker Detchon teaching classes in drawing, painting and sculpture, and activities like group murals and art games.

Two, back-to-back, four-day sessions are being offered. Drop-off is at 8:30 a.m. daily and pickup at 4 p.m. with breaks for snack time and lunch every day.

The day rate is $80, and a weekly discount of 10 percent applies for every four-day purchase. Pre-enrollment is required to avoid a day of sign-up fee of $15. To register and for more information, call 298-2702.


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 2 p.m. Monday at Hale Makua in Wailuku.

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

Degree programs currently available include master’s degrees in nursing and kinesiology; certificates in health care administration and veterinary assisting; and bachelor’s degrees in social sciences, health care administration and nursing, among others.

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


Women’s history theme of lecture

Using Judy Chicago’s monumental work of art, The Dinner Party, as a backdrop, Carol Hogard will examine the life and works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton during a 6 p.m. lecture Tuesday at Kihei Public Library.

The lecture will conclude with recommendations for reading and a question-and-answer session.

This event, in celebration of Women’s History Month, is appropriate for ages 18 and older.

Hogard is retired from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.


Silver silk lei available for free

The Hale Kau Kau feeding program celebrated its 25th anniversary this month and as part of the celebration provided silver silk flower lei to all who attended. Many people returned the lei as they left the event.

Hale Kau Kau has a few hundred lei it can give away free to any organization or couple planning a 25th anniversary celebration. If interested, contact 875-8754 or halekaukau@rcchawaii.org.


Stone carving topic of free workshop

Master carver and Hawaiian traditionalist Hoaka Delos Reyes will give a free stone-carving workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hale Ho’ike’ike Museum in Wailuku. Reyes will be presenting a selection of his art and working implements with a hands-on activity of creating kukui hele po, or traditional Hawaiian stone lamps.

Maile Delos Reyes will have iced mamaki lemongrass tea and ulu kalo corned beef burgers for sale during the lunch hours to benefit the historical society.

No registration is necessary. The activity is free of charge until supplies run out. The museum is at 2375A Main St.


‘Uncle Wayne’ visiting libraries

“Uncle Wayne” Watkins and the Howling Dog Band, a popular musical quartet for keiki, will perform at three Maui public libraries Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.

All young children and especially 2- to 6-year-olds, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited.

The Maui Friends of the Library and the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund are sponsoring these one-hour programs:

* Thursday, 10 a.m. – Makawao Public Library.

* Friday, 10 a.m. – Wailuku Public Library.

* Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – Kihei Public Library.

The event schedule is subject to change.

If a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed, contact the hosting library as soon as possible.

For more information, please call the hosting library or visit www.librarieshawaii.org.


Rummage sale to benefit heart walk

A rummage sale organized by Service Rentals to benefit the American Heart Association Maui Heart Walk will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

There will be clothes, baby items, linens, books, household items, furniture and equipment.

All of the proceeds from the rummage sale will go to the Maui Heart Walk.

Service Rentals is located at 147 Kalepa Place in Kahului.


Maui Breakfast Club returning

The Maui Breakfast Club radio show will return to the airwaves on Friday at 7:06 a.m. on radio station KAOI, 1110 AM, 96.7 FM and kaoi1110.com. The show broadcasts every Friday.

The program is hosted by public relations consultant and writer Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez and actress and singer Karli Rose.

To schedule a guest opportunity or to announce an event or fundraiser, contact the show at tominmaui@icloud.com at least two weeks before the event.

Local Briefs

Developers to share plans at meeting

Several developers will give presentations at the 7 p.m. general membership meeting of the Waikapu Community Association Monday at the Waikapu Community Center. Presentations are as follows:

* Alexander & Baldwin is proposing 900-plus units on 123 acres at the south side of Waiko Road and Kuihelani Highway. This project is the first of two phases. Phase 2 would be on the north side of Waiko Road sitting on 442 acres and starting at a later date.

* Mike Atherton, owner of The Maui Tropical Plantation, will speak about the development of Waikapu Country Town. The community would be located on 500 acres with 1,400 units planned, and includes the plantation as the hub of the town. Atherton will address relocating the plantation outside of the residential area closer to the Kahili Golf Course in the near future.

* Josh and Seth Carvalho will discuss their Wagons of Waikapu plans for the corner of Kuihelani and Honoapiilani highways.

For more information, contact Waikapu Community Association at “mailto:waikapuca@gmail.com”>waikapuca@gmail.com or call WCA President Reid Kawabata at (808) 344-0906.


Roaring ’20s theme of fundraising event

Women Helping Women will present its annual fundraiser, “The Roaring ’20s,” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

Highlights will include theme-based table designs by Maui businesses. Students of University of Hawaii Maui College culinary instructor Cheech Shurilla will create one-of-a-kind edible works of art in this theme with spun sugar, pastillage and fondant, according to an announcement.

Entertainment will be provided by John Cruz and Jarrett Roback, as well as DJ Karen Be. Mistress of ceremonies will be Kathy Collins and Tony Takitani is the guest auctioneer. Guests will also be invited to participate in a Charleston dancing contest.

Ticket prices are $150 for individuals and $1,650 for a table of 11. To purchase tickets, visit www.womenhelpingwomenmaui.com or call 446-7342.


Shave ice sales to help feed keiki

One hundred percent of all shave ice sales by Maui Girlz Shave Ice from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Swap Meet will be donated to the Aloha Backpack Buddies Program.

The Maui Food Bank program provides elementary school children who are on the free and reduced meal program at their school with a pre-filled backpack on Friday that contains six meals they take home for the weekend. The food bank provides 1,212 backpacks a month to children who are at risk of going hungry.


Forest restoration trip on March 26

Auwahi Forest Restoration Project volunteers will meet at Ulupalakua Ranch Store on March 26 for a work excursion from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to rough, steep terrain, hiking boots that cover the ankle are required.

Volunteers should pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. There is a limited number of four-wheel drive vehicles and limited room for volunteers. To RSVP, email outreachauwahi@gmail.com by Monday.


Ho’omau 2016 at botanical gardens

The 29th annual Ho’omau 2016 to benefit Punana Leo o Maui Hawaiian Language Immersion Preschool will take place from 9 a.m. to sunset March 19 at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului.

The event will feature Hawaiian music, live and silent auctions, hale ‘awa, a keiki zone, more than 40 Maui crafters, seven food booths, a country store and cultural demonstrations.

Presale tickets are $10 and available through Punana Leo parents, all Minit Stop locations, Native Intelligence in Wailuku and U’i Gallery in Kahului. Tickets at the gate will be $15.


Day of celebration at Lahaina library

Lahaina Public Library will celebrate its 60th anniversary Saturday with activities and performances scheduled every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band will be the first act at 10 a.m., followed by a storytime with Dave DelRocco at 11 a.m., steel guitar with Joel Katz at noon, “The Story in Your Palm” at 1 p.m. with Nancy Phleger, “Feng Shui for Love & Money” with Clear Englebert at 2 p.m., and a reading by Maui author Rick Ludwig at 3 p.m.


Applications for scholarships offered

The Maui Puerto Rican Association is accepting scholarship applications for college-level studies. The association will award six grants totaling $4,950 this year.

The first-place award is $1,000. Two awards are $850 each for second place. Three grants in the amount of $750 each are for third-place winners.

High school seniors and students already enrolled in an accredited college who are of Puerto Rican or part Puerto Rican ancestry are invited to apply.

Applications are due March 31 and may be downloaded at mauipuertoricanassociation.org.

Applications must be mailed to the Maui Puerto Rican Association, P.O. Box 791057, Paia 96779. No online applications will be accepted. Winners will be announced in June and awards presented in July.


Open house set at Sacred Hearts

Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina will have an open house from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The school’s 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade classes offer learning experiences in a Christ-centered environment, according to an announcement. Classes are limited to the first 25 students to be registered.

Registration and financial aid information will be available. Attendees will learn about the school’s sailing program, learning journeys, garden, East Coast trip, opportunities to earn high school credit and more.

For additional information, contact principal@shsmaui.org or pwurst@shsmaui.org.


‘Beat the Heat’ spay clinic for cats

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui will have a “Beat the Heat” spay/neuter clinic for cats on Sunday at 355 Hukilike St. in Kahului. Feral, community and pet cats are welcome.

For an appointment time or information on fixing a cat, volunteering or to sponsor a “fix,” contact SPCA Maui Director Peter Tierney at 633-1678 or info@spcamaui.org.


Monsanto Hawaii offers scholarships

Applications are being accepted for Monsanto Hawaii’s two scholarship programs – the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship and the Monsanto Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship.

High school seniors interested in a life sciences degree are invited to apply. As many as 10 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded in 2016. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of all high schools in Hawaii who will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a discipline related to the life sciences. The deadline for applications is April 1.

The Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship was established to encourage students interested in a career in agriculture. Applicants must have been accepted, or are currently enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university and pursuing a degree in an agricultural science program or related discipline. The deadline for applications is May 1.

Applications for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship and Monsanto Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship can be downloaded online at www.monsantohawaii.com or call (808) 685-8664.

Local Briefs

Sale will benefit 9th Life Hawaii

A garage sale to benefit the nonprofit 9th Life Hawaii cat sanctuary will be held Saturday in Kihei. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 231 Kawailani Circle in Piilani Village.

Donations of good saleable items will be accepted Thursday and Friday. To arrange to drop off donations, call 298-1207 or 385-0699. Donations are tax deductible for 9th Life Hawaii, which is a 501(3)(c) organization.

The group has spayed more than 7,000 cats and has adopted out hundreds of cats over the years. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help the organization can call 9th Life Hawaii at 572-3499 or go to its website at www.9thlifehawaii.org.


Theater group to perform at library

Hawaii Opera Theatre will perform an abbreviated version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at Kihei Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The story is told through Papageno, the unwilling companion of a foreign prince, Tamino, who has been sent on a quest to rescue the daughter of the mysterious Queen of the Night from her captor, the priest Sarastro.

Volunteers from the audience will be invited to participate in the production. Appropriate for ages 5 and up, the program is sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library.

For more information, call the library at 875-6833.


Bereavement support group forming

“Reconnecting with Life after Loss,” a five-session bereavement support group, will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings from Thursday to April 14 at Hospice Maui in Wailuku.

Due to the sequential nature of the material provided, participants are advised to commit to all five sessions, according to a news release. The sessions are for those who are grieving the death of a loved one and are ready to re-enter life with renewed and newfound inspiration, the release states. The focus is on establishing a renewed sense of self, purpose and personal interest. This program is offered free of charge. Having had loved ones served by Hospice Maui is not a requirement to participate.

To register, contact Joyce Lechuga at (808) 446-7609 or joyce.hospicemaui@gmail.com. Hospice Maui is at 400 Mahalani St. Program facilitators are Lechuga and Evelyn Billington.


Dramatic reading at Kihei library

Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck) will give a dramatic reading of the Classics Illustrated comic book biography of Davy Crockett at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kihei Public Library. Following the reading, there will be a short discussion.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Business in Hawaii focus of presentation

“The Triple Bottom Line of Doing Business in Hawaii: Kuleana, Malama and Aloha” will be presented on Thursday by Mahina Martin, director of government and community relations of Maui Electric. The program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Max’s restaurant in Kahului.

The luncheon is being organized by the Hawaii chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Public relations, communications and marketing practitioners and business owners are invited to attend.

The cost is $30 for PRSA members and $35 for nonmembers. The price includes lunch at Max’s restaurant. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/triple-bottom-line-of-doing-business-in-hawaii-kuleana-malama-and-aloha-tickets-22290411220 or email christina@storieology.com.


BHS wins mikoshi design contest

Baldwin High School has been named the winner of Honolulu Festival’s 13th annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest.

The students credited in creating the winning design will travel to Oahu for the 22nd annual Honolulu Festival Friday through Sunday. The winning design will be displayed before tens of thousands of residents and visitors.

A mikoshi is a decorative float unique to specific prefectures in Japan that is carried by groups of celebrants during festivals. High schools on Maui were invited to submit a mikoshi design based on this year’s Honolulu Festival theme: “Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace.”

Under the guidance of Baldwin Japanese language teacher Rory Sato, students drew inspiration from the festival theme, connecting both Hawaiian and Japanese culture in an elaborate way, tying in symbols that represent forms of “cultural harmony and peace” and worldwide unity.

Baldwin’s mikoshi will be displayed at the Hawai’i Convention Center on Saturday, and then carried through Waikiki in the Grand Parade on Sunday.

The students’ four-panel design includes a canoe to represent the synergy and teamwork that is needed to achieve cultural harmony and peace; turtles to help guide people through the rough seas; lei to express a welcoming sense of aloha; and mats to represent how communities and cultures harmoniously intertwine.


Governance is topic of talk on Monday

The Rotary Club of Kahului will host Madge Schaefer, vice chair of the Special Committee on Governance, to speak to its members and guests at the club’s weekly luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Cafe O Lei at The Dunes at Maui Lani.

The special committee was appointed by the Maui County Council to study the options of maintaining the county’s current council-mayor form of governance or switching to council-manager system. It will make a recommendation to the council. If any change is proposed, it will appear on the November ballot.

Schaefer will provide an update on the committee’s progress and explain benefits and drawbacks to both options. She will be representing her own views, not those of the special committee.

Cost to attend is $20 and includes lunch.

Schaefer suggests that attendees watch a brief video before attending, which clearly explains the difference between the two forms of governance being explored, at youtube/fWMfuzwFtNg.

For more information, call club president Kelli Myers at 250-7573.


Organist to perform at Kula church

Greg Zelek, an organist who has performed with orchestras in Miami, New Jersey and New York,

will give a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kula. Zelek will play a variety of works, from quiet contemplation to loud exuberance.

The performance is being sponsored by The Hawaii Chapter of The American Guild of Organists and St. John’s Episcopal Church.


Indoor air quality expert will speak

Michael Wilkin, owner of Clean Island Breathing LLC in Lahaina, will be guest speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue restaurant in Wailea. The meeting will run from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Clean Island Breathing solves indoor air-quality issues for both commercial and residential customers, according to an announcement. Wilkin will give an overview of air quality concerns, causes and effects.

Buffet lunch is $16; visitors are welcome.


Tea Party Maui to screen video

Tea Party Maui will continue its video seminar series with a screening of “The Making of America; The Birth of a Nation” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Garden Room of Kalama Heights Center in Kihei.

This second lesson of a 12-lesson video presentation by the National Center for Constitutional Studies will cover how Thomas Jefferson discovered “America’s Freedom Formula” and the events leading up to independence.

Kalama Heights is at 101 Kanani Road. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact 214-2859 or info@teapartymaui.com.


Best diet for fitness, health topic of talk

“What Diet is Best for Fitness, Health, Athletes and Running a Marathon? – Low-Carb, Paleo, Atkins, Ketogenic, or Vegan?” That is the title of a 7 p.m. presentation by Jake Garvin at the Cameron Center on Thursday.

How can you eat to be so fit that you can run a marathon? Did we evolve as persistence hunters to eat meat? Are carbs good or bad? Is saturated fat OK after all? How did Jake Garvin run a marathon carrying a 100-pound log and a barbell? Garvin will give the answers to these questions and more.

Garvin started running the Honolulu Marathon in 2012 carrying a log of nearly 100 pounds,

and has run every year since carrying a log, barbell or cement blocks to raise awareness that meat is linked to cancer. He does this to prove that vegans can not only have endurance, but considerable strength and muscle mass, too, according to an announcement.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served courtesy of Down to Earth. For more information about this Vegetarian Society of Hawaii event, contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.


Law firm recognized with litigator award

The law firm of Krueger Wong, Trial Attorneys in Wailuku has been awarded the 2015 Litigator Award for extraordinary achievement in the fields of wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injury and insurance bad faith litigation.

The annual award recognizes trial law firms that “have attained extraordinary litigation achievement” in one or more of 72 practice specialty categories, according to a Litigator Awards news release. The award is based on verdict or settlement amounts.

To be eligible for the award, nominees must have at least one verified verdict or settlement in a practice specialty category of at least $1 million in the preceding five years; or at least $5 million in the preceding 10 years; or at least $10 million in the preceding 20 years before being nominated.

Fewer than 1 percent of lawyers reach the achievement, according to the news release.


School receives award for mural

Lanai High and Elementary School was recently honored for creating a 3,000-square-foot mural on the side of its gym inspired by the island chants, mele and hula.

The Cooke Beautification Award for Public Schools was presented to the school by the Hawai’i Community Foundation, on behalf of the Cooke Foundation. It was one of three public schools in the state to receive the award.

Students gathered inspiration for the mural by visiting several spiritual sites and studying the history, culture and importance of these different places with the help of many kupuna and mentors. The painting of the murals itself was done by students, adult artists from Lanai and mentors from community arts nonprofit 808 Urban.


Students complete acts of kindness

Kamehameha Schools Maui 3rd-graders completed “1,000 Acts of Kindness” as their annual service project, according to an announcement. Forty-four students each completed approximately 25 kind acts in school, at home and within their community.

They were rewarded with a class social at Fun Factory Maui Mall – receiving goodies, snacks, treats and 90 minutes of game time.


Students honored for art submissions

Four Seabury Hall seniors were honored Feb. 20 at the Honolulu Museum of Art for their winning submissions to the 2016 Regional Scholastic Arts Awards.

Ruby Turner was awarded two Gold Keys, Ally Smith a single Gold Key, Jasmine Patel two Silver Keys and Holly Weisel a single Silver Key. In addition to being exhibited at the museum, the Gold Key pieces will be submitted to the 2016 National Scholastic Arts Awards for a chance at several scholarships.

The Scholastic Art Awards is an annual competition sponsored by Scholastic Inc. honoring students for creative excellence. Previous Scholastic Art Award winners include Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon and Kay WalkingStick.


Easter egg hunt for young keiki

Children up to age 5 are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at 10:05 a.m. Saturday at Kihei Public Library.

Each plastic egg will contain one small surprise (sticker, chocolate, temporary tattoo). Children are asked to bring their own basket to gather eggs. Older siblings may accompany their little brothers or sisters, with the understanding that this hunt, sponsored by the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund, is for children 5 and under.


Club to present ‘Blue Hawaii’

“Blue Hawaii . . . An Evening With Elvis!” will be presented by The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea from 5 to 9 p.m. March 19 at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

The evening will include a silent auction, buffet, Elvis show featuring Darren Lee and his band, DJ music and dancing.

Tickets are $65. To purchase, see mauirotary.org and click on the “Blue Hawaii” icon to buy via PayPal. Tickets, if still available, may also be purchased at the door.


Service, picnic for earthquake victims

To remember those many victims who were affected by the tragic earthquake that struck Japan five years ago, especially those who lost their lives and/or homes, the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui invites its members and the public to a prayer service and picnic from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Japanese gardens at Kepaniwai Park in Iao Valley.

Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket or beach chairs to this family-friendly event.


Annual luau at Keawala’i church

Keawala’i Congregational Church will present its 25th annual luau from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the church grounds in Makena. The theme is Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi (Love One Another).

Entertainment will feature Keola Donaghy and students from the Institute of Hawaiian Music – University of Hawaii Maui College; Ahumanu with Reiko Fukino; and Kumu hula Kahulu Maluo Halau Kamaluokaleihulu.

Food service will be at noon.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. For more information, contact 879-5557 or keawalai@hawaii.rr.com.

Local Briefs

Business planning classes are forming

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

The classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through Aug. 19.

One-hour introductory classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Maui County Business Resource Center in Maui Mall and from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at MEO’s Family Center, 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.

For more information, call MEO at 249-2990.


Filing unemployment claim topic of talk

A presentation about how to file an unemployment claim will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wailuku Public Library. A slide show will walk attendees through the process of filing a claim for the first time, and a question-and-answer period will follow.

The library will also offer hands-on help for those who need to create an email account, or for those who need to sign up with HireNet to search for work. These sessions will be held in the Wailuku Library’s Learning Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday and March 15, and at 3 p.m. on March 11 and 18.

Seating in the Learning Center for the hands-on sessions is limited. Call the library at 243-5766 to register for a place at one of these sessions. All programs are free and open to the public.


NASA-themed curriculum shared

Bishop Museum is presenting teacher workshops to share NASA-themed curriculum that has been developed under the auspices of Bishop Museum’s NASA grant, “Celestial Islands: Using NASA Earth Science to Reach Hawai’i’s Educators and Students.”

The 3rd- to 5th-grade curriculum was created by the NASA STEM teacher team, a team of teachers working with Bishop Museum staff, and has been vetted and approved by NASA. The workshop series consists of a debut “face-to-face” workshop followed by online sessions. Hawaii Department of Education teachers may receive two professional development credits for attending the workshop and online follow-up sessions.

The Maui County workshops are as follows:

* Molokai: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., March 16 – Molokai High School Library. RSVP by March 9 at bit.ly/earth-molokai.

* Maui: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., March 19 – Pu’u Kukui Elementary School Cafeteria, Wailuku. RSVP by March 12 at bit.ly/earth-maui.


Rotary Club to meet in Makawao

Teena Rasmussen, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development director, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday at Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli, 1188 Makawao Ave. in Makawao. An $18 fee includes breakfast.

For more information, contact President Zak Pacholl at (503) 550-6666 or zakpacholl.rotary@gmail.com.