Local Briefs


Animals’ sentience topic of free talk

“Why Be Vegan? What Animal Communication Research Can Tell Us,” a talk by Victoria Anderson, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

According to animal communication research, animals are sentient and are much more like us than many believe.

Anderson, an associate professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will relate recent findings about animals’ sentience and share how this knowledge has convinced her of the truth of the statement, “Animals are here with us, not for us.”

This presentation is free; no reservations are needed. It is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. For more information, call 385-2790, email jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit vsh.org. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Down To Earth. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


Kite festival set at Keopuolani Park

The public is invited to the second annual Kite Festival hosted by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Keopuolani Park Field No. 8, located right below the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

This event is free. Kite kits to decorate will be available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit. Prizes will be available to the best-decorated kite.

Attendees may also bring their own kites — big or small, traditional or modern — and see them in action at the festival.

“It was wonderful to see our children participate in the festival last year so we decided to hold it again,” said Brian Sato, president of JCSM. “But the event is open to all ages, as this is an opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy flying kites.”

The mission of the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is to perpetuate the Japanese culture in the community. Kite flying in Japan dates back in the 16th century as a custom to pray for good health and a bright future. Kite festivals in Japan today include hundreds of large kites — a display of craftsmanship and skill.

For more information, email jcsmhawaii@gmail.com.


Plate lunch sales to benefit nonprofits

Tickets for chicken hekka plate lunches from Hale Mahaolu’s “Rhonda’s Kitchen” are available for $10. Drive-thru pickup will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Hale Mahaolu Akahi parking lot on Wakea Avenue in Kahului.

Staff members at Hale Mahaolu nominate local nonprofits to benefit from this 26th annual fundraiser. This year’s recipients will be Feed My Sheep Maui, Maui Food Bank, Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America and the Maui Special Fair Day for the Disabled.

Each Hale Mahaolu employee has tickets available for purchase. People may also call the kitchen office at 872-4170 to purchase tickets.


Center to benefit from program

Haku Baldwin Center has been selected as the beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up. Do Good.” program currently underway through September at all Maui Ohana Fuels locations.

Ohana Fuels will donate a portion of every gallon of gasoline purchased at all of its stations to Haku Baldwin Center.

The center is a nonprofit organization that fosters therapeutic partnerships between people and animals with a range of programs offered at no cost to the community, including: animal-assisted therapy/activities, humane animal education, therapeutic horseback riding and horsemanship for veterans.

“We are excited to announce we will be partnering with Haku Baldwin Center as our next ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ beneficiary,” said Kimo Haynes, president of Hawaii Petroleum. “We value the exceptional work Haku Baldwin Center does to help our ohana and we look forward to offering continued support in the community through our ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ program.”


Marine animals topic of presentation

Ed Lyman of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will speak at Wednesday’s noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea about marine animals and whale rescues.

The meeting will be held at Mulligans on the Blue and is open to the pubic. Lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Anxiety subject of ‘lunch and learn’

Mental Health America of Hawaii, Maui County will host a “lunch and learn” event titled “Anxiety Signs and Symptoms” from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Friday at the Cameron Center in Conference Room 2. Patti Sabla, from Live Life Better Solutions, will be the presenter. To RSVP, contact maui@mentalhealthhawaii.org.

Registration is also being accepted for a free training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Cameron Center titled “Youth Mental Health First Aid USA.”

The program introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

To register, email name and phone number to crice@hawaiidoe.k12.hi.us or call (808) 305-9798.


Read aloud program set at ocean center

Joanne Laird, program director for Read Aloud America, will present a Keiki Story Time at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Makai Theatre at the Maui Ocean Center.

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular ocean-themed children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Maui Ocean Center for the children.

At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select two brand-new books from the Read Aloud America library to take home. There will also be drawings for door prizes at the conclusion of the program.

Space is limited to 20 families and reservations must be made in advance at eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-read-aloud-america-tickets-34263704663. The first 20 families who register will receive a confirmation and meeting location.

This event is free and no aquarium admission is required. For further information, contact Laird at joanne_laird@readaloudamerica.org.


Relay for Life event coming to West Maui

American Cancer Society, together with survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community members, will present “Relay for Life of West Maui at the Carnival” from 3 p.m. to midnight Aug. 19 at the Lahaina Recreation Center Multipurpose Field No. 8, at the corner of Shaw Street and Ipu Aumakua Lane.

Teams will take turns walking or running around a track as a commitment that they will not rest until there is a cure for cancer. In keeping with the carnival theme, there will be food, games and entertainment for the whole family.

At 5 p.m. there will be a Survivors’ and Caregivers’ Lap followed by a special dinner to honor them.

At 8 p.m. there will be a Luminaria Ceremony to remember loved ones lost.

For more information or to register and donate, visit www.relayforlife.org/westmauihi.


Benefit night set at Flatbread Co.

Flatbread Co. in Paia will host Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute for a benefit pizza night from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds from every pizza sold during those hours will be donated to the marine institute.

The institute’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release threatened and endangered Hawaiian sea turtles, maintain a repository for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals and to provide educational opportunities in marine sciences and conservation at all levels.


AAUW announces lunch bunch event

The American Association of University Women’s lunch bunch will take place at noon Tuesday at Kalama Heights Independent Living, 101 Kanani Road in Kihei. Lunch will be provided by That’s a Wrap food truck. RSVP to Sara Green with menu selection at aauwlunchbunch@gmail.com or (907) 350-4700.


BHS announces first school days

The first day of school for freshmen and transfer students at Baldwin High School is Tuesday, according to an announcement. All students are to report starting Wednesday. Students are requested to bring their class schedule and special bell schedule distributed on registration day.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to sign up to receive the weekly Bear Bulletin to stay informed about school events. Contact the school’s PCNC Parent Facilitator Lorene Rodrigues at Lorene_Rodrigues@notes.k12.hi.us or hpbaldwinhs@baldwin.k12.hi.us. Include child’s full name, grade, parent name and email address.


Authors will be at Lahaina event

Members of Maui Writers Ink will be on hand Friday to sign copies of their inaugural collection of 33 stories and poems at the Local Authors Table during Lahaina’s Second Friday beginning at 5 p.m. at Campbell Park. Other local authors will be in attendance to sign books as well.


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