Local Briefs

Bianca Yanuaria

MHS graduate is counselor of year

Maui High School graduate Bianca Yanuaria is the Hawaii School Counselor of the Year and was honored Feb. 2 in Washington,

D.C., at the American School Counselor Association’s 2018 School Counselor of the Year Ceremony with former first lady Michelle Obama at the Kennedy Center. Yanuaria, a Keolu Elementary School counselor on Oahu, was selected out of more than 600 public and private school counselors across the state.


Maui Youth Rodeo event benefits keiki

A Maui Youth Rodeo Organization benefit will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Oskie Rice Arena in Makawao.

There will be free admission to daytime activities, which include a rodeo competition, jumping castles and food booths.

During the evening, there will be a pulehu steak dinner for $15 per person, live entertainment and both a live and silent auction. Parking will be free for the entire event.

Spectators can enjoy rodeo activities of American Cowboy Team Roping Association, open barrels, ribbon roping, open breakaway roping, ranch sorting and dummy roping.

Live music will be provided in the evening by Benny Uyetake, Corey Lum & Friends and will be followed with DJ music.

The highlight of the evening is the live auction, according to event organizers. Monies will help youths travel to state and national finals, and provide scholarships to seniors.


‘Mindful Happiness’ topic of presentation

Mental Health Kokua will present “An Evening of Mindfulness” featuring Steven Snyder at 7 p.m. Friday in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Snyder, one of the world’s foremost experts on accelerated learning and personal development, will be presenting “Mindful Happiness,” according to an announcement. Following the presentation, there will be a screening of “The Mindfulness Movie.”

Tickets are $18 (plus applicable fees). To purchase tickets, visit the MACC Box Office, call 242-7469 or visit mauiarts.org.


Caregivers and taxes topic of workshop

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging are offering the workshop “Caregivers . . . You and Your Taxes” at three locations.

Sue Dager, Maui area manager for H&R Block, will discuss tax benefits for caregivers and tax identity theft awareness on the following dates:

• 10 a.m. Tuesday — Hale Hulu Mamo in Hana (free lunch provided for attendees).

• 9:30 a.m. Wednesday — Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St., Lahaina.

• 9:30 a.m. March 27 — South Maui Adult Day Care Centers, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei.

The workshops are free and no reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided. Complimentary day care will be provided for adults during the Lahaina and Kihei workshops; call in advance to arrange care. For more information, call Kathleen Couch 871-5804.


Rummage sale will benefit halau

Halau Hula Kauluokala will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lihikai School Cafeteria, 335 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.

Sale items will include clothes, books, kitchen utensils, collectibles, electronics, baked goods and plants. Donations of saleable items are welcome.

This fundraiser is for Halau Hula Kauluokala. For more information, contact Uluwehi Guerrero at 250-8581.


Ho’olaulea set in Kahikinui region

Ka Ohana O Kahikinui Inc. will present Kokua Keiki Ho’olaulea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place 13.5 miles after Grandma’s Coffeehouse in Keokea, just past Mile Marker 23 on Piilani Highway.

Children 10 years of age and under will be admitted for free. Adult admission is $10.

There will be a bounce house, vendors, local food, silent auction, activities for children including shirt decorating and necklace making, and live entertainment.

All proceeds will be benefit keiki of the Kahikinui region. Vendors are also being sought. For more information, including presale tickets, contact angel_kamaka@yahoo.com.


Civil defense topic at business mixer

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming business mixer on Maui’s civil defense readiness will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului. The guest speaker will be the new administrator for the Maui Emergency Management Agency, Herman Andaya Jr.

Maui Federal Credit Union, All Access Entertainment and Tante’s Island Cuisine are sponsoring this event. The business mixer is open to Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce members at a cost of $20 per person, and $25 per person for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the business mixer, call Sharon Zalsos at 359-1616.

Tante’s Island Cuisine is located in the Maui Seaside Hotel, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave.


AARP chapter plans meeting in Kula

The Kula AARP Chapter will hold its regular meeting Monday at the Kula Community Center, beginning with refreshments at 9 a.m. followed by a program at 9:30.

A representative from Habitat for Humanity will be share information about the organization’s home-repair program, called “A Brush with Kindness.”

Habitat partners with low-income homeowners to make critical home repairs and home improvements. Applications will be available at the meeting.

For further information, contact Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Energy efficiency subject of talk

Hannah Shipman of Blue Plant Foundation will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. Shipman will give a presentation about energy efficiency.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


AARP Hawaii hosts retirement workshop

AARP Hawaii is offering a “Think of Your Future” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Topics to be presented include “10 Steps to Get Ready for Retirement,” “Medicare 101” and “Social Security.”

The workshop is free and open to the public.


AAUW announces lunch meeting

The Maui community coordinator of Mental Health Maui, Danielle Marie Bergan, will be the guest speaker at the American Association of University Women’s meeting Saturday at Moose McGillycuddy’s, 2511 S. Kihei Road in Kihei.

The business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the speaker and then lunch at noon.

Bergan will talk about how growing up transgender impacted her life. She will read passages from her book, “It’s Always Okay To Be Me, A Journey to Recovering Lost Hope.” She will also provide current national statistics on the transgender community.

RSVP to Virginia Shaw at aauwspeakermeeting@yahoo.com or call 357-6805. Include menu choice. There will be a $3 charge for AAUW members and $5 for guests.


Photojournalist to speak at Akaku

Photojournalist and author Matthew Thayer will speak at the next installment of Akaku Upstairs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.

Thayer has been on the staff of The Maui News for nearly four decades. He will share highlights of his career, including the story of his coverage of the “miracle landing” of Aloha Flight 243 in 1988.

He will also delve into the future of journalism, reminisce on how covering Maui has changed through the decades and also share insights about writing novels. He released the fifth book in his time travel adventure series, “30,000 B.C. Chronicles,” last fall.

To RSVP, call 871-5554.


Three programs set at Kihei library

The following programs will be offered at the Kihei Public Library:

• 3 p.m., Wednesday — Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck) will give a dramatic reading of the Classics Illustrated comic book of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days”.

• 10:30 a.m., Thursday — Musician and early-education specialist Uncle Wayne Watkins will perform songs for toddlers and preschoolers.

• 10:30 a.m., Friday — A Kihei Charter School student will join the preschool story time and offer her skills to teach children and their accompanying caregivers some simple American Sign Language signs.


Kihei church plans rummage sale

Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church will have its annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Kilolani Hall, located at 100 Kulanihakoi St. in Kihei.

A collection of household items, clothing, tools and electronics, bed and bath linens, toys, books and furniture will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the church and its ministries. For more information, call 879-0161.


Cancer treatments theme of meeting

“The Treatment Decision Tree” will be the theme of the Men’s Cancer Support, Advocacy & Educational group meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7 of the J. Walter Cameron Center.

Sponsored by the Pacific Cancer Foundation and Answer Cancer Foundation, the gatherings on the first and third Wednesday of each month are designed to empower men to deal with what can be a life-changing diagnosis. For information, call Peter Kafka at 298-1655.


Spring bazaar at Kahului Hongwanji

Kahului Hongwanji will present its annual spring bazaar from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 291 S. Puunene Ave.

Food items for sale will include chow fun, Al’s BBQ pit teri chicken plate, pickled vegetables, cookies and other baked goods.

There will be plants, fresh vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, a country store and rummage items. Attendees are asked to bring their own reusable bag. For more information, call 871-4732.


Maui author will lead storytime

Children ages 3 to 8 are invited to a story time with Maui author Gill McBarnet from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Makawao Public Library. She will read her new book, “The Magical Journey from Hawai’i”, which takes young readers around the world and back to Hawaii again. After the story, keiki can enjoy a Playdough activity and games with prizes.

For more information, call the library at 573-8785.


Omidyar Fellows program recruiting

Change-makers and leaders statewide are invited to apply for the sixth cohort of the Omidyar Fellows. Founded in 2012, the program seeks to cultivate the conditions in which Hawaii thrives by equipping mid-career leaders with the skills and cross-sector relationships necessary to collectively effect societal change.

Applications are being accepted at www.omidyarfellows.org, and are due by noon April 26. Candidates will be selected based on their motivation and ability to make transformative change happen in Hawaii. Selected Fellows will participate in an executive-level, 15-month curriculum. The program provides travel stipends for Neighbor Island Fellows.

Omidyar Fellows, a program of the Hawaii Leadership Forum, commences in October with Cohort VI.


Sanctuary Saturday welcomes visitors

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center in Kihei will present Sanctuary Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31.

There’s free admission to enjoy displays, ocean views and other activities for adults and children.

The visitor center is located at 726 S. Kihei Road. For more information, call 879-2818.