Local Briefs

Obon Festival set at Lahaina mission

Lahaina Jodo Mission will observe its Obon Festival this year by commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, and the 50th anniversary of its Great Buddha (Daibutsu) on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the rededication ceremony of the Daibutsu will take place at 6 p.m., followed by the obon service. Bishop Koyu Sato, abbot of the Kamakura Daibutsu Temple, and visiting priests from Japan will assist in this special ceremony.

After the obon service, singer/songwriter Junta Hiromi from Tokunoshima Island in the Amami archipelago, Japan, will present a musical offering. There is no bon dance on this evening.

On Saturday, the obon service begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the floating lanterns procession and ceremony around 7:30. Maui Taiko will perform during the lantern ceremony at the temple courtyard. The bon dance will start around 8. Food concession will open at 5:30 with cultural favorites such as rolled sushi, chow fun, nishime and teriyaki beef plate. All are welcome to join the festivities. For more information, call 661-4304.


Pancake sales to benefit museum

The Makawao History Museum and Habibi restaurant will serve pancakes and Portuguese sausage on the morning of the Makawao Rodeo Parade starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The cost for this annual Paniolo Pancake Breakfast is $5 per person. The breakfast can be also taken out and enjoyed anywhere along the parade route.

Tickets are available for preorder at the museum, or at the door. All proceeds support the Makawao History Museum.

Habibi is located at 3655 Baldwin Ave.


Classmates plan 60th birthday bash

The Baldwin High School Class of 1976 will celebrate a 60th Birthday Bash from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 28 at

L’ava’s Sportsbar & Karaoke, 1088 Lower Main St. in Wailuku. The evening will include food, games and karaoke. The cost is $30. Organizers say 40 classmates have already have signed up and they need to get a full head count.

Checks should be made payable to BHS Class of 1976 and sent to P.O. Box 6204, Kahului 96733.

For more information, see HP Baldwin High School Class of 1976 on Facebook.


Registration set for youth swim lessons

Maui County’s free Learn to Swim Lessons for youths will hold registration for upcoming classes.

Registration will be held starting Monday and continue until spots are filled. Parents/guardians must register youths in person from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays at War Memorial Complex’s Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool, 700 Halia Nakoa St. in Wailuku.

Class registration is first-come, first-served and youths are required to do a swim assessment to determine level of participation.

The program dates, times and other details include:

• Level I: ages 4 to 8 (eight spots available), 3:45-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 13-23 at Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool.

• Level II: ages 5 to 17 (eight spots available), 3:45-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Sept. 24-Oct. 3 at Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool.

For more information, contact Fran Yamamoto, 270-6138, or Shanon Yoshimoto, 270-7394, of the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Pools Section.


Large garage sale at Makawao temple

Makawao Buddhist Temple will present its annual Bazaar and Garage Sale on Saturday and July 8 at 1074 Makawao Ave. The garage sale will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and the bazaar and garage sale will take place from 7 a.m. to noon July 8.

During the bazaar on July 8, there will be chow fun, pickled peaches, bentos, baked goods, plants and preserves offered for sale in addition to the garage sale covering more than 3,000 square feet.

The garage sale on Saturday and July 8 will include a selection of clothing, furniture, appliances, cookware and collectables.

For more information, call 572-7229.


Woodturner will give workshop

Woodturner Stuart Allan Batty, the last woodturner to come out of the British apprentice system, will give a woodturning demonstration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. He will emphasize traditional tools and cutting techniques.

The cost is $75 and includes a one-year membership to the Maui Woodturners Association. For more information, including the location of the daylong workshop, contact Emiliano Achaval at (808) 854-1028.


Fuel purchases will benefit nonprofit

The Maui office of Mental Health America of Hawaii has been selected as the upcoming beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up. Do Good.” program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the local community and donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline purchased at Ohana Fuels stations in that community.

For the months of July through September, the donation will go to the Maui office of Mental Health America of Hawaii.

The largely volunteer MHA-Maui branch was founded in 1972. It serves all three islands through its mission of promoting mental wellness through education, advocacy and service.

For more information, visit www.ohanafuels.com or mentalhealthhawaii.org.


Rummage sale at Kahului Union

Kahului Union Church will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 101 W. Kamehameha Ave. Sale items will include kitchenware, small appliances, clothing, handbags and footwear, books, toys, craft items, holiday decor and furniture.

Barbecue ribs, teriyaki chicken plate lunches, hot dogs, baked goods, snacks and beverages will also be on sale in the courtyard food tent. Music will be performed by HIZ band from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the church’s local Benevolent Ministry.