Local Briefs

Climate change topic of presentation

The public is invited to learn more about the impacts of climate change on Maui’s coastal areas, including big waves, flooding, erosion and more, at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the Maui Harbor Shops in Maalaea.

The guest presenters are:

• Bradley Romine, Ph.D., coastal management and resilience specialist, University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program, Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience.

• Tara Owens, coastal processes and hazards specialist, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (partnered with Maui County’s Planning Department).

Attendees are welcome to bring questions about managed retreat, beach replenishment and other issues relating to the impact of climate change on Maui’s shorelines.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

To learn more, visit www.mauireefs.org.


2-day Obon festival at Paia mission

The Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission continues its tradition of obon services, music, dancing and taiko performances on Friday and Saturday. The schedule each evening includes a Soto Zen obon service at 6 p.m., a taiko drum performance at 7 featuring Maui Taiko on Friday and Zenshin Daiko on Saturday, and then a bon dance from 7:30 to 9:30. Food booths open at 6.

Obon is the annual summer festival held at Buddhist temples to remember and honor loved ones who have passed. The public is welcome to join celebration and fellowship.

Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission is located at 253 Hana Highway. Additional parking will be available at the Paia Community Center. For more information, call 579-8051.


Hip-hop event for families at library

In celebration of the statewide summer reading program, “Mr. Kneel” (Neil McIntrye) will share his love for reading through beatbox and rhyme from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Makawao Public Library.

McIntyre is a hip-hop emcee and beatboxer, according to an announcement. This event is suitable for the whole family and is sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library.

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


Therapy dogs topic for guest speaker

Melodie Ulman, executive director of Caring K9 Therapy Dogs, will be the guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Smart Driver Course in Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Kalama Heights in Kihei.

The course is designed for drivers ages 50 and older, but all adults are welcome. 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 $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer three-year discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested.

To register, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308.


Rummage sale set at St. Ann’s Church

St. Ann’s Church in Waihee will have its annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the church property at 40 Kuhinia St.

In addition to rummage sale items, there will be St. Ann’s bread, barbecue steak plate, pancit, vegetable and banana lumpia, baked goods, plants, fruits and vegetables available for sale.


Drain stenciling event in Lahaina

The West Maui Kumuwai campaign and partners are hosting a storm-drain stenciling event in Lahaina on Saturday. Volunteers will stencil the drains along the north and south end of Front Street (excluding the Historic District) and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lahaina United Methodist Church (north end of Front Street, corner of Baker and Front streets). Training in the method and all materials required will be provided by organizers.

Storm-drain stenciling is a suitable activity for all ages over 12, and a way to raise awareness about the connections between land and ocean, according to organizers.

Participants should bring a water bottle and sun protection; other necessary materials and refreshments will be provided. All youths must be accompanied by an adult.

To sign up or ask any questions about the event, contact Liz Foote at 283-1631 or WestMauiKumuwai@gmail.com.


Festival kicks off initiative at QKC

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center will unveil its “QKC Cares” initiative with a summer festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday that features a chance to win a $500 shopping spree and other giveaways. Family activities include a “Touch a Truck” display and keiki IDs, and Next Level Entertainment’s DJ Joe Cortez with Charly Espina Takahama of 99.9 KISS FM.

Families can bring their keiki to meet first responders, explore their vehicles and get photo identification cards for children ages 12 and younger. Families also can explore community resources at booths by organizations including Maui Fire Department, Maui Humane Society, Maui United Way and more.

Attendees will receive a stamp card to visit the community resource booths and vote for the nonprofit organization of their choice. The nonprofit organization that wins the most votes will receive a check from the proceeds of event booth fees.

For more information about the initiative and the event, visit www.qkccares.com.


Visiting authors will sign books

Maui Writers Ink will host two authors from the Mainland at its Local Authors Table during Lahaina’s Second Friday event beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at Campbell Park.

California’s Judith Pinkerton Josephson will sign copies of her latest novel, “Dear Heart: The Courting Letters,” which weaves a tapestry from two intersecting love stories a century apart.

New Jersey’s John Schieman will present his series, “The Genesis Directive,” which involves a clandestine organization intent on establishing a new world order.

Local author Elaine Gallant will sign copies of “The 5th C: A CIA Novel” involving intrigue with the CIA, Russia and a purported stash of diamonds.

Maui Writers Ink will be selling its two books, “Short Stories and Poems” and “Supernatural Tales.”