Local Briefs

Nawang Khechog

Tibetan flute player featured at concert

The public is invited to “Sounds of Tibet and Universal Love & Compassion,” an evening of Tibetan music by Grammy-nominated Tibetan flute player Nawang Khechog, accompanied by Maui musician Sal Godinez on piano.

The evening is dedicated to Maui’s late Tibetan Venerable Lama Dhondup Gyaltsen, and will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Makawao Union Church. Tickets to the concert are $25. They can be purchased at tibetanflute.eventbrite.com.

Gyaltsen died on May 25 after a lifetime of monastic life and service to the community.

Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Joylene Nina Tabon


Pageant crowns Miss Maui Filipina

Joylene Nina Tabon was crowned Miss Maui Filipina 2018 at the 59th Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant on June 30 at the Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott. The event was presented by the Maui Filipino Community Council.

Among Tabon’s prizes are a scholarship award, a round-trip ticket to the Philippines and a $500 travel allowance.

The new Miss Maui Filipina 2018 is the daughter of Orlie and Jeannie Tabon of Kihei. She graduated from Maui High School.

Winners of the Lahaina Cannery Mall SING IT! Youth Singing Competition are second-place winner Leimana Purdy (from left), first-place winner Tasha Aco and third-place winner Jena Mukai.

She received the Most Photogenic and Most Tickets Sold awards and won the interview, swimsuit and speech competitions. The first runner-up was Vanessa Joy Baldos. She won the talent competition and won the Social Media and Most Ads sold awards.

Second runner-up was Fayma Sales and she won the Best Terno Design award.


Teenage SING IT! winners announced

Lahaina Cannery has announced the winners of its second annual SING IT! Youth Singing Competition, which took place June 23. Ten Maui teens competed to win cash prizes totaling $1,800.

Shanelle Ancheta

Fourteen-year-old Tasha Aco’s powerful performance of Adele’s “When We Were Young” brought her the highest point total of the day and she was awarded the $1,000 first-place prize. The second-place prize of $500 went to Leimana Purdy, 14, who sang a beautiful Hawaiian song called “Nani Nani Yenuse” by Napalapalai. Placing third, and winning $300, was Jena Makai, 15, for her performance of “Burn” from the musical “Hamilton.”

KAOI Radio DJ Cindy Paulos was the emcee and the panel of judges for the competition was KAOI Radio’s Jack Gist, Kula singer/guitarist Mitch Kepa and vocalist Gina Martinelli.


Korean War vets recognize student

The Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 282, presented 2018 Maui High School graduate Shanelle Ancheta a certificate of appreciation on

June 4 at Tiffany’s Bar & Grill and a gift for her work in assembling an exhibit featuring Korean combat veterans from Maui. The exhibit is on display at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Kahului.

Anchetta was a valedictorian of her class and maintained a 4.0-grade-level average. She will be attending University of San Francisco in the fall under a full scholarship. She’s the daughter of Celos and Grace Ancheta.


Project Backpack seeks donations

The Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle is partnering with MEO Head Start for Project Backpack 2018 to collect donations of school supplies. Supplies will be added to prepurchased backpacks donated by the Kiwanis Club to be given to MEO Head Start keiki transitioning into kindergarten in August. The goal is to provide a backpack with supplies to 200 Head Start children to begin a successful start for school readiness.

Suggested school supplies are scissors (blunt), boxes of eight large crayons, 24-count crayons, 4-ounce white glue, box of No. 2 pencils, box of 10 broad-tip markers and large plastic school boxes.

Items may be dropped off at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center during the following hours:

5-9 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22, 5-9 p.m. July 27, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 28, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29.


Conservation theme of free training

A Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness Training will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Kihei.

Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness aims to connect conservation professionals with tourism professionals to increase the quality of nature interpretation and the level of awareness of Hawaii’s unique natural resources. These trainings focus on watersheds, native plants and animals, and invasive species.

Presentations are simple, educational, fact-based and are taught by members of conservation organizations. Presenters are from East Maui Watershed Partnership, Maui Invasive Species Committee, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and West Maui Kumuwai.

The training is free but donations are encouraged. To sign up, visit mauimauka.org.


Cyprus youths here to learn life skills

Eight students, ages 16 and 17, from the island of Cyprus are on Maui to learn life skills in the Cyprus Friendship Program to build bridges in their divided country.

In the 26-day friendship program, which embraces the aloha spirit, Wendy Acosta of the Rotary Club of Valley Isle Sunset will teach students conflict resolution, communication skills and public speaking.

Four Maui families from the Rotary Club of Valley Isle Sunset and Rotary Club of Maui are hosting the four girls and four boys with the goal of building friendships and skills that they can take back to their country.

Since 1974, Cyprus island has been divided into the northern third, inhabited by the Turkish Cypriots, and the southern two thirds, inhabited by Greek Cypriots. Their unresolved conflict has continued for more than 40 years.


Electronic music is topic of program

Maui’s own electro-acoustic composer and media educator Peter Swanzy will lead a free 90-minute Pioneers of Electronic Music program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Wailuku Public Library.

Music made from electronic sounds is less than 100 years old, according to an announcement. Attendees will learn about the historical impact of electronic music in the early and mid-20th century, movements in art and the pursuit of new sounds. This program is co-sponsored by Ebb & Flow Arts and is suitable for teens and adults.


Obon planned at Kahului Hongwanji

Kahului Hongwanji’s Obon will take place on Friday and Saturday. Services will begin at 6 p.m. and be followed by dancing at 7:30. Food items will include chow fun, andagi, boomerang, pork teri sandwich or bowl, chili and Spam musubi. There will also be a craft fair.

Kahului Hongwanji is located at 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului. For more information, contact the office at 871-4732.


Pizza sales will benefit nonprofit

The Flatbread Co. in Paia is hosting a benefit night for Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

A portion of profits from flatbreads purchased during that time will go to conservation education and outreach.

Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness aims to connect conservation professionals with nonformal educators, like tourism professionals, to educate more people about the island’s natural resources, its unique species and the initiatives to help preserve the island.

Flatbread Co. is located at 89 Hana Highway.


Physician will speak at meeting

Dr. Nancy Long will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. Long specializes in hospice and palliative medicine.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Restorative practices focus of conference

Nonviolent Communication for the Next Generation will present Restorative Practices Conference “Pono for Our Community” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 24 at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

The free conference will feature Joe Brummer, a trainer, mediator, speaker and facilitator of Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice. He currently oversees restorative justice programs in 39 Connecticut schools.

More information can be found at www.nvcnextgen.org.


NHOM presents appreciation award

Cassandra Abdul, executive director of Na Hale O Maui, a community land trust, recognized Michael Trotto, outgoing president, at the 2018 NHOM annual meeting.

Trotto was presented an Award of Appreciation in recognition of his outstanding service to the organization.

During his six-year tenure, NHOM raised over $2.4 million, helping to ensure 33 island families remain in permanently affordable homes.