Local Briefs

Holoholo Ka’a to take place at UH-MC

Punana Leo o Maui will host its annual Holoholo Ka’a event at University of Hawaii Maui campus parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4. There is a $1 suggested donation for entry.

Holoholo Ka’a is a hands-on event (climb aboard, pretend to drive, take photos in) and opportunity for kids and kids at heart to get close up to and inside of emergency vehicles, heavy machinery, various construction rigs, farm equipment and more. Local business and agencies, public utilities, county and state departments will showcase their vehicles while sharing their knowledge of duties and operating skills.

The event will also have food, drinks, and Hawaiian language logo wear for sale by Kula Kaiapuni o Maui.

Punana Leo o Maui is a Hawaiian immersion preschool.


Class will guide entrepreneurs

Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Center’s next Core Four course series begins on Tuesday and will be held during the daytime.

The 36-hour entrepreneurial training six-week series continues through Dec. 11. The course cost is $300; scholarships are available.

Registration can be done at MEO’s Family Center, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. To learn more, call MEO’s Business Development Center at 249-2990.


Fall Sale planned at St. Rita Church

St. Rita Church in Haiku will present its eighth annual Fall Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will feature a rummage, fresh produce, plants, jams, jellies, pickled items and breads baked by St. Rita bakers.

Kalua pork plate, gandule rice and pansit are on the event menu. There will also be a silent auction.

Entertainment will be provided by Wayne Freitas and friends.

St. Rita is located at 655 Haiku Road. For more information, call the parish office 575-2601 or visit stritahaiku.com/.


Talk story event set at Hui No’eau

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center will host a “Talk Story Thursday” event featuring the East Maui Watershed Partnership from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

EMWP works to protect about 100,000 acres of watershed lands on the windward slopes of Haleakala. There will be a discussion with field staff members about their view on the work they do.

This talk is in conjunction with the native species art exhibit Malama Wao Akua. For more information, see mwa-art.org.


Social club will serve up potluck

The Italian American Social Club of Kihei will have its monthly potluck meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Saint Theresa Church Hall in Kihei. Members are encouraged to provide a main dish, salad or dessert to share with the group.


Smart Driver Course will pull into Lahaina

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from noon to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 5 at the West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina.

The classroom 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 multiyear discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested by calling the West Maui Senior Center at 661-9432.


Green events to be topic of workshop

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui with UH-Maui Office of Continuing Education & Training is offering a Green Events Workshop in November that aims to give participants the education and resources needed in order to organize events with greatly reduced negative environmental impacts.

The workshop is led by Ashley O’Colmain, who has been “greening” events for over a year as program director for Maui Huliau Foundation.

The workshop runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 6 to Nov 13 with a $149 fee. For more information, visit sustainablemaui.org, and to register, visit edventuremaui.com.


Sale will benefit Charity Walk fund

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. will hold a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. There also will be a bake sale, with other food items for sale, and the Youth Services Department will be having a donation-based car wash in the parking lot.

MEO is accepting donations for the rummage sale until noon Thursday. Contact Jennifer McGurn at 243-4306 to drop off items during business hours. MEO will not be accepting baby furniture or other large furniture items.

All proceeds from the rummage sale, bake sale and car wash will go toward MEO’s 2019 Charity Walk fund.


MEDB is topic for guest speaker

The Rotary Club of Kahului will welcome Frank De Rego Jr. of the Maui Economic Development Board to its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului.

De Rego will discuss the mission and goals of MEDB and the numerous partnerships and programs that the organization oversees, including the upcoming Startup Weekend Maui Series. He is the director of Business Development Projects at MEDB and has over 30 years of experience in education and the nonprofit sector.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch costs $20. For more information about Rotary, contact club President Gary Albitz at 281-9672 or visit www.kahuluirotary.com.

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


Medicare options are workshop focus

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and Maui County Office on Aging invite the public to a free caregiver workshop, “Medicare Advantage 2019 . . . What Are Your Options?”

Hannah Harmon, licensed insurance agent for Medicare Health Plans with Premier Benefits Consultants, will be the presenter. Reservations are not required; refreshments will be provided and certificates of attendance will be available.

Workshops are scheduled for:

• 1 p.m. Nov. 5 — South Maui Adult Day Care Centers, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei.

• 9 a.m. Nov. 6 — Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana, 290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai.

• 10 a.m., Nov. 9 — Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana.

For more information, call Kathleen Couch at 871-5804.


The end of sugar spurs arts project

Lehua Simon, a resident and creative artist, will tell the story of the Malamalama Maui project during an Akaku Upstairs presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

The two-year initiative to illuminate agricultural solutions following the close of the sugar industry on Maui is funded by ARTPLACE AMERICA. It has used the arts and cultural traditions of the local community to embrace, educate and empower the people of Maui during this agricultural transition. The goal is to touch 36,000 hearts for each of the 36,000 acres of land in the central valley.

To RSVP, visit www.akaku.org/salons.


‘Trash to Treasure’ event set at BHS

The Baldwin High School Class of 2020 will host a “Trash to Treasure” event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Baldwin High School. This is to support the class’s junior prom.

For more information, contact Aliyah Guico at (808) 633-1993 or Aliyah.guico@gmail.com.


Dinner will benefit Rotary scholarships

A wine-pairing dinner at The Plantation House in Kapalua on Nov. 13 will benefit the Environmental Scholarship Program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with sparkling wine and pupu on the lawn to view the sunset. Guests will then move to the private dining room for a three-course, chef-prepared dinner with wines paired with each course.

Music will be provided by singer-songwriter Anthony Pfluke during the evening.

Since 2015 the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset has awarded $2,500 academic scholarships to graduating seniors who live in West Maui or on Molokai and who attend a Maui or Molokai high school.

All proceeds from the dinner will benefit this scholarship program.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at www.universe.com/events/wine-pairing-dinner-at-plantation-house-tickets-lahaina-G9H862?ref=explore.

The deadline for ticket purchase is Nov. 10. Seating is limited to 100 guests. For more information, contact President Heidi Dollinger at 359-4245.


Interpretive guide program offered

This November, the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, with the University of Hawaii Maui College Office of Continuing Education & Training, is offering certification in the nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide program. The CIG Certification course focuses on developing and expanding interpretive tools and techniques for guides, volunteers, park rangers and/or individuals who deliver interpretive programs.

The course is taught by Lauren Blickley, who has worked within Maui’s environmental and tourism industries for close to a decade.

The class meets on Wednesdays, Nov. 7 to 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit sustainablemaui.org. to register, go to edventuremaui.com.