Local Briefs


Pillars of health topic of free talk

“The Pillars of Health: Your Foundations for Lifelong Wellness,” a presentation by John Pierre, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kihei Community Center. Subjects include the four principles that provide a strong foundation for lifelong well-being, the benefits of wholesome plant-based foods, and the importance of engaging and expanding mental abilities with cognitive fitness modalities.

Pierre has trained athletes, Hollywood celebrities and Fortune 500 executives. He is the author of several books, including “The Pillars of Health” and “Strong, Savvy, Safe,” available at www.johnpierre.com.

This free event is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; no reservations are needed. Food will be provided by Down to Earth in Kahului. For more information, contact 385-2790, jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit vsh.org. The Kihei Community Center is located at 303 E. Lipoa St.


Free lecture about false killer whales

Pacific Whale Foundation’s marine science experts will present a free Sea Talk lecture about false killer whales from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Ocean Center. Doors open after 5:30. Seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended.

False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) are a large species of dolphin and one of a group of dolphins known as the “blackfish.” In Hawaii, there are three populations of false killer whales, named for where they reside: offshore (pelagic), Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular population.

In addition to providing an overview on the species, this presentation will discuss Pacific Whale Foundation’s new rapid response program and detail its false killer whale research, which involves collecting photos to identify individuals, underwater footage to record behaviors and assess scar patterns, and UAV footage to measure body size and condition.

Contact 270-7075 or info@mauioceancenter.com to reserve a spot.


WMTA to host panel talk on housing

The West Maui Taxpayers Association is inviting the public to a hana hou event Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center to discuss housing shortages for the unsheltered, houseless or homeless.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.; food service begins at 5. The program, featuring a panel discussion, will begin at 5:30.

Community leaders and stakeholders targeted to be selected by WMTA to serve on the panel to facilitate positive momentum on these issues are:

• Thelma Akita-Kealoha — Maui community director, Catholic Charities Hawai’i and Maui County co-chair of the Maui Homeless Alliance.

• Buddy Almeida — housing administrator, county Department of Housing and Human Concerns.

• Maude Cumming — executive director, Family Life Center and co-chair of the Maui Homeless Alliance.

• Kaloa Robinson — project manager, Stanford Carr Development Inc.

• Monique Yamashita — chief executive officer, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers Inc.

• David Nakama — homeless program coordinator, county Department of Housing and Human Concerns.

• Lt. Steven Howard and Kevin Nagasaki — Salvation Army Maui.

For more information, call WMTA at 661-7990 or email wmta@maui.net.


AAUW group to meet on Tuesday

American Association of University Women’s lunch bunch will meet at noon Tuesday at Cafe O’Lei, 2439 S. Kihei Road in Kihei. RSVP with menu selection to aauwlunchbunch@gmail.com with Lunch Bunch in the subject line, or call (907) 350-4700.


Think tank event for business people

Maui Business Brainstormers will host its “Business in the Think Tank” series from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia. This will be the home for the Upcountry MBB meetings throughout 2019.

The community is invited to join Nicole Fisher and Lacey Abercrombie for this BiTT edition. The theme for this meeting is “Thankfulness, Gratitude, Gratefulness.” MBB will serve light fare.

Small-business owners and professionals are invited to attend and share their greatest business challenges. To feature a business (or business concept) in the “Think Tank” segment, a 20-minute presentation opportunity, complete the online form at www.meetup.com/MauiBusinessBrainstormers/events/245723716. RSVP is required to attend.


Police foundation announces event

The Maui Police Foundation will have a kickoff celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cafe O Lei at The Dunes in Kahului.

The community is invited to attend and learn about the nonprofit organization and its plans to assist the Maui Police Department.

There will be heavy pupu and a no-host bar. The cost is $80 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, call 495-8067 or visit www.mauipolicefoundation.org.


Rotary Club has guest speaker

John Buck, deputy director of the Maui County Department of Transportation, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Center announces contest winners

The grand prize winner of the The Wharf Cinema Center’s 35th Ghoulish Gala Costume Karaoke Contest was Jerome Amo from Wailuku, who sang “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Hudson.

Second place went to Mariah King of Lahaina, who sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. Contestant Laurie Cook from Las Vegas brought in third place with “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.


Friends announce crater service trip

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for an overnight service project in Haleakala crater Dec. 1 to 3. The group will hike into the crater and stay free for two nights in Kapalaoa Cabin. The middle day will involve work on protection of native plants. In addition to helping the national park, those volunteering will also have some time for hiking, bird-watching, stargazing or photography, as well as enjoyment of the quiet crater wilderness.

Participants must be physically fit and able to hike in and out of the crater carrying a backpack with their sleeping bag, personal items and a share of the food.

To join this trip, first visit and register at www.fhnp.org. For a reservation for this trip or a future trip scheduled on the website, send email or call the leader whose contacts are listed on the service trip page.


‘Ocean-friendly’ car wash in Lahaina

The West Maui Kumuwai campaign, a movement promoting ocean health, is teaming up with students from Lahainaluna High School and with the Old Lahaina Luau to offer a free “ocean-friendly” charity car wash at the luau’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Optional donations can be made at the event and will benefit the Lahainaluna High School Student Council.

In addition to the free car wash, participants will receive a sample of nontoxic biodegradable car wash soap (while supplies last) that they can use to wash their own cars at home.

This event is being sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources. For more information, contact WestMauiKumuwai@gmail.com or call 283-1631.


Kapalua cookout will benefit charities

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will host “Cookout for a Cure” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in its Aloha Garden Pavilion.

There will be games, music, shopping, silent auctions, food and drinks while helping raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Charity Walk and Relay for Life. Proceeds from this event will be donated directly to these organizations.

Admission is free for everyone, and food, soda, ice cream and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Also, there will be a corn-hole tournament, limbo competition and keiki scavenger hunt.


Unwrapped gifts sought for children

The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui is seeking new unwrapped toys and gift cards for children who are victims of abuse and neglect in Maui County.

The requested value of the gifts and the gift cards is $20.

The donations may be dropped off at the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui at 1773 A Wili Pa Loop in Wailuku.


Harvest Fair will benefit hospital

The Hospital Auxiliary will present its annual Harvest Fair and Silent Auction from 7 a.m to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hospital atrium and hallway outside the gift shop in the Wailuku Tower. Among the many items available, the auxiliary reports receiving a large shipment of boxes of See’s Candies. The public is invited. Funds raised are used to assist the hospital with scholarships, equipment and programs. For more information, call 280-4707.


Workshop explores Puerto Rican cuisine

The Maui Puerto Rican Association will hold its second workshop of the La Cocina Boricua (the Puerto Rican Kitchen) series from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia. The series is intended to broaden awareness of the rich diversity of Puerto Rican foods.

Chef Frank Caravalho of Mama Ding’s Restaurant will demonstrate making rellenos de papa con picadillo (stuffed potatoes with ground beef), ensalada de chicharron (chicharron salad) and arroz con leche (rice with milk pudding).

The cost for the workshop is $15 per person and includes lunch featuring the foods demonstrated. Printed recipes will be distributed. Only 15 persons can be accommodated and reservations are required. Call 243-0065 for reservations and for more information.


Informational hike of Waihee trail

Baldwin High School student Lexi Yokote invites the community to join her senior project informational hike of Waihee Ridge Trail at 8 a.m. Saturday. Hikers will meet in the trail parking lot above the Camp Maluhia lot.

This free informational hike will educate participants on how they can prevent the spread of invasive species. The hike will be a little beyond the lookout and not to the very top. The hike is estimated to end around 11:30 a.m.

To register, visit goo.gl/forms/XKiHr8WqdRJ8S6RG3 or email lexiyokote@yahoo.com.


Yard sale planned at Kula church

Kula Shofukuji Shingon will have a large church sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 113 Puanani Place in Kula.

Sale items include furniture, large animal kennels, clothing, books and more.

Kula Shofukuji Shingon is located near the Crater Road entrance on Kekaulike Avenue.


BHS announces SCC meeting

The Baldwin High School’s School Community Council will host one of two annual SCC meetings Wednesday.

A free dinner will be provided to those who attend starting at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria, with the official meeting to start by 5:30. in the library. All parents, students, teachers, staff, and the community of Baldwin High School are invited to attend.

To attend, RSVP to the school office at 727-3200 by Tuesday.


‘Maui Madness’ a JROTC event

Baldwin High School Junior ROTC will host its annual Maui Madness Competition for all JROTC programs in the state beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the school campus.

Nearly 30 teams from 20 public and private high schools that host JROTC in Hawaii are expected to participate. Teams will come from Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force JROTC units.

Events will include: an obstacle course, fitness test, rappelling, 3-mile run and a swim relay.

An awards ceremony will be held around 2:30 p.m. for the winners of each of the events.


Story time for keiki at ocean center

Joanne Laird, program director for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time in the Makai Theatre of the Maui Ocean Center at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Maui Ocean Center for the children.

At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home. There will also be drawings for door prizes at the conclusion of the program.

Space is limited to 20 families and reservations must be made in advance by visiting readaloudamerica.eventbrite.com. The first 20 families who register will receive a confirmation and meeting location.

This event is free and no aquarium admission is required. For further information, contact Elyse Dietzel at edietzel@mauioceancenter.com.


Mental health awareness walk

The Saint Anthony High School Mental Health Awareness Walk will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at University of Hawaii Maui College’s Great Lawn. After a short talk by Danielle Bergan from Mental Health America and Dr. Adam Coles, there will be a walk for solidarity. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.


Fair for pets at Humane Society

A Holiday Pet Adoption & Wellness Resource Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Humane Society. Special services include a vaccine clinic for dogs and cats, microchipping and nail trims (all by donation). There will also be license renewals for spayed/neutered dogs for $11, photos with Santa Paws from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (by donation), and pizza available for purchase from Outrigger Pizza Company.

Subaru Hawaii will also be sponsoring an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prospective adopters are asked to bring a donation of pet food, etc. or make a monetary donation to be able to spin the Subaru Hawaii Wheel of Deals to win a free or reduced-price adoption on Saturday only.

For more information, visit www.mauihumanesociety.org or call (808) 877-3680.