Local Briefs

Public invited to ocean workshops

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and NOAA Fisheries will present a series of ocean users workshops on Maui. The public is invited to learn and ask questions about safe and lawful wildlife viewing and boating around Hawaii’s marine mammals and sea turtles. Whale and dolphin watchers, boat captains, ocean tour operators and other ocean users are encouraged to attend. The workshops are free to the public, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the meetings starting at 6:30 and ending at 9:

• Thursday — Princess Nahienaena Elementary School, 816 S. Niheu St., Lahaina.

• Friday — NOAA HIHW Sanctuary Office, 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei.

For more information, contact Allen Tom, Pacific Islands regional director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, at (808) 879-2818, ext. 225 or allen.tom@noaa.gov.


Photos with Santa benefit food bank

The Maui High School Video Club will provide a photo booth at Maui Mall on select dates in December to take photos with Santa Claus. People who make a canned food donation to the Maui Food Bank in the bin provided at the mall when the photo booth is available will be eligible to receive a free photo.

Santa will be in his workshop in unit B-12, across from IHOP, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 12; noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 15; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 22.


Annual Delaware Day set at Maalaea

The annual Delaware Day Celebration on Maui will begin at noon Saturday at Beach Bums BBQ & Grill at the Maui Harbor Shops at Maalaea Harbor.

All “First Staters” who are visiting Maui or were born, raised, lived, worked or went to school/college in Delaware are invited to attend.

Attendees are asked to wear an article of clothing to show support of the “Blue Hen” state and look for the First State flag and the banner that states: “Aloha from the 50th State to the 1st State.”

For further information, contact First State Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.


Volunteers sought for ditch cleanup

The nonprofit Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is seeking volunteers to help remove trash from a short section of the stormwater ditch along the Honoapiilani Highway in Maalaea from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

“The time you volunteer is truly a gift for the ocean, for the coral reefs and marine wildlife,” said Amy Hodges, program manager at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. “We need volunteers to help us now, to keep all of the accumulated trash out of the ocean.”

Participants are asked to meet at 9 in the parking lot that contains the EV charging stations between the Maui Ocean Center and Carl’s Jr. restaurant. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and bring a water bottle, sunscreen and hat. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

To sign up for the cleanup, email info@mauireefs.org with your name and cellphone number so that the team at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council can contact you in the event of rain in Maalaea or the West Maui Mountains, which would result in the postponement of the event in the interest of volunteer safety.

To learn more about Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, visit www.mauireefs.org.


Donors sought for blood drive

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is seeking donors for its December blood drive at the Maui Economic Opportunity Classrooms 1 & 2 in Wailuku. To make a reservation for one of the times listed below, call (808) 848-4770 or visit bbh.org.

The drives are subject to change.

• Dec. 17 — 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

• Dec. 18 — 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Dec. 19 — 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Dec. 20 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Dec. 21 — 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

To give blood, donors must be in good health; be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent/legal guardian consent form); weigh 110 pounds or more; and present a valid photo ID with date of birth.


Rose Parade float participant to speak

Barry Rosenfeld, who has served as a director of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee during the past six years and was chairman of the Participant Committee for two years, will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea’s noon meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Rosenfeld and his wife, Pat, moved to Kihei from Bakersfield, Calif.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Boy Scouts request help at tournament

The Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America is seeking volunteers to help with managing parking near D.T. Fleming Beach Park for the upcoming Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at the Kapalua Plantation Course. Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts on Jan. 2, 3, 4 and 6.

Lunch and water will be provided.

Those interested are asked to sign up at signup.com/go/CUNfsyq.

For more information, contact Scout Executive Duc Button at duc.button@scouting.org or 244-3724.


Yard sale set at Kahului Hongwanji

Kahului Hongwanji Mission will present a Winter Yard Sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului. In addition to the rummage sale, there will be a country store, baked goods and food available for purchase.


Pukalani school plans craft fair

Pukalani Elementary School will have a Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the school cafeteria.

The selection of items for sale will include gifts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods and other types of food.


Rotary Club selling trees in Lahaina

The annual Christmas tree and wreath sale by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise is open at the south end of the Lahaina Cannery Mall parking lot. Hours are weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices range from $85 for 6-foot tall Noble fir trees to $45 for 4-foot tall Noble fir trees. Wreaths are $25. Net proceeds benefit the West Maui community and schools.

Trees are kept on-site in a refrigerated container so they stay fresh throughout the holiday season. The lot will remain open until all the trees are sold.

Trees may be purchased at the lot or at www.lahainasunriserotary.org.

Rotarians offer free delivery to any address in West Maui. For more information, call 757-7737 or email trees@maui8.com.


Christmas event set in Makawao

“Christmas in Makawao” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with a Friends of the Library book fair at Makawao Public Library, free pony rides at the lot next to Designing Wahine, hot chocolate and cookies from Fleur De Lei and Droplets, craft-making at the library from noon to 3 p.m. and Christmas specials from various merchants.