Local Briefs


Doctor to discuss plant-based diet

“Plant Strong: Avoid Infections with a Plant-Based Diet” will be presented by Grace O’Neil, M.D., at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

O’Neil will speak about the infections that she sees in the emergency room, including the common cold, urinary tract infections and food poisoning. Topics include how to decrease the risk of contracting these illnesses with a plant-based diet, and how micronutrients in plants help strengthen resistance to disease.

O’Neil is an emergency physician who practices in Hawaii. She graduated from New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency in New York. She moved to Hawaii in 2013. She has been vegetarian for over ears and vegan for the last nine years. After seeing many patients afflicted with chronic preventable diseases, she started her own blog at www.graceinhawaii.com (365 Days of Graceful Living) to educate people about how lifestyle choices can improve quality of life.

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, call 385-2790, email jerome.kellner@gmail.com or visit vsh.org.

The J. Walter Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


Christmas program set at Iao Theater

A family-friendly Christmas program will take place at Iao Theater in Wailuku on Monday. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

The Maui OnStage program begins at 6:30 and will consist of a brief program of Christmas songs performed by Maui Madrigals, a reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” performed by Paul Janes-Brown, followed by Rick Scheideman with his presentation of the Dylan Thomas poem “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”

Outside of the show, the “Friends of the Children’s Justice Center” will be collecting unwrapped Christmas toys for older children who have been victims of abuse. Unwrapped toy donations will be accepted but not required for admission.

The program is produced by Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez and Associates and the Maui Breakfast Club.


Community plan on WCA meeting agenda

The Waikapu Community Association will have its general membership meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Valley Isle Fellowship. The entrance is located off of Kokololio Street next to Waikapu Gardens.

WCA will welcome Maui County Mayor-elect Mike Victorino and Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency area County Council member-elect Alice Lee.

The agenda includes discussing upcoming and proposed development projects that will be happening in the community, as well as the community plan.

In addition, there will be WCA board elections. Community members are invited to run for a position on the board, or to get involved on one of the committees.

Visit waikapumaui.org for more information.


Christmas Ball tickets on sale

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will present its annual Christmas Ball at Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec 17.

Dress is festive. Dances will include waltz, tango, fox trot, samba, cha-cha, west coast swing and others.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a no-host bar and refreshments.

For more information, contact Lydia DelaCruz, ticket chairperson, at 244-3263.


Holiday Fair at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Women in Ministry will present a Holiday Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Parish Hall at 2140 Main St. in Wailuku. There will be baked goods, holiday gifts, crafts, new clothing, books, plate lunches and housewares available for purchase.


‘Da Maui Sleigh’ time slot available

The Awakening Church is looking for a family or nonprofit in need that could use some holiday cheer by offering its “Da Maui Sleigh” time slot. Da Maui Sleigh is a Maui-based nonprofit that gives rides to people of all ages on Santa’s sleigh and exists to spread joy among keiki in the community, according to an announcement.

“We just want to love on a family, or boost a potential fundraiser or party for a local nonprofit,” said Pastor Stephen Fussle. “It’s one small way we can remind our community that they matter to us.”

The sleigh’s availability is Dec. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Contact The Awakening Church at info@theawakening.org or (808) 359-1947 for more information.


‘Messiah’ concert set at ‘Iao Theater

The Maui Chamber Orchestra will present the perennial holiday favorite “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel at the Historic Iao Theater Saturday and Dec. 16. Performing nearly the entire three-part work, MCO will be joined by the Maui Chamber Orchestra Chorus and a quartet of soloists.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. (preceded by “Talk Story with the Artists” at 1:30 p.m.). Tickets prices range from $27 to $55 and may be purchased at the Iao Theater Box Office (mauionstage.com, 242-6969) and at mauichamberorchestra.org. Student tickets are $10 with ID presented at the box office. Senior tickets are $22 (Dec. 16 only) through Kaunoa, 270-7308.


Dramatic reading at Kihei library

Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck) will give a dramatic reading of the Classics Illustrated comic book of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” projected on a large screen, at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kihei Public Library.

Following the reading, Papa Lopaka will encourage children to read the original book. Small snacks will be provided. For more information, call 875-6833.


Cookie contest part of PCA fair

Aspiring bakers of Maui are invited to bake a traditional holiday cookie for the inaugural Holiday Cookie Contest at the Pukalani Community Association’s Christmas Fair and Electric Golf Cart Parade on Saturday at the Pukalani Country Club Golf Course.

This contest is hosted by Lala Sweets Artisan Cookies. Bakers should bring their best cookie to the Holiday Cookie Contest tent by 3:30 p.m. Judging will begin at 4. The entry fee is $5. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of the categories specified on the entry form.

To get an entry form and for more information, email lalasweets808@gmail.com.

The event will include an electric golf cart parade on the golf course fairway at dark. There will also be crafts and gifts, food, activities for children and entertainment. All funds raised will support programs at Pukalani Elementary School and King Kekaulike High School.

For more information, contact donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.


Paddle For Keiki event set in Kihei

Paddle For Keiki is an “anything that floats, jungle rules, untimed ‘race’ fundraiser” benefiting Maui County children in need that will take place Dec. 16 at Kihei Canoe Club. Participants who make a minimum donation of $25 or bring an unwrapped toy will receive a free Paddle For Hunger T-shirt or keepsake ornament and brunch at Nalu’s South Shore Grill. The event is put on each December by Ron Panzo, president of Street Bikers United and owner of Nalu’s South Shore Grill, and Timothy Lara, founder of Hawaiian Paddle Sports.

Check-in is 7 a.m. at Kihei Canoe Club, located at the intersection of Uwapo and South Kihei roads. The race starts at 8 and ends at 9. At 9:45, there will be a Paddle For Keiki Toy Parade from Kihei Canoe Club to Nalu’s at Azeka Shopping Center with a large motorcycle escort from Street Bikers United. At 10, there will be an after-party brunch at Nalu’s.

Registration is available at www.paddleforkeiki.com.


Angel Tree effort receives assistance

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has partnered with The Salvation Army on Maui to help with its annual Angel Tree.

From Monday through Friday, volunteers from Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Maui will be at the Salvation Army table in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in the center court. Volunteers will be putting tags on the Angel Tree, collecting gifts as donors return gifts to the table, and talking to shoppers as they stop by the table.

The Angel Tree runs every holiday season to provide Christmas gifts to those in need. Anyone is invited to pick up an Angel from the tree, which corresponds to a child or senior with a special wish for Christmas.


Surfboard art sale to benefit PYCC

Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center has announced a collaboration between Kai Lenny, world champion waterman, Kim McDonald, Maui fine artist, and PYCC to auction an original surfboard artwork item, “Heart & Soul,” with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the youth organization. The live online auction ends at noon Dec. 18.

The custom surfboard features McDonald’s art and Lenny’s autograph and foot- prints. For more information, see www.kimmcdonald.com/auction.


Rotary Club will host guest speaker

Nikita Wilson, community relations manager at Habitat for Humanity Maui, 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.


AAUW Lunch Bunch to meet

The American Association of University Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet at noon Tuesday at Maui Brewing Co., 605 Lipoa Parkway in Kihei. RSVP with menu choice to Janet Walker at 874-9435, (530) 409-0192 or bjpwalker@comcast.net.