Local Briefs

Santa will read stories at library

Children of all ages are invited to Makawao Public Library to hear holiday stories read by Kriss Kringle from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Santa will also be available for wish whispering and picture taking.

This free program is sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library.

For more information, call 573-8785. Makawao Public Library is located at 1159 Makawao Ave.


Fresh-made mochi orders being taken

In preparation for the New Year, Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will sell fresh-made mochi from 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 28.

The prices are:

• 10 pieces of plain komochi (small) for $6.

• Eight pieces of (red sweet beans) mochi for $6.

• Small okazari set (bottom size 2 inches and top size 1 inch) for $2.50.

• Large okazari set (bottom size 4 inches and top size 2 inches) for $5.

To order mochi, call the mission at 244-0406 by Dec. 24.

It is a Japanese and local tradition to place double stacked mochi, called “okazari,” in the home, office or workshop to express gratitude and appreciation and wish for a wonderful year to come.


Restaurant helps with Angel Tree

Through Dec. 24, when Burger King Hawaii restaurant guests pay for their orders at the register or drive-thru window, they will be invited to add a cash contribution of any size and to sign an “Angel Tree” tag. The tags will then be displayed in the participating Burger King Hawaii restaurant.

The monies raised go directly to buying gifts for local children in need with the help of Aloha United Way and The Salvation Army volunteers.


Toys for Tots toy drive underway

Minit Stop is once again partnering with Street Bikers United Hawaii and Azeka Shopping Center in support of the 2018 Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive. SBU has participated in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots annual campaign for more than 40 years. Last year SBU collected more than 45,000 toys and more than $36,000 in monetary donations, making the holidays brighter for scores of Hawaii’s children.

Community members are also encouraged to join the 2018 Toys for Tots partnership by bringing new, unwrapped toys to their favorite Minit Stop store or to any store at Azeka Shopping Center. Donation bins will be set up Tuesday at all locations.

To make a monetary donation, supporters can purchase donation tickets in denominations of $1 and $5 at any Minit Stop checkout counter. Customers purchasing donation tickets will have their names posted in the store and the funds raised will be used to purchase additional toys.


PWF to present research findings

Pacific Whale Foundation researchers will share findings from their study to determine safe boating speeds around humpback whales from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei.

The ultimate goal of the study is to reduce whale and vessel collisions. The sanctuary is located at 726 S. Kihei Road.


Families explore science together

Ninety-six students, parents and teachers attended Pukalani Elementary School on Nov. 10 for ScienceFEST (Families Exploring Science Together).

Families participated in hands-on science activities. Students and parents designed and constructed their own brushbot (made from a toothbrush and a mini vibrating motor) and competed in two tournaments — speed racing and jousting challenges.

Several science demonstrations were provided along with an overview of numerous opportunities by NASA for future scientists and engineers.

In addition to the fun night of learning, each child received a brushbot kit, a wind tube, an energy ball, diffraction glasses and a windmill kit.

The evening event was hosted by Art and Rene Kimura, director and education specialist of Future Flight Hawaii. Funding was provided by Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Scholarship offered to island students

Josh Jerman of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers is once again offering the Josh and Souk Jerman Foundation Scholarship to encourage college-bound students to use their education to benefit Maui County.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the program provides scholarships to college-bound students who will attend an accredited four-year college or university.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Maui County residents already enrolled or enrolling in a full-time program at any four-year accredited college or university for the 2019-20 academic year.

Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and plan to return and work in Maui County after graduation. All scholarship applications must be submitted by Feb. 20.

This year, three more high school seniors will be eligible to receive the $1,000 scholarship awards.

To learn more, visit www.jermanfoundation.org.


Program seeks junior ambassadors

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii is accepting applications from Japanese-American students in Hawaii born between Aug. 1, 2007, and Aug. 31, 2008, who want to serve as Junior Ambassadors to the 31st Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention July 14-25, 2019, in Fukuoka, Japan.

Up to six selected JAs from Hawaii will join more than 200 students from over 40 Asian-Pacific countries and regions at a global youth camp and stay with a Japanese host family.

The application and information about the 31st annual APCC program can be found at www.jashawaii.org/education. The application must be received by JASH or postmarked no later than Dec. 28.

Questions about the program should be directed to David Nakanishi at dnakanishi@jashawaii.org or (808) 524-4450.


MFSS announces program for keiki

Maui Family Support Services Early Head Start Program has announced its sponsorship of the USDA Child Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children/clients at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Parents’/clients’ income determines the amount of money USDA will reimburse Maui Family Support Services Early Head Start Program to provide meals to enrolled children/clients.

Meals will be provided at MFSS Early Head Start, 1844 Wili Pa Loop in Wailuku, and 15 Ipu Aumakua Lane in Lahaina.