Local Briefs

Four-day mediation training to begin

Maui Mediation Services is offering a four-day Basic Mediation Training from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, March 8 and 9 at the J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

“These days it seems everywhere you turn there’s a complaint about how uncivilized we have become and how badly we are treating one another — in the home, in the workplace and in our communities,” said MMS Executive Director Bevanne Bowers. “This training teaches how to deal with those who are angry, intimidating or just not listening. It will also give participants the skills to help others deal with disputes wherever they occur.”

The Basic Mediation Training is also a prerequisite for anyone interested in becoming a mediator with Maui Mediation Services.

Registration is open to anyone 18 and older. The registration fee is $350 and includes training materials. Student and military discounts, as well as partial scholarships, are available. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call Maui Mediation Services at 244-5744 or visit www.mauimediation.org.


Walking tour set in Makawao Town

The Makawao History Museum will present its Historical Walking Tour of Makawao Town every first Sunday of the month, from 10 to 11 a.m., beginning March 3 and continuing through Dec. 1.

Residents and visitors are invited. There’s a suggested donation of $10 to help ensure the continued preservation of the history of Makawao and Upcountry.

Reservations are welcome but not required. Call or email the Makawao History Museum at 572-2482 and info@makawaomuseum.org.


Uncle Wayne will perform at library

Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band will perform at the Makawao Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library, this free program is suitable for toddlers up to age 8.

For more information, call 573-8785.


Annual bazaar set at Paia mission

Paia Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission will present its 42nd annual bazaar from 7 to 11 a.m. March 3 at 253 Hana Highway in Paia.

Food items available for purchase will include traditional Japanese nishime, shiso rice, manju and ohagi. Local favorites will include Spam musubi, chow fun and jellies. There will also be cookies, pies and donuts for sale.

Plants, flowers, fresh vegetables and cement pots will be on sale, as well as crafts, clothes, kitchenware, furniture, tools and collectibles.

For more information, call 280-5007.


Registration open for Trucker Dukes 5K

The Trucker Dukes Memorial 5K run and 1-mile walk will take place March 9 at the Old Maui High School in Paia. Check-in is from 6 to 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8.

Runners will start at the school, located at 1000 Holomua Road, and run mauka toward Baldwin Avenue, turn around, and finish back at the school.

The event is held in honor of Trucker Dukes, a 3-year-old Maui boy who battled Stage 4 neuroblastoma before passing away in 2017. UVSC’s mission is to provide hope by raising funds for individuals fighting cancer.

There is a maximum of 300 participants who can register for the 5K, and unlimited virtual runners.

Registration at uvsc.org/trucker-5k/ ends at 5 p.m. March 7.


BHS announces spring concert

The Baldwin High School Music Department will celebrate its 73rd annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. March 4 the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Featured will the Concert Choir directed by Sherryl Hart, and the Symphonic Band directed by Noel Kuraya.

Soloists are Marielle Ellorin, Katelyn Martin and Kara Nakahashi. Admission is free.


Malassadas demo, sale at Hoaloha Park

The Portuguese Association of Maui will have its annual “Malassadas in the Park” scholarship fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon March 3 at Hoaloha Park in Kahului. A demonstration on how malassadas are made starts at 9:30 and is funded in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Free samples of malassadas will be given to those coming to the demonstration.

Malassadas will be on sale with a price of six for $5. Additionally, the association’s signature bean soup will be sold at $11 per quart. All proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund. Orders for both soup and malassadas are being accepted at 243-0065.


Fishing tournament returns to Kaanapali

Maui Electric Co., along with Ka’anapali Golf Course, will host its 10th annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament from 7:30 to 9 a.m. May 11 at the golf course pond.

Registration will be available at 7 a.m. March 5 at www.mauiunitedway.org. This “tag and release” event is open to youths, ages 2 to 18 years old for a registration fee of $20 per participant (includes an event T-shirt).

Only online registrations will be accepted. Registration is limited to the first 650 keiki participants who have submitted a completed registration form with payment and all applicable signatures.

For more information, visit www.mauiunitedway.org or call the Maui United Way office at 244-8787.


A&B Sugar Museum plans art contest

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum invites Maui students in grades 3-12 to enter its second annual “Remembering Sugar: How Sweet It Was” art contest.

The goal of the art contest is to motivate students to think about the history of the place they live, educate students about the history of sugar on Maui and how it shaped Maui society and the landscape.

Cash prizes will be awarded and the winning entries will become a museum exhibit open to the public.

The deadline to enter is 4 p.m. April 6. For complete rules and an entry form, visit www.sugarmuseum.com and click on “News.” For more information, contact 871-8058 or sugarmus@maui.net.


JCSM offers annual student scholarships

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program to be awarded to three graduating high school seniors who are pursuing further education with a record of involvement in promoting and perpetuating the Japanese culture.

“We are looking for seniors who are involved in the promotion of the Japanese culture on Maui, whether in performing arts or any form of education, like promoting Japanese cuisine, fashion, history, technology or methods,” said Deron Furukawa, president of JCSM. “The $1,000 scholarship goes a long way and can be used for tuition or books to help attain a higher education.”

Interested eligible applicants can review the program criteria and download an application form at jcsmaui.org/scholarship. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. March 30.

For more information, contact the program chair, Sandy Hirata, at (808) 283-7746 or jcsmhawaii@gmail.com.


Instagram subject of returning workshop

Maui Social Media School will once again present its “Demystifying the Instagram Algorithm” workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway in Kihei.

Attendees will learn six factors influencing the Instagram algorithm, how to give content the best chance of showing up in the news feed, how to organize content to make it easy to post, and finally how to collect user-generated content.

Presenter Danielle Miller is a social media marketer and small-business enthusiast.

The cost is $150. Space is limited. To register, call (808) 633-1033.


MPRA offering four student scholarships

The Maui Puerto Rican Association is offering scholarships for college level studies in accredited institutions.

Two awards of $1,000 each, two of $850 each and of at $750 each will be granted to applicants of Puerto Rican or part Puerto Rican descent. Applicants must be residents of Maui County.

Applications are available from high school counselors in Maui County, Hui Malama and at UH-Maui College or by writing to Scholarship Chair, Maui Puerto Rican Association, 401 Baldwin Ave., Suite 202, Paia 96779.

Applications and all required documents must be postmarked no later than March 31 to be considered. Announcement of awards will be made in June and the grants presented on Aug. 3.

For further information, contact Scholarship Chair Audrey Rocha Reed at 243-0065 or audrey@mauigateway.com.


Founder to discuss Kihei Charter School

Akaku Upstairs will present a free program titled “Kihei Charter School, Enrollment, Programs and More . . . with Founder Gene Zarro” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.

Zarro will explain how Kihei Charter School came to be, how charter schools differ from other schools and how they help build life skills. He will go over the application/lottery process for the school year 2019-20 and give the deadline information for applications. He’ll also share the KCS evolution with the nationwide charter movement, along with project-based learning.

To RSVP, visit conta.cc/2SR0ltg or call 871-5554.


Job fair at UH-MC open to the public

The University of Hawaii Maui College CareerLink Center will be hosting a job fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ka Lama Building courtyard. More than 40 employers from diverse industries will be attending.

This free event is open to the public.

Employers will be conducting on-site interviews.

For more information, call 984-3318.


Carter Center topic of presentation

The Rotary Club of Kahului will welcome Barry Nickelsberg of The Carter Center to its weekly one-hour meeting at noon Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine, located at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

Nickelsberg will be speaking about the center, which was founded in 1982 by President Jimmy Carter to help build democracies around the world and eradicate five tropical diseases.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch costs $20.


Rotary plans pau hana at the beach

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea will have a pau hana gathering at Keawakapu Beach by the 5 Palms restaurant at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Attendees are asked to bring bring a dish to pass around, a chair and their own drink. The public in invited.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Hawaiian Bible topic of lecture

The Baibala Hemolele (Hawaiian Bible) Project is the subject of a lecture Wednesday in Keopuolani Hale at Kamehameha Schools Maui in Pukalani.

This free Kamehameha Schools ‘Ohana and Community Session will begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments followed by the program at 6:30.

Speakers Helen Kaowili and Keola Wong will share how the Maui Mission Station played a major role in the translation of the original Hebrew and Greek Bible to Hawaiian with the collaboration of Native Hawaiians and American Protestant missionaries.

This collaboration resulted in the development of a standardized written language and widespread literacy in the kingdom.

Attendees are advised to bring a sweater or jacket. For more information, contact Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier at ekkaniau@ksbe.edu or 572-3237.


Sea Talk set at Maui Ocean Center

National Geographic explorer and underwater filmmaker Ziggy Livnat will share his adventures and discoveries from around the globe from 6 to 7 p.m. March 3 at the Maui Ocean Center Sphere with a presentation titled “Relearning to See.”

With his short films, viewers travel to a remote fishing village in Cuba, dive with sharks in Fiji, and observe marine life from the Red Sea and the Caribbean.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for this Sea Talk event. Call 270-7075 or email info@mauioceancenter.com to reserve a seat.


Open house at Pi’ilani school

Ke Kula ‘O Pi’ilani (Pi’ilani), a school qualified to receive Kipona Scholarships from Kamehameha Schools, will have an open house for new and prospective ohana and kumu from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 875 Iao Valley Road.

The school, located on the campus of the Hawaii Nature Center, was founded in 2016 and has grown over the past three years to include 18 students in papa Malaa’o-‘ekolu (K-3).

Children are taught through the values, lens and language of the kupuna Hawaii (Hawaiian ancestors), with the natural surroundings in Iao Valley, and traditional Hawaiian practitioners and programs (weaving, agriculture, sciences, hula, oli, genealogy, music). Curriculum achieves educational standards and an awareness of self, place, and culture.

For more information, visit www.kekulaopiilani.org or contact Kan Hai at 214-5006 or email at kanani@kekulaopiilani.org.


Pizzeria recognizes first responders

Surfside Woodfire Pizza Kitchen, at 505 Front St. in Lahaina, hosted members of Maui’s fire, police and emergency management services at its restaurant Jan. 24 in recognition of their heroic efforts in battling the fires that threatened Lahaina in the midst of Hurricane Lane last August.

Longtime Kapalua resident and benefactor Leo Slocombe donated the pizzas for the event.

Surfside owners are Francis Lynch and Carolyn Krisman.


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