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Classical guitarist to play at library

Ian O’Sullivan, a classically trained guitarist and composer from Oahu, will be at Kihei Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday. He will perform a program that serves as an introduction to the nuances of sound, rhythm and tradition that defines world music through acoustic and classical guitar.


Workshop will introduce ki-aikido

Maui Ki-Aikido will offer a two-hour special self-defense workshop on Saturday at the Shunshinkan Dojo, 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku.

Open to the public and designed for adults and teens, the class will be taught by 6th dan Tracy Reasoner, one of the instructors for Adult Beginners’ Ki-Aikido at Maui Ki-Aikido.

The workshop will cover fundamentals of awareness and calmness in movement, as well as a few simple self-defense techniques.

The cost is $10; no reservations are necessary but participants are requested to arrive by 9:45 a.m. to sign in. Wear comfortable loose clothing and slippers. For more information, call 357-5172 for more information.


Sciences scholarship taking applications

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Bayer Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship. This scholarship program is open to students of all public and private high schools in Hawaii who will be graduating in good standing this year and will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a post-secondary education in a discipline related to the life sciences (including agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry, crop science and soil science). As many as 10 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded in 2019.

Applications must be received by no later than April 2. To download an application, visit www.monsantohawaii.com/community.


Bookmobile adds stop in Lahaina

The Holoholo Bookmobile’s spring & summer 2019 route schedule includes stops at community centers in Haiku and Pukalani. The schedule also includes a public stop in Kihei and a newly added location — Lahaina Cannery Mall. The bookmobile will park at the Lahaina Cannery Mall from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and March 27.

The bookmobile offers books for all ages, DVDs, audiobooks, storytimes, free wi-fi and reference help.

Printed copies of the Holoholo Bookmobile’s new schedule are available at Maui public libraries. For more information, visit www.librarieshawaii.org, click “Visit” tab, then “Maui Bookmobile,” or call Wailuku Public Library at 243-5766.


Nature program for keiki at HNC

Children in kindergarten to 2nd grade can learn about nature in bloom during a program from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hawaii Nature Center.

Attendees will learn why bees are attracted to flowers, how plants produce fruit, and why pollinators are important to the ecosystem.

The Hawaii Nature Center on Maui is located at 875 Iao Valley Road in Wailuku. The cost to attend is $20 for each adult or child. Members receive a 50 percent discount. Limited reservations are available as these are small group experiences.

To make a reservation, email mauibookings@hawaiinaturecenter.org.


Rotary offers peace fellowship program

Applications for the 2020-21 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are being accepted. The deadline for candidates to submit applications to their district is May 31. The sponsoring local Rotary District is Rotary D5000.

Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by July 1.

Application guidelines can be found at www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships.

For further information, contact Rotary D5000 Peace Fellows Chair and Past District Gov. Lisa Foster via email at lisaannefoster@hotmail.com.


Project focuses on mental health

For her senior project, St. Anthony High School’s Fiona McGrath helped raise awareness about mental health conditions.

Along with her mentor, Amber Sakuda, M.D., who specializes in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, they planned the event that was held Nov. 17. Despite rain, several students and adults took to the streets bearing signs with information about mental health, and cheered to the honks of cars passing by.

In addition to raising awareness, McGrath and her mentor were able to raise more than $300 for the local Maui chapters of Mental Health America and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

They presented checks on Dec. 17 at the MHA office.


St. Anthony students win essay contest

St. Anthony School had a number of award winners in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contest this year. It was locally presented by VFW, Post 3850.

The Patriot’s Pen is for students in grades 6-8, and the Voice of Democracy is for students in grades 9-12. This year the theme for the Patriot’s Pen was “Why I Honor the American Flag.” It is a 300- to 400-word typewritten essay judged on knowledge, theme and clarity.

The Voice of Democracy’s theme was “Why My Vote Matters.” It is audio-essay program that provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves with a recorded essay.

The following students will be honored in March at the annual luau at the VFW in Kihei.

Voice of Democracy: first place — Sokha Furomoto, 12th grade; second place — Makenna Cockett, 12th grade; third place — Evan Essner, 12th grade.

Patriot’s Pen: first place — Gavin Acosta, 7th grade; second place — Janessa Baguio-Larena, 8th grade; third place — Grace Wright, 8th grade.


Aquatic biologist to speak at meeting

Skippy Hau, an aquatic biologist with the state Division of Aquatic Resources, 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.


2-day rummage sale planned at St. John’s

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kula will have its annual Spring Rummage and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the church parish hall.

There will be a collection of clothing, small appliances, household items, toys and more at reasonable prices. Also for purchase will be many homemade baked goods and coffee or tea. Clearance prices will be in effect from 1 to 3 p.m. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags.

An unsupervised playground for children will be available.

Proceeds will be used to help the 119-year-old-plus church continue its many programs and maintenance.

For more information or to donate items for the sale (pickup may be arranged), call 878-1485 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The church is located at 8992 Kula Highway, across from Keokea Park.


MOKK offering two scholarships

The Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai is offering two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors of Maui who are of Okinawan ancestry or are children of members of the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai. Applications are available at all Maui high school counselors’ office or from the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai office in Wailuku. The deadline for the scholarship application submission is March 27.

The Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai is a nonprofit organization that is committed to perpetuating the Okinawan heritage, culture, and arts. The Maui Okinawa Cultural Center is located at 688 Nukuwai Place, across from Sack N Save in Wailuku. Membership is open to everyone, those whose roots are in Okinawa as well as others who are Okinawan at heart.

For more information, contact Darren Konno at 633-4439 or dskonno@hotmail.com.


Talk on Thursday for caregivers

Akaku Upstairs will host a free program titled “How to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving — Introducing the I.C.A.R.E” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.

Presenter Shirley Ramey is a licensed professional nurse who developed I.C.A.R.E. (I Create A Restorative Experience) to provide tools for those who are caring for a family member or loved one with a chronic health condition.

RSVP at conta.cc/2Ek2Nyq or call 871-5554.


Hospital CEO will speak at meeting

Michael Rembis, CEO of Maui Memorial Medical Center, will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kahului meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului.

Rembis will share updates on Maui Health System and health care in Maui County, including physician recruitment, renovations and recent national awards the hospital has received. He brings more than 35 years of community hospital leadership and hospital operations experience to Maui.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch costs $20. Tante’s is located at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave.


Creative lab topic of talk at Akaku

Creative Lab Hawaii will host an informational session about 2019 programs from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Akaku Maui Community Media, Suite 204, 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.

The event is open to all creative entrepreneurs in the field of screenwriting (television, motion pictures, web, animation), producers (television, motion pictures, web, animation, and games), music and fashion located in Hawaii, the Mainland and the world.

Speakers include Georja Skinner, Michael Andres Palmieri, Spencer Hyde, Brian Kohne and Jonathan Melikidse.

For more information about the program, successes, and industry experts who have coached the program, visit www.creativelab.hawaii.gov.

To RSVP for this event, go to bit.ly/CLH19ISM or call 871-5554.


Filipino newspaper offers scholarship

To commemorate its 25th publication year in 2018, the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle has announced a new scholarship program for future journalists. The inaugural award of $2,500 will be presented at the Chronicle’s silver celebration gala and scholarship awards banquet in November to one deserving student.

Scholarship information/instruction guide, application and recommendation forms may be downloaded at www.thefilipinochronicle.com.

Applications will be accepted until April 1. The winner only will be notified by the end of May or beginning of June.

Questions may be addressed to the scholarship committee at hfcnews@yahoo.com.

Donations are also welcome to help fund, support and sustain the annual journalism scholarship program. To donate, contact the Chronicle office at filipinochronicle@gmail.com or call (808) 678-8930.


EMT information sessions planned

There will be emergency medical technician information sessions from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 20 at the Maui EMS Training Center at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Attendees will learn about job outlook, program requirements and how to get accepted into the EMT program, as well as meeting with a counselor.

To attend, contact janyamam@hawaii.edu or (808) 244-4063.