Local Briefs


Liz May receives Rotary award

Liz May, a member of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, is the recipient of the “Be the Inspiration” Rotary International 2018-19 award. She was chosen from the 10 Rotary Clubs of Maui by Assistant District Gov. Marti Wukelic. At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, May was awarded a pin for individual excellence.

As part of his decision, Wukelic said he found that May goes about her life in giving and doing, not because she wants to be a role model, but simply because that is who she is. He said she is the Rotarian who most inspires many, not just Rotarians.


MISC officials to speak at Akaku

Akaku Upstairs will present “Saving ‘Ohi’a — Hawaii’s Sacred Tree and Stopping the Spread of Coqui Frogs” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Adam Radford, manager, and Lissa Strohecker, outreach and education specialist, from the Maui Invasive Species Committee will share a short film about the ‘ohi’a tree and discuss coqui frogs.

RSVP at conta.cc/2F1b6zq or call 871-5554.


Ho’oponopono class offered in Wailuku

Keala O Kalani is offering a free Ho’oponopono Basic I class from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Wailuku. Ho’oponopono is a self-help process of “making right,” or correcting the problems, “dis-eases” and stresses in people’s daily lives. It is designed to bring peace, rhythm and balance to one’s life by releasing, cleansing and transmuting unwanted, negative energies, barriers and obstacles.

Those who attend the class on Saturday may also attend a free Level II class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31. For more information or to make a reservation, call Anne Oishi at 870-6182.


4 local businesses to share their story

Four Maui-based businesses will share their stories at the “Masters of Retail Success in Maui” dinner presentation from 5:15 to 8:45 p.m. April 2 at Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu.

The featured businesses are Hana Feast Catering and Events, Lanai Today, L&R Farms and Maui Soda & Ice Works.

The cost is $65 per attendee. For details and to RSVP, visit mauibusinessbrainstormers.org.


MHS Class of ’79 announces reunion

Maui High School Class of 1979 will be celebrating its 40th class reunion on Maui Aug. 16-18. For details, visit www.mauihigh79.com or contact Robin Vierra at (808) 870-9515.


Free concert set at Baldwin museum

The newly formed group Kahalawai will perform at a free outdoor concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of the Historic Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Kahalawai, which means “to meet or meeting together,” is composed of Dana Pi’ilani Arias and Joshua Pilialoha Kahula.

Now in its 11th year, the Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or visit LRF on Facebook or www.lahainarestoration.org.


Rotary Club plans pau hana gathering

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea invites the public to a Meet & Greet Pau Hana from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kamaole Poolside Bar behind ‘Ami ‘Ami Bar & Grill, 2259 S. Kihei Road.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Students collect ‘Pennies for Polio’

The Kihei Elementary Student Council Early Act group, consisting of 18 representatives from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, recently celebrated the success of their “Pennies for Polio” community service project.

Council members made 60 posters for all classrooms and provided collection jars for each classroom. The collection period was for 10 days in February and a total of $2,178 was the result of this schoolwide effort. MJ Manglicmot’s 1st-grade class and Rachel McClain’s 4th-grade class collected the most funds for their recess period and they received a Jamba Juice/Healthy Snack party from the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

American Savings Bank, Kahului Branch, counted and recorded all of the coins and currency collected by the classes. The Student Council will keep 25 percent of the collected funds for future projects and the remaining funds will be sent to Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign and will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The collection was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset. It was led by staff members Joanne Laird, Alaina Valite and Michelle Bonilla.


Alzheimer’s topic of discussion

Ohana Care Maui and the Alzheimer’s Association will have a presentation about Alzheimer’s and dementia from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1464 Lower Main St., No. 211, in Wailuku.

To RSVP, call 344-1285.


Volunteers sought for work at park

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is offering a new one-day service activity at the park’s plant nursery in the Haleakala Summit District on the first Tuesday of each month. The next date will be April 2.

Volunteers will help park horticulturist Michelle Osgood with jobs involving caring for the rare, endemic plants being propagated, such as transplanting, weeding, cleaning and preparing seeds for storage or planting, and some pot washing. The park recycles pots, which have to be carefully cleaned to prevent the spread of plant diseases. There may sometimes be some outdoor planting, but most of the service work is done inside, and participants can drive to the location of the work.

Those interested should call 572-1584 for a reservation and to arrange a carpool, which will be from Pukalani up to the park at 8 a.m. on April 2.

Participants should bring water, lunch and snacks, and their own gloves if desired. The park will provide other tools. Wear sturdy shoes, and in case of outdoor planting work, bring a hat and sunscreen.


Libraries closed on Kuhio Day

All public libraries and library support offices will be closed on Tuesday in observance of Prince Kuhio Day.

Although branches are closed, the library system offers resources at www.librarieshawaii.org.


Donors sought for blood drive

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is seeking donors for its April blood drive. 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.

• 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 22 — King Kekaulike High School gymnasium.

• 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 23 — Cameron Center auditorium.

• 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 — Maui High School gymnasium.

• 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 — Cameron Center auditorium.

• 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 26 — Cameron Center auditorium.

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.


Filmmakers will speak at Akaku

A screening of “Aloha From LavaLand” with filmmakers Zoe Eisenberg and Phillips Payson will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Akaku Maui Community Media in Kahului.

The filmmakers will also lead a Q&A discussion of their independent film projects, what it takes to make a movie in Hawaii, and how “Stoke,” their new feature film, came to be. (“Stoke” the movie will be playing at Kihei Cinemas at 7 p.m. on Thursday.)

Akaku is located at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204. To RSVP, visit conta.cc/2F17YU5 or call 871-5554.


Sausage making workshop in Paia

The Portuguese Association of Maui will present a two-day workshop on making Portuguese sausage from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday at Heritage Hall in Paia.

On the first day, participants will chop the pork, add seasonings and marinate the mixture. On the second day, sausages will be stuffed and hung. Smoking the sausage takes place over the weekend and workshop participants can pick up their sausages on April 1.

The cost for the workshop is $20. Participants receive a printed recipe as well as some linguica. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to register, call 243-0065.


AARP Smart Driver Course set in Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kalama Heights in Kihei.

The four-hour classroom course is designed for drivers ages 50 and older, but all adults are welcome.

The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate. The $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer three-year discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested. To register, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308.


Social club will host potluck meeting

The Italian American Social Club of Kihei will host its monthly potluck meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Theresa Church Hall, 25 Lipoa St. in Kihei.


Financial reality fair for students

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union and the Financial Reality Foundation will present a Get REAL Financial Reality Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday for high school seniors at Kihei Charter School.

The fair allows students to make budgeting decisions in an interactive learning environment. The high school seniors will make real-life choices about a post-high school career, including how to stay within budget while paying for necessities such as housing, food and transportation.

Along the way, needs versus wants are tested as community volunteers sell vacations, puppies, hot tubs and many more impulse spending items that can have a major impact on a budget.