Local Briefs


Dann Seki to share tales about Hawaii

Storyteller Dann Seki will share tales about Hawaii from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kahului Public Library.

Seki is from Aiea, Oahu, and has been telling stories since 1994. His presentation is suitable for upper elementary school to senior audiences.


PCA announces meeting agenda

The quarterly Pukalani Community Association meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in the downstairs meeting room.

The program will feature Mayor Michael Victorino, who will discuss his plans for Maui and be available for questions. The mayor will be followed by Charlene Shibuya’s presentation about the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization’s work and progress toward solving Maui’s roadway concerns.

There will also be an update on the plan for a Verizon antenna, the second Pukalani Christmas Fair and Electric Golf Cart Parade planned for Dec. 7 and park planning for Pukalani Park.

The public is welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.


Earth Day event open to public

The University of Hawaii Maui College will host an Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday on the common lawn. It is open to the public. There will be games, food, a native plant giveaway, and informative sessions including sustainable living, photovoltaic design maintenance, and UH-MC’s Net Zero project.


Auditions open for music program

The University of Hawaii Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music will hold auditions for those interested in enrolling in the two-year Hawaiian Music certificate program for Fall 2019 semester from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ka’a’ike Building, Room 111 at the Kahului campus.

Prospective students are expected to perform for six minutes, introduce themselves and their song, sing and play their instruments, and carry themselves in a professional manner. Reservations are required for the auditions. Private auditions may also be scheduled for those unable to attend.

For questions and to reserve a spot in the auditions, contact IHM Faculty Coordinator Keola Donaghy at 984-3570 or email donaghy@hawaii.edu.


Meeting, egg hunt at Kahului school

The Kahului Elementary School Community Council and Parent Teacher Student Association will conduct a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school. The agenda will cover PTSA activities and the school academic plan for 2019-20.

Entertainment will include a Spring Egg Hunt followed by a DJ dance. A light snack will be offered.


Medicinal teas are subject for speaker

The regular meeting of Kula AARP Chapter will take place Monday at the Kula Community Center. The meeting begins with refreshments at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30.

The speaker at the meeting will be Marc Aquino, who will discuss the use of medicinal tea. The teas include soursap tree leaves and the ulu tree. Samples will be provided.

The presentation is open to the public; no reservations are necessary. For more information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Human trafficking topic of discussion

The Rotary Club of Kahului will welcome Aja Wallace and Margot Sneed of Parents And Children Together to its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

Wallace and Sneed will speak about human trafficking.

Wallace is the human trafficking hope therapist for PACT. She has been working against sex trafficking for over a decade.

As the Maui program director for PACT, Sneed oversees a team at the Family Peace Center, which offer domestic violence intervention programs.

Lunch costs $20. For more information about Rotary, contact club President, Gary Albitz at 281-9672 or albitzkrotary@gmail.com or visit www.kahuluirotary.com.


Plastic trash in the oceans topic of talk

“Ocean Plastic Pollution — Cleaning it Up & Stopping it at the Source” is the title of a program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Akaku Maui in Kahului. The presenters are Hannah Bernard with Hawaii Wildlife Fund and Campbell Farrell with Love the Sea and Ocean Aid Hawaii.

Bernard and Farrell are planning to discuss local cleanup efforts plus global environmental and wildlife conservation groups who collect and identify the sources of plastic pollution in the oceans.

Akaku is at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204. RSVP at www.akaku.org/salons.


Service trip planned in crater wilderness

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for a two-night service project in Haleakala Crater April 28-30. The group will hike into the crater and stay free for two nights in Kapalaoa Cabin while doing work to protect native plants and nene habitat. In addition to helping the national park, those volunteering will also have some time for hiking, bird-watching, stargazing or photography, as well as enjoyment of the quiet crater wilderness.

The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for volunteers doing service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. A maximum of 12 persons can be accommodated on each trip. Participants must be physically fit and able to hike in and out of the crater carrying a backpack with their sleeping bag, personal items and a share of the food. Tools are provided by the park.

To join this trip, first visit and register at www.fhnp.org. For a reservation for this trip or a future trip scheduled on the website, send email or call the leader whose contacts are listed on the service trip page.


Medical cannabis event set at MACC

Integrative health pioneer, best-selling author and chief science officer for Maui Grown Therapies, Dr. Andrew Weil, is the featured speaker for the third annual Maui Medical Cannabis Symposium at 7 p.m. Thursday in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Certicann is the presenting sponsor. Admission is free, but confirmed reservations are required for entry and are available at www.mauisymposium.eventbrite.com.

Appearing with Weil will be Michael Backes, researcher and author of “Cannabis Pharmacy,” plus Maui Grown Therapies’ chief medical officer, Dr. Greg Yim. Backes will update attendees on the latest research findings about medical cannabis, THC and CBD. Yim will serve as the evening’s host and will facilitate audience questions.

As in past years, the final 30 minutes of the symposium will be reserved for written audience questions that will be curated by Yim.


Admission to park free on Saturday

Entrance fees to Haleakala National Park will be waived for the public on Saturday at the start of National Park Week, which continues through April 28.

Also on Saturday, National Junior Ranger Day will be celebrated with a special Volunteer-in-Parks program. Kids, along with family and friends, can sign up as volunteers and join in a opala (litter) pickup from 9 a.m. to noon in the Summit District and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kipahulu District.

Kids will earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate. Gloves, trash bags and reflective vests will be provided upon check-in and a group Junior Ranger graduation will follow the opala pickup events at the Summit Headquarters and Kipahulu Visitor Centers.


Senior club plans rummage sale

The Hale Mahaolu Elua Senior Club will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at 200 Hina Ave. in Kahului. Sale items will include locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as a diverse selection of rummage items. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase.

Limited parking is allowed in unmarked stalls only. Additional parking is on Hina Avenue.


Moonlight Mele to benefit museum

The Maui Historical Society is hosting a benefit concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday called “Moonlight Mele with George Kahumoku Jr. & Friends.” The entrance fee is $5 per person; free admission for children 12 and under.

This event will feature Hawaiian music by the University of Hawaii Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music with UH-MC instructor Keola Donaghy and noted Hawaiian entertainer and Hawaiian music mentor George Kahumoku Jr.

This event will be held on the grounds of Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku at 2375-A Main St., on property owned by the Maui Historical Society.


Animal rescue subject of talk

Dawn Hall, Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation executive director and co-founder, will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea noon meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. Hall will speak about animal rescue and finding adoptive homes for rescued animals.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.

For more information email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Rummage sale planned in Kula

Kula Shofukuji Shingon Mission will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 113 Puanani Place, which intersects Kekaulike Avenue.

There will be an assortment of kitchenware, clothes, golf clubs/bags, books, shoes, purses, suitcases and sport bags, a dining set for four, upholstered recliner, cookies and treats.


Art exhibition to begin at college

An exhibition of works by University of Hawaii Maui College art students will be on display at the college library from Tuesday through May 2. All the works were created during the Spring 2019 semester and are from UH-MC’s painting, drawing, digital media, ceramics and digital photography classes.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the UH-MC library. Light refreshments will be served.


Pizza sales benefit Maui Ki-Aikido

Maui Ki-Aikido will be the beneficiary of a Flatbread Co. pizza fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds of every pizza sold during that time will go to the nonprofit martial arts group. A silent auction will also be offered. People wishing to dine with the aikido teachers and students are urged to come at 6 p.m.

The martial arts dojo teaches children, teens and adults and includes classes in meditation and ki development as well as the aikido arts, in both its Wailuku and Pukalani locations.

The Flatbread Co. is located at 89 Hana Highway in Paia. For more information about Maui Ki-Aikido, call 244-5165 or visit mauiaikido.com and curtissensei.com.


Scholarship deadline extended to April 22

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation is reopening and accepting additional applications for its scholarship programs.

“Due to the substantial success of the recently completed annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and the generosity of our scholarship partners, the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation has decided to reopen and accept scholarship applications,” said Jorge Tirona, president of the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation.

Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the foundation’s office at 24 Central Ave. in Wailuku by April 22.

Applications may be downloaded at www.mauifilipinochamber.com or call 242-8100.


Discount tickets available for event

The Maui County and State of Hawaii Small Business Award Winners will be celebrated at the Maui SBA Awards Luncheon May 2 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom.

Registration and networking starts at 11 a.m. with lunch and the program from noon to 2 p.m.

Ticket prices for chamber members, winners and winners’ guests start at $52 per person if registering before April 22 and $57 thereafter.

Nonmembers ticket prices start at $62 if registering before April 22 and $67 thereafter.

For more information and to register, call the Maui Chamber at 244-0081 or register at mauichamber.siteym.com/events/event_list.asp.