Local Briefs

Organization will celebrate 50 years

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Nahele Ballroom at Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu.

All alumni and friends of the agency are invited. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at www.bbbshawaii.org/mauievents.html or by calling Courtney Ikawa at (808) 442-7891. Sponsorships and donations are also being accepted.

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Sweet taro treat workshop set

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host a Kulolo Making Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Kulolo is a Hawaiian dessert made from freshly steamed taro, sugar and coconut milk. MNBG Kalo Manager Namea Hoshino will teach participants to make kulolo using three different taro varieties. The cost to participate is $50, or $25 for current MNBG garden members.

For reservations, contact 249-2798 or info@mnbg.org. Workshop support is provided by Hawaii Tourism Authority through its Kukulu Ola Program.

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Orientation for freshmen at BHS

Baldwin High School will have an orientation night for incoming freshmen and parents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium.

Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. Parents can sign in outside the auditorium before entering. Light refreshments will be served before the meeting while supplies last. Child care will be offered for ages 4 to 9.

The presentation will include an introduction of the administration officials and key faculty members, information on the bell schedule, attendance policy, as well as other information needed by the families of new students. Also, there will be three 15-minute breakout sessions, one of which the parent and child are invited to meet the 9th grade team to learn more about what to expect in the 2019-20 school year. They may also choose two additional session topics to find out more about specific programs Baldwin offers.

For more information or to register, contact parent facilitator Lorene Rodrigues at 727-3193 or Lorene_Rodrigues@baldwin.k12.hi.us or 9th-grade counselor Dana Wapner at 727-3151 or Dana_Wapner@baldwin.k12.hi.us.

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Park superintendent to speak at meeting

Natalie Gates, superintendent of Haleakala National Park, will speak to members of the American Association of University Women on Saturday at Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei.

The annual business meeting and election of the AAUW-Maui Branch Executive Board of Directors for 2019-20 will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the speaker at 11 and lunch at noon.

Since March 2013, Gates has been in charge of Haleakala, also called House of the Sun. She worked at the Point Reyes National Seashore in California for 12 years as a wildlife biologist and chief of natural resource management. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in biology, she earned a master’s degree in wildland resource management from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

RSVP to Virginia Shaw with menu choice at aauwspeakermeeting@yahoo.com. Guests are welcome. There will be a $3 meeting fee for AAUW members and $5 for guests, plus the cost of lunch.

Moose McGillycuddy’s is located at 2511 S. Kihei Road.

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Book signing set at farmers market

Longtime Upcountry residents Ray and Barbara Bane will host a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Keokea Farmers Market Malalani garden site next to Grandma’s Coffee House. They are the subjects of the 279-page “Our Perfect Wild: Ray and Barbara Bane’s Journeys and the Fate of the Far North” ($24.95 paperback at Amazon), co-authored by Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan with Ray Bane. The autobiographical tome recounts the Banes’ adventurous decades in remote Eskimo and Indian villages in Alaska.

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Films focus of Akaku Upstairs

Akaku Upstairs will present “Maui Film Festival Preview and Call for Entries” with Barry Rivers, Maui Film Festival founder and director, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Akaku Maui Community Media, 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Rivers will share previews of some of the movies under consideration and ask the audience for input. He will also talk about the film submission process and introduce the Sweepstakes for VIP Festival Passes.

RSVP at akaku.org/salons.

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Help for caregivers focus of workshop

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging invite the community to a free caregiver workshop titled “Community Resources To Help Caregivers” on the following dates:

• 9-10:30 a.m. Friday — Lanai Senior Center, 309 Seventh St., Lanai City.

• 9:30-11 a.m. April 30 — South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 56 Ehiku St., Kihei.

• 9:30-11 a.m. May 2 — Lahaina Hongwanji Mission Church, 551 Wainee St., Lahaina.

• 9:30-11 a.m. May 4 — Maui Adult Day Care Center, Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, 665 Lower Beach Road, Wailuku.

Maui Adult Day Care Centers, Maui County Office on Aging, and Public Health Nursing representatives will partner to share on the services provided through their organizations to assist caregivers caring for an elderly loved one.

No reservations are needed to attend. Light refreshments will be provided for attendees and certificates of attendance can be provided for professionals.

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Shredding event on Saturday in Wailuku

The Fraud Watch Network Shred-a-Thon invites people to discard their obsolete financial documents from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Maui Record and Destruction Center, 821 Eha St. in Wailuku. Checks or donations of rice and canned goods to benefit Hawaii’s hungry families through the Maui Food Bank will also be accepted.

People can drive up and drop off up to two boxes of documents per person. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed. Due to safety and traffic-flow concerns, people will not be allowed to get out of their car and boxes and bags will not be returned. Drop-offs will be limited to two bags or boxes per person in each vehicle. Walk-ups will not be allowed.

Access Corp. requires a signed document release form before it will shred documents. Forms for each person dropping off documents can be downloaded at bit.ly/2v5lFwx and signed before dropping off papers.

This event is sponsored annually by AARP Hawaii and Access Information Protected. For more information, visit aarp.cvent.coaarp.cvent.com/shred4-27.

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Cultural camp registration open

Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai’s Children’s Cultural Day Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4 to 7. Registration is open to children entering 1st to 8th grades.

The children will learn Okinawan culture through music, dance, language, crafts and cooking classes. Discipline and respect will be taught in Iaido classes. Fun plantation-type games will be included.

The cost is $95 for members and $125 for nonmembers. Adjusted rates are available for siblings.

The Maui Okinawa Cultural Center is at 688 Nukuwai Place in Wailuku.

For more information, contact Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai at 242-1560 or mauiokinawakenjinkai@gmail.com.

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Yard sale to benefit Pukalani nonprofit

Somos Ohana Nicaragua, a Pukalani-based nonprofit that builds schools and provides scholarships and health services in rural northwest Nicaragua, will hold a fundraiser yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 51 Mano Drive in Kula. All proceeds from the sale of the rugs, art, antiques and collectibles; household goods, clothing items; plants, tools and more will go for the third wing of the group’s secondary school at La Carreta in Chinandega province, now under construction. For more information, visit www.somosohananicaragua.org or call 572-9898.

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Auditions set for youth symphony

Student auditions are open for Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Youth Symphony I, Youth Symphony II and Concert Orchestra programs for the 2019-20 fall season.

The application deadline with a $30 application fee is 5 p.m. Friday. The late application fee is $50 by 5 p.m. May 1.

For more information on fall auditions, eligibility requirements and other information, visit hiyouthsymphony.org/auditions/.

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Carnival and kite event at Cannery

Lahaina Cannery, in partnership with ‘Ohana Maui Youth Foundation, will present the first-ever Carnival at the Cannery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the lawn area fronting Starbucks.

In addition to the carnival, the annual Kite Festival & Kite Flying Day hosted by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Wo Hing Society and Maui Toy Works will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the southern open space lawn.

The public is invited to enjoy food vendors, entertainment, a bouncy castle, fishing pond and raffle prizes.

For more information, contact ohanamauiyouthfoundation@gmail.com.

Children can design and build their own kite, and teens can make free-form kite structures at the kite event. Participants can also bring their own kite to fly and get tips from the pros. Maui’s own Kite Master Robert Loera will perform an acrobatic sport kite air show.

Admission is free to all events. For more information visit LahainaRestoration.org/events.

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Students, parents to visit classrooms

Children entering kindergarten and their parents/caregivers are invited to visit the kindergarten classrooms at Wailuku Elementary School from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 29. Attendees will meet in the cafeteria to learn how to help their child get ready for this important first step in getting ready for school. Cookies and juice will be served.

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Keiki Story Time at ocean center

Joanne Laird, program director for Read Aloud America, will present a Keiki Story Time in the Maui Ocean Center’s Makai Theater at 1:30 p.m. April 28. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature popular children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Maui Ocean Center for the children. At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home.

Reservations must be made at bit.ly/readaloudmaui.

This event is free and no aquarium admission is required. For further information, contact Eva Goetze at egoetze@mauioceancenter.com.

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Event showcases assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii will have an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at its Service Dog Training Facility located at 675 Kealaloa Ave. in Makawao.

The Maui-based nonprofit trains assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities and other special needs. Open house visitors will meet puppies in training, tour the Upcountry campus and get a peek inside of the world of Assistance Dogs of Hawaii.

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Skateboarders sought to volunteer

SkateMD will host 15 children ages 5-17 with special needs for a free one-on-one skateboard clinic and experience at Stonewave Skate Park in Paia on Saturday. The event is in partnership with Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center.

The nonprofit works with children facing developmental, physical, emotional or family challenges.

The program continues to seek adult skateboarders to serve as one-on-one mentor volunteers. Orientation, T-shirt, snack/lunch and support will be provided to all volunteers. SkateMD requests that volunteers sign up in advance so assignments can be made. Visit www.skatemdhh.com.