Local Briefs


Rasmussen will speak at meeting

The Rotary Club of Kahului will welcome Teena Rasmussen of Skog Rasmussen LLC to its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului.

As the former director of economic development for the County of Maui, Rasmussen will discuss the top five things she learned about the economy and community during her eight years with the county.

Lunch costs $20. Tante’s is located in the Maui Seaside Hotel at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave.


School hosts senior project exhibition

The Kihei Charter School Class of 2019 will hold its annual Senior Project Exhibition Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the new Kihei Charter School campus.

Members of the Maui community and the Kihei Charter School ohana are invited to attend this science-fair-style event where each graduating senior will showcase his or her capstone project. Each 12th-grade student completed an internship and developed a project around a unique student-driven question. Topics explored include astronomy, filmmaking, community activism, conservation, art education and dozens more. This is a free community event to explore and celebrate the achievements of the students.


Free comic books offered at libraries

The 18th annual Free Comic Book Day will take place Saturday. Individuals who show their valid Hawaii State Public Library System card at one of the four participating Maui public libraries may receive a special free comic book, while supplies last.

Participating are Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina and Makawao public libraries.

Free Comic Book Day is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Gecko Books & Comics and Collector Maniacs.


Craft activity involves comics

In celebration of Free Comic Book Day, Kahului Public Library will offer a craft activity from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants can transform old comic books and manga into accessories and more.

All materials will be provided. Participants may also bring their own comics/manga. Those who would like to decorate objects with paper are asked to bring their own items (e.g., picture frame, notebook, shoe box, etc.) to cover in comics.

Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

People who show their library card can get a free new comic book issue while supplies last.


Guided walking tour planned in Makawao

The Makawao History Museum will conduct a walking tour of Makawao town with a guide and brochure/map on May 5. Meet the tour guide at 10 a.m. at the museum, 3643 Baldwin Ave. Residents and visitors are invited; families are welcome. A suggested donation of $5 will help ensure the continued preservation of the history of Makawao and Upcountry.

Reservations are helpful in enabling a more personal tour experience, but they are not required. Contact the Makawao History Museum at 572-2482 or info@makawaomuseum.org.


Rotary Club has guest speaker

Malia Cahill, executive director and founder at Maui Huliau Foundation, will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea noon meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Cahill will discuss the transformative educational opportunities for Maui’s youths that are provided by the foundation.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Social club plans potluck on Tuesday

The Italian American Social Club of Kihei will host its monthly potluck meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Saint Theresa Church Hall at 25 Lipoa St. in Kihei. Members are requested to provide a main dish, salad or dessert to share with the group.


Opera singers to perform at library

Singers from the Hawaii Opera Theatre Resident Studio Ensemble will perform a variety of classical favorites at the Kihei Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

HOT has been producing opera in Hawaii for over 33 years, blending local talent with outstanding guest artists. The free program is suitable for ages 5 and older.


Pollution solutions program for students

Through a one-year grant from the County of Maui Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division, Pacific Whale Foundation has partnered with Plastic Ocean Foundation to offer its free Plastic Pollution Solutions education program to all middle and high school students in Maui County.

The program includes a screening of the 22-minute film “A Plastic Ocean,” as well as curriculum and activities appropriate for various subject areas.

The program will be offered through May, while grants funds last. Interested schools are encouraged to contact Robyn Ehrlich at (808) 856-8341 or robynehrlich@PacificWhale.org.


Military month effort to begin

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, in conjunction with Hallmark Cards, will be mailing mahalo cards and care packages to each of the U.S. military branches — Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard.

The public is invited to write words of thanks on the giant gratitude cards displayed throughout the month of May at the QKC Guest Services desk, or donate individual gratitude cards at Hallmark Cards. The public is also encouraged to bring care package items such as commercially prepared Hawaii-style snacks, Spam, jerky and candy that may be dropped at the QKC Military Gratitude Box.

In addition, selected Queen Ka’ahumanu Center tenants will offer special discounts, promotions and/or added value to all active military personnel with valid military identification through May 31. A list of participating merchants is available at queenkaahumanucenter.com and the Guest Services desk.


Ukulele group touring libraries

The Springmans, an ukulele-strumming musical group made up of Perry Springman and his four children — Emma, Ryan, Sarah and Jacob — will perform free programs at public libraries:

• 3 p.m. Saturday — Makawao Public Library.

• 1 p.m. May 9 — Hana Public and School Library.

• 10 a.m. May 10 — Lanai Public and School Library.

• 10:30 a.m. May 11 — Kahului Public Library.

• 6:30 p.m. May 14 — Kihei Public Library.

The Springmans have performed for audiences of all ages across North America.

The Springmans perform upbeat and original songs. They have performed for audiences of all ages across North America.


Free workshop for cancer community

Pacific Cancer Foundation will offer a free six-week cancer survivorship workshop to Maui’s cancer community beginning May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. The class will continue on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

This workshop is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University to teach those affected by cancer the necessary skills and techniques to “thrive and survive” during and after a cancer care. “The skills that are learned throughout this series really benefit the day-to-day life of a cancer survivor,” said Nancy La Joy, Pacific Cancer Foundation’s executive director.

To register, call 242-7661 or visit pacificcancerfoundation.org for more information.


Chow fun sale benefits MUW

Maui United Way is selling chow fun tickets for $10 a quart as part of its rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Wailuku Federal Credit Union parking lot, 133 Maa St. in Kahului.

Tickets are available by contacting 244-8787 or angela@mauiunitedway.org. The chow fun will be available for pickup from 9 to 11 a.m. during the rummage sale.

Maui United Way has presale tickets at its office for pickup in the J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., No. 24, Wailuku.