Local Briefs


Vegan cafe owner to share her story

“From Hunter to Gatherer,” a talk by Antoinette Ortiz-Sharfin, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Ortiz-Sharfin will share her journey from omnivore to vegan activist and entrepreneur. She grew up near her grandfather’s farm in New Mexico. After her mother died following a long battle with breast cancer, Ortiz-Sharfin began a healing journey that eventually led to the Big Island, where she and her husband now run Herbivores, a vegan cafe business.

Admission to this Vegetarian Society of Hawaii event it free; no reservations are needed. Food will be provided by Down to Earth in Kahului.

For more information, contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


Bon dance practices get started today

Kahului Jodo Mission is offering bon dance practices on four Sundays beginning today from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the church hall at 325 Laau St. near Maui High School’s football field.

Jonah Valois-Nishimura, a junior at Baldwin High School and a Japanese dancer under Tasaka sensei with Maui Minyo Kai, will lead the practices.

Learn the new dance for this season as well as practice the old songs. The classes will also be on May 26, June 2 and 16.

For more information, call 281-9155.


Rotary of Kahului meeting is Monday

The Rotary Club of Kahului will hold its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

Mayor Michael Victorino will present this year’s six recipients with scholarships.

Lunch is $20.

For more information about Rotary, contact club President Gary Albitz at 281-9672 or albitzkrotary@gmail.com or see www.kahuluirotary.com.


MUW fundraiser set at Panda Express

A fundraiser for the Maui United Way will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday at the Panda Express near Walmart in Kahului.

Twenty percent of event sales will be given to Maui Electric Co. for a donation to the Maui United Way.

A flyer, paper or digital coupon must be presented while making the purchase. It can be found at: www.facebook.com/events/431064954386620/ or visit the Maui United Way Facebook page.

Those making an online order should enter 268947 in the promo code box during checkout.


Sunflower project to be discussed

Beth Mathias, marketing associate with Pacific Biodiesel will be the guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. Mathias will discuss the company’s sunflower project.

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

For more information, send email to margief1202@yahoo.com


Art contest for residents underway

An Aloha Awareness art contest is being held through May 30.

It is for Hawaii residents from ages 7 to adult to draw and paint “to save our land and seas.” It is free to enter.

The “Be’ Kine” Care Campaign is launching the contest with USA’s General Pencil Co. in celebration of World Reef Day on June 1.

For more information and an entry form online, see www.bekinecarecampaign.com.


Support group is broadening its reach

The Men’s Cancer Support, Advocacy & Educational group has initiated an interactive support platform for its bimonthly meetings for men in Maui County.

The next meeting is set from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Participants may join by calling 646-749-3129 and entering the access code 222-583-973# and then # again.

Instructions for joining via computer or smartphone can be found at pacificcancerfoundation.org. Use the drop-down menu and click on “our services” then hit “support groups” and hit the + for “mens talk story,” or by calling moderator Peter Kafka at 298-1655.

The live, interactive phone-in meetings are designed to empower men to deal with what can be a life-changing diagnosis.


Medical cannabis is topic of presentation

Pono Life Education will provide an “Introduction to Medical Cannabis” presentation at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Pono Life Education and Resource Center, 415 Dairy Road in Kahului.

The center is next to Pono Life Maui, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary.

The presentation will be led by the Education Center Director Elaine Slavinsky, who will also discuss medical cannabis applications for the treatment of lupus in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.

Community members can also learn about safe and responsible medical cannabis use every Wednesday at “Cannabis Conversations” at 4 p.m. at the center.

Also, every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, this month on May 22, a certifying medical cannabis provider will be on-site as well as assess and certify qualifying patients.

The events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact info@ponolife.net.


Music is featured at ‘Picnic for Poki’

Musical guest Ernest Pua’a will perform at the next “Picnic for Poki” event at 11 a.m. Thursday at the historic Ka’ahumanu Church in Wailuku.

Pua’a, also known as “Da Barefoot Warrior,” learned how to play the guitar from his father, while his mother taught him how to sing.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be fresh-baked cookies and coffee from Roselani Place. Bring a lunch, lawn chair and a friend.

The event is put on by Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions.

For more information, call 871-7720.


Genealogy workshop scheduled Saturday

Maui residents of Portuguese or Puerto Rican ancestry will have an opportunity to learn more about their genealogy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia.

Docents from the Oahu-based Portuguese Genealogical and Historical Society of Hawaii will conduct the workshop. Persons seeking assistance at the free workshop are requested to bring whatever information they have available on their Portuguese or Puerto Rican ancestors, including full names, birth and death dates.

The workshop is offered once a year on Maui and is funded in part by the State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the state Legislature and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information call 243-0065.


AAUW Lunch Bunch to meet

American Association of University Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet at noon Tuesday at Pita Paradise, 35 Wailea Ike Drive in the Wailea Gateway Center. RSVP to Cathy Thompson with menu selection at aauwlunchbunch@gmail.com or call 268-1232.


Lyft has discount for beer festivalgoers

Ride-share company Lyft has partnered with the Hawaiian Craft Brewers Guild to offer a discount to those heading to and from the 11th annual Maui Brewers Festival Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Lyft users can use promo code MAUIBREWFEST19 for a 20 percent discount off their ride to and from the MACC.

“We encourage festival attendees to plan ahead with a responsible ride option so they can worry less about where to park or how to get around, and instead enjoy the event,” said Rob Mora, market manger for Lyft Hawaii.


Alzheimer’s events planned this month

The Alzheimer’s Association will offer two free educational events this month:

• Effective Communication Strategies for people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Services Building at University of Hawaii Maui College.

• The support group for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 21 at Maui Memorial Medical Center in the nutrition program room located in the cafeteria on the first floor.


Summer program open at Iao school

The Iao Intemediate School Summer Enrichment Program still has available enrollment for students. Information and registration forms are available at iaoschool.org. This program is for any students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 in August. Applicants do not need to be Iao school students to register.

The program will run from June 5 to July 11 (no school June 14 and July 4).

An all cash tuition payment of $159 must accompany the completed registration form. Enrollment is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A $5 band fee, $25 cooking supply fee and $5 wood burning supply fee will be collected on the first day of class.


Bag sale in May at church thrift shop

Secondhand Heaven is selling bags of all kinds at huge discounts during May. Styles include handbags, shoulder bags, tote bags, duffels, luggage, backpacks and even wallets and eyeglass cases. Prices range from 50 cents for small, barely used bags to $25 for brand-new leather purses.

The shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are accepted during open hours.

Secondhand Heaven is located in the Community Hall at Makawao Union Church between Paia and Makawao on Baldwin Avenue. Volunteers manage the store and all proceeds go to the preservation and maintenance of the 105-year-old community hall.


County schools win at video contest

Maui County schools were among winners in the recent 16th annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition. In addition to the top Expert and Junior Expert honors, winning videos were selected in each of the divisional categories. These were created by students who attend public, charter and private schools all across Oahu, Hawaii island, Kauai and Maui County.

‘Olelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition winners:

• Public Service Announcement — Middle School, “The Last Straw,” Maui Waena Intermediate; High School, “Ue Ka Lani, Ola Ka Honua,” Kamehameha Schools Maui.

• Short — Middle School, “Don’t Vape Guys,” Lanai High & Elementary.

• Traffic Safety — Elementary School, “Safety Matters,” Montessori School of Maui.

High-definition Sony digital video cameras were awarded to the winning schools in each of the divisional categories during the Awards Gala at the Hawai’i Convention Center as some 800 educators, student producers and guests from across the state celebrated the finalist videos and winners.