Local Briefs


Introductory course in ki-aikido to begin

A public introductory course in ki-aikido for adults and teens will be offered on four consecutive Thursday nights June 6 through 27 at the Shunshinkan Dojo of Maui Ki-Aikido, 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ki-aikido is a Japanese martial art based on Zen principles, which teaches practical self-defense with a peaceful mindset and calmness training through movement. All aspects of ki-aikido practice will be introduced. The instructor will be 6th dan Tracy Reasoner under the guidance of Christopher Curtis, head instructor of Maui Ki-Aikido and chief instructor of Hawaii Ki Federation.

The fee of $40 can be applied to dues if the participant joins the dojo to continue training after the four-week course. Ongoing classes for adults and youths are held daily at the Shunshinkan Dojo, 194 S. Market in Wailuku, and on Tuesday evenings at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. More information can be found at www.mauiaikido.com.

Call 357-5172 for information and registration.


Free self care class set for caregivers

Ohana Care Maui LLC and the Alzheimer’s Association will provide a free class for caregivers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ohana Care Maui in Wailuku.

The class is titled “Body Mechanics/Self Care” and will help caregivers learn how to avoid injury. To reserve a space, call (808) 344-1285.


Toastmasters will give demonstration

Champions Toastmasters Club, Maui’s newest Toastmasters club, will host a free demonstration meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Waikapu Community Center. Attendees will learn how participating in Toastmasters benefits members in the areas of public speaking, communication and leadership skills.

During the event, club members will demonstrate a typical Toastmasters meeting and be available to answer any questions from guests. Light refreshments will be served.

Champions Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

For more information, contact Rose Kirland at 276-5093 or d49rose@gmail.com.


Obon season to kickoff in Lahaina

The first bon dance of the obon season will take place Saturday at the Lahaina Shingon Mission, 682 Luakini St. A service will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the bon dance will follow at 7:30.

Food concessions will include beef teriyaki, chicken with gravy, lau lau plate and chow fun. There will also be a mini-bazaar with a variety of sushi, baked goods, pickled vegetables, nishime, trail mix and more. Shave ice with azuki beans and cold drinks will also be available.

Bon dance practice will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church grounds, next to Kobe Japanese Steak House.

For more information, call 661-0466.


Pint night event for Maui birds

The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will have a pint night fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Maui Brewing Co. in Kahana. Half the pub’s profits from house beers sold will go toward protecting native birds on Maui.

The brewpub is located at 4405 Honoapiilani Highway in the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center.


Surf camp set for special needs keiki

A Surfers Healing Maui surf camp for children with special needs will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Launiupoko Beach Park in Lahaina. The event is hosted by Cody and Levi Young and Clay Marzo. There will be an after party at Rock & Brews Restaurant in Paia at 7 p.m.

To sign up, visit surfershealing.org. For more information, contact codyleeyoung@yahoo.com.


Teach-in planned with Benny Uyetake

Maui musician and teacher Benny Uyetake will be leading the Kalama ‘Ukulele Band in concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Makawao Public Library, and everyone is invited to join in the musical fun.

People of all ages are encouraged to bring their ukulele, share their talents, and learn from Uyetake’s on-the-spot instruction.

For more information, call 573-8785


Rotary Club plans pau hana at beach

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea invites the community to a pau hana gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Keawakapu Beach next to 5 Palms restaurant in Kihei.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass, a drink and a chair.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Makawao Parade seeks participants

Applications are available for the 54th annual Makawao Rodeo Parade, which will take place July 6. The theme this year is “Wild West Makawao Style.” The grand marshal is Wayne Asue and the special parade honoree is Tony Medeiros.

Applications may be picked up at Makawao History Museum, Komoda Store, Wai Ulu Feed Supply, Pukalani Superette, Kula Hardware & Nursery, Fong Store, Hanzawa’s Variety Store, Fukushima Store, Del’s Farm Supply, Maui Feed & Farm Supply and KAOI Radio Group.

Applications are also available via email at makawaorodeoparade@gmail.com. The deadline to submit applications is June 22.

Parade judging categories are: Best Parade Horse, Best Mounted Rider, Best Mounted Group (2-5), Best Mounted Group (6-plus), Best Mounted Keiki, Best Musical Entry, Best Commercial Entry, Best Representation of Theme, Most Patriotic Entry and Most Unusual Entry.

For more information, call Parade Chairman Duane Hamamura at 268-8729.


Social club plans potluck on Tuesday

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

Attendees are requested to provide a main dish, salad, or dessert to share with the group.


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