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Local Briefs

Holy Ghost Feast a 2-day event

The 127th Holy Ghost Feast will take place Saturday and June 9 at the Holy Ghost Mission Church, 4300 Lower Kula Road in Kula. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. (Mass) to 5 p.m. June 9.

The celebration will include food booths, live entertainment, live auctions, a farmers market, jams and jellies, famous Portuguese sweet bread, a priest cook-off, complimentary queen’s meal (laulau), baked goods and a keiki zone.

For more information, call 878-1261.

Workshops to teach smartphone basics

Akaku Maui Community Media and AARP Tek will be co-hosting two smartphone workshops Tuesday. The first will focus on iPhone training and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. The second will focus on Android training and will run from 1 to 2 p.m. Both will be held at Akaku Upstairs at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Participants are asked to bring their smartphone to the workshop. Both sessions are intended for those who need basic information on how to use an iPhone or Android device.

The cost to attend is $5. RSVP at local.aarp.org/aarp-event/aarphi-phone-smarts-for-the-50-kahului-hi-6419-xcnpbmtzb6h.html.

Speaker to discuss plans for UH-MC

Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, director of development at University of Hawaii Maui College, will be guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului on Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

Romero Demirbag will discuss current projects she is working on at the college. Lunch costs $20.

Akahi Senior Club plans rummage sale

Hale Mahaolu Akahi in Kahului will be the location of a rummage sale with plants and food from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the patio area. The sale is being presented by the Akahi Senior Club.

The facility is located at 300 W. Wakea Ave., across from the old Maui Pine Cannery parking lot. Visitors are asked to park on Hina and Wakea avenues only.

New brew launch celebrates hemp

The 10th annual Hemp History Week will be celebrated with a HHW Hemptastic Brew Launch at Maui Brewing Co. from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at 605 Lipoa Parkway in Kihei. “Hemp Brown Ale” was specially brewed on Maui for the event by Maui Brewing Co.

Kapa-making class set at gardens

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host a kapa-making workshop led by Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond and Lei Ishikawa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gardens in Kahului.

Participants will learn about wauke cultivation, harvesting techniques, kapa equipment and tools, and the processing of wauke fiber into cloth. The cost is $125 or $100 for current garden members.

For reservations, email info@mnbg.org.

Playhouse serves keiki at school

Noah Manuel, 17, of Kihei is a graduate of Maui High School. For his senior project he decided to give back to his elementary school, Kihei Elementary, by providing a much-needed playhouse for his mother Rochelle Manuel’s class.

Working with his mentor Roger Manuel, a general contractor, and Fred Manuel and Sons, Noah constructed and built the playhouse himself. He received building supplies from Fred Manuel and Sons and Mike Kapuniai. Cary Sugiki of RSI Roofing and Allied Building Supplies donated the material for the roofing. Noah recently dedicated the playhouse to Kihei Elementary and the classroom for the students to enjoy.

‘Jedi Jim’ coming to Kahului library

People of all ages are invited to join “Jedi Jim” (Jim Manning) for Jedi Force magic, a laser balloon barrage and an epic light-saber duel from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Kahului Public Library.

The event will include magic, comedy, balloons and audience participation.

Hawaiian culture events topic of talk

Megan DeGaia, owner of Makoa Quest, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

DeGaia will be speaking on experiential tours in Hawaiian culture. A portion of Makoa Quest profits provide opportunities for low-income Maui youths.

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

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

Rumi subject of free presentation

Live music, poetry and spiritual discourse will be offered during a free “Rumi and the Inner Music” presentation by the Know Thyself as Soul Foundation, Hawaii, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mangala Yoga, 810 Kokomo Road, No. 102, in Haiku (across from post office).

Free event about fighting deafness

“Fighting Deafness With Technology” is the title of a presentation and discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Maui Makers, 362 Pakana St., in the Waikapu light industrial area.

Severe hearing problems and deafness seriously restrict those afflicted from communicating and socializing in the hearing world. This leads to isolation, depression and a reduction in quality of life. There are recent developments in technology, and some on the horizon, that can dramatically improve this situation.

This is a free event and there are no sales pitches or solicitations, according to an announcement. It is a sharing of knowledge for those in need. Contact Buck Joiner at buck@tiki.net to make a reservation. Space is limited.

Akaku resumes its salon series

“Transforming the Lives of Maui’s Homeless,” a presentation by Lisa Darcy, will be featured during the first installment of a 10-week Akaku Upstairs Summer Salon Series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kahului.

Darcy, of Share Your Mana, will speak about innovative solutions inspired by the community that can transform the lives of the homeless.

Akaku is located at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204. To RSVP, call 871-5554.

Sky stories to land at Kahului library

Storyteller and musician James McCarthy will share a wide variety of sky stories, from myths to science, at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kahului Public Library. His performance is suitable for all ages. For more information, call 873-3097.