Local Briefs


Hawaiian chamber announces meeting

Teri Freitas Gorman, outgoing president of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, will be the featured speaker at the group’s annual meeting Wednesday at the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant in the Paina Building at UH-Maui College in Kahului.

No-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Hawaiian dinner buffet at 6.

Gorman’s presentation is titled “Business Lessons Learned from Hawai’i Nei.” Registration is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit www.mnhcoc.org or phone (808) 281-6438. Reservation deadline is today.


“Aunty Nyla” Fujii-Babb and “Gentleman Jeff” Babb will perform at 3 p.m. Monday at the Makawao Public Library.

Duo will share stories and songs

Storyteller “Aunty Nyla” Fujii-Babb and musician “Gentleman Jeff” Babb will perform at 3 p.m. Monday at the Makawao Public Library. The duo will offer a series of participatory stories and fun songs from around the world.

“Aunty Nyla” has been a storyteller, puppeteer, librarian and actress for more than 30 years. “Gentleman Jeff” is an accomplished blues harpist and rhythm guitarist. The program is suitable for ages 5 and older.


Talk about food, mood and health

Dr. Carney

“Food, Mood and Women’s (& Men’s) Health — What’s the Connection?” a talk by Linda Carney M.D., will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Dr. Carney practices lifestyle medicine in her private family practice near Austin, Texas. As a co-founder of www.ATXalive.com, she promotes oil-free vegan restaurant events and free health presentations at PlantPure Communities potlucks. She blogs on www.drcarney.com, which contains more than 1,000 scientific abstracts of studies supporting the plant-based lifestyle. Carney’s seminars, videos and food-coaching phone consults are offered through www.Veggievore.com.

This free event is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; no reservations are required. Food will be provided by Down to Earth Kahului. For more information, contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


Bon dance set at Wailuku Jodo Mission

Wailuku Jodo Mission will have an obon service and dance on Friday. The service will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dance at 7:30. The church is located at 67 Central Ave. For more information, contact the Rev. John Hara at 244-0066.


Bowling event teams forming

Teams of five are forming for the Bowl For Kids’ Sake June 22 event at Maui Bowling Center in Wailuku benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui.

Co-workers and friends are asked to form teams for this “Back to the ’80s”-themed event.

For more information or sign a team up, contact Char Tomas at 442-7894.


Caregiver workshops free to the public

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging invite the public to a free caregiver workshop, “Brain Injuries, Strokes, & Spinal Cord Injuries: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Violet E. Horvath, Ph.D., director, Pacific Disabilities Center, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, will present.

The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is needed to attend. Certificates of attendance will be available and light refreshments provided for attendees.

Care can be provided for an elderly loved one at no cost in Lahaina and Kihei by calling in advance to arrange.

• 10-11 a.m. Wednesday — Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana (Caregiver Support Group to follow).

• 9:30-11 a.m. June 20 — Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St.

• 9:30-11 a.m. June 25 — South Maui Adult Day Care Centers, 16 Ehiku St. Kihei (Senior site behind Hope Chapel).

For more information, call Kathleen Couch at 871-5804.


Medical cannabis topic of program

“Is Medical Cannabis Right for You?” is the title of a Lunch & Learn with Michael Backes from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at UH-Maui College in Kahului.

Backes will explain what’s in cannabis and how it works as a part of an integrative health care program. The final 30 minutes are for audience Q&A.

A $20 registration includes a hot buffet lunch and class materials. To register, visit consideringcannabis.eventbrite.com.

The talk is presented by Doctors on Call.


GRANDcares to begin program

GRANDcares, a University of Hawaii Extension program that offers classes and resources to grandparents raising their grandchildren, announces the start of its seven-week summer program Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Classes run every Tuesday through July 23 and include breakfast. There is no cost, but registration is required.

The class includes separate programs for grandparents, youths and children.

Grandparents raising grandchildren participate in classes that focus on managing stress, communicating in ways that help them advocate for themselves and their grandchildren, setting and reaching goals, and finding helpful community resources. GRANDcares Youth Club is a 4-H club designed for youths between ages 8 and 12 who are raised by their grandparents. Youths learn and practice tools that build leadership skills, stress management strategies and goal setting. Grandchildren under age 8 participate together in fun, age appropriate activities.

The program is open to all grandfamilies.

Those who are interested in participating in classes or are interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to email grandcaresmaui@gmail.com.


Museum to celebrate king’s birthday

The Baldwin Home Museum, located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets in Lahaina, will celebrate King Kamehameha’s birthday on Tuesday. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with the presentation of ho’okupu offerings to honor King Kamehameha I.

Beginning at 10, the public can participate in Hawaiian games on the museum grounds. Attendees are encouraged to try their hand at ulu maika, which is like lawn bowling, or attempt to throw a wooden spear into the trunk of a banana plant. Konane boards will be available for those wanting to play the Hawaiian board game similar to checkers. Attendees can also participate in hands-on Hawaiian craft activities.

The museum will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Live music by George Kahumoku Jr. will begin at 2 p.m. with concert seating set up in the shade of the trees on the Baldwin Home lawn.

This free event is sponsored by Na Kapuna O Maui and the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. For more information, call 661-3262 or visit lahainarestoration.org.


AAUW lunch bunch will meet Tuesday

American Association of University Women’s lunch bunch will meet at noon Tuesday at A Saigon Cafe, 1792 Main St., Wailuku. RSVP with lunch selection to Cathy Thompson at (808) 268-1232 or aauwlunchbunch@gmail.com.


Rotary Club will hear from speaker

The Rotary Club of Kahului will welcome Meagan DeGaia, owner of Makoa Quest Inc., as its guest speaker during its weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului.

DeGaia will discuss how to make a positive impact within the community through business. Lunch costs $20.

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


Waikapu Community Association to meet

The Waikapu Community Association invites the community to its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Valley Isle Fellowship, located off of Kokololio Road, next to Waikapu Gardens.

Representatives from the Maui Police Department will speak about the Neighborhood Watch program.

Bill Mitchell from Hawaii Land Design LLC will speak about a proposed 23-acre park in Waikapu Country Town and is seeking community input.

Karla Peters and David Yamashita from the county Parks and Recreation Department will give the community an update on the renovation of the Waikapu Community Center. Additionally, they will also hear community input on the Waikapu Country Town proposed park.


Emergency expert to lead discussion

The West Maui Taxpayers Association and Rotary Club of Lahaina will host a special presentation about disaster planning for West Maui at noon Thursday at the Royal Lahaina Hotel-Ocean Terrace Restaurant.

Guest speaker Dennis A. Terpin, Ph.D., will discuss how families can plan together to survive an “all hazards” incident or event.

Terpin recently retired from The University of Illinois at Chicago as its emergency manager. He is a master-level instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security, according to an announcement.

“All planning processes should take an ‘All Hazards’ approach,” says Terpin. “There are many different threats or hazards. The probability that a specific hazard will impact your family is hard to determine. That’s why it’s important to consider many different threats and hazards and the likelihood they will occur.”

There is no cost to attend the meeting. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Joseph D. Pluta, WMTA president, at 661-7990.


Card craft for all ages at library

Kahului Public Library will host a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the children’s section on how to craft a handmade card for Father’s Day or for any other occasion. All supplies will be provided.

This program is suitable for all ages, but children 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Smart driver class planned in Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the South Maui Adult Day Care Center in Kihei.

The four-hour classroom course is designed for drivers ages 50 and older, but all adults are welcome. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability, and how to compensate. The $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership. Some insurance carriers offer three-year discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested. To register, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308.


Plant, rummage sale in Kahului

Hale Mahaolu Elua will have its annual plant sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 200 Hina Ave. in Kahului. The Elua Senior Club will also be having a rummage sale in the Community Hall during this time. There will be limited parking in unmarked stalls on property. Additional parking will be available on Hina Avenue.

For more information, call 872-4180.


Future of internet topic of discussion

“The Uncertain Future of Internet Access in Hawaii,” a presentation by Burt Lum, executive director of Hawaii Open Data, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday during the ongoing Akaku Upstairs Salon Series at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Lum will discuss the projected requirements of broadband customers in the near future and what needs to be done in order for Hawaii to keep up with the rest of the world.

RSVP at www.akaku.org/salons. For more information, call 871-5554.


Water issues subject for guest speaker

Warren Watanabe of the Maui County Farm Bureau will be the guest speaker at The Kiwanis Club of Maui luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday at Tante’s Island Cusine in Kahului. Watanabe will speak on the water issues Maui farmers are facing. All are welcome.

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


Bon dance set at Wailuku mission

Wailuku Shingon Mission, located at 1939 North St., will have its obon service and dance on Saturday. The service will start at 6:30 p.m and the dance will follow.

For more information, contact the Rev. George Kitagawa at 244-3800 or wailukushingon@gmail.com.


Nonprofit offers volunteer training

Legacy of Life Hawai’i announces volunteer training to encourage more people in Hawaii to register as organ and tissue donors. The training will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Wailuku Union Church, 327 S. High St. in Wailuku.

Legacy of Life Hawai’i is a nonprofit organization and the only organization in Hawaii federally designated to recover organs and tissue for transplant.


‘Astronaut pudding’ part of program

Kahului Public Library will host a program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday about how astronauts eat in space. Attendees will learn how to make chocolate “astronaut pudding” that they can eat (while supplies last).

This program will take place in the library lanai and is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

All supplies will be provided through the support of Maui Friends of the Library.


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