Local Briefs


Youth program topic for speaker

Courtney Ikawa, regional director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Maui, will be guest speaker during the noon to 1 p.m. meeting on Monday of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului. Lunch costs $20.

Ikawa will share history from the last 50 years that Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving youths on Maui.

She will present information on the three mentoring programs that are currently operating and briefly go over the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation operation.


Edward Lyman works to free an entangled whale.

Whale rescues topic of free presentation

The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council will host a free talk by Edward Lyman titled, “Catch and Release: Large Whale Entanglement Response,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Sphere at Maui Ocean Center. Doors will open at 5.

The event is open to the public. The presentation will include video footage from pole- and helmet-mounted cameras showing some of the whale rescues in Hawaii by the network of responders who are authorized to assist with such entanglements.

Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended and can be arranged at bit.ly/WhaleRescueTalk.

Lyman, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Natural Resources Management specialist, has responded more than 120 times to calls to free large whales and other marine animals from entangling gear over the past 25 years, resulting in more than 50 large whales being freed.

The talk will be part of the July monthly meeting of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, a nonprofit organization working for healthy coral reefs and clean ocean water.


Island families will host Cyprus teens

Four or five families on Maui will welcome eight teenagers from the island of Cyprus on Friday as part of the Cyprus Friendship Program.

Cyprus has been divided for years between Greece and Turkey. The Cyprus Friendship Program welcomes youths from both the Turkish and Greek sides of the island, and matched pairs will live with host parents for a three-week stay in private homes here on Maui. They will learn to share their culture, have classes in conflict resolution and leadership training, as well as learn the principles of living with aloha and community in their new ohana.

To learn more or to get involved in the program, contact Wendy Acasta of the Valley Isle Sunset Rotary at wacasta@gmail.com. Most of the host families are affiliated with Rotary.

Another contact is Laura Rosenthal at mauiljr@gmail.com or (808) 298-1275.

Visit www.cyprusfriendship.org for more information on the program.


Fellows program taking applications

The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program completed its 12th year with a graduation ceremony at University of Hawaii Maui College on May 23 and is now seeking applicants for its 13th year.

Ka Ipu Kukui educates, cultivates and inspires emerging leaders to contribute to a thriving future for Maui Nui, according to an announcement. A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program is a year-long program designed to help develop and train future leaders not only to identify challenges, but more importantly, to overcome them.

The program requires active participation during the year for approximately two to three days each month. Up to 15 fellows will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the board of directors. Applicants will learn results by early August.

The deadline for applications is Monday. For more information or to apply, visit kaipukukui.com or contact Lori Teragawachi at (808) 344-3181.


Giant garage sale, bazaar at temple

The Makawao Buddhist Temple will present its annual bazaar and garage sale on Saturday and July 7.

The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to noon July 7 at 1074 Makawao Ave.

The bazaar on July 7 will offer the temple’s famous chow fun, pickled peach, bentos, baked goods, plants, preserves and more than 3,000 square feet of garage sale finds.

The garage sale on Saturday and July 7 will include a large selection of clothing, furniture, appliances, cookware and collectables.

For more information, call 572-7229.


Chili Cook Off set at Makawao parade

The Makawao Merchant’s Association is inviting all chefs, home cooks and Makawao business owners (retail and restaurants) to participate in its Chili Cook Off Contest for the annual Makawao Rodeo Parade.

The contest will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Drop-off for contestants’ chili begins at 7 a.m. in the Maui Hands lot on Makawao Avenue. Each participating team will need to pay a $5 entry fee, donate a big pot of chili in some kind of heating pot, or on a gas burner and provide a ladle/spoon to serve the judges/attendees before the parade starts. All contestants’ chili needs to be hot and ready for taste testing by 9 a.m.

This year’s prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, $100 gift certificate; second place, $60 gift certificate; and third place, $40 gift certificate. Gift certificates will be from Makawao shops.

To register, email Carissa Holley at makawaomerchants@gmail.com. The deadline to enter is 4 p.m. Wednesday. The chili contest is open to the public for taste testing and each contestant’s chili will be rated using a scorecard. Prizes for the public taste testing will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners who score the most points for the best tasting chili.


Rummage sale set at Kahului church

Kahului Union Church, 101 W. Kamehameha Ave., will have its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Sale items will include gently used kitchenware, small appliances, linens, clothing, handbags, footwear, books, toys, furniture, and potted plants. Hot dogs will be sold. Music by the HIZ band.

Proceeds from the sale will support the church’s local ministry.


Fuel sales to benefit Ka Lima O Maui

Ka Lima O Maui has been selected as the upcoming beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up. Do Good” program.

Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the local community, and donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline purchased at Ohana Fuels stations in that community.

For sales made during the months of July through September the donation will go to Ka Lima O Maui.

Ka Lima O Maui helps adults with disabilities find meaningful employment, encourages them to become contributing members of the community, and lends a hand in building their self-esteem.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with Ka Lima O Maui as our third quarter ‘Fuel up. Do good’ beneficiary,” said Kimo Haynes, president of Hawaii Petroleum. “They’ve done exceptional work helping our local ohana for years.”