Local Briefs


Meditation workshop offered at dojo

A workshop on meditation for adults and teens will take place from 10 a.m to noon July 20 at Maui Ki-Aikido’s dojo, 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku. No experience necessary to participate.

The class will be taught by Christopher Curtis, 8th dan head instructor of Maui Ki-Aikido and chief instructor of the Hawaii Ki Federation.

The cost is $10. No reservations are needed but participants are requested to arrive by 9:45 to sign in.

Participants are advised to wear comfortable, loose clothing and slippers.

For more information, email mauikiaikido@gmail.com, or call 357-5172.


Experts will speak about ecosystem

Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge will host a presentation from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Conference Room titled “Hawaiian Tropical Shrublands: An Endangered Ecosystem.”

Samuel M. ‘Ohukani’ohi’a Gon III and Butch Haase will lead a conversation about the ecology of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge.

Considered one of the most prominent authorities on Hawaiian tropical shrubland, Gon will lead attendees through the natural history of this ecoregion.

As executive director of the Moloka’i Land Trust, Haase is responsible for protecting and managing the Mokio and Kawaikapu preserves. He will share his experience managing these restoration projects.

There is a recommended donation of $10, which includes membership in Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge for the rest of 2019. The talk is free for members of Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and federal employees.

RSVP to friendsofkealiapond@gmail.com.


VA home loans topic of seminar

There will be a free Veterans Affairs home loan seminar hosted by Tony Dias, VA home loan specialist, from 9 to 11 a.m. July 20 at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

The VA loan amounts for Maui County went up to $726,525, an increase of $46,875, with no money down and no private mortgage insurance for 2019, according to a news release.

To register, call (808) 436-5791. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.


BHS Class of ’99 plans reunion

The Baldwin High School Class of 1999 will have its 20th year reunion Sept. 28 at Cafe O’ Lei at the Dunes in Kahului.

Arrival is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6. There will be a cash bar and prime rib buffet.

The cost is $75 per person. Guests are welcome. RSVP and payment are due by Aug. 24. Contact Shanna Souza at 268-7120 or shannasouza0124@hotmail.com.


Halau announces rummage sale

Halau Hula Kauluokala will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20 at the Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria, 335 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.

Sale items will include household goods, clothes, books, collectibles, electronics, baked goods and plants. Donations of saleable items are welcome.

This is a fundraiser for Halau Hula Kauluokala. For more information, contact Uluwehi Guerrero at 250-8581.


Restorative practices focus of presentation

Nonviolent Communication for the Next Generation will present Restorative Practices Conference “Pono for Our Community” at the J. Walter Cameron Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will feature Joe Brummer, a trainer, mediator, speaker and facilitator of Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice.

The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.nvcnextgen.org.


Puzzle Fun offered at Kihei library

Puzzle Fun will be offered for children ages 1 to 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 20 at Kihei Public Library. Participants will play with puzzles and blocks to help develop eye-hand coordination, problem-solving, fine motor skills, social skills and cognitive skills. For more information, call 875-6833.


Cannabis subject of presentation

Pono Life Education will give a presentation at 5 p.m. Thursday about cannabis and its terpenes at 415 Dairy Road in Kahului, next to Pono Life Maui, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary.

The presentation, titled “Terpenes and the Entourage Effect,” will explore how terpenes play a leading role in the medicinal effects of cannabis. The discussion will also look beyond terpenes, explaining how all of the plant’s complex components work together to generate its effects, and why “the whole plant” is needed for maximum benefit.


Rotary Club to hear from doctor

Dr. Bridget Bongaard will speak at the noon meeting Wednesday of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue about Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats.

Bongaard is a board-certified internist, founder of North Charlotte Medical Specialists and North East Internal and Integrative Medicine. She is co-founder of Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats.

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


Rummage sale set at St. Ann’s Church

St. Ann’s Church in Waihee will have its annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20 at 40 Kuhinia St.

Sale items will include St. Ann’s Onolicious Bread, barbecue steak plate, pancit, vegetable and banana lumpia, baked goods, plant, fruits and vegetables, clothing, household goods, furniture, electronics, books and toys.


Rotary Club will welcome speaker

Tony Krieg, resource specialist with the Maui County Office on Aging’s Aging and Disability Resource Center, will be guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel.

Krieg will speak on how the ADRC helps frail kupuna continue to live independently in the community. He has more than 50 years of experience in providing services to Hawaii’s aging population, both as a health planner and nonprofit CEO.

The meeting is open to the pubic; lunch costs $20. Tante’s is located at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.


Student registration set at BHS gym

Baldwin High School students can pay mandatory and optional fees during schedule pickup and registration in the school gym July 23 for seniors from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and the same day for freshmen from 10 a.m. to noon. Juniors are scheduled to do the same July 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and sophomores from 10 a.m. to noon.

Due to the school’s main parking lot renovations, all families are asked to park in front of the War Memorial Gym. Access to the school gym will be via the bottom of Halia Nakoa Road by the War Memorial Gym.

New students who have not preregistered must call the registrar’s office at 727-3200 as soon as possible to make an appointment.


Roselani Place subject of talk

Debbie Priest, marketing and community relations director of Roselani Place in Kahului, will be guest speaker at Monday’s meeting of the Kula AARP Chapter at Kula Community Center.

The meeting starts with refreshments at 9 a.m. followed by the program at 9:30.

Priest will share information about activities Roselani Place offers its residents and why independent living and assisted living are important as people grow older.

The program is open to the public; no reservation is necessary. For more information, contact Adele Rugg at 879- 9964.


Superheroes topic of presentation

Akaku Upstairs will present “Superheroes in Cinema — Comics on the Big Screen” with Barry Wurst II from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Akaku Media Lab, 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Wurst is the founder of the Hawaii Film Critics Society and co-host of Akaku’s “What’s Going On.”

Using a reel of superhero movie clips, Wurst will talk about the history of comics that have made the leap from newsprint to film, as well as the recent explosion in cinema’s most popular genre. He’ll discuss why these films are important and what they say about our society.

To RSVP for this free event, go to www.akaku.org/salons or call 871-5554.


Smart Driver Course set in Kahului

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 20 at the Central Maui Adult Day Care Center in Kahului.

The 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.


Forest restoration trip planned July 20

Auwahi Forest Restoration Project volunteers will meet at Ulupalakua Ranch Store July 20 for an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. work excursion. Due to rough, steep terrain, hiking boots that cover the ankle are required.

Volunteers should pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat.

There is a limited number of four-wheel drive vehicles and limited room for volunteers. To RSVP, email volunteer@auwahi.org.


2 Lanai High grads receive scholarships

Two Lanai High School graduates have been awarded $2,000 each, a laptop and a Da Kine backpack by the Kukui Malamalama Scholarship program. The scholarship award is administered by the Friends of Lanai High & Elementary Schools Foundation on behalf of Pulama Lanai. Kukui Malamalama Scholarships are intended to encourage students to further their education after high school. The recipients are chosen for their good character and financial need.

This year’s recipients are Steven Jackson and Angeline Matute.

Jackson plans on attending Honolulu Community College to pursue a major in carpentry.

Matute will be attending Olympic College in Washington. She intends to major in pre-dentistry.

Six schools participate in the Kukui Malamalama Scholarship program: Hana High School, Molokai High School, Lanai High School, KeKula Niihau School, Waianae High School and Kahuku High School.


Recycling on agenda of KCA meeting

The county Department of Environmental Management will address recycling of consumer products and water during the general membership meeting of the Kihei Community Association Tuesday at Stawasz Hall in St. Theresa Church at the corner of Lipoa Street and South Kihei Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the meeting commencing at 6:30.

KCA will accept nonperishable nutritious food donations for the Maui Food Bank.

Membership is encouraged but not required to attend. A short-term, 40 percent discount is offered on memberships. For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or see www.gokihei.org.


Obon planned at Kahului mission

Kahului Hongwanji Mission’s obon will take place Friday and July 20 at 291 Puunene Ave. in Kahului.

Service will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dancing at 7:30. Food selections will include chow fun, andagi, “boomerang,” chili and rice, chili dog, teriyaki bento and Spam musubi.

For more information, contact the office at 871-4732.


Ballroom dance registration set

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will have its first of two second-quarter registrations for Beginning East Coast Swing and Silver Foxtrot on Monday at the Velma McWayne (Wailuku) Community Center between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and briefly during intermission.

For more information, call Bill Ruidas, membership chairman, at 873-8605, or Jeff DelaCruz, assistant dance director, at 244-3263.


Sea Talk at Maui Ocean Center

“Learning How to Monitor ‘Opihi in a Cultural Reserve” is the title of the next Sea Talk at Maui Ocean Center. It will take place in the Sphere from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Dean Tokishi from Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission will offer a brief overview of the history of Kahoolawe and the current monitoring benefits it can provide as a reserve in learning more about the endemic opihi.

Doors will open after 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 270-7075 or email info@mauioceancenter.com.


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