Local Briefs

Dr. Shivam Joshi

Doctor to discuss plant-based diets

“Plant-Based Diets in Chronic Kidney Disease” is the title of a free talk that will be presented by Shivam Joshi, M.D., at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. He will present evidence that suggests an optimal diet for patients with renal disease is one that emphasizes plant-based foods.

Joshi is an internist, nephrologist and plant-based physician practicing at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He is a faculty member of New York University’s School of Medicine with research interests in plant-based diets, evolutionary diets, fad diets and nephrology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and his medical degree from the University of Miami. He is on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@sjoshiMD); his website is www.afternoonrounds.com.

The talk is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; no reservations are needed. 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.

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Service trip set to national park

The Friends of Haleakala National Park will sponsor a three-day, two-night service project at the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park Aug. 17 to 19. Volunteers will be able to drive to within about 100 feet of the campsite. Preference will be given to those who can participate all three days; however, there may be room for those who can only participate on Aug. 18 and 19. The work will involve planting and weeding in various places and helping at the plant nursery. No backpacking is required.

The group will have access to a shower, an outhouse and a kitchen. There is some room for sleeping in the bunkhouse, but some participants will need to bring their own tents. All will need to bring sleeping bags and sleeping pads.

The park entrance fee is waived for volunteers doing service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. Tools are provided by the park.

To join this trip, first visit and register at www.fhnp.org. Then for a reservation for this trip, or a future trip scheduled on the website, send email or call the leader whose contacts are listed on the service trip page.

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Mahalo Concert at Wailuku church

Wailuku Union Church will host a free Mahalo Concert at 5 p.m. Aug. 17 with performances by Darius Soo Hoo, Damira Feldman, Teresa Skinner, Peggy Schecter and Ruth Murata-Eisen. The audience will hear selections from Barber, Hindemith, Bruch and others. A post-concert reception will follow.

The church is located at 327 S. High St. For more information, call 250-4020.

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Smart driver course offered in Kahului

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 17 at Roselani Place 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 at 270-7308.

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Seabirds topic for guest speakers

Emily Severson and Karla Trigueros of Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project will be guest speakers at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine, located in the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului.

The pair will discuss how the project is striving toward a successful future for Maui’s native seabirds, including ‘ua’u and ‘ua’u kani. They will also discuss the Maui Dark Sky campaign and seabird banding opportunities.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch costs $20.

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Exhibitors sought for 97th Maui Fair

The 97th Maui Fair Commercial Products & Services Committee is accepting applications at www.mauifair.com.

Selected vendors and exhibitors will display their products and services within the tent located on the War Memorial Gym parking lot during fair days Oct. 3-6. Exhibit space is reserved and assigned by the P&S Committee.

For more information, email at vendor@mauifair.com or sherri@mauifair.com.

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Workshop looks at dementia behaviors

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and the Maui County Office on Aging invite the public to a free caregiver workshop, “Understanding Dementia Behaviors.” Kathleen Couch, program coordinator for Maui Adult Day Care Centers, will speak at the following sites:

• 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday — Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana (Couch will facilitate a support group to follow).

• 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday — Lahaina Hongwanji Mission Church, 551 Wainee St., Lahaina.

• 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 27 — South Maui Adult Day Care Centers, 56 Ehiku St., Kihei.

No reservations are needed to attend and certificates of attendance will be available. Free adult day care will be provided at the Kihei center during the workshop.

For more information, call Couch at 871-5804.

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Downtown Wailuku in spotlight at Akaku

“Why, Why Wailuku? Downtown Redevelopment,” with Maui County planner Erin Wade, is the title of the next Akaku Upstairs Salon presentation, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Admission is free. To RSVP, call 877-5554 or visit www.akaku.org/salons.

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Mayor to speak at Rotary meeting

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino will be guest speaker at the noon Wednesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue.

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

For more information. email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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‘Climate Crisis’ topic of free talk

There will be a free Sea Talk titled “The Climate Crisis” with Chip Fletcher from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Ocean Center’s Sphere theater. The climate crisis will be discussed in a fast-paced, content-rich, highly visual presentation that is grounded in scientific, peer-reviewed literature, according to an announcement.

Fletcher is professor of earth sciences and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is also vice-chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission.

Seating is limited. For reservations, contact 270-7075 or info@mauioceancenter.com.

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Nurse aide training for Native Hawaiians

A free certified nurse aide training program is being offered at University of Hawaii Maui College for Native Hawaiian adults. Students will learn nurse aide and caregiving fundamentals to prepare for the state nurse aide certification examination and become a skilled entry-level health care provider.

The CNA training program involves coursework that will take place over 15 weeks from Aug. 26 to Dec. 7. Classes meet on campus mostly during the evening and weekend hours, with the exception of clinical training held at Hale Makua during five weekdays. Students will also be required to complete a 100-hour internship or work experience beginning in January of 2020.

Full tuition sponsorship ($2,400 value) for the CNA training program is being offered to Native Hawaiians through a grant-funded partnership with Hui No Ke Ola Pono, a local nonprofit that serves as Maui’s Native Hawaiian Health Care System.

Individuals interested in the CNA training program may set up an appointment to apply by emailing lkepler@hawaii.edu, calling (808) 984-3231, or visiting Laulima 104 on the UH-Maui College campus. Space in the program is limited.

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Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has kicked off volunteer recruitment for its Tax-Aide program. The foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season and is accepting new volunteers through the end of October.

There is a variety of volunteer roles, including tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call (888) 687-2277. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.

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Wi-Fi event set in Kihei Aug. 20

Hawaii Technology Development Corp., Innovate Hawaii and Maui Research & Technology Center, in collaboration with Maui Business Brainstormers, will present Wi-Fi Day on Maui from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Maui Research & Technology Center in Kihei.

The free event celebrates the 20th anniversary of Wi-Fi being used commercially.

Topics will include The Wonder of Wi-Fi; The State of Wi-Fi Broadband; 802.11 Wi-Fi Standards, Security, and Operation; and Starting A Small Hot-Spot Business.

Online RSVP is required by Aug. 18 at www.meetup.com/mauibusinessbrainstormers.