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Glenn Kitagawa

Kitagawa to lead arts foundation

The board of directors of the King Kekaulike Foundation for Performing Arts elected Glenn Kitagawa as president at its Aug. 6 meeting. Kitagawa will serve out the unexpired term of Mark Eliott, principal of King Kekaulike High School, who will retire Aug. 31.

The board also elected two students, Spencer Birch representing the drama program and Xaden Nishimitsu representing the music program. They are taking the place of Juliet Moniz and Jake Thomas, who have left the island for college on the Mainland.

The foundation bylaws mandate two student representatives, one from each of the performing arts programs, drama and music.

The KKFPA is a public foundation constituted to support the King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center.


Kala’e Parish to perform concert

The free Hawaiian Music Series will continue in Lahaina from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a performance by Kala’e Parish on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum. Now in its 11th consecutive year, the monthly series is hosted by Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Parish has been a professional musician and entertainer in Hawaii since 2013, performing throughout the islands and abroad. Limited seating is provided, and blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. A paid parking lot is located behind the venue with access from Dickenson Street. Parking fees from the lot are used by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation to maintain and preserve the many historic sites in Lahaina.


Special Fair Day happens Oct. 4

The county Department of Parks and Recreation and the Maui Fair will coordinate with various partners to host the 30th annual Special Fair Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4. Individuals with mobility support needs and other persons with disabilities will enjoy selected rides, games and entertainment during Special Fair Day. Complimentary bento lunch and refreshments will be made available to confirmed attendees.

Applications are available. RSVP specialfairdaymaui@gmail.com and a confirmation letter will be emailed with meeting and location details for applicants.

For more information, call or text 808-442-2103.


Ki-Aikido course offered in Pukalani

A public introductory course in Ki-Aikido for adults and teens will be offered on four consecutive Tuesday nights, Sept. 3 through 24, at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, downstairs, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The course will be taught by 4th-dan Fincher Sterling under the direction of Hawaii Ki Federation Chief Instructor Christopher Curtis, 8th-dan, and is sponsored by Maui Ki-Aikido and the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Based on Zen principles, Ki-Aikido is a Japanese martial art which teaches practical self-defense with a peaceful mindset and calmness training through movement. All aspects of Ki-Aikido practice will be introduced.

A suggested donation of $40 can be applied to dues if the participant joins the dojo to continue training after the four-week course. Ongoing classes are held Upcountry on Tuesdays and daily at the Shunshinkan Dojo, 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku.

For more information and registration, call 268-3818.


Sale will support church kitchen team

The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Ka ‘Ohana Kitchen team “4ever Family ‘n’ Friends” will have a rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the parish hall, 2140 Main St., Wailuku.

Proceeds from the sale will help defray the cost of necessary food purchases for the team’s quarterly food service and its annual mini-luau on Dec. 29.

Every Sunday, the Church of Good Shepherd’s Ka ‘Ohana Kitchen opens its doors to feed the hungry.


Entries open for Maui Fair exhibits

Entries for the livestock and poultry exhibits at the Maui Fair are being accepted. Entry forms and rules are available at www.mauifair.com under “Attractions,” then “Livestock & Poultry.” The deadline to apply is Sept. 19.

Entries will be accepted in two divisions: Youth (age 17 and under), or the Adult Division on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Glenn Berce at 276-0058. Fair days are Oct. 3-6.


Pizza sales benefit youth program

The Rotary Club of Maui will have a fundraiser at Flatbread Co. in Paia from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to raise funds for Maui’s Youth Leadership Training Program.

Maui high school students build communication skills and strategies for becoming dynamic leaders in the community through this Rotary-sponsored training by business professionals.

A portion of sales from Flatbread’s pizza will benefit the program and there will be a silent auction.


Applications for Maui Fair parade

Applications to participate in the Maui Fair parade Oct. 3 are available at www.mauifair.com.

Completed parade application packets are due by no later than noon Sept. 13. There will be no exceptions. A mandatory meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Alexa Higashi Meeting Room.

For any questions or concerns regarding the parade, contact Jaime Cardoza at (808) 357-5903. If he is unavailable, call the Fair Administrative Office at 242-2721 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, or Sherri Grimes, Maui Fair managing director, at 280-6889.


Rotary club to host pau hana event

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea will have a pau hana meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the recreation center at Ke Alii Ocean Villas, 20 Lolupe Lane in Kihei.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share and something to drink. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Ki-Aikido for youths offered Upcountry

Maui Ki-Aikido is restarting its aikido for children and teens program at its Upcountry location, the Hannibal Tavares Community Center, downstairs meeting room, for the 2019-20 school year, on Tuesday. Beginners are welcome.

Ages 6 through elementary school practice from 6 to 7 p.m., and youths 12 and up from 7 to 8. The instructor is Joni Jackson, 6th dan with Hawaii Ki Federation.

For more information, call 283-9226 and visit mauiaikido.com.


Farm mentoring subject of talk

Phyllis Robinson and Georgia Pinsky from Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation — Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program will be guest speakers 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 in Kahului.

The title of their presentation is “It takes a Village to Raise a Farmer.” They will share insight on the Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program of the Hawaii Farmers Union United. This program is connecting new farmers with those who have skills and knowledge to share, and thereby creating new pathways for knowledge to be transmitted.

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


Maui FCU announces scholarship winners

Five members of Maui Federal Credit Union have been awarded $1,000 scholarships to help them pursue higher education, Maui FCU CEO and President Clayton Fuchigami announced.

The recipients and their respective university programs are: Mary Joy Butac, University of Hawaii at Manoa, accounting; Katrina Mae Tolentino, UH-Manoa, molecular biology; Lindsay Lau, Linfield College, nursing; Chealeen Obrero, University of Hawaii Maui College, nursing; and Jacqueline Agorilla, UH-Maui College, nursing.

“We are happy to continue this program and provide financial support to our members pursuing higher education,” Fuchigami said.


HCC presents annual awards, scholarships

Hawaiian Canoe Club presented three awards and two scholarships at its annual ‘Aha ‘Aina dinner & show on July 21 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom. About 300 club members, parents, politicians, sponsors and supporters were in attendance.

HCC Board President Dave Ward has been awarded the Marco Kawaiaea Na’au Ha’aha’a Award. Ward is the longest serving president of Hawaiian Canoe Club, leading the organization to success both on and out of the water. During his time as president, HCC has grown its canoe fleet by 30 percent, constructed the largest traditional Hawaiian hale in the state and served hundreds of Maui keiki through the Kamali’i program.

Kelsey Nae’ole has been awarded the Emalia Brown Guard Na’au Ha’aha’a Award. Nae’ole was a keiki paddler for HCC and is a member of the board. She also now leads the Open Women program as a steerswoman and assistant coach. She has served on the HCC board of directors since 2010 and is the current vice president.

Donna Neuhart has won the Kahiau Award AS for the club’s most outstanding volunteer in 2019. Neuhart has led a group of dedicated volunteers to start and provide outrigger canoe tours for cruise line passengers at Kahului Harbor.

The Lake ‘Ohana Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to McKenna Kanekoa and Joshua Kailiehu. They are both 2019 graduates of Kamehameha Schools Maui and will attend University of Hawaii Manoa in the fall.


Maui resident joins HPR board

Maui resident Teri Freitas Gorman is among four new members recently elected to the Hawaii Public Radio 19-person volunteer board of directors.

Gorman has nearly three decades of executive experience in communications, community engagement, marketing and event production. She has held senior leadership positions in nonprofit corporations, small businesses, quasi-governmental entities and a publicly traded corporation.

HPR broadcasts classical, jazz and international music, in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, and other local, national and international program sources, and programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio.


HARF expands its education programs

The Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation has announced the expansion of its humane education programs in Maui schools for the 2019-20 school year.

Humane education can be defined as “a process that encourages an understanding of the need for compassion and respect for people, animals and the environment and recognizes the interdependence of all living things. Not only are humane education programs beneficial to our keiki, but the animals thrive as well,” said HARF CEO Dawn Hall.

In-school presentations are available for all grade levels from pre-K through 12th grade, are age appropriate and cover a wide range of topics.

For more information about Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation, visit www.hawaiianimalrescue.org.


Maui County Senior Fair seeks vendors

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. is seeking vendors, health care providers and community partners interested in participating in the 46th annual Maui County Senior Fair. This year’s fair is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the War Memorial Gym in Wailuku from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The fair is sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging and produced by MEO. Entertainment will be provided by Malanai, Enhance Fitness, Dance International, Country Line Dancing and featured artists Pa’ani.

Any vendor, health care provider or politician wishing to participate in this event should email Community Services Director Cassi Yamashita at cassi.yamashita@meoinc.org to request an application. Completed applications and applicable payment must be submitted to MEO no later than Sept. 16.

For more information, visit www.meoinc.org or call Yamashita at 249-2970.


Toastmasters club plans open house

The No Ka Oi Toastmasters Club will have an open house from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at University of Hawaii Maui College, Ka Lama Building, Room 104B.

To RSVP for this free event, visit www.eventbrite.com and search No Ka Oi Toastmasters.


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