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Local Briefs

Vendor registration for Senior Fair

Vendors and politicians wishing to participate in the Maui County Senior Fair must register and pay a registration fee by Sept. 16

This year’s event will be held Oct. 26 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the War Memorial Gymnasium. It will feature entertainment as well as remarks from Gov. David Ige and Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino.

More than 1,500 individuals attend the annual health and wellness fair.  The event is sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging and produced by Maui Economic Opportunity.  

Registration forms are available at www.meoinc.org.  For more information, contact Cassi Yamashita at 249-2970 or Zilpah Kaimiola at 249-2990.

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Expert to speak on lead contamination

Frank Szczepanski, chief executive officer of IV Diagnostics, will be guest speaker at the Kihei-Wailea Rotary Club meeting at noon Wednesday at Mulligan’s on the Blue in Wailea.

Szczepanski’s topic will be the East Chicago lead contamination crisis.

IV Diagnostics was formed to develop, test and market more effective diagnostic tools related to circulating tumor cells and blood-borne diseases, according to its website.

Lunch is $15; the public is invited.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com

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Donate and dine event Friday

ARC of Maui County will host a “Donate While You Dine” fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Tante’s Fishmarket at Maalaea Harbor.

There will be giveaways, a silent auction and live music.

ARC of Maui County is a nonprofit that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its programs include residential group homes with 24-hour care, one-on-one individualized services, adult day health care and vocational training and services.

For more information about the organization, see www.arcofmaui.org.

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Liquor director to speak at meeting

Maui County Liquor Department Director Glenn Mukai and his staff will be the guest speakers at the Maui Nonprofit Directors monthly membership meeting Thursday at the MEO Family Center, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Coffee, light breakfast and networking begin at 8 a.m. The membership meeting follows at 8:30 a.m., and featured speakers will be at 9 a.m.

The public is invited to attend, but must RSVP before Tuesday.

For more information or to RSVP, email mauinonprofit@ gmail.com or call Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990.

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Peace discussed at Kihei event

The “Peace in the Pacific Voyage to Challenge Nuclear Madness and Militarism in the Pacific” will be the topic of a program from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in Kihei.

Helen Jaccard, project manager of the Golden Rule Project, will speak in the Garden Room of Kalama Heights in Kihei. The 10-minute film “Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule” will be shown.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on-site at 101 Kanani Road.

The Golden Rule is a sailboat that came to Hawaii in an attempt to stop nuclear testing in the Pacific 61 years ago, according to a news release. Re-creating that 1958 voyage with the same 39-foot wooden sailboat, salvaged and restored by Veterans for Peace, is the aim of the Peace in the Pacific project. 

The organization has been sailing the boat along the West Coast for several years with a message of support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the news release said. Having sailed from California to Hilo in July, the boat and crew are visiting each Hawaiian island with the message that nuclear disarmament is possible. They will be in Maui waters for most of September.

The event is co-sponsored by the Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project and Kalama Heights. For more information, call Pat Rouse, 874-8696, or visit www.vfpgold enruleproject.org.

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Health care needs to be discussed

The Fall Akaku Upstairs Salon Season continues Thursday with “Living with Comfort, Independence and Dignity,” a presentation by staff members of Bayada Home Care.

It will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Akaku Upstairs Media Lab at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Topics will include mental health needs, assistance services for local seniors and short-term skilled care in areas such as physical, occupational and speech therapy.

The presentations are taped for cablecast on Akaku Blue Channel 55 and made available for viewing “on demand” through www.akaku.org/maui-salon-upstairs-vod/.

The presentations are free, but guests must RSVP to Akaku Maui Community Media at www.akaku.org/salons or 871-5554.

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Auwahi Forest workday Sept. 14

The next Auwahi Forest Restoration Project will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

Located on Ulupalakua Ranch, the Auwahi project (www.auwahi.org) protects one of the last diverse tracts of dry forest in the archipelago.

Volunteers must RSVP to request a seat on a four-wheel drive vehicle. Send email to: volunteer@auwahi.org.

Volunteers need hiking boots that cover the ankle, socks, backpack, layered clothing, long pants, rain gear, 2 liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Equipment and clothing must be cleaned, in order to keep hitchhiking seeds out of the project area.

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Psychiatric meds subject of talk

Learn the best way to benefit from medication for mental wellness during Mental Health America of Hawaii Maui chapter’s talk on psychiatric medications from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Wailuku.

The organization’s September brown bag lunch event, “Psychiatric Medications, Part I,” will feature Dr. Adam Coles as he discusses the major classes of medications, how they work, why they are used and common side effects, along with some history and anecdotes, at J. Walter Cameron Center Conference Room 1.

Coles is a state Health and Child Adolescent Mental Health Division psychiatrist and Maui Family Guidance Center clinical director. He is also Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force co-chair and Mental Health America of Hawaii board of directors member.

Parking is free.

To register, email community coordinator Danielle Bergan at danielle.bergan@mental healthhawaii.org.

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Okinawan heritage resources available

Representatives from the Okinawa Prefecture Library will assist Maui residents with Okinawan backgrounds to research their family history during the Maui Okinawan Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The goal of this free community service is to unite Okinawans who have moved away but might have difficulty researching their family roots because of oral or written language differences.

Because Maui is an important and significant location in the Uchinanchu network (many Okinawans emigrated to Maui to work in agriculture), the Okinawa Prefecture Library prioritized this location to send multilingual staff to help.

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Training to teach skills to parents

Maui residents are encouraged to apply for the free Parent Leadership Training Institute Hawai’i program at www.hawaii-can.org/plti before Sept. 30. The program, which teaches skills in leadership, advocacy and civic engagement, will take place at Imua Family Services in Kahului. Free meals and child care will be provided.

Participants will learn how to effectively create change by attending evening classes and completing a hands-on project in their own community. Organized by the nonprofit Hawai’i Children’s Action Network, PLTI is open to anyone who cares about the well-being of children.

“Parents and caregivers know the challenges their communities are facing better than anyone else, but their voices are often unheard,” said Deborah Zysman, executive director of Hawai’i Children’s Action Network. “PLTI gives them the skills they need to tackle those challenges.”

“We’re excited for PLTI to build a network of parent leaders here on Maui. Many families feel they don’t know how to create change from a Neighbor Island, as they feel decisions are being made for them on Oahu,” said Dean Wong, executive director of Imua Family Services and HCAN board vice president. “There’s no doubt that these advocates will improve the lives of our keiki in our communities.”

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Perfect Pairings BBBS benefit set

Perfect Pairings Maui, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at Mauka Makai at the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas.

Local craft beer and small-batch spirits will be matched with regional cuisine. Silent auction items will include hotel stays, dining gift certificates and rounds of golf.

The cost is $90 per guest; adults 21 and over only. To purchase tickets, visit www.bbbshawaii.org/mauievents.

See www.facebook.com/ bigsofmaui and follow to be entered for a prize at the event.

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Legislature official speaks at library

Virginia Beck of the state Legislature’s nonpartisan Public Access Room will share tips and techniques on effective lobbying to affect state laws during a presentation at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Makawao Public Library.

Topics at the 90-minute workshop include: understanding the legislative process, deadlines and power dynamics, as well as testifying and communicating with senators and representatives.

The program is suitable for ages 18 and older.

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Kukona to headline benefit concert

Kamaka Kukona and his award-winning Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua will perform at “Concerts at The Shops” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Shops at Wailea.

Kukona is a Grammy-nominated musician and kumu hula, who has won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

“Concerts at The Shops” are free, but this month’s event benefits Best Buddies Hawaii, because a portion of the special-event parking fees goes directly to the charity.

Best Buddies Hawaii is the local branch of Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a news release.

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Bells to ring Sept. 17 in Wailuku

The Haleakala Chapter of NSDAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, will ring bells in front of Kalana O Maui, the county building, for one hour beginning at noon Sept. 17 — the first day of Constitution Week.

Mayor Michael Victorino will read a proclamation declaring Sept. 17 to 23 Constitution Week in Maui County.

The public is invited to join the DAR on the 17th to ring a bell for freedom. Bells will be provided at the site.

The DAR petitioned Congress in 1955 to establish an observance beginning on the anniversary of the signing of the document, September 17, 1787, according to a news release. President Eisenhower officially declared the establishment of Constitution Week on Aug. 2, 1956.  

Bells Across America is celebrated nationwide by NSDAR.

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Writers to sign books at event

Maui Writers Ink will be at the local author’s table of the Lahaina Second Friday Party beginning at 5 p.m. at Campbell Park in Lahaina.

Local authors will be at the table to meet the public while selling books, which are available at the Visitor’s Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse and the Friends of the Library bookstores at the Wharf Cinema Center and the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.