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Van Dyken

Tools to slow aging topic of presentation

“Improving Healthspan: Tools to Slow Down Aging,” a talk by Irminne Van Dyken, M.D., will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku.

Van Dyken will discuss how a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle choices can protect health as people grow older. She is a general and trauma surgeon who lives on Maui and works for the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group.

She is the first physician on Maui, and first surgeon in Hawaii, to be board certified by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

She and her husband, Russell, created “Out of the Doldrums” — a YouTube channel and online presence promoting healthy, active, plant-based living (on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube).

Presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, this is a free event; no reservations needed. Food will be available courtesy of Down to Earth in Kahului.

For more information, call 385-2790, or jerome.kellner@gmail.com. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.

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Fire safety subject of event at Akaku

Capt. Paul Haake of the Maui Department of Fire & Safety will be the featured speaker at Akaku Upstairs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Haake will provide fire safety information to help reduce the risk of a fire occurring in the home. Attendees will also learn what preparation is needed to evacuate the house safely.

Akaku Upstairs admission is free; walk-ins are welcome. RSVPs are recommended by visiting www.akaku.org/salons or calling 871-5554.

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Training session for caregivers

Eden at Home Training for caregivers will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Makawao Buddhist Temple with trainers Dr. Michael Cheang and Tony Baccay. Makawao Hongwanji and Project Dana are hosting the training.

Anyone who is now or will be caregiving for kupuna may benefit from this training, according to a news release.

Light lunch will be served. The registration fee is $20 to cover cost of the Eden at Home manual.

Preregister by calling the temple office at 572-7229 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), or by emailing makawaohongwanji@honpahi.org.

The temple is located at 1074 Makawao Ave.

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Group to host Latin American luncheon

The Pukalani-based nonprofit Somos Ohana Nicaragua will host a Latin American luncheon on Oct. 12, celebrating 20 years of solidarity with the villages to which they have been bringing education and health services since 1999 in rural northwest Nicaragua. The fundraiser, with lunch buffet and dessert table, will be held at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave., in Paia from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy a typical Latin American meal, a silent auction, a Central American craft sale, and live music by the N&B Band followed by Dr. Nat and Friends, who will play Latin music for dancing.

Luncheon tickets are $30 ($20 is deductible as a donation), with $10 for children between the ages of 3 and 9. To purchase tickets or for further information, call 572-9898 or 205-4067.

The event will help the group fund an auditorium for the rural secondary school they have built at La Carreta in rural northwest Nicaragua.

More information about the mission and work of Somos Ohana Nicaragua is at www.somosohananicaragua.org.

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Ehiku Seniors Club plans fundraiser

The Ehiku Seniors Club in Kihei will be holding its semiannual arts and crafts/bake/rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12. The sale will be held in the community room of Hale Mahalou Ehiku, located at 56 Ehiku St. in Kihei.

The Ehiku Seniors Club is a social and resource center for local kupuna. A nonprofit organization, it provides information and resources, as well as planning low-cost social and cultural outings for kupuna. The club will also accept donations of items for sale.

For more information, contact club President Judith McGowan at 879-6978.

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AAUW Lunch Bunch announces meeting

The American Association of University Women’s Lunch Bunch will meet at noon Tuesday at Three’s Bar & Grill, 1945 S. Kihei Road in Kihei. RSVP with lunch selection to Cathy Thompson at aauwlunchbunch@gmail.com.

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Habitat housing topic of presentation

Sherri Dodson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Maui, will be the guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului.

Habitat for Humanity Maui has been serving Maui County for more than 25 years providing housing for hundreds of Maui residents.

The presentation will include a discussion on current projects Habitat is working on as well as an update on other programs available.

Lunch costs $20. For more information about Rotary, contact club President Kwanza Woodson at (808) 268-0137 or kwoodson@hi-employment.com.

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Movie night set at Kihei church

Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church in Kihei will have a free movie night at 6:15 p.m. Friday with a screening of the classic film “Casablanca,” along with a surprise. There will also be popcorn and soft drinks. Attendees are advised to bring a chair and a friend.

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Family Day event showcases center

The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center invites the community to attend its annual Family Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Makawao campus. This family-friendly event is open to the public with free admission.

Family Day 2019 will feature hands-on art activities, live ceramics and jewelry demonstrations, and an arts-based scavenger hunt (for the first 100 keiki).

Local artists will be selling Made on Maui crafts and food trucks will be serving food to enjoy on the Hui lawn.

This event offers a chance to explore the Hui’s professional artist studios and get a taste for all that the Hui has to offer.

Also celebrated will be the artwork of the Malama Wao Akua Exhibition — a native species exhibition in collaboration between Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center and East Maui Watershed Partnership.

Various conservation groups, including EMWP, will be in attendance to share conservation issues facing Maui, along with educational activities for children.

The Hui is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. Visit huinoeau.com for more information.