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Local Briefs

Student ranked nationally for skills

Anica Ancheta of Iao Intermediate School is one of the top 300 middle school scientists in the country, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced Sept. 4.

The students were selected from a pool of 2,348 applicants from 37 states and the District of Columbia through Broadcom MASTERS, described as the nation’s premier science, technology, engineering and math competition.

The students were evaluated by scientists, engineers and educators. The panelists judged students on the creativity and originality of their science fair project, as well as their ability to understand STEM principles as they relate to the real world. 

Ancheta, of Wailuku, was nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS after placing among the top 10 percent of middle school competitors at regional and state science fairs.

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Teens win 2019 aikido competition

Two Maui Ki-Aikido youths, Naomi Farnsworth and Noa Greenwell, won the 2019 Youth Taigi Competition as partners performing a series of aikido arts at the Shunshinkan Dojo in August. In all, 39 children and teens participated in the annual event. In the children’s division, the winners were Takashi Lea and Olivia Aoki.

Winning the top score in the teen and adult division of Taigi also gave Farnsworth and Greenwell the 2019 Suzuki Sensei Ki-Aikido Youth Award that is given annually, based on several criteria which, in addition to excellence in performed taigi arts, also include a strong level of interest and effort in training and a respectful and supportive attitude toward their dojo, their teachers and their fellow students.

The annual award was created in 2003 to honor the founder of Maui Ki-Aikido, Shinichi Suzuki Sensei, who died in 2009. It was created in what was then his 50th year of teaching at the Maui dojo in order to honor his dedication and outstanding leadership in the development of aikido in Hawaii.

More information about Maui Ki-Aikido’s youth and adult classes conducted both in Wailuku and in Pukalani can be found at mauiaikido.com or by calling 244-5165.

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Customer donations help Maui schools

Thanks to the donations received in its Coin Canister Collection program over the past few months, Pukalani Superette was able to make donations totaling $9,000 to six Upcountry elementary and intermediate schools. Paia, Makawao, Kula, Haiku, and Pukalani elementary schools and Kalama Intermediate School each received a check for $1,500 to help fund educational programs for Maui’s keiki.

Pukalani Superette General Manager Jerry Masaki said, “We are so appreciative of our great customers who support and donate to this worthy cause. We look forward to raising more money from our Coin Canister Collection Program in the future, and giving even more back to our schools.” He added, “We encourage our customers to drop loose change, or make a donation, in the canisters found at each checkout counter in the store.”

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Maui philanthropists will be honored

Maui’s Jim and Honey Bun Haynes, as well as Goodfellow Bros., are among community leaders and organizations across the state who have been selected as 2019 National Philanthropy Day outstanding champions in Hawaii philanthropy. The 28th annual awards luncheon will take place on Nov. 13 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and is part of National Philanthropy Day.

The National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon will be held between morning and afternoon educational sessions on ethical fundraising. Registration is available at community.afpnet.org/afphialohachapter/home.

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AIA Maui Chapter awards scholarships

Morgan Gerdel of the Maui Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded $1,500 academic scholarships to two Maui County graduating seniors at the AIA Maui July general membership meeting. The recipients were Denise Galano, a Maui High School graduate, and Ofeina Filikitonga, a Lahainaluna High School graduate enrolled at the University of Hawaii. Galano, who was accepted at three architectural schools, received the Gerdel Studio Scholarship award, named for Morgan Gerdel, the scholarship awards presenter.

AIA Maui Scholarship recipients must be Maui residents and enrolled in a School of Architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic ability, achievement and need. Nominations for scholarship recipients are solicited from teachers, counselors, mentors and college professors who believe that the students are deserving of the additional monetary stipend for their education.

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Ending Alzheimer’s purpose of walk

Approximately 400 people are expected to join the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 26 at the Boys and Girls Club front lawn in Kahului and Keopuolani Park.

The walk begins at 7 a.m. with registration, followed by an exercise warmup by Yanagida Fitness, a flower ceremony, and a performance by Maui Taiko. After the entertainment, participants will walk together for approximately 3 miles in Keopuolani Park. There will be a live DJ, free refreshments, and a lucky draw giveaway with items for participants ranging from Alaska Airlines to sunset cruises from Pacific Whale Foundation.

The event finishes at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Christine Spencer, regional coordinator for Maui County, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, at (808) 495-9190 or cespencer@alz.org.

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Special education conference Oct. 26

Together For Our Keiki will host a special education conference at Kihei Charter Schools on Oct. 26. The event will cover special education eligibility, evaluations and advocacy. The presenters have expertise as general and special education teachers and administrators, speech therapists, registered behavior technicians and licensed behavior analysts.

Admission is $20, which includes breakfast pastries, snacks and lunch. Scholarships are available for parents, courtesy of Gene Zarro and South Maui Learning Ohana. Child care will also be provided for families who indicate this need on their registration and who register in advance of the event.

The event is co-sponsored by Together For Our Keiki and Andria Tupola. To register or to learn more, visit https://www.forourkeiki.com/special-ed-conference-10-26.

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PBS Hawaii honors two Maui educators

Two Maui educators were among six public school teachers recently honored by PBS Hawaii for exceptional digital media storytelling in the HIKI NO program.

They received Lae Mohala (mentor-peer) certificates of achievement at the 2019 HIKI NO Teachers Workshop at PBS Hawaii:

• Clint Gima, Maui High School.

• Trisha Roy, Baldwin High School.

The certificate recognizes that these teachers’ understanding of digital media storytelling has advanced to a level that places them on par with their mentors, transitioning from a student-teacher relationship to a peer-to-peer one.

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Halloween dance tickets available

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association is hosting a Halloween dance at Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

There will be a costume contest, and prizes will be given for “Most Funniest,” “Most Scariest,” “Most Creative” and “Best Dressed Couple.”

Tickets are $40 per person and includes a no-host bar and refreshments. For more information, contact Lydia DelaCruz, ticket chairperson, at 244-3263.

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Smart driver class offered in Kahului

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Oct. 26 at Central Maui Adult Day Care Center in Kahului. The 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.

A $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. To register, call 270-7308.

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Free concert at Baldwin Home

The free monthly Hawaiian Music Series will feature the group Koa on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina on Thursday. Limited seating will be provided and blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. This ongoing program is supported by Hawaii Tourism Authority and Outlets of Maui.

Hawaiian Music Series is hosted by Lahaina Restoration Foundation. 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.

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‘Medicare 101’ workshops offered

Maui Adult Day Care Centers and Maui County Office on Aging are hosting free “Medicare 101” workshops on details for Medicare health plans approved for Hawaii for 2020.

Workshops are open to the public, no reservations are needed. Light refreshments will be provided. Free care can be provided for adult loved ones at the Lahaina and Kihei locations by calling 871-5804 in advance to arrange.

Dates, times and locations:

Wednesday — 9-10:30 a.m., Lanai Senior Center, 309 Seventh St., Lanai City.

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

Friday — 9:30-11 a.m., South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei.

For more information, call (808) 871-5804.

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Psychiatric meds topic of discussion

Dr. Adam Coles will be the featured speaker at a free brown bag lunch event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium in Wailuku. He will discuss major classes of medications used in psychiatry, how they work, why they are used and common side effects.

Coles is a child psychiatrist with the State of Hawaii Health and Child Adolescent Mental Health Division and clinical director of Maui Family Guidance Center. Email danielle.bergan@mentalhealthhawaii.org to register for this event.

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Dance registration offered on Monday

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association’s final registration for the third quarter in Beginning Samba and Intermediate East Coast Swing is 6 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and briefly during intermission at Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria in Kahului. For more information, call Bill Ruidas, membership chairperson, at 873-8605 or Jeff DelaCruz, assistant dance director, at 244-3263.

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Hula implement making topic of talk

Kapono and Kanoenani Kamaunu, owners of Na Kani O Hula and Halau Manaiakalani, will present the art and history of hula implement making from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Akaku in Kahului, 333 Dairy Road, Suite 104. The presentation is for hula enthusiasts, both novice and expert, to learn, understand, appreciate and ultimately preserve this art form.

Admission is free. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are recommended by going to www.akaku.org/salons or calling 808-871-5554.

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Domestic violence on meeting agenda

Domestic violence against women and children is on the agenda for the 10 a.m. Oct. 26 meeting of American Association of University Women at Moose McGillycuddy’s, 2511 S. Kihei Road in Kihei. Sanoe Ka’aihue, executive director of Women Helping Women on Maui and Lanai, will discuss the history of the movement to end violence against women, and the resources available to the community to combat violence.

RSVP to Virginia Shaw at aauwspeakermeeting@yahoo.com. There is a $3 charge for AAUW members and $5 for nonmembers, plus the cost of food.

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Grassroot Institute sets business talk

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has scheduled a “How to Improve Hawaii’s Business Climate” presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Maui Country Club, 48 Nonohe Place in Spreckelsville.

The speaker will be Steve Petranick, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine, who has covered the Hawaii business sector for many years.

Admission is $10 and includes a luncheon buffet. For more information, call (808) 591-9183.

Rotary Club to host pau hana at beach.

The Kihei-Wailea Rotary Club’s traditional Pau Hana Meet and Greet event is set for Keawakapu Beach by 5 Palms restaurant starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Attendees should bring a dish to pass, a chair and a drink. The event is open to the public.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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Fundraiser for hit-and-run victim

Down The Hatch, a restaurant in Lahaina, is reaching out to the community to support a member of its staff. DTH employee Jesse Larson was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Lahaina on Oct. 12. He was flown to Oahu, has undergone extensive surgery on his hips and is now in a stable condition.

Knowing that the recovery is going to take some time, DTH will have a fundraiser to help cover some of his expenses during his recovery. Donations are being requested from businesses for a silent auction, which will take place Oct. 26.

To donate, contact Javier Barberi at (404) 374-6149 or info@dthmaui.com.

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Guest speaker at Rotary meeting

Nancy La Joy, executive director of the Pacific Cancer Foundation, will be guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine at the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului.

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