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Local Briefs

Luncheon supports suicide prevention

Mental Health America of Hawaii will present a Maui Suicide Prevention Luncheon for community leaders and supporters from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kahili Golf Course’s Nahele Banquet Room in Wailuku. The aim of the event is to increase awareness and support suicide prevention efforts in Maui County.

“Chutes & Ladders” is the title of a talk that will be given by keynote speaker Adam Coles, M.D. He will discuss attacking barriers and cracks on the road to wellness. Coles is a child psychiatrist with the State of Hawaii and the clinical director of the Maui Family Guidance Center.

The luncheon cost is $62. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Danielle Bergan at (808) 242-6461 or danielle.bergan@mentalhealthhawaii.org.

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Annual ‘Malama the Trees’ set at UH-MC

Maui Green & Beautiful and the UH-Maui College Agricultural Careers program will present the ninth annual “Malama the Trees,” a free educational workshop focusing on tree care and the benefits of trees, from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 at UH-Maui College, Ka Lama Building, Room 103.

Speakers will talk about “The Bad Stuff that Is Done to Trees,” learn correct pruning and how to plant a tree, plus a special presentation of the TreeCircus, which teaches the audience “What Do Trees Give Us?”

Maui Green & Beautiful’s annual workshop is open to homeowners, commercial property owners and landscape professionals. International Society of Arboriculture arborists receive 3.5 continuing educational units by attending the full workshop.

Contact mauigreenbeautiful@gmail.com or call 879-9169 for more information. For the entire agenda, go to www.mauibeautiful.org and click under events.

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Walk of Heroes at Akaku in Kahului

Akaku Maui Community Media will host its sixth annual Maui Walk of Heroes Celebration from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in front of its studio at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.

Four of Maui Nui’s most prominent personalities will have their hand and footprints enshrined in cement: Keali’i Reichel, Hannah Bernard, Lucienne de Naie and Uncle Pilipo Solatorio.

This free family- and pet-friendly event will feature Andy Bumatai as master of ceremonies, dance music by the Andy Kaina Band and surprise musical guests.

Festivities will be broadcast “live” on Akaku Channel 55.

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Ditch system topic for Haiku meeting

The East Maui water delivery system management will be a topic of discussion when the Haiku Community Association meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Haiku Community Center.

The meeting will include a panel discussion on research being done on alternative management/ownership of the East Maui Irrigation ditch system and its role in the Upcountry water system.

Guest speakers include County Council Member Mike Molina, who holds the Haiku-Paia-Makawao district residency seat, and Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Lauren Armstrong.

A panel discussion on “Future Options for Management and Ownership of the East Maui Water Delivery System” will feature Shay Chan-Hodges and Norman Franco, as well as other invited panelists. There will also be updates from the Hamakualoa Aha Moku Council. The audience will be able to ask questions of the presenters.

Potluck pupu are welcome and all that attend are asked to bring nonperishable food donations for the Maui Food Bank. For more about HCA activities, go to haikumaui.org.

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Rotarian will discuss plans to help school

Rotarian Rick Nava will be the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of Rotary Club of Kahului from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

He will discuss the Clean Water and Sanitation System for Leyte National High School in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.

On Nov. 7, 2013, Tacloban City was destroyed by Hurricane Haiyan. More than 6,500 died from the storm and the city is still recovering. Leyte National High School has 8,500-plus students and the school has only one drinking faucet to provide clean water for the students. By 10 a.m., their water supply is nonexistent.

Nava and other Rotarians visited the school in August 2017 and January 2018, and saw firsthand the school’s water and sanitation conditions. Nava will discuss his plans to help Leyte National High School.

Lunch costs $20; the public is invited.

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Home-schooling essentials shared

Gail Nagasako will share the essentials of why over a million families have chosen to home-school their children and how they go about it at Akaku Upstairs from 6 to 7:30 pm. Thursday.

Nagasako draws from over 20 years of experience as a homes-school support group leader, counselor and mother of a now-grown, home-schooled son.

Admission is free. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are recommended. To RSVP, go to www.akaku.org/salons or call 871-5554.

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Keiki Safety Fair set at Kihei Charter

The free South Maui Keiki Safety Fair is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Kihei Charter School’s Altitude Deck, 650 Lipoa Parkway. Booths with giveaways and games for kids of all ages will be hosted by HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union and South Maui Learning Ohana. Topics include financial preparedness, first-aid and emergency response, water safety, dental hygiene, and motor vehicle and pedestrian tips.

For more information about the event, contact Sylvia Ho at sho@hawaiiusafcu.com or call (808) 893-5312.

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Author will discuss Parkinson’s disease

New research showing how to decrease tremors and preserve dopamine-producing brain cells will be presented by Steve Blake, author of the book “Parkinson’s Disease: Dietary Regulation of Dopamine,” at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hale Mahaolu Elima conference room, 11 Mahaolu Place in Kahului.

The presentation is free with refreshments. For more information, call (808) 280-6894.

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Maintain weight, still enjoy holidays

The holidays are full of temptations: buffets, parties and desserts. And that’s what prompts “Season’s Eatings,” a free workshop from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the HMSA Center in the Pu’unene Shopping Center, 70 Hookele St., Suite 1220, in Kahului.

Ways to maintaining weight while enjoying the holiday season will be shared. Registration is required, and can be done by calling 1 (855) 329-5461 toll free, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Chicken hekka tickets on sale

Kahului Hongwanji Mission is offering presale tickets for its famous chicken hekka for $15 each to help support several projects to maintain its aging facilities.

Pickup will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 9. For more information, call (808) 871-4732.

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King Kekaulike class plans reunion

The first graduating class of King Kekaulike High School will celebrate its 20th class reunion Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at Waiohuli Community Center in Kula. Contact Terilee Kawaakoa @ kkhsclassof1999@gmail.com.

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Kihei community subject of talk

Randi Wagner of the Kihei Community Association will be guest speaker at the noon Wednesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue.

Wagner will speak about changes in the Kihei community. Lunch is $15; the public is invited. For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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Hale Mahaolu a Blue Zones worksite

Hale Mahaolu has been named a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite. It manages 15 different properties. The nonprofit achieved Blue Zones Project Approved status by successfully adopting best practices that promote employee well-being.