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Little Chef Big Chef Gala happens Friday

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui’s Little Chef Big Chef Gala will take place from from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. Hawaii Medical Service Association is the title sponsor.

Little Chef Big Chef is a culinary arts program that features seven youth teams of 10 members from Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui. Each team is paired with one of Maui’s top chefs to create signature pupu for guests at the event.

The culmination is an evening of culinary tastings, friendly competition and live entertainment. This premier gala also features hosted drinks, dinner, a silent auction, dancing and a photo booth.

Funds raised will remain on Maui to serve more than 2,300 club members and an additional 7,000 youths through outreach programs each year.

Sponsorship and ticket opportunities are available. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Mandy Trella at events@bgcmaui.org or visit BGCMaui.org.

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Donations collected for Habigis relief

The Kizuna Group, a collection of Japanese-American organizations in Hawaii, is soliciting public support to aid Japan’s reconstruction efforts following Typhoon Hagibis.

Donations can be made on Maui at American Savings Bank branches through Nov. 30. Donations also can be made using the secure link on the Kizuna Hawaii website, www.jashawaii.org/kizuna-relief.

Checks can be made payable to “JASH Kizuna Account” with a notation in the memo section, “Hagibis Relief,” and mailed to: JASH, 1600 Kapiolani Blvd., No. 204, Honolulu 96814.

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Fundraiser ongoing for hit-and-run victim

A GoFundMe fundraising platform is ongoing for Jesse “Panda” Larson, who was severely injured in a hit-and-run incident on Oct. 12.

Larson is a Down The Hatch restaurant employee. The restaurant hosted a silent auction fundraiser for him, which drew in $11,405 to help support him during his month of rehab and help provide stability in his life as he recovers on Oahu.

A special edition DTH “I Love Panda” trucker hat is on sale for $100. It was specifically made to honor Larson, and all proceeds from sales of the hat will go directly to support him.

The hat is available for purchase at Down The Hatch in Lahaina’s Wharf Cinema Center Shops, or order online from Javier Barberi at info@dthmaui.com.

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Roselani Place hosts craft fair, bake sale

The Roselani Place assisted living facility in Kahului will present “Goodies and Things Craft Fair and Bake Sale” on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at 88 S. Papa Ave.

This is a benefit for the Roselani Place resident activities program. Unique items created by many Maui crafters will be available.

To learn more, contact activities@roselaniplace.com or 871-7720.

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Harvard Club of Maui to host dinner

Harvard Club of Maui will host its annual dinner meeting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Wailea Point.

The menu will be prepared by Tim Garcia, and entertainment is included.

Alumni, family and friends of Harvard University are invited to join the club and attend this and other events throughout the year.

Contact Sandy Shiner at 276-7458 or sandyshiner@ymail.com for more information.

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Real estate topic of presentation

Realtor Gina Duncan will present “What’s The ‘Real’ In Real Estate?” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Akaku Upstairs, 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului. Duncan is principal broker and owner of Fine Island Properties.

Call 871-5554 or visit www.akaku.org/salons to RSVP.

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‘Arthritis Relief’ author will speak

Steve Blake, author of the book “Arthritis Relief,” is set to speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Unity on Maui, 483 S. High St., Wailuku.

The author will share tips on reducing inflammation and pain in joints, which foods aggravate inflammation, food to reduce arthritis pain, spices and herbs to reduce inflammation, and which vitamins and minerals help.

A donation of $10 is suggested.

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Fundraiser at Tante’s for STEMworks

Tickets are available for a buffet luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului to raise funds for the Maui Waena Intermediate School STEMworks program.

The cost is $50 per person and the event will include door prizes, student projects and an auction.

Tante & Araceli Urban Foundation and Friends of Maui Waena are co-sponsors. All funds will be used to support student travel to the Student Television Network’s Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Tickets can be purchased at /mwisstem.com/.

Tante’s is located in the Maui Seaside Hotel at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave.

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Smart driver course at two locations

An AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room at the Upcountry Pool complex in Pukalani, and from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Nov. 16 at Roselani Place in Kahului.

These four-hour classroom courses are 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.

The $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.

Preregistration is requested by calling 270-7308.

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Transportation expert will speak

Ging Ging Fernandez, a principal consultant with D’Artagnan Consulting, a nationwide company that specializes in transportation policy and has an office in Honolulu, will be guest speaker at the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club noon meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. She will be speaking about the gas tax.

The meeting is open to the public; lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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Women’s health topic of seminar

Pukalani Baptist Church will host a women’s seminar titled “Health Matters” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 16. For more information, call the church office at (808) 572-7968.

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Fair and golf cart parade to return

The Pukalani Community Association is planning its second annual Christmas Fair and Golf Cart Parade for Dec. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Pukalani Country Club.

Those desiring to enter in the golf cart parade or the ugly sweater contest are asked to contact Donna Clayton at donnajclayton@hawaii.rr.com.

Those desiring to enter the cookie baking contest are asked to contact Tanya Doyle at lalasweets808@gmail.com.

The fair will open with music, craft and food booths, children’s activities, specialty holiday drinks and a visit from Santa at 4:30 p.m.

The electric golf cart parade starts at dusk when the electric decorated carts can sparkle on the cool, pine-tree lined fairway. Spectators are advised to bring a chair or blanket and a sweater.

The event is free to children under 12 and $2 for those 12 and over.

Parking will be available at the Pukalani Country Club and backup parking will be available at the Pukalani Elementary School parking lot with a free shuttle to and from the fair. Sponsors are the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Dowling Company Inc., Maui Electric Co., Hawaii Water Service and Goodfellow Bros.

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Craft fair seeks vendors, shoppers

Maui Adult Day Care Centers is seeking craft vendors, resource agencies and early-bird shoppers for its craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, 665 Kahului Beach Road, Kahului. This craft fair will benefit Maui Adult Day Care Centers’ 2020 15th annual Caregiver Walk in February at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

For more information, contact 871-5804 or visit www.madcc.org.

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Yoga class will benefit veterans

Yoga venues across the country are mobilizing for the sixth annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week. Maui’s own Temple of Peace in Haiku will host a donation-based, all-levels yoga class from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday.

Funds will go toward yoga programs for veterans and their families on Maui, according to a news release.

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Wildfire mitigation topic of presentation

Plans to mitigate wildfires in the Pohakea watershed above Maalaea will be discussed by Michael Reyes, senior ecologist at Maui Environmental Consulting, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Sphere at Maui Ocean Center.

Wildfire and sediment are two of the biggest threats to ocean water quality in Maalaea Bay, according to an announcement. Wildfires burn away the plant cover, creating prime conditions for soil erosion.

Erosion results in sediment in the ocean, which harms coral reefs, hindering their ability to feed, grow and reproduce.

Admission is free and the public is invited to this Maui Nui Marine Resource Council presentation. To make a complimentary reservation, visit bit.ly/wildfireandsediment.

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Hawaiian lands talk set at UH-MC

Robin Puanani Danner, Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations chairwoman, will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday at University of Hawaii Maui College, Room 226 in Laulima Building, on “Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands” proposed legislation. Admission is free. For more information, contact paupena.kekoa@gmail.com or 276-2713.

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Forest restoration trip planned Nov. 16

Auwahi Forest Restoration Project volunteers will meet at Ulupalakua Ranch Store on Nov. 16 for an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. work excursion. Due to rough, steep terrain, hiking boots that cover the ankle are required.

Volunteers should pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat.

There is a limited number of four-wheel drive vehicles and limited room for volunteers. To RSVP, email volunteer@auwahi.org.