Local Briefs


MEO officer speaker at Rotary luncheon

Debbie Cabebe, CEO of Maui Economic Opportunity, will be guest speaker at Rotary Club of Kahului’s weekly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine, 100 West Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului

MEO is a private, nonprofit community action agency whose mission is to strengthen the community while helping people in need.

Cabebe joined MEO in 2000 as the organization’s chief human resources officer. In 2011, she was promoted to chief operating officer and was promoted to chief executive officer in March 2017. She is the immediate past president of the Maui Nonprofit Directors Association, treasurer of the Hawaii Community Action Programs Directors Association and Rocky Mountain HI Inc.

The public is invited; lunch costs $20.


Pint Night event will benefit native birds

Maui Brewing Co. will host “Pint Night for the Birds,” a benefit for Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at its brewpub at 4405 Honoapiilani Highway in Kahana Gateway Shopping Center. Half the pub profits from house beers sold will go toward protecting native birds on Maui. Customers can enjoy local beers while helping endangered species.

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is dedicated to the conservation and research of rare and endangered bird species on Maui like the kiwikiu, or Maui parrotbill, a bird found nowhere else in the world.


Christmas project seeks donations

Imaika’s Christmas Project is marking its 19th year of providing Christmas breakfast and gifts to Maui’s less fortunate. This year’s breakfast will be from 4 to 8 a.m. Dec. 22 at Kihei Kalama Park, across from the basketball courts.

Organizers are requesting the donation of gently used, washed clothing (all genders), books, Bibles, sweaters, jackets and nonperishable food items.

Scheduled drop-off collection dates are:

• 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday and Dec. 8 — Hoaloha Park (across from Kahului Shopping Center).

• 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 1 and 15 — Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center parking lot in Pukalani.

Wrapped gifts labeled with gender and size are appreciated. Scheduled pickup outside of these dates can be arranged with Maui contact person Jerry Kaiwi (808) 756-2987. Another contact is Cheryl Padaken (720) 369-4335, cpadaken@gmail.com (three-hour Colorado time difference). Volunteers are also being sought.


Smart Driver course set in West Maui

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from noon to 4:15 p.m. Dec. 2 at West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina.

The four-hour classroom 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 multiyear discounts to those who complete the class.

Preregistration is requested by calling 270-7308.


New donation drop-off in Kihei

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui now has a new donation drop-off open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kihei Recycle Center, 300 E. Welakahao Road, across from Hope Chapel in Kihei.

Donation drop-offs are also in Pukalani at Longs Drugs, and at Walmart in Kahului, which are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reusable clothing and small household items are accepted. Call (808) 442-7892 for more information or to schedule a residential pickup of donations. Or, visit www.bbbshawaii.org.


Meeting about reviving 3rd Friday

Bringing back Makawao Town 3rd Friday will be the topic of discussion at a 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Makawao Community Association at Eddie Tam Gym Community Hall. Food vendors and nonprofit craft vendors will be allowed at the first event, scheduled for Dec. 20 at Eddie Tam.

The new location would not require road closures and provide more event parking, according to an announcement. Residents, merchants and businesses are encouraged to attend the meeting.


Card craft set at Kahului library

Kahului Public Library will offer a “Thank You Card Craft” from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 in the children’s section. All supplies will be provided. This program is suitable for all ages, but children 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Hawaii Nature Center offers winter camp

The nonprofit Hawai’i Nature Center invites children 6 to 11 to attend Nature Adventure Camp in Iao Valley Dec. 30 to Jan. 3 during the winter school break.

The program will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, except New Year’s Day. It will explore “Amazing Adaptations,” where students will learn about native fish that can climb waterfalls, the ground-nesting pueo, the mighty silversword’s unique sun-deflecting qualities and more.

Cost to attend is $260 for nonmembers. With Maui County’s support, a limited number of scholarships are available for students who attend Title 1 schools.

The center is at 875 Iao Valley Road.

For more information, contact maui@hawaiinaturecenter.org.


SUM forms; works for social justice

Stand Up Maui, a new nonprofit whose work includes affordable housing, immigration and other social justice issues, launched Oct. 15.

Thelma Akita-Kealoha, the Maui community director for Catholic Charities Hawaii, has been named president of SUM’s board of directors because of her strong commitment to Maui’s low-income community.

SUM will continue the work of the former organization Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) Maui. FACE Maui operated for nine years as a grassroots interfaith 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advocating for those in the most need from a deep spiritual commitment to improve the quality of life for Maui’s people.

“SUM will fight for those who struggle in our community so that they can believe their voices are heard and they are part of our ohana,” said Akita-Kealoha. “We are excited to take on the challenge and fill in the void left from the dissolvement of FACE Maui.”

SUM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For additional information about SUM and to get involved, call (808) 757-0502 or visit thelma.kealoha@catholiccharitieshawaii.org.


Kula Shingon Mission plans rummage sale

Kula Shingon Mission will hold a rummage sale from 8 to noon Nov. 30 at 113 Puanani Place. Clothes for all sizes and ages, purses, shoes, small appliances, mini-tea cups and knickknacks, bedding, over- night bags, golf clubs, recliner and more will be available for purchase.


HFUU members invited to imu roast

Hawai’i Farmers Union United’s Mauna Kahalawai Chapter is holding its inaugural Thanksgiving Imu Roast on Wednesday and Thursday at Ho’omana Farms in Waikapu.

HFUU members are invited to this free community event that includes cooking in a Hawaiian-style imu. All are welcome to join the organization, including backyard gardeners or anyone who supports locally-grown food. Annual membership is $50, or $100 for a family of four. To become a member, visit hfuu.org.

Participants will have an opportunity to assist with preparing the imu. Long pants, shoes and gloves are recommended.

Wednesday: Arrive at the farm by 4 p.m. Bring your prepared Thanksgiving turkey or other food dishes (limited to two dishes per family) in a pan to place in the imu. Dinner will be served, and attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share.

Thursday: Meet at 7 a.m. to uncover the imu and retrieve your food. Breakfast will be provided.

Space is limited and registration is required by emailing HFUUMaunaKahalawai@gmail.com. Include name and the number of people in party.

Directions to Ho’omana Farms will be provided after registration.


World AIDS Day celebrated Dec. 1

Maui AIDS Foundation will celebrate World AIDS Day 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the VFW Hall, 1136 Uluniu Road in Kihei.

The event will be free for the general public and parking is free. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of World AIDS Day, which takes place on the first day of December each year worldwide. The day is recognized as the first ever global health day for people to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

For more information on World AIDS Day and the Maui AIDS Foundation, visit www.mauiaids.org.


Marketing class looks at storytelling

A “Marketing Through Storytelling Masterclass” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Maui Research and Technology Center, Room 219, in Kihei.

The first half of the class will be learning the framework and brainstorming the marketing pieces for a business. The second half will be dedicated to putting together a marketing road map.

For more information, contact Nicole Fisher at nico@skywritingbynico.com or Kai Alday at kai@successalday.com. The class is co-sponsored by Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Lunch is included. The cost is $150. Register at www.successalday.com/storytelling.

The research center is at 590 Lipoa Parkway.


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