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Friends of Haleakala National Park service trip participants are pictured during a trip to the crater in 2017. -- MATT WORDEMAN photo

Friends of Haleakala seek volunteers

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking enthusiastic and fit hikers for a strenuous, two-night backpacking service project in Haleakala Crater Dec. 8 to 10.

The volunteers will hike into the crater, and stay free for two nights in Holua Cabin while doing work to protect native plants and nene habitat. The group will hike out up the Halemau’u (Switchback) Trail on the last day.

Participants must be physically fit and able to hike long distances carrying a backpack with their sleeping bag, personal items and a share of the food. Tools are provided by the park. The park entrance and cabin fees are waived for volunteers doing service work with the Friends of Haleakala National Park.

To join this trip, applicants need to visit and register their readiness at the website www.fhnp.org where more information can be found about the Friends’ mission and work to preserve and protect Haleakala National Park. For a reservation for this trip or a future trip scheduled on the website, send email or call the leader whose contacts are listed on the service trip page.

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Police chief will speak at meeting

Maui County Chief of Police Tivoli Faaumu will be guest speaker for the weekly Rotary Club of Kahului luncheon meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Tante’s Island Cuisine, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave.

Faaumu will give a presentation on Maui County issues and discuss a reality show filming MPD Officers.

Faaumu has been with Maui Police Department for over 34 years and the United States Army Reserve for over 31 years since April 1983. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a master sergeant in April 2014, and was appointed chief of police in September of that year.

He has earned many citations, and is a member of several boards and committees, including Hawaii Governor’s Committee on Crime, Hawaii Law Enforcement Standards Board and Transnational Crime Committee.

The Rotary Club of Kahului meets every Monday (except for holidays). The public is welcome. Lunch costs $20. For more information about Rotary, contact club President Kwanza Woodson at (808) 268-0137 or kwoodson@hi-employment.com or visit www.kahuluirotary.com.

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Christmas ball tickets on sale

Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association will host its annual Christmas Ball at Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Ballroom from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Participants should dress in festive attire and be prepared for waltz, tango, fox trot, samba, cha-cha, West Coast swing and more.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a no-host bar and refreshments.

For more information, contact Lydia DelaCruz at 244-3263.

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Parkinson’s cookbook author will speak

Television chef and author Catherine Blake will present tips and tricks for dealing with Parkinson’s disease at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Hale Mahaolu Elima conference room at 11 Mahaolu Place in Kahului.

The nutrition educator, author of “Parkinson’s Disease Cookbook,” will explain how to choose foods that slow progression and ease symptoms.

Topics in the presentation include: Can protein affect movement disorders? How to make delicious, healthy toppings. Are dairy products helpful or harmful for Parkinson’s disease? What about organic food? Are your favorite berries good for you? Which antioxidant supplements might be helpful?

The presentation is free and refreshments will be served.

Contact (808) 280-6865 for more information.

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Civil Air Patrol will celebrate 78 years

The Maui Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will celebrate its 78th anniversary with a holiday banquet at 6 p.m. Friday at the Civil Air Patrol Building next to the Kahului Airport Tower, 94b Eena St. in Kahului.

Entertainment includes music by Grammy-award-winning slack-key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. and DJ Ron.

At the event, Gov. David Ige’s office will present a proclamation naming Dec. 1 Hawaii Civil Air Patrol Day.

Tickets are currently on sale as a $40 donation for general admission. VIP tickets are also available for a $100 donation, and full tables of 10 are available for an $800 donation. Because the Civil Air Patrol is a 501(c)(3), all ticket sales and silent auction items may be tax deductible. Ticket prices include a full buffet and entertainment, and the event is BYOB.

Visit mauicivilairpatrol.org for more information. Tickets can be purchased through eventbrite by searching Maui CAP.

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Park seeks help at its plant nursery

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking volunteers for its monthly service trip to the park’s plant nursery in the Haleakala Summit District from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday.

Participants will help the park horticulturist with various jobs involving caring for the rare, endemic plants being propagated, such as transplanting, weeding, cleaning and preparing seeds for storage or planting. Most of the work is done inside, and participants can drive up to the location of the work. For a reservation and carpooling arrangements in Pukalani at 8 a.m., call 572-1584.

Participants should bring water, lunch, snacks and their own gloves if desired. The park will provide other tools. Wear sturdy shoes, and in case of out-planting work, bring a hat and sunscreen.

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LEGO Club to meet at Kahului library

The LEGO Club at the Kahului library will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. LEGOs will be provided, but all pieces must stay in the library. While larger LEGO blocks are available for play, all children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult at all times for safety purposes.

This program is sponsored through funding from the Maui Friends of the Library.

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Holiday lights for charity at Seabury

Seabury Hall will hold its inaugural “Seabury Hall-iday: Holiday Lights for Charity” event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday on the school’s Olinda campus. The event will include a tree-lighting ceremony, cocoa and cookies, pictures with surfin’ Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, winter-ful decorations, and holiday musical performances by the school’s band, chorus and Hawaiian ensemble.

Seabury Hall students will team up to decorate buildings on campus and the public will be invited to vote for their favorite by making a donation to a local nonprofit specially chosen by students and faculty.

Proceeds from the vote will go to local nonprofit organization including Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, Hospice Maui, Ka Hale a Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Maui Friends of the Library, Maui Humane Society, Pacific Cancer Foundation, and Pono Academy.

This family-friendly event is open to the public. Admission is one canned or boxed nonperishable food item for the Maui Food Bank. Seabury Hall is located at 480 Olinda Road. Free parking is available at Oskie Rice Arena, 521 Olinda Road.

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Holiday Express departing nightly

Maui’s Sugar Cane Train has announced its 2019 Holiday Express. The train is back on the track for the fourth and final year, nightly through Dec. 31. Riders can choose from a 6 or 7:30 p.m. departure at the Puukolii Station in Kaanapali. Ample free parking is available.

The train departs from Puukolii station, heads south toward Lahaina and makes a brief stop at the North Pole. Festive decorations and caroling are part of the experience, along with a special appearance by Santa. All guests will enjoy complimentary milk and fresh-baked cookies and keiki will receive a special toy from Santa.

Tickets can be purchased at sugarcanetrain.com.

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Hawaiian culture topic for speaker

Kimokeo Kapahulehua will be guest speaker at the noon Wednesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue. Kapahulehua will be speaking about Kimokeo Foundation and the work it does with the keiki of Maui. The foundation was established in 2015 to perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture.

Lunch is $15; the public is invited. For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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Breakfast with Santa at QKC

Tickets are available for Queen Ka’ahumanu Center’s Breakfast with Santa Pajama Party from 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at Center Court.

The event will feature a breakfast buffet, hot cocoa bar, keiki holiday activities, singalong with the “Boss Manu” from Ahumanu Liz Morales, storytime and keiki visits with Santa. Families are encouraged to wear fun, festive, family-friendly pajamas.

Tickets can be purchased at QKC Guest Services between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Wednesday. Tickets are $20; personal checks, cashier checks and money orders accepted only; no cash or credit cards. Limited seating is available.