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Local Briefs

Street Bikers United will give away bicycles and helmets to 20 previously selected girls and boys of various ages from 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at Azeka Shopping Center.

Azeka hosts toy collection drive

Azeka Shopping Center is sponsoring Toys for Tots Maui again this year and acting as the main donation drop-off location for the 18th annual Toy Run Parade.

From 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 14, Street Bikers United will give away bicycles and helmets to 20 previously selected girls and boys of various ages.

Also planned for the morning is live music, a car show with Maui Classic Cruisers Car Club and a presentation with the mayor.

Community members are encouraged to participate in the 2019 Toys for Tots Toy Drive by bringing new, unwrapped toys to any store at Azeka Shopping Center through Dec. 23. Also accepted are presents for the teens and elderly in the Maui community, such as gift cards.

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Free talk on heart disease prevention

“Preventing Heart Disease,” a free presentation by Rizwan Bukhari M.D., is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Bukhari will discuss the role of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, in heart disease, what foods to stop eating to prevent or reverse atherosclerosis, and how a plant-based diet can help the arteries heal. He’ll also speak about additional lifestyle changes that can reduce risks of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

Bukhari is a board-certified vascular surgeon who attended Johns Hopkins University, and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has practiced vascular surgery in Dallas for more than 20 years. He also specializes in minimally invasive outpatient procedures largely related to amputation prevention and limb salvage. The talk is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; no reservations are necessary. Refreshments are courtesy of Down to Earth.

For more information, contact 385-2790 or jerome.kellner@gmail.com.

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Housing updates on WCA agenda

The Waikapu Community Association will host its next general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Valley Isle Fellowship (entrance located off of Kokololio Road).

Guest speaker Everett Dowling will inform the community about the status of the proposed Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Pu’unani Homestead Subdivision, to be located in Waikapu north of and adjacent to the existing Waiolani Mauka subdivision. The project will consist of 161 lots (137 single-family homes and 24 lots) on approximately 48 acres of land, with two entrances from Honoapiilani Highway.

Guest speaker Bill Frampton will give an update on the proposed fast-track workforce housing project located north of the new Waiale Elua subdivision, and south of the Longs Drugs on Waiale Road. The Waikapu Development Venture project proposes 68 single-family homes and 12 duplex units on approximately 12.5 acres of land below Honoapiilani Highway.

Updates on several other real estate developments will also be provided at the meeting. The annual elections are also scheduled.

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Duo will perform at Wailuku library

Longtime friends Ginger Johnson and Robyn Kneubuhl are two local women from the same neighborhood playing music from Hawaii’s past sprinkled with humor and charm. They will appear from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wailuku Public Library for a performance sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library.

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Annual Delaware Day gathering on Sunday

The annual Delaware Day Celebration on Maui will start at 2 p.m. Sunday at Beach Bums BBQ & Grill at the Maui Harbor Shops in Maalaea, 300 Maalaea Road. All First Staters visiting Maui, or anyone who was born in, has lived in, worked in or went to school in Delaware is invited to attend. Attendees are asked to wear an article of clothing from Delaware.

For further information, contact First State Coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.

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Coping with stress topic of free talk

“Live Your Life Well,” a presentation about 10 actions to improve mental health, will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. This Mental Health America of Hawaii Brown Bag Lunch event is free and open to the public. The presenter is Maui Community Coordinator Danielle Bergan.

Mental Health America of Hawaii has developed this program as a tool for people to better cope with stress, improve their outlook on life, and have healthier relationships. Along with the presentation, this program includes information on how to find a mental health professional in Hawaii.

The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St. The meeting will be in Conference Room 1. To confirm attendance, contact Danielle.bergan@mentalhealthhawaii.org.

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Warden will speak at Rotary meeting

Deborah Taylor, Maui Community Correctional Center’s warden, will be guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului. Taylor will discuss the reintegration of public safety detainees into the community.

Lunch costs $20; the public is invited.

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Yoga training offered at VFW

Every Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars member Alton J. Sanders offers free yoga and meditation training at VFW Post 3850 in Kihei to all veterans. Nonveterans may also participate with a $10 donation to the VFW.

Sanders is certified as an instructor and practitioner of many mind and bodywork disciplines. The VFW is at 1136 Ulunui Road. For more information, visit www.vfwmaui.com/yoga-meditation-training.

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Fair and bake sale at Makena church

The annual Christmas Crafts Faire & Bake Sale at Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 15. The fair will include Christmas cards and ornaments as well as pottery, artwork, quilts and other crafts. Baked goods will include cookies, cakes and pies.

Proceeds will support work of the church’s outreach committee through the local mission fund. Grants are provided throughout the year to individuals and families in need throughout Maui County.

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Ornament craft at Kahului library

Kahului Public Library will offer “Outer Space Ornament Craft” from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. All materials will be provided through the support of the Maui Friends of the Library. This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver at all times.