Local Briefs

Joel Kahn

‘America’s Healthy Heart Doc’ to speak

“The End of Heart Disease 2020,” a free presentation by Joel Kahn, M.D., is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., in Wailuku. Kahn will discuss what heart disease is, how it forms, how it is detected early, how it is halted and how it is reversed. According to an announcement, his program is proven to reverse aging of arteries and restore health and vitality with a whole food plant-based diet; a diet he personally has followed for more than 40 years.

Kahn is a cardiologist and a clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Known as

“America’s Healthy Heart Doc,” Kahn has triple board certification in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. To learn more about Kahn, visit www.drjoelkahn.com.

The talk is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; no reservations are necessary. Refreshments courtesy of Down to Earth. For more information, call 385-2790, or email jeromekellner@gmail.com.


Wildfire prevention subject of talk

Susan Cordell, Ph.D., a research scientist and ecologist from the U.S. Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Island Forestry in Hilo, will speak on “Using Native Vegetation as Firebreaks to Prevent Wildfires on Maui” at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at Kihei’s Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center.

Cordell has experimented with a method of creating “green strips” of native trees and shrubs to suppress flammable invasive grasses from fueling a wildfire a strategy to prevent the damage by brush fires in dry leeward areas such as the Pohakuloa Training Camp and Pu’u Wa’awa’a dryland forest on the Big Island.

Brush fires burned through nearly 14,000 acres in Central and West Maui in 2019, threatening facilities at Maui Electric Co., Maui Humane Society and Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center.

This talk is part of the 2020 membership drive for Friends of Kealia Pond. Attendees are asked to join or rejoin for $20, or to make a $20 donation. All government employees can attend for free.

Those planning to attend should contact friendsofkealiapond@gmail.com.


AAUW hosts Tastes and Talk dinner

American Association of University Women will host a Tastes and Talk dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday at Seascape restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center, 192 Maalaea Road.

RSVP at aauwtastesandtalk@gmail.com or call Heather Mueller at (808) 443-3545.


Brainstormers plan meeting in Paia

Maui Business Brainstormers organizers Nicole Fisher and Ed Gazmen invite individuals to bring a business challenge to the MBB Brainstorming meeting from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Hall in Paia. Participants can network with like-minded individuals, according to an announcement.

Attendees will brainstorm and/or be showered with ideas or feature their business (or business concept) in the “Think Tank” segment of the meeting.

RSVP at meetup.com/MauiBusinessBrainstormers.


Decorate and fill wish jar at library

Kahului Public Library will host a New Year Wish Jar Craft event at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Decorate a wish jar and fill it with New Year’s resolutions, wishes, and goals for 2020.

Jars will be provided for the first 12 attendees or bring your own new or recycled container to decoupage.

The program is suitable for ages 5 and older. For more information, call 873-3097.


AAUW lunch bunch to meet in Kihei

American Association of University Women will host lunch bunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food Restaurant, 1280 S. Kihei Road, Suite 124, in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei.

RSVP to aauwlunchbunch2@gmail.com or text Linda Martin at (408) 725-8558.


Journal activity offered at library

Kahului Public Library will host a Bullet Journal Activity for Beginners at 2 p.m. Jan. 18.

Bullet Journals are the ultimate planning system and can be customized to anything from a planner, to-do list, journal or diary, or a combination of all of these. As seen on social media, it can also be a creative outlet for drawing, lettering and decorating.

A free mini-journal will be provided for the first 20 attendees. Registration is recommended by calling the library at 873-3097.

This 90-minute workshop is presented through the support of the Maui Friends of the Library, and is suitable for ages 12 and older.


Caring K9s invites all to Fit 4 the Dogs

Caring K9s Therapy Dogs Maui is hosting its second annual Fit 4 the Dogs Healthy Dog Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.

Well-mannered dogs on leash and their owners are invited to participate in carnival games, art for keiki, contests, selfie photo booth and more. Learn how to keep your best buddy in tip-top shape from a panel of dog specialists giving presentations throughout the event.

There will also be a silent auction with numerous items online on Facebook. All proceeds go toward Caring K9s nonprofit’s mission of enriching lives through therapy dog visits, read-aloud sessions and animal care lessons.


Respite education focus of training

Na Hoaloha is offering a free “Respite Education and Support Tools” training from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hale Mahaolu Community Hall Room at 810 Kelawea St. in Lahaina.

This is an opportunity to learn more about offering the gift of time as a respite volunteer caregiver and be part of the solution to reduce the caregiver stress crisis on Maui, according to an announcement.

Reservations are required; call (808) 249-2545 or email info@nahoaloha.org. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided; note any dietary restrictions at time of reservation.


Teen introductory aikido class to begin

Youths ages 12 through 18 can try ki-aikido for the month of February at Maui Ki-Aikido’s Shunshinkan Dojo on Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m., starting Feb. 4, at 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku.

The four-week, teen beginner course will introduce all aspects of ki-aikido practice, and those wishing to continue training will be able to sign up for ongoing classes on Tuesdays. The instructor, Joni Jackson, is 6th dan with Hawaii Ki Federation and has been teaching aikido on Maui for 25 years. There is a suggested donation of $30 for the course.

For more information and registration, call 283-9226. Visitors are welcome to watch classes at Maui Ki-Aikido, and the schedule is available at mauiaikido.com. Maui Ki-Aikido practices mind and body unification through the art of aikido.


Fire safety topic for guest speaker

Bradford Ventura, deputy fire chief from County of Maui Fire & Public Safety, 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. Ventura will discuss fire safety tips and how to keep safe during an emergency. He will also go over preventative measures to prevent fires from happening.

Lunch costs $20; the public is invited. Tante’s is located at 100 Kaahumanu Ave.


Medical cannabis topic of presentation

Pono Life Education invites the community to learn more about medical cannabis through its Thursday evening free series of discussions open to the public.

The next session, “Intro to Medical Cannabis,” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Pono Life Education and Resource Center at 415 Dairy Road in Kahului.

Elaine Slavinsky, the education center’s director, will lead Thursday’s discussion.


Group assists former offenders

Maui Coming Home Council, a community support group created in 2014, assists justice-involved Hawaii men and women released from prisons and jails. The organization invites the community to learn about the organization at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Maui Economic Opportunity, Room 2, in Wailuku with MEO Case Manager Bishop Pahia.

MCHC volunteers work to reinforce supportive services for former offenders and family members. For more information, contact Pahia at 243-4356 or bishop.pahia@meoinc.org.


Activities planned for Whale Festival

Pacific Whale Foundation will celebrate the homecoming of Maui’s humpback whales with its monthlong, signature Maui Whale Festival. Events will engage ages and interests of all kind, including the Run & Walk for Whales on Feb. 1, a reimagined Whale Day and Parade of Whales on Feb. 8, the World Whale Film Festival on Feb. 14, concert cruises, photo safaris and VIP ecotours.

To see the full lineup of festival events, visit mauiwhalefestival.org.


Architects elect AIA Maui officers

The American Institute of Architects Maui Chapter has elected its 2020 officers: Thomas R. Cannon, AIA, president (first to be elected for a third time, having also served in 1993 and 2006); William C. McThewson, AIA, vice president/president-elect; Marie E. Kimmey, AIA, secretary; and Danny Yu-Cua, AIA, treasurer.


Rummage items needed for sale

Items are needed for the eighth annual Christ the King Church Bazaar on Feb. 8 in Kahului. Used household items should be in good condition and cleaned. Car seats, cribs and strollers will not be accepted.

Call Priscilla Duque at 268-0371 to schedule a drop-off.


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