Local Briefs


Maui Health System officer will speak

Maui’s hospital system is the topic to be discussed at Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce’s monthly business mixer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Leis Family Class Act in the Paina Building at UH-Maui College, 310 Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

The keynote speaker will be Jim Diegel, who currently serves as the chief strategy officer for Maui Health System, the Kaiser Pemanente company that runs Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person for members and $30 per person for guests. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP for the event or for more information about the business mixer and Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, email mauifilipinocc@gmail.com or call (808) 870-3219.


SAT/ACT prep class will begin Jan. 26

SAT/ACT prep class is available to all students on Maui on the campus of Seabury Hall in Makawao. The class will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays from Jan. 26 through March 11. The Sunday class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Wednesday classes will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $395. For more information and registration form, visit www.seaburyhall.org/academics/sat-prep.


Mauians lobby on climate change

Three fledgling lobbyists from Maui, Carol Cam, Sheryl Roberts and Molly Whitehead, represented a new organization known as the Citizens Climate Lobby in a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Maui’s congressional delegation.

With more than 125 supporters in the Maui chapter, CCL nationwide boasts over 160,000 national members with chapters in all 50 states. The Maui contingent of environmental educators and activists are united in support of an important legislative initiative known as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend bill.

For more information on the progress of the CCL campaign and how to participate, visit www.citizensclimatelobby.org.To contact the Maui CCL chapter, email mauiccl@gmail.com.


Whales topic of presentation in Kula

The regular meeting of Kula AARP Chapter will take place Monday at Kula Community Center. The meeting begins with refreshments at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30.

Guest speaker Marc Lammers, research coordinator at NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, will present a PBS video on Hawaiian humpback whales that visit Maui.

The meeting is open to the public; no reservations are necessary. For more information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


Fruit fly management class set at UH-MC

A new series of fruit fly management classes will be presented by the University of Hawaii Maui College Master Gardener program. The first class is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at the Community Services Building, Room 205, on the UH-Maui College campus in Kahului. Participants will learn to identify and prevent fruit fly damage and what areas and crops different types of fruit flies like best.

Attendees are advised to bring an empty 1- and 2-liter plastic bottle. They will take home both a lured and baited fruit fly trap. To register, contact UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Cooperative Extension Office at 244-3242, ext. 228, or mauimg@ctahr.hawaii.edu.


Service project in crater slated

Friends of Haleakala National Park is seeking enthusiastic and fit hikers for a strenuous, two-night backpacking service project in Haleakala Crater Feb. 9-11.

The volunteers 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 Halemauu switchbacks 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.

Those interested in joining should register their readiness at www.fhnp.org. For a reservation for this trip, email or call the leader whose contacts are listed on the service trip page.


Sex trafficking topic for AAUW lunch

Hawaii’s efforts to eliminate sex trafficking will be discussed at an American Association of University Women’s Speaker Meeting beginning at 10 a.m. with a social hour, followed by a business meeting, the speaker and lunch Jan. 25 at Moose McGillycuddy’s restaurant in Kihei.

Khara Jabela-Carolus, executive director of Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, will talk about sexual exploitation of women in Hawaii. She will present the state’s latest trafficking reports and efforts to eliminate human rights violations against women.

RSVP with menu choice to Virginia Shaw at aauwspeakermeeting@yahoo.com. There will be a $3 meeting fee for AAUW members and $5 for guests. Moose McGillycuddy’s is located at 2511 S. Kihei Road.


Preschool open house scheduled

Kahului Hongwanji Preschool will host an open house from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at 291 S. Puunene Ave.

Attendees can tour the classroom, meet the teachers and gather information about enrollment.

For more information, visit www.kahuluihongwanjipreschool.com or call 877-7998.


Rummage sale at Emmanuel Lutheran

Household items, toys, clothes, books and sports equipment are among items that will be sold from 7 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at Emmanuel Lutheran School’s rummage and yard sale at 520 W. One St. in Kahului.

Proceeds will help Emmanuel Lutheran’s middle school concert band students travel to Oahu in March to participate in the Hawaii Lutheran Schools Music Festival.


Wahi pana essay contest for students

A contest presented by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife is open to high school students to write about a wahi pana, or special place, in preparation for the 50th anniversary of International Earth Day April 22.

Students are asked to write a 1,500-word (maximum of three pages) essay focusing on one of four ecosystem categories: Marine/coastal, stream/marsh, dry/leeward forests or wet/windward forests.

Online applications and essays are due no later than Feb. 14. For contest details, go to dlnr.hawaii.gov/wahi-pana-essay-contest/.


Restaurant owner to speak at meeting

Mike Phillips, owner of Coconuts Restaurant in Kihei, will be guest speaker for Kihei-Wailea Rotary Club’s noon meeting Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.

Phillips was a police officer before going into the restaurant business. He will talk about his restaurant career.

Lunch is $15; the meeting is open to the public.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Ki-Aikido class set to begin in Wailuku

A self-defense class/introductory course in Ki-Aikido will be open to the public on five consecutive Saturdays 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. starting Feb. 1 at the Shunshinkan Dojo of Maui Ki-Aikido, 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku.

Ki-Aikido is a Japanese martial art based on Zen principles, which teaches practical self-defense with a peaceful mindset and calmness training through movement.

Instructor Tracy Reasoner, 6th dan, will introduce the basics of ki training, aikido movement and a few simple techniques. The course is taught under the guidance of Christopher Curtis, head instructor of Maui Ki-Aikido and chief instructor of Hawaii Ki Federation.

Suggested donations are $10 for the self-defense class and $40 for the introductory course, which can be applied to dues if the participant joins the dojo to continue training after the February course. For those who sign up and pay by Feb. 1 for the whole course, the self-defense class will be included free.

Ongoing classes for adults and youths are held daily. More information can be found at www.mauiaikido.com.

Call 357-5172 for information and registration for these classes.


Cancer foundation topic of presentation

Nancy La Joy, executive director of Pacific Cancer Foundation, will be guest speaker at the 12:15 p.m. Thursday meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Maui at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului.

La Joy will share information about the Pacific Cancer Foundation and how it has been providing free support services to Maui’s cancer community for more than 15 years.

For further information, contact Adele Rugg, speaker chairperson, at 879-9964.


Smart driver course planned in Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Jan. 29 at Kalama Heights in Kihei. The 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.

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. Preregistration is requested by calling Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308.


Chapel to host keiki clothing exchange

Waipuna Chapel will host a children’s clothing exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 for children ages newborn to 12. Everyone is welcome to bring clothes that don’t fit their kids anymore and exchange them for an equal number that do fit. Donations and volunteers are welcome.

Waipuna Chapel is located at 17 Omaopio Road in Kula at the corner of Omaopio Road and Kula Highway. Call the church office at 878-6343 with any questions or go to www.waipunachapel.com.