Local Briefs

Faith Gianan

Social event set at Roselani Place

Roselani Place in Kahului invites the community to an open house to welcome Faith Gianan who is returning to the facility in her new role as general manager.

The event will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday in the first-floor library at 88 S. Papa Ave. Pupu will be served.

Gianan has almost 20 years of work experience in the field of gerontology and 15 years of working in the assisted living field. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.



Endangered birds topic of talk at library

Protecting Maui’s endangered native forest birds, like the kiwikiu, is the topic of a free discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Makawao Public Library, 1159 Makawao Ave.

Kiwikiu are found no where else in the world. Due to invasive species and habitat degradation, these species are in trouble. Learn more about these birds, their native habitat and what needs to happen to prevent their demise from ornithologist Laura Berthold of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.

Learn more at mauiforestbirds.org.


Kaleo Phillips

Kaleo Phillips to perform at museum

The free Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina will feature Kaleo Phillips from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.

Born and raised in Lahaina, Jason Kaleonalani Phillips, affectionately known as Kaleo, has been a figure in the Maui music scene for over 30 years.

Limited seating is provided and blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.

A paid parking lot is located behind the venue with access from Dickenson Street.


Hawaiian cultural talk series begins

Maui Ocean Center will host its new Kauhulu Hawaiian cultural talk series from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Sphere theater. Kumu Lei Wann of Kauai will share the Koolau moku’s (district) rich history of limu (seaweed) and how that knowledge is being passed down through aina-based education programs.

Wann is the kumu alakai for Papa 3 of the Kawakini New Century Public Charter School, a new school immersed in Hawaiian language and aina-based education.

Her talk will mark the first Kauhulu of 2020, Maui Ocean Center’s new after-hours Hawaiian cultural talk series. This series brings together the minds of the Hawaiian community to share their knowledge of cultural topics throughout Hawaii.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; a brief Q&A will follow the talk. The event will include mele (music) and complimentary meaai pono (light, healthy foods) while supplies last.

Exhibits will not be open. For more information and reservations, call (808) 270-7075 or visit mauioceancenter.com/kauhulu.


Speaker to share Mahi Pono plans

Tiare Lawrence, community relations representative for Mahi Pono, will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kahului’s noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului.

Lawrence will discuss Mahi Pono’s first year and share its experience, challenges, goals and vision for 2020. She will also discuss Mahi Pono’s planned crops for 2020.

Lunch costs $20; the public is invited.


New Year celebration planned in Makawao

Makawao town’s 28th annual Chinese New Year Celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in front of the Matsui Building on the corner of Makawao and Baldwin avenues. Au’s Shaolin Arts Troupe will have a martial arts demonstration, fireworks and dancing lions that will move through the town. Spectators will be able to feed the lions with monetary envelopes for good luck and prosperity in 2020.


Laulau, rummage sale benefit set

The parents of the 2031 class of Kula Kaiapuni o Maui ma Pa’ia, as part of Na Leo Kako’o o Maui Inc., the nonprofit support group of Kula Kaiapuni o Maui, will have a laulau and rummage sale Feb. 1 at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului. Laulau sales will be by presale tickets with pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rummage sale will take place between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

To purchase laulau tickets, contact (808) 357-7802. All proceeds will go toward events and field trips for all the keiki.


Game night Tuesday at Kihei library

The Kihei Public Library will host a Game Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees can test their hand at old classics such as checkers, mancala and Battleship, or play newer games such as Qwirkle and Suspend. Free games are geared for ages 7 and older.

This event is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library. For more information, call 875-6833.


Teams to compete in puzzle contest

Island Art Party of Kihei will host a National Puzzle Day Contest and Celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the studio at Azeka Plaza, 1279 S. Kihei Road, Suite 109.

At 3 p.m., teams of four will compete to put a 500-piece Ravensburger puzzle together within an hour. The winning team will win free puzzles and a $200 cash prize. The second- and third-place teams will win gift certificates to Island Art Party.

Entry fee to participate is $10 per person and must be prepaid. The maximum number of contestants is 48.

The fastest team to fully complete its puzzle wins. If no team completes its puzzle, the team with the fewest individual pieces left wins.

There is no charge to attend the celebration. The bar will be open for drink purchases and there will be complimentary popcorn and blank puzzles for people to draw/paint on to take home.

The puzzles have been furnished by Ravensburger, and will be wrapped so that the image will be secret until the start of the competition.

To participate in the contest, make a reservation at www.islandartparty.com or call (808) 419-6020.


Scholarship for young musicians

Maui Pops Orchestra has announced the seventh year of the Auriol Flavell Student Scholarship Awards for Young Musicians.

These awards are intended for students who are pursuing higher education in the field of music, who play a symphony orchestra instrument, and who plan to promote community orchestras on Maui or wherever they live in the future.

Application forms are available at mauipops.org/scholarship.

All submissions must be received by Feb. 7, addressed to: Maui Pops Orchestra, 95 Mahalani St., Room 6, Wailuku.


School offers 10 full scholarships

In celebration of 100 Years of Waldorf Education, Haleakala Waldorf School is looking for 10 students from Maui families who would like to join their learning community through the Holomua Scholarship.

As a way of saying mahalo to the community of Maui for welcoming and supporting the school for over 40 years, HWS will offer 10 full scholarships (excluding supply fees) beginning in the fall of 2020. Scholarships will be valid until each scholarship recipient graduates from 12th grade.

Families are encouraged to apply entering at all grade levels from kindergarten through high school.

This initiative is part of the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts. To better represent the demographics of Maui County, the scholarship is focused on students born in Hawaii, with priority given to ethnic groups that are underrepresented at the school and/or families with multi-generational connections to Hawaii. Currently enrolled students are not eligible for the scholarship.

For more information, contact the school at (808) 878-2511 or visit www.waldorfmaui.org. Application materials will be available on the school’s website. Scholarship applications are due by Feb. 15. There will be an informational tour Thursday by reservation only to learn more about the school’s programs.


Students to compete at Science Olympiad

The community is invited to witness budding and aspiring scientists from middle and high schools on Maui compete at the 10th Maui Regional Science Olympiad Tournament Feb. 1 at UH-Maui College.

Aimed at improving the quality of science education for students in Hawaii, the tournament fosters teamwork, group planning, critical thinking, having fun and developing team spirit.

The schools participating in the tournament are: Baldwin, King Kekaulike and Lahainaluna high schools, Maui Preparatory Academy, Seabury Hall and St. Anthony Junior-Senior School.

For further information, contact Co-Directors Ancheta and Sean Calder at hssomauiregionaldirector@gmail.com.


Volunteer center hosts workshop

The County of Maui Volunteer Center will hold a free “Lead with Purpose in 2020” workshop for volunteer leaders to enhance their leadership skills 8:45 a.m. to noon Thursday at Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. in Wailuku.

The workshop will be presented by renowned executive trainer and life coach Patricia Campanile. She will teach how to clarify goals, communicate with diverse volunteer groups and create value. The Department of Housing and Human Concerns’ Volunteer Center is sponsoring the event.

For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/HOMjan30.


Kalua pig sale to benefit LHS football

Friends of Lahainaluna Football will host a kalua pig sale 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 1. Pickup will be at Lahainaluna High School or Lihikai Elementary School. Cost is $8 per container; cash only. For tickets, call 662-4075.


Screening benefits Maui Humane Society

“Life in the Doghouse,” as well as two short films, will be screened to benefit Maui Humane Society 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 the Sugar Beach Events venue, 85 N. Kihei Road in Kihei.

There will also be a silent auction featuring a variety of art, as well as food and beverages available for purchase.

The featured film tells the story of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta and the work they do at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Two short films from Mutual Rescue will also be shown. This event is recommended for ages 8 and older. There is special pricing available for youth tickets as well as a special family pack pricing (ranging from $15 to $50, plus applicable fees).

For more information and to buy tickets, visit mauihumanesociety.org or email events@mauihumanesociety.org or call (808) 877-3680, ext. 240.


Caregiving, aging focus of classes

Doorway Into Light Executive Director the Rev. Bodhi Be will be teaching two classes in February at UH-Maui College.

“The Space Between Hope and Hopeless” is scheduled for three Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13 and 20. This class is for those who are caregivers, those who receive care, and for those experiencing grief, anxiety or other deep feelings due to the conditions of the world. “We will consider how we can best show up in these times and for each other.”

A second class, “Approaching Old Age and Death,” is set for four Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Explored will be practical steps to foster healthy aging, dying and death. Other topics include what healthy aging looks like, when is healing and curing not the same thing, and what happens when you find out you’re dying?

Exercises, discussions, self-reflection, and a focus on advanced planning, the financial and environmental costs of burial and cremation are covered.

Other topics will include hospice and palliative care and Hawaii’s “death with dignity” law.

For more information, visit EdVentureMaui.com or Bodhi@doorwayIntoLight.org.

Be is an independent funeral director, end of life and bereavement counselor, hospice volunteer, teacher and workshop leader.


Year of the Metal Rat talk in Lahaina

Busaba Yip Douglas and Nansy Phleger will observe the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat with a special program at the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina at 3 p.m. Feb. 1.

Yip Douglas is the cultural director of Lahaina’s Wo Hing Museum and Wo Hing Society. She will begin the festivities by explaining the cultural meaning and significance of the Year of the Metal Rat.

Nansy Phleger will read “Li Chou and the Dragon’s Promise,” her children’s book that she wrote and illustrated.

Phleger will then sign and sell her book with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Maui Friends of the Library.