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Local Briefs

Wendy Tamashiro

Okinawan dance topic of presentation

“The Dance/Drama of the Ryukyuan Royal Court: Shuri-style Kumiwudui” will be the topic of a free presentation with Wendy Tamashiro of Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai and Cheryl Yoshi Nakasone Sensei from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Akaku Maui Community Media, 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, Kahului.

Tamashiro has studied Okinawan dance since 2004 and the art form Shuri-Style Kumiwudui since 2014 with Nakasone Sensei.

She has a background in cultural performance, gives lectures and demonstrations, and teaches taiko drumming.

Nakasone Sensei was born in Honolulu and became the first foreign-born dancer to complete all levels of the Ryukyu Shimpo Geinu Konkuru exams.

Cheryl Nakasone

Tamishiro and Nakasone Sensei will present a brief history of Okinawa in relation to the dance art form kumiwudui, including the individual components of dance, music and drama.

Akaku Upstairs Salons are provided as a public service. RSVP by calling (808) 871-5554 or by visiting akaku.org/salons.

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Regional science fair at UH-MC

The 61st Maui County Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be open to the public from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at University of Hawaii Maui College, Pilina Building, Student Life Lounge.

About 45 members of Maui’s science and engineering community volunteer their time to judge the projects. The event and travel are funded through sponsors and grants varying from private donors, other nonprofit organizations and community businesses. This year’s top sponsors include Paul Mizoguchi, A&B Foundation, NOAA, McInerny Foundation, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui Wine Ltd. and Central Pacific Bank Foundation.

The senior division will include 16 high school student researchers representing Baldwin, King Kekaulike, Maui, Molokai and Seabury Hall, and 58 junior researchers from Iao, Kalama and Maui Waena intermediate schools, Lanai High and Elementary School, Molokai Middle School, Montessori School of Maui and Seabury Hall.

Teachers, parents and mentors have guided students through the inquiry process, research and analysis of the data.

Up to 20 blue-ribbon merit winners will be invited to represent Maui at the 2020 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair April 8-10 on Oahu at the Hawaii Convention Center. The top senior division project will represent Maui at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Anaheim, Calif., May 10-15.

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Auction and luncheon at Keawala’i Church

Keawala’i Congregational Church will present its 2020 Silent Auction & Luncheon from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 on the church grounds in Makena.

The annual event is a fundraiser by the Outreach Committee for the Local Mission Fund of the church. Tickets for the luncheon catered by Tommy Bahama restaurant are available by contacting the church office at keawalai@hawaii.rr.com or at (808) 879-5557. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, 5-12 years old. Entertainment will be provided by church members.

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Pizza sales benefit mediation agency

Maui Mediation Services will hold a fundraiser featuring a silent auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Flatbread Co., 89 Hana Highway, Paia.

A portion of all pizza sales will be donated to the agency, which has been in helping Maui County residents resolve their disputes for 38 years.

The event’s silent auction will feature exclusive dining certificates, art, hotel stays, made-in-Maui products and more.

For more information, call MMS at 244-5744.

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Elementary school plans open house

Ke Kula ‘o Pi’ilani, a nonprofit independent Hawaiian immersion elementary school for kindergarten to grade 6, will have an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The school is located in Iao Valley at Hawai’i Nature Center.

The agenda for the evening is a campus tour and a general informational meeting with presentations by staff, directors and practitioners in preparation for school year 2020-21. For more information, call (808) 214-5006 or www.kekulaopiilani.com.

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Arts festival moves to Cannery Mall

The Banyan Tree Arts Festival has moved to Lahaina Cannery Mall 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekend day now through the end of February.

Dozen of Lahaina Arts Society artists, all local, are presenting their work at the outdoor arts festival. Included are fine-art photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery and more. Look for the tents on the lawn adjacent to Starbucks.

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Volunteers sought for nursery help

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

Each month on the first Tuesday, participants help the park horticulturist with various jobs involving caring for the rare, endemic plants being propagated, jobs such as transplanting, weeding, cleaning and preparing seeds for storage or planting. Most of the work is done inside the greenhouse and participants can drive up to the location of the work.

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

For a reservation and carpooling arrangements Upcountry at 8 a.m., call 572-1584.

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New farm-to-table program at UH-MC

Enrollment is open for a new Culinary Farm-To-Table Certificate of Professional Development being offered by UH-Maui College Office of Extended Learning & Workforce Development, sponsored by Hui No Ke Ola Pono in an effort to increase the workforce skills of Native Hawaiians.

Students will learn environmentally sustainable practices for food service operations, including sourcing from local farms. The noncredit course will also cover a basic introduction to culinary techniques with a focus on healthy cooking, principles of sanitation and OSHA safety training.

The Culinary Farm-to-Table course will take place at the beginning of March through the end of May, and will be preceded by a required cultural orientation in the evenings during the last week of February. Course lectures will be delivered on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and hands-on training will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To apply, contact College and Career Specialist Leilani Kepler at lkepler@hawaii.edu or (808) 984-3725 to schedule an on-campus appointment.

Full-tuition sponsorships are available, with preference given to individuals of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. Applicants must be ages 18 and older. Space in the program is limited.

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A+ students help launch journal project

On Jan. 24, 240 students in five A+ programs on Oahu and Maui launched the Aloha Journal program, sponsored by UHA Health Insurance and Kama’aina Kids.

The participating Maui 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-graders attend after-school programs at Wailuku Elementary. The sponsors hope to expand the program in future months.

“We serve nearly 9,700 children and families everyday at more than 100 different locations on four islands, so we are excited about the potential of this pilot and the tremendous impact the Aloha Journal program can have on our keiki and their loved ones,” says Mark Nishiyama, co-founder of Kama’aina Kids.

The Aloha Journal project founded by Hawai’i Health at Work wellness partner Danny Kim promotes reflection to develop appreciation and a deeper sense of purpose through writing.

“Research has shown that journaling helps decrease our levels of stress, which improves our overall health,” explains Howard Lee, president and chief executive officer of UHA Health. “As many studies indicate that students today are experiencing greater levels of loneliness and anxiety than in past generations, we are grateful to join Kama’aina Kids and pilot the Aloha Journal program in these five local schools.”

For more information on the Aloha Journal Project, visit thealohalivingproject.com.

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Chow fun sale Feb. 8 at Hale Nanea

Na Wahine O Kamehameha Moku O Kahekili Helu ‘Eha is having a chow fun fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hale Nanea Cultural Center, 61 Amala St., Kahului. The cost is $10 for a quart of chow fun.

The organization was formed in 1958 by wives of men who are members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. Membership is made up of females of Hawaiian ancestry and non-Hawaiian spouses of living male members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I.

The nonprofit group assists the men of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I in the promotion of its ideals and objectives to unite in fraternal and benevolent work as it uplifts and rehabilitates the legacy of King Kamehameha.

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Mediation director is guest speaker

Bevanne Bowers, executive director of Maui Mediation Services, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting Wednesday of Kihei Wailea Rotary Club at Mulligans on the Blue.

The meeting is open to the pubic; lunch is $15.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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VA home loan topic of seminar

Tony Dias, VA loan expert and steward of Aligned Mortgage, is hosting a free VA home loan seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku. At the seminar, he will be discussing recent changes to the VA home loan for 2020 and how to take advantage of them. These changes have made the VA home loan more accessible to veterans, according to an announcement.

To register for the seminar, visit www.alignedmortgage.com or call (808) 436-5791.

The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.

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Youth Conservation Corps summer registration open

Kupu, a conservation and youth education nonprofit organization, has announced that applications are open for this summer’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps.

This seven-week program runs from June 8 through July 24, providing young adults 17 older with meaningful field service experience into the world of conservation while giving back to the community.

Participants will be paid for their service as team members or team leaders and also receive an Education Award of $1,289.95, CPR/First Aid Certification, and valuable on-the-job training. Applications are due Feb. 28.

No prior environmental experience is necessary, according to an announcement. Instead, the ideal applicant is someone with a positive attitude, is curious about nature and has a desire to learn through hands-on service.

Participants will serve alongside environmental and culturally focused organizations within a range of ecosystems, including wetlands, dryland forests, loi kalo (taro patches) and loko ia (ancient Hawaiian fishponds).

For further information on the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program or to fill out the brief application, visit www.kupuhawaii.org/hycc-summer/.

Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps is being supported by Kamehameha Schools, AmeriCorps, Change Happens Foundation, USDA/HETF, Healy Foundation and others.