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Middle school bands present free concert

Parents, family and friends are invited to the 11th annual Maui District Middle Schools Mass Band Concert at Maui High School gymnatorium on Feb. 15. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and features more than 350 intermediate school band students from Iao, Kalama, Lanai, Lahaina, Lokelani and Maui Waena.

The musical instrumental program selections will include a Turkish dance, a Bruno Mars selection, an Earth Wind and Fire song, the group “Fun,” an overture and a Spanish gypsy dance. Seating are limited; admission is free.

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Free respite training offered in Lahaina

Na Hoaloha is offering a free REST (Respite Education and Support Tools) training from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hale Mahaolu Community Hall Room at 810 Kelawea St., Lahaina.

Attendees will learn how to give the gift of time as a respite volunteer caregiver and be part of the solution to reduce the caregiver stress crisis on Maui.

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

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Presentation for proposed hotel

Longtime Maui residents and Wailuku property owners Jonathan Starr and Helen Nielsen will present their proposed Kama’aina Business Hotel for Wailuku town during an Akaku Upstairs Salon on Thursday.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Akaku Media Lab at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204, in Kahului.

Starr and Nielsen, who are both partners in Supreme Bright Wailuku LLC, will be presenting project details. Questions from the community are welcome.

Space is limited. RSVP by calling 871-5554 or by visiting akaku.org/salons.

For more information, visit www.akaku.org.

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Pizza sales benefit Project Graduation

King Kekaulike Project Graduation 2020 will have a fundraiser at Flatbread Co. in Paia starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of proceeds from all pizza sales will directly benefit Project Graduation 2020. A silent auction will also be held.

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Piano festival at Wailuku church

The Maui Outstanding Piano Amateurs Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Wailuku Union Church. Admission is free.

MOPAF is created as an educational forum in the art of the piano for classical, nonprofessional musicians. Performing pianists include Rachel Young, Peggy King, Niko Nemoto, Maurise Sprenger and Christophe Javon. They will present a wide-ranging program of solo piano works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Granados, Albeniz and Kapustin. A meet-the-artists reception will follow the concert.

Wailuku Union Church is at 327 S. High St., Wailuku.

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Weight loss topic for physician, author

The Vegetarian Society of Hawaii will host Dr. Michael Greger who will deliver the presentation “How Not to Diet: Evidence-Based Weight Loss” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kihei Community Center.

Greger’s presentation is based on the latest research in his new book “How Not to Diet.”

He will discuss the optimal weight loss diet and cover some of the 21 tricks and tweaks for fast-tracking weight loss, including specific foods

that can double as fat blockers and fat burners, starch blockers and appetite suppressants, according to a news release.

Greger is a physician, bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues.

All proceeds he receives from his books, DVDs and speaking engagements are donated to charity, a news release said.

No reservations are needed for the free event. Food will be provided by Down to Earth.

For more information, call 385-2790 or email jeromekellner@gmail.com.

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Musicians have a message for keiki

The Banana Slug String Band will perform at Wailuku Public Library at 10 a.m. Wednesday. This award-winning band has been playing music for children for more than 30 years. They are environmental educators with guitars.

This event is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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Association to host speed dating event

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association invites civic minded community members to participate in a speed dating event with the goal of learning about nonprofit board service opportunities.

The speed dating event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Economic Opportunity Family Center, 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. Lunch will be served at 11 followed by speed dating at 11:30.

To participate, RSVP at www.mauinonprofit.org. For more information, email mauinonprofit@gmail.com.

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Kihei high school topic for speakers

The Department of Education’s Kathy Demino and Gaylyn Nakatsuka will give an update on the construction of the new Kihei high school during the noon meeting Wednesday of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue.

Lunch is $15; the public is invited.

For for information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.

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Orchid show and sale at Maui Mall

The Maui Orchid Society will present its Valentine’s Day Show/Judging and Plant Sale at Maui Mall Tuesday through Thursday.

The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The show features MOS club members’ orchids. It will be judged by accredited American Orchid Society judges and ribbons will be awarded.

Visitors may purchase blooming plants for Valentine’s Day at this show. Most of the plants will be reasonably priced, according to an announcement.

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Uncle Wayne will perform at library

Uncle Wayne & the Howling Dog Band will give a free one-hour performance at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kihei Public Library.

This event is in conjunction with Pacific Whale Foundation’s Maui Whale Festival.