Local Briefs

Suzanne Frazer

Plastics and diet topics of free talk

“How to Get Plastic Out of Your Diet,” a free presentation by Suzanne Frazer, will take place at the J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Frazer will present information on plastic chemicals in daily life and in the ocean, and the impacts of these chemicals on human health. This talk is designed to inspire and empower people to make simple changes to their lifestyles to protect their health and that of our ocean planet.

Frazer is a co-founder of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii, an award-winning nonprofit which brings awareness and solutions to plastic marine debris.

The event is presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; no reservations needed. Food provided by Down To Earth in Kahului. For more contact 385-2790 or jeromekellner@gmail.com. The Cameron Center is at 95 Mahalani St.

Karrie O’Neill


Singer songwriter at Akaku salon

“Story Telling, Song Writing and Performance” with Karrie O’Neill is a free Akaku showcase to cap off the last salon for the Spring 2020 season at Akaku Maui Community Media at 6 p.m. Thursday.

O’Neill is based out of Spokane, Wash., and has been playing various locations on Maui. She will share her story of songwriting and her journey performing her own music, to inspire others to write and sing. She will also perform as part of her presentation.

RSVP by calling (808) 871-5554 or by visiting akaku.org/salons.

Marvin DeCastro


MEO names 2019 Driver of the Year

MEO awarded its 2019 Driver of the Year Award to Marvin DeCastro. This award is sponsored and presented annually by Atlas Insurance.

DeCastro has been with the company since 2007 and also received the “Cash for No Crash” award, which is given to drivers who are not involved in any accidents during the calendar year. DeCastro has never had an accident in the 12 years since working for Maui Economic Opportunity.


Coronavirus subject of lunch presentation

“Clarifying the Reality: Coronavirus” is the title of a free Brown Bag Lunch presentation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at J. Walter Cameron Center auditorium in Wailuku. Dr. Adam Coles will lead a discussion about the helpful (and not helpful) ways to prepare for a possible outbreak in Hawaii and provide insight to the risks and dangers related to the coronavirus.

Coles is a child psychiatrist with the State of Hawaii Health and Child Adolescent Mental Health Division, clinical director of the Maui Family Guidance Center, and co-chair of the Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Hawaii and chair of the Maui Advisory Board.

To register for this event, email danielle.bergan@mentalhealthhawaii.org.


Free movies this month at library

Kahului Public Library will offer free after-school movie screenings in honor of Women’s History Month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. every Friday during the month of March. Contact the library at 873-3097 for a list of all PG-rated films. Sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library.


Two-day rummage sale at St. John’s

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Keokea will have its annual rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and March 14 in the church parish hall.

Sale items include clothing, small appliances, household items and toys at reasonable prices. Also for purchase will be many homemade baked goods, coffee and tea. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags.

Clearance prices will be in effect from 1 to 3 p.m. March 14.

Proceeds will help the 120-year-old church continue its programs and maintenance.

A playground will be open for children (supervision not provided).

To donate items for the sale (pickup may be arranged), call 878-1485 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The church is located at 8992 Kula Highway.


Adult instructor training at UH-MC

Free disaster preparedness adult instructor training will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 and 17 at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Maui Youth Preparedness Training adult participants will learn the basic skills needed to train youth, ages 12-18.

For more information, contact MyPI Hawaii coordinator Nancy Ooki at 244-3242, ext. 225 or ooki@hawaii.edu.


Six-week youth program to begin

The Ka’ehu Youth Enhancement and Mentorship Program is open for new applicants interested in participating in the next six-week program starting April 6 through May 16.

The program will run from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in Paukukalo and Waiehu.

In a previous program students gathered at Kaehu Bay and learned about conservation, stewardship, and professional opportunities available to them on Maui.

There was also water testing, marine biology, lauhala and learning about health and wellness.

Funded by the Administration for Native Americans, Ka’ehu is a nonprofit organization with the goal to restore the land and perpetuate traditional Hawaiian culture by using a community-based, inclusive, and family-oriented approach, a news release said.

For more information regarding the program, call 269-6532 or email jayme@kaehu.org.


Chopin’s love stories theme of recital

Internationally acclaimed pianist Damira Feldman will perform the most celebrated musical jewels written by Frederic Chopin at 7 p.m. March 14 at Wailuku Union Church.

The program is titled “Two Love Stories of Frederic Chopin.”

The concert is a collaboration of Wailuku Union Church with DFMusicMaui piano studio.

Suggested donation is $20. Free admission for children. The church is located at 327 S. High St., Wailuku.

For more information, contact the music director at Wailuku Union Church at (305) 588-0083 or DFmusicmaui@gmail.com.


Art class for keiki and teens in Kihei

Children and teenagers who love art, nature and animals are invited to join an ongoing art class with long-time artist, Barbara Steinberg.

The class meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Maui Bridge Club, 131 S. Kihei Road, Kihei.

The cost is $10 weekly plus art supplies from a provided list.

For more information, call Steinberg at 269-6845.


Guest speaker at Rotary meeting

Debbie Cabebe, CEO of Maui Economic Opportunity, will be guest speaker at the noon Wednesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue.

MEO is a nonprofit community action agency committed to helping low income individuals and families become stable and achieve economic security.

Lunch is $15; the public is invited.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


HMSA offers health education workshop

A workshop titled “Preventive Care: An Introduction to Health Screenings and Proper Self-Care Practices” will be presented from 10 to 11 a.m. March 14 at the HMSA Center in Kahului.

Topics covered include screenings for women and men.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. To RSVP, call 1 (855) 329-5461 toll free, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HMSA Center is located in the Puunene Shopping Center, 70 Hookele St., Suite 1220.


‘Being Mortal’ will screen at Kaunoa

Hospice Maui invites the community to a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary “Being Mortal — Medicine and What Matters in the End” from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville.

Based on the bestselling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, the film explores the hopes of patient and families facing life-limiting illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members.

Professionals will be available for Q and A following the screening.

For more information, contact Joyce Lechuga at 244-5555 or jlechuga@hospicemaui.org This is an event of Hospice Maui and Kaunoa Senior Services.


Guests to speak about youth camp

Derek and Julie Smith from Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui will be guest speakers 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.

Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui is designated for children ages 7 to 17 with a parent or parents who are currently or have been incarcerated. It serves children of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

The Smiths are the owners of Pool Pro, Inc. They both serve as the head chaplains at Maui Community Correctional Center.

Lunch costs $20; the public is invited.


Shopping event to benefit MHS

J. McLaughlin at The Shops at Wailea will hold a charity shopping event in partnership with Maui Humane Society from 2 to 4 p.m. March 14. Fifteen percent of proceeds from sales during those hours will benefit the Maui Humane Society.

J. McLaughlin sells resort clothing for men, women, and children.


Rummage sale today at Paia mission

Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission will have a discounted rummage sale fundraiser from 8 to 11 a.m. today at 253 Hana Highway, across from Paia Community Center. Items will include furniture, tools, plants and toys.


Senior club plans rummage sale

The Ehiku Seniors Club in Kihei will present its semi-annual arts and crafts/bake/rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14. The sale will be held in the Community Room of Hale Mahalou Ehiku, 56 Ehiku St. in Kihei. There will be an array of items to browse and buy, including local crafts and snacks.

The Ehiku Seniors Club is a social and resource center for kupuna. A nonprofit organization, its provides information and resources, as well as planning low-cost social and cultural outings for kupuna.

The club is also accepting donations of items for sale.

For more information, contact Club President Judith McGowan at (808) 879-6978.


MEO gala to honor Michael Victorino

The theme for Maui Economic Opportunity’s annual gala is “. . . Do What is Right.” The event, honoring Maui Mayor Michael Victorino, will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 14 at King Kamehameha Golf Club. Entertainment will be provided by Nevah Too Late. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite ’60s wear.

For more information, including sponsorships, contact Jennifer McGurn at 249-2990 or Jennifer.mcgurn@meo.org.


Scholarships for LHS seniors, alumni

Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Scholarship Committee announced that a total of $45,000 in scholarships are available to Lahainaluna High School seniors and alumni for the 2020-21 school year.

Scholarship amounts of $2,000 and $2,500 and will be awarded to qualifying seniors who will graduate from Lahainaluna High School in 2020.

Eligibility requirements include being accepted into an accredited two- or four-year college, or university, as well as writing an essay.

Additionally, full-time students currently enrolled in college or university in 2020 will be eligible for similar awards of amounts between $2,000 and $5,000. These students must be alumni of Lahainaluna High School.

Deadline for completed applications is midnight, March 15. Applications may be downloaded at LahainaRestoration.org/guidelines. For more information, call the LRF office at (808) 661-3262 or email info@lahainarestoration.org.


Rummage sale at Po’okela Church

Po’okela Church will present its Spring Tent Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 at 200 Olinda Road, Makawao.


Board governance training at MEO

The Maui Non Profit Directors Association will offer a “bite-sized” version of the Nonprofit Board Leadership Institute at 9 a.m. Thursday at Maui Economic Opportunity, 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku.

This two-and-a-half hour session will cover best practices in board governance, key responsibilities all board members should know as well as other helpful tips and resources.

The event is geared towards those looking to serve on a board, are new to board service or seeking to learn about board governance.

Tickets are $20 for MNPDA and Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations members and $30 for nonmembers. Breakfast is included. For more information, visit www.mauinonprofit.org.


Car wash at Ohana Fuels to help BBBS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui will be the beneficiary of a car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Ohana Fuels, 85 S. Wakea Ave. in Kahului. The cost is $10. Proceeds will support the organization’s one-to-one mentorship programs.

BBBS of Maui is also the beneficiary of Ohana Fuels’ “Fuel Up. Do Good” program until the end of March. When motorists fill their gas tank at any Ohana Fuels location, a portion of each gallon sold will help fuel the potential of Maui’s youth.


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