Local Briefs

Program raises funds for ag education

Localicious Hawai’i is a month-long, statewide public awareness campaign of the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation that runs annually in the month of March. In its seventh year, the Localicious campaign promotes restaurants that use locally-sourced ingredients and raise funds for HAF’s K-12 agricultural education in Hawai’i public schools.

Customers are encouraged to visit a Localicious restaurant and order the Localicious dish in March. Each time a Localicious dish is ordered, the restaurant makes a contribution to HAF’s K-12 ag education programs.

Localicious has become Hawaii’s largest restaurant initiative with 229 participating restaurants this year. Since its launch in 2014, the campaign has raised more than $300,000 for ag education.

For more information and to see all participating restaurants, visit localicioushawaii.com.


Forest restoration trip on March 21

Auwahi Forest Restoration Project volunteers will meet at Ulupalakua Ranch Store on March 21 for an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. work excursion. Due to rough, steep terrain, hiking boots that cover the ankle are required.

Volunteers should pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. There is a limited number of four-wheel drive vehicles and limited room for volunteers. To RSVP, email volunteer@auwahi.org.


Two smart driver classes scheduled

Two AARP Smart Driver Courses are scheduled:

• 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 21 at Roselani Place in Kahului.

• 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 at Kalama Heights in Kihei.

These 4-hour classroom courses are designed for drivers age 50 years and older, but all adults are welcome to attend. 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. Some insurance carriers offer 3-year discounts to those who complete the class.

Pre-registration is requested. To register, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308.


Astronomer to speak at AARP meeting

Harriet Witt, astronomer to Wailea’s Maui Film Festival, will be guest speaker at the 9:30 a.m. Monday meeting of the Kula Chapter of AARP at Kula Community Center.

Her talk is titled, “By this time tomorrow, we will be more than a million and a half miles from where we are now, thanks to the orbiting of our planet around the sun.”

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


Uncle Wayne will appear at library

Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band will visit Wailuku Public Library at 10 a.m. Wednesday for a free one-hour program.

For more than two decades, Uncle Wayne has shared his music with the children of Hawaii. He combines his professional career in early childhood education and his extensive knowledge of child development with a love and passion for music to create a dynamic experience for children and their families.

Sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library. Small children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.


Slide show planned at Rotary meeting

Gerry Mooney, a documentary photographer, will give a slide presentation about the state of Montana at the noon meeting on Wednesday of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea at Mulligans on the Blue.

Mooney will present images of the natural wonders, people and wildlife of the state. This will be followed by a club mini-assembly to reflect, assess and plan for 2020-21.

Lunch is $15; the public is invited.

For more information, email margief1202@yahoo.com.


Coconut weaving workshop in Kahului

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host a traditional coconut weaving workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 21 at 150 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului.

Participants will weave a lei po’o (head lei), a pe’ahi (fan) and a hanging ‘umeke (basket) with cultural practitioners, U’i Kahue and Mario Siatris. The cost is $65 or $40 for current garden members.

Space is limited. Call 249-2798 for reservations. Workshop support provided by Hawaii Tourism through the Kukulu Ola Program.


Craft activity for children at library

The Kahului Public Library will offer a children’s craft activity at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Children can create and customize their own outer space themed keychains that could be used to decorate a backpack, bag or other items. All materials will be provided, while supplies last.


Art party for keiki offered on Monday

Keiki between the ages of 8-12 are invited to a keiki art party with Island Art Party at Azeka Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday. One-hour time slots are available, space-permitting, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Keiki artists will be able to participate in a contest painting to the theme of Malama Ka Honua: To Care for the Earth. Admission and all art supplies are free with a donation of canned goods to the Maui Food Bank.

Keiki are encouraged to submit a photo of their artwork, and three lucky painters will win a special prize based on creativity and overall impression.

All minors need to be accompanied by a legal guardian who is 21 years of age or older. Reservations can be made at islandartparty.com.


Hawaiian Serenaders at Kihei library

The Hawaiian Serenaders will provide local musical stylings and Irish flair at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kihei Public Library.

Mele Fong and Richard Tom, a husband and wife duo, have been entertaining on Maui since the 1990s. This free, one-hour event is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library and is suitable for adults.


Rummage sale at Nichiren Mission

Nichiren Mission at 9 Ani St. in Kahului will have a rummage sale of new and used items from 7 to 11 a.m. March 21.

For more information, call 280-8960.


Community stars selected at BHS

Baldwin High School’s 2nd annual Community Stars were named during the school’s block party Feb. 8.

The following businesses and individuals were chosen by BHS parents and staff for their continued commitment and contributions toward student success: Sgt. Terrance Gomez, School Resource Officer Nephi Laga, Kathleen Suzuki, Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, Ty and Rick Shimomura of Nagamine Photo Studio, and Baldwin High School Principal Keoni Wilhelm.


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