Local Briefs

Financial literacy series for teenagers

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center will begin its next Teen Financial Literacy Workshop series from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. All classes will be held online via the Zoom platform.

Classes will continue on Wednesdays through July 22. There is no cost for the workshop.

Teens will learn about budgeting and creating savings goals, basic banking, how to apply and interview for a job, and credit.

To register, contact at MEO Business Development Center at (808) 243-4347 or lianne.perosbusch@meoinc.org.

Funding from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development helps make the Teen Financial Literacy Workshop possible.


Fuel program, car wash help nonprofit

Malama Maui Nui has been chosen as the third quarter beneficiary of Ohana Fuels’ ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ program. Through this program, Ohana Fuels partners with and donates to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the local community.

From Wednesday through Sept. 30, a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline purchased at Ohana Fuels locations on Maui will be donated to Malama Maui Nui.

Malama Maui Nui will also have ocean-friendly car wash fundraisers from 8 a.m. to noon July 11 and Aug. 8 at the Minit Stop/Ohana Fuels location at 85 S. Wakea Ave. in Kahului.

The car washes will feature techniques that use fewer pollutants and prevent toxins from running into storm drains. There is a $10 donation per car to support Malama Maui Nui.


Mission cancels Obon festivities

The administrative board of the Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission has canceled its July 10 and 11 Obon festivities due to ongoing public health and safety concerns and current event restrictions and guidelines.

The temple is working on alternate arrangements for a virtual Obon service or small, private Hatsubon service on July 11.


Scholar athletes receive honor

Six students from Maui County were among 28 scholarship recipients from across the Hawaiian Islands to be honored with scholarships from the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. They are: Elena Borge, Aniston Eyre, Nalu Ho, Kobe Lilio, Ian Martins and Logan Spencer.

While the live festivities had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ODKF still granted nearly $55,000 in scholarships and launched “Duke’s Night Online” to coincide with high school graduation season and to provide a lasting memory for the young scholar athletes.

Scholarship applications for the 2021-22 school year will open at www.dukefoundation.org in September.


Virtual slack key concert on Sunday

Some of Hawaii’s best slack key guitar players will perform selections of melodious Hawaiian music during the 29th annual Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday via the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival pages on Facebook or YouTube.

The event this year is dedicated to the memory of Willie K — a multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning artist who died May 18.

Musicians performing in the festival this year include Tavana, Dwight Kanae, Kamuela Kahoano, George Kuo, Bobby Moderow, Nani & Danny, Stephen Inglis, and Ian O’Sullivan (artist list subject to change).

Ki Ho’alu, translating literally from the Hawaiian as “loosen the key,” indicating the tuning in slack key guitar technique, is a musical tradition dating back to 19th century paniolo who played around the campfire after completing a day of ranch work.

Slack key has become known as one of the world’s great acoustic guitar methods, especially since the Grammy Awards recognized Hawaiian music as a category all its own.


Kihei resident awarded scholarship

Heather Osterstock of Kihei was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Digital Federal Credit Union. She plans to attend University of Washington.

This year, DCU for Kids, the credit union’s charitable foundation, distributed 90 scholarships totaling $165,000 to graduating high school seniors judged most likely to excel at a college or university. Funds were distributed through DCU for Kids.

Recipients were chosen by an impartial panel of college educators who based their decisions on scholastic achievement, community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, recommendation letters, as well as an essay submitted by the student.


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