Local Briefs


Author Lee Cataluna will share her story

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will host acclaimed author and playwright Lee Cataluna at its September “An Afternoon with the Author” talk at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 via Zoom. Cataluna will share the backstory to her award-winning book, “Folks You Meet in Longs.” The event is free. To register, visit www.nvmc.org and click on “what’s new” or call the office at 244-6862.

Cataluna’s plays have been produced in theaters in New York, LA and Hawaii. “Folks You Meet in Longs” was named by

Honolulu Magazine as one of the “50 Essential Books About Hawaii.”

Cataluna was born and raised on Maui. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1984 and got her Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calf. in 1988. She has an Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from University of California, Riverside.


Electric bill payments subject for speaker

David Vela, manager of customer account services at Hawaiian Electric-Maui County, will be guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului via Zoom.

Vela will discuss customers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. “To help those affected by the pandemic, we’re asking impacted customers to please contact us so we can help,” said Vela in an announcement. “Service disconnections for nonpayment are being suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. There are various utility bill assistance programs available from government and nonprofits and different options to set up a payment arrangement plan.”

To sign up for the Zoom meeting, contact club President Della Nakamoto at (808) 264-1213 or dnakamoto@atlasinsurance.com.


Boy Scouts selling popcorn this month

Scouts from Maui Nui District of Aloha Council BSA are raising funds to support training activities and adventures for the packs and troops by taking orders for popcorn from now through the end of September.

Due to COVID-19, the usual sales at stores or direct to residences that the Scouts depend on each year cannot occur, and there will be minimal door-to-door order taking. Some Scouts are distributing “door hangers” with product and Scout contact information to help with this fund drive. Seventy percent of sales returns to support Scouting.

For more information, contact Ellen Loucks, 281-6293 or the Scout Office, 244-3724.


Whale foundation topic for speakers

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea is hosting speakers from the Pacific Whale Foundation at its weekly noon meeting via Zoom on Wednesday.

Pacific Whale Foundation conducts research, education and conservation programs. To attend the meeting, call Dennis Bagshaw at (530) 604-3376 or email President@RCKW.org.


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