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Gentle Thunder to speak at meeting

Native American Heritage Month will be celebrated during the American Association of University Women’s meeting Nov. 21 via Zoom.

The social half-hour will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 10:30 and the speaker, Gentle Thunder.

November has been designated as the month to honor the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of the original inhabitants of the United States.

Thunder is a recording/performing artist, composer, producer and teacher.

She plays the hammer dulcimer, Japanese taiko drums, piano, and the Native American flute.

She has performed in world venues and has recorded her original compositions.

Thunder’s maternal Native American Cree ancestry awakened her spiritual path, according to an announcement. She serves as medicine woman, light worker, humanitarian, and sacred water carrier. She believes that uniting water unites people, which will ultimately bring world peace.

For Zoom logon information, contact Catherine Thompson at cathyt808@gmail.com or (808) 268-1232.

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‘Five Wishes’ title of free webinar

Hospice Maui invites the community to join it for a free webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom.

Tanya Barbero and Laura Miner will discuss “Five Wishes,” a program that includes the instructions and information needed to create a valid advance directive.

For more information or to receive the link for the webinar, go to HospiceMaui.org/events.

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Fundraiser launched for Haiku playground

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise funds for the Kalakupua Playground at Giggle Hill in Haiku.

The campaign seeks to raise money for materials, wood, swings and skilled help who can aid in repairing and restoring the park.

“The playground committee from the Haiku Community Association has been a driving force to keep the playground open and in good repair and is in need of help from the community to keep it open and safe,” according to the GoFundMe page.

For more information or to donate, visit gf.me/v/c/cyds/kalakapua-playground-at-giggle-hill-repairs-fund.

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Food drive ongoing at Wailuku business

The public is invited to support a holiday community food drive organized by Yanagida Strength and Fitness in Wailuku through Dec. 19 to provide Maui Food Bank with non-perishable groceries. The goal is to collect 1,000 pounds of food.

Donations may be dropped off on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays between 7-10 a.m. and  3-7 p.m. at Yanagida Fitness & Strength, 800 Eha St., No. 9, Wailuku. As a safety precaution, a temperature check and a spray of hand sanitizer are standard procedure for entering the facility. For further information, contact Shannon Loo at 250-9622.

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St. Joseph annual craft fair canceled

Due to the pandemic, St. Joseph Church and School’s annual Christmas Craft Fair fundraiser — usually held in November — has been canceled, 

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Wreaths to honor memory of veterans

The Maui County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, the official location sponsor of the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao, has announced that the Dec. 19 National Wreaths Across America Day theme for 2020 is “Be an American Worth Fighting For.”

The goal for this year is to honor as many of the over 3,000 service members laid to rest at Maui Veterans Cemetery.

To sponsor a wreath or sign up to volunteer, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/HI0028P.

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