Local Briefs

Chess clubs seek members

Louis Tomsic, a Hawaii tournament director for the U.S. Chess Federation, is seeking Lanai- and Maui-based members for two online chess clubs, Team Maui and the Lanai Chess Club.

Both clubs play on chess.com. Membership is free.

Lanai Chess Club and Team Maui members face off against other Hawaii-based clubs.

“I would like to help Maui and Lanai improve in the game of chess,” Tomsic said.

“When you are a member of the Lanai Chess Club or Team Maui, you can play in free live chess tournaments, free live team matches, free vote team chess and free daily team matches.”

To join, visit chess.com, create a free account and search for Team Maui or Lanai Chess Club.


Foundation hosts feng shui webinar

The REHAB Foundation will host a live Zoom presentation with feng shui expert Peter Lung from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 16.

The cost to attend is $48 per person with a 30 percent discount for those who purchase two or more tickets.

The webinar will cover the 2021 feng shui outlook for the yin metal ox, along with other topics, including strategies to activate opportunity and an update on the 12 Chinese zodiacs.

All ticket proceeds will benefit the REHAB Foundation, which supports the REHAB Hospital of the Pacific, Hawaii’s only acute rehabilitation hospital.

For tickets and information, visit wofsusa.com.


Preschool program taking applications

The state Department of Human Services is assisting eligible families to better afford preschool for the 2021-22 school year through its Preschool Open Doors program.

The application period began Jan. 4 and is open through March 31. Funds are limited, so families are encouraged to apply early.

The program aims to assist low-income and moderate-income families with a subsidy that provides their children the opportunity to attend preschool.

To qualify for the program, children must be eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2022-23 school year. If awarded a subsidy, families can use any one of the 409 state-licensed preschools. DHS also gives priority to underserved or at-risk children. POD provides subsidies to eligible families to help pay preschool tuition.

Interested families can access the application from the department’s POD contractor, PATCH, by visiting patchhawaii.org or calling (808) 791-2130.


Civil Air commander to address Rotary club

Darryl Ng will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea’s Zoom meeting at noon on Wednesday.

Ng is the commander of the Maui County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

The Zoom meeting ID code is 829 1334 8817. The passcode is 081120.

For more information, contact club president Dennis Bagshaw at president@rckw .org.


New theater workshop series

Maui OnStage at the Historic Iao Theater is offering a new “Elements of Theater” workshop series that begins on Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 21.

The workshops are for adults and youth ages 16 and older.

The workshops will be held in person at the Iao Theater and livestreamed. Enrollment is limited.

For more information or to register, visit mauionstage.com /elements-of-theater/.


Sign project debuts in Central Maui

The Maui Nui Ahupua’a Project installed its first ahupua’a sign in the Moku ‘O Wailuku on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus on Dec. 23.

The project was created to revitalize and bring awareness to traditional Hawaiian ahupua’a names within each moku (land division) in Maui County. The first ahupua’a signage project, Kula Kai, was completed in 2019 in South Maui. Signs for the Moku ‘O Wailuku are now being installed on county roads in Wailuku and Kahului.

The Moku ‘O Wailuku sign project was supported by Maui County Council Members Tasha Kama and Alice Lee through a Kahului and Wailuku Economic Development, Environmental and Cultural Programs Fund.

“These signs will help people to reimagine what it was like to live in these ahupua’a over 100 years ago,” said Kama, who holds the Kahului residency seat. “Our hope is that through community-based programs like these we can continue to educate our local people about their history, their roots and to continue to pass on these cherished stories to future generations.”

For more information, visit mauinuiahupuaaproject.com.


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