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Libraries to host genealogy series

The Hawaii State Public Library System will host a free virtual genealogy resources speaker series in March and April.

The first Zoom presentation, “How to Begin Finding Your Family Roots,” will be held at 10 a.m. on March 6. Participants will learn research techniques, organizational tips and basic resources to help start the search for their family history. The presentation will be conducted by Hawaiian and Young Adult Collections Librarian Kylie Flood at Nanakuli Public Library.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit librarieshawaii.org.

Schoneman to speak at Rotary meeting

The Rotary Club of Kahului will host Winton “Win” Schoneman of the Rotary Foundation as its guest speaker during its Zoom meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday.

He will speak about the Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund.

For more information or to sign up for the Zoom meeting, contact Della Nakamoto at 264-1213, dnakamoto@atlas insurance.com or visit www.kahuluirotary.com.

Shark expert to give presentation

The public is invited to learn more about local sharks during a free Zoom presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The presentation, “Shark Research in Hawaii — With an Emphasis on Maui,” will be delivered by Dr. Kim Holland, research professor at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and founder of the institute’s Shark Research Group.

Holland’s research has focused on the biology and movement patterns of large marine fishes like tuna, billfishes and sharks. He has helped develop and deploy cutting-edge tracking technologies that provide insight into the movement patterns of marine fishes.

His presentation will include a brief overview of tracking technologies with an emphasis on what has been learned about the movements of sharks around Maui Nui.

The free talk is hosted by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council as part of its “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series.” Advance reservations are required. To reserve a spot, visit http://bit.ly/SharkWebinar.

Soroptimists to host Mahi Pono speaker

Mahi Pono Community Relations Director Tiare Lawrence will be the guest speaker at the Soroptimist International of Maui’s virtual meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Lawrence will share a video farm tour and discuss what Mahi Pono is doing on Maui and its plans for the future.

To participate, email soroptimistsofmaui@gmail.com for the meeting link.

Kula rummage sale set for March 6

Kula Shofukuji Shingon Mission will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon on March 6.

Items for sale include furniture, books, bedding, dishes, clothing and more. Shoppers must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The mission is located at 119 Puanani Place in Kula.

Flower festival postponed to 2022

The 2021 Haiku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Event organizers are exploring the possibility of holding a virtual event this spring, and in the interim, are asking festival-goers to save the date for next year’s event on April 23, 2022.

For more information, email HaikuHoolaulea@gmail.com.

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