Local Briefs

Rotary club speaker discusses Alzheimer’s

The Rotary Club of Kahului will host Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter Regional Coordinator Christine “Spence” Spencer at its weekly meeting on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday.

Spencer is the regional coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter for Maui County, which serves residents on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. She will cover the 10 warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease and share information about local resources and how patients can talk to their doctor.

For more information or to sign up for the meeting, contact Della Nakamoto at 264-1213 or dnakamoto@atlasinsurance.com.


Online auction to fund scholarships

In place of its annual Baldwin Block Party, Baldwin High School will hold an online silent auction beginning at 8 a.m. Monday and ending at 8 p.m. Friday.

Biddable items include a ti leaf table runner and napkin set by local artist Phil Sabado, a recording practice session at Gig’s Place Maui and original artwork by local artist David Sandell.

All money raised will go toward scholarships for Baldwin High School’s Class of 2021.

To place a bid, visit www.32auctions.com/bhssilentauction2021.


Food drive underway at Azeka Center

Azeka Shopping Center is supporting the Maui Food Bank in its mission to feed Maui County residents with a canned food drive running now through Friday.

Bins to deposit canned and dry goods will be located inside Ace Hardware, AA Oceanfront, B&B Scuba, Island Art Party and the Azeka Management Office.

Cash donations and gift cards will also be accepted at the Azeka Management Office located at Azeka Makai above B&B Scuba.


Appointments open for recycling event

Malama Maui Nui will hold its monthly, appointment-required Go Green Recycling event for West Maui residents from 9 a.m. to noon on April 17 in the parking lot behind the Lahaina District Court at at 1870 Honoapiilani Highway.

The free event allows residents to responsibly dispose of bulky items like air conditioners, batteries (lead acid only), bicycles, washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, tires (suggested $10 donation per tire), water heaters, scrap metal and electronics (TVs, printers, computers, monitors and associated cords only).

To request an appointment, complete an appointment request form at www.MalamaMauiNui.org/GoGreen.


Artist-In-Residence program set for April

Maui Hands will host its Artist-In-Residence program throughout the month of April at locations in Kaanapali, Lahaina, Makawao and Paia.

The ongoing program provides opportunities for art aficionados to meet artists represented by Maui Hands and observe their artistic processes.

Artists include Ariel Quiroz (oil painting), Steve Rinaldi (oil painting), Ron Smith (acrylic painting and engraving) and Amanda Scott (oil painting).

To learn more or for a list of dates, times and locations, visit www.mauihands.com.


Suicide prevention training offered

Mental Health America of Hawaii is hosting a free suicide prevention training for Maui County residents from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday.

This foundational training is appropriate for those who are looking for an introduction to the topic.

Participants will learn core principles, local data, risk and protective factors, warning signs, best practices for connecting with someone who may be having thoughts of suicide, safe messaging and community resources.

The training will also help to create common knowledge and language around suicide prevention for any adult audience and is meant to be a springboard to more advanced training.

Registration is capped at 30 and participants should be prepared to have their cameras on.

To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRK5F2F.


Friends of Haleakala scholarships available

The Friends of Haleakala National Park is now accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be Hawaii residents either continuing a college program in 2021-22 or graduating from high school this spring and admitted into an accredited college or university this fall. In addition, successful applicants must either be studying or plan to study a field related to the biology, ecology and/or conservation of the Haleakala National Park ecosystem.

The two $1,000 scholarships honor the lives and work of former Haleakala National Park Superintendent Don Reeser and Friends of Haleakala National Park co-founder Mary Evanson.

The application deadline is April 22.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.fhnp.org.


Math competition winners announced

The Maui Chapter of the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers recently announced the five winners of the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Invitational held on Feb. 25.

They include Aaron Omuro from Maui Waena Intermediate School, first place; Seabury Hall students Kalai Romanchak, second place, Colin Rosenthal, third place, and Catherine Hampe, fourth place; and Kip Watanabe from Iao School, fifth place.

All five will advance to represent Maui at the state competition, which will be held virtually on March 25.

A total of seven schools participated this year in the local chapter competition: Emmanuel Lutheran School, Haleakala Waldorf School, Iao School, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maui Waena Intermediate School, Saint Anthony Junior/Senior High School and Seabury Hall.

The MATHCOUNTS program provides nationwide math enrichment programs designed to improve math skills among intermediate school students and at the same time show students that math is fun.


Molokai teachers receive tech kits

The Honolulu Board of Realtors recently delivered technology kits to 10 educators at Molokai Middle and High Schools as a part of its Tech for Teachers program.

In total, the 6,500-member association raised more than $46,000 to provide 217 educators at more than 60 different schools on Oahu and Molokai with technology kits.

The kits include computer monitors, wireless headphones, document cameras and various other tech tools to support teachers and facilitate distance learning for students.


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