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T’ai chi ch’uan classes offered

Certified t’ai chi ch’uan instructors Sifu Jan Osterneck and Sifu John Rivera will offer a 10-week beginner course from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays starting May 5 at the Kula Dojo.

T’ai chi ch’uan is known to improve concentration, strengthen the mind-body connection and enhance health and well-being.

Tuition is $150 for the 10 classes.

To register, contact John at 264-1600, Jan at 280-6437 or email tcmmaui@yahoo.com.

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Maui United Way receives $15K

Enterprise Holdings recently presented Maui United Way with a contribution of $15,454.50 for the 2020-21 Live United Campaign.

The annual campaign raises funds to support Maui United Way’s 39 health and human service partner agencies.

“We are so grateful for the support that Enterprise Holdings has continued to contribute to Maui United Way over the years,” said Maui United Way President and CPO Nicholas Winfrey. “Their pledges have helped numerous families get back on their feet and provide the hand up to so many that have needed it this past year.”

To make a contribution, visit www.mauiunitedway.org or call 244-8787.

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Maui Job Corps collects 100 books

The Maui Job Corps Center collected and donated 100 books to Paia Elementary School this month as part of a book drive service project.

The books were purchased and donated by community members and Maui Job Corps staff.

“It was an honor to organize the book drive,” said Maui Job Corps reading instructor Deborah de Oliveira. “Giving back to the community by helping improve literacy is very much a passion of mine.”

Maui Job Corps took on the service project to highlight the importance of literacy and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Management & Training Corporation, which operates the Maui Job Corps Center.

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Sierra Club to host discussion

The Sierra Club Maui Group will host a Facebook Live discussion in celebration of Earth Month at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Topics will include the importance of Maui’s wetlands to the Hawaiian culture, clean oceans and community safety.

To participate, visit facebook .com/SierraClubMaui/live.

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Law firm offering $10K in scholarships

Wailuku-based Menzer Law Firm is offering $10,000 in scholarships to be split evenly among five Maui students who have volunteered at a local nonprofit in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

The firm will make an additional $1,000 donation to each of the nonprofits where the five scholarship recipients volunteered.

To be eligible for the scholarship award, applicants must be a high school senior or current college freshman or sophomore who will be attending a community college, college, university or trade school this fall. Applicants must also have a cumulative GPA or 3.0 or higher and must have volunteered at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The deadline to apply is May 31. For more information, email menzerlawmaui@gmail.com.

To complete an application, visit maui.menzerlawfirm.com /about-us/support-the-maui-community-scholarship.

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‘Olelo Youth Xchange to announce finalists

Finalists for ‘Olelo Community Media’s 18th Annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition will be announced during three shows on Channel 53 on April 28.

The elementary school awards will be presented at 6 p.m., followed by the middle school division at 7:30 p.m. and the high schoolers at 9 p.m. The 9 p.m. show will also include the presentation of the expert and junior expert category awards.

The finalists were selected from more than 700 submissions.

‘Olelo Youth Xchange was launched in 2003 to give students a voice to tell stories in a variety of video formats about subjects that are meaningful to them. The winning videos are selected based on subject impact and technical production. Judging panels include local news media, filmmaking professionals and subject experts.

The award winners will receive high-definition Sony digital video cameras. Since its inception, ‘Olelo Youth Xchange has awarded more than 650 video cameras to schools statewide.

The three awards shows will also be viewable online at www.facebook.com/olelocommunity, www.olelo.org/53 and through the ‘Olelo Community Media mobile app.

For more information, visit www.olelo.org/YXC.

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Virtual screening of ‘The Rogers of Samoa’

The Hawaii Council for the Humanities will host a virtual screening of the short documentary, “The Rogers of Samoa,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The film premiered at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival in 2020. It gives a glimpse into the lives of those who formed the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands.

Following the 16-minute film screening, attendees can share their ideas, questions and reactions to the film during an online community discussion.

Registration is required. To register, visit librarieshawaii.org.

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Afterschool tsunami webinar offered

Maui students and their families can learn about tsunamis and tsunami warnings during a free afterschool webinar from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday or May 5.

The interactive webinar will cover what to do and where to go in the event of a tsunami and include a question-and-answer session with tsunami scientists and emergency managers.

The webinar is designed for students in grades 2-8, but all ages can to attend.

To register for the Wednesday webinar, visit http://bit.ly/ tsunamislive1.

To register for the May 5 webinar, visit http://bit.ly/tsunamislive2.

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