Local Briefs

4-H Cooking Challenge registration underway

The Hawaii 4-H Cooking Challenge is now open to youth in grades 5 to 12.

Participants compete by submitting a 5- to 7-minute video that features a local commodity (plant or animal) and demonstrates the successful completion of a healthy recipe.

Youth do not need to be a current 4-H member to participate.

Entrants will participate in a county-level competition and county winners will be selected for a state competition.

The deadline to register is May 12; video submissions will be accepted until May 24. There is no cost to participate.

To register, visit http://go.hawaii.edu/AD6 or contact Nancy Ooki at ooki@hawaii.edu.


Botanical gardens receive $7K grant

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens recently received $7,000 from the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation in support of its high school and college student outdoor service learning program that focuses on Native Hawaiian seed storage and plant propagation.

The public native plant garden manages a seed bank for Maui County native plant populations, which provides conservation land managers materials for research and future restoration.

Through the service learning program, garden staff members train and supervise volunteers in preparing wild collected seeds for drying and propagating native plants from the garden’s plant collection.

Students enrolled in high school or college who are seeking volunteer experience required for graduation are encouraged to sign up for the program. Space is limited.

For more information, call (808) 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org.


Hale Kau Kau annual fundraiser underway

In lieu of an in-person event this year, Hale Kau Kau’s annual Season of Hope fundraiser is taking place virtually on the nonprofit’s website.

Now in its 30th year of operation, Hale Kau Kau has served more than 1.6 million meals to hungry and homebound residents. In its three-decade history, it has never missed a day of service.

For this year’s fundraiser, a donor will match all donations up to $75,000. Donors will be eligible to receive gift certificates and other items donated by “givers” in the local business community.

To become a donor or giver, visit www.halekaukau.org, call (808) 875-0178 or contact Mary Trotto at mtrotto@liu.edu or halekaukaufundraising@rcchawaii.org.


‘Sweets and Treats’ baskets for mom

The Kamehameha Schools Maui Class of 2023, Papa Kou, is selling Mother’s Day gift baskets as a fundraiser for Papa Kou Project Graduation.

Each “Sweets and Treats” gift basket is filled with Sugar Mamas cookies, Hawaiian Host chocolates, a custom-designed flour sack towel and other goodies mom will love.

The cost is $45 plus tax per basket.

Pickup is from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 8, at the former Pier 1 Imports store location in Maui Marketplace.

To place an order, visit https://form.jotform.com/210696111529151 or email ksmaui2023@gmail.com.


Love The Sea in the running for award

Maui-based nonprofit Love The Sea has been named a finalist for the Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards and is seeking help from the local community to win the award, which is determined by online votes.

Love The Sea is on a mission with its coalition partners to monitor and clean every oceanfront mile in Hawaii and beyond. If it wins the online contest, the nonprofit will be awarded a new, customized Land Rover Defender to assist in its beach and ocean cleanups.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by Land Rover as a finalist for these awards,” said Love The Sea Executive Director Campbell Farrell.“We want to invite the Hawaii community and anyone who cares about a plastic-free ocean to vote for Love The Sea. This is a great opportunity for us to continue making an impact on our ocean and coastal areas.”

The public can vote daily through Monday.

To view the finalist video submissions or to cast a vote, visit www.landroverusa.com/experiences/events-and-sponsorships/defender-service-awards/vote/coastal-and-marine-conservation.html.


Webinar to cover type 2 diabetes risks

AARP Hawaii is offering a free webinar to help participants recognize and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and most often develops in people over 45. Dawn Paikala of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will explain the symptoms of pre-diabetes and what people can do to prevent pre-diabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise and medication.

The free webinar is open to AARP members and nonmembers.

To register, visit aarp.org/nearyou or www.facebook.com/AARPHawaii and click on “upcoming events.”


Church rummage sale on May 8

Po’okela Church will hold its spring rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 8 outside under a tent at 200 Olinda Rd. in Makawao.

Items for sale include furniture, tools, clothing, linens, jewelry, electronics, potted plants, fresh produce and more.

Only 25 people will be allowed inside the tent at one time, and it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry requires a mask, temperature check and hand sanitizer.

For more information, call 573-0903.


Maui Small Business Week offers events

As part of 2021 National Small Business Week, Maui Small Business Week will offer three events Tuesday through Thursday that will help business owners prepare to rebuild when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and the state fully reopens.

The free events are open to all Hawaii residents and will be offered virtually with no recording or sales pitch.

“How to Put Your Health & Well-Being First, Without Feeling Guilty” will be presented from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

“How to Become a Go-To Brand, Even in an Economic Downturn” will be presented from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A forum, “The Hawaii Business Landscape Pre-, During and Post-COVID-19,” will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

All attendees must RSVP online.

For more information or to RSVP, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/maui-small-business-week-33213839713.


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