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UH-MC launches free ag program

The University of Hawaii Maui College is offering a free eight-week agricultural technician training program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting Monday through July 30.

Classes will be held on campus and online.

Students will learn the fundamentals of propagation, fertilization, irrigation, sensors, remote monitoring and data analysis through applied, hands-on learning. They will also be dually enrolled in a four-credit Hawaiian food plants course.

Tuition sponsorships for unemployed and underemployed Maui residents will be sponsored by Hana Career Pathways, a new statewide program offering short-term trainings that lead to industry credentials.

Students will also be offered wraparound services, such as college and career advising, referrals to support services, paid internships and employment opportunities.

For more information or to apply, visit uhcc.hawaii.edu /reimagine.

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Rotary club to host self-defense instructor

The Rotary Club of Kahului will host Tasha Ina Church of ElleLiveAction as its guest speaker during its virtual meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday.

Church is a martial arts practitioner and self-defense instructor. She is the only certified instructor on Maui who teaches Empowerment Self-Defense, an evidence-based curriculum designed by women for women and other vulnerable communities. It provides individuals with the tools they need to interrupt violence when it is happening and to act if needed.

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

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Rotary club to host C-SPAN representative

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea will host C-SPAN marketing representative Jenae Green as its guest speaker during its virtual meeting at noon on Wednesday.

The Zoom meeting ID is 829 1334 8817; the passcode is 081120.

The Zoom room will open at 11:30 a.m. for fellowship.

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

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Festa Portuguesa Maui set for June 13

The Portuguese Association of Maui will hold its Festa Portuguesa Maui festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 13 at Heritage Hall in Paia.

Admission is free and the public is invited.

There will be Portuguese artifacts on display, culinary demonstrations, a free genealogy workshop, bread-baking and malassada-making, food samples and Portuguese products for sale. Angela Costa Simoes, president of the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, will also be in attendance.

Vendor tables are still available at $35 each.

This year’s event is funded in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii State Legislature.

For more information, call 244-0065.

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Takitani Foundation awards 10 students

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Inc. has awarded scholarships to 10 high school seniors from Maui, Molokai and Lanai as part of its annual Legacy Scholarship Program.

Baldwin High School senior Donna Kim was selected as the Maui district finalist, winning a $5,000 scholarship. Kim will attend Brigham Young University in the fall.

Nine other Maui County seniors received $3,000 scholarship awards. The nine recipients were Shayden Hoopai-Waikoloa of Hana High School, Cole Uyehara of King Kekaulike High School, Cael Yasutake of Lahainaluna High School, Kaitlyn Purdy of Lanai High School, Jadynne Zane of Maui High School, Reese Raguindin of Molokai High School, Joshua Worth of Kamehameha Schools Maui, Keeana Villamar of Maui Preparatory School and Kristel Layugan of Seabury Hall.

The students were among 61 recipients statewide who received scholarships based on academic achievement, community service and financial need.

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Maui student wins Dr. King Award

Adiatu Rieth, a ninth grader at Sacred Hearts School, recently received the Maui County grand prize in the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Awards.

Her winning poem, titled “Peace,” was selected from a field of more than 350 entries.

Sponsored by the Maui-based International Peace Poem Project, the annual poetry competition honors King, the civil rights leader who promoted nonviolent means to achieve social justice and equality.

Rieth received a commemorative painting of King and a certificate from Gov. David Ige.

Mia Brock, a fifth grader at Maui Preparatory Academy, was the contest’s grand finalist. Nancy Buchman from Montessori School of Maui was recognized as the Dr. King Teacher of the Year. Thirteen Maui County students also participated as Golden Circle winners and received certificates from Ige.

The winners recited their poems in a video, which is viewable at https://vimeo.com/peacepoem/maui2021.

For more information about the International Peace Poem Project, visit peacepoem.org.

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