Local Briefs

Club hosts Meals on Wheels director

Lori Lau will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea’s virtual meeting at noon on Wednesday.

Lau has been the director of Lanakila Meals on Wheels since 2016. She previously worked for other nonprofits, including Goodwill Industries of Hawaii and the YMCA.

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

For more information, contact Allan Weiland at aw3200@gmail.com.


‘Hawaiian Soul’ to screen in Makena

A free community screening of “Hawaiian Soul” will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Makena Beach & Golf Club’s oceanfront lawn adjacent to Maluaka Beach.

Created by filmmakers ‘Aina Paikai and Kaliko Ma’i’i, “Hawaiian Soul” is a narrative short film based on the true story of Hawaiian hero, musician and activist George Jarrett Helm Jr.

The film chronicles Helm’s actions to gain the support of community elders to aid in the fight to protect the island of Kahoolawe from military bombing.

Following the screening, Paikai will answer questions about the film. The event will be limited to the first 50 Maui residents who register. Masks will be required.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/163277153361.


Nonprofits join for car wash fundraiser

Maui AIDS Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Maui will host a car wash fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday in the Habitat for Humanity Maui ReStore parking lot.

Funds raised will benefit both nonprofits and their programs.

Organizers will take proper precautions to ensure the safety of all participants. Guests should wear masks and observe social distancing protocols.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 1162 Lower Main St. in Wailuku.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on-site or in in advance at www.mauiaids.org.


MEO’s Yamashita one of ’40 Under 40′

Maui Economic Opportunity Director of Community Services Cassi Yamashita has been selected as one of Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40: Class of 2021.

Yamashita, 36, runs the largest department by programs in one of Maui County’s largest nonprofit organizations with more than 225 employees. The programs under her management offer assistance for basic necessities, including housing (rental/mortgage) and utilities, employment and other services to low-income residents, recently released inmates, persons with disabilities, immigrants and seniors. The programs also provide assistance and social activities for seniors, training in first aid/CPR for the hearing impaired, translation and other necessary services for the Hispanic community and training and subsidies for immigrant farm workers.

Yamashita joined MEO in 2011 as a youth program specialist and rose through the ranks, becoming director of Youth Services in 2015, assistant director of Community Services in 2017 and director of Community Services in 2019.

To view a showcase of the 40 Under 40 winners for 2021, visit www.bizjournals .com/pacific/news/2021/07/01/40-under-4-honorees-2021.html.


Foundation offers free trial membership

Pacific Whale Foundation will offer a free trial of its new membership program from July 19 to 26.

The “Member for a Week” promotion will introduce the nonprofit’s reimagined approach to membership that encourages active participation in its marine conservation efforts. It will include a Talk Story webinar with Pacific Whale Foundation Conservation Coordinator Shelby Serra on July 22.

After the weeklong promotion, participants can choose from 10 different membership packages. The new membership experience includes exclusive access to virtual and live classes, workshops, member-only events and priority registration for Talk Story webinars with foundation experts. Members also receive regular updates on research, education and conservation efforts, a subscription to the foundation’s membership portal, merchandise and priority boarding on PacWhale Eco-Adventures vessels.

For more information about memberships or to become a member for a week, visit www. PacificWhale.org/member


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