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Youth film festival set for May 22

Maui Huliau Foundation will host its annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival at the Imua Discovery Garden from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 22.

The outdoor event will feature 14 short environmental films made by students from multiple schools on Maui and Molokai. The films include documentaries, comedies and virtual field trips.

“We are so thrilled to finally be able to share our students’ work with the community again,” says Malia Cahill, executive director of Maui Huliau Foundation. “This year’s showing includes a selection of films from the past three school years, including some of the virtual field trips students made to various sites on Maui when we first had to pivot our program due to the pandemic. In many ways these films also demonstrate the resilience of our students and programs.”

Advance reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.mauihuliaufoundation.org/festival.

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May is Community Action Month

Mayor Michael Victorino proclaimed May as Community Action Month in Maui County on May 4, with staff from Maui Economic Opportunity attending the proclamation ceremony.

As the county’s community action agency, Maui Economic Opportunity is a member of a national network of nonprofits created by President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society to combat poverty and give low-income individuals and families skills and knowledge to achieve economic stability.

With its broad mandate, the 57-year-old agency operates an array of more than 40 programs from Head Start preschool to microloan programs for businesses unable to secure conventional loans on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

“MEO has stepped up . . . and been the beacon of hope for so many years,” Victorino said at the proclamation ceremony. The mayor also praised the staff of MEO, “who care for the people of Maui County.”

For more information about MEO and its services, contact Lee Imada at (808) 243-4306.

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Rotary speaker to discuss inclusion

Rotary District 5000 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chairperson Kecia King will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kahului’s weekly Zoom meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday.

King will talk about Rotary’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity.

For more information or to sign up for the Zoom meeting, visit www.kahuluirotary.com or contact Della Nakamoto at (808) 264-1213 or dnakamoto@atlasinsurance.com.

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Club to host forestry council member

Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program Advisory Council Member Jen Maydan will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The meeting will be held at the Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Maydan will talk about the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, a program of the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

For more information, visit www.rotarycluboflahainasunset .org.

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ to run June 3-5

Alexander Academy Performing Company will present a production of “The Sleeping Beauty” June 3-5 at Seabury Hall’s ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center.

The production will feature more than 200 student ballet dancers ages 3 to adult.

Tickets for bench seating are $25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 2-12. VIP seats are $35 for adults and $25 for kids. Discounts are available for multiple-show purchases.

To purchase tickets, visit sleepingbeauty2022.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit www.alexanderacademy.info.

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Fruit fly management course offered

The University of Hawaii Master Gardener Program will offer a free fruit fly management class at 10 a.m. on May 28 at UH-Maui College’s Community Service/Extension Program Building.

Participants will learn to identify various fruit flies, how to prevent damage and what crops and areas attract different types of flies. Participants should bring empty one- and two-liter plastic bottles to make baited traps to take home with them.

To register, call Eric DeMaria at (808) 244-3242, ext. 228 or email mauimgco@ hawaii.edu.

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