Local Briefs

Malassada demo and sale at park

The Portuguese Association of Maui will have its annual malassada-making demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Hoaloha Park in Kahului.

Portuguese immigrants brought the custom of making malassadas on Shrove Tuesday to Hawaii. It was a way to use their eggs, sugar, cream and oil the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. These special doughnuts quickly became popular with other ethnic groups.

As part of the Sunday demonstration, free malassada samples will be given away. Malassadas also will be sold six for $5. Additionally, the association’s signature bean soup will be sold at $10 per quart.

All proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund. Orders for both soup and malassadas are being accepted by calling 243-0065.

The demonstration is funded in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts as a means of preserving this Portuguese cultural tradition.


Fundraiser to assist Rotary Club of Kihei

The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea will hold its annual fundraiser Saturday at Mulligans on the Blue.

A silent auction opens at 5 p.m. A buffet dinner begins at 6, and Elvis impersonator Darren Lee and his band performs at 7.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at www.mauirotary.org.

Donations to the auction, as well as sponsorships, can be made by contacting Karin Carlson at 283-8147 or KarinOnMaui@gmail.com; or Janet Walker at (530) 409-0192 or BJPWalker@comcast.net.

Event proceeds will fund club service projects, which include rescue tube installations and maintenance on South Maui beaches and college scholarships.


Women Who Care to present at Akaku

100+ Women Who Care Maui founder and Director Chelsea Hill will give a presentation at the next installment of the Akaku Upstairs Salon Series from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.

Hill will share several stories of hope and success since her group began serving Maui County nonprofits and charities.

To RSVP, call 871-5554.


Outdoor movie night Sunday in Lahaina

An outdoor movie night will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lahaina Jodo Mission.

The movie “School of Rock” will be shown at 7 p.m.

This free event will include live musical performances, a silent auction, prizes and food for sale. It is a benefit for Maui Music Mission. Its advanced students are headed to a major competition.


Smart Driver Class offered Tuesday

AARP’s Smart Driver Class will be offered from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville.

It is designed for drivers 50 and older, but all adults are welcome. Emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes.

The $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with proof of membership.

Some insurance carriers offer discounts to motorists who’ve completed the class.

Preregistration is required; call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.


Literacy theme of Second Friday event

Literacy will be the featured theme at Lahaina’s next Second Friday event, beginning at 5 p.m. at Campbell Park.

Maui Writers Ink authors will be joined by several other authors at the expanded local authors table. They will present readings from their books on stage.

There will be book signings as well.


Medical cannabis is topic of presentation

The Cerebral Cafe, a group of about 50 “mostly gray-haired people,” will host a presentation on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Medical Cannabis . . . But Were Afraid to Ask,” beginning at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Club in Kahului.

Speaking will be Teri Freitas-Gorman of Maui Grown Therapies, which sells medical cannabis products on Maui.

The event will run until 1 p.m.; lunch is $25.


New whale exhibit is presentation’s focus

Maui Ocean Center officials will give a presentation about the center’s new humpback whale exhibit during the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce membership dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Seascape Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea.

Cost is $40 for members; $45 for nonmembers.

The center’s general manager, Tapani Vuori, and exhibit designer Chris Masterson will conduct the presentation.

RSVP and pay in advance at www.mnhcoc.org or call Shirley Blackburn at 757-3045 to pay via phone prior to the Sunday deadline. Payments will not be accepted at the door.


Fundraiser set for Puerto Rico relief

The Maui Puerto Rican Association will hold a health fair and rummage sale for its Puerto Rico Relief fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Hall in Paia.

The health fair includes various local professional medical companies, organizations and facilities. It will run until noon.

The rummage sale includes household goods, tools and clothing. It runs “until done,” according to organizers.

Proceeds go to the people of Puerto Rico who are still reeling from last year’s Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster on record in the island’s history.

Financial donations may be submitted at mauipuertoricanassociation.org or mailed to or dropped off at Heritage Hall, Suite 201, 401 Baldwin Ave., Paia 96779, or call 243-0065.

For more event information, call B.J. Uwekoolani at 264-7770.


Spiritual workshop, talk by authors set

Gary Zukav, an American spiritual teacher and author, will appear with co-author Linda Francis for a talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Makawao Union Church.

They also will appear at a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Maui Yoga Shala in Paia.

The two collaborated on “The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness,” a New York Times best-seller, along with the book “The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice.”

Food will be available for purchase at each event.

For tickets and more information, see maui-yoga.com or call 633-2770.


Cooking demo scheduled Friday

A Blue Zones Project cooking demonstration will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center’s Center Court.

This month’s demonstration features Maui Tempeh, purveyors of fresh azuki bean tempeh made in Wailuku. Chef and owner Jaime Tourin will demonstrate how to prepare three dishes. Recipe cards and free samples will be available while supplies last.

The event is part of a monthly series held on the second Friday of each month.