Local Briefs

Second talk set on medical cannabis

A second presentation about managing pain with medical cannabis has been added and will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului.

The “brunch and learn” session features Michael Backes, author of “Cannabis Pharmacy” and member of the Maui Grown Therapies Science & Medical Advisory Board. He will share the latest research on cannabinoids and pain management, along with how cannabis is helping patients wean off of prescription opiates.

For tickets see, www.cannabisbrunchandlearn.eventbrite.com. Fee is $20 and includes a hot breakfast and class materials. The initial presentation scheduled for Saturday afternoon is sold out.


Smart driver class offered in Kahului

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Roselani Place in Kahului. 

The classroom course is designed for drivers age 50 and older, but all adults are welcome. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate. The $20 fee payable in 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 three-year discounts to those who complete the class, a news release said.

Preregistration is requested. To register, call Kaunoa Senior Services at 270-7308.


Author will sign copies of new book

Surfer, cook and writer Jim Kempton, a former editor and publisher of Surfing Magazine, will sign copies of his new book Friday and Saturday. 

Kempton will be talking story and signing his book “First We Surf Then We Eat” from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Then on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lahaina Public Library. 

The book includes travel photography and recipes from the greatest surfing locations around the world, a news release said. 

Kempton attended Maunaolu College in Makawao and played college volleyball. Some Maui restaurants are featured in the book.