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Local Briefs

Roots School open house is planned

Roots School in Haiku will be hosting an open house from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at its campus at 740 Haiku Road, near the post office.

Interested families are welcome to stop by anytime during those hours. Roots serves children from preschool to 8th grade.

There are still a limited number of spaces in the current 3rd-to-5th-grade and 6th-to-8th-grade classrooms.

Roots has small class sizes and focuses on social and emotional learning in addition to academics, according to a news release. It has a project-based curriculum and a tuition-aid program.

For more information, call 250-7988 or send email to office@rootsmaui.org.

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Fair applications, entry forms available

The 97th Maui Fair has applications for the commercial Products & Services Exhibits along with entry forms for the Hobbies and Crafts exhibit at www.MauiFair.com.

For the commercial exhibit, a completed and signed agreement, booth reservation form and payment in full are required in order to seek a booth. Space is not guaranteed until the applicant receives approval from the Products & Services Committee.

For information, send email to vendor@mauifair.com or sherri@mauifair.com.

For those wanting to exhibit their hobbies and crafts, organizers encourage online registration, which closes Sept. 30. Registration also can be done during the entry drop-off period from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the War Memorial Gym in Wailuku.

Entries can be picked up Oct. 6 from to 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Unclaimed entries will be donated to charity.

For more information send email to hobbiesandcrafts@mauifair.com, or call the Maui Fair office at 242-2721. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Bird talk today at Maui Ocean Center

A program titled “Na Manu Kai — The Birds of the Sea” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Maui Ocean Center’s Sphere.

The free event is part of the Maui Ocean Center’s Sea Talk series.

The Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project presentation will include the history, life cycle and contributions of na manu kai, or seabirds. Project officials will discuss their work, results from their research and information on how to volunteer to protect seabird habitats and monitor their population.

Participants are asked to RSVP, with party size and email address or phone number, by sending email to info@mauioceancenter.com or calling 270-7075.

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St. John’s Kula Festival is Saturday

St. John’s Kula Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church at 8992 Kula Highway.

There will be live entertainment along with homemade baked goods, fresh Kula produce and food such as Portuguese bean soup, chow fun and vegan curry.

Also for sale will be flowers, plants and gifts.

There will be crafters, a silent auction, a quilt show and children’s games.

Admission is $1, with children under 10 years free.

Proceeds from this year’s event will shared with Epic Ohana and Teens on Call. 

For more information or to donate to the silent auction call 878-1485.

The festival website is www.stjohnsmaui.org/fest.

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Public meeting set on whale strandings

The ‘Aha Moku O Kula Kai will hold a public discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday regarding the recent 10 small-whale strandings in Pulehunui Kai Ahupua’a, also known as Sugar Beach.

The discussion will be at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary at 726 S. Kihei Road.

Participants will include Native Hawaiians and others who assist with strandings. Federal and state agencies have been invited.

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Youth climate events are today and Friday

Maui youths are leading, hosting and participating in events this week as part of “Global Climate Strike.” Their events are being held before the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday. 

Today at 4 p.m., there will be a sign-making party in the University of Hawaii Maui College Student Lounge, second floor of the Pilina Building.

The signs are for a rally to be held Friday at 4 p.m. on UHMC’s Great Lawn. There will be sign-waving along Kaahumanu Avenue at 4:30 p.m., and then there will be live music, short speeches by youth climate activists and climate action-oriented opportunities by event co-sponsors. 

The event is a youth-led rally to call for climate action locally and internationally. The event is open to the public, all ages welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own homemade signs and a reusable water bottle. 

Earlier on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a group of 8th-grade students from Kihei Charter School will rally in front of the Kalana O Maui county building in Wailuku. Other youths are invited. 

On Saturday, there will be a beach cleanup coinciding with International Coastal Cleanup Day. This project begins at 9 am. in front of the Hawaiian Canoe Club site at Hoaloha Park in Kahului. It ends at 11 a.m. with a Climate Strike photo. 

The Global Climate Strike was inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist and founder of the Fridays for Future movement. 

Maui’s events are being planned by youth with the support of local and national environmental organizations. 

For more information, visit the Maui Climate Strike Facebook Event Page at www.facebook.com/events/507170573189819/.