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Christmas activities planned in Makawao

Christmas in Makawao will be celebrated Saturday with a variety of activities throughout town:

Santa will be at Makawao Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. giving out books. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available at Fleur De Lei/Droplets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free face-painting next to Komoda Bakery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A “Keiki Art Zone” will be set up at Cultural Creations Maui from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and free pony rides will be staged next to Designing Women from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Financial reality for high school seniors

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union will be hosting two Financial Reality Fairs at Maui High School in conjunction with the credit union’s commitment to strengthening the financial wellness of Hawaii students and communities. An estimated 450 students from the school’s senior class will be participating in the two-day, multisession program scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The event will be taking place in the school’s Izumi “Shine” Matsui Athletic Complex. Maui High School also maintains a partnership with HawaiiUSA as a site for one of the Credit Union’s Student-Operated Credit Unions.

The Financial Reality Fair will provide students with a “hands-on” budgeting experience to gain practical knowledge about personal financial management in an environment focused on emulating “real world” experiences and decisions.

“The Financial Reality Fair is great opportunity to encourage students to think wisely about some of the financial choices they’ll be running, as well as helping them become better prepared to be financially independent,” said Sylvia Ho, senior business development officer.

“We are excited to welcome this event to our campus, said Scott Tresidder, Maui High college and career counselor. “Personal finance education for our students is crucial in helping them prepare for life after high school. This is a great initiative on behalf of HawaiiUSA FCU that truly benefits the larger community. We are always excited to collaborate with our community partners to broaden learning opportunities for every Saber.”

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Lokahi Day collects gifts

Maui Neon and Sign Co. will host its 12th annual Lokahi Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Meadowlands Community Park on Kauhaa Street in Kihei.

The event will benefit two nonprofit organizations, Na Hoaloha and Friends of the Children Justice Center, with attendees’ contribution of unwrapped gifts for kupuna or teens, gift cards for grocery, pharmacy, department stores or entertainment. Nonperishable food items are also welcome.

This free event is for the family and features live music, keiki crafts, face-painting, food, bouncy castle, games and a special appearance by Da Maui Sleigh. Attendees are advised to bring their own chairs, blankets and stay the day with friends and family.

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Smart driver course in Kihei

AARP’s Smart Driver Course will be offered from noon to 4:15 p.m. Saturday at the South Maui Adult Day Care Center in Kihei. The four-hour classroom course is designed for drivers ages 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 (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.

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

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The danger of new GMOs topic of talk

“The New GMOs Are Far More Dangerous,” a presentation by Jeffrey Smith, will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at Makawao Union Church.

Smith is an author, filmmaker and founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. He will share new information, which six of six previous audiences rated as more threatening to the planet’s survival than climate change, according to an announcement.

Makawao Union Church is at 1445 Baldwin Ave.

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Storytellers will visit library

Kahului Public Library will present a “Winter Wonderland” program of stories and songs with Peter and Melinda Wing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. This program is recommended for ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Afterward, keiki can decorate a goody bag in anticipation of a visit from a gift-giving guest.

This program is sponsored through the support of the Maui Friends of the Library.