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Local Briefs

Free lecture at research center

“Big-Sun Mercury & the Oceans of Venus,” a presentation by Guy Jette, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani UH Institute for Astronomy Advanced Research Center in Pukalani. The event is part of the ongoing Maikalani Community Lectures. Admission is free. The center is at 34 Ohia Ku St. in the Kulamalu development.

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Kahikinui council to meet Saturday

The Aha Moku o Kahikinui community council will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hale Pili, Mile Marker 24, Piilani Highway.

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Keiki can make slime at library

Kahului Public Library will host a confetti slime-making activity for children at 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Two sessions will be offered with 24 participants per session.

Participants will learn how to make new slime and be given instructions they can take to create more at home.

Registration is required by calling 873-3097. The activity is suitable for ages 5 and older.

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Chinese New Year activity at library

Lahaina Public Library will celebrate the first day of the Chinese New Year at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a lecture, a children’s book reading and crafts for keiki.

Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a lecture about the importance and significance of the Chinese Year of the Metal Rat by Busaba Yip Douglas, cultural director, Wo Hing Museum and Wo Hing Society.

At 11 a.m., local author Nansy Phleger will read her new children’s book, “Li Chou and the Dragon’s Promise.”

Librarian Alayna Davies-Smith has planned some crafts for children following the book reading.

Phleger will sign and sell her book, with 10 percent of sales donated to the library.

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Student art contest has ocean theme

Maui Ocean Center will celebrate the first anniversary of its Humpbacks of Hawai’i Exhibit & Sphere on Feb. 10. To celebrate this milestone, the aquarium will host an art contest for Maui schools with a chance to win funds to purchase new classroom supplies.

The Art of Sphere Contest is open to all Maui schools grades K-12. Participating classes are asked to create a replica of Maui Ocean Center’s new sphere and decorate it with their interpretation of the contest theme, Malama I Ke Kai (take care of the ocean). With a focus on sustainability, students are tasked with using as many eco-friendly materials as possible in constructing their art pieces.

The Maui Ocean Center will select three winning classes with prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000 to be used for school supplies. Each winning class will also receive a complimentary AquariumPLUS admission ticket to the Maui Ocean Center for its students and teacher.

Registration is open until noon on Friday. Winners will be announced Feb. 10 at noon. Submitted artwork will be on display at Maui Ocean Center until Feb. 26.

For more information, call (808) 270-7059 or email jsaribay@mauioceancenter.com.

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Story time returns to ocean center

Joanne Laird, program director for the Read Aloud America Program, will present Keiki Story Time at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Makai Theatre at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea.

This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten through 2nd grade, and will feature popular children’s picture books. There will be healthy snacks provided by Maui Ocean Center for the children.

At the conclusion of the read-aloud session, each child will be able to select a new book from the Read Aloud America library to take home. There will also be drawings for door prizes at the conclusion of the program. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance. After the story time, children will be admitted free to the park and parent/caregivers will be offered the special kaamaina price of $18.95.

Upon registration on the following link, the parent/caregiver will receive a confirmation: raamoc.eventbrite.com. For further information, contact Jordan Saribay at jsaribay@mauioceancenter.com.