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Japanese language school registration

Wailuku Hongwanji Japanese Language School registration forms are available during business hours, 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, at the Wailuku Hongwanji temple office, 1828 Vineyard St., Wailuku.

Registration may be done at the office or by mail before June 15. There will be a registration session from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the temple office.

Classes will begin Aug. 4. Tuition is $80 per month. Classes are 30 minutes per day. Each class has an average of eight to 10 students. There are special classes for 3rd to 8th grade students, who will be enrolling in the Japanese language program for the first time.

The instructors will teach reading, writing, speaking and Japanese culture. There will also be cultural day programs during the school year and a year-end entertainment program. The school will present awards to students in May.

To ensure the safety of the all students attending, campus monitors will be provided.

For more information, contact the Rev. Shinkai Murakami, principal, by phone at 244-0406 or email at shinkai528@gmail.com.


Nontoxic gardening topic of presentation

More people are taking up gardening and doing their own yard care during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many people have also been using toxic herbicides and chemicals when weeds and pests appear that can harm fish, birds and coral.

Growing produce and landscaping are ways to save money, engage in exercise and get outdoors, but the assistant chief engineer and landscaping manager at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa plans to guide those in doing so in an environmentally-friendly way at 3:30 p.m. Thursday via Zoom.

Landscape and gardening expert Duane Sparkman will host the free presentation from his yard to demonstrate nontoxic gardening and landscaping practices, as well as share tips on how to save money, and keep family and pets safer. The guest emcee is Darla Palmer-Ellingson, local radio show host and owner of 360 Social Business.

This presentation is part of the “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series.” To make a reservation, visit bit.ly/MauiGardeningWebinar.


Keiki art kit pickup today

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center will host a drive-thru pickup from 2 to 6 p.m. today for free art project kits for students who participate in the organization’s Na Keiki No’eau After School Art Program at Makawao, Pukalani, and Paia Elementary schools.

Na Keiki No’eau is a visual arts education program that sends Hui teaching artists off-site and into A-Plus After School programs in Maui County.

“Hui No’eau is thrilled to be able to distribute art kits for the children who participate in our after school programs. Having positive activities and opportunities for joyful self-expression are so important right now. We hope these kits are able to bring some happiness and creativity into Maui homes,” said program Director Lana Coryell.

Kits will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis with one kit per participating child. Kits are designed for youths ages 5 and older with adult supervision. Each art project kit contains basic supplies and instructions to follow.

Families picking up kits should use Hui No’eau’s lower entrance at 38 Kaluanui Road. Kits for distribution include projects such as “Mosaic Fishing,” “Kinetic Crab” and “Clay Pendant.”


Transair hosts food bank drive

Transair is conducting a food drive for the Maui Food Bank through Tuesday.

Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Transair office located at the Maui Air Cargo terminal.

Transair is an air cargo carrier providing service to all islands.


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