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‘Talk Story’ about Maui’s shoreline

The public is invited to a free online “Talk Story” presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council will share information about its ongoing conservation programs.

New ocean water quality monitoring data about sites in South and West Maui will also be presented by Hui O Ka Wai Ola (Association of Living Waters) staff and volunteers. Hui O Ka Wai Ola was co-founded and is co-managed by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, The Nature Conservancy and West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, working closely with the State of Hawaii Department of Health Clean Water Branch.

This online event will include time for participants to offer their ideas and suggestions on steps to improve coral reef health and ocean water quality along the shorelines of Maui County.

Door prizes will be awarded. Advance registration is required. To participate, visit bit.ly/talkstorymnmrc.

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Poster contest calls for entries

Entry forms for the 31st Lahaina Poster Contest are available at www.lahainarestoration foundation.org Entries may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Village Gallery, 120 Dickenson St., Lahaina. The contest is open to all artists residing in Maui County.

The Lahaina Poster Contest Exhibit will be held Dec. 18 through Jan. 8 at Village Gallery. The poster contest winner will be announced at the opening reception of the exhibit Dec. 18 where the $1,500 prize for best poster image and a juror’s award of $250 will be presented. Renowned local artist George Allen will serve as juror.

The contest criteria states that the poster contest entry must be a recognizable scene of Lahaina.

The Lahaina Poster, chosen annually, is the official poster for the town of Lahaina and proceeds from poster sales are used to promote Historic Lahaina Town. This year the poster contest and exhibit will be hosted by Village Galleries, Lahaina Arts Society and Lahaina Restoration Foundation. For more information, call Village Gallery at 661-4402.

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Kihei Charter adds blended learning

Kihei Charter School has announced that it is changing over from an all distance-learning mode to one incorporating blended learning in a safe process that will gradually add grades to the reopening of the school campus.

In making the announcement, Head of School Michael Stubbs said, “Although we had hoped to reopen sooner, we elected to wait and monitor the initial impact of our island reopening for tourism. Thankfully, after seeing no spike in COVID-19 cases, we decided to move forward and slowly reopen our campus for students.

“Effective November 23, we have started with children in grades K-2 for face-to-face education on campus. The following week on November 30, we will add grades 3, 4 and 5 to on-campus instruction. On December 7, the school will be adding blended learning for middle and high school students. Blended learning is a combination of face-to-face classroom instruction and on-line education.”

Stubbs added, “We have thought long and hard on how to do this, keeping the health and safety of our students in the forefront of our planning. Our goal remains doing all we can to provide the high quality education our students deserve.”

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