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Punana Leo o Maui preschool is accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Photo courtesy ‘Aha Punana Leo

Punana Leo o Maui enrollment open

Punana Leo o Maui preschool will operate at full capacity and accommodate up to 30 students for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, which will begin on Aug. 2 and run through June 17, 2022.

Open enrollment is now available for students ages 2 years and 8 months old through 6 years old.

The early enrollment deadline is Monday.

“We here at Punana Leo o Maui have flourished this year despite COVID-19,” said Kili Namau’u, Punana Leo o Maui site director. “We were able to modify our physical space and provide training to staff so that we could continue to offer a safe, rich and cultural educational environment for our keiki.”

New policies include, but are not limited to, physical distancing, mandatory face coverings, increased hygiene stations, handwashing and daily temperature checks for anyone entering the facility. The school also avoids using items that can’t be easily disinfected, such as plush toys, and keeps all keiki belongings in separate containers and cubbies.

Sites with more capacity have also divided keiki into cohorts of no more than 12. All in-person events have been canceled.

Punana Leo also offers online classes that include 12 modules and activities for a one-year subscription of $100.

For more information or to enroll a student, visit www.ahapunanaleo.org.


Panel to address religion and suicide

To provide perspective and help break the stigma of talking about suicide, the E Ola Hou Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force and Mental Health America of Hawaii is broadcasting a panel discussion about religion and suicide on Akaku Channel 54.

The recorded broadcast will be viewable at 6 p.m. today; 4:30 p.m. Thursday; 1 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and March 5; and 10 a.m. on March 6.

During the broadcast, local faith leaders and mental health professionals will discuss views on suicide from prevention to post-vention, how it affects a community and how to work together to help those who are struggling.


Rotary club to honor Tom Leuteneker

The Rotary Club of Wailuku will hold a celebration of life event on Zoom for one of its founding members, Tom Leuteneker, at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Leuteneker died on Dec. 15, 2020. He was a philanthropist who cared deeply for the Maui community and was known for his great sense of humor, compassion and empathy for others.

“It was an honor for our club members to serve alongside Tom Leuteneker through Rotary,” said 2020-21 Rotary Club of Wailuku President Monique Ibarra. “He leaves a legacy of humanitarian compassion and work that will continue to be a positive impact to our Maui community for many, many years to come. We miss his presence, but are so thankful for his drive to help make the community a better place to live for all.”

Guests must register in advance to attend.

To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdO-vqj0rGtXB2_tfRzJC4dB8c1RCn46Y.

Donations in Leuteneker’s name can be made to The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, 1773 Wili Pa Loop #A, Wailuku, HI 96793 or St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8992 Kula Highway, Kula, HI 96790.


Documentary to make Maui debut

As part of this year’s World Whale Film Festival, Maui filmmaker Ken Martinez Burgmaier’s award-winning documentary, “Hawaiian Spiritual Gardens — ‘Aumakua,” will make its Maui premiere at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Maui Brewing Company in Kihei.

He will also take part in a filmmaker panel discussion.

Burgmaier directed and produced the film, which features a number of cultural practitioners, including Clifford Nae’ole, Kahu Lyons Naone, Vene Chun, Fawn Helekahi, Paulo Burns, Calisto Palos and Kimokeo Kapahulehua. The film is narrated by Academy Award-nominated writer and director Joey Curtis.

The in-person, open-air event will have limited seating. Tickets sales will help raise funds for Pacific Whale Foundation Research, Education and Conservation programs.

For more information, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org/filmfestival.


Spots available for theater workshops

Maui OnStage Education and Youth Program’s Elements of Theater workshop, “Elements of Auditions,” will kick off a three-weekend series starting Saturday and continuing on March 6 and 13.

The workshop will cover how to choose the right material, how to calm the mind before an audition, proper audition etiquette and cold reading skills, among other things.

Another three-day workshop, “Elements of Choreography,” begins March 19 and will explore the basic four elements of dance (body, energy, space and time) with various exercises.

Space is still available in both workshops, but is limited to eight participants ages 16 and older. The workshops will be held in person at the Iao Theater in Wailuku. Livestream options are also available.

To register, visit www.mauionstage.com/elements-of-theater.

For more information, call 242-6969 or email mauionstage.info@gmail.com.


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