Pollard receives college scholarship
Joseph Pollard, a senior at Maui High School, has been awarded a partial scholarship to Tuskegee University in Alabama. He plans to major in aeronautical engineering.
Obamacare topic of talk at AARP event
Jackie Foster, from the Hawaii Health Connector, will give an overview on what is involved in signing up at the regular meeting of the Kula AARP Chapter on Monday at the Kula Community Center.
The meeting will begin with refreshments at 9 a.m, followed by the program at 9:30.
Following Foster's talk, Maui County Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa, a Kula AARP member, will install new officers for 2014.
The meeting is open to the public, with no reservations necessary. Members and guests are encouraged to bring food for the Maui Food Bank.
For information, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.
BHS announces graduation meetings
Mandatory meetings have been scheduled for parents or guardians of Baldwin High School graduating seniors planning to participate in commencement activities.
Parents and guardians must attend one of the following meetings:
* 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the BHS auditorium.
* 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the BHS auditorium.
* 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in the BHS library.
Information about graduation participation, expectations, requirements and logistics will be discussed. A senior graduation participation letter will be distributed and parent permission forms will be collected.
For more information, call Donna Vierra at 727-3192.
PATH founder will speak at meeting
David Brown, founder and director of Public Access Trails Hawaii, will be the speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 breakfast meeting Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.
The mission of PATH is to build community ties by connecting people and places through trails, urban paths and bikeways, according to a news release. PATH provides digital resources for walkers, bikers and others, including a GPS-activated, searchable database for Hawaii's trails.
PATH was founded by Brown in 2007. He also is a founding member of the Maui Chapter of the Sierra Club, and a member of the Maui Advisory Committee of Na Ala Hele, Hawaii's Trail and Access System. Brown will share information and answer questions.
The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or see the club's website at www.kiheirotary.org.
Association to host coastal experts
Coastal geologist Tara Owens and Maui County Lead Shoreline Planner Jim Buika will present "Managing Coastal Erosion in South Maui" at the Kihei Community Association meeting Tuesday at Kihei Charter Middle School, 41 E. Lipoa St.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for pupu and discussion. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nonperishable food items will be accepted for the Maui Food Bank, as KCA begins its 2014 drive. For more information, see www.gokihei.org or call (508) 499-9996.
Writing coach to speak at meeting
Author, writing coach and teacher Jasmyne Boswell will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.
The cost for the lunch is $16. The public is welcome.
Boswell has more than 30 years of experience helping people overcome personal stumbling blocks to launching businesses, careers and projects, according to a news release. For more information about the speaker, visit www.jasmyneconsulting.com.
Aloha Fest today at King's Cathedral
King's Cathedral Maui will present Aloha Fest, a free community event, at 9 a.m. today. The cathedral and chapels are at 777 Mokulele Highway in Kahului. Registration for prizes and grocery giveaways will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information or a free ride, call 871-7311.
Emma Fusato wins geographic bee
Emma Fusato, a 4th-grade student at Kula Elementary School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 8 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.
The school-level bee, in which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored this year by Google.
Emma will next take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the written test in each state will be eligible to compete in the state bees on April 4.
Emma is the daughter of Cara and Ryan Fusato.
Second- and third-place finishers were 5th-graders William Faris and Maile Crowe.
Dental program to hold orientation
The University of Hawaii Maui College's Dental Assisting Program will hold a general orientation meeting for prospective students at 4 p.m. Thursday at Maui Oral Health Center in Wailuku.
The program is an accredited two-semester program that provides students with the skills needed to work in the dental profession, according to a news release. Students are taught in the classroom, while receiving hands-on clinical training at the Maui Oral Health Center and at private practice dental offices on Maui.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call 984-3250. Program information may be found at www.maui.hawaii.edu/dental.
School planning 50th anniversary
The public is invited to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to help plan Kula Elementary School's 50th anniversary celebration. The meeting will be in Room F-103 at the school in Kula. The school is in the early stages of planning the event, according to organizers.
Homeless receive new year's gift
Family Life Center clients received a special gift of backpacks designed to provide safety and comfort for those who are homeless.
Ron Kaplan, designer and producer of the backpacks, distributed the bags at the shelter on Kane Street in Kahului on Jan. 4. He demonstrated a special feature that includes a large poncho that can be converted to a waterproof pup tent covering or shelter.
Chicago resident Kaplan and his wife, Trudy, have been visiting Maui for the last 10 years. The shelter received 200 backpacks for distribution, and Kaplan said that in the last two years 5,000 bags have been distributed. The partners in the production of the backpacks are the City Park Project and High Sierra.
Rummage sale will support school band
Emmanuel Lutheran School Band will hold its annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at 520 W. One St. in Kahului.
Household items, clothes and toys will be among items for sale. Proceeds will support band students as they raise funds to participate in the Hawaii Lutheran Schools Music Fest on Oahu in March.