MHS robotics team wins award
Maui High School's VEX robotic team won the Innovate Award during the VEX Pan-Pacific Championships at the Hawaii Convention Center from Thursday to Saturday. VEX is a team-based game that puts students' engineering and technology skills to the test.
Throughout the VEX Pan-Pacific Championships, teams squared off in this year's game, "Sack Attack."
The championships, presented by Oceanic Time Warner Cable, featured 104 middle- and high-school VEX robotic teams from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland, China and Taiwan. Twenty-three teams will advance to the VEX World Championships in California to be held April 17-20.
Makawao association to meet tonight
The Makawao Community Association will have a potluck and meeting tonight from 6 to 8:30 at Po'okela Church, 200 Olinda Road. The potluck will begin at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30. Beverages will be provided by the association.
The meeting agenda will include an update on Makawao's dog park; the third annual Makawao Easter egg hunt; the County of Maui Small Town Grant application process and prospective projects; a safe walkway from Hoomahana Place to Eddie Tam Park; and Friday Town Parties. The 2013 Makawao Community Association membership dues are $10 for individuals, $15 for families and $20 for businesses.
Growing native plants topic of presentation
Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst, author of "Growing Native Hawaiian Plants, A How-to Guide for the Gardener," will be the guest of the Native Hawaiian Plant Society at 7 p.m. Friday.
She will share information about native plants and how to grow them during a presentation in the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center pool room in Pukalani. The program will follow the Native Hawaiian Plant Society annual meeting at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and signed books by Bornhorst will be available.
Rummage sale to benefit organization
Hawaii Alpha Delta Kappa's Gamma Chapter will have a rummage sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Lihikai School's cafeteria.
Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Funds collected will be used to support the chapter's efforts. For more information, call 281-9155.
Heart specialists will speak at meeting
Drs. Andrew Rosenblum and Kimble Poon will speak at the noon lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina on Thursday at the Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Lunch will be available for purchase.
Rosenblum and Poon specialize in cardiovascular disease at the Maui Heart & Vascular program at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
For more information, call club President Liz May at 721-5909.
Airport improvements topic of talk
Marvin Moniz, manager of the airports in Maui County, will discuss airport improvements and upgrades at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Cary and Eddie's Hideaway in Kahului.
The meeting is open to the public, and visitors are welcome. Lunch is $12.
For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.
Maui author will have book-signing event
Maui author Stuart Nicholls will have a book-signing event for his new novel "Thunder Road: The Journey Home" from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Friends of the Library store in Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. The book relates to the long struggle of a Vietnam veteran's search for "home."
Chapel partners with private school
Kihei Baptist Chapel is partnering with Cornerstone Christian School to expand its ministries and provide a private-school education to South Maui.
Applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year for kindergarten and 1st grade. The existing middle and high school is accepting new students in grades 6-8. Annual tuition is $6,300. The school strives to cultivate Christian character, Biblical scholarship and intellectual excellence in a safe and engaging environment.
The public is invited to attend an informational event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kihei Baptist Chapel, located at 1655 S. Kihei Road. There will be student presentations, a video about the school's philosophy and door prizes. For more information, call 214-2661 or visit the website at www.cornerstonemaui.com.
Sustainable living topic of presentation
Jennifer Chirico, executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawaii-Maui College, will speak at noon today at the Rotary Club of Kihei/Wailea lunch meeting at Mulligans on the Blue. The public is welcome. Lunch costs $16.
Chirico has more than 15 years of experience in business management consulting, research and nonprofit management, according to a news release. As the executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, she develops and directs training programs in various areas of sustainability and is involved in a wide range of community outreach activities related to increasing understanding of sustainability and how it can be adopted and implemented at both organizational and individual levels.
Chirico is also an adjunct professor at UH-Maui College and the founder of the Maui chapter of Women in Renewable Energy. She has a doctorate in environmental policy, a master's degree in public health, and holds an LEED Green Associate accreditation. Her research expertise is in air quality, green building, transportation, sustainable waste management and renewable energy.
Car club performs service project
Slammed Society Car Club performed a community service project at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church's "Ka Ohana Kitchen" on Feb. 10. Club members and their families provided a meal for about 50 people and enjoyed spreading fellowship and aloha.
New author plans book release party
Joe Amico will have a book-release party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the clubhouse at Kihei Villages, 140 Uwapo Road. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Amico's new book, "Just Dreaming," examines American history, politics and the pursuit of the American Dream.
Amico is a retired probation officer. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in speech and enjoys playing golf in his spare time. He and his wife have two children and live on Maui. For more information about Amico and his book, visit his website, www.joeamico.net, or www.amazon.com.
Honor society to host rally
Phi Theta Kappa will host a "Commit to Complete" signing at the University of Hawaii Maui College from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 13 in front of the Pa'ina building.
UH-Maui College students will be urged to sign a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market.
To learn more about Commit to Complete, go online to www.cccompletioncorps.org.