'Inspiration Award' goes to Bob Douglas
Bob Douglas will receive the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Inspiration Award today as part of a Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk recognition event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom. Eighty nonprofit organizations will also be recognized during the program.
Douglas, nominated for the award by Na Hoaloha - Neighbors Helping Neighbors, for years coordinated an annual Christmas tree-and-food box giveaway for Maui and Molokai families. Today he is nearly blind and receives transportation help from Na Hoaloha - Neighbors Helping Neighbors but also serves as a telephone volunteer for the agency, calling several homebound elderly residents twice a day to "talk story" and remind them to take their medications.
As part of this year's charity walk, Douglas offered a $5,000 matching donation challenge to raise funds for Na Hoaloha-Neighbors Helping Neighbor's participation. The result was more than $15,000 raised and pledged to Betsy Scheller, the organization's volunteer coordinator. She became the individual raising the most funds in this year's event.
Electric vehicles topic of presentation
Electric vehicle expert Mike Snyder will be guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Cary and Eddie's Hideaway Restaurant & Lounge in Kahului.
Snyder, who is also a member of the club, will show two videos of his friend, business partner and EV world record race car driver Monster Tajima.
The meeting is open to the public, and visitors are welcome. Lunch costs $12.
For more information, call Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.
Obon celebration in Kahului on Saturday
Kahului Jodo Mission will hold its obon celebration Saturday. A service will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dancing to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Temple members will have plate lunches, drinks and snacks for sale. There will also be games for children.
The mission is located across from the Maui High School football practice field on the corner of Laau and Molokai Hema streets.
Italian American club to host potluck
The Italian American Club of Maui will host a beach potluck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Kamaole III Beach Park in Kihei.
The club will provide meat for the grill, soft drinks and bottled water. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share that serves five or more people. There will be a bocce contest and prizes for the winners.
The Italian American Club of Maui is an Italian heritage club, but people from any culture are welcome to join or attend meetings.
For more information call Secretary Fred Rawe at 876-1964. To learn more about the club, visit at www.italianamericanclubofmaui.com.
Coordinator of 3 agencies will speak
Frances Duberstein, development coordinator of Aloha House, Maui Youth and Family Services and Malama Family Recovery Center, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui's noon meeting Aug. 15 in the Class Act Dining Room at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She will speak about how the three agencies work together to provide community services on Maui.
The meeting is open to the public, and the luncheon costs $20 per person. For more information, email club President Daniel Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BHS Class of '88 to hold rummage sale
Baldwin High School Class of 1988 will hold a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Pomaikai Elementary School cafeteria.
All proceeds will be donated to Baldwin High School in celebration of its 75th anniversary. Funds will be used to purchase lockers and benches.
For more information, call 280-1299.
Green sea turtles topic of presentation
A presentation on green sea turtles by author and researcher Peter Bennett will be given from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Maui Ocean Center.
Since 1982, Bennett and his wife, Ursula Keuper-Bennett, have spent Julys and Augusts in Honokowai. Together they have made more than 2,500 dives with the turtles in the area. They have documented the turtles' life on the reef.
The presentation "Da Honu: Charismatic Megafauna" is part of the Sea Talks series. Admission is free through the aquarium's front gate from 6 to 6:40 p.m.
Advanced reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.
Ten contestants participate in pageant
The Miss 4th of July Pageant was presented by Posh Princess Pageant Hawaii on July 27 on the main stage of the Maui Mall. There were a total of 10 contestants who came from all over the island and a total of 67 awards.
The pageant's volunteer judges were Miss Aloha Maui 2013 Sophia Godinez-Miller, Tami Sharp, Lindsay Watson and Brittney Baker.
The "Supreme Titlists" are as follows:
* Selena Rodrigues, 7, Miss 4th of July 2013 Ultimate Grand Supreme, who won a crown, a sash and $250 in cash.
* Sophia Morris, 8 months, and Wytlee Souza-Lopes, 7, Miss Grand Supreme, who each won a crown, a sash and $50 in cash.
* Jerzy Poouahi Weeks, 4, and Brandi Kamalani, 9, Mini Supreme, who each won a crown and a sash.
Art show and sale at Unity Church
An art show and sale featuring local photographers, artists, jewelers and sculptors will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 on the grounds of Unity Church in Wailuku. There will be free parking at the county building and shuttle service. Admission is free. Donations of nonperishable food items for the Maui Food Bank are welcome.