UH-MC official part of education forum
University of Hawaii Maui College Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs John McKee was one of six U.S. higher education leaders who recently participated in the 2013 ChinaU.S. Education Forum held in Dalian, China.
The forum was held Oct. 2325 and sponsored by Dalian City Foreign Affairs Office, Dalian China U.S. Economic and Cultural Exchange Association and the U.S.- based Community College Baccalaureate Association. McKee's presentation addressed the community service function of the American college.
The purpose of the forum was to establish a platform for exchanging innovative ideas, best practices and to exchange quality U.S. and China practices and resources to expand and improve its vocational and technical education. Collaborations involving student and faculty exchanges, articulation agreements and short-term visits were discussed. The meeting included 200 representatives from Chinese institutions that confer three-year degrees in Technical Education.
Sale will benefit spay-neuter program
A fundraising garage sale for the spay-neuter program of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Kihei.
The garage sale at 231 Kawailani Circle in Piilani Village II is being held in memory of Doris Pompillio, a volunteer and founding board member of SPCA Maui.
Donations of good saleable items will be accepted Thursday and Friday. For information, call 879-3059.
Financial adviser sponsoring food drive
George Jansen, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Kihei, is sponsoring a food drive for the Maui Food Bank from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1300 N. Holopono St., Suite 211, in the Park Plaza Building at the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.
For more information, call Jansen at 879-2099.
Breakfast, talk part of Rotary meeting
Alex Franco, president of the Maui Cattle Co. will speak at the 7: 30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday. The meeting will take place at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.
In 2002, six independent family-owned ranches spanning more than 60,000 acres of prime grazing land came together to found Maui Cattle Co. LLC. Franco will share information about this locally owned company and will 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.
Transportation to be discussed by MEO
Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. is hosting two public stakeholder meetings Thursday to discuss the development of a transportation coordination center.
The meetings will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at Waiola Church Hall, 535, Wainee St. in Lahaina and from 3 to 4 p.m. at the MEO building at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.
The meetings will include information about the current One-Call/One-Click project secured by a grant to the County of Maui from the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, which is designed to address the mobility challenges faced by veterans, service members and their families. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, contact MEO at 249-2990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Italian group hosting Christmas event
The Italian American Club of Maui will host its annual Christmas celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Class Act Restaurant at University of Hawaii Maui College.
The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $40 per person (including children). Checks are payable to the Italian American Club of Maui by Tuesday. Send to Treasurer Bob Lercari, 17 Kulipuu St., Kihei, 96753.
At the luncheon, the 2014 officers will be installed.
Those interested are asked to bring a Santa gift exchange item - suggested value of up to $15. For more information, call 280-8008.
Electronics being accepted for recycling
Free electronics recycling will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Maui Marketplace, 270 Dairy Road in Kahului.
Items that will be accepted include computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines and miscellaneous computer-related electronics.
No home appliances, alkaline batteries, washers, dryers, air conditioners or televisions will be accepted.
For paid remote pickup, call Island Gophers at 357-2235.
Reading sessions set for public libraries
Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors of the Read Aloud America Program, will offer four holiday story times at two Maui County libraries.
They will be at Makawao Public Library at 10 a.m. Thursday and Dec. 12, and at Lahaina Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 14.
The 30-minute holiday story time is geared for children ages pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. The story time will feature readings from some of the most popular children's holiday picture books. Every child will be able to select a new book to take home at the conclusion of the program. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
HMSA workers hold drive for food bank
Maui employees of Hawai'i Medical Service Association collected $110 and 115 pounds of canned goods and other nonperishable items for the Maui Food Bank during the company's annual holiday food drive.
The food drive was part of a statewide effort by teams of HMSA employees on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. The teams challenged each other to collect as many pounds of food and as much money as possible over a four-week period. Companywide, employees collected a total of $36,000 and 5,400 pounds of food.
"We really look forward to the annual food drive because it gives us the opportunity to help people here in our community," said Alana Pico, a customer service representative in HMSA's Maui office. "Not everyone is as fortunate as we are and the food drive helps us realize that it doesn't take much to help someone else out."
Dietitian to discuss nutrition at meeting
Registered dietician Naomi Stephens will speak on nutrition and chronic kidney disease during a meeting sponsored by National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and the Hawaii Organ Transplant Support Group from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Dialysis Conference Room in Wailuku.
An open forum, with questions and answers, will continue from 6 to 7 p.m.
To reserve a seat, call 986-1900 by Tuesday. Liberty Dialysis is located at 105 Maui Lani Parkway.
Lahainaluna slated to host parent night
A parent night for 8th-graders on the west side will be held at Lahainaluna High School beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The gathering in the Samuel Kamakau Library is targeted to 8th-graders at Lahaina Intermediate and Sacred Hearts schools who will be freshmen next fall.
The meeting will assist parents in understanding Lahainaluna's curriculum and program offerings and assist in the planning of the child's class schedule for next school year.
Topics to be covered include school policies and expectations, graduation requirements, as well as course requirements and offerings.
Registration materials will be distributed to 8th-graders via their respective schools along with instructions. The deadline to return pre-registration forms is Dec. 10.
A campus tour is being planned for incoming freshmen from the two Lahaina intermediate schools Friday.
For more information, call school Registrar Barbie Otomo at 662-3979, ext 244.
Leadership topic of December workshop
The Society for Human Resource Management Hawaii, Maui Educational Foundation will be hosting a "Leadership Islandstyle" workshop from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Grand Wailea.
The workshop is being presented by Glenn Furuya, founder, president and chief executive officer of Leadership Works. Furuya will share lessons about Hawaii's island culture and business environment, and will discuss how to build and sustain leadership, teamwork and service, island style.
The workshop is designed for all levels of employees.
The cost for the workshop is $20 for SHRM members and $35 for nonmembers, payable by check or cash at the door.
A pau hana reception with pupus and a no-host bar will follow the workshop.
Registration may be completed online before Friday at www.shrmhawaii.org.
For more information, contact Mandy Wolfe at email@example.com.
Rotary club set to host guest speaker
The Maui Food Innovation Center's Jennifer Young will be guest speaker at the noon luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.
Young will discuss new concepts for the future of Maui's economy.
The public is welcome. The cost for lunch and the program is $16.