Yard sale Sunday at Kahului Hongwanji
Kahului Hongwanji will hold a yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Food items will include chow fun, bentos, pickled vegetables, produce and cone sushi.
Clothing, kitchen utensils, books and toys will be among the rummage selection.
Specialty items include boxed sets of hanafuda cards by Hanafuda Hawaii, the Kahului Hongwanji cookbook and "Issei, Nisei, Sansei: Three Generations of Camp Life, Puunene, Maui, Hawaii" by Donald Yamasaki.
Kahiului Hongwanji is at 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului.
Gingerbread festival coming to Maui
Easter Seals Hawaii will present a Gingerbread Family Festival on Dec. 14 at its new Maui campus at 155 S. Wakea Ave. in Kahului.
There will be gingerbread houses and cookies to decorate, music, food, crafts and photos.
To participate, visit www.gingerbreadhawaii.com for online registration or call (888) 295-2626. The deadline to register is Saturday.
There is a $30 fee for one gingerbread house kit, which includes a variety of candies, white icing in a disposable pastry bag, a flat cardboard foundation and gift bag for display or storage, four reserved seats and half of an 8-foot table.
Donations are also being accepted for this Easter Seals Hawaii fundraising effort.
Caregiver workshop set for Lahaina
Maui Adult Day Care Centers and Maui County Office on Aging will present a free caregiver workshop titled "Understanding the Older Adult" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission.
Kathleen Couch, caregiver/program coordinator for Maui Adult Day Care Centers, is the presenter. She will address a variety of topics regarding senior care, including tips for surviving the holidays.
No advance reservations are needed to attend. Certificates of attendance will be provided for professionals.
For more information, call Couch at 871-5804.
Holiday Fair 2013 fundraiser at MHS
Holiday Fair 2013 of Maui's Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Maui High School gymnasium in Kahului.
Admission is free.
The annual event will include sales of Christmas ornaments, shell and glass jewelry, candles, soaps, baked goods, Jeff's Jellies, plants and a farmers market.
The Holiday Fair is a fundraiser for Maui's Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, whose projects include historical programs in partnership with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and the annual Chrysanthemum Festival that funds projects including scholarships.
Nisei veterans refers to Americans of Japanese ancestry who served during World War II with the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service.
For information on the fair, call Janice Toyama at 281-7916.
Church will host Mexican Consulate
St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church will host the Mexican Consulate Saturday in the church hall.
The event aims to give families from Mexico the chance to speak and work with their consulate face to face and apply for passports.
The consulate requires that appointments be made by phone before Saturday. To make an appointment, call (877) 639-8435. Calls to the consulate in Mexico City will be taken from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hawaii time through Friday.
The church is at 25 W. Lipoa St. in Kihei.
Annual Delaware Day at MACC
The annual Delaware Day Celebration will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Yokouchi Founders Court at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. All "First Staters" who have lived, worked or attended college in Delaware are invited to attend.
For more information and to make a reservation, call First State coordinator Adele Rugg at 879-9964.
Help with health care law available
The Hawaii Health Connector, AARP Hawaii and Organizing for Action are sponsoring free presentations on the new national health care law and assistance with signing up for a health plan Saturday in Kihei and Lahaina.
The program will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Kihei Charter School in Lipoa Center and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the UH Lahaina Education Center, 60 Kenui St. in Lahaina.
To register, call (877) 926-8300. For more information, call Nikki Baysa at Hawaii Health Connector, (808) 341-4030.
Plant and ceramics sale at UH-MC
The University of Hawaii Maui College Agriculture & Natural Resources program and the ceramics students will hold their annual Christmas plant and ceramics sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the new science building.
Seven varieties of poinsettias, native plants, mixed plant bowls, vegetable starts, lavender and other plants will be on sale.
An assortment of hand-made ceramic pieces will be for sale as well.
Students have grown or created all the products and all proceeds benefit the respective programs.
To find the sale, enter from Wahinepio Street across from the Keopuolani Park entrance. The parking lot is across from the greenhouse and ceramics studio.
Open house for fitness program
The Maui County Office on Aging will host an open house for the launch of its EnhanceFitness program in South Maui at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Powerhouse Gym.
Registration packets will be available and instructors will be on hand to discuss this exercise program for elders and adults with disabilities. There is a voluntary $10 donation per month to participate in the program, which will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the gym beginning Jan 6.
Participants need not be a member of Maui Powerhouse Gym.
"The exercises are safe and easily modified," said Paula Keele, EnhanceFitness master trainer. "EF is also a great way to get stronger after surgeries, illnesses and hospitalizations."
The program is already being held at five sites on Maui: Kahului Union Church, Kalama Heights, Kaunoa Senior Center, Roselani Place and Makawao Hongwanji.
Maui Powerhouse Gym is at 1279 S. Kihei Road. For more information, call Keele at 870-5530.
Holiday book sale to support libraries
Maui Friends of the Library will hold a holiday book sale in front of Whole Foods Market at the Maui Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The purchase of donated books supports public libraries in Maui County.
Each child at the sale may select a free book from designated boxes of gently used children's books, while supplies last.
For more information about this sale and Maui Friends of the Library used bookstores, visit www.mauifriendsofthelibrary.org.
SPCA to host event at auto dealership
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui will host "Share the Love," an island-wide adoption and pet information event, at Island Subaru from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The public is invited to stop by and meet adoptable cats and dogs from the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation, the Maui Humane Society and other island animal organizations.
SPCA Maui will offer microchipping, vaccinations and a chance to "Ask the Vet" for a donation to its spay/neuter assistance program. A pet photographer will be on hand to take a pictures of pets and their owners. Local groomers will trim dog nails and do dental checks for donations too.
Island Subaru is at 110 Hana Highway in Kahului. For information, or to spay/neuter a pet, contact SPCA Maui at 280-0738 or email@example.com.
Whiskey tasting a Rotary club benefit
A whiskey tasting fundraiser Friday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea will benefit the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea.
The evening, which begins at 6 p.m., will include histories, discussion and tasting instruction led by whiskey master Thomas Turner. Fine Irish, Scotch, Canadian and American whiskeys will be served with matching heavy pupus. The cost is $55.
Tickets are available at www.mauinow.org/rckw/whiskeytasting.html or by calling 891-8457.
Open house at inn will benefit halau
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono will present "Lei of Aloha 7" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The annual open house celebrating the holiday season will benefit Hokulani Holt's halau Pa'u O Hi'iaka.
In addition to music and hula by the halau, there will be readings of Don Blanding's poems, a Hawaiian country store and tours of the historic 1930s inn.
Free parking and shuttle service will be available at the county parking lot at High and Kaohu streets. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Tickets are $25.
For more information, call 264-1820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mauian a winner in poetry contest
Pukalani resident Joyce Little won the second-place grand prize ($2,000 in cash and $500 toward a publishing contract) in the national poetry contest at the 2013 Poetryfest in Reno, Nev., last month.
Little also received a Gold Medal of Excellence and was interviewed by Lavender Aurora, editor of Famous Poets Press, at the taping of the television show "Upstart Crow."
Little is nearly 90 years old and has been writing poetry for 50 years.
"It all started when I responded to a small notice in The Maui News and ended in a once-in-a lifetime adventure and honor," Little said. The article prompted her to write poems that ultimately were published in a book, "Heartland Poets."