Were Spanish here before James Cook?
"Which European Discovered Hawaii First?" is the title of a talk that will be given by Michael A. Lilly during the noon meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Kahului, Maui and Wailuku on Monday at Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.
Since Lilly was a teenager, he has been fascinated by evidence that the Spanish were here long before Capt. James Cook arrived, according to a news release. His presentation will highlight that evidence.
Lilly is an attorney licensed in Hawaii and California.
The public is invited. The cost for lunch is $20, or a $5 program fee without lunch.
Information about speakers and club service projects can be found at www.kahuluirotary.org. For more information, call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.
Choir to perform at 'Picnic for Poki'
Na Leo Lani O Maui, a community choir under the direction of Gale Wisehart and Uluwehi Guerrero, will be the featured performers during the monthly "Picnic for Poki" at 11 a.m. Thursday on the grounds of Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku.
The 80-member choir will sing Christmas and Hawaiian favorites.
The mission of Na Leo Lani O Maui, in partnership with Halau Hula Kauluokala, is to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language through the gift of song and dance, and to share these gifts with the community, according to a news release.
The event, produced by Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions, is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy fresh baked cookies from Roselani Place.
Gift collection for homeless centers
Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy is hosting a drive for wrapped gifts that will be donated to the Ka Hale A Ke Ola and Na Hale O Wainee homeless resource centers.
Wrapped gifts may be dropped off at the Kihei Community Center on Wednesday evening.
The gifts should be wrapped with a secure label indicating gender and age range for easiest distribution. In lieu of a wrapped gift, the academy will accept financial donations and will purchase a gift card or item for the gender and/or ages lacking in gifts donated.
"Traditionally, we have collected more than we need for the younger kids and considerably less than we need for the older kids," said Rita O'Connor, academy dance professional, "so please don't forget the teens. Many of the older kids, ages 13 to 17, prefer clothing and gift cards over anything else."
The academy will also host a Holiday Dinner Dance Party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kihei Community Center. The event features catered food, including vegan selections. Contemporary music featuring Latin, swing, tango, ballroom, hustle and holiday songs will play.
Reservations for this adults-only event must be made by Monday. The cost is $15 per person with the aforementioned wrapped gift, or $20 without a wrapped gift.
For more information or reservations, call the academy at 879-0055.
Safeway partners with Maui Food Bank
Safeway stores on Maui are partnering with the Maui Food Bank to launch the Help Us End Hunger food drive this holiday season.
Shoppers can donate to the food bank by purchasing specially packed grocery bags containing Safeway and Kraft food products, which include canned tuna, peanut butter, pasta and canned vegetables. The bags are available for $10 each at all Safeway stores through Dec. 25.
In addition to the grocery bag purchase, the Maui Food Bank's Check Out Hunger program gives customers another opportunity to help fight hunger. While at the Safeway checkout stand, simply tear off a bright green coupon to make a donation of as little as $2.81. The proceeds will go to the Maui Food Bank.
Fueling up to help Maui's kupuna
Another Ohana Fuels location has been added on Maui where residents can fill up and do good. Ohana Fuels' Lahaina location is open and a participating location where a portion of each gasoline purchase on Maui through Dec. 31 will be donated to Hale Makua Health Services.
Proceeds will assist Hale Makua's long-term-care residents who cannot afford the cost of living at a nursing home and will further the organization's mission to improve the well-being of those in their care through personalized health services.
The Lahaina location is at 10 Kupuohi St.
Whale disentangler will share tales
Ed Lyman will share experiences from his years helping disentangle large whales off the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska and the Mainland from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary conference room in Kihei.
The lecture is titled, "A Cut Above: Confessions of a Whale Disentangler."
Lyman will share tales from response-effort beginnings with John Lien, Stormy Mayo and David Mattila and bring attendees up to date on recent endeavors.
Lyman leads the Hawaiian Islands Entanglement Response Network, a response team that includes government staff and trained volunteers. Together they have mounted nearly 130 responses in Hawaii, and freed 17 whales, according to a news release.
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is at 726 S. Kihei Road.
3 Mauians to read holiday stories
Three Mauians will read traditional and local holiday stories for keiki from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Makawao History Project, 1152 Makawao Ave. Santa is also scheduled to attend. The reading schedule is as follows:
* 5-5:45 p.m. Ninfa Tolentino, Makawao youth services librarian.
* 5:45-6:30 p.m. Joanne Laird, Read Aloud America.
* 6:30-7:15 p.m. Kathy Collins, radio personality and writer.
Homemade cookies and apple cider will be served. Admission is free.
The Makawao History Project is designed to present Makawao's history and collect the community's memories in order to design a future Makawao museum. The project will be on display until Feb. 28. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Business collecting gifts for Lokahi
Keoni's Hot Lava DanceFit Studio is collecting gift items for Lokahi to benefit Maui keiki, youth and families this holiday season. Catholic Charities Hawaii, Maui Community office will distribute the Lokahi donations to families with children who have recently experienced job loss, illness or other situations causing financial hardship.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children and gifts for teens may be dropped off at either one of Keoni's Hot Lava DanceFit Studio locations: Maui Mall (next to the Pet Shop) and 380 Hookahi St. (Wailuku Industrial Park), or at the Catholic Charities Hawaii Community office at 211 Kaulawahine St. in Kahului.
The studio will collect Lokahi donations through Friday. For community distribution information, call 872-6252.
Rotary club plans to discuss committees
The Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea will meet at Mulligans on the Blue at noon Wednesday.
A discussion of committee development is on the agenda. The cost to lunch is $16.
Service for Typhoon Haiyan survivors
Kahului Hongwanji Mission invites the public to a service for Supertyphoon Haiyan survivors at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The service will also include Buddhist chanting and taiko drumming.
Donations will be accepted and forwarded to the Philippines. Checks should be payable to "Maui Kyogakkai."
Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Donations may also be mailed to the mission at 291 S. Puunene Ave., Kahului.
The service is sponsored by Maui Hongwanji (Buddhist) Ministers Association. For more information, call 871-4732.
Arboretum topic of presentation
Martha Vockrodt-Moran, director of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu'u Mahoe, 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.
Vockrodt-Moran will share conservation projects and programs created to welcome and actively involve the public in the work of the arboretum.
The presentation will include native plant door prizes.
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.
Resort thanks civil servants with meals
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort thanked South Maui's civil servants by offering full Thanksgiving Day meals with turkey and all the fixings.
The resort has provided the meals for the past five years. They were delivered to the Wailea fire station, the Wailea medic-dispatch station, the Kihei police stations, the Kihei fire station and the Kihei medic-dispatch station.