Filmmaker to appear at Akaku event
Akaku: Maui Community Television will present "Meet the Filmmaker," a media salon with Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker William Gazecki, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului.
As a documentary filmmaker, Gazecki has been awarded the International Documentary Association's Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award. His film "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His film "Reckless Indifference" won a Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy.
This event is open and free to the public. For more information, call 871-5554.
Organic certification class at UH-MC
The Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Hawaii Maui College is offering its first organic certification class, beginning Thursday. Between classroom instruction and onsite farm visits, every aspect of certification will be explored.
The class is available to both enrolled students and community members. It is a collaboration between the credit and the continuing education branches of the college, according to an announcement.
UH-MC Instructor Mailani Souza holds a degree in agroecology and environmental quality and has a background in farming diverse tropical vegetables, nuts and fruits, as well as livestock.
The course will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Thursday through May 15 at UH-MC. The cost is $123, reduced to $23 if eligible for tuition assistance through a grant from Alexander and Baldwin Inc. To register and confirm eligibility, call Edventure at 984-3231.
Tuition assistance is available for most sole proprietors, businesses, employees and unemployed workers, according to a news release. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iao Preschool plans orientation meeting
Iao Preschool will hold it's annual "Talk 'n' Tour" orientation meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the preschool on the grounds of Iao United Church of Christ, 2371 W. Vineyard St., Wailuku. All interested families are invited.
This meeting is a prerequisite for admission to the preschool beginning in August. Children eligible to enroll must have been born after July 31, 2010.
Good Beginnings-Maui, Preschool Open Doors and Child Care Connection clients are welcome. Iao Preschool is an accepted school for Kamehameha Schools Pauahi Keiki Scholarship awardees, according to a news release. Limited scholarships may be applied for from the school.
Iao Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child and is a mission project of Iao United Church of Christ.
Old Lahaina Courthouse hosting lectures
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and the Pacific Islands Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, in collaboration with the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, is presenting weekly sanctuary lectures at the Old Lahaina Courthouse every Tuesday at 11 a.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.
"Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is pleased with the prospect to extend our outreach on Maui's west side," said Malia Chow, sanctuary superintendent. "Our presence at the Old Lahaina Courthouse will allow us to reach visitors and our local population with sanctuary messages, and we are grateful to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation for this opportunity."
"The Old Lahaina Courthouse has a long history of community use, and we are happy to partner with NOAA to provide a space for the weekly, free whale talks," said Theo Morrison, executive director of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.
Rotary World Help topic of presentation
Al Stjernegaard, past president of the Rotary Club of Port Moody, British Columbia, will be the speaker at the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.
Stjernegaard will make a presentation about Rotary World Help. Based out of a Coquitlam, British Columbia, warehouse, Rotary World Help has sent more than 100 humanitarian aid containers around the world, according to a news release.
Stjernegaard will explain how his Rotary Club and District 5050 organized this project.
The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited. For more information, call President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.
Activist to address marine noise pollution
Marsha Green will present "Underwater Noise Pollution: Impacts on Cetaceans and Other Marine Life" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary conference Room.
Green has been studying humpback whale behavior and impacts of marine noise pollution for many years and has been an activist in the area of reducing anthropogenic ocean noise, according to a news release.
She is a professor of psychology at Albright College in the Pennsylvania, the president of the Ocean Mammal Institute, and co-founder of the International Ocean Noise Coalition.
For 27 years, she has been bringing students to Hawaii to study whale behavior in the field. Green became interested in the effect of boats and underwater noise on whales after her research documented the impact of parasail boats on humpback whales in Hawaii, the release said. She has worked with the European Parliament, NATO and the United Nations and on a federal advisory committee to encourage the mitigation of underwater noise and the development of ocean noise regulations.
The sanctuary is at 726 S. Kihei Road. Green's talk is part of the sanctuary's ongoing lecture series.