Charity walk announces kickoff events
The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association will hold its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on May 10 at the War Memorial Soccer Field.
Kickoff events are held throughout the islands to allow participants to learn more about the event and how it works and to pick up their packets. This year's Maui County kickoff events will be held as follows:
* Monday, 10 a.m., The Lodge at Koele, Lanai, and at 10:30 a.m., Hotel Molokai, Molokai;
* Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Makena Beach & Golf Resort;
* Thursday, 10 a.m., Maui Beach Hotel;
* Friday, 11:30 a.m., Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
A RSVP is requested at either firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 244-8625.
MMMC will host diabetes support group
Maui Memorial Medical Center will host a diabetes education support group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Marion Hanlon Room in the Kahului Tower. The topic for this month will be "The Balance of Good Health" with Marny Moriyasu, certified diabetes educator.
The Diabetes Support Group holds monthly meetings geared for diabetic patients and their families. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call Moriyasu at 442-5773 or 283-7951.
Kamalii school announces meeting
The Kamalii Elementary School Community Council will host a meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the school library.
The agenda includes a discussion of standards-based grading and instruction, next year's school budget and how to meet the needs of students.
Fruit, pastries and beverages will be provided.
For more information, call Christine Oshita at 875-6840, ext 246.
Computers sought for senior training
Free Help Education will be providing computer training for seniors at Roselani Place beginning April 8 and is seeking cash donations and new or used working computers. The training will also be available for seniors not living at the retirement center.
Free Help Education is an nonprofit, according to a press release, and donations to it are tax-exempt.
To make a donation, call Elena Farinas at 891-2220 or email email@example.com.
Kidney support group plans meeting
Maui County Office on Aging staff members will speak on the services they offer to elderly and disabled people at the support group meeting sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and Hawaii Organ Transplant Support Group from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron Center Conference Room 1 in Wailuku.
To reserve a seat, call 856-7578 by Tuesday.
Portable survival system topic of talk
Tony Alleyne and Pamela Norris, owners of Ice Buddy, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.
Ice Buddy is a portable survival system that enables ice, water, medication and emergency supplies to be stored and transported easily, according to an announcement.
Alleyne and Norris have recently moved to Maui from the Mainland. They will provide details about their product line, explain uses and answer questions.
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.
Maui Visitors Bureau director will speak
Terryl Vencl, director of the Maui Visitor's Bureau, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue.
The cost for lunch is $16. The public is invited.
Halau plans rummage sale fundraiser
Halau Hula Kauluokala will have a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Lihikai School cafeteria, 335 S. Papa Ave., Kahului.
Household items, clothes, books, collectibles, electronics and plants are some of the items that will be on sale. Donated items are welcome. Contact Uluwehi Guerrero at 877-0115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PWF presents 'Evenings with the Experts'
Whale researchers from Hawaii, Ecuador and Chile along with the producer of the documentary "Blackfish" will offer free presentations about their work as part of the "Evenings with the Experts" hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation on Thursday and Friday in Kaanapali.
The free presentations will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Haleakala Ballroom at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa.
On Thursday, Manny Oteyza, producer of "Blackfish," will present a free screening of the 90-minute documentary and a talk about creating the film. The movie documents the circumstances leading to the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca.
On Friday, the focus will be on "Researchers Making a Difference," spotlighting three female scientists from Hawaii, Chile and Ecuador studying whales in the wild.
The presenters are:
Elsa Cabrera, who will discuss her work studying and protecting blue whales in Chile.
Cristina Castro, who will discuss her research of humpback whales and other marine mammals off the coast of Ecuador.
Emmanuelle Martinez, who will discuss Pacific Whale Foundation's studies of humpback whales off Maui, as part of a larger goal of preventing vessel-whale collisions.
To reserve a free seat at the presentations call the foundation at 249-8811, ext. 1.
Driver safety class coming to Lahaina
An AARP driver safety class will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center.
This class is open to everyone, although it is designed for drivers 50 years and older, according to an announcement. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one's driving ability, and how to compensate.
A $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members receive a $5 discount with their AARP card. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this class, according to a news release.
Pre-registration is requested. Call the West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina at 661-9432.
Bonsai plants topic of demonstration
The Valley Isle Bonsai Club will present a demonstration on group forest planting by Michael Wiegand, bonsai artist and club member, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kahului Jodo Mission, 325 Laau St., Kahului.
Wiegand will explain the essentials of creating a group forest planting as well as give advice for developing a healthy bonsai.
Attendees are encouraged to bring any bonsai trees they may want advice on. Refreshments will be served.
Space is limited to 30 people. RSVP by contacting Mark Givensel at 357-4563 or email@example.com.
Tracking asteroids subject of talk
Lanai Public and School Library will offer a free STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) program at 2 p.m. Tuesday in celebration of Teen Tech Week 2014.
James "J.D." Armstrong, Maui Technology Education & Outreach Specialist of the University of Hawaii's Institute of Astronomy on Maui, will present information about asteroids, the "Ninjas of the Solar System." This program is suitable for ages 12 and older.
The library is at 555 Fraser Ave. For more information, call 565-7920.
Relay for Life plans kickoff meeting
The American Cancer Society will host a Relay for Life kickoff meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kahului Jodo Mission, 325 Laau St., in Kahului.
Teams can sign up at www.relayforlife.com/centralmauihi.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest speaker will share WWII stories
Henry Smith, a member of the Iwo Jima Association of America, will speak at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina on Thursday in the Royal Ocean Terrace Room at the Royal Lahaina Resort.
Smith is a Notre Dame graduate and four-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who is spending his retirement sharing World War II stories with Maui students and organizations supporting education. His topic Thursday will be the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo during World War II.
For more information, call President Art Ortiz at 344-3010.
Club to hear from Mark Sheehan
Mark Sheehan, a natural resource Realtor and environmental activist, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui's noon meeting Thursday in the Class Act Dining Room at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
The public is invited. The cost is $20 for luncheon and meeting. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Benefit for Special Olympics Maui
Law enforcement officers from around the island will put down their badges and pick up trays to serve customers in support of Special Olympics Maui at the 7th annual Tip-a-Cop dinner service from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Outback Steakhouse in Kihei.
Special Olympics' mission is to provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities on Maui.
For more information, please call 281-7318.