Hawaiian steel guitar to get spotlight
Bryant Neal will discuss the Hawaiian steel guitar and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre during the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului on Monday at Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.
A special performance by steel guitarist Geromino "Geri" Validriz of the Maui slack key bands Ola Hou, Maui Jam and The Waiehu Sons also will take place at the meeting. Validriz is a steel guitar instructor at Keola Beamer's Aloha Music Camp and guest steel guitarist at George Kahumoku's slack key shows.
He also will be performing at the upcoming Maui Steel Guitar Festival from Friday to Sunday at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
The public is invited to the meeting. The cost for lunch is $20 or a $5 program fee. Information about speakers and club service projects may be found at www.kahuluirotary.org. For more information, call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.
State health officer to speak at meeting
State Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang will speak about air quality on Maui and a current study on the effects of cane smoke, and other issues, during 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 welcome to attend.
'What is Resurrection?' title of symposium
The April Seabury Hall Philosophy Club Symposium - "What is Resurrection?" - will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the A'ali'ikuhonua Creative Arts Center in Olinda.
The presenters in this dialogue on the theological, philosophical and psychological implications of the Easter season will include artist/educator Keith McKerry, Dr. Greg Lagoy, pastor Sean Housman and physical therapist/Tibetan Buddhist practitioner Laura Morris. The student moderator will be Nicolas Colon.
The public is invited to this free Socratic-style exchange of questions and answers.
Dinner to benefit family service agency
Parents and Children Together will present a benefit dinner at Vineyard Food Co., 1951 E. Vineyard St., Wailuku, on Friday and Saturday.
Seatings will be at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The four-course dinner with choices of appetizer and entree costs $48 per person. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will benefit PACT's Domestic Violence Programs on Maui and Lanai.
There will also be a silent auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to PACT.
Reservations may be made by calling 243-3663.
For more information on PACT and its family service programs, visit www.pacthawaii.org.
Gala will support steel guitar festival
"Maui Mahalo to Sen. Daniel K. Akaka," a gala celebration and fundraiser to support the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
Tickets for the benefit are $150 per person for Bronze Table Seating and $250 per person for Platinum Table Seating. Tickets are available at www.mauimahalo.com or by calling 283-3576.
Akaka and his family will be part of the evening's entertainment. A silent auction offering rounds of golf, hotel stays, activities, dinners and more will also raise funds to support the festival.
The sixth annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival is free and open to the public. It will take place Friday through Sunday at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. The festival includes performances, presentations, workshops and jam sessions along with Hawaiian cultural arts and crafts, exhibits and activities.
Scholarship pageant seeks contestants
The Maui Filipino Community Council is seeking contestants for the Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant to be held June 28. The pageant is open to single women of full or part Filipino ancestry between the ages of 18 and 27. High school seniors may apply, providing that their 18th birthday is by Dec. 31.
The deadline to enter is April 15.
Miss Maui Filipina 2014 will receive a prize package that will include a scholarship, round-trip airfare to the Philippines, travel allowance and more.
The new queen will also have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Hawaii Filipina Scholarship Pageant in July. Rochelle Marie Dagdagan de Leon is the reigning Miss Maui Filipina 2013.
For details and an application, contact Chairwoman Yvienne Tagorda-Peterson at 344-5575 or send an email to email@example.com.
Caregiver classes to begin April 16
Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes will begin in Kihei on April 16 at the Kihei Maui Adult Day Care Center (Hale Mahaolu Ehiku). Classes will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays through May 21.
Topics include reducing stress, improving self-confidence, communicating effectively with health care professionals and family members, balancing caregiving responsibilities, making tough decisions and locating helpful resources.
A registration fee of $25 is refunded to all who complete the course. For more information and to register, call Heather Greenwood at 244-3242, ext. 226.
This program is accessible for individuals with disabilities. For information or to request an auxiliary aid or service, call 244-3242 / TTY 800-222-1222 a week before the workshop.
Founder of veterans nonprofit to speak
David Fletcher, founder and director of the Wounded Warrior Wave Riders Association, will be the speaker 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.
The Wounded Warrior Wave Riders Association was formed to provide a positive experience for veterans who have lost the use of one or both of their legs in combat. A specially designed paddleboard and custom paddle allows veterans who use wheelchairs the opportunity to explore Maui's waters and catch waves.
Equipment and instruction is offered at no cost to wounded veterans who visit Maui each year.
Fletcher will share how the organization started and will provide information about this nonprofit group.
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.
Degrees at college topic of presentation
Bachelor's and master's degree opportunities available on Maui will be discussed at a presentation hosted by the University of Hawaii Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Laulima Building Room 108.
The session will cover requirements for a variety of degree programs as well as the application process. The focus is on preparing students of all levels, from recent high school graduates to adults returning to school, according to a news release.
The session will include an opportunity to ask questions about UH distance programs in an informal face-to-face environment.
Degree programs currently available include a master's degree in human resource management, an executive MBA degree, post-baccalaureate certificates in education, and bachelor's degrees in business administration, accounting, justice administration, political science, nursing, disaster preparedness and emergency management, and health care administration.
For more information, call the University of Hawaii Center, Maui, at 984-3525, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BHS students will explore careers
Students will explore career opportunities during Baldwin High School's annual Bear Affair from 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the BHS gym.
Schools, community organizations and businesses will be manning 98 booths.
Recycling event seeks school entries
The deadline for high schools statewide to register to compete in a recycling competition to win cash prizes toward project graduation is Friday. The two schools that redeem the most HI-5 beverage containers by dollar value will win $3,000 (first place) and $1,500 (second place). There is also a $1,000 wild card winner. The recycling period began March 7 and ends April 15.
Retail Merchants of Hawaii must receive schools' registration forms by Friday to be eligible.
"Together with Reynolds Recycling, we continue to promote a cleaner and 'greener' Hawaii," said Retail Merchants of Hawaii President Sheri Sakamoto. "Students, family and friends can bring their HI-5 beverage containers to any Reynolds Recycling location statewide."
Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.
Buyers sought for livestock auction
People interested in participating as buyers at this year's 4-H Livestock Show and Auction at the Upcountry Livestock and Ag Fair, are asked to call 264-9933 for information. The fair is scheduled to take place June 7 and 8 at the Oskie Rice rodeo grounds in Makawao.
More than 50 market steers, lamb, hogs and nanny goats will be sold at the auction beginning at 1 p.m. June 7 under the livestock tent.
College fair open to all Maui students
The Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling will sponsor a College Planning & College Fair for Maui families from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Maui High School B-Building and Gymnasium.
There will be breakout sessions in B-Building on a number of topics for college-bound students of all ages.
Starting at 6 p.m., over 50 colleges and universities from across the United States and overseas will be in the gymnasium for the annual spring college fair.
A general college advising and financial aid center will be available to students and their families to answer specific questions regarding the college admission process and financial aid.
The college fair is free of charge and open to the public. Students from all Maui schools are welcome to attend.
For more information, send email to email@example.com.
Vendor space open for 'mompreneurs'
Vendor space is available for the Maui Mompreneur Spring Showcase on May 10 in the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom.
Since the event is before Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation and wedding season, organizers are seeking mompreneurs in the following areas: lei makers, party planners, caterers, bakers, face painters, photographers, crafters, party games, party rentals, party favors, etc.
For more information, visit www.mauimompreneurs.com.