Work on Tante's to start Friday
Work will begin Friday morning on new oceanfront restaurant Tante's at Hotel Moloka'i, according to an announcement from operator Beachtree Properties.
"The partnership with chef Tante Urban will create a truly authentic Hawaiian experience for guests and locals who wish to sample local cuisine with breathtaking oceanfront views," the announcement said.
Tlc Builder Ltd. is contractor for the project to complete renovation work of the restaurant after a kitchen fire led to the business' closure in 2012. Work will include restaurant upgrades and a face-lift of the hotel's exterior, including new shake roofing.
To launch construction work, Anakala Solatorio will bless the site and perform traditional Hawaiian rituals, the announcement said.
Suicide prevention event set
Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. will host a free "Go Lighten Our World" suicide prevention and awareness event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului.
The event will include food and music, featuring the tunes of disc jockey Zeke Kalua. Other attractions include a "GLOW" maze, dancing and an opportunity to meet with members of "Da M.A.U.I. Kanak-tion Youth Task Force."
The event is funded by Hawaii's Caring Communities Initiative for Youth Suicide Prevention.
Half-staff flags honor officers
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week.
This week is Police Week, which was established by congressional resolution in 1962 to recognize law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty.
Pellet gun injury investigated
Police were investigating Wednesday how an 8-year-old Lanai girl was injured Saturday, apparently shot by someone with a pellet gun while she was standing in a pasture with her mother.
After the incident was reported at 6:51 p.m., the girl was taken with nonlife-threatening injuries to Lanai Community Health Center, where she was treated and released, police spokesman Lt. William Juan said.
As of Wednesday, police had not identified the shooter or located the gun, he said.
Police advised anyone using air-powered guns to be mindful of their surroundings and to use the guns in designated areas only. Juveniles must be supervised by an adult while operating air-powered guns, police said.
Meeting of Pukalani Association set
An official with the Aloha Heritage Center in Kulamalu will be speaking at the Pukalani Community Association at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center's downstairs meeting room.
Robb Finberg will discuss the Epcot-style depiction of the lives and events of Hawaii up to the 19th century on 8 acres of commercial land in Kulamalu.
Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited.
Memorial Day participants sought
The Maui Veterans Council is still seeking groups interested in participating in the upcoming Memorial Day observance, set for 9 a.m. May 26 at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery.
Those interested must contact Doug Scherer via email at email@example.com or at 205-4654 by Sunday.
The event will be attended by federal, state and county leaders and include music and speeches.
'Bring Back Our Girls' march set
A "Bring Back Our Girls" march and rally to call attention to the abduction of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the north entrance of the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului.
From the mall, participants will walk to Keopuolani Park, where the rally will begin at 1:30 p.m.
The rally will include opportunities to donate and sign a petition.
Participants are asked to wear red.
More information is available at www.facebook.com/events/1443392212574171.