Kihei library to host events
Kihei Public Library will be hosting special summer events today and Saturday at the library at 35 Waimahaihai St.
Today at 3 p.m., Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck), a writer, English literature scholar and longtime reader of classic books will present a dramatic reading of his "Classics Illustrated" comic book "The Time Machine," projected on a large screen. There will be a brief discussion and a question-and-answer session. The one-hour event is recommended for children ages 6 to 12 and includes light snacks and refreshments.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon will be "Bubble Day!," where children may wear swimsuits to catch, pop, chase and blow bubbles. Children will receive a free balloon bracelet from Riki Inzano, Maui's Balloon Lady. Participants should bring sunscreen and a towel. No pets will be allowed.
The bubble event and snacks at Lopaka's presentation are sponsored by the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events, which are being held in celebration of the state library's Summer Reading Program.
For more information, call the library at 875-6833.
Talk to focus on manta rays
A talk titled, "Maui's Manta Rays: Ambassadors of the Olowalu Reef," will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's Kihei conference room at 726 S. Kihei Road.
The speaker will be Mark Deakos, founder of The Hawai'i Association for Marine Education and Research, a nonprofit organization with the mission of better understanding and protecting Hawaii's marine resources.
Deakos obtained his biology degree from the University of Waterloo. At the University of Hawaii, he completed his master's degree studying humpback whale behavior and continued his graduate work by completing his doctoral degree with a focus on manta ray ecology.
The event is free and open to the public.
All-island ceremony June 27
The presidents of each of the 10 Maui Rotary Clubs will be inducted into their positions together in an all-island ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. June 27 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.
"This is a time for the public to see what Rotary on Maui is all about and to enjoy the unique celebration with the new presidents," said District Governor Phil Sammer, about this first-time event.
Tickets are $30 and must be ordered online via Event Brite prior to Friday. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Mistress of Ceremonies is Kathy Collins and Mayor Alan Arakawa will address the attendees.
Eleven of Rotary District 5000 past and upcoming district governors will serve as induction officers.
A few of the dignitaries attending include Linda Coble, past district governor from 2000-2001 and George Fontaine, past district governor, 2007-2008.
Sammer will also attend.
The event is open to the public. All 10 clubs will have information about their organization.
Pupus and a no-host bar will be available.
Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/maui-rotary-clubs-all-island-induction-tickets-8740038691.
For more information, contact Assistant District Governor Joanne Laird at 757-0981.
Naeole to speak at meeting
Clifford Naeole, the cultural adviser and a member of the public relations team at The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina's meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Royal Ocean Terrace at the Royal Lahaina Resort.
Naeole is the founder of the annual Celebration of the Arts, a three-day festival of music, art, food and conversation.
The event is open to the public.
For more information, call club President Art Ortiz at 344-3010.
Effort to benefit Read Aloud
Read Aloud America will be the beneficiary of funds collected during the "Be Book Smart Campaign" at Macy's at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center from Saturday through July 13.
Customers who donate $3 will receive $10 off a purchase of $30 or more at Macy's. (Exclusions and restrictions apply, see a Macy's associate for details.)
Macy's, in turn, will donate $3 to Reading is Fundamental, a national nonprofit children's literacy organization, to help provide free books.
In conjunction with the event, Read Aloud America will have an interactive game table set up in the Macy's children's department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning this week and concluding July 13.
Children will be invited to color a Read Aloud America Bookmark. Once completed, they can spin the wheel to win a prize. Some of the prizes include a brand new book.
If a "Be Book Smart" coupon is purchased while the game table is set up, the customer will be able to select a free children's book to take home, according to a release.
Dama fest slated for Saturday
The 2014 Summer Dama Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center stage.
The event, hosted by Maui's Kendama Superstore, has multiple contests for ages 5 and up. There also will be a kendama clinic from 10 a.m. to noon.
The cost is $3 for preregistered players and $5 for entrants that day.
More than $500 in prizes will be given out.
Workshop on chickens set
A workshop on raising chickens for egg and meat production will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
The event, offered by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, will cover the best chicken breeds for egg laying and meat production, alternative feeding strategies to minimize feed import, food safety issues and regulations.
There also will be a demonstration on building a chicken coop.
Michael Duponte, livestock cooperative extension agent on the Big Island, and Julius Ludovico, who has successfully obtained the producer/grower 20,000 bird exemption from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be the instructors.
The cost of the course is $59.
For more information, contact 984-3231 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, go to edventuremaui.com (career training, agriculture).
Free 'Aloha Fest' is Sunday
King's Cathedral will hold a free "Aloha Fest" beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday.
The event is "an opportunity for us to give back to the community and share the aloha," according to an announcement.
There will be free lunch and giveaways of televisions and bicycles.
A bus will pick up those who want to attend the event but need transportation.
For more information, call 871-7311.
Maui Wedding Expo Saturday
The Maui Wedding Association will present the 19th annual Maui Wedding Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
The expo will feature Maui's top wedding vendors, including wedding coordinators, photographers, videographers, florists, ministers/officiants, catering/cake/restaurants, music-ians/entertainment, locations/venues, limos/transportation, bridal wear/tuxedos, beauty/spa, travel/lodging, specialty products and services, rental equipment and wedding publications.
The event is free and open to the public. It will feature entertainment, wedding fashion shows, cake tasting and door prizes throughout the day.
Brides and grooms may register to be entered into the door prize drawing in advance at www.weddingexpomaui.com.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's parking structure will be available for self parking for the event at $1 for every three hours with validation at the expo. The hotel will also have property and restaurant tours and will offer specials for attendees of the expo.
Feed My Sheep CEO to speak
Joyce Kawakami, CEO of the nonprofit Feed My Sheep will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at the Cary & Eddie's Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.
Kawakami will speak on "Local Businesses Taking Care of the Community."
The meeting is open to the public. The cost for lunch is $12.
For more information, call Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.