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COMMUNITY NEWS for August 9 issue

By Staff | Aug 9, 2012

“Malama Wao Akua 2012,” Maui’s only native species juried art exhibition, will be featured at Viewpoints Gallery at 3620 Baldwin Avenue in Makawao from Aug. 15 to Sept. 16. The opening night and blessing begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. Call 572-5979 or visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com for information.

AARP Driver Safety Class slated in Lahaina

LAHAINA – An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held at the West Maui Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class is open to everyone but designed for drivers 50 years and older. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate. The instructor is Kelly Stanley.

The $14 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members will receive a $2 discount; bring your AARP card to class. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this course.

Preregistration is required. Call the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., at 661-9432.

aOn Friday, Aug. 10, Diamond Head Gallery at 736 Front St. will host Maui palette knife Impressionist painter Anna Good (her “Water Garden in Spring” is pictured) and Guy Junker, Lahaina’s petroglyph artist on stone, wood and canvas. Both will appear and paint from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 661-8171 for information. 


‘Wild Dolphin Days’ slated

MAALAEA – Pacific Whale Foundation’s “Wild Dolphin Days” begins with a Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the north end of Keawakapu Beach in Kihei.

Next, the public is invited to a free talk, including a slide and video presentation, about Maui County’s wild dolphins offered by PWF’s odontocete (dolphin and toothed whale) research team from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center at the Maalaea Harbor Shops complex.

On Sunday, Aug. 12, a Wild Dolphin Photo Safari is slated for 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. out of Lahaina Harbor.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie (left) and former Gov. Linda Lingle attended a benefit for well-known Maui musician Fulton Tashombe (right) at the Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina on July 28. Tashombe, who needs a lung transplant, traveled to the Mainland last week for tests.

For information, call 249-8811, extension 1, or visit www.pacificwhale.org.


Learn boating safety

KIHEI – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer an “About Boating Safely” course on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hawaii sanctuary office at 726 S. Kihei Road.

This introductory boating course covers general information about boats and maintenance, information on preparing for safe and enjoyable outings, navigation rules and aids to navigation, guidelines for operating your boat or PWC safely, what to do in boating emergencies, and state-specific laws and regulations you must follow.

On July 18, Bonnie Jean Blackmore of Lahaina held an estate auction of her jewelry and artwork that has raised nearly $17,000 to date. The money went directly to benefit the Wana Duma Eco-Orphanage project in Kenya, Africa, in Nelson’s name. Also on the auction block, her 2000 Mercedes Benz SLK Kompressor didn’t make it to the auction. The car is available today for $10,500, via certified check made payable to Wana Duma Eco-Orphanage or cash. Call Tera Paleka at 870-3653 for information. “The first one who shows up with the cash will take her home, but they have to act fast. She is priced to sell,” said Blackmore.

The special rate of only $35 for adults and $15 for children with a paid adult includes course text. Limited seating is available. Many boat insurance companies discount their rates for class completion, so check with your carrier. The volunteers of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Maui Flotilla 3-26 are here to support you in boating safely.

For more information, call Marie at 264-1902 or register at www.MauiBoatClass.com (click on “Boat Courses” on the left-hand column and then the registration form below it). Participants will be contacted via e-mail about payment.


Garden taking shape at UHMC

KAHULUI – There’s a brand new community garden setting down roots at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC).

The garden is a project of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and funded by the Ulupono Initiative, Community Work Day and the Department of Water Supply. It will be the first community garden within the U.H. system.

The community is invited to take part in weekly garden workdays to make the garden grow and thrive.

“Earth Bag Architecture” is set for Aug. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring shovels, water, snacks and work gloves. Many hands will make light work to build a 300-foot retaining wall for the garden terraces.

For information, contact Tracy Tarlow at tracytarlow@gmail.com or call (415) 717-2217.


DWS sponsors nozzle trade-out program

WAILUKU – The Department of Water Supply is providing free 1.15-gallon per minute (gpm) pre-rinse spray nozzles for restaurants, cafeterias and other commercial food service providers.

Restaurants, schools, hospitals, cafeterias, grocery stores and hotels are eligible to participate in the trade-out program.

The program is intended to help food service facilities save on hot water and sewer costs by replacing their existing pre-rinse kitchen sprayer with a new high-efficiency, high-velocity spray nozzle. This program is in effect as long as the limited supplies last.

The application form is available online at www.mauiwater.org and at DWS’ Water Resources and Planning Division office at 2200 Main St. (One Main Plaza), Suite 102, in Wailuku. Call 463-3110 or 463-3108.


‘Hope Ball’ a party with a purpose

WAILEA – In the quest to help eradicate and fight cancer, the American Cancer Society is planning its inaugural gala, “Hope Ball: A Small World, A Big Purpose,” on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. at the Grand Wailea Hotel Resort and Spa.

This year’s theme stresses that cancer touches people worldwide. The ball will raise much-needed funds to save more lives and create a world with more birthdays through research, education, advocacy and services.

The evening will feature gourmet cuisine, silent and live auctions, dance tunes by Deja Vu and island music by Alika Nako’oka.

The Hope Ball will honor this year’s Mana’olana Award recipient, Dr. Bobby C. Baker, for his commitment to improving the quality of life of cancer patients through lifesaving treatments and for his leadership in cancer care for Maui County.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 244-5554 or visit www.HopeBallMaui.org.


Hepatitis study set

A group is forming to study a new Hepatitis C herbal remedy.

For information, call Gary Bogart at 205-2284.


Lahaina preschool holding enrollment

LAHAINA – Holy Innocents Preschool in Lahaina is currently holding enrollment.

Registration is $250 per year. Tuition for preschool on Mondays through Fridays is $425 per month for pickup at 2:30 p.m. and $520 per month for pickup at 4:30 p.m.

Established in 1974, Holy Innocents Preschool is located at 561 Front St. Call 667-9058 or visit www.holyimaui.org/preschool.