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COMMUNITY NEWS for June 13 issue

By Staff | Jun 13, 2013

Kai Godwin (center) won the North American Grappling Association’s South Pacific Grappling Championship’s Under 50-pound Gi Division. The tournament was held on May 26 in Honolulu. This was Kai’s first tournament. He won all of his matches and took his championship match by submission. Kai is six years old, entering first grade at King Kamehameha III School. Kai trains at Maui Jiu Jitsu — mostly at ADG, Maui Jiu Jitsu’s Lahaina dojo. He has been training over a year and plans to compete as often as possible, including the next NAGA tournament in October. His instructors are Master Luis Heredia, Professor Teddy Lloyd and Professor Chris Nardi.

Soroptimists to stage Health Expo

NAPILI – Soroptimist International of West Maui will host a health and wellness interactive expo on Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maui Preparatory Academy.

The club is looking for vendors and local businesses to participate. If you make or sell items and/or activities that promote a health and wellness lifestyle, this is an opportunity to showcase your products and educate the public.

The expo will offer fitness activities, a farmers’ market, Plantation House farm-to-table demo, keiki obstacle course and more.

The expo begins at 8 a.m. and concludes with a grand prize drawing at noon. The number of vendor participants is limited to 25, so that vendors can receive maximum exposure.

The Plantation House Restaurant in Kapalua now features weekend entertainment with popular local singer Wilmont Kahaialii Jr. He appears every Friday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., singing Hawaiian favorites and playing his guitar. Call 669-6299 or visit www.theplantationhouse.com for information.

The fee to participate is $50 per booth; a table and chairs are provided for each booth. Set-up is from 7 to 8 a.m., and tear down starts at noon.

Soroptimist International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional women’s organization that works to improve the lives of girls and women in the Maui community and around the world. Programs include the annual Lahainaluna High School scholarship, Women of Opportunity award, supporting various local charities and staging the keiki Halloween parade.

Vendor applications must be received no later than June 28. E-mail Kathy at “mailto:siwmkathy@yahoo.com”>siwmkathy@yahoo.com or call (808) 298-2625 if you would like to participate.


Library to hold story time sessions

LAHAINA – Lahaina Public Library announced that “Story Time with Suzanne” will be held on the first and third Saturday of each month at 10:45 a.m.

The next story time is scheduled for Saturday, June 15. The group will meet in the children’s section of the library. Call 662-3950.


Meet Girsh

LAHAINA – All are invited to meet Jodie Girsh, the new cantorial soloist who will assist Rabbi Larry Winer at Chavurah Gan Eden, a modern Jewish congregation that follows the Reform Liturgy, on Friday, June 28, at Lahaina United Methodist Church at 988 Front St.

The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be followed by a social hour and Oneg Shabbat.

For information, call Rabbi Winer at (954) 295-2878.


‘JUMPSmartMaui’ to celebrate launch

KAHULUI – On Saturday, June 15, the public is welcome to celebrate the launch of the “JUMPSmartMaui” project at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The demonstration project is the result of an international partnership between Japan, Hawaii and Maui.

The project aims to improve the integration of renewable energy resources into Maui’s electrical grid and prepare for adoption of electric vehicles.

Set for 4:30 to 6 p.m., event festivities will include a performance by Willie K; remarks by County of Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and representatives from New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Hitachi and Maui Electric Company; and giveaways for attendees (while supplies last). Admission is free.


All-star lineup set for Slack Key Show

NAPILI – George Kahumoku Jr.’s Grammy Award-winning “Slack Key Show-Masters of Hawaiian Music” will present a very special all-stars performance on Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Pavilion in West Maui.

This showcase event will feature special performances by Ledward Kaapana, Martin Pahinui, Jeff Peterson, Herb Ohta Jr. and Keoki Kahumoku. This special show will be hosted by George with his regulars, Da Ukulele Boyz (Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst) and Sterling Seaton, along with hula dancer Wainani Kealoha. Visit www.SlackKeyShow.com or call 669-3858 for tickets.


Lahainaluna JV football players hold workouts

LAHAINA – Workouts for interested Lahainaluna High School student athletes – including incoming boarders – for junior varsity football are scheduled for Monday through Thursday weekly from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Athletic Field on campus.

Proof of a current physical examination is required to participate.

For more information, call Aloha Kaniho at 760-6022 or 250-8298.