COMMUNITY NEWS for August 8 issue
King to discuss Palmyra Atoll
KIHEI – The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will host the lecture “Palmyra Atoll: Where the Wild Things Are STILL Wild” on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Speaker Cheryl King, Hawaii Wildlife Fund vice president and Maui research coordinator, spent the month of June on Palmyra Atoll working with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History.
She will report on the efforts that the team made to survey the local sea turtle population on this remote Pacific atoll.
King has been researching sea turtles since 1996 in South Carolina, New York and Florida before moving to Maui and working with Hawaii Wildlife Fund in 2000.
This year is her 14th season running HWF’s Hawksbill Recovery Project, which focuses on protecting Maui’s nesting and foraging hawksbill population.
She also manages HWF’s Honu Watch, a community-based research, education and conservation project that protects Maui’s basking green turtles.
She created www.sharkastics.org/ in 2010 to raise awareness of the impacts of marine debris and to encourage everyone to get involved with keeping our ocean beautiful.
The lecture will be held in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Kihei Conference Room at 726 S. Kihei Road.
Visit hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov for information.
Bennett to talk about turtles
MAALAEA – Maui Ocean Center’s free Sea Talk Series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a fascinating presentation on green sea turtles titled “Da Honu: Charismatic Megafauna” by author and researcher Peter Bennett.
Since 1982, Bennett and his wife, Ursula Keuper-Bennett, have spent July and August at Honokowai. Together, they’ve made over 2,500 dives with the turtles of Honokowai, documenting their life on the reef.
His presentation will focus on green sea turtles’ interesting behavior and the cool things the couple has seen honu do.
Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean exhibit. Admission is complimentary, with entry through the aquarium’s front gate from 6 to 6:40 p.m. Seating is limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.
Obon celebrations set
LAHAINA – Free Obon dance practice will be held on Aug. 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission on Wainee Street.
Obon dancing and services are set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24. Services begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. This Japanese cultural event is open to everyone.
Enjoy food, music and great fun. Call 661-0640 for information.
Kahili Restaurant helping Na Hoaloha
WAILUKU – The Kahili Restaurant is holding a “Giving Back” dinner on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Fifteen percent of food sales will be donated to Na Hoaloha-Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
The Wailuku nonprofit recruits volunteers to help seniors remain in their homes and independent.
To support this fundraiser, go feast on Kahili’s Asian-American Fusion Buffet on Aug. 10 by calling 242-6000. To find out more about Na Hoaloha-Neighbors Helping Neighbors, visit www.nahoaloha.org.
‘Better Choices Better Health’ series slated in Lahaina
LAHAINA – The Maui County Office on Aging will sponsor a six-week “Better Choices Better Health” workshop series in Lahaina.
The program begins Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St.
The course is designed to help people living with chronic conditions better self-manage their health.
The series will run on six Wednesdays: Aug. 14, 21 and 28, and Sept. 4, 11 and 18.
Cost of the workshop is $10 for those 60 and older, and $30 for those under 60.
The course fee includes the text book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and a relaxation CD.
Scholarships are available. Contact Jan Roberson at 270-8221 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register for the course.
Lahaina Second Friday Town Party set for Aug. 9
LAHAINA – Lahaina’s Summer Block Party is coming to Front Street on Friday, Aug. 9. Join the fun with Deejay Ron playing summer tunes and a light show from the balcony of Lahaina Yacht Club, watch a surf movie courtesy of Honolua Surf and Billabong, and see a special performance by Maui Break Dancing Movement.
Front Street restaurants are creating special menu items for a “Pupu Crawl.”
At 6 p.m., the cast of ‘Ulalena will begin the night’s festivities with a street performance at the sea wall across from Hard Rock Cafe.
Campbell Park across from Lahaina Public Library will come alive with ono grinds, baked goods and desserts from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy Hawaiian music and hula when Maui Jam performs from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
As the sun sets and “pau hana” begins, shop Lahaina’s world-renowned art galleries, meet artists and share in some free pupus and wine from 6 to 9 p.m. Pick up your free Art Map at the Lahaina Visitor Center in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
Lahaina bars and restaurants will feature live music, including DJ Ron’s Retro 80s Dance Party at 9:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, Willie K at Kimo’s from 9 to 11 p.m., Benise & Friends at The Wharf Cinema Center from 6 to 7 p.m., Hawaiian Story and Bag Piper presentation at 6 p.m. at Fleetwood’s on Front St., jazz at Longhi’s from 7 to 10 p.m., Benny Uyetake Band at Captain Jack’s Island Grill from 8 to 10:30 p.m., and Johnny Ringo at Cool Cat Caf from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
For the full event schedule, visit www.MauiFridays.com.