COMMUNITY NEWS for January 9 issue
Students to rid beaches of cigarette butts
On Sunday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon in multiple locations, students from all Maui County high schools will be combing the beaches of our islands in search of cigarette butts.
In partnership with the Maui District Student Council Organization, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Sustainable Coastlines, Surfrider Foundation, and Community Work Day/Malama Maui Nui, this event is a chance for students and adults to take care of Maui, and to document precisely how cigarette butts are infiltrating Maui beaches.
“After the cleanups, we’ll rendezvous at the County Administration Building in Wailuku at 1 p.m. to count our cigarette butts together. This is grassroots, student-driven activism, with an eye on using this information to educate the public and the County Council on the number one item found at beach cleanups: cigarette butts. This is a one-time action intended to shape positive policy that will minimize the presence of cigarette butts on county parks and beaches,” wrote Andrew O’Riordan, student activities coordinator at Maui Preparatory Academy.
Cleanups will occur at Hookipa Beach Park, Baldwin Beach to Paia Bay, Kaanapali Beach, Olowalu Beach, Sugar Beach, Po’olenalena Beach and Waiehu Beach Park. Volunteers will be onsite with gloves and jars for butt collection.
Join the event at Surfrider’s Facebook event page.
Celebrate New Year’s resolutions at town party
LAHAINA – Learn how to keep your New Year’s resolutions at Lahaina’s Second Friday Town Party on Jan. 10 in Campbell Park from 5 to 8 p.m.
Maui Jam will play from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a live performance from Maui Theatre’s new production, “Burn’nLove.” Ono grinds will be served by the Hawaiian Civic Club, Boys & Girls Club of Lahaina and new vendors.
LahainaTown Action Committee will also host the first annual Maui Writing Contest. Call 667-9175.
Next door to Campbell Park, The Wharf Cinema Center will host a meet and greet with big wave surfer Carlos Burle in the courtyard from 6 to 9 p.m. Check www.mauifridays.com for details.
Kahekili Highway Resurfacing underway
WAILUKU – The county announced that the second phase of the Kahekili Highway Resurfacing Project began on Monday, Jan. 6.
During this $500,000 phase, the road will be closed between Wailena Gulch at Nobriga’s Corral (milepost 11) to east of Kaukini Gallery (milepost 13.4). The work will involve full road closures Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Raynard Oshiro at 270-7443.
Students to compete in Science Olympiad
KAHULUI – The fourth annual Maui Regional Science Olympiad Tournament will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the University of Hawaii Maui College’s `Ike Le`a Science Building.
Aspiring young scientists from middle and high schools on Maui will participate in this prestigious science competition.
Maui author to hold book signing events
KIHEI – Author Susan Michele Moll of Kihei will be available to sign copies of her book, “The Magical Princess,” at two book signings.
The events are slated for Jan. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Awakening in Paradise in the Long’s Shopping Center at 1215 South Kihei Road, and Jan. 18 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Maui Friends of the Library at 300 South Puunene Avenue in Kahului.
“The Magical Princess” is an inspiring children’s story that takes place on Maui and introduces some Hawaiian language.
It is about a princess and a grumpy old woman called Bella, who becomes the princess’ ally after magically transforming while sitting on the garden wall simply observing the princess.
Bella visits the princess, and they begin their adventure by inviting parents and children to tea parties, to play games, share ideas and by spreading the spirit of aloha to their community.
They strive to live better lives, helping birth a bright and beautiful New Earth.