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COMMUNITY NEWS for February 13 issue

By Staff | Feb 13, 2014

LHS to hold Pre-Graduation Meetings

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School parents and seniors of the Class of 2014 should attend one of the following Mandatory Pre-Graduation Meetings at the LHS Kamakau Library on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. OR Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m.

This meeting is mandatory for any senior who wishes to participate in commencement exercises.

For information, contact Senior Counselor Kalele Kekauoha-Schultz or Vice Principal Keola Rogat at 662-4000.


Foundation to host ‘Whales Under the Stars’

KIHEI – Call it the perfect way to spend “Whale-entine’s Day.” A free outdoor presentation titled “Whales Under the Stars” will be offered by Pacific Whale Foundation on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kalama Park in Kihei. The public is invited.

The presentation will include thrilling videos and dramatic photos of whales shown on a large screen with commentary by Greg Kaufman, the founder and executive director of Pacific Whale Foundation.

“This is a fun and interesting way to spend part of what we call ‘Whale-entine’s Day’ at the peak of whalewatching season on Maui,” said Kaufman. “We’ll be using the big stage, sound system and seating that will be at Kalama Park for World Whale Day the following day.

“I’ll be sharing dramatic footage from Pacific Whale Foundation’s research in Australia, Ecuador, Chile and Hawaii, news about whale protection efforts around the world, and the latest findings about these magnificent animals,” said Kaufman. “It’s a great way to get a closer look at whales and enjoy a starry night at the park.”

A limited number of chairs will be available for use at no charge, or attendees can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. If you wish to reserve a chair, call PWF at 249-8811, extension 1, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation, visit www.pacificwhale.org.


See ‘Wikileaks’

WAILUKU – “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,” a film by award-winning documentary Director Alex Gibney, will be shown at Wailuku Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

The free screening of this R-rated movie for adults will be conducted in a separate viewing room within the library. Wailuku Public Library is located at 251 South High St. For more information, call 243-5766.


Soroptimists to host ‘Dinner and Discussion’

KAANAPALI – Soroptimist International of West Maui hosts monthly “Dinner and Discussion” events. This month’s topic is “Teenage Dating Violence.”

Members and the general public are invited. The meeting will be held on Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Paradise Grill in Kaanapali. For reservations, contact Ruth McKay at (808) 283-5193.


9th Life Hawaii to hold clinics

9th Life Hawaii is holding free/low-cost cat spay/neuter clinics from Feb. 19 through March 1.

The organization has sterilized more than 5,807 cats for the Maui community. All cats are welcome, except pregnant cats. Veterinarians can sterilize cats as small as two pounds.

The suggested donation is $35; hardship situations are always free. Volunteers pick up cats at designated locations and transport them to the clinic. Cats are returned later the same day to the pickup location. “It’s important to sterilize male cats also to eliminate spraying and fighting,” the organization noted.

Call 573-3365 and leave your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, so 9th Life Hawaii can send you a surgical consent form to register for its upcoming clinics. Register now, as the spay/neuter slots fill up fast.


Lawmakers to hold talk story meeting

LAHAINA – Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey will hold a community talk story meeting on Monday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the hall next to Waiola Church (park in the asphalt parking lot).

Baker noted that the legislature is one-third through the 2014 session. The recess next week will allow lawmakers to report back to their constituents on progress at the legislature.

“We invite the public to join us to talk story. Because Angus and I both chair second referral committees, we’ll be spending a lot of the recess hearing bills, and I may be hearing nominations from the governor to various boards and commissions that require Senate confirmation. A lot of very interesting measures are still under consideration, so we look forward to providing the community with an update, answering questions and hearing any concerns,” Baker explained.