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COMMUNITY NEWS for July 24 issue

By Staff | Jul 24, 2014

Na Kupuna o Maui attended the 25th annual Dougie Tihada Memorial Regatta on July 12 at Canoe Beach in Lahaina. The annual event is hosted by Napili Canoe Club. Morning protocol was led by Sam Ka‘ai, Keeaumoku Kapu and Kamalapua Kanuha. Eugene Tihada (left), Dougie’s brother, sits with Aimoku Pali, one of the founding fathers of NCC in 1976. Dougie was among that original group of club leaders.

Chef Nabavi to lead Persian cooking class

KAANAPALI – Chef Paris Nabavi will host a Persian cooking class in his Kaanapali home to benefit Grow Some Good on Saturday, July 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy food, fine wine and good company as Nabavi shares some secrets from his homeland.

Chef Nabavi hosts the benefit cooking class monthly at his home kitchen and organic garden. Guests will be able to casually mingle and enjoy a front-row seat as Nabavi demonstrates the preparation of Persian delights.

Grow Some Good currently has programs in seven schools with over 2,500 students participating. For more information, visit “http://www.GrowSomeGood.org”>www.GrowSomeGood.org.

A trio of virtuoso guitarists — Ray Zhou, Ian O’Sullivan (left) and Arash Noori (right) — will perform a free noon concert at the University of Hawaii Maui College ‘Ike Le‘a 144 on Friday, July 25, to highlight opportunities to study music at UHMC and inspire the next generation of musicians. The program will include baroque guitar, classical guitar and ukulele. UHMC is offering a variety of hands-on music classes starting Aug. 25, including Piano, Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Beginning Ukulele, Voice and Digital Recording Techniques. There’s still time to apply and register; visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/ music.

This meal is offered at $100 per person, with all proceeds donated to Grow Some Good. Checks can be made out to Grow Some Good’s fiscal sponsor Tri-Isle RC&D, remitted the evening of the event.

Space for the class is limited; reservations are required, and these events sell out fast. Visit www.chefnabavi.com for information and register for July’s class at www.eventbrite.com/e/july-cooking-class-to-benefit-grow-some-good-july-26-tickets-12235341235.


9th Life Hawaii holds spay clinics for cats

UPCOUNTRY – 9th Life Hawaii holds monthly free/low-cost cat spay/neuter clinics. The next clinic will be held on Saturday, July 26.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Solo Sessions continue at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, in the McCoy Studio Theater with Bill Champlin. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Champlin is probably best known the world over for his role as soulful singer/keyboardist with the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago. His featured spots on the hits “Look Away” and “Hard Habit to Break” are among his mainstream highlights. Other well-known songs you might expect to hear live this evening are “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love,” “Here In My Heart,” “You’re Not Alone,” and “In The Heat Of The Night.” Tickets are $30 or $45; call 242-SHOW.

The organization has sterilized more than 6,040 cats for the Maui community. All cats are welcome except pregnant cats. 9th Life Hawaii can sterilize cats as small as two pounds (roughly two months of age). The suggested donation is $35, but the clinics are free if paying is a hardship. 9th Life Hawaii can transport the cats from Lahaina to its fully equipped Upcountry surgery clinic. Cats are returned later the same day to the pickup location.

It’s important to also sterilize male cats to eliminate spraying and fighting. 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 upcoming clinics. The spay/neuter slots fill up fast.


‘Awa workshop set

KAHULUI – Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host an ‘awa workshop on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Learn about the unique varieties, medicinal values and cultural importance of ‘awa with respected practitioner and Kumu Hula Kapono’ai Molitau.

Call 249-2798 or e-mail info @mnbg.org for reservations. Tickets are $25.


Free guitar concerts set

LAHAINA – Guitarists from Hawaii and across the United States will perform two concerts on Maui that are free and open to the public.

The first will take place at Lahaina Jodo Mission at 12 Ala Moana St. in Lahaina on Wednesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. The second will take place at Keawala’i Congregational Church at 5300 Makena Road in Makena on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

The programs will include solo and ensemble music from around the world. The concert is an annual event that is part of the week-long guitar masterclass taught by Benjamin Verdery, renowned American guitarist and chair of the Guitar Deparment at the Yale School of Music.

This is the 15th year that Verdery has held a guitar masterclass on Maui. Over that time, more than 125 guitarists have come from across the United States and around the world to Maui to study with Verdery – many of them returning several times.

The class includes the performance of ensemble music, with the 15 to 20 guitarists in the class performing as a guitar orchestra. Each year, the orchestra performs at least one piece of music written by a Hawaiian composer. This year, that piece will be Bailey Matsuda’s “Born and Raised,” in an arrangement by Ian O’Sullivan.

For more information, contact John Olson at verderyclass@gmail.com.