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COMMUNITY NEWS for September 18 issue

By Staff | Sep 18, 2014

From left, Donald Harrison, saxophone jazz legend from New Orleans; Steve Turre of “Saturday Night Live” Band fame; and Grammy Award-nominated artist Javon Jackson — all students of the late, great Art Blackey — performed a special tribute at the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival on Sept. 6 at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

New Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays

LAHAINA – The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset meets on Tuesdays with a social from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and club meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort’s Royal Ocean Terrace.

Call Co-President Liz May at (808) 721-5909 for details. Members meet the first and third Tuesday of the month, with a community service project on the second Tuesday and a Club Social on the last

Tuesday of the month.


The Timothy Wenk Magic Show will be presented on Sept. 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Kahului Public Library and Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Kihei Public Library. Admission is free. Keiki ages five and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to experience Wenk’s popular magic show that has been performed throughout the United States. He is also known as an inventor of magic tricks. The Maui Friends of the Library is sponsoring the performances.

Lahaina Yacht Club to hold gala dinner

LAHAINA – Lahaina Yacht Club’s Charity Gala Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the club.

The event will benefit Hospice Maui, LYC Foundation and the LYC Junior Sailing Program. The public is welcome. Call Stacy Thorlakson at LYC 667-6212.


Meet LAS artists

LAHAINA – Come “Meet the Artists” at Lahaina Arts Society.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local artists will be demonstrating in the Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.

Talk story with photographer John O’Leary on Sept. 23 and water color/gouache/sea glass artist Raleigh Timmins on Sept. 25.

Bring your friends and family to see how the magic is created by these talented local artists. Call LAS at 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com.


DMVL satellite offices to close for staff training

WAILUKU – The county Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing (DMVL) announced it will be closing satellite DMVL offices on Friday, Sept. 19, to conduct staff training.

The one-day closure will affect the Hana, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai City, Molokai and Pukalani satellite offices. The Kahului Service Center at Maui Mall will remain open for regular hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All DMVL offices will resume regular customer service hours on Monday, Sept. 22. Call 270-7363.


Whale talks held at sanctuary center

KIHEI – The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary sponsors “45-Ton Talk” photo-video talk story presentations about humpback whales from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sanctuary Visitor Center at 726 S. Kihei Road.

Volunteers are on a short vacation, so talks at the Whalers Village Museum in Kaanapali and the Old Lahaina Courthouse Theater are temporarily canceled. Talks at Whalers Village will resume in October, and presentations at the Old Lahaina Courthouse will re-start in November.

Reiki class slated

Shalandra Abbey will lead a Reiki Natural Healing First Degree Class for all ages on Sept. 20-21.

Visit www.ReikiHawaii.com or call (808 280-7704.


Monsanto awarding grants

KIHEI – Applications are now being accepted for the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund. This grant program is open to public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai.

Established in 2005, the fund helps provide Hawaii public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance science education and encourage today’s students to consider a future career in the sciences. To date, the program has awarded more than $145,000 to public schools throughout the state.

Grant applications are accepted and reviewed twice a year. The next application deadline is Oct. 6, 2014. Applications can be downloaded online at www.MonsantoHawaii.com or by contacting the Maui farm station at 891-8830.


Cat spay/neuter

clinics offered

9th Life Hawaii holds frequent Free/Low-Cost Cat Spay/Neuter Clinics. The next clinic will be held on Saturday, Sept 27.

All cats are welcome except pregnant cats. The suggested donation is $35. In hardship situations, the service is always free.

Volunteers can pickup cats on the West Side and transport them to the clinic. Cats are returned the same day. It’s important to sterilize male cats to eliminate spraying and fighting. Call 573-3365 for information.


Maui Okinawan Festival slated

KAHULUI – Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, along with cosponsor Maui Mall, will hold its Maui Okinawan Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maui Mall.

The event will feature continuous Okinawan music and dance, a craft fair, professional photo sessions in traditional Okinawan wear, lots of Okinawan food and a Country Store.

For information, call 242-1560.


Learn about the Ku’e Petition

LAHAINA – Na Kupuna O Maui invites everyone to come and join them in Banyan Tree Park on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Patty Nishiyama of Na Kupuna O Maui, “This event will be an educational awareness of the Ku’e: The Hui Aloha Aina Anti-Annexation Petition of September 30, 1897.

“The immediate significance of the petitions was to unite all Kanaka Maoli as descendants of the people who courageously signed their names in solidarity 117 years ago to secure our continued existence as a independent nation forever.

“Na Kupuna will honor our ancestors, who were courageous in signing the Ku’e Petition, for their efforts that continue to go unnoticed. Na Kupuna O Maui will be having copies of the Ku’e Petition Book at the education table. Come and look for your ancestors and enjoy Hawaiian music, also arts and crafts,” she concluded.


Free lecture slated at Lahaina Jodo Mission

LAHAINA – Professor Soho Machida of the Graduate School of Integrated Arts & Sciences and director of the Center for Ecological Peace Studies at Hiroshima University will offer a free public lecture entitled “The Buddha Dharma: Guiding Light for a Happy Life” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission at 12 Ala Moana St. in Lahaina.

Machida practiced as a Zen monk for 20 years in a traditional monastery in Kyoto, Japan before coming to the U.S. to receive a Master’s Degree from Harvard University School of Divinity and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has previously taught at various universities, including Princeton University and the National University of Singapore.

In recent years, he has developed “Arigato Meditation” as a way to cleanse the subconscious mind, allowing participants to achieve clarity of mind and a sense of fulfillment.

Machida will also hold three “Arigato Meditation” sessions at Lahaina Jodo Mission: 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 23 and 24.

For more information, or to reserve a seat for the meditation sessions, e-mail sohozenmaui@gmail.com.


AARP Smart Driver class set

LAHAINA – An AARP Smart Driver Class will be held at the West Maui Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These classes are designed for drivers 50 years and older, but all adults are welcome to attend. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate.

The $20 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members receive a $5 discount, so bring your AARP card to class. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this class.

Pre-registration is requested. Call West Maui Senior Center (788 Pauoa St.) at 661-9432.


Doggie Dash Maui to support humane society

PUUNENE – Maui Humane Society and Doggie Dash Maui LLC will hold the Doggie Dash Maui on Saturday Oct. 11.

Registration will be held from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The one-and-a-half-mile fun run begins at 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Maui Humane Society. Pre-register by going to www.Mauihumanesociety.org or e-mailing ssisneros1@gmail.com.