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COMMUNITY NEWS for February 26 issue

By Staff | Feb 26, 2015

The First Sundays Music Series returns to Hula Grill in Kaanapali on March 1 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The March show will be an ukulele festival featuring food, special cocktails and music by Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i (above), CJ “Boom” Helekahi, Benny Uyetake and 17-year-old ukulele wizard Max Angel, a junior at Lahainaluna High School. Angel will debut his first CD, “Touch The Sky,” at the event. Call 667-6636 for more information.

Rose to discuss self-publishing

LAHAINA – Aubrey Rose, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, will lead the workshop “The ABCs of Self-Publishing” on Wednesday, March 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 518 Ilikahi St. in Lahaina.

Have all of your questions about self-publishing answered. Rose will teach a step-by-step guide to putting books up for sale on Amazon, how to find a good cover artist and formatter, social marketing tips, Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and other visibility tools.

The cost is $50 per person; register by e-mailing aubreyrosewrites@gmail.com or calling Madeleine at (808) 276-5076.


Brett Dennen, a folk/pop singer and songwriter from Northern California, will perform on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Yokouchi Pavilion. His chart-topping songs include “Wild Child,” “Ain’t No Reason,” “Sydney (I’ll Come Running),” “Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog),” and “Out of My Head.” Tickets are $29 in advance and $34 the day of the concert; call 242-SHOW.

Maui Humane Society to offer low-cost sterilizations

PUUNENE – As part of an ongoing campaign to lower the number of unplanned and unwanted litters on the island, the Maui Humane Society, in association with Animal Balance, is offering free Zeuterin training on Tuesday, March 3, to any veterinarian or vet technician who would like to attend.

The Zeuterin method uses a chemical sterilization process versus the traditional surgical sterilization, leaving the male dog’s testicles intact. Most male dogs at least three months of age and under 75 pounds are candidates for this procedure.

On March 4, three Zeuterin master trainers from Animal Balance will perform a low-cost, mass Zeuterin sterilization clinic at MHS. There are 50 available appointments: 25 in the morning and 25 more in the afternoon. The cost is $40, which includes Zeuter and a microchip (it’s an additional $7 if the dog is not licensed).

For appointments, training registration and more information, visit www.MauiHumaneSociety.org or www.facebook.com/MauiHumaneSociety, or call MHS at 877-3680, option 3.

The Native Hawaiian Plant Society is sponsoring a special guest speaker on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center Pool Room in Pukalani. Anna Palomino will discuss propagating rare plants. Palomino is a well-known, longtime horticulturalist in Maui who specializes in Native Hawaiian plants. This is an opportunity to learn about propagation methods used on rare Hawaiian plants. Refreshments will be served. PHOTO BY IRENE NEWHOUSE.


Meet LAS artists

LAHAINA – Come “Meet the Artists” at Lahaina Arts Society. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local artists will hold demonstrations in LAS’ Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.

Talk story with feather art and jewelry artist Ellen Levinsky on March 3; oil, acrylic and watercolor artist Elizabeth Current on March 4; and photographer Blake Hill on March 5. Call 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com for information.


The smiling faces tell it all as some 200 Lahaina Intermediate School students enjoy their second quarter Renaissance Partners In Living & Learning “Leilani’s On The Beach Games and Grinds” reward day last Friday at Airport Beach. The program honors students — who qualify on the basis of academic achievement, citizenship and community service — with a fun day of food, games and play time at the beach park. Event founder and coordinator Todd Hayase, a counselor at LIS, praised the school staff, parent supporters and Leilani’s management and staff for a perfect day. “We send a big mahalo to everyone for their help in putting on this reward day for the kids. And special thanks to (Leilani’s General Manager) Jason Donez, Jen O’Connell (Community Relations), and Chefs Ryan Luckey and James Domingo for the ‘onolicious’ food for the event. The support of businesses such as Leilani’s is greatly appreciated,” Hayase said. PHOTO BY WALTER CHIHARA.

Hannah Bernard to offer Sea Talk

MAALAEA – Maui Ocean Center’s free Sea Talk Series continues on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. with an informative presentation on sea turtle conservation in Micronesia by Hannah Bernard, Hawaii Wildlife Fund president and co-founder.

Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean exhibit. Admission is free; enter through the aquarium’s front gate from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Seating is limited; to register, call 270-7088.


Celebrate Girls Day

KAANAPALI – Celebrate Girls Day with Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s Champagne Brunch on Sunday, March 1. Bring your special girls to see the Hinamatsuri dolls, enjoy a menu of traditional and local favorites, and participate in a variety of cultural festivities.

Throughout the day, the Japanese Cultural Society will present demonstrations and hands-on activities in the hotel lobby. Guests will have a unique opportunity to enjoy and learn Japanese Odori dancing by Maui Minyo Kai, along with kimono dress-up and photo taking. Other activities include calligraphy, taiko drum performances by Maui Taiko and miniature Ikebana flower arranging.

Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The price is $42.95 for adults and $22 for kodomo (children) ages 6-12; children five years and younger eat free (one per paid adult). For reservations and more information, call 667-0124 or visit www.hawaiiansundaybrunch.com.