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COMMUNITY NEWS for March 5 issue

By Staff | Mar 5, 2015

Lahaina professional surfer Dusty Payne is in Queensland, Australia for the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. He is pictured winning his Round One heat on Saturday. Follow the action at http://www.worldsurfleague.com. PHOTO BY WSL/CESTARI.

Circle-island walk to conclude in Lahaina

LAHAINA – ‘Aha Moku O Maui Inc. is coordinating a 193-mile, circle-island walk on Maui this week to raise awareness of environmental issues.

This year’s weeklong trek will end at noon on Saturday, March 7, with protocol and a festival in Lahaina.

In the interest of traffic control and safety, ka’apuni organizers urge community members to meet marchers at prescribed checkpoints only. Community members may greet and provide refreshments to walkers.

Estimated times of arrival at checkpoints for Maui’s moku, or districts, are: 11 a.m., March 5, Ulupalakua; 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., March 6, Oneloa (Makena Big Beach); and 9 a.m., March 6, Kihei Youth Center.

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 Flame Artist Bryan Poland on March 11 (his art is pictured) and Feather Art and Jewelry Designer Ellen Levinsky on March 12. Bring your friends and family to see how the magic is created by these talented local artists. For more information, call LAS at 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com.

Ending protocol and a festival will begin at noon on March 7 at Malu`ulu’olele Park in Lahaina.

The torchlit march will also close the traditional Hawaiian Makahiki season of peace, rituals and athletic games. For more event information, visit “http://www.ahamokuomaui.org”>www.ahamokuomaui.org.


LAS featuring feather art by Levinsky

LAHAINA – “Fantastic Feather Creations” by Maui artist Ellen Levinsky will be exhibited in the Old Jail Gallery at Lahaina Arts Society from March 2 through April 5.

John Monnier was named “Professional of the Year” by the United States Professional Tennis Association’s (USPTA) Hawaii Division. The USPTA is the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis teaching professionals. He was presented with the award at the USPTA Annual Convention on Feb. 15 at Punahou School on Oahu. Monnier is the director of tennis at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch. 

Levinsky is inspired by the beauty of the natural bird feathers (peacock, parrot, pheasant) she uses to make colorful pictures of dancers, butterflies, Hawaiian petroglyphs and abstract images. She enjoys recycling her junk mail to make textured paper for her art. Levinsky also makes brilliant earrings, hair clips, pins and necklaces with feathers.

The public is invited to meet her at a reception on Friday, March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. She will be demonstrating in the Old Jail Gallery on March 12, 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Group offers financial advice

WEST MAUI – In “Cash Flow 101,” members discuss budgeting, passive income, debts, assets, liability, loans, mindsets and perspectives to enhance financial understanding in a fun, dynamic environment.

Massive Company from New Zealand will present “The Brave” in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. on March 5. In the show, eight men have written letters to important people: those who are, once were, or perhaps never were in their lives. A floodgate opens of untold stories and survival tactics, with the ultimate message for the modern Maori male: man up. Combining true confessions with raw athleticism, “The Brave” lays it all on the line. Massive Company is a leading theater group in creating and presenting experimental work by emerging and professional New Zealand practitioners. Tickets are $12, $25 or $35; call 242-SHOW or book tickets online at MauiArts.org.

For more information on meetings, call Ryan at 870-6094.


Service trip set

HALEAKALA – Enthusiastic and fit hikers are sought for a service trip with the Friends of Haleakala National Park in Haleakala Crater on March 14-16.

Volunteers stay free at Kapalaoa Cabin on Saturday and Sunday nights, hiking out Monday.

Kimo’s restaurant will have The Eric Gilliom Band featuring Amy Hanaialii (pictured) playing on Friday, March 6, from 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

Learn more and register at www.fhnp.org, and then contact the trip leader at 876-1673.


AARP Smart Driver Class to be held in Lahaina

LAHAINA – An AARP Smart Driver Class will be held at the West Maui Senior Center on Tuesday, March 10, 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 fee has been increased to $20 (cash or check) and 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 the West Maui Senior Center (788 Pauoa St., Lahaina) at 661-9432.