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COMMUNITY NEWS for April 2 issue

By Staff | Apr 2, 2015

Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Walt Keale (top) will hold his official Maui CD Release Party at Hula Grill’s First Sundays event on April 5 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Benny Uyetake (bottom), Max Angel and CJ “Boom” Helekahi will also perform. Hula Grill is located in Whalers Village in Kaanapali. Call 667-6636 for information.

LHS to host Parent Information Night

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School will hold its last Parent Information Night for the school year in the LHS library on Thursday, April 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Artist Randy Shiroma, who is creating a sculpture for the Lahainaluna campus, will attend. There will also be an energy expo and presentation by students. Third quarter report cards will be distributed at the end of the evening.

For information, call Barbie Otomo at 662-4000, extension 244.


Art Maui will be on display from April 5 to May 2 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. See the show Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., before Castle Theater shows and during intermission. Admission is free. Celebrating its 37th year of presenting the work of artists from Maui County, this annual juried exhibit is a community favorite presented by the Art Maui organization. Always interesting and diverse with artists of many skill levels, this popular show offers something for everyone with a range of contemporary explorations in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and video. “Lighting the Way Home” by Sidney Yee is pictured.

Lahaina-Honolua Seniors to hold annual bazaar

LAHAINA – The Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens Club will hold its annual bazaar on Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at the West Maui Senior Center.

Household items, plants and baked goods will be on sale. Food items will include chicken hekka, chow fun, sushi, Spam musubi and shave ice.

For more information, call 667-5763 or 661-4208.


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. Next week, you can talk story with Watercolorist Victoria Wundram on April 7 (her art is pictured). Bring your friends and family to see how the magic is created by talented local artists. For more information, call LAS at 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com.

Groups to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month

KAHULUI – Sexual Assault Awareness Month events on Maui will kick off on Monday, April 6, from noon to 3 p.m. at the main quad at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Participate in the opening ceremonies, enjoy food and music, and create your own flag to demonstrate awareness and prevention efforts.

Participating agencies include Child and Family Service, Women Helping Women, UHMC, and PACT.


MEDB seeks entrepreneurs for Startup Weekend Maui

KIHEI – Maui Economic Development Board is currently seeking entrepreneurs to participate in this year’s Startup Weekend Maui. Scheduled on May 15-17, this empowering event will provide active entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours.

The event will be held at MEDB’s Malcolm Center at 1305 N. Holopono St. and at the Maui Research & Technology Center at 590 Lipoa Parkway. Both are located in the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.

Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers and other enthusiasts. The event offers a fun, intense, risk-free way to get a startup off the ground, connect with other passionate and skilled individuals, and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform ideas into reality.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch a startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams organically form around the ideas they would like to pursue during the course of the weekend, and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

“Startup Weekend is an adrenalin rush from the first pitch through to the last presentation,” said Gerry Smith of Maui Economic Development Board. “Coming in to pitch an idea on Friday night and leaving on Sunday evening with a startup company along with a bag full of new network contacts is an invaluable experience for any entrepreneur.”

Entrepreneurs who register before the April 15 early bird deadline will receive a 25 percent discount off of the registration fee. Students with a valid ID will receive a 50 percent discount.

For more information, and to register for the 2015 Startup Weekend Maui, visit www.j.mp/startupmaui or call Smith at MEDB at (808) 270-6803.


Older adults, caregivers asked to complete online surveys

WAILUKU – Older adults and paid and unpaid caregivers are asked to complete an online survey, the County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Services (DHHS) announced.

The results of the two surveys will be used to help guide future county, state and federal funding through the Maui County Office on Aging four-year plan.

The surveys may be taken online at www.mauicountyADRC.org; paper copies of the surveys are also available through the Maui County Office on Aging (call 270-7349 or 270-7755). Online and completed paper surveys will be accepted through April 11, 2015; all survey responses are anonymous.


Nominations sought for Outstanding Older Americans

WAILUKU – The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Office on Aging, seeks nominations for Maui County’s 47th annual Outstanding Older American Male and Female of Maui County.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair Rainbow Ballroom.

Nominees must be 65 years of age or older and a resident of Maui County. Any individual, club or organization may nominate candidates for the award. Previous winners are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination forms are available by calling 270-7755, online at www.mauicountyadrc.org or by e-mailing mcoa.adrc@mauicounty.org. The deadline to return completed nomination forms is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, to the J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Room 20, Wailuku, HI 96793. Completed forms may also be faxed to 270-7935 or e-mailed to mcoa.adrc@mauicounty.gov.