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COMMUNITY NEWS for January 14 issue

By Staff | Jan 14, 2016

“Build a Stronger Marriage,” a six-week workshop meeting on Friday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m., begins Jan. 22 at Lahaina Baptist Church. The workshop for married or engaged couples will be hosted by Jay and Joy Wright, who are pictured with their family. The cost is $20 per couple for workbook materials. Space is limited; to register, call 661-3725 or visit www.lahainabaptist.org.

Whale talks offered at Old Lahaina Courthouse

LAHAINA – Visitors and residents alike can learn the latest scientific updates and interesting trivia on Maui’s 45-ton visitors during free Whale Talks in the video theater at the Old Lahaina Courthouse.

Now offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon, Whale Talks are presented by Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary staff and volunteers.

They provide informative facts, photos and videos about the North Pacific humpback whales that return to the islands of Maui Nui every year from December through April.

Lahaina’s Whale Talks are sponsored by Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF).

The New Shanghai Circus will perform in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Monday, Jan. 18, at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 4 and 7 p.m. China’s most daring acrobats, jugglers, balance artists and contortionists return to Maui for the year’s grandest family spectacular. These highly skilled, rigorously trained and multitalented acrobats will enthrall you as they bend and twist with graceful movements to form living sculptures. Matched with innovative choreography, radiant lighting, enchanting scenery and powerful music, this beautifully orchestrated presentation of acrobatic skills leave the audience spellbound! Building on traditional Chinese acts, the artists of today’s New Shanghai Circus add layers of complexity and daring to bring new spectacular stunts and favorite jaw-droppers. Kids of all ages, from preschool to senior citizen, will enjoy these intrepid performers! Tickets are $12, $25 and $35 (half price for kids 12 and under for the $25 and $35 tickets); call 242-SHOW.

LRF also announced that the Hale Pa’i (Printing House) Museum at Lahainaluna High School is again open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The archive center is available by appointment with 48 hours’ advance notice. To make a research appointment, call LRF Director of Programs Chris Conley at (808) 446-7613.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or e-mail “mailto:info@Lahaina”>info@Lahaina Restoration.org. Foundation updates are available at LahainaRestoration .org/events and Facebook.com/Lahaina Restoration.


LahainaTown Action Committee to hold Annual Meeting

George Kahumoku Jr.’s Grammy Award-winning “Slack Key Show, Masters of Hawaiian Music” is held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Aloha Pavilion. The performers on Jan. 20 will be Kawika Kahiapo (above), who won a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year, along with show regulars Kahumoku, Sterling Seaton, Wainani Kealoha, and Peter deAquino. Buy tickets online at www.slackkeyshow.com or call 669-3858.

LAHAINA – LahainaTown Action Committee’s 27th Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, in the Pioneer Inn Courtyard at 5 p.m.

LAC will elect new board members. Music will be provided by Maui Jam, light pupus will be offered with refreshments, and a no-host bar will be available.

Come meet the LahainaTown Action Committee board and discuss ideas for the 2016-17 calender. For information, call LAC Executive Director Lynn Donovan at 667-9175 or visit www.visitlahaina.com.


Mediation training set

Join Pacific Whale Foundation for its annual Run & Walk for the Whales on Saturday, Jan. 30. Choose from the 5K, 10K or half marathon run, or the 2.5-mile walk. All proceeds from the event support PWF’s research, education and conservation programs. Medals and whale watch tickets will be awarded to the top three male and female runners. Post-race festivities include live entertainment, continental breakfast for runners and walkers, plus special discounts and door prizes. The entry fee includes professional chip timing for runners and clock timing for walkers. Each registered participant will also receive a Run & Walk for the Whales event T-shirt. Registration fees are $65 (half-marathon), $60 (10K), $55 (5K) and $30 (walk). Fees increase by $20 on Jan. 28 and 29. A race day Ocean Camp for keiki ages four to 12 is also available for an additional fee. Register online at https://flpregister.com/145 or call (808) 249-8811, extension 1, for more information.

WAILUKU – Maui Mediation Services plans to offer 30-hour, four-day basic mediation training.

This course teaches participants how to create and maintain respectful communication between parties in conflict, as well as how to negotiate agreements.

If you choose to mediate with the agency following the training, you’ll be paired with an experienced mentor and receive continuous training and help to make in difference in the community.

This year’s training begins on Thursday, Feb. 4. For more information, call 244-5744 or visit www.mauimediation.org.


Jordan Spieth, who entered the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a five-stroke advantage over Brooks Koepka, carded a final-round six-under 67 for an eight-stroke victory over defending champion Patrick Reed.  Spieth becomes the first top-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking to win in Kapalua since Tiger Woods in 2000. PHOTOS BY DENTON JOHNSON

Keiki can learn about science at library event

KAHULUI – Kahului Public Library will offer a free event, “Maui Science Center Presents Hands-On Science,” in the Children’s Area on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Children ages five and older are invited to learn about things that ooze, glow, bounce, ring, and show basic science principles.

Participants should wear old clothes and be prepared to conduct fun experiments. The Maui Friends of the Library is sponsoring this one-hour event.

Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Contact the library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Kahului Public Library is located at 90 School St. For more information, call the library at (808) 873-3097.


School Community Council nominations sought for Lahaina Intermediate School

LAHAINA – Lahaina Intermediate School is accepting nominations for one parent and one community member to serve on its School Community Council (SCC).

Each member will serve for two school years: 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Nomination forms are available at the school office. For more information, call Becky Altier at 662-3965 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 29.


Paratransit Advisory Council to meet

WAILUKU – The Paratransit Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. from 1:30 to 3 p.m. All interested riders and community members are welcome to attend.

The council is currently looking for new members to serve on this committee in 2016. If you are interested in serving, or if you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to offer input, e-mail your suggestions to debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org or call her at 249-2990, extension 342.


Food Justice Summit slated

KAHULUI – “Challenging Global Impacts of the Agrochemical Industry: Food Justice Summit 2016” will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater. Admission is free.

The Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) is presenting the summit, in which advocates from Hawaii and around the world will travel across the islands to weave together a story of how our local struggles are connected, share inspiring stories of grassroots victories from around the Earth, and explore how the world movement can grow (together) to transform the food system.