Local Briefs

Lahaina mission plans obon festival

Lahaina Jodo Mission will celebrate its annual obon festival on Friday and Saturday. The service on both evenings commences at 6:30. On Friday, there will be no bon dance.

On Saturday, the floating lantern procession from the temple around the Great Buddha to the beachfront begins immediately after the service. The floating lantern ceremony (toro nagashi) celebrates the memory of all departed loved ones.

Maui Taiko will perform a short presentation before the bon dance and will also accompany the bon dance music. Members of Fukushima Taiko Union from Fukushima prefecture will also be drumming traditional Fukushima bon dance songs.

Food concessions open to the general public at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Festival Chairpersons Donald Fujii and Edwin Sera invite the community to this celebration.

For more information, call 661-4304.


Tide pool study to happen at night

A moonlight tide pool exploration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and July 21.

Participants may learn about the creatures that roam South Maui’s tide pools at night.

The event is for those ages 6 and older. Cost is $7 per child and $15 per adult.

Refreshments provided. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight and gather on the beach in front of the Mana Kai Maui Resort.

The event is co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort and the Pacific Whale Foundation.

To make a reservation, call 249-8811, ext. 1, or book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10 percent.


Paul Gammie will speak at meeting

Paul Gammie, chief executive officer of Gammie HomeCare, will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Maui’s noon meeting Thursday at Eddie & Carey’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Gammie will talk about future plans for Gammie HomeCare.

The meeting is open to the public. The cost of lunch is $12.

For more information, call Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.


Psychic abilities topic of presentation

Helen Kritzler will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Maui’s noon meeting July 10 in the Class Act Dining Room at University of Hawaii Maui College.

Also known as Haiku Helen, Kritzler is a psychic palmist, cybernet networker and acting improviser, according to a news release.

In her talk, she will address the scientific connections with psychic abilities.

The luncheon and meeting is $20 per person. The public is invited.

For more information, contact president@rotaryclubofmaui.org.


Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up

More than 30 participants volunteered on a Habitat for Humanity Maui construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-11.

Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.

The volunteers worked to measure, cut, assemble and install wooden door frames in Habitat’s Kahawai Street affordable housing project in Happy Valley.

They were supported by Aloha Mixed Plate and Whole Foods, which donated lunches for the group.

Lowe’s donated a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat Maui.


MHS class of ’84 announces reunion

The Maui High School Class of 1984 will hold a 30th class reunion Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Las Vegas. Activities will take place in the California Hotel’s Maile Room and the Main Street Station’s Social Club.

The cost for these events is $100 per person.

Email mauihs84@gmail.com to receive detailed information.


Keiki Hula Festival returning to Lahaina

The Lahaina Cannery Mall will host its 16th annual Keiki Hula Festival on July 19 and 20. The program will begin at 11 a.m. each day, with the last performance at 3:30 p.m.

This free, two-day event will feature halau from across the island presenting kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula.

The weekend celebration also features Hawaiian artisans and crafters demonstrating lei making, weaving, woodcarving and other traditional skills.


Free shave ice for food donation

Jessica Griffiths of Maui Girlz shave ice will provide a free shave ice to individuals who donate a canned food item during a collection for the Maui Food Bank at Safeway Maui Lani from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.


Donations sought for rummage sale

St. Ann Church in Waihee is seeking donations of household items, clothes, books, shoes, toys and sellable items until July 26 for its annual rummage sale.

The rummage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at the church. There will also be steak plates, baked goods, a farmers market, kimchee and the church’s sweet bread, vegetable and banana lumpia, and pancit.

For more information and to make a donation, call the church office at 244-3284.


Gabbard presents award to student

Christopher Kim of Maui was a runner-up in the inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition – “The House STEM App Challenge” – for the innovative phone and tablet applications he created to participate in the districtwide competition. The challenge included submissions from across the state, according to a June 6 news release from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s office.

“Hawaii students like Christopher Kim are equipping themselves with the skills and knowledge to be future leaders that will solve the challenges of tomorrow,” said Gabbard.