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Akakū hosts three 10-week Salon Seasons in Spring, Summer, and Fall during which speakers are scheduled every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Many of the Salons include film segments or slide presentations that are recorded for broadcast later to air on Akakū TV’s Channel 55, Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Admission is free, however, we have limited seating so if you would like to reserve a seat, please RSVP with the links below or call 808-871-5554.

If you have an idea for a Salon topic or wish to suggest a public speaker whom you think would be a good presenter, feel free to contact Jena Miller at 808-871-5554 ext. 232.

Why, Why Wailuku? – City Center Redevelopment

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The county civic center and downtown region of Wailuku town have been on a slow decline for decades as business development moved to Kahului and other areas of the island. Now, funding has been set aside to make improvements to the area surrounding the courthouse and county offices.

Pūnana Leo O Maui Hawaiian Immersion Preschool

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Akakū welcomes Hawaiian Immersion Preschool Director Kili Namau’u of Pūnana Leo O Maui in Wailuku. She will share her impressions of the impact that early education in the Hawaiian language can have on families and communities

Kaho’olawe – Sacred Island, Sacred Trust – An Update by Michael Naho’opi’i, KIRC

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Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) Executive Director, Mike Naho’opi’i will give an update on the commission’s ambitious plans for a new Education and Operations Center in Kihei

Keeping our Keiki Safe from Real Threats with Dane Ka’ae with MEO

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The risks inherent to childhood have grown more dangerous in the modern era. In addition to the age-old temptations of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and unsafe sex, new threats like vaping, cyberbullying and an increased incidence of teen suicide

Akakū Upstairs: Superheroes in Cinema — Comics on the Big Screen with Barry Wurst, II

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Superhero movies from powerhouse publishers like Marvel and DC Comics have dominated the film market for more than a decade, taking in more money than any other film genre.

Akakū Upstairs: Harvesting History – Kihei’s Ancient Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond

  Harvesting History – Kihei’s Ancient Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond with Joylynn Paman, Exec. Director of ‘Ao‘ao O Nā Loko I‘a O Maui The history and restoration of Kihei’s ancient Kō’ie‘ie Fishpond will be the topic of the Akakū Upstairs Salon on Thursday, July 11 at 6 pm. Joylynn Paman, Executive Director of ‘Ao‘ao O Nā Loko…

Akakū Upstairs: Take Command Of Your Financial Future with Lis Arcienega

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Lis will walk us through the process of assessing financial goals and setting the things in motion that can help bring them to fruition. She will also talk about a new retirement paradigm in which folks take a break from work, gain some new technological skills, and then rejoin the workforce in a different capacity, possibly repeating the pattern several times.

Akakū Upstairs: Protecting Hawaii’s Sea Turtles with Hannah Bernard and Magdalena Carey

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Sea turtles are threatened and endangered species, yet they are both beloved by tourists and a favorite food source for sharks. Maintaining its population is critical to nature’s balance, not to mention Hawaii’s tourist economy.

Akakū Upstairs: The Uncertain Future of Internet Access in Hawaii – Burt Lum

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Keeping up with the speeds available to mainland customers will require new cables connecting Hawaii to the grid, but who will foot the bill? Will Hawaii businesses be able to compete in the global economy? As higher resolution video and “the internet of things” place bigger and bigger demands on our broadband network, the need for new infrastructure is obvious, but who is planning for the next stage?

Transforming the Lives of Maui’s Homeless

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Lisa Darcy is a long-time advocate for those living unsheltered on Maui and the founder of "Share Your Mana". She is designing an easily-replicated, sustainable blueprint for combating preventable outcomes in homelessness, mental illness, and addiction.