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As of Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Chemical evolution talk. Art Mori, emeritus professor of chemistry at Cha­mi­nade University, will give an illustrated lecture titled "Chemical Elements: The Stuff of Stars," 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran Church of Hono­lulu, 1730 Punahou St. The talk will begin with the big-bang theory and describe astrophysical processes responsible for the chemical evolution of the universe, which adds another dimension to the understanding of what happened "in the beginning."

Evening prayer (optional) follows at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 941-2566 or visit www.lch­wel­come.org.

Wailuku Hongwanji anniversary. Due to expected inclement weather this weekend, Wai­luku Hongwanji Mission's 115th-anniversary celebration is postponed until Nov. 2. Also, there will be no service in the temple Sunday morning.

The anniversary event will include special service at 9 a.m., followed by brunch. It will be held in conjunction with the annual "kei­ro­kai" event to honor members who are 80 years and older, with gifts, entertainment and door prizes. Cost is $1 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 244-0406.

Founded in 1899, the mission served as a spiritual and social gathering place for the issei, or first-generation Japa­nese immigrants, who came to Maui in search of a brighter future. Wai­luku Hongwanji has thrived as a center of Buddhist teachings and built a rich history of service to the community. Today, programs include scouting, martial arts, Dharma School, Junior Young Buddhist Association, Buddhist Women's Association, Japa­nese Language School and preschool, among others.

Hawaiian spirituality program. A discussion titled "The History of Huna and the Search for Ancient Hawaiian Spirituality" will be presented at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Hawaii State Library's first-floor reading room, 478 S. King St. It will be led by Makana Risser Chai, author of two books on Hawaiian healing (via spiritual and physical aspects of lomi­lomi). The one-hour program is suitable for ages 12 and older.

Chai, also an attorney, has conducted research on Hawaiian history and culture as a consultant for the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association and as an aide to Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Peter Apo. She is also a certified practitioner of Auntie Margaret Machado's school of lomi­lomi and is a member of the board of the Hawaiian Historical Society. For more information, call 586-3535.

Chocolate extravaganza. Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kai­lua will be holding its 12th annual Chocolate Extravaganza, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8, 780 Keolu Drive. Mailed ticket order forms must be postmarked by Nov. 3. General admission is $25; VIP, $35. There will be limited seating at the VIP event, which begins at 5 p.m.

The event features an all-you-can-eat chocolate confection buffet and a silent auction to benefit Family Promise of Hawaii and Emmanuel Church. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.emmanuel­kai­lua.com or call 262-4548.

Religion writer Pat Gee is writing a new blog called "In the Spirit," available free at inthespirit.staradvertiserblogs.com. Send announcements and photos of recent and future events to pgee@star­advertiser.com.

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