PHILIPPINE STUDIES COLLOQUIUM SERIES: "Converging Texts," talk by Dr. Pia Arboleda, assistant professor, Filipino Language and Philippine Literature Program, 2 to 3:30 p.m., University of Hawai'i-Mānoa, Moore Hall 319, Tokioka Room; free. 956-6086.
NEWCOMERS CLUB OF HO-NOLULU, aloha coffee, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; call 591-7600 for location. www.newcomersclubofhonolulu.org.
HONOLULU COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY, meeting, 9 a.m. at Mānoa Gardens Elderly Housing Complex community center; featured speaker, author and researcher Ellie Nordyke, on Capt. James Cook's voyages and early roots in England.
ELEGANT EVENING BENEFIT, for Kaua'i United Way, 5 to 9 p.m. at St. Regis Princeville Resort; cocktails, dinner by executive chef Carlos Jorge, classical music performances; auction of travel packages for two to Alaska, New York City, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Grammy Awards; $250, $450 for two, table of 10 $2,000. www.kauaiunitedway.org.
KAMA'ĀINA KIDS DAY CAMPS, featuring off-site adventures and on-site activities March 15 to 19; consult www.kamaainakids.com for complete information.
HAWAI'I METH PROJECT, neighborhood community action meeting 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Waimānalo Health Center, Goebert Training Center; get informed and get involved. www.hawaiimethproject.org or 529-6254.
KAIMUKĪ HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER, March 20 at Kaimukī High School. Dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria; entertainment 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium; silent auction and door prizes; minimum $25 donation; send checks payable to KHS Foundation to 2705 Kaimukī Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. Information: 225-2653, www.kaimukihsfoundation.org.
MOONLIGHT AND MEMORIES GALA, to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter, 5:30 p.m. March 20 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, Waikīkī; featured will be a mystery martini bar, sumptuous dinner, live music, silent auction and a performance by the Murder Mystery Players; $150 fee or sponsor tables of 10. Registration; 591-2771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY CAREGIVER TRAINING SERIES, sponsored by Kapi'olani Community College: Personal Care and Transfer Techniques 9 to 11 a.m. April 17, 24 and May 1 at Kopiko 242, $15; Personal Care Assistant 5 to 9:30 p.m. April 6, 8,13 and 15 or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10 and 17, at Kopiko 240, $150; Dealing With Your Parents' Stuff 6 to 8 p.m. March 31, April 7, 14 and 21 at Kopiko 128, $50; Home Care Assistant 5 to 9:30 p.m. May 4, 6, 11, 13 and 18 or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8 and 15, at Kopiko 240, $200. Registration: 734-9211. Information: 734-9108 or www.kupunaeducation.com.
FAMILIES FOR R.E.A.L. is a free state Department of Education family support program; weekly 1 1/4-hour classes begin in March and continue for 10 to 12 weeks at Benjamin Parker Elementary School; parent-child activities, parent discussion groups and child play sessions; to register, call 235-9189.