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COMMUNITY NEWS for September 20 issue

September 20, 2012
Lahaina News

Artists sought to paint mural

MAKAWAO - On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Boys & Girls Club will create Makawao's largest mural. The club seeks beginner, intermediate and advanced artists to help in its creation.

Artists of all levels and skills are being asked to participate during this day-long event sponsored by the County of Maui. All supplies will be provided, and food and beverages are being donated.

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Enjoy the musical stylings of Kamakoa Lindsey (pictured) and Pi‘ilani Arias next week Thursday, Sept. 27, on the Baldwin Home lawn from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Relax under the stars and enjoy this free concert brought to you by Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Chairs are limited; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. The Baldwin Home Museum is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets in Lahaina. Call 661-3262 for information.

Please contact Peter at or 573-1169 to be scheduled for a time to paint.


Volunteer in Haleakala Park

HALEAKALA - Volunteer in Haleakala Crater Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, and stay free at Kapalaoa Cabin.

Help Haleakala National Park care for native vegetation and also hike, take pictures or just relax in the wilderness.

Visit The Friends of Haleakala National Park at Trips for more information, and then call the leader at 876-1673 for a reservation.


Karaoke event set

SPRECKELSVILLE - The general public is invited to attend Maui Karaoke's Aki No Karaoke Matsuri on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville.

The free event will feature Japanese songs sung by the members of the Maui Karaoke Club. Refreshments will be served.


Learn Ho'oponopono

WAILUKU - Keala O Kalani will offer a free Ho'oponopono Basic I class on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wailuku.

Those who attend the class may also attend a Level II class on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ho'oponopono is a process of making right, or correcting, the problems, "dis-eases" and stresses in our daily lives through self-awareness. It is designed to bring peace, rhythm and balance to one's life and can be used by anyone, anywhere at any time.

Call Anne at 870-6182 for more information or to register.


Writing group forming

LAHAINA - Do you have great ideas for your blog, book, column or other project but have trouble making time to actually write?

"Write Now" is an informal group whose primary focus is to get the gears moving, creative juices flowing and to offer some motivation to write.

This group is for all writers - professional, amateur and those who write simply as a creative outlet for themselves.

Feedback will initially be amiable and supportive. As the group begins to gel, members may request more structured analysis.

For the first meeting on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Lahaina Education Center, Room 104, at 60 Kenui St. in the Front Street Apartment complex, members will introduce themselves and discuss their writing experience and goals.

Participants will take turns reading a short piece or excerpt of their own work for feedback and exchange.

After that, each member will set a goal to be completed by the next meeting.

Members can bring copies of their piece to distribute to the others.

If you would like to attend, sign up via or contact Marti Wukelic at 662-3911 for more information.


Learn how social media can impact your future

NAPILI - "How Social Media Can Affect Your Future," a free educational event, will be held at Maui Preparatory Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Presenter Peter Liu of Kaiscapes Media will discuss how social media affects your image, what colleges look for in the student's social media sites when considering granting scholarships and applications, and what job applicants need to know to put their best foot forward for background checks from prospective employers.

High school seniors, college students, job applicants and parents are encouraged to attend the event sponsored by Janis Casco of Casco Wealth Management LLC.

To register, call Casco at 667-5599.


Community loses Alberta Crook

WEST MAUI - Alberta Crook passed away on Sept. 5, 2012, 16 days shy of her 86th birthday, in her beloved Maui with close friends by her side.

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Crook was stricken with polio and spent part of her teenage years in an iron lung. The impact of this dreadful disease affected her ability to walk throughout her life, but to her it was just an inconvenience, not an obstacle.

After marrying the love of her life, Roy Crook, they continued to work in the L.A. area until deciding to move to South Lake Tahoe in 1970 with her mother and her aunt.

The couple cleaned houses, yards, and did whatever work they could find in their new environment. She was encouraged to get a real estate license by Opal Howell of Howell Realty. This was the beginning of her new career.

Within two years, she joined Tamarack Realty, where she met L.J. Logan and David Kurtzman. After less than a year, the three of them decided to go out on their own and opened Aspen Realty on Nov. 1, 1973.

Slowly, the company grew into a strong, successful local business, due in part to her common sense approach to simply taking care of people as a daily guide.

She continued her real estate career until her retirement in 1994.

A few years later, she and Roy moved permanently to Papakea Resort in Maui, their second home since the late 1970s.

Alberta served hundreds of clients during her 24-year real estate career, and she served her profession as a Board of Realtors director and president. Not only was she successful in business, but she was a community leader, serving on the board of directors and president of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Barton Hospital Foundation and Barton Auxiliary.

One of her simple joys was being a notary public and refusing to accept payment, simply asking for a donation to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society. She also could sign a check "A. Crook" and get it cashed!

She enjoyed cruising with Roy, parties with friends around her miniature pool table and an evening cocktail.

She leaves behind many Tahoe and Maui friends, including those she treated as family at Aspen Realty.

Whenever Mother Crook said "never mind," you knew the conversation was over!

"At the end of the day, we are all better having had the opportunity to know and work with Alberta Crook, a true friend," her friends noted.

"A traditional Hawaiian service will be held at 10 a.m., September 21, her 86th birthday, at Papakea, where her ashes will be spread at sea, joining Roy's.

"The next time you see a Hawaiian sunset, remember that Alberta and Roy are smiling back with a wink and saying, 'Thanks for remembering us.' "


AARP Driver Safety Class slated in Lahaina

LAHAINA - An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held at the West Maui Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class is open to everyone but is designed for drivers 50 years and older.

The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one's driving ability and how to compensate. The instructor is Kelly Stanley.

The $14 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $2 discount, so bring your AARP card to class. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete the class.

Pre-registration is required; call the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., at 661-9432.



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