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COMMUNITY NEWS for February 28 issue

February 28, 2013
Lahaina News

The Melting Pot of Lahaina closed

LAHAINA - The Melting Pot of Lahaina closed on Sunday, Feb. 24.

The fondue restaurant closed due to economic and financial reasons, noted Alisha dos Santos, communications manager with Front Burner Brands.

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Lahaina Restoration Foundation workers chop up the Lahaina Harbor flagpole for disposal. The flagpole toppled during strong winds early last week. “Fortunately, the harbor was deserted due to the wind and the rain, so no one was hurt,” noted LRF Executive Director Theo Morrison.

"We sincerely regret the impact this has had on our guests and our family of team members. There are no plans to reopen the restaurant or open a new Melting Pot restaurant on Maui at this time," she wrote.

"Team members totaling more than 30 people have already been notified of the closure. Each team member received a severance package."

The location originally opened on May 28, 2008.


Sacred Hearts School holding registration

LAHAINA - Registration for the 2013-14 school year is now open at Sacred Hearts School.

The school is offering a discount for those who register by March 15. Multi-child discounts are also available. Call 661-4720 or stop in to the office for more information.


Lahaina Restoration Foundation offers $35,000 in scholarships

LAHAINA - Within the context of its mission, Lahaina Restoration Foundation has proudly awarded numerous scholarships to Lahainaluna High School seniors and alumni for over ten years.

This year, through the generous contribution of an anonymous donor, the foundation will award a total $35,000 in increments of $2,000-$2,500 to 11 graduating seniors and six alumni.

Interested seniors and alumni of Lahainaluna must write an essay on topics relating to the importance and challenges of preservation of West Maui's culture and history and meet all requirements in order to qualify.

Students may obtain applications from Lahainaluna Financial Aid Counselor Kristi Arakawa or Applications must be returned no later than 11 a.m. on March 15. Call 661-3262 or e-mail


Walking trails to close for hunting

KAPALUA - The Village Walking Trails will be closed every Monday and Tuesday in March to allow for pig eradication.

Hunters will be using dogs to hunt. The public is advised that it will be unsafe to enter the area during the hunting closures.

The trails are located on property owned by Maui Land & Pineapple Co. Hunting is only allowed with written permission. Hunters interested in signing up for the program should contact Lono Dunn at 870-5785.


Two new football programs under way in Lahaina

LAHAINA - Two new football programs are coming to Lahaina this spring: the Hawaii Junior Prep Football League and an Alumni Football USA team.

The HJPFL - also known fondly as the "Big Boys League" - is for middle school age kids. This program runs from March through May.

The Lahaina team supported by Friends of Lahainaluna Football will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m. at the Lahainaluna High School Athletic Field. Interested players are asked to bring their birth certificate, a completed physical exam form and an insurance document.

There are no weight limits. The Lahaina team will compete with Wailuku, Kahului, Kihei and Upcountry teams in the league. Call 357-2465.

For the guys at the older end of the spectrum, the Alumni Football USA organization has come to Maui for the first time this year.

Maui and Baldwin played a game last month that brought interest to the program and sparked the Lahaina effort now in progress. Lahainaluna coaches are conducting practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6 p.m. at Lahaina Recreation Center.

There are also no weight - or age - limitations here! For more information, call 442-2522 or go to


Smokestack Buy-a-brick deadline approaching

LAHAINA - The Pioneer Mill Company Smokestack commemorative brick walkway will receive a new phase of engraved bricks in April.

Brick orders must be received by Lahaina Restoration Foundation's office no later than Tuesday, March 5, for those who want to be included in the upcoming installation.

Since June 2009, the community has bought over 1,000 personalized bricks through LRF' Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser.

Monies raised help fund the cost of the 2010 restoration of the smokestack and ongoing improvements to the surrounding grounds.

The foundation also seeks recipients for 12 donated bricks. During the 2012 "Buy One, Get One Free" special, brick purchasers were given an option to donate their free brick to a former Pioneer Mill Company worker.

Eligible recipients must be a former employee of the Pioneer Mill Company. Bricks will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients are able to customize brick engraving. To request a donated brick, call 661-3262 no later than March 5.

The new phase will be completed by the foundation's Annual Meeting in April. Brick options range from $125-$750. To purchase a brick, visit or call 661-3262.


Hutton's carries Conlight Meteorite watches

NAPILI - Hutton's Jewelers, formerly in Kapalua and now located in the Napili Plaza shopping center, is now carrying some very unique watches.

Each Conlight Meteorite watch has a dial made from a slice of meteorite. After traveling through space for millions of years, these very rare rocks made their way through Earth's atmosphere to land and were eventually discovered by man.

Now, Conlight is taking slices of meteorite to create fascinating timepieces. Some models even have pieces of meteorites that originated on the Moon and Mars; others have metals that can only be formed in space. Each watch comes with a certificate that explains where the meteorite was first discovered, including GPS coordinates.

The watches are manufactured in Germany and are available with Swiss and Miyota quartz movements or Miyota automatic movements. Cases are available in stainless steel or titanium.



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