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COMMUNITY NEWS for June 25 issue

June 25, 2015
Lahaina News

Aikido seminar slated

WAILUKU - The Hawaii Ki Federation will hold its annual summer seminar from June 26-28 at Maui Ki-Aikido. The event will draw aikido practitioners from around the state and is free for members of the public to observe.

Maui's Christopher Curtis Sensei, an Eighth Dan black belt, chief instructor of Hawaii Ki Federation and author of two books on aikido, will teach the seminar.

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Chaney Countryman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego on May 24. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Chaney was a valedictorian in the Class of 2011 at Lahainaluna High School. She plans to pursue her career in engineering with Caterpillar Corporation as a member of its Engineering New Design and Development Rotational Team. Her parents, Bill and Dianne, are very proud of her hard work and dedication these past four years.

Classes will cover a wide range of topics, including meditation, ki development, aikido techniques and weapons training.

Maui Ki-Aikido is located at 194 S. Market St. in Wailuku.

Founded in 1953, Maui Ki-Aikido is the oldest aikido dojo in the United States, with some of the highest-ranking instructors outside of Japan.

Learn more about the seminar and other dojo programs, including beginner classes, at, or call 244-5165 or e-mail for information.


WMTA to hold Breakfast with the Mayor

WEST MAUI - Join the West Maui Taxpayers Association and Slappy Cakes for a pancake breakfast with Mayor Alan Arakawa as the guest speaker on Monday, June 29, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Slappy Cakes at Honokowai Marketplace.

Breakfast will include Slappy Cakes' pancake griddle experience, buffet with breakfast meats, and coffee, tea and juice.

Admission is free for WMTA members. The cost for nonmembers is $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. Nonmembers can choose to join WMTA, which will then make breakfast free. Seating is limited. Register online at, e-mail wmta@maui .net or call 661-7990.


Lahainaluna High School to implement new dress code policy

LAHAINA - Lahainaluna High School is implementing a new uniform T-shirt dress code policy for the 2015-16 school year.

Letters were sent to parents, incoming freshmen and current students of Lahainaluna. Included in the letter were the policy and shirt order form.

Waiver applications for the uniform dress code policy may be obtained from the Lahainaluna High School main office through June 26. Waiver applications will be due to the LHS main office by June 26 before 4 p.m.

Only one waiver application will be signed out to each student or legal guardian.

Submitted applications will be reviewed. If the application is complete, the School Community Council (SCC) secretary will contact the legal parent/guardian to set up an appointment to meet with the SCC members for a special session addressing the council as to why a waiver is being requested.

Special sessions will be held on July 13 from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m., and July 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

All other applicants will be notified in writing in early July. Shirts will be available for pick up during registration.

In related news, the Lahainaluna School Community Council seeks new members.

School Community Councils are forums for exchanging ideas about how to improve student achievement among the school's stakeholders: principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members.

Any community person interested in serving on the Lahainaluna High School SCC Board as a parent or community representative should submit their name via e-mail to Debbie_Rogers@ or Shannon_fields@

Members must commit to attend a monthly meeting held the first Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the LHS Library. Meetings are open to the public.

If you would like to present at a meeting, contact Shannon Fields or Debbie Rogers to be added to the agenda.



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