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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 31 issue

December 31, 2015
Lahaina News

School Community Council nominations sought for Lahaina Intermediate School

LAHAINA - Lahaina Intermediate School is accepting nominations for one parent and one community member to serve on its School Community Council (SCC).

Each member will serve for two school years: 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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Maui Ocean Center celebrated its “12 Days of FISH-mas” with the arrival of a very special guest from the North Pole: Scuba Claus. Through Christmas Day, Scuba Claus and his helper Elf made daily underwater appearances in the aquarium’s Open Ocean Exhibit to spread holiday cheer and talk about the center’s marine life. Both wore special dive masks that allowed them to communicate with the audience and answer questions.

Nomination forms are available at the school office. For more information, call Becky Altier at 662-3965, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 29, 2016.


Columnist to give talk on people of aloha

LAHAINA - Author and Lahaina News columnist Norm Bezane will begin a series of talks titled "Remarkable People of Aloha" on Tuesday, Jan 5, at the first meeting of the year of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

The 5:30 p.m. talk preceded by a social hour at the Royal Lahaina will preview the author's new book, "Voices of Aloha Beyond the Beach," and include a reading of "Voices of Aloha" and a slide talk showing some 15 members of the community and memorable things they have said about Maui.

Those whose quotations will be shown include slack key guitar master George Kahumoku Jr., guitar wizard Willie K, Kumu Hula Keali'i Reichel, vocalist Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Realtor Bob Cartwright, community leader Joan McKelvey, Old Lahaina Luau's Michael Moore, Kimo's hostess Laura Blears, Trilogy's Jim Coon, Deejay Alaka'i Paleka (known as the "Morning Goddess"), artist Jim Kingwell, the pop artist known as Davo, birdman Brian Botka, Kaanapali Beach Hotel's 400,000 Mai Tai man, the little dog Kea Aloha, and Queen Liliuokalani.

Bezane has written a column for Lahaina News since 2006 and was recognized earlier this year as a finalist in the state's best feature column. He also was named a finalist for independent journalist of the year in Hawaii.

Writing from the perspective of a malihini (newcomer) for the last 14 years and a visitor for 27, the author says, "It has been a great journey learning about the rich Hawaiian culture and getting to know remarkable people."


LahainaTown Action Committee to hold Annual Meeting

LAHAINA - LahainaTown Action Committee's 27th Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, in the Pioneer Inn Courtyard at 5 p.m.

LAC will elect new board members. Music will be provided by Maui Jam, light pupus will be offered with refreshments, and a no-host bar will be available.

Come meet the LahainaTown Action Committee board and discuss ideas for the 2016-17 calender. For information, call LAC Executive Director Lynn Donovan at 667-9175 or visit


Surfrider Maui to meet

MAALAEA - The Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Whale Foundation in the Maalaea Harbor Shops.

Meetings are open to the public, and Surfrider Maui is always looking for new volunteers and support.

For more information, e-mail


Learn stress relief

MAKAWAO - Do you want to learn how to release your emotional energy in the New Year? Author and licensed massage therapist Denise La Barre will present "What Are the Issues in Your Tissues," a free presentation for adults at Makawao Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

La Barre, author of "Issues in Your Tissues: Heal Body and Emotion from the Inside Out," will discuss how emotional energy is stored in an individual's body, which causes stress and illness. Learn how to release your emotional energy through fun exercises in this one-hour program.

Makawao Public Library is located at 1159 Makawao Avenue. For more information, call the library at 573-8785.


Maui Boy Scouts to hold banquet

KAHULUI - The Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America will hold their Annual Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the LDS Maui Lani Stake Center.

The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the 1300 Maui Lani Parkway center.

The night's theme is "Super Heroes." The organization will celebrate all of the accomplishments of the Maui Council in 2015.

The guest speaker for the night will be Major General John Harrel.

The cost is $20 per person for a catered meal, or $150 for a catered table of eight. To sign up to attend, visit

For more information on Maui Boy Scouts, visit or



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