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COMMUNITY NEWS for May 11 issue

May 11, 2017
Lahaina News

LHS to hold annual Athletic Banquet & Awards Presentation

LAHAINA - The Lahainaluna High School Athletic Department is sponsoring the annual LHS Athletic Banquet & Awards Presentation on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Hale Pa'ina.

This event will recognize and award the outstanding MVP student athletes of each sport for this 2016-17 school year. The highlight of the evening will be the honoring of the male and female student athletes selected for the "Distinguished Senior Athlete," "Scholar Athlete of the Year" and the "Outstanding Athlete of the Year" awards.

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Christian Grandi’s students — from left, Elijah Hayes, Anakin Hayes, William Wilson, Brayden Valencia and Ledan Delatori — at Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Lahaina recently competed in a North American Grappling Association tournament on Oahu. The students won several medals, including: Elijah Hayes — second place, intermediate no-gi, 40-49 pounds, and third place, intermediate gi, 40-49 pounds; Anakin Hayes — first place, intermediate no-gi, 50-59 pounds, and second in intermediate gi, 50-59 pounds; Brayden Valencia — first place in intermediate no-gi and intermeduate gi, 70-79 pounds; Ledan Delatori, first place in intermediate no-gi and intermediate gi, 80-89 pounds; and William Wilson, first place in advanced no-gi and expert gi, 120-129 pounds.

A dinner prepared by Food Service Manager John Alexander and his staff will precede the awards ceremony. The cost of the dinner is $10; tickets can be purchased in cash only at the LHS main office. Contact the athletic office at 662-3979, extension 324, or the school office at 662-3979 for more information.


Tickets going on sale for Oktoberfest 2017

LAHAINA - Oktoberfest 2017, coordinated by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, will be held this year on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pioneer Inn.

Featuring an Oompah band, authentic German cuisine, costume awards and the coldest beer in town, the event is a fundraiser for vocational scholarships for Maui County residents.

Tickets to the event are $50 each and will be on sale online soon. For more information, contact Ann Neizman at (808) 856-2362 or


Volunteers needed for cemetery cleanup

LAHAINA - The West Maui Buddhist Council comprised of Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, Lahaina Shingon Mission and Lahaina Jodo Mission is hosting a cemetery cleanup on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 a.m.

Volunteers will meet at Lahaina Jodo Mission. The cleanup will focus on Mala Cemetery. Please bring your own tools for weeding. This is an annual cemetery cleanup held prior to Memorial Day. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.


Beimler of Hawaii Wildfire Management to speak at Lahaina SunsetRotary meeting

LAHAINA - On Tuesday, May 16, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset invites the public to a talk by Pablo Beimler, who will discuss wildfire prevention and preparedness for Lahaina residents.

Beimler is the community outreach coordinator for Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO), a nonprofit based in Waimea that has been providing the Hawaiian Islands with nationally recognized wildfire protection services since 2000. HWMO serves as the hub of collaborative wildfire efforts of government agencies, nongovernment organizations and communities across Hawaii.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset's community speaker series takes place during club meetings, which are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the club, visit or contact Interim President Joanne Laird at


Local authors to sign books

LAHAINA - The new book by Maui Writers Ink, a collection of 33 stories and poems by eight local authors, will be featured at the Local Authors' Table at Lahaina's Second Friday Town Party on May 12 beginning at 5 p.m.

Joining them will be Maui authors Jill Engledow, Howard Fields, Oliver Gold and Elaine Gallant. This is a wonderful opportunity for locals and tourists to come meet the authors, talk with them about their books and have them autograph your purchases.


Volunteers sought for Haleakala service trip

HALEAKALA - Enthusiastic and fit hikers are sought for a service trip with the Friends of Haleakala National Park in Haleakala Crater from June 10 to 12.

Volunteers will stay at Kapalaoa Cabin Saturday and Sunday nights, hiking out Monday. Learn more and register at, then contact the trip leader listed on the website.



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