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COMMUNITY NEWS for August 24 issue

August 24, 2017
Lahaina News

E-Cycling open through Sept. 30 for computer-related items

WAILUKU - The Maui County-sponsored Electronics Recycling Program, E-Cycling, will be open through Saturday, Sept. 30, to accept limited types of items, including computers, monitors, keyboards and mouse controllers.

E-Cycling will close again for the month of October and will reopen on Saturday, Oct. 31, to accept all types of electronics for recycling.

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Central Pacific Bank (CPB) has appointed Rose Koyama to Lahaina Branch manager. In her new position, Koyama is responsible for leading, coaching and inspiring the Lahaina team to consistently meet and exceed special financial needs within the community. She is accountable for achieving sales, service, growth, retention and profitability goals. Koyama has 18 years of experience in the financial industry. She was previously with First Hawaiian Bank, where she served as Kahana Branch manager. Koyama is a member of the Lahainaluna High School Foundation and Pomaikai School Community Council.

Televisions cannot be accepted on Maui until Oct. 31; Molokai and Lanai have no restrictions.

"We've had to rearrange our schedule in the short term because the pounds of electronics recycled in Maui County has outstripped the pounds manufacturers must pay for in accordance with the state electronics recycling law," said Marty McMahon, E-Cycling program manager for program sponsor Habitat for Humanity Maui.

"In other words, congratulations, Maui! Once again our community is over-achieving in the recycling arena."

Habitat is the yearly recipient of a County Recycling Grant that helps pay for the program; the grant amount for Fiscal Year 2018 is $152,100.

E-waste processors pay all shipping costs, over $300,000 per year, and there is no charge to the county to process E-waste.

The county's Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division is developing a long-term solution to address financial and logistical challenges of Maui's over-production.

During this transition period, the public is asked to respect the work of Habitat's E-Cycling staff and refrain from dumping electronics at the gate. Dumped E-waste is an eyesore for the community and a health and safety hazard for everyone. The county could also be fined.

"The county has provided free E-Cycling for eight years for the benefit of Maui, Molokai and Lanai residents and businesses. We ship off one 40-foot container every week, at a minimum," reported McMahon. "Full restoration of services is just a few months away, and until then, we ask everyone to be patient."

Up-to-date information on E-Cycling dates, hours and types of electronics accepted are stated on the E-Cycling information line at 280-6460 and the Habitat for Humanity website at

For general recycling information, call the Recycling Hotline at 270-7880 or visit


Maui Humane Society seeks foster homes for dogs

PUUNENE - The Maui Humane Society is seeking immediate short-term foster homes for dogs due to crowded conditions at the organization's kennel.

With dogs coming in almost daily, the kennels are starting to get uncomfortably crowded.

Maui Humane Society will provide all supplies and information needed to become a foster home to a shelter dog.

For more information, e-mail; call (808) 877-3680, extension 3; or visit the shelter anytime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


Maui Nonprofit Directors Association seeks nominations for awards

WAILUKU - The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association is accepting nominations for awards.

The Community Business Award is open for businesses that have offered financial support of philanthropic projects in Maui County.

The Humanitarian Award is for individuals who have given of volunteer time, effort and/or financial commitment to support philanthropic activities in Maui County.

The Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year is based on leadership qualities, inspired common vision and improving the organization's programs and services.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from the MNPD website at The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. Nominations may be e-mailed to

Nominees and award recipients will be recognized at the association's annual meeting at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui.

Tickets will be available by the end of the month; the cost is $30 per person. The event is open to the public.

For more information, call association President Debbie Cabebe at 243-4300.


Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program returns

WAILUKU - Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. (MEO) last week announced the return of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). SFMNP provides low-income seniors with eligible fresh produce with the goal of improving their health and nutritional status.

Qualified seniors will receive coupons worth $50 to exchange for fresh, nutritious and unprocessed locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from the Upcountry Farmers' Market. The SFMNP coupons must be used by Sept. 30, 2017.

Applications for the program are available online at or from Zilpah Kaimiola at Zilpah.Kaimiola@

For more information, visit MEO's website at or call Kaimiola at 243-4360.


Water Department conducting customer satisfaction survey

WAILUKU - The Department of Water Supply (DWS) announced the release of a Customer Satisfaction Survey that will be sent to all of its customers along with August water bills.

The survey is also available online at and at payment locations on the second and fifth floors of Kalana O Maui at 200 South High St. in Wailuku.

DWS reported that it is committed to providing its customers with exceptional service and high-quality water, and is, therefore, striving for continuous improvements.

The department encourages customers to take a few minutes to complete the survey, as it will provide important information to help the department better serve its customers.


Volunteer training set at Hospice Maui

WAILUKU - Hospice Maui will offer its annual volunteer training Sept. 25 to Oct. 7. Volunteers have been the cornerstone of compassionate care for over 35 years. Hospice Maui volunteers report the training to not only be incredibly beneficial to the individuals they have the privilege of serving, but deeply rewarding and transformational for the self.

For more information, contact Hospice Maui Volunteer Coordinator Sara Sparling at 446-8236, e-mail, or apply online at


Vendors sought for Senior Fair

WAILUKU - Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. (MEO) is seeking vendors, healthcare providers and community partners interested in participating in the 44th annual Maui County Senior Fair.

This year's fair is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The fair is sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging and produced by MEO. Featured artists include Never Too Late and Napua Greig-Nakasone.

The fair attracts over 2,000 individuals of all ages. If you wish to participate, e-mail Community Services Director Gerry Lum at to request an application. Completed applications and applicable payment must be submitted to MEO no later than Monday, Sept. 18.

For more information, visit MEO's website at or call Lum at 249-2970.



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