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U. S. Marine Reserve soldiers collect Toys for Tots at Lahaina Gateway

By Staff | Dec 16, 2010

From left, U.S. Marine Sgt. Brandon Benz-Marrs, Salvation Army Lt. Vidella Nagasaki, Street Bikers United President Marlene Debnam and Maui Fire Department Capt. K. Andrade at the end of the successful toy collection day at Lahaina Gateway shopping center.

LAHAINA — Lahaina Gateway on Dec. 4 hosted the kickoff for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Day with the Lahaina Salvation Army and Street Bikers United.

Volunteers gathered lots of donated toys from the center’s stores, the West Maui community and visitors, too.

The event featured a visit by Maui Fire Department staff, keiki hula, zumba classes, local crafts and Hawaiian and Christmas music throughout the day, including performances by Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku Jr. and the Kahaialii ‘Ohana.

New, unwrapped toys to benefit needy children of West Maui and Lanai will be accepted at Lahaina Gateway’s participating merchants throughout the season until Dec. 24.

Central Pacific Bank at Lahaina Gateway is also hosting Angel Tree toy donations with the Salvation Army.

On Friday, Dec. 17, at the fountain area from 6 to 7 p.m., the Napili Kai Foundation will perform a special Christmas Keiki Hula Show and Hawaiian entertainment.

On Saturday, Dec. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Lahaina Baptist Choir will sing holiday music at the fountain.