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Church ladies awarded honorary title

By Staff | Mar 3, 2011

The “Beans and Wienie Ladies” include, from left, Susan Watari, Susan Nealy, Carolyn Schneider, Grace Nava, Carol Bull, Marceline Farquharson and Pat Akiyama.

LAHAINA — After almost 20 years serving Maui as the Lahaina United Methodist Church Outreach Committee, this revolving group of dedicated women has been awarded a unique title by the good folks at the Salvation Army.

“‘Beans & Wienie Ladies’ they call us,” stated Carol Bull, chairwoman and coordinator of the group.

The generous founding members of this group go back to the early 1990s. They include volunteers from Holy Innocents Church, Maria Lanakila and the Light Bringers, who collaborated and met at the quonset hut by 505 Front Street to cook for people here in the community without resources.

This new batch of Beans & Wienie Ladies gather every other week in the church kitchen to cook up vats of beans, hot dogs, salad and abundant cakes to satisfy the large crowds at Lahaina’s Homeless Resource Center and the Salvation Army, who proudly bestowed the new name of the women last year.

“Many mornings we giggled about the name,” said Susan Nealy, who then surprised the group with custom Beans & Wienie Ladies’ aprons complete with a hula skirt on Mr. Hot Dog.

“We all enjoy quietly serving the needy, believing, ‘Where much is given, much is required.’ “