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COMMUNITY NEWS for August 16 issue

By Staff | Aug 16, 2012

LahainaTown Action Committee and Lahaina Arts Society on Friday announced the winner of the 24th annual Poster Contest: Jackie Black (inset) for “Whale Soup” (left). Black’s painting will become the official 2013 Lahaina Poster, and she took home $2,500. The People’s Choice Award sponsored by The Pioneer Inn ($100) went to Karen Camara for “Shores of Lahaina,” the Most Promising Artist Award sponsored by Captain Jacks Island Grill ($100) went to Earl Thompson for “Obon,” the Honorable Mention sponsored by Angus and Joan McKelvey ($100) went to Ronaldo Macedo for “Good Morning Lahaina,” and the Lahaina Arts Society Award ($250) went to Julia Copeland. Juried entries will be on display in the Old Lahaina Jail Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse through Sept. 3.

Maui blood drives slated

LAHAINA – Summer means fun, and often a drop in blood donations. That’s because schools are out, families are on vacation and donors who regularly give throughout the year often take a break and wait until fall to start donating again.

But the need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. This month, the Blood Bank of Hawaii invites Maui residents to donate blood at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kahului Stake, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20; 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

A drive will also be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, at Lahaina Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

To make an appointment or get more information, visit “http://www.BBH.org”>www.BBH.org or call the Blood Bank of Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966.

The second annual Lanai Slack Key Guitar Festival will be held from Aug. 17-19. The alluring sounds of slack key guitar will sweep the island, from the beaches of Manele Bay to the upcountry of The Lodge at Koele. Throughout the three-day event, guests will be treated to free performances by Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano winners, including John Keawe (above), Dennis Kamakahi, Brother Noland, Kawika Kahiapo, Ernest Puaa, Kevin Brown, Benny Uyetake, Ekolu Kalama and hula with Hope Keawe. World champion stand up paddler Ekolu Kalama from Molokai will also teach a SUP workshop at Manele Bay Saturday morning. Visit www.lanaiukulelefestival.com for event details.  


Event to support Monk Seal Foundation

KAHANA – There will be a fundraiser for the Monk Seal Foundation at the Maui Brewing Company Brew Pub from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Aug. 24.

There will be a “Special Seal Brew” pouring that night. Half of the event’s pint sales will go to the Monk Seal Foundation, a Maui-based nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

For more information, write to info@monksealfoundation.org or visit www.monksealfoundation.org.

“A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future” will be on display in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery from Aug. 19 to Sept. 30. Photographer Wayne Levin’s eloquent portraits of Kalaupapa residents and their families surge through this poignant exhibit, organized by Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa. Supplemented by archival documents and interviews, Levin’s photographs — Mariano Rea’s beach house at Kalaupapa taken in 1986 is pictured — reflect the past and present of Kalaupapa, telling the complete story of this remote northern peninsula on the island of Molokai. On Aug. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater, “Remembering Kalaupapa,” a panel discussion sharing connections to Kalaupapa with Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa leaders, family descendants and journalist Val Monson, is slated. And on Monday, Aug. 20, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the gallery, Levin will lead an exhibit walkthrough and lecture. Call 243-4288 or visit www.MauiArts.org for information.

The brew pub is located in the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center.


Performance-based incentives available to UHMC students

KAHULUI – University of Hawaii Maui College students interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and STEM-related fields within a Hawaiian Studies and cultural context can now apply for performance-based incentives through the Kahikina O Ka La program.

Supported by the National Science Foundation, Kahikina O Ka La combines current STEM and STEM-related curricula with traditional Hawaiian cultural knowledge.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new $8 million cafeteria at Lahainaluna High School, the entire student body was treated to a kalua pig lunch on Aug. 3. Here, senior girls enjoy their meal. Photo by Nicole Malacas, Ka Lama 2013 Yearbook.

Over the course of the next academic year, Kahikina O Ka La will develop STEM and STEM-related programs to assist youth from K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels as well as provide instructional opportunities for teachers and community leaders.

“Kahikina O Ka La is committed to guiding UHMC students to careers and leadership roles both locally and on a global stage,” said Damien Cie, project director for Kahikina O Ka La.

For the 2012-13 academic year, 60 students will benefit from the program. Applicants will be ranked on preference using multiple criteria such as GPA, course units completed and academic interests/goals. Awarded students will receive continuous academic support through program counselors and an annual performance-based stipend award in the amount of $3,500 or $5,000.

For information, call 984-3543 or e-mail hikina@hawaii.edu.


Sacred Hearts School announces policy

LAHAINA – For the 2012-13 school year, Sacred Hearts School announced its policy for free milk, and free and reduced price lunches for children unable to pay the full price of milk or lunches served under the Special Milk Program, National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

A copy of the policy and applications are available in the school office. Call 661-4720.


New HIV specialist available on Maui

WAILUKU – Maui AIDS Foundation (MAF) has a new primary care/HIV specialist available on Maui to help people with HIV/AIDS lead happier, healthier lives.

Dr. Timothy Duerler is teaming with MAF to offer medical care services by appointment every Thursday at the foundation’s Wailuku office at 1935 Main St., Suite 101.

John Gilarski, MAF director of client services, said, “This move is part of the MAF’s commitment to improving client health and reducing the chances of HIV transmission. Prevention and care work together in a symbiotic relationship. We are able to counsel clients and connect them to medical care within minutes following diagnosis.

“Dr. Duerler’s addition to the Maui healthcare community gives people living with HIV/AIDS greater alternatives when reviewing their options for treatment.”

Dr. Duerler accepts all patients with HMSA, Medicare, MedQuest and those who are underinsured or uninsured, thanks to Ryan White funds (Ryan White funds are restricted to MAF clients only.) VA and Kaiser Permanente are not covered.

To schedule an appointment with Duerler, call Mango Medical at (808) 769-5010.


Josie Gomez named to Dean’s List

APPLETON, WISCONSIN – Josie Gomez, the daughter of Robert Gomez and Barbara Newton of Lahaina, has been named to the 2011-12 Lawrence University Dean’s List.

She earned the honor for maintaining a minimum 3.4 grade point average.


Lahaina preschool holding enrollment

LAHAINA – Holy Innocents Preschool in Lahaina is currently holding enrollment.

Registration is $250 per year. Tuition for preschool on Mondays through Fridays is $425 per month for pickup at 2:30 p.m. and $520 per month for pickup at 4:30 p.m.

Established in 1974, Holy Innocents Preschool is located at 561 Front St. Call 667-9058 or visit www.holyimaui.org/ preschool.


Soroptimists meet at the Royal Lahaina

KAANAPALI – Soroptimist International of West Maui is a volunteer service organization for business professionals who work to improve the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the world.

Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays at noon at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

Call Ruth McKay at 283-5193 for luncheon reservations.