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COMMUNITY NEWS for November 15 issue

By Staff | Nov 15, 2012

The Maui Theatre in Lahaina wants to make a difference here in Maui County. The company set a goal to raise money for the Maui Food Bank and collected $7,535. “This year, we created the Kama‘aina Give Back, and it worked... 100 percent of the monetary donations were given back to Maui Food Bank for a successful event. Mahalo nui loa to our community for taking part in such a great opportunity. We are looking forward to next year already,” noted Operations Manager Stephanie Sisneros. Pictured, from left, are Sisneros; Dennis Preussler, general manager; Todd Dougall, special project manager; Jill Pascua, front of house manager; Kate Noia, Shawndra Davis and Kapili Akima in reservations; and Richard Yust, executive director of the Maui Food Bank.

Fundraiser reprises popular ’50s radio show

WAIKAPU – A nearly 150-year-old Hawaiian women’s society will reprise the popular 1950s “Hawai’i Calls” radio show at a November fundraiser at Maui Tropical Plantation.

The ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu will present “Hawai’i Calls: An Evening of Aloha” starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Tickets cost $35 per person, with proceeds benefiting scholarships. The colorful event will offer a dinner buffet and silent auction.

For tickets, see an ‘Ahahui member or call 281-9257 or 264-5522 on Maui.

Kekoa Yap will perform the opening chant for the Makahiki Games scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Campbell Park in Lahaina. This free event is open to the public, and all ages can participate in the games that will include konane (checkers), huki huki (tug of war), ula mika (lawn bowling), o‘o ihe (spear throwing) and more. The event is coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation with support from the county Office of Economic Development, Old Lahaina Luau and Kaanapali Beach Hotel. For information, call 661-3262.

The fundraiser will showcase ‘Ahahui members performing hula and music. Members include Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated ‘Ahumanu (Elizabeth Kopa`a Morales and Joni deMello).


Kipahulu community meeting slated

KIPAHULU – The public is invited to attend a community meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Kalena Triangle in Kipahulu.

The meeting will start at 5 p.m. and adjourn no later than 6:30 p.m. Come and meet Haleakala National Park staff, learn more about the park and follow-up on previously discussed topics. Call Howard Forbes at 572-4445.

Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica, the On Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. With Japanese drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix, the ensemble takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. The band’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original.” Tickets are $12, $28 or $35; call 242-SHOW. PHOTO BY AYUMI KAMEDA.


Salvation Army to host Health Fair for the Homeless

KAHULUI – The Salvation Army will host the 12th annual Health Fair for the Homeless at its Kahului location at 45 W. Kamehameha Avenue on Friday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fair is designed to help Maui’s homeless population with their essential needs through the assistance of service agencies and vendors.

“This day provides a special opportunity for anyone unsheltered to come to a ‘one-stop shop’ where a full range of healthcare and homeless services will be readily accessible,” said Major Brian West, Salvation Army Maui County coordinator. All services are provided free on-location.

Lahaina Yacht Club’s 35th annual Keiki Fishing Tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 18, at Lahaina Harbor. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library. This event is free to all children ages 12 and under. Each keiki will receive a free T-shirt. There will also be ono food and great prizes (last year’s winners are pictured). To qualify for the main prizes, all fish must be hooked with poles, lines and hooks supplied by Lahaina Yacht Club. This year, please bring your own bucket.

Free food will also be offered, along with door prizes.

The Salvation Army welcomes donations that can be distributed to the homeless at the fair. Donations may include new and unused hygiene products for men and women, slippers, blankets and towels, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, tarps and propane stoves. Donations may be dropped off at 45 W.

Kamehameha Avenue.


State ID program transfers to DOT

HONOLULU – Beginning Jan. 2, 2013, the public can obtain state ID cards at all drivers’ license locations on Maui.

This change is the result of a state law that transfers the responsibility for the state ID program from the Department of the Attorney General to the Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the counties.

The governor’s Neighbor Island Liaison Offices will stop issuing state ID cards as of Monday, Dec. 17


Firms accepting applications for community grant funds

KAHULUI – Young Brothers Limited and Hawaiian Tug & Barge are now accepting grant applications for their Community Gift Giving Program from nonprofit community organizations in Maui County.

The program will award grants of up to $2,500 per organization.

Application forms and information are available at www.youngbrothershawaii.com under “Community Gift Giving” or by calling Hale Mahaolu at 872-4100.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 19.


Nominations sought for Nihon Bunka Award

CENTRAL MAUI – The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui seeks nominations for its annual Nihon Bunka Award.

The organization recognizes individuals each year for their excellence and contributions to the arts, and for their unselfish willingness to share their talents with the community.

Nominations are due by Nov. 30 to Lynn Araki-Regan by mail to 1823 Wells St., Suite 2A, Wailuku, HI 96793, fax at 249-2872 or via e-mail at lynn@araki-regan.com.

Winners will be honored at the society’s Shinnen Enkai dinner on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Maui Beach Hotel. For more information, call Araki-Regan at 244-6042.


Wailuku Social Security offices set new hours

WAILUKU – Effective Nov. 19, the Wailuku Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.

In addition, beginning Jan. 2, 2013, the office will close to the public at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday.

For information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call 1-800-772-1213.


Volunteer in Haleakala

HALEAKALA – Volunteer in Haleakala Crater on Dec. 1-3 and stay free at Kapalaoa Cabin on Saturday and Sunday night.

Help Haleakala National Park care for native vegetation and also hike, take pictures or just relax in the wilderness.

Visit www.fhnp.org (Service Trips) for more information, and then call 876-1673.


Maui Prep to host Turkey Run

NAPILI – Maui Preparatory Academy will host the third annual Turkey Run on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. on the Maui Prep campus in Napili.

The 1.5-mile fun run is open to all students in fourth through eighth grade on the island. The top male and female in sixth, seventh and eighth grade will receive a turkey.

Participants must bring two canned goods to donate to the Maui Food Bank. A waiver with a parent signature is required to participate.

Students can register the day of the event at 3 p.m. or e-mail Keenan Reader at kreader@mauiprep.org for a registration form or more information.


Poetry reading set

LAHAINA – A reading for “Dead Man’s Flower, Poems by Jill Jennings” will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore in The Wharf Cinema Center.

For more information, call 667-2696.