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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 6 issue

By Staff | Dec 6, 2012

As part of its Centennial Celebration, Lahaina Jodo Mission proudly presents a special Buddhist liturgical chanting concert by Gochikai, the Five Wisdoms Group from Japan, followed by juzukuri, a practice of chanting Nembutsu while passing beads of a large rosary (juzu) around by the participants. Members of Gochikai have performed around the world, from cathedrals in Europe to the Hagia Irini in Turkey. Don’t miss this unique experience in the Lahaina Jodo Mission Temple on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Lawmakers to hold community meeting

LAHAINA – State Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey will hold a community meeting on

Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the West Maui Senior Center.

The West Maui lawmakers will hear comments from the public on priorities for the upcoming legislative session.


“Willie Kalikimaka” will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. Although there’s only one way to prepare for a concert by Willie K — expect the unexpected! — you can be sure that Willie’s popular holiday concert will be filled like a Christmas stocking with old favorites and new arrangements. Award-winning recording artist Willie Kahaiali‘i, a charismatic and versatile Native Hawaiian entertainer, will share his extensive vocal range and guitar talents with family and friends. Tickets are $12, $28 or $37; call 242-SHOW.

Lahaina Girls Softball registration slated

LAHAINA – Lahaina Girls Softball registration for the upcoming season is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. for returnees, and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all new players at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

The league is open to girls 5-16 years of age.

Divisions are T-Ball, Coach Pitch, and Fast-Pitch.

New players must bring a copy of their birth certificate and health/emergency information.

Ian Gentil was among the Maui pro surfers competing in the Vans World Cup of Surfing last week at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore. Follow the action at www.VansTripleCrownofSurfing.com. PHOTO © ASP/CESTARI.

Registration fees will be collected at time of registration. Fees are $100 per player for ages 10u, 12u, 14u and 16u ($95 for siblings), and $35 per player for ages 6u and 8u ($25 for siblings).

The player must be present, because photos will be taken at registration.

Volunteers for coaching are also welcome. Call Leipua at 446-1778 for more information.


Happy Hawaiian holidays at Lahaina Gateway

The sales team at Starwood Vacation Ownership, Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas recently presented a check for $750 to A Keiki’s Dream. Program Director Darby Gill accepted the donation on behalf of the charity which serves Maui County’s neediest children by granting child-directed dreams, one child at a time. These special days remind children in crisis that they are special and loved, and have the ability and the right to dream.

LAHAINA – Enjoy great shopping and dining at Lahaina Gateway this holiday season.

The shopping center features specialty shops, gourmet grocery, services and restaurants.

Discover casual and fine holiday dining, plus Foodland Farms’ full grocery for all your holiday entertaining needs.

In its stores, shop for beauty, hair and nail treatments; health products; fine foods, wine and spirits; mobile phones and devices; computers; books and Nooks; music; games; toys; movies; water sports equipment; scuba and diving trips; office supplies; fashion; accessories; sports shoes and slippers; and gift cards, too.

Lahaina Gateway is open seven days a week with free parking. The center is located at Honoapiilani Highway at Keawe Street in Lahaina.

Maui OnStage’s production of “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Alexis Dascoulias, runs through Dec. 9 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. The play features state-of-the-art special effects never before seen at the Iao Theater and an all-local cast of adults and children. Reserved seating is available for $15 to $28. For tickets or more information, call 242-6969 or visit www.mauionstage.com.

Westin’s Kaanapali resorts offer daily bus service to the center for their guests. Visit “http://www.lahainagateway.com”>www.lahainagateway.com for information.


Support group for bereaved parents to hold event

WAILUKU – Heaven Sent, a support group for bereaved parents, will hold its 17th annual Memorial Tree Trimming in loving memory of infants, children, teenagers and adults on Sunday, Dec. 16.

The event will be held at Wailuku Union Church at 327 S. High St. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by the program at 2 p.m.

Bring an ornament to place on the tree in memory of your child. Parents are welcome to personalize it any way they wish. The group will have paper ornaments available for anyone unable to bring one. During the program, members will call the loved one’s name. Family members and friends will be able to come up to put their ornament(s) on the special tree.

“This is our way of remembering that special someone during this holiday season,” noted Frances Nelson of Heaven Sent. For information, contact Nelson at 244-0125 or Venus Glavor at 879-9251.


Pearl Harbor presentation set

MAALAEA – The Story of Hawaii Museum located in the Maalaea Harbor Shops will present a Hawaiian History Evening with Maui historian and author Deborah C. Pike on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

She will speak about the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Live music and light refreshments are included. An admission donation of $10 for the evening is requested.

Located in the Maalaea Shops near the Maui Ocean Center, the Story of Hawaii Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Bryant Neal at (808) 283-3576 or visit www.storyofhawaiimuseum.com.


Church Ladies to hold bake sale

LAHAINA – Love Christmas goodies but too busy to make them?

Come to the Church Ladies’ Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Lahaina United Methodist Church on the corner of Front and Baker streets.

They will set up tables from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – or as long as the goodies last – in front of the church.

Lots of parking, and plenty of candy, cookies, pies and more – all from scratch. Proceeds will benefit Lahaina United Methodist Church.


AARP Driver Safety Class slated

LAHAINA – An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held at the West Maui Senior Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class is open to everyone but designed for drivers 50 years and older. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate. The instructor is Kelly Stanley.

The $14 fee (cash or check) will be collected at the beginning of class. AARP members receive a $2 discount, so bring your card to class. Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this class.

Pre-registration is requested. Call the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., at 661-9432.