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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 20 issue

By Staff | Dec 20, 2012

Lahaina Intermediate School last week announced its “Students and Staff of the Month” for October and November. The October honorees at left are (from left) sixth-grader Kyle Killett, eighth-grader Erick Montiel, seventh-grader Rachael Balagso, sixth-grader Sami Saribay, eighth-grader Kelsi Badua and Jun Wu (rear), who was nominated by colleagues (not pictured are staff member Kausinga Tukana and seventh-grader Maybel Galace). At right, the November winners are (from left) seventh-grader Leah Werblun, eighth-grader Alana Power, sixth-grader Ronnie Criste, Flaviana Ancheta (nominated by students), sixth-grader LeAnn Huynh, eighth-grader Sergio Munoz and seventh-grader Rowel Ansagay (not pictured is Cindy Koyama, who was nominated by colleagues).

‘Voices of Maui’ author to hold five book signings

LAHAINA – Lahaina News Columnist and Author Norm Bezane has scheduled five book signings for his new book, “Maui for Millions,” as well as his first book, “Voices of Maui: Natives and Newcomers.”

The “Maui for Millions” book sells for $10. “Voices of Maui” is available for $6 while quantities last.

Signings are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore at The Wharf Cinema Center and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s Tiki Bar; Saturday, Dec. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Leilani’s on the Beach; and Sunday, Dec. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore at Queen Kaahumanu Center. The Rotary Club of Lahaina meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Royal Lahaina Resort will also host a signing. Visit www.voicesofmaui.com.

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Maui Brewing Company in Kahana will host a Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Benefit Night on Friday, Dec. 28, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Half the proceeds from pints sold that night will go to the conservation of Maui’s native birds. Maui Forest Birds is dedicated to the conservation and research of rare and endangered bird species on Maui, such as the Kiwikiu (pictured), a bird found nowhere else in the world. For information, call Laura at 573-0280 or visit www.mauiforestbirds.org.

Santa Claus is coming to Hula Grill Kaanapali

KAANAPALI – Hawaiian Santa is a sight to see… when he comes paddling into Kaanapali.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas will visit Hula Grill Kaanapali on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4:45 p.m. Santa will merrily accept Christmas requests from keiki, take photos with families and pass out candy canes. Hula Grill will also offer cookie and ornament decorating. Call 667-6636.

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LHS seeks track coach

After 14 years, Old Lahaina Luau is getting a much-needed “thatching-lift” with its new sabel palmetto palms, also known as “cabbage fans.” The palms were transported from several different states from across the country. This was no easy task — each palm leaf is harvested by hand, and each tree only yields ten palms per tree. Old Lahaina Luau’s order will be one of the largest of cabbage fans in the country. It took an estimated 90,000 palms to complete the project; Seaworld in San Diego only used an estimated 60,000.  

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School seeks applicants for head track coach.

Forward resumes to Scott Soldwisch by Dec. 31 to 980 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, HI 96761.

The state project to upgrade Lahaina Harbor is done. Improvements include new decking, light stands, dock boxes, and water and electrical stands. PHOTO BY DONNELL TATE.