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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 27 issue

By Staff | Dec 27, 2012

The Starwood Vacation Ownership Sales Team at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas recently donated $1,750 to The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui.  

Mayor to speak at LAC Annual Meeting

LAHAINA – LahainaTown Action Committee’s Annual Meeting is slated for Monday, Jan. 14.

The public is invited to gather at the Pioneer Inn Courtyard at 5 p.m. Light pupus will be offered with refreshments, and a no-host open bar will be available.

This year’s guest speaker will be Mayor Alan M. Arakawa.

LahainaTown Action Committee invites West Side residents to come meet the LAC board members.

Lahaina Arts Society’s featured artist for January 2013 is Karen Camara. Her feature show, “E Komo Mai” (Welcome), will be on display in the Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse from Jan. 7 through Feb. 3. The public is invited to an opening reception for the show on Friday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Lahaina Arts Society at 661-0111.

LAC strives to promote, encourage and preserve the historical, cultural, social and commercial vitality of Lahaina – the town and destination.

LahainaTown Action Committee would like to meet the public and discuss ideas for 2013-14. Current Board Members Sne Patel, Jill Holley, Toddy Lilikoi, Tambara Garrick and Edward Valencia-Laver are running for positions on the 2013 board. Call Lynn Donovan at 667-9175 for information.


Enjoy a brew for the birds

KAHANA – 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.

“Fourth Friday,” Kihei’s new Friday Town Party, will debut from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Azeka Shopping Center-Mauka. The event will feature food, art, crafts, Hawaiian activities, shopping deals, a Keiki/Youth Zone and music by The House Shakers at 7 p.m. and Erin Smith and The Throwdowns (pictured) at 8 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/kiheifridays for details.

Half of 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, a bird found nowhere else in the world. Call Laura at 573-0280 or visit “http://www.mauiforestbirds.org”>www.mauiforestbirds.org.

John Prine, a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for, will perform at 8 p.m. on Dec. 27 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Songwriters who have recorded gems from his extensive catalog include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon and many others. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammy Awards and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress as a U.S. Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician — he is an American treasure. Tickets are $41.50, $51.50 or $61.50; call 242-SHOW.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary offers free “45-Ton Whale Talks” on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Whalers’ Museum at Whalers Village (ask for the free Whale Talk Pass to enter and get parking validation). Talks are also held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at the Sanctuary Education Center at 726 South Kihei Road. Visit http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov for more information.