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COMMUNITY NEWS for February 21 issue

By Staff | Feb 21, 2013

To kick off its sponsorship of the 15th annual Maui Heart Walk & Health Fair, Maui Soda & Ice Works/Roselani Ice Cream President Michael Nobriga (center) presented a $1,500 check to Kauwela Bisquera (left), the Western States Affiliate, Maui Region representative of the American Heart Association, and Alvin Imada (right), senior vice president and neighbor island regional manager of Central Pacific Bank. The two were special guest speakers at Maui Soda’s monthly safety meeting on Feb. 8, where the topic was heart health. This year’s 5K walk takes place on Saturday, March 23, at Keopuolani Park in Central Maui; for information, visit www.MauiHeartWalk.org. “We encourage everyone on Maui to participate, sponsor a walker, or better yet, form a company team of your own,” said Nobriga.

Lahaina Canoe Club to meet

LAHAINA – Lahaina Canoe Club will hold a preregistration/general meeting for its makua (adult) members from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the LCC hale at Canoe Beach.

The club will discuss plans for the upcoming season, announce the new board of directors and take nominations for the coaching staff. All members interested in participating in the 2013 regatta season are encouraged to attend this season kickoff meeting. For more information, visit “http://www.lahainacanoeclub.com”>www.lahainacanoeclub.com or e-mail bod@lahainacanoeclub.net.


Mahana Ridge Trail temporarily closed

NOFX will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, on the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Events Lawn. Three decades ago, NOFX sharpened their teeth in the hardcore Los Angeles punk music scene. Since the debut of their full-length album, “Liberal Animation,” they have sold over six million records and achieved gold status with their 1994 milestone, “Punk in Drublic.” In 2012, the group released “Self Entitled,” a return to their aggressive roots. Tickets are $30 or $45 (VIP); call 242-SHOW.

KAPALUA – The Kapalua Resort Association announced that the Mahana Ridge Trail will be closed for 6-8 weeks effective Feb. 18.

Construction of the Mahana Estates has made the area unsafe to hikers, the association noted.

The Maunalei Arboretum Trail will remain open. Hikers may call the Kapalua Shuttle at 665-9110 to make reservations for rides to and from the trail head.


Japanese Cultural Society to award scholarship

Lea Salonga, soprano singer and actress from the Philippines, will perform on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Renowned for originating the lead role of Kim in “Miss Saigon,” for which she won Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards, Salonga has been a Broadway star and has also provided the singing voice of two official Disney princesses: Jasmine in “Aladdin” and Fa Mulan from “Mulan.” This year, fresh from her successful role in “God of Carnage,” Salonga joins George Takei and Telly Leung in the world premiere of “Allegiance-A New American Musical.” Tickets are $35, $45 or $55; $125/VIP tickets include a post-show meet and greet. Call 242-SHOW.

WAILUKU – The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is accepting applications for its annual scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who promotes and perpetuates the Japanese culture through education and/or the arts.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship may contact Tiffany Iida at tiida@hawaiianisp.com or 276-5444, or visit www.jcsmaui.com. The scholarship application deadline is April 15.


Women Helping Women offers services

LAHAINA – If you are a victim of domestic violence, Women Helping Women is there for you.

Lahaina Intermediate School recently held its Second Quarter Renaissance Partners In Living and Learning Reward Day for 230 students at Airport Beach. The recognized students qualified for the special event on the basis of grades, citizenship and community service. Participating students receive discounts at restaurants and stores on Maui, and they are treated to a fun day called “Games and Grinds,” where the students enjoy a morning of games and then a barbecue luncheon courtesy of Outback Steakhouse Lahaina. Outback General Manager Kimi Racine was on-hand to recognize the students and lead her staff in preparing the lunch. The event is coordinated by LIS Counselor Todd Hayase and staff members Lori Koyama, Cindy Koyama, Becky Altier, Daryl Munetake, Charmaine Ganer, Tom Norton and Beth Wills. “This is the tenth year that Outback has sponsored this event, and we thank Kimi Racine and her staff for supporting the program. Also, many thanks to the parents and chaperones for their help,” said Hayase. PHOTO BY WALTER CHIHARA.

Whether you need emergency shelter, a temporary restraining order, court advocacy, or just someone to talk to, call WHW’s 24-hour hotline at 579-9581. In Lahaina, call 661-7111.


Engledow to speak

MAALAEA – The Story of Hawaii Museum in the Maalaea Harbor Shops will host a Hawaiian History Evening with Maui author Jill Engledow on Friday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. A $10 admission donation is requested.

Engledow’s presentation, “The Park in Our Backyard,” is a short history of Haleakala National Park, the people and events that led to its establishment, and of its growth and impact on the island today. The talk includes a PowerPoint presentation of vintage photos. Call Bryant Neal at 283-3576 or visit www.storyofhawaiimuseum.com.

The Lahaina Intermediate School Renaissance program last week announced the “Students and Staff of the Month” for December and January: (from left) eighth-grader Kolea Lindsey, Donovan Seno (nominated by the staff), sixth-grader Jesus Alvarez, eighth-grader Kalo Uhila, sixth-grader Jean Marie Ganoy, Deborah Kramer (nominated by the students), seventh-grader Krystaleia Bettencourt and seventh-grader Mark Jay Arcala.


Lawmakers to host town meeting

LAHAINA – West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey will hold a mid-session town meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Open to the public, the meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Maui Senior Center.

The state lawmakers will update the public on issues important to West Maui and get input from residents.