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COMMUNITY NEWS for September 12 issue

By Staff | Sep 12, 2013

Ku Mai Ka Hula, the eighth annual International Hula Competition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. The event features halau winners from Japan, Hawaii and the West Coast dancing in both solo and group performances, women and men, kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) hula stylings. Enjoy a day of inspiring and memorable hula. Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for keiki 12 and under); call 242-SHOW.

Learn about Edline

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School will host an Edline activation seminar for parents on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Lahainaluna High School Library from 4 to 7 p.m.

Edline gives you the ability to check your child’s grades and communicate with teachers.

Parents who have an active account but need assistance using Edline’s features are also welcome to attend.


Loreal Wright completed more than 160 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity Maui last month. Wright can be found in the ReStore unloading donated new and nearly new building materials, sorting, pricing, stocking and helping customers find what they need at reasonably reduced prices. She finds her time with Habitat for Humanity “fun and interesting.” Occasionally, she can also be found on a construction job site and at an outreach fundraising event. On-the-job training is provided, along with all tools and supplies for all volunteers age 14 and up. For more information, or to schedule a day with Habitat for Humanity, call 242-1140.

County administration taking budget requests

WAILUKU – Mayor Alan Arakawa encourages all community members to come out and participate in Community Budget Meetings for Fiscal Year 2015 this month.

All are welcome to attend the nearest budget meeting in their respective community. The times and locations of the meetings are as follows: Sept. 12, 5:45 p.m. for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) hearing, then 6 p.m. for the budget meeting at Velma Santos Community Center; Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center; Sept. 17, 5:45 p.m. for the CDBG hearing and 6 p.m. for the budget meeting at Helene Hall in Hana; Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center; and Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at Kihei Community Center.

Residents are also encouraged to fill out an online survey prior to attending the meetings, which will help notify meeting organizers about the priorities in each community. The link to the survey is available on the front page of the Maui County website on the lower left hand side at “http://www.mauicounty.gov”>www.mauicounty.gov; it’s called the 2013 Community Survey.


Children’s DVD drive underway

WAILUKU – Keith Regan, Lynn Araki-Regan and their son, Riley Regan, a third-grader at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School, are holding a Children’s DVD drive in September to collect new and used DVDs to donate to the Pediatric Department of Maui Memorial Medical Center.

According to their research, movies are the first things kids ask for when they are in the hospital. The Pediatric Department currently has two portable DVD players for kids to use.

DVDs that are being sought are films that appeal to boys and/or girls of all ages, as well as funds for the purchase of additional portable DVD players.

DVD and monetary donations may be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office located on the ninth floor of the Kalana O Maui Building at 200 S. High St. in Wailuku, Araki-Regan & Associates LLC at 1823 Wells St., Suite 2A, in Wailuku, or the Pu’u Kukui Elementary School Office until Sept. 30. Checks may be made payable to Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation and mailed in care of Araki-Regan & Associates.

For more information, call Araki-Regan at 280-1299.


Celebrate the mayor’s birthday

KAHULUI – Mayor Alan Arakawa invites the public to his annual Birthday Bash at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

The event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For only $25, have dinner and enjoy a host of entertainment, from Hapa to Na Hoa and John Stephan.

Children under 12 are free. Bring your own lawn chairs, because seating is limited.

Tickets are available at Milagros in Paia, Da Kitchen in Kahului and Kihei, Casanova’s Deli in Makawao, Lahaina Pizza Company, and Araki-Regan & Associates and Blackburn’s Corner in Wailuku.

For more information on the event, go to www.arakawa2014.com or call 244-6042.


Social Media Bootcamp set

KIHEI – High Tech Maui’s next Social Media Bootcamp – led by consultant Peter Liu of Kaiscapes LLC – is set for Saturday, Sept. 14.

If you’re new to social media, or starting to think about an overall social media strategy for your business but don’t know where to start putting all the pieces together, this workshop is for you.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maui Economic Development Board’s Malcolm Center at 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 5, in Kihei. The cost is $65, which includes lunch.

For more information, or to register, call 875-2300 or go online to www.hightechmaui.com.


Forum to address issue of feral cats and chickens

WAILUKU – The issue of feral cats and chickens will be addressed during a public forum by the Office of the Mayor in partnership with Maui Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium at 95 Mahalani St. Public testimony will be accepted at the meeting.

Mayor Alan Arakawa said, “Feral chickens and cats have become a significant problem in our community, and both residents and visitors are impacted by the effects of these feral populations. However, each feral group presents unique challenges, and it is imperative that well-researched control methods are employed in a strategic and humane manner. It is my hope that this discussion will lead to workable solutions.”

For information, contact Maui Humane Society at 877-3680.


Lahaina church to offer prayers for healing

LAHAINA – Lahaina Christian Fellowship invites anyone suffering from cancer to come and receive prayer for healing on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Lahaina Christian Fellowship will be one of many churches in Hawaii, the Mainland U.S.A, Australia and Africa participating in the prayer event.

The church is located at 4275 Hine Way in Lahaina.

If you can’t be there but want prayer, cell phone prayer will be available. Register by calling 669-5600 or e-mailing hipastor@gmail.com.