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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 12 issue

By Staff | Dec 12, 2013

Dusty Payne of Lahaina on Sunday advanced into Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons at Backdoor on Oahu’s North Shore. Thriving in the hollow waves, Payne defeated Reef McIntosh of Hawaii, then Californian Brett Simpson in Round 2. At press time Monday morning, Payne needed to advance through two more rounds of the Billabong Pipe Masters to requalify for the 2014 ASP World Tour. Follow the final event of the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour season at www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com. PHOTO BY © ASP/CESTARI.

Toys for Tots parade set

WEST MAUI – The public is advised of traffic delays due to the 12th annual Street Bikers United Toys for Tots toy collection drive and parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14.

The parade of bikers will depart Maalaea Harbor at 11 a.m. for Lahaina and return to Kihei at 1 p.m.

This is a permitted event, and police will provide escorts and traffic control at impacted intersections.

For more information on the toy drive, visit mauitoys4tots.org.

Dr. Patricia McLean and husband Dr. Michael McLean (pictured with Rev. Laki Kaahumanu) recently opened Ocean LightForce Chiropractic in Dickenson Square, Suite 205, in Lahaina. The couple developed a gentle chiropractic technique, LightForce Adjusting, in 1974 from their office in Virginia Beach. Serving as the International Chiropractors Association president, Michael travels around the world, teaching and promoting a drug-free, vitality supporting organization. Pat is also a “100-Year Lifestyle Licensed Affiliate,” providing ongoing educational workshops open to the community on a variety of topics to help maximize health. For information, call (808) 419-6450 or visit www.lightforcechiropracticmaui.com.


Preschool to hold silent auction

LAHAINA – Children of the Rainbow Nursery and Preschool will hold its 12th annual silent auction on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

Bid on restaurant meals, activities, gift baskets and merchandise. Everything starts at half the retail price.


Maui Arts & Cultural Center will present the multitalented Willie K in “Willie Kalikimaka” on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the holidays with Willie K, family and friends in what promises to be an exciting evening of traditional Hawaiian music and holiday songs, with some lively blues and rock thrown in for good fun. You can expect the unexpected when this eclectic and versatile musician is on stage! Tickets are $12, $28, $35 or $45 (half-price for kids 12 and under). Call 242-SHOW.

Gingerbread Family Festival coming to Maui

KAHULUI – Easter Seals Hawaii will hold its first-ever Gingerbread Family Festival on Maui at its Na Hulu campus in Kahului on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Easter Seals Hawaii is selling kits with everything to build and decorate two gingerbread houses, including gingerbread donated by Safeway, an array of assorted candies donated by CVS/Longs Drugs, gingerbread men donated by Hawaii Life and icing in three colors (red, white and green).

Kits cost $29 and can be assembled onsite at the event or picked up to go.

People can buy kits online at gingerbreadhawaii.com or by phone, 24 hours a day, by calling (888) 295-2626. Participants can sign up for one of two sessions to decorate gingerbread houses: either 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Former Lahaina News dining columnist Helen Adele Radich Reed’s debut novel, “Treasures of the Thirties,” explores her childhood growing up in Los Angeles during the Great Depression and her coming of age during World War II. The 176-page paperback book includes photos. Selling for $19.99, the book is available at www.lulu.com or www.amazon.com.

The public is invited to stop by at the Easter Seals Hawaii Maui Campus at 155 S. Wakea Avenue anytime during the event to enjoy the festivities.


Rotarians selling Christmas trees

LAHAINA – Christmas trees are now on sale in the parking lot at Lahaina Cannery Mall, with proceeds benefiting community projects coordinated by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.

Trees are on sale weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua continued its longtime tradition of preparing and delivering turkey dinners to Maui Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Department staff who were on duty Thanksgiving Day. “Every year at this time, we like to take the opportunity to show our public safety teams just how grateful we are for everything they do to serve and protect our community. Many of these ladies and gentlemen work long shifts during the holidays and do not get to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Knowing this, we like to take it upon ourselves to hand-deliver a complete Thanksgiving meal to each station as a token of our sincere appreciation for the work that they do,” said Ian McPhee of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. To volunteer for future community outreach efforts, call 669-6200. 

The inventory includes large and small noble fir trees and wreaths. Everything is kept in a refrigerated container to maintain freshness.

Free delivery is available to any location in West Maui.

The community may also purchase a Christmas tree to be donated to a family in need. The Rotary Club will provide a tree stand, lights, decorations and delivery for every donated tree.

For information, call Ann Neizman at 281-1807.


Maui Memorial holding art contest

WAILUKU – Maui Memorial Medical Center is again sponsoring an art contest for young Maui artists in grades K-12.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Share the Aloha.”

Subject matter may include landscapes, seascapes, animals, people and any other positive ideas that the artist envisions.

Twenty pieces will be chosen, with ten each coming from the groups of grades K-5 and 6-12.

The deadline for entries is Jan. 15, 2014. Entry forms may be obtained online at www.mauimemorialmedical.org/share-the-aloha.

For more information, call Carol Clark at (808) 442-5108 or e-mail cclark@hhsc.org.


Sacred Hearts School to host Breakfast with Santa

LAHAINA – Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Sacred Hearts School cafeteria.

Each child will get a chance to tell Santa his or her Christmas hopes and dreams, then take home a free photo taken with Mr. Claus himself.

Breakfast includes eggs, sausages, pancakes, rice, fresh fruit salad, juice and coffee.

Tickets are $7 per keiki and $10 per adult, available in the school office. Call 661-4720.


Lahainaluna seeks track coaches

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School is currently looking for coaches in boys golf and track and field for the upcoming season.

Interested individuals should send their resume to Athletic Director Scott Soldwisch, 980 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, HI 96761. The deadline is Dec. 17. Call 662-3979, extension 324.


Foundation to offer $4 million in scholarships

HONOLULU – Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) will begin accepting online scholarship applications from Hawaii students seeking financial assistance to fund their higher education.

With more than 180 scholarship opportunities and $4 million in scholarships available, HCF is the third largest private scholarship provider in the state.

HCF has provided scholarships to students to achieve higher education for over 30 years, with individuals receiving an average scholarship reward of $2,200 in 2013. Students can apply at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.


Share your aloha at Lahaina Gateway

LAHAINA – Join Lahaina Gateway as the center hosts a fundraiser for the Lahainaluna High School Concert Band and Concert Choir on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., as the students perform beautiful Christmas music.

There will be monetary donations for raffle tickets. Prizes include merchant products, gift cards, books, holiday food and more. All proceeds will benefit the band and choir. Seating is limited; bring chairs if you wish. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to local charities to enter the door prize contest. Enjoy special shopping and dining throughout the center before or after this wonderful holiday event.

Share more aloha at Central Pacific Bank and donate to CPB’s Salvation Army Angel Tree, accepting donations of toys and other gift items for needy children and seniors, by Dec. 15. And, help feed our Hawaii families in need for the holidays with Foodland/Foodland Farms through its Share a Holiday Feast Program. Donate $5, $10 or $20 in store for their program with the Salvation Army by Dec. 31.

Enjoy great holiday shopping and delicious dining through the center all during the holidays. The merchants at Lahaina Gateway send a big mahalo for your patronage since 2007, and wish you all Happy Hawaiian Holidays! Visit lahainagateway.com or lahainagateway.mobi, or call Patti Link at 661-3311 for information.


Columnist schedules holiday book signings

WEST MAUI – “Voices of Maui” columnist Norm Bezane will hold book signings at the Maui Friends of the Library used bookstores on Friday, Dec. 13, at The Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina from 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

“Voices of Maui: Natives and Newcomers,” his original book, as well as “Maui for Millions: Tales of Remarkable People” and his latest book, “Voices of Aloha,” will be available for signature. All of the books feature profiles of Hawaiians and their culture, entrepreneurs, entertainers, colorful characters and movers and shakers.

The newest book is a special Kaanapali Beach Hotel edition, with one-third of the profiles about people associated with “the Most Hawaiian Hotel.”

“The two smaller books retail for $10, making them ideal for gift giving,” Bezane said. Each signed book will include a one-of-a-kind personalized Christmas greeting.


Soroptimists seek donations for comfort bags

LAHAINA – Soroptimist International of West Maui seeks donations for comfort bags.

The bags will be distributed to needy West Maui residents. Items sought include shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, body soap, razors, shaving cream, tissues, wet wipes and feminine hygiene products.

Fidelity National Escrow and Title and Salon Bella in Lahaina will accept donations through Dec. 20. For information, contact Rose Bento at (808) 269-8342 or rose.bento@fnf.com.