COMMUNITY NEWS for December 12 issue
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.
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.