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COMMUNITY NEWS for March 6 issue

By Staff | Mar 6, 2014

Officers will be at Mala Wharf on March 8-9 from 8 a.m. to noon to help educate ocean users about humpback whales, monk seals (above), sea turtles and other protected marine species. PHOTO BY CHRIS TURNER/RIMFIRE PHOTOGRAPHY.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation offers $35,000 in scholarships

LAHAINA – Within the context of its mission, Lahaina Restoration Foundation has proudly awarded numerous scholarships to Lahainaluna High School seniors and alumni for over ten years.

This year, through the generous contribution of an anonymous donor, the foundation will award a total of $35,000 in increments of $2,000 to $2,500 to 11 graduating seniors and six alumni.

Interested seniors and alumni of Lahainaluna must write an essay on topics relating to the importance and challenges of preservation of West Maui’s culture and history, and meet all requirements in order to qualify.

Students may obtain applications from Lahainaluna Financial Aid Counselor Kristi Arakawa or download them from “http://www.lahainarestoration.org”>www.lahainarestoration.org.

This month, the 808 Jiu Jitsu organization, founded by Christian Grandi, will celebrate its sixth year as the first Carlson Gracie program in Lahaina. Sensei Grandi, a third-degree jiu jitsu black belt, hails from Brazil and has over 20 years of experience in this martial art. The Lahaina members are preparing to compete in the 2014 North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Hawaii Tournament in Honolulu on March 29-30. Call (808-298-8265 or go to 808jiujitsu.com.

Applications must be returned no later than 11 a.m. on March 14 to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office located at 120 Dickenson St., Suite A, Lahaina, HI 96761.

For more information, contact the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or e-mail info@lahainarestoration.org. Stay updated with LRF news and events by following the organization on Facebook.


Officers to be honored with Kahuola Awards

WAIKAPU – Maui County Fire Department’s Kahuola Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at the Kahili Golf Course Restaurant meeting room.

The Brasil Guitar Duo will play in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. on March 7. For the past 30 years, the Assad Brothers have represented the gold standard for guitar duos. Classical Guitar Magazine claims: “The maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity... is simply outstanding.” Equally at home with classical or world music platforms, the duo’s innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works. Tickets are $35; call 242-SHOW. PHOTO BY ANDREA JOHNSON.

The ceremony will honor Maui Police Officers Joshua Kalb and Erik Losvar for their heroic actions during a structure fire on June 12, 2013.

The two officers entered a burning unit at the Kaanapali Royale and pulled out the lone male occupant from within.

The Kahuola Award is presented by the Fire & Public Safety Commission and the chief of the Maui Fire Department to recognize the nominee(s) for performing a selfless act, likely resulting in the saving of a human life.

“It is important to recognize the people that go above and beyond community service,” said Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray.


Lahaina Cannery Mall will kickoff March with a Kendama Jam organized by Maui Toy Works on Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is organized by Robert Loera, owner of Maui Toy Works at the mall, which sells a wide variety of Kendama products. The tournament is open to ages four and older; contestants will compete in different age divisions in an elimination-style competition. The family friendly event will feature over $500 in prizes. There is a $5 entry fee. Contact Maui Toy Works at 661-4766 or loerar001@gmail.com.

Maria Lanakila Church announces Lenten Devotions

LAHAINA – Maria Lanakila Church in Lahaina will hold an additional mass at noon Monday through Friday during Lent.

On Fridays from March 14 through April 11, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by personal confession with the priest.

At Sacred Hearts Mission Church in Kapalua, Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays at noon, followed by personal confession with the priest.

An Adult Bible Study, “Walking Toward Eternity,” begins March 12 on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn to walk in love, forgiveness, humility, prayerfulness, faithfulness, sacrifice and thankfulness. Classes will held in St. Marianne Hall.

Parish Mission will be held on March 31 through April 2 at Maria Lanakila Church from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Father Lane Akiona, pastor at St. Augustine by the Sea, Waikiki.

The church will conclude its mission with a Penance Service on April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Call 661-0552 for more information.


Lahaina student makes ASU Dean’s List

LAHAINA – Vijay Maulit of Lahaina was named to the Dean’s List at Arizona State University.

Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean’s List.


Japanese Cultural Society to award scholarship

WAILUKU – The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui (JCSM) will be 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.


Social media workshop set

KIHEI – The workshop “Maximizing Social Media in Your Digital Marketing Plan” will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Malcolm Center in Kihei.

The cost is $65; lunch is included. Class size is limited. Register online at hightechmaui.com/. For information, call Maui Economic Development Board at 875-2300.

Join Peter Liu as he takes you on a tour of today’s web and gives you all the tools you need to construct a sound, holistic digital communications strategy to market your business, with social media as its core element. Get familiar with all the most important tools on the web and how they relate to your overall web presence.


AARP provides free tax assistance and preparation

LAHAINA – AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation for Maui County taxpayers with low to moderate incomes at four convenient locations on Maui.

Sessions are slated at the West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St. along Lahainaluna Road from 9 a.m. to noon on March 18 and April 8. To make an appointment, call 661-9432. Assistance will also be offered in Kahului, Kihei and Paia.

Now in its 45th year, AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, with special attention to people 60 and older. You do not have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service.

Last year in Hawaii, AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers helped more than 16,000 residents file their federal and state returns, generating more than $5.8 million in total refunds and more than $1.1 million Earned Income Tax Credits.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they understand the latest changes and additions to the U.S. Tax Code.

For more information, or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) for assistance.


Ocean User Education Days slated at Mala

LAHAINA – Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers will be at Kihei Boat Ramp and Mala Ramp this weekend, March 8-9, from 8 a.m. to noon to help educate ocean users about humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles and other protected marine species.

DOCARE officers will be joined by staff from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. They will also provide information on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and bottom fishing rules.

DOCARE and NOAA have a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) that authorizes state enforcement officers to enforce federal fisheries and protected species laws. This partnership provides federal funding to DOCARE to help increase public awareness and enforcement efforts in areas of mutual responsibility.

For more information, contact the Maui DOCARE office at (808) 873-3990.


County to offer health workshop in Lahaina

WAILUKU – The County of Maui will sponsor a “Better Choices, Better Health” workshop series on six Thursdays in Lahaina at Kaiser Permanente.

Classes will be held from March 27 through May 1 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

“Better Choices, Better Health” is an evidence-based educational Health Aging Program designed to help people manage their chronic conditions and overall health through achievable action plans for improving nutrition, exercise, relaxation, communication skills, medication management and more.

Participants receive a book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” and a relaxation CD called “Time for Healing.”

Cost is $10 for individuals age 60 and over and for caregivers of any age. Cost is $35 for participants under 60; scholarships are available.

For more information, or to register, call Mary Kay Hofmann at 463-3166.


Slack Key Show adds Thursday performances

NAPILI – By popular demand, George Kahumoku Jr.’s Grammy Award-winning Slack Key Show-Masters of Hawaiian Music will now be performed every Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Pavilion in West Maui.

Hosted by Kahumoku and show regulars Da Ukulele Boyz (Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst), Sterling Seaton and dancer Wainani Kealoha, the show features special performances by many of Hawaii’s award-winning performing artists.

Buy tickets online at www.SlackKeyShow.com or call 669-3858. Pre-show dinner at the Sea House with show package is available. Now in its 11th year, videos of the show are posted at www.youtube.com/user/NancyKahumoku.


Office holding drive for Maui Food Bank

LAHAINA – The dental office of Dr. Dennis Ishimoto in Lahaina Square at 840 Wainee St. (behind Maui Tacos) is holding a food drive for the Maui Food Bank this month.

Did you know that one in five kids in Maui County goes hungry daily?

Maui Food Bank provides food to over 10,000 people a month. Its most-needed items are canned meat and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals and soups with protein, and cereal, rice and pasta.

Make your donation, and your name will be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate to No Ka Oi Deli in Anchor Square.