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COMMUNITY NEWS for April 3 issue

By Staff | Apr 3, 2014

American Savings Bank officials visited Sacred Hearts School last week Thursday to deliver a check for $50,000. In a major effort, the small school won ASB’s “Bank for Education” contest by signing up the most new accounts. The money will be used to upgrade Sacred Hearts’ cafeteria. Above, students line up to explain how they will spend money from the savings accounts they opened during the campaign in the future. Students said they would use the money for the annual Bazaar, help the sick and homeless, go on school trips and even put hot tubs in every classroom. Volunteers from the bank returned later in the week for a service project.

American Red Cross recruiting disaster services volunteers

WAILUKU – Disasters strike without warning. How can you help?

The American Red Cross is recruiting disaster services volunteers on Maui. All training is provided free of charge.

The first step for all new disaster volunteers is to take a series of basic disaster classes. New volunteer candidates must register for, and attend, the entire series.

Classes will be held at ILWU Local 142, Wailuku Union Hall, at 896 Lower Main St. The schedule is: “Disaster Services: An Overview” on April 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., “Shelter Fundamentals” on April 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., “Disaster Assessment Basics” on April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and “Disaster Action Team: An Orientation” on April 12 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater, slack key guitarist Makana will team up with the Hawaii Pacific University Symphony Orchestra (Teresa McCreary, conductor) for a sonically captivating evening of music. The art of Hawaiian slack key guitar (ki ho‘alu) produces symphonic-like sound. Special guests include the alternative folk band sensation Streetlight Cadence. Tickets are $30 or $20, $15 for seniors and military, and $10 for students with ID. Call 242-SHOW.

To become a volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/hawaii, click on “Volunteer” on the left side of the page, click on “Becoming a volunteer,” and click on “Apply.”

After submitting your application, you will receive an e-mail with Volunteer Connection login information. For assistance, call the Maui office at 244-0051.


Malama Aina Recycling Event slated in West Maui

WEST MAUI – Malama Maui Nui (Community Work Day) will hold its monthly Malama Aina Recycling Event on April 4 and 5 to serve West Maui communities.

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. Hosted by Kahumoku (pictured) 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. 

On Friday, April 4, MMN will receive items at the Honokohau Beach parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then again in the Lahaina Cannery Mall front parking lot area on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents may bring their items to either site only during the designated hours when staff are present.

Acceptable items for the Honokohau collection include scrap metal and household appliances like TVs, computers, electronics and microwaves, as well as large solid waste items like mattresses, sinks, toilets and bath tubs. Other accepted items include cell phones, gaming systems, and household and vehicle batteries. There is a $5 fee for recycling regular-sized or smaller tires.

Items that will be accepted at Lahaina Cannery Mall include scrap metal, bicycles, appliances, lawn mowers, cooking oil, cellular phones, household batteries, vehicle batteries, printer cartridges, electronics, HI-5 recyclables, telephone books, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, used eye glasses, hearing aids, books, DVDs, usable clothing, non HI-5 glass, plastic, aluminum recyclables and other household items.

Items NOT accepted at either location include vehicles, propane tanks, green waste, furniture, hazardous materials, paint, motor oil, household trash or food waste. Paper shredding will also not be available.

Sacred Hearts School’s “An Evening of Aloha” live auction and dinner event will be held at the Pioneer Inn on Saturday, April 5, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The benefit will feature live music by Summer Macedo and Shawn McLaughlin (above); catering by Sansei, Roy’s, Maui Fish & Pasta, Royal Lahaina Resort, Hula Grill, Captain Jacks and Pioneer Inn; and open bar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., including the popular Martini Ice Luge. Tickets are $75, which includes dinner, drinks and live and silent auctions. Tickets are available through the school or church offices; call Jan at 661-4720 or Mary at 661-0552.

MMN hosts Malama Aina Recycling Events at different locations across Maui County every month to provide one convenient location for the reuse, recycling and proper disposal of household items. By providing the community with an alternative to the trash can, MMN hopes to alleviate pressure on Maui County landfills and to educate people on the different options available for proper waste management.

On Saturday, residents are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for Feed My Sheep, a unique mobile food distribution program for Maui families and individuals in need.

Malama Aina partners include Hammerhead Metals, Maui Friends of the Library, The Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity-Maui, Aloha Waste Systems Inc., Intrade Corporation, ARC of Maui, Savers, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Pacific Biodiesel, Maui Disposal and the county Department of Environmental Management.

For more information on the types of items accepted at Malama Aina Recycling Events, call 877-2524 or visit www.cwdhawaii.org.


‘Perfect Health Hawaii Style!’ class slated

LAHAINA – Island Spirit Yoga Studio announces a new five-week series of classes that encompasses health and wellness, island-style. “Perfect Health Hawaii Style!” will be taught by Dr. Nancy Lins, ND.

Based on Ayurveda, this mind-body approach to health and well-being was created by world-renowned author and lecturer Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD. Classes run for five Saturdays from April 19 through May 17 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Island Spirit Yoga in Lahaina Square Shopping Center (next to Ace Hardware).

Learn simple tools to incorporate into your daily life; understand the importance of nutrition and creating your perfect diet; use aromatherapy herbs, massage and sound for personal healing; experience a “Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Class” based on the best-selling book; and improve your overall health and well-being.

Space is limited to 25 students. The class includes a workbook and materials.

Certified instructor Lins is a board-certified naturopathic physician licensed in the State of Hawaii since 2002. She completed her clinical training in 2001 on the Big Island and owned and operated the Kona Wellness Center until 2014. In 2013, Dr. Lins created Ali’i Wellness Center, a naturopathic practice that treats the whole person, not the diagnosis.

Her practice includes nutritional consultations, vitamin therapies, natural hormone replacement, and herbal, homeopathic, Chinese and mind/body medicine, focusing primarily upon health issues pertaining to hormonal imbalances, healthy aging, rejuvenation, preventative care, and alternative medicine.

Ali’i Wellness Center is located at 180 Dickenson St., Suite 218, in Lahaina. For more information, contact Dr. Lins at 667-9554 or Island Spirit Yoga at 667-2111


‘safeTALK’ training slated

CENTRAL MAUI – Maui residents are invited to be part of Hawaii’s suicide prevention and awareness efforts.

“safeTALK: Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe,” a three-hour workshop, will prepare you to recognize and support a person with thoughts of suicide. You will become a “safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper,” which will allow you to move beyond the common tendency to dismiss or avoid suicide. This training will provide instruction in how to properly connect a person with thoughts of suicide to first aid and intervention caregivers.

Workshops will be held on Friday, April 4, at the State Building, Conference Room B, third floor, 54 South High St., with registration from 12:45 to 1 p.m., followed by the program until 4 p.m.; and Monday, May 5, at University of Hawaii Maui College, Laulima Room 106, with registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and the training running until noon.

Online registration is available at www.eventbrite.com/o/department-of-health-5839594007?s=21202351. Those who have experienced a recent loss to suicide may find attending suicide prevention training very difficult and are cautioned against participating. For survivor resources, contact the Department of Health.

Any questions can be directed to sptrainings@dop.hawaii.edu.


Foundation offering opportunity to undiscovered musicians

NAPILI – During the month of May 2014, the Napili Kai Foundation will offer an opportunity to local, undiscovered musicians to showcase their talent in Hawaiian traditional music.

Those who apply will perform for 30 minutes before a live audience prior to NKF’s regular Tuesday show, which starts at 5:30 p.m at the Napili Kai Beach Resort.

To submit an application and reserve a spot, call Kumu Hula Kathy Holoauoku Ralar at (808) 276-8047 prior to April 20.


Council committee to hold budget hearings

LAHAINA – The County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee will hold public hearings for the Fiscal Year 2015 County Budget.

The Maui schedule is: Monday, April 7, 6 p.m., Lahaina Civic Center; Wednesday, April 9, 6 p.m., Paia Community Center; Monday, April 14, 6 p.m., Kihei Community Center; Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m., Lihikai Elementary School, Kahului; and Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m., Helene Social Hall, Hana.

Visit the committee’s webpage at www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=592 for information.


Baseball league to hold fundraiser

KAHULUI – Maui Adult Baseball League is holding its annual canned food drive and fundraiser on Sunday, April 6, from noon to 6 p.m. at Iron Maehara Baseball Stadium.

All proceeds go to the Maui Food Bank. Come out, enjoy some baseball and support a good cause.


Keiki book club forming

LAHAINA – Aloha Vacation Tutoring and Barnes & Noble will hold the first meeting of the Aloha Vacation Tutoring Kids’ Book Club.

Barnes & Noble will host the event in-store on Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to noon. All children from kindergarten through fifth grade, including parents, are welcome to attend.

The group will read and talk about an assortment of selected Shel Silverstein poems, followed by a discussion for parents on the best resources to help children learn, advance and love to read. Snacks and refreshments will be available at the Barnes & Noble Cafe.

Register by e-mailing alohavacationtutoring@gmail.com or visiting www.alohavacationtutoring.com.


Rio Maui to celebrate tenth anniversary

LAHAINA – This weekend, Rio Maui is celebrating ten years of the capoeira keiki program in Lahaina.

“I want to let the whole West Side community know and share our joy with us,” Lahaina Capoeira founder Fabio Maximino exclaimed.

“We will be hosting three big capoeira shows all over Lahaina, for free,” Maximino announced. “It will be a fun family day with our kids.”

Show times on Saturday, April 5, are Lahaina Cannery Mall at noon, Banyan Tree Park at 2:30 p.m. and Lahaina Crossfit Gym at 4 p.m. All events are free of charge.

Originating among slaves, capoeira is a Brazilian martial art combining elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It’s sometimes referred to as a game.

Regular classes are held every Saturday at noon at Lahaina Crossfit Gym and are open to everybody, all levels, Maximino added. For more information, call Maximino at 870-9106.


Lahainaluna to hold Parent Information Night

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School encourages parents of currently enrolled students to attend its final quarterly Parent Information Night for this school year.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in the Samuel Kamakau Library. The session includes information in preparation for next school year, graduation updates and other pertinent information

Diane Gomes of Grad Nite Disney will also share information regarding travel packets for this popular senior destination.

After the business meeting portion, third quarter report cards will be distributed. Call 662-4000.