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COMMUNITY NEWS for April 10 issue

By Staff | Apr 10, 2014

Lahainaluna High School students express their appreciation to motivational speaker Nick Vujicic after his “Life Without Limbs” assembly last week Thursday by singing the school’s Alma Mater and “O Kou Aloha.” Vujicic was touched by the unified voices. One of his crew members commented that this was the first time a school sang for him. Vujicic also spoke at Baldwin High School and Maui Preparatory Academy that day. PHOTO BY ART FILLAZAR.

Lahaina Canoe Club to hold registration

LAHAINA – Lahaina Canoe Club will hold registration for adult and keiki paddlers on Sunday, April 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Canoe Beach.

The fee is $180 for families, $125 for adults and $30 for keiki. Call Michael at 269-6045.


West Maui Buddhist community to celebrate Hanamatsuri

A mixed-media artist combining wood, glass and light into a very unique and ever-changing art form, Jim Smith is Lahaina Arts Society’s featured artist for April. His artwork is influenced by many regions of the world, from the Southwest to Africa and now Maui. Smith brings his expertise as an electrical engineer into play, as several of his works have built-in, color-changing lighting. Meet the artist at a reception for the show on April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse. His work will be on display daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 4.

LAHAINA – The West Maui Buddhist community will celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth as Hanamatsuri (Flower Festival) on Sunday, April 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Lahaina Shingon Mission, 682 Luakini St.

This celebration is sponsored by the West Maui Buddhist Council. The service will be officiated by Rev. Takayuki Meguro of Lahaina Shingon Mission, assisted by the ministers of the Hongwanji and Jodo Missions. Robert Cody, head of the Pacific Buddhist Academy in Honolulu, will be the keynote speaker.

The program includes a Buddhist service, games and fellowship gathering. All are welcome.


OHA to conduct Maui outreach

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Chelsea Shields (center), a Traffic Management Officer, just returned from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan at Bagram Airfield, where she served in the Centcom Material Recovery Effort. Her husband, Airman First Class Justin Shields, is a crew chief for B-1 Bombers. They are both stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. Justin graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 2011, and Chelsea graduated from Maui Preparatory Academy in 2010. Also pictured is Chelsea’s mom, Toni Johnson of Lahaina.

HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs plans to begin canvassing communities across Maui as part of a larger effort to ensure as many Native Hawaiians as possible are eligible to participate in the nation-building process.

OHA is recruiting volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls. Town hall-style meetings on the effort are planned for 1 and 5 p.m. on April 11 at Waikapu Community Center, 1 p.m. on April 12 at Helene Hall in Hana, 5 p.m. on April 15 at Kihei Community Center, and 5 p.m. on April 16 at Lahaina Civic Center.

Only Hawaiians on the roll will be eligible to participate in the Hawaiian nation-building process. More than 120,000 names are on the official roll. May 1 is the deadline to sign up. For information on becoming a volunteer, call Kaimo Muhlestein at (808) 594-1811.


Celebrate National Library Week

LAHAINA – In celebration of National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19), and in alignment with the Board of Education and Department of Education’s emphasis on student achievement, Hawaii’s public libraries will offer a variety of free educational programs throughout April.

On Saturday, April 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library, Dr. Steven Businger of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will give a presentation on severe weather hazards for everyone elementary age and up.

Visit “http://www.librarieshawaii.org”>www.librarieshawaii.org for a complete listing of programs.


Car show slated at Second Friday

LAHAINA – April’s Second Friday Town Party in Lahaina will feature the second annual Classic Car Show with a 1950s rock and roll theme.

Front Street will be closed from 6 to 9 p.m. from Prison to Dickenson streets. The town will come alive with classic cars and live entertainment in Campbell Park by the Benny Uyetake Band, with a special performance from Maui Theater’s “Burn’n Love” starting at 5:30 p.m. KONI 104.7 will do a live remote from the park with Joe Hawkins.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at Lahaina Gateway Center will be the starting point for the fleet of Maui Classic Cruisers at 5:30 p.m. They will parade down Front Street and display their cars around Banyan Tree Park and the block closure.

Other Campbell Park activities include a 1950s-style costume contest, face painting and ono grinds served by Lahaina keiki non-profits and local vendors. For information, call 667-9175

Next door at The Wharf Cinema Center, Lui Williams will sing classic Hawaiian songs from 5 to 7 p.m. on center stage. For a full event schedule, visit www.mauifridays.com.


Hula Grill Kaanapali to host Charles Smith Wine Dinner

KAANAPALI – Hula Grill Kaanapali in Whalers Village will host a wine pairing dinner with Charles Smith Wines on Friday, April 11.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., enjoy a five-course meal created by Chef Bobby Masters and Sous Chef Charlie Owen. Each course will come with a perfectly paired Charles Smith wine and a little wine education. The cost is $79.95.

Charles Smith Wines is the high-visibility project of the flamboyant Charles Smith. He is best known for his K Vintners Winery, one of Washington’s most famous.

Space for the wine dinner is limited. Call 667-6636 to register..

Maui to thank Akaka

KAANAPALI – “Maui Mahalo to Senator Daniel K. Akaka,” a special evening under the stars featuring dining and entertainment, will take place on Thursday, April 10, at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

The event is a fundraiser for the sixth annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival. For tickets, visit www.mauimahalo.com or call (808) 283-3576.


Scout-O-Rama set

WAILUKU – The Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host its annual Scout-O-Rama event on Saturday, April 12, at the Boys & Girls Club of Maui, 100 Kanaloa Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free Scout-O-Rama events include demonstrations, pinewood derby-car racing and informational booths about scouting and its many lifetime-learning programs. Call 244-3724 or visit www.mauibsa.org.


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 Napili Kai Beach Resort.

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