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COMMUNITY NEWS for June 5 issue

By Staff | Jun 5, 2014

On Saturday, May 31, around 100 people gathered at the site of the proposed Kahoma Village (the empty field adjacent to Lahaina Cannery Mall) to support saving the area from development and turning it into a community park. A hearing for the project is slated for Tuesday, June 24, at 9 a.m. at the Kalana Pakui Building at 250 S. High St. in Wailuku.

Community meeting set to discuss West Maui Hospital

LAHAINA – Maui residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about the planned West Maui Hospital and Medical Center at Lahaina Civic Center on Monday, June 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Open to the public, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans for the center and answer residents’ questions. Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.


Obon dance set

For the second year in a row, Royal Lahaina Tennis Club won the USTA Junior Team Tennis Spring Section Championships’ 14 Under 3.0 Division on May 17-18 at Central Oahu Regional Park. This statewide event featured 45 teams with over 500 players ages 8-18 in 11 skill/age division levels. Royal Lahaina Tennis Club advances to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships in South Carolina in October. This is the second team from Maui to represent the Hawaii Pacific Section in this prestigious tournament. Pictured (from left) are players Kai Casco, Zack Fernando, Kyle Killett, Jessica Griffiths, Kaelyn Kato, Nikki Fernando, Kiana Bell and Ailana Suehiro.

LAHAINA – The first Obon dance of the season will be held at Lahaina Shingon Mission, 862 Luakini St., on Saturday, June 7. A service will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m.

The mission will hold a mini bazaar with sushi, baked goods, pickled mangoes and vegetables, nishime, trail mix and more. Food concessions will include chow fun, chili and rice, teriyaki meat plate, huli-huli chicken plate, laulau plate and Spam musubi. Shave ice with azuki beans and cold drinks will also be on sale.

Everyone is welcome; call 661-0466 for information.


Voyaging canoe launch subject of chamber event

With the theme “Na kahu o na mea makamae — Celebrating our Museums,” the Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade & Ho‘olaule‘a will be held next week Saturday, June 14, in Lahaina. Molokai Princess Ashley Branco of Lahaina is pictured. PHOTO BY JACKIE JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY.

WAIKAPU – On Tuesday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Maui Tropical Plantation, Kimokeo Kapahulehua, president of Hui o Wa’a Kaulua, and a panel of Maui voyagers will present to the Hawaiian community a final update on Maui’s own voyaging canoe, Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani.

This dinner meeting of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce is open to the public. Dinner is $25. Register by Friday, June 6, to Kai Pelayo at 874-2426 or “mailto:kai.pelayo@waldorfastoria.com”>kai.pelayo@waldorfastoria.com.


Theatre Theatre Maui to hold summer camp

LAHAINA – Looking for an exciting activity for your kids this summer? Join Theatre Theatre Maui, Program Director Kristi Scott and her creative team of Vania Jerome, Derek Nakagawa and Heidi Turner.

Zenshin Daiko’s 15th annual Taiko Festival will be held in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater at 7 p.m. Zenshin Daiko presents more than 50 talented performers in this year’s exciting Taiko Festival. Zenshin Daiko will begin the evening with the premiere of two new music works, as well as treasured favorites. Then Hanayui, a sister trio of kodo music, will grace the stage, transporting you to a simpler time of innocent joy and wonderment, following in a rich tradition of popular entertainers who traveled Japan’s countryside. Hanayui has captivated audiences around the world with their fresh interpretation of folk dances, vibrant percussive sounds and hauntingly beautiful songs. Hanayui will be accompanied by Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Kodo’s premier, esteemed odaiko player for over 30 years — a rare treat for Maui! Come experience the pure sound and color of rural Japan at its finest. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and Kaunoa seniors. PHOTO BY IRVIN.

Registration is ongoing for the 2014 Theatre Theatre Maui Westside Youth Summer Theatre Camp. This year, the kids will rehearse and perform “Bugsy Malone Jr.,” a zany and madcap musical set in the roaring 1920s! The show is a children’s satire based upon the classic noir films of the era.

Registration continues through the first day of camp, which begins on June 9 at 8:30 a.m., and runs six weeks from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through July 20. Performances of “Bugsy Malone Jr.” will be held July 18-20. Sponsored in part by the County of Maui, tuition is $390 for all six weeks of camp.

Camp is open to kids entering fourth grade in the 2014-15 school year and up to the age of 18. Contact Angie at (808) 214-7443 or 661-1168 for information and registration forms.


Kupuna sought to share West Maui marine memories

KAANAPALI – Do you remember when there were more fish on the reefs in Lahaina? Beautiful, healthy coral around K?anapali?

For the annual celebration of ridge to reef watershed environmental stewardship, k?puna with stories of how West Side ocean resources used to be are sought.

Join agencies on Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Old Airport Beach (Kahekili Beach Park) in K?anapali at a station created for k?puna to share stories with participants interested in taking care of ocean health and understanding how the ocean has changed.

Volunteers are celebrating the fifth year of a special herbivore fisheries management area and ongoing efforts to reduce pollution from ridge to reef.

This event – organized by the Coral Reef Alliance, state Department of Aquatic Resources, K?anapali Makai Watch, West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative and West Maui Kumuwai – will feature fun, education and food for the whole family.

Transportation to the event for seniors from Central and West Maui locations will be provided by Kaunoa Senior Center; sign up by calling 661-9432. If you would like to participate, contact Tova Callender at tovacallender@gmail .com or (808) 214-4239.