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COMMUNITY NEWS for October 9 issue

By Staff | Oct 9, 2014

Ninety-year-old Violet Nishijima (right) was part of a group of seniors from the Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens Club who scraped off anti-GMO (genetically modified organisms) graffiti from trees and utility poles on Front Street in Lahaina on Sunday, Oct. 5. Visitors walking along Front Street were impressed with the seniors’ efforts to keep the historic town of Lahaina graffiti-free. PHOTO BY LAHAINA RESTORATION FOUNDATION.

Fun run to support LHS programs

LAHAINA – Valley Isle Roadrunners is sponsoring the first “Lahaina Experience,” a two-mile benefit fun run/walk, on Saturday, Oct. 18.

This benefit for Lahainaluna High School’s cross country and track and field programs is not a timed event; it’s just for fun. The two-mile course is out and back on the new Lahaina Bypass roadway. The entry fee is $25; make checks payable to Valley Isle Roadrunners. Call Race Director Sue King at 446-2629.


Meet McKelvey, Baker

Jill Lilly from Minnesota will roll cigars inside Sir Wilfred’s at 707 Front St. in Lahaina on Friday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. during the Second Friday Town Party. Call 661-0202 for information.

LAHAINA – An evening with Rep. Angus McKelvey and Sen. Roz Baker will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission.

The free community event will feature barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs, entertainment and door prizes. For information, call 280-2811 or 870-8644.


Meet LAS artists

LAHAINA – Come “Meet the Artists” at Lahaina Arts Society. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local artists will hold demonstrations in the Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.

Central Pacific Bank recently promoted Brandon Higashi to vice president and senior commercial banking officer of the Neighbor Island Team. Based in Kahului, Higashi is responsible for managing and assisting his team to maintain, expand, grow and service commercial banking clients. Higashi has been with CPB since 2013 and has more than ten years of finance and banking experience.

Talk story with photographer Rob DeCamp on Oct. 14, oil/watercolor artist Karen Camara on Oct. 15 and oil/mixed-media artist Podge Elvenstar on Oct. 16. Call 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com for information.


Lahaina Canoe Club to elect directors

LAHAINA – Lahaina Canoe Club will meet and elect board members at its hale at Canoe Beach on Friday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to all past, current and interested members. Come down and share your opinions! Vote for the board or throw your name in the ring. For information, e-mail bod@lahainacanoeclub.net.

The Lahainaluna High School Foundation is planning a work day on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the soon-to-be-completed Sue D. Cooley Stadium. Volunteers are needed to help clear some areas of weeds in order to enable the installation of security fencing and other areas for landscaping purposes. The cleanup is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are welcome to bring any hand tools and gloves; there will be some tools available. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Contact the Lahainaluna High School Foundation at lhsfoundation@hawaiiantel.net to register.


Sealcoat project underway in Lahaina

LAHAINA – The county Department of Public Works notifies motorists that sealcoat work in the West Maui Paunau Subdivision is expected to impact traffic during October and November. Work began last week and is scheduled to finish in late November.

Area residents have been notified about the road closures and asked to remove all vehicles off the roadway and shut off all irrigation systems during working hours. Affected roads include Paunau Street, Pauoa Street, Pauwala Place, Pupu Place, Pauu Place and Kuai Place. The West Maui Senior Center on Pauoa Street will not be affected during this phase of the $30,000 seal-coating project. Call 661-0501.


The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will present the ninth annual Maui Ukulele Festival on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. in the A&B Amphitheater. Gates open at noon for this free show. Bring your low-back beach chair and enjoy a relaxed afternoon on the lawn as acclaimed ukulele musicians fill the air with island music. Renowned ukulele advocate and teacher Roy Sakuma will serve as emcee to help celebrate Hawaii’s beloved instrument. This year’s lineup includes Sam Ahia, ‘AHAmele from San Francisco, Nick Acosta, Nelly & Daniel Baduria, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Paula Fuga, Raiatea Helm (pictured), The Hula Honeys, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, Aidan James, Willie K, Andrew Molina, Brittni Paiva, Taimane, Tamlyn Tamura, YOZA, Kalama Intermediate Ukulele Band with Benny Uyetaki and the Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble led by Jon Toda. Fine ukulele will be featured as door prizes. The festival also features displays of made-in-Hawaii arts and crafts and “ono-licious” island foods available for purchase.

Malama Pu’uwai program offered

WAILUKU – Maui Memorial Medical Center will offer its next session of the comprehensive community cardiovascular wellness program Malama Pu’uwai (Take Care of Your Heart).

The new series begins on Thursday, Oct. 16, and runs on Thursday evenings through Nov. 20 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the hospital. The six-week program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

The program focuses on education, healthy food choices, exercise, screening and referrals. It’s aimed at promoting wellness through early detection and modification of cardiovascular disease risk factors. Contact Kim Finney at kfinney@hhsc.org or 243-3047.


Maui Humane Society to present findings on community cats

PUUNENE – The Maui Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States are hosting a free public presentation on the initial research findings of community cats, as part of its partnership to identify solutions to reduce the number of free roaming and feral animals.

The presentation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kihei Community Center at 303 E. Lipoa St. Call 877-3680, extension 36.