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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 4 issue

By Staff | Dec 4, 2014

The Lahaina Intermediate School Renaissance Program announced its “Students and Staff of the Month” for October (from left): back row — eighth-grader Patrick Neal Evangelisa, Mark Smith (nominated by students), seventh-grader Jesse Dudoit and eighth-grader Jaela Naha; front row — sixth-grader Taryn Cabingas, Lori Ann Koyama (nominated by colleagues) and seventh-grader Eddymar Cabading. Sixth-grader Aidan Haidl is not pictured.

LHS to hold Eighth Grade Parent Night

LAHAINA – A parent night for current eighth-graders on the West Side will be held at Lahainaluna High School beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

The gathering in the Samuel Kamakau Library is to provide information to parents of current eighth-graders at Lahaina Intermediate and Sacred Hearts schools who will be entering LHS as the freshman Class of 2019 next fall.

The meeting will assist parents in understanding Lahainaluna’s curriculum and program offerings, as well as assist in the planning of their child’s class schedule for next school year.

Topics to be covered include school policies and expectations, graduation requirements, and course requirements and offerings.

One of Lahaina’s most beloved soul kitchens has served its last delicious lunches. Zushi Restaurant served authentic Japanese cuisine for over 33 years in Lahaina. Owner and operator Yoshiko Zushi Morinaga decided to close the lunch kitchen across from Maui Tacos at Lahaina Square at the end of November. She continued to serve her lunches to the local people of the West Side after her husband, Genku Zushi, passed away in 2003. She plans to relax and visit her family in Yokohama, Japan, in the future.

Staff representatives from various departments and pathways will share highlights about their curricula. Information on new program offerings will also be given.

Registration materials are to be distributed to eighth-graders at Lahaina Intermediate on Dec. 4. Students from Sacred Hearts School will receive their registration materials on Dec. 5. A campus tour for eighth-graders is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5. For more information, contact school Registrar Barbie Otomo at 662-3979, extension 244.


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.

Vibraphonist Emil Richards (left) from California and saxophonist Eric Schneider from Chicago will appear at the “Maui Sara Jazz Event 2014” on Friday, Dec. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali. “Maui Sara” Gadarian has gathered a great Maui rhythm section for the event: Gene Argel on Hammond B3 Organ and vocals, Danny M. on bass and drummer Paul Marchetti. The event will be an evening of “straight-ahead” jazz in a great nightclub atmosphere with dancing and room for all to see and hear the band. Advance tickets are $35, available at www.mauisarajazz.com or by calling 667-7979. Ten percent of the ticket price will be donated to the Blackie Gadarian Vocational Scholarship fund through the Lahainaluna High School Foundation.

Talk story with watercolor/pastel artist Victoria Wundram on Dec. 9, and sculpture/pottery artist Mary Ann Leigh on Dec. 10-11.

Bring your friends and family to see how the magic is created by these talented local artists. For more information, call LAS at 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com.


Solstice Sunglass store open at The Outlets of Maui

LAHAINA – Solstice Sunglasses, the upscale sunglasses specialty retailer owned by Italian eyewear manufacturer Safilo Group, kicked off the holiday season by opening a new Solstice Sunglass storefront on Nov. 20 at The Outlets of Maui.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will feature a Hawaii Cinema Showcase with two made-in-Hawaii movies on Thursday, Dec. 4. At 5:30 p.m., see “The Haumana” (pictured), followed at 7:30 p.m. by “Get A Job.” Ukulele sensation Derick Sebastian will perform on the Castle Theater stage prior to both screenings. Admission is $12 per movie or $22 for the double feature; call 242-SHOW.

“We are excited to welcome the extraordinary Solstice brand to The Outlets of Maui in beautiful Lahaina on Front Street. We know their distinctive selection of luxury, designer and sports performance sunglasses will be a tremendous success with visitors and residents,” said Mona Abadir, principal of The Outlets of Maui.

Displaying more luxury, designer and sport performance sunglasses than any other retailer or sunglass specialty store in the U.S., the Maui location offers over 25 brands of eyewear in a variety of price points, with almost 1,500 styles on display. Featured brands include BOSS, Carrera, Dior, Dior Homme, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Polaroid, Smith Optics, Tommy Hilfiger and Saint Laurent. Call 661-1348 for information.


Maui Prep to hold Jingle Bell Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball

KAPALUA – Maui Preparatory Academy will hold its ninth annual Jingle Bell Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball on Saturday, Dec. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

The cost is $245 per person, with proceeds benefiting Maui Prep’s Financial Aid Fund. The school provides financial assistance to more than 40 percent of its students.

This memorable holiday event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and pupus while attendees circulate through the silent auction.

Next up is a superb dinner served by the Ritz’s staff in the beautifully decorated hotel ballroom.

Participants will bid on an array of live auction packages presented by auctioneer Warren Gibson of Warren & Annabelle’s Magic, then dance the night away to the music.

This night on the town is a great way to create wonderful holiday memories and, at the same time, invest in the future of Maui’s children. For more information, or to make reservations, contact Pam Kim at 665-9966 or pkim@ mauiprep.org.


Judges needed for LHS senior projects

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School will host its annual Senior Project Day on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. This activity has all of Lahainaluna’s seniors doing a project on a topic of interest to them.

Topics range from teaching, to art, to food preparation, to criminal justice and many others. As part of their presentation, the seniors will be graded by a panel that includes teachers, administrators, students and community members.

The school needs more community members to sit on the panels. Responsibilities would include listening and watching various students present their slide shows, asking questions of the students about their projects and judging how well each student performed. This is a volunteer activity.

The deadline for volunteers to sign up is Dec. 15; call Rudy Reed at 662-4000. Parking is available, and snacks will be served.


Seal coating to begin on Ainakea Road in Lahaina

LAHAINA – The county Department of Public Works announced that its Highways Division, Lahaina District, will begin seal coating the roadway of Ainakea Road this month as part of the department’s pavement preservation program.

Motorists are asked to expect delays, as traffic will be restricted to one lane only. Access to driveways in affected areas will not be available due to drying time of approximately 4-6 hours; temporary walkways will be provided in designated areas. Residents are asked to remove all vehicles along the roadway and to shut off all irrigation systems while crews are working on the street.

Follow-up memos are being sent to residents to inform them which areas will be affected. Any questions regarding the sealcoating project may be directed to 661-0501 on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.