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COMMUNITY NEWS for December 25 issue

By Staff | Dec 25, 2014

Soroptimist International of West Maui members recently celebrated the holidays by volunteering at Ka Hale A Ke Ola. Pictured, from left, are: top row — Rose Bento, Kathy Perry, Michele Potts, Jill Holley, Lisa Nelson, Mihaela Stoops and Joe McKay; bottom row — Tish Perry and Ruth McKay.

Run to support Kapi’olani Medical Center

WEST MAUI – The third annual Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 a.m. The event, held in conjunction with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, benefits children battling cancer in Hawaii.

Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are invited to participate in the event, which starts at 7:30 a.m. at Whalers Village.

All participants will receive a race running shirt and bib, a commemorative medal, chip timing and two tickets to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions golf tournament in Kapalua.

Immediately following the 5K, awards will be given to the top finishers. The event will also feature a family fun celebration that includes food, vendor booths and more.

West Maui Little League will hold registration for T-Ball (ages 5-6), Rookies (ages 7-8), Minors (ages 9-10) and Juniors (ages 13-14) Divisions on Jan. 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lahaina Civic Center Gym. Visit WMLL’s website at www.westmauilittleleague.com to view additional information and required documents to bring to registration. The league also seeks dedicated parents, family and friends to volunteer as coaches (head and assistant coaching positions are available) and team moms, and to assist with field maintenance, concessions and umpires. If you are interested, e-mail westmauibaseball@gmail.com.

In addition to the race activities, Hope On Wheels will donate $75,000 to Kapi’olani Medical Center. For more information, or to register, visit “http://www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/5K”>www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/5K.


County offers fitness classes for seniors

WAILUKU – The Maui County Office on Aging will be starting two new sessions of its awarding-winning “EnhanceFitness” classes beginning in January 2015.

There is no charge for the program, but a voluntary monthly contribution is suggested. Both class sessions will be ongoing.

Lahaina Gateway held a Christmas music concert on Friday, Dec. 12, featuring the Lahainaluna High School Concert Band and Concert Choir. The center’s customers, merchants, students and their families enjoyed the performance that featured classic European and American Christmas songs, as well as Hawaiian favorites. Lahaina Gateway provided a donation and merchant door prizes for drawings to thank the students for coming to share their Christmas aloha.

Classes in Lahaina will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Kaunoa’s West Maui Senior Center starting Monday, Jan. 5.

On Lanai, classes will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hale Kupuna O Lanai starting Tuesday, Jan. 13.

“EnhanceFitness” is designed to help older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives.

“These classes challenge active older adults as well as individuals who are unfit or becoming frail,” said instructor Paula Keele.

“Each class is like four classes in one: aerobics, balance, strength training and stretching. Best of all, the exercises are safe and can be modified for each person’s ability.”

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center last week announced that Jacqueline Perreira has been named general manager. She previously held the role of senior accountant at the center and King’s Shops (located on Hawaii Island) for the past four years. “This promotion speaks to Jackie’s tireless work in support of our family of merchants,” said Kirk Horiuchi, senior vice president of JLL Retail Hawaii. “Not only does her experience in retail real estate make her an asset for the center, her familiarity with the Maui community assures the center will continue to be a place that’s relevant and welcoming to our island’s families.”

Instructors are specially trained. The progress of each participant is followed with fitness checks at enrollment and at four-month intervals. Soft wrist and ankle weights are provided; no special or expensive equipment is needed.

To register for the Lahaina class, call West Maui Senior Center at 661-9432. For more information, call Paula Keele at 870-5530.


Department of Water Supply warns public about phone scam

WAILUKU – The county Department of Water Supply (DWS) would like to warn its customers of unauthorized phone calls for water bill payment.

Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning slack key guitar master Sonny Lim recently flew in from Kona to play at the First Sunday Music Series at Hula Grill in Kaanapali to a full house. Join the crowd from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 to enjoy music by The Hula Honeys, Benny Uyetake and Andrew Molina. Admission is free.

The department has received reports that someone claiming to be a DWS representative is calling customers and demanding payment for a delinquent account, stating that a representative will be collecting in two hours.

Representatives of the DWS normally make collection calls in the morning, not in the afternoon. DWS employees can be identified by their County of Maui identification badge, DWS uniform and County of Maui vehicle.

Water bill payment is accepted at the County Building lobby, the Maui County Service Center at Maui Mall, and the DWS baseyards in Lahaina, Hana and Molokai. The service center accepts checks only. More information is available on the second page of the monthly water bill.

Customers who receive suspicious calls regarding water bill payment should contact the DWS Fiscal/Customer Service Office at 270-7730 and the Maui Police Department.


Public invited to attend mayoral inauguration

WAILUKU – The Mayoral Inauguration Committee last week announced that an inauguration celebration for Mayor Alan Arakawa will be held on Friday, Jan. 2, at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with music by Neil Yamamura and his band, followed by a swearing-in ceremony for the mayor and his cabinet members at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend; heavy pupus will be served following the ceremony.

Register by calling 244-6042 or e-mailing mayorarakawa2015@ gmail.com; the deadline to RSVP is Friday, Dec. 26.