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COMMUNITY NEWS for January 22 issue

By Staff | Jan 22, 2015

The golden legacy and tradition of Lahainaluna High School continues as the Lady Luna basketball team recorded the program’s 100th consecutive Maui Interscholastic League victory last Saturday night before a packed “Red House” crowd at Lahaina Civic Center. Lahainaluna beat King Kekaulike 73-24, making the Lady Lunas 8-0 on the season. The Lady Lunas’ last defeat occurred on Jan. 10, 2008; since that loss, LHS has rung up ten straight MIL championships, appeared in five of the last six state “Final Fours” and won the state Division I title in 2010. Coach Todd Rickard (pictured with the team), who has guided the program for 23 years, stated after the game, “It is this community that builds this success — plain and simple.” PHOTO BY WALTER CHIHARA.

Bullying to be discussed at LHS parent night

LAHAINA – Presentations on social media and prevention of cyber bullying will be discussed at the next Parent Information Night (PIN) on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Lahainaluna High School cafeteria.

Parents and students of Lahainaluna High School, Lahaina Intermediate, Princess Nahienaena Elementary, and King Kamehameha III Elementary School are invited to this event. For more information, contact your school.


Sen. Baker to speak at LAC Annual Meeting

Iwalani Ho‘omanawanui Apo of Maui will perform a concert at the Bailey House Museum on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Gates open for happy hour at 4 p.m. with pre-show museum tours and pupus by Mala ‘Ai. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m. in the museum gardens. Kupuna/handicapped parking will be available in the museum parking lot, with general parking alongside Main Street and Iao Congregational Church. General admission tickets are $10; table seating is also available. Space is limited; call 244-3326 or visit www.MauiMuseum.org.

LAHAINA – West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker will be the guest speaker at LahainaTown Action Committee’s Annual Meeting on Monday, Jan. 26.

The public is invited to gather at the Pioneer Inn Courtyard at 5 p.m. Light pupus will be offered with refreshments, and a no-host bar will be available.

LAC invites West Side residents to come meet its board members and discuss ideas for the 2015-16 calendar.

After registration at 5 p.m., LAC President Sne Patel will speak at 5:15 p.m. Baker will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by the election of board members.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. Call Lynn Donovan, LAC executive director, at 667-9175.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents a legend of American dance history, Carmen de Lavallade, in a program of remembrance and celebration of her many decades in the dance world during a time of evolution and change. The program, entitled “As I Remember It,” will be performed in the Castle Theater on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. “As I Remember It” is the story of her remarkable 65-year career, as told by herself through movement and personal writings. She is a living legend in the world of American dance — both as a Black woman making strides in the cultural world, and as an instrumental force in the modern dance movement of the mid- to late-20th century. The octogenarian dancer and choreographer performs this intimate autobiographical work amidst projections of her younger self and film clips that feature some of her significant collaborators: Alvin Ailey, Lester Horton and Josephine Baker. Carmen de Lavallade will also present a free “Dance Talk” evening — an informal talk story session about dance, dance history and choreography — on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. at the MACC. Tickets for “As I Remember It” are $12, $35 or $45; call 242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org.


Lyman to offer Sea Talk

MAALAEA – Maui Ocean Center’s free Sea Talk Series continues on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. with a fascinating presentation on large whale entanglement response by Ed Lyman of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean exhibit, with entry through the aquarium’s front gate from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Seating is limited; register by calling 270-7088.


5A Rent-A-Space to host ‘E-waste’ recycling event

HONOKOWAI – 5A Rent-A-Space in Honokowai, assisted by Maui County Electronics Recycling and Habitat For Humanity, will hold an Electronic “E-Cycling” event on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 7 to 11 a.m. in 5A’s parking lot at 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road.

5A Rent-A-Space, with the cooperation of the Maui County Electronics Recycling Program, will accept electronic waste equipment and deliver it to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Warehouse in Wailuku for refurbishment or recycling.

The following items will be accepted: TVs, keyboards, laptops, computers and monitors, PDAs, MP3 players, CRT and LCD monitors, printers, scanners, DVD and VCR players, telephones, cell phones, fax machines, stereos, speakers, video and digital cameras, microwaves, and household and power tool batteries.

Recyclables include items with electronic circuit boards – computers and TVs – and everything that attaches to them, as well as audio, phone and most office equipment.

Useable equipment is donated to Habitat families, schools or non-profits. Items that are not useable or re-sellable will be shipped to the Mainland for recycling. The “e-cycling” program guarantees responsible recycling of electronics byproducts.

No appliances, auto or marine batteries, or hazardous waste will be accepted.

Items may be dropped off at 3600 L. Honoapiilani Road between the hours of 7 and 11 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact Liz May at 669-5200 or liz5a@aol.com.


Island Grocery Depot to host job fair

LAHAINA – Island Grocery Depot is expanding and opening a store in Lahaina.

The new store, currently under construction in the Lahaina Business Park at 58 Kupuohi St., is scheduled to open in April 2015.

Island Grocery Depot will host a job fair on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Pre-scheduled interviews will be conducted during the job fair. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply in advance at www.islandgrocerydepot.com.

Island Grocery Depot, a division of VIP Foodservice, is a local, family-owned business focused on serving the Maui community. For more information, visit www.islandgrocerydepot.com.


AARP to offer driving class

KIHEI – An AARP Smart Driver Class will be held at Kalama Heights, 101 Kanani Road, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 5:15 p.m.

These classes are designed for drivers 50 years and older, but all adults are welcome to attend. The emphasis is to become more aware of common age-related physical changes, how they affect one’s driving ability and how to compensate.

The fee has been increased to $20 (cash or check) and will be collected at the beginning of the class. AARP members receive a $5 discount (bring your AARP card to class). Some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who complete this course.

Pre-registration is requested; call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.


Learn to make cordage

KAHULUI – The craft of making cordage (rope) to bind materials together was a crucial survival skill in ancient Hawaii. Everything from tools to homes relied, in-part, on this knowledge.

Join Kumu Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon to explore fibers from various native plants, learn basic steps for harvesting and processing plant materials, and learn a variety of techniques for making cordage.

Reservations are required, and a workshop fee applies. Call 249-2798 or e-mail info@mnbg.org for details. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului.


MEO offering funding for Project Graduation 2015

WAILUKU – Maui Economic Opportunity last week announced that $47,741 in Maui County funding has been made available for Project Graduation programs for 2015 high school graduating classes in an effort to promote alcohol- and drug-free graduation celebrations.

Project Graduation grant applications are available on MEO’s website at meoinc.org.

Deadline for the receipt of applications is Feb; 7; notifications of awards will be made by Feb. 28.

Applications must be e-mailed to Lyn McNeff at lyn.mcneff@meoinc .org. For information, e-mail McNeff or call 249-2990.


Homebuyer workshop kicks off series

KULA – A nonprofit is providing a trail to qualify for funds to build and finance homes.

The Oahu-based nonprofit Hawaiian Community Assets will offer a homebuyer workshop on Jan. 31 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Keokea. The daylong event is open to the public and launches a series of four workshops on Maui.

Hawaiian Community Assets has timed the series to prepare Native Hawaiian homesteaders for 46 half-acre residential lots that the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will offer Upcountry in June 2016.

Workshops aim to help DHHL beneficiaries and others to solidify their credit ratings, save for down payments and qualify for loans. For more information, contact Waiohuli Undivided Interest Lessees Association President Emma Abihai Yap at 264-6299 or e-mail ekahua.abihai@gmail.com.