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COMMUNITY NEWS for February 5 issue

By Staff | Feb 5, 2015

Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner John Keawe performed a Super Bowl Hula Grill First Sunday show with his wife, Kumu Hope Keawe, sharing hula to the full house in Kaanapali. First Sunday is a regular music series with top Hawaii artists performing free. In March, Grammy winner Richard Ho‘opi‘i & Friends will perform.

LIS accepting nominations for Honors Program

LAHAINA – From now through Feb. 12, Lahaina Intermediate School is accepting nominations for students into its Honors Program for the 2015-16 school year.

The program includes Honors Math for grades 6-8, Honors English Language Arts for grades 7-8, and Honors Science for grades 7-8.

Parents, students, educators and community members are invited to nominate students. Acceptance into the program is based on a variety of assessments, such as teacher evaluations, writing samples, teacher-developed assessments, standardized reading and math scores, and report card grades.

Nomination forms are available at King Kamehameha III School, Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Sacred Hearts School and Lahaina Intermediate School.

Lahaina Galleries at 828 Front St. will host a reception and poster signing for 2015 Lahaina Poster winner artist Ronaldo Macedo (top) on Friday, Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Macedo is an oil painter who captures Maui’s natural beauty and culture. He is a four-time winner of the Lahaina Poster Contest sponsored by LahainaTown Action Committee and Lahaina Arts Society. Pictured above, Summer Macedo (Ronaldo’s daughter) and Shawn McLaughlin will provide entertainment at the event.


Princess Nahienaena School to hold kindergarten registration

LAHAINA – Princess Nahienaena Elementary School kindergarten registration will be held on Feb. 9-13 in the school office from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The birth dates eligible to enroll for kindergarten are Aug. 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010.

Parents must bring the required documents: birth certificate, TB test, proof of current residence (utility bill, rental agreement or notarized statement of residence), and student health records. Call 662-4020 for information.

George Kahumoku Jr.’s Grammy Award-winning Slack Key Show-Masters of Hawaiian Music is now performed every Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Napili Kai Beach Resort’s Pavilion. Hosted by Kahumoku and show regulars Da Ukulele Boyz (Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst), Sterling Seaton and dancer Wainani Kealoha, the show features special performances by many of Hawaii’s award-winning performing artists. Jeff Peterson (above) will be the guest artist on Feb. 4 and 5. Buy tickets online at www.SlackKeyShow.com or call 669-3858. Pre-show dinner at the Sea House with show package is available.


Roadwork slated in Lahaina

WAILUKU – The county Department of Public Works announced that its Highways Division will be applying slurry sealing to roadways in Wailuku Heights and seal coating roadways in Lahaina beginning this week. The work is part of the department’s pavement preservation program.

In Lahaina, seal coating will be applied during the month of February from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the roadways of Leiali’i Subdivision and on Kaniau Road from Malo Street up to Kuuipo Street. Questions regarding the Lahaina seal coating work may be directed to 661-0501 from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Residents will be notified through door hangers two days before they will be directly impacted. Residents are advised to remove all vehicles along the roadway, to park outside the work zone and to stay off newly resurfaced areas to allow proper curing time. Residents are also asked to shut off all irrigation systems while crews are working on the street.

Motorists are asked to be attentive to traffic control personnel and to expect delays, as traffic will be restricted to one lane only. Access to driveways in affected areas will not be available due to a drying time of approximately 4-6 hours; temporary walkways will be provided in designated areas. Work is scheduled to take place Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea to hold Mardi Gras gala

WAILEA – On Friday, Feb. 13, the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea will hold its Mardi Gras gala celebration at Mulligan’s on the Blue restaurant in Wailea from 5 to 9 p.m.

A costume contest, dancing, great food and New Orleans music by Alan Stevens and Friends will be featured for a wonderful evening’s celebration. There will also be a silent auction of fascinating items.

Tickets may be purchased for $65 online at http://is.gd/MardiGras2015 or at the door for $75.

Proceeds will help fund several of the club’s community activities, including youth scholarships, the Rotary Youth Leadership camp and the Maui Food Drive. For more information, contact Kit Hawkins at 276-6487.


Volunteers sought for crater service trip

HALEAKALA – Enthusiastic and fit hikers are sought for a service trip with the Friends of Haleakala National Park in Haleakala Crater on Feb. 14-16.

Volunteers stay free at Holua Cabin on Saturday and Sunday nights, hiking out Monday. Learn more and register at “http://www.fhnp.org”>www.fhnp.org, and then contact the trip leader at 264-4757.


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 LAS’ Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.

This week, talk story with feather and jewelry artist Ellen Levinsky on Feb. 10 and photographer Blake Hill on Feb. 12.

For more information, call 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com.


MEDB seeks community input on Maui’s energy future

KIHEI – Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) is currently seeking volunteers from the community to share their priorities and values about energy on Maui – today and in the future – as part of a project called “MPowerMaui: An Energy Conversation.”

The public is encouraged to sign up and participate in small group sessions that will be held in the entire month of February. These 90-minute sessions are designed to be engaging, interesting and informative.

Activities will enable participants to learn more about energy, to think about their own actions related to energy, to prioritize issues, to consider what actions they would or would not support, and to develop messages for decision-makers.

Interested participants may either host a session at their company or organization by bringing together 12-15 individuals and a MEDB representative will run the session, or individuals can sign up for a session that MEDB organizes.

The results of these conversations will be presented at the Maui Energy Conference on March 25-26, 2015.

“This opportunity for public conversation is critical, as it can have an impact on the future of our island,” said Jeanne Skog of MEDB. “By joining in this conversation, participants will be helping to bring the public’s voice to the table in front of decision-makers and community stakeholders as actions are determined to create a ‘green’ energy future for Maui.”

The ‘MPowerMaui’ project is presented by MEDB with sponsorship from the county Mayor’s Office of Economic Development; State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) Energy Office; and the University of Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI).

To sign up, call 875-2336.


Used Book Sale set

KAHULUI – The Maui Friends of the Library will hold a Used Book Sale on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whole Foods Market in Kahului.

Pre-loved books of all kinds – fiction and non-fiction, keiki and adult books – will be on sale starting at just $1. Every youngster can choose a book for free.

For more information, visit www.mauifriendsofthelibrary.org.