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COMMUNITY NEWS for March 26 issue

By Staff | Mar 26, 2015

King Kamehameha III Elementary School recently honored Gina Chavez as its “Educator of the Month” for February. Pictured (from left) are Christopher McManus from Hula Grill, Chavez, and new Vice Principal Dr. Rebecca Winkie. King Kamehameha III is very grateful to Hula Grill for its continued generous support of the school.

Celebrate Prince Kuhio Day

LAHAINA – Na Kupuna O Maui will commemorate Prince Kuhio Day on Thursday, March 26, in Banyan Tree Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Held on the state holiday in honor of Kuhio’s birthday, the event will feature live entertainment, cultural arts and crafts, fresh flower lei, an educational table explaining the prince’s legacy and cake for the public. All are welcome.

The entertainment slate includes Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i, Uncle George Kahumoku Jr., Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary and Lahaina Intermediate School Hawaiian Language Immersion students, and kupuna singing and dancing the hula.

Prince Kuhio was born on Kauai on March 26, 1871. Jonah Kalanianaole was an heir to Kaumualii, the last ruling chief of Kauai. He was named after his grandfather, Kuhio Kalanianaole, the high chief of Hilo.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Solo Sessions continue on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. with Richard Thompson in the McCoy Studio Theater. ?Thompson is “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan, and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix,” according to the Los Angeles Times. This acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician, the founding member of the seminal folk-rock band Fairport Convention, was named by Rolling Stone magazine as number seven in their “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time.” Don’t miss this new opportunity to see a guitar legend. Tickets are $30, $45 or $65; call 242-SHOW. PHOTO BY PAMELA LITTKY.

Like many Hawaiian nobles, he attended the exclusive private royal school and Punahou School on Oahu.

In 1895, at the age of 24, he participated in a rebellion against the Republic of Hawaii and was sentenced to prison for treason. He returned to his Hawaiian people, became active and continued to fight for independence.

In 1903, Kuhio reorganized the Royal Order of Kamehameha, which held the first observance of the Kamehameha Day holiday in 1904. On Dec. 7, 1918, he founded the Hawaiian Civic Club, and in 1921, he created the Hawaiian Homestead Act.

Kuhio died on Jan. 7, 1922.


Village Galleries at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will host Betty Hay Freeland as its artist-in-residence and her show, “Kapalua Nostalgia.” Painting demonstrations and print signings will be held March 26-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 669-1800 or visit villagegalleriesmaui.com. “Please Can I Go For A Swim? Cliff house at Kapalua” is pictured.

Town party to feature Classic Car Show

LAHAINA – The April 10 Second Friday Town Party will feature one of the most anticipated events of the year: the third annual Classic Car Show & ’50s Rock and Roll Party.

Both Campbell Park and Front Street’s 600 Block (Prison to Dickenson Street) will come alive with LahainaTown Action Committee’s Classic Car Show.

Campbell Park will host a special performance from Maui Theater’s Darren Lee of “Burn’n Love” from 6 to 7 p.m. and live rock entertainment by the Benny Uyetake Band from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will be broadcast via live remote from Campbell Park with KONI 104.7 and Joe Hawkins. Trophies and Cool Cat Cafe gift certificates will be awarded in three categories, plus a Best in Show prize of $500 cash.

The event is co-sponsored by LahainaTown Action Committee, Cool Cat Cafe and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Applications for classic cars that wish to sign up for the event are available at www.visitlahaina.com; space is limited to 65 cars, so sign up soon.


Health checks slated at ‘Da Kidney Da Kine Day’

KAHULUI – The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will host the tenth annual “Da Kidney Da Kine Day” at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature free kidney, diabetes, blood pressure and urine screenings for attendees 18 and older; entertainment by Jimmy Mac and the Cool Cats and the Konetl Maya Dance Group; and a Keiki Corner.

For more information, contact Stephanie Brown or Jill Holley at 986-1900 or visit www.kidneyhi.org.


Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation to award scholarships

WAILUKU – The Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation will award several $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2015.

The foundation will also award one $1,000 scholarship for a student enrolled in the Maui Culinary Academy at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The scholarships will be presented at the 2015 Gintong Pamana Leadership and Scholarship Awards Banquet on June 17 at the Maui Beach Hotel.

For more information, or to access the application form, visit www.mauifilipinochamber.com. The deadline to apply is March 31.


Golf tourney to support MACC programs

KAHULUI – The 27th annual Pundy Yokouchi Memorial Golf Tournament, a benefit for the educational and community programs of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, will take place on Saturday, April 11, at The Dunes at Maui Lani.

The start time for the tournament is 7 a.m., and the event ends with an awards luncheon at Cafe O’ Lei in The Dunes Clubhouse. Entry fee is $300 for a two-person team; hole sponsorships can be claimed for $550.

To register, contact Nicole Humphrey at 243-4237 or Nicole@mauiarts.org. The registration deadline is April 4.

The registration form is also available on the MACC website at www.MauiArts.org (go to the April events calendar).


Lahaina Hongwanji Mission to host Spring Bazaar

LAHAINA – Lahaina Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, March 28, on the 551 Wainee St. church grounds from 8 a.m. to noon.

The event will feature craft items, lots of rummage, plants, fresh flowers, baked goods, assorted sushi, bentos, nishime, chow fun, ono huli chicken and other food items available for sale.

Contact “Noosh” Nishihara at 870-6478 for tickets and more information.