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COMMUNITY NEWS for April 23 issue

By Staff | Apr 23, 2015

On a beautiful Maui night, Lahainaluna High School celebrated the 45th David Malo Day at Boarders’ Field in the heart of the historic campus last Saturday night. A capacity crowd, including the Class of 1965 (celebrating its 50th anniversary); alumni; local dignitaries; school administrators past and present; and community supporters from across the island, state and country, were treated to a delicious Hawaiian plate supper and a memorable song and dance revue presented by the school’s Boarding Department and Hawaiiana Club.

Free concert set

LAHAINA – Join Kaniala Masoe and Ke Kani Malie for Polynesian entertainment at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Limited seating is provided for kupuna; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. For more information, call 661-3262 or visit “http://www.LahainaRestoration.org/events”>www.LahainaRestoration.org/events.


Anglers, farmers encouraged to attend moku meeting

The Lahaina Intermediate School Renaissance Program last week announced the “Students and Staff of the Month” for March: (from left) Lucretia Ranjo (nominated by students), seventh-grader Hailey Bogar, eighth-grader John Carlo Lat, seventh-grader Charisse Tadeo, Joey Tam Ho (nominated by colleagues), sixth-grader Kulia Phillips and eighth-grader Kylie Ines. Sixth-grader Zaide Lopez was also honored.

LAHAINA – The Aha Moku Council System of Maui will hold a Lahaina Moku meeting on May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Lahaina to discuss a Community-Based Management Resolve.

The Lahaina Moku encourages farmers, fishers and all who use these resources to attend. Aha Moku wants to hear from the community about the types of issues that are impacting your moku, such as shoreline management, ocean restricted areas, land development and water and air quality. For more information, call?(808) 298-5639 or e-mail uilani.kapu@gmail.com.


Lahaina Baptist Church to hold silent auction

LAHAINA – Lahaina Baptist Church will hold a silent auction on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lahaina Cannery Mall to help Lahaina youth and children attend camp.

Maui Preparatory Academy’s Danielle Jefferies — joined by her coach, Mike “Tex” Ritter — last week signed her letter of intent to attend Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus on a swimming scholarship. Jefferies accepted partial athletic and academic scholarships valued at more than $40,000 per year.

Items up for bid will include luau, magic show, dinner and activity tickets, ice cream, boat trips, artwork and more.

For information, call Nancy at (808) 298-6642.


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.

“Shoyu On Rice” by Scot Izuka, a Kumu Kahua Theatre production, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater. In the mid-1980s, boys attending a Catholic all-boys high school deal with their use of pidgin English when a substitute teacher from Kansas takes over their classroom. Meanwhile, the substitute struggles to learn local ways in both the classroom and the home of her Japanese-American fiancé’s parents. Tickets are $28; ??visit www.MauiArts.org or call 242-SHOW. Pictured, from left, are Joanna Mills, Kimo Albarado, Bronte Amoy and Shawn Vasconcelles.

Next week, talk story with watercolorist Victoria Wundram on April 28, photographer Blake Hill on April 29 and fine art artist Jerry Sullivan on April 30.

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.



NextEra Energy disputed a statement in the article “NextEra Energy, HECO merger explained at Lahaina meeting,” which ran on the cover of last week’s issue.

Makana By Moonlight starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Yokouchi Pavilion. Described as “dazzling” by The New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning film “The Descendants.” A protégé of Hawaiian slack key guitar legends like Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late great Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form of Ki Ho‘alu (slack key guitar). From this tradition, Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style called “Slack Rock” — slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Enjoy two full sets of Makana music! Tickets are $27 or $47; visit www.MauiArts.org or call 242-SHOW.

The article stated: “In fact, NextEra’s utility business, Florida Power & Light, relies heavily on liquefied natural gas and is notorious for blocking rooftop solar in Florida.”

Robert L. Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company, challenged the accuracy of articles that the Lahaina News referenced in making the point about rooftop solar in Florida.

Gould noted in an e-mail Friday, “The bottom line is that we absolutely support customers who want to install their own solar panels. We work with customers to interconnect them to the grid quickly. We offer an advanced, personalized online Energy Dashboard that allows our solar customers to see how much electricity they’re buying and selling each day along with lots of other helpful information. The truth is the biggest hurdle for rooftop solar in Florida is the fact that our electric rates are low. And, at the same time, our power plant system is one of the cleanest in the country.”