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COMMUNITY NEWS for October 15 issue

By Staff | Oct 15, 2015


Scout coordinating blood drive

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School sophomore and football player Bailey Honda is currently working on his Eagle Scout project.

The member of Troop 79 here on the West Side is coordinating a community blood drive with the Blood Bank of Hawaii on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center.

Honda wrote, “Did you know that here in Hawaii, about 200 blood donors are needed every day to help meet the needs of Hawaii’s patients? Here are some examples of how much blood is needed. Someone in a serious automobile accident may need up to 50 units of blood. Someone with a burn may need up to 20 units of platelets. A person undergoing heart surgery may need up to six units of blood, and someone undergoing a heart transplant may need up to 40 units of blood.

“Any donated blood can save lives! Please join me and the Blood Bank of Hawaii to save lives!”

Maui’s own Willie K is among the Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners who will be performing during this weekend’s Lahaina Plantation Days on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17. After seven years, this event will celebrate its finale with a myriad of festivities that pay tribute to West Maui’s Plantation Era at the Old Pioneer Mill Company Smokestack site next to 277 Lahainaluna Road. Event hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m. on both days. Parking is free. Admission is $5; children five and younger are free. For more information, visit www.lahainarestoration.org.


Lahaina resident reported missing

LAHAINA – On Oct. 3, 2015, Thomas Warren Hansen was reported missing by a family member, after being unable to make contact with him. The last reported phone contact with Hansen was on Sept. 20, 2015. Hansen lives on a boat moored off of Mala Wharf, Lahaina. He is known to frequent the Lahaina Town area.

Hansen is described as a Caucasian male, 5’11”, 168 pounds, with white hair and blue eyes. Hansen is known to his friends by “Sailor Tom” and “Tom Beard.”

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Maui Police Department non-emergency number at (808) 244-6400 or Detective Brandon Koyama at (808) 661-0559.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, under the direction of Landscaping Manager Duane Sparkman, partnered with Ho‘olawa Farm and Native Nursery, Hawaii Grower Products and Maui Cultural Lands to create a Hawaiian Cultural Garden for the students of King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina. This garden will be used as a learning tool and supports the school’s Hawaiian studies curriculum. The school thanked Sparkman, Arthur Jacinto, Richard Baniaga, Sonny Ramit, Daniel Berzabal, Glie Ouebral, Ekolu Lindsey and Joel Visitation for all their hard work, and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ho’olawa Farm and Hawaii Grower Products for their generous donation. Pictured from top, left to right, are The Westin Maui’s landscaping employees: Glie Quebral, Joel Visitation, Daniel Berzabal, Richard Baniaga, Sonny Ramit and Arthur Jacinto.


Maui Disability Alliance to hold forum

WAILUKU – The public is invited to join the Maui Disability Alliance at its 19th annual Legislative Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Velma McWayne Community Center in Wailuku.

The forum will focus on five important issues: mental health, education, employment, housing and transportation. Participate with Maui policymakers, individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers and other advocates to discuss these important topics. Listen to a panel discussion exploring solutions to community needs.

The event will start with refreshments and the opportunity to network with other disability advocates, followed by the moderated question and answer panel with each topic group panel.

On Monday, Oct. 19, the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will talk about Hawaii’s native birds, their threats, and projects that are helping these unique birds at Makawao Public Library at 1159 Makawao Avenue. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Here, an endangered Akohekohe is pictured in Hawaiian raspberry. PHOTO BY ROBBY KOHLEY.

The event is free and open to the public. If you need more information or require access accommodations, call Rob Tarver at (808) 984-8218 or e-mail MDAmaui2014@gmail.com by Friday, Oct. 16.


Counseling center to hold blessing

LAHAINA – The West Maui Counseling Center will hold a traditional Hawaiian blessing for the center and its new integrated mental and medical healthcare team on Monday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 727 Wainee St., Suite 201.

All community members are welcome (casual attire). The blessing will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. led by Liko Rogers; the open house will follow with pupus provided by Lahaina Grill. The event’s special guest will be Sen. Roz Baker.

West Maui Counseling Center has a new healthcare team, now providing integrated counseling, medication management, primary medical care as well as pediatric primary and mental health care. For more information on the new team and center, visit www.westmauicounseling.com.


The holidays have started early at Leoda’s

WEST MAUI – If you find that you can’t wait for the holidays to get here, you’re in good company! Sous Chef Codeh Davis of Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop is offering a Thanksgiving turkey dinner every week on Thursday.

The all homemade meal consists of Leoda’s signature stuffing (made with their famous bread), mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey breast, all layered under pan gravy. Round out your turkey dinner with a slice of pumpkin pie for $16.95. (A Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich is in the works.)

Bakeshop Chef Chelsea Whisenant recently released her lineup of holiday treats. This year, you can pre-order your nine-inch specialty pies or enjoy them by the slice. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, but that’s not all – new to Leoda’s are a purple sweet potato pie, chocolate haupia pie, pumpkin cheesecake, cranberry cheesecake, and pumpkin S’mores cupcakes (just in time for Halloween). If holiday flavors aren’t your thing, you can pre-order larger sizes of your favorites, including banana cream, chocolate macadamia nut, double crusted apple and many more.

Holiday pie orders have already started; call (808) 662-3600. Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop is located 820 Olowalu Village Road; visit www.Leodas.com.


Lahaina chefs to headline Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival

KAHULUI – Lahaina chefs Joey Macadangdang, chef/owner of Joey’s Kitchen, and Alvin Savella of Pulehu, an Italian Grill at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas will compete in the “Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off” at the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maui Mall.

They will be challenged by Chef Ritchard Cariaga of Ka’ana Kitchen-Andaz Maui at Wailea, with Chef Sheldon Simeon of Migrant serving as the guest host. For more information, and to stay updated on the festival’s big lineup of events, visit www.mauifilipinochamber.com.


Event to support Somos Ohana Nicaragua

KAHULUI – On Saturday, Oct. 17, Somos Ohana Nicaragua will host a fundraising luncheon with a silent auction and a Nicaraguan art and craft sale at Tante’s Restaurant in the Seaside Hotel, Kahului, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will raise money for the secondary school that the local nonprofit is currently constructing in a rural northwestern Nicaragua area that has never before had a high school. The planned curriculum will include agricultural studies along with standard subjects.

Luncheon attendees can bid on items, such as valuable services and business certificates and jewelry, and enjoy live Latin music by Angel y Sus Compaeros (Angel and Friends) starting at noon.

Tickets for the event are $20 and can be redeemed for lunch at any time between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 572-9898 or 878-8015, or at the door. For more information, or to volunteer, call 572-9898 or find Somosohana Nicaragua on Facebook.


Na Lio Maui to host ‘Kokua for Maui Keiki’ benefit

LAHAINA – “Kokua for Maui Keiki,” a fundraiser for Haku Baldwin Center’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, will be held at the Na Lio Maui equestrian show in Lahaina on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Located at Kahalawai Farms and Stables, Na Lio Maui is a Hawaiian cultural performance that tells the story of horses in Hawaii. It features hula, chanting, live Hawaiian music and horses.

The benefit is Kamehameha Schools Maui student Ayla Forsythe’s senior project. Tickets are $65 or $50; call (808) 269-3706 or e-mail aylarforsythe@gmail.com.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to help children with special needs at Haku Baldwin Center.


Lahainaluna to hold Parent Information Night

LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School will host a Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the new cafe.

Join the staff for a fun-filled evening of parent information, pupus, refreshments and games.

General information will be presented regarding resources that will make a positive impact on your child, including Project Graduation and fundraising ideas, cyber-bullying and safety, tutoring, the college process, parent/teacher support, the Detention Policy, discipline and uniforms. Call 662-3979, extension 320 for information.


Japanese Cultural Society of Maui to meet

WAILUKU – Japanese Cultural Society of Maui President Shinkai Murakami announced that its general membership meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. in the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission Temple, followed by a tea ceremony performed by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Maui Association at 1:15 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is limited to the first 40 people who sign up.

To sign up, contact Priscilla Yamamura at 283-4253 by Oct. 22.

For more information on the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, visit its Facebook page or its website at www.jcsmaui.com.