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COMMUNITY NEWS for November 12 issue

By Staff | Nov 12, 2015

Members of the Lahainaluna High School wrestling team and the Chris Freitas family are holding a “Diamond” carwash fundraiser for Diamond Freitas to help with second semester tuition at Menlo College. Diamond was a 2015 state champion and captain of the Lunas state champion girls wrestling team. She has a partial scholarship to Menlo and has received the maximum amount of student loans. She currently has a record of 6-3 for the Oaks team. The “Diamond” car wash will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Lahaina Gateway parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 for cars and $10 for trucks and SUVs. Checks can be written to Westside Hoops, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

State Rep. Angus McKelvey agrees to pay $2,000 for campaign reporting violations

HONOLULU – State Rep. Angus McKelvey, District 10 (West Maui, Maalaea and North Kihei), pleaded no contest Friday in district court for failing to file a complete and accurate candidate committee report and allowing an unauthorized person to receive and disperse campaign funds.

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached with the state and accepted by Honolulu District Court Judge Clarence Pacarro, Rep. McKelvey agreed to pay $2,000 to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund and publish an apology in The Maui News, in exchange for the state not objecting to his motion for a deferred acceptance of his plea.

Kristin Izumi-Nitao, executive director of the Campaign Spending Commission, said, “We appreciate the fact that the Department of the Attorney General shares our concerns over the seriousness of candidates who fail to report contributions and expenditures in their disclosure reports. Prosecuting these cases guarantees the integrity and transparency of the campaign finance process that the public is entitled to.”

Attorney General Doug Chin said, “As we head into the 2016 election cycle, my office will continue to work with the Campaign Spending Commission to make sure campaign dollars in Hawaii are collected and spent with transparency.”

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa last month raised more than $36,000 for Susan G. Komen Hawaii through the second annual Maui Paddle for a Cure event. Presented in partnership with The Butterfly Effect, presenting sponsor Maui Jim and supporting sponsors Kaanapali Surf Club, Pakaloha Bikinis and Kaanapali Golf Course, the event had 267 participants — more than double the total from the first year. “We are absolutely thrilled to present Susan G. Komen with over $36,000 to help support breast cancer education, screening and treatment here in Hawaii. We are so thankful to our sponsors, the community of Maui, and our supporters from neighbor islands and beyond for their participation in and donations to our second annual Paddle for A Cure. Breaking Susan G. Komen Hawaii’s record for a community fundraiser is an incredible achievement, and we are already planning for next year in hopes of exceeding this year’s amount,” said Hyatt Regency Maui General Manager Allan Farwell.


Tutoring available at Lahainaluna High School

LAHAINA – Lunas Tutor Lab for math, science and writing is available for all Lahainaluna High School students on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room K-11. Contact your child’s counselor for more information.

Seniors should return their Project Graduation 2016 forms by Nov. 25 to take advantage of the early bird cost of $30. The price will go up after this date.

The HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club at Lahainaluna will be traveling to Oahu on Nov. 17 to tour the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the medical programs at Kapiolani Community College.

Island Honda General Manager Jim Woods (left) welcomes Kalani Tassill. Woods said, “I’m extremely pleased to welcome Kalani to our Island Honda sales team. His experience and integrity are an excellent addition to our already first-rate sales staff.” Tassill added, “I’d like to say, ‘Aloha to all my ‘ohana, friends and previous customers.’ Being in the auto sales business for over 28 years has been very rewarding, and I’ve made a lot of friends along the way. Even so, time has come for a change, and I’d like to invite auto customers to either visit us here at 110 S. Hana Highway, or call me at 357-5700 or the office at 873-8081 to make an appointment,” Tassill continued. “Finally, I feel very blessed to be here at Island Honda because of their genuine commitment to providing our clients with the highest level of satisfaction possible. Not only that, but we literally have cars, trucks, SUVs and other vehicles to fit any budget, and I very much look forward to seeing you again soon.”


Town party to feature live music

LAHAINA – The November Second Friday Town Party in Lahaina on Nov. 13 will feature live music with Soul Kitchen under the stars in Campbell Park from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Soul Kitchen blends and transcends the traditional genres of soul, blues, jazz, classic rock, Cajun zydeco and Middle Eastern influences.

The event will also feature a keiki Thanksgiving craft table and face painting, and food booths by area non-profits. Campbell Park is located on Front Street across from the Pioneer Inn. Visit www.mauifridays.com for the latest event listings.

Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America, will speak at “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12. SHAKA Movement’s “Your Right to Health” series presents an evening with an organization that promotes testing people and water for glyphosate contamination. Honeycutt speaks around the world about “our right to know” the dangers of glyphosate, GMOs, and their impact on children and health. She will offer sustainable solutions and choices to protect families and health. Admission is free.


Sunset sail to benefit Save Honolua Coalition

WEST MAUI – A sunset sail and cocktail cruise to benefit the Save Honolua Coalition will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m.

Admission is $80 per person. The cruise on Trilogy will feature chef-created appetizers, cocktails, live entertainment and a silent auction. To register, call 661-4743.


Holiday Gift Faire set

LAHAINA – A Holiday Gift Faire will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 9 p.m. at 1671 Ainakea Road in Lahaina.

The $2 entry fee and 15 percent of sales will support Young Life.

Come support local youth and artists/vendors and shop for jewelry, hats, ornaments and more. Call Jes at (808) 214-7467 for information.


Free homebuyer’s workshop slated

LAHAINA – Tired of renting? Learn how you can become a homeowner through programs such as VA, USDA and FHA at a free homebuyer’s workshop in honor of Veterans’ Day on Nov. 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Sacred Hearts School Cafeteria.

Parking is available in the lot on the corner of Wainee and Dickenson streets.

What can I afford? What are the documents I need? How do I even begin? These and other questions will be covered during the workshop, which will be led by Lashawna Garnier of Whalers Realty Inc. and Anne Diola of Academy Mortgage Corp. Snacks and child care will be provided. Call (808) 283-9857 to register.


Position open at 5A Rent-A-Space

HONOKOWAI – A reputable self-storage company of 30 years is now hiring. The candidate must be flexible and adaptable to a fast-paced environment.

Solid work ethics and the desire to help people are a priority in this business. This position requires a candidate to wear many hats and understand the spirit of aloha.

Duties are: rent storage space; process payments; make collection calls; basic facility/retail maintenance, including cleaning and yard upkeep; and perform other maintenance duties and projects as assigned daily.

Successful applicants must possess a valid drivers’ license with reliable transportation, computer literacy, customer service skills, ability to lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds, ability to follow directions and be motivated to work. To be considered for this position, e-mail your resume to Lahaina@5Aspace.com.


Honokowai landscapers, condos invited to join ‘ocean-friendly’ program

WEST MAUI – There are many ways to be “ocean-friendly,” and when it comes to managing pollution from land – primarily nutrients, sediments and chemicals – it really does matter how we as West Maui residents, business owners and employees manage our lawns, landscapes and the built environment around us.

A new program being managed by the West Maui Kumuwai campaign is seeking to enlist landscapers and condominium properties in Honokowai to highlight and support ocean-friendly practices.

West Maui Kumuwai will be participating in an upcoming public community event in Lahaina, which will provide an opportunity for interested landscapers as well as condo residents and managers to learn more about this program and other ways to get involved.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative in conjunction with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will host an Open House at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Lahaina (88 Pauoa St.), and invites all community members concerned about the health of West Maui’s watersheds and reefs to join this informational talk story session.

The evening will provide an informal setting to learn about the latest advancements in coral, sediment and watershed planning efforts, hear from community partners about the many opportunities to take part in West Maui stewardship efforts, and provide input on the Draft Strategies and Implementation Report for the West Maui watersheds of Kahana, Honokahua and Honolua.

For those interested in learning more about sustainable landscaping, West Maui Kumuwai coordinates a recognition program that showcases local businesses and maintains a listing of companies on its website that have taken a pledge to adhere to sustainable landscaping practices.

These landscapers are provided with marketing materials to share with clients and receive exposure through the program’s media efforts. For information, contact Campaign Manager Liz Foote at (808) 283-1631 or WestMauiKumuwai@gmail.com, and visit westmauikumuwai.org/ resources/landscape-partners.


Hospice Maui to hold Holiday Open House

WAILUKU – Hospice Maui will hold a Holiday Open House – an event to support those who are grieving this holiday season – on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its 400 Mahalani St. offices.

Hospice Maui invites families and individuals to join in for a free, family-centered grief support program designed to help adults and children who are grieving a loss.

The event will provide opportunities to connect with others, practical information around grief and the holidays and art projects that are focused on the expression of grief and/or remembering those we lost. All art supplies will be provided. Refreshments will be provided; call 244-5555 to register. Visit www.HospiceMaui.org for more information.