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COMMUNITY NEWS for November 26 issue

By Staff | Nov 26, 2015

Lahaina pro surfer Dusty Payne on Saturday came in fourth in the Hawaiian Pro at Ali’i Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore. Next up in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach this week. The Target Maui Pro, the last stop of the 2015 Women’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, will run at Honolua Bay in West Maui when the surf picks up. Follow the action live at worldsurfleague.com. PHOTO BY WSL/MASUREL.

Senior center to host Christmas Village

LAHAINA – Join Kaunoa West Maui for the “Biggest Little Christmas Village” at the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature local entertainment, food booths, crafts and dancing.

Grandchildren are welcome at this evening of holiday enjoyment! Call 270-4310 for information.


Tommy “Tang” Sarashina (pictured) and Maui author Howard Fields last week Wednesday held a book signing for “Tommy’s Wars – Paradise to Hell and Back” at Kaanapali Golf Courses. Sarashina for 25 years worked as Kaanapali Golf Courses’ player assistant. The book explores the impact of World War II on Sarashina and his family. His father was imprisoned by the U.S. in an internment camp on the Mainland; Tommy, a Japanese Army soldier, was held as a POW in Siberia; and his youngest brother survived the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima.

Celebrate Happy Hawaiian Holidays at Lahaina Gateway

LAHAINA – Start your holiday shopping at Lahaina Gateway and enjoy great shopping and delicious dining.

Lahaina Gateway wants to wish all of its customers a very Happy Thanksgiving and say mahalo for their business.

Foodland Farms will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and OfficeMax will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. All other merchants will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

On “Black Friday,” Nov. 27, stores plan Early Bird hours and special sales. Footlocker will open at 7 a.m. (the new Air Jordan Retro Shoe will arrive), Barnes & Noble will open at 8 a.m., and The Vitamin Shoppe will open at 8:30 a.m. All other merchants will have regular hours and offer great holiday values throughout the center.

Dr. Nancy Lins, ND, a naturopathic physician in Lahaina, completed Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training on Nov. 15. Lins is offering classes at Island Spirit Yoga in Lahaina on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. Call 667-9554 or go to DrLinsHawaii.com for more information.

On Saturday, Nov. 28, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will hold a Classic Car Cruise Night from 6 to 9 p.m.

An Arts & Crafts Fair with fabulous Maui and holiday gifts will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 and 20.

Lahaina Gateway is located along Honoapiilani Highway at Keawe Street. Westin’s Kaanapali resorts offer daily bus service to Lahaina Gateway for their guests. For more information, visit www.lahainagateway.com.


Paddle to raise awareness of climate change

Beverly J. Powers will hold a book signing for “Passing the Baton of Light” on Saturday, Nov. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Lahaina Gateway Center. The autobiography of the West Maui resident tells her remarkable life story of 25 years in Hollywood (with its many pitfalls involved) and shares her experiences as a preacher of the Gospel for another 25 years in Hawaii.

KIHEI – The Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter will participate in a Paddle Out for Climate Change Awareness on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Set for 9:30 to 11 a.m., the event is part of the world-wide Global Climate March, a series of public demonstrations to show support for real action on climate change on the eve of the United Nations summit in Paris.

Meet at Sugar Beach (just north of Maui Canoe Club) by 9:30 a.m. with your un-motorized water vessel. Surfboards, SUPs, canoes, kayaks, body boards, floats and outriggers are all encouraged! Participants can also show their support from land.

Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.


UFO raises $500 for Feed My Sheep

KAANAPALI – UFO Parasail had a one-day-only kama’aina special on Sunday, Nov. 8, with all proceeds from parasail rides taken by residents going to Feed My Sheep.

“A big mahalo to all who participated; because of them, we were able to donate $500 to Feed My Sheep,” said UFO President Greg VanderLaan.

Celebrating 30 years of safe flying in Hawaii, UFO Parasail Maui is located on Kaanapali Beach. Visit ufoparasail.net for information.


Learn about the Hawaii Health Connector at Lahaina Public Library

LAHAINA – Adults are invited to come to Lahaina Public Library on specified days through January 30, 2016 to learn more about the Hawaii Health Connector’s 2016 open enrollment period.

Hawaii Health Connector representative Deborah-Ann Chin will be available to provide information and forms on Dec. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m., Dec. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m., Dec. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 29 from 3 to 7 p.m., Jan. 12 from 3 to 7 p.m., Jan. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m., Jan. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Jan. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Lahaina Public Library is located at 680 Wharf St. For more information, call the library at 662-3950.


Maria Lanakila Church changing its schedule

LAHAINA – Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina last week announced a mass time change. Beginning Nov. 29, the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass will be changed to 10:30 a.m.

Regular mass times are: Saturday Evening Vigil at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday Masses at 7, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Spanish Mass begins at 7 p.m.

Maria Lanakila Catholic Church is located at 712 Wainee St.


Lahaina Baptist Church holds worship services

LAHAINA – All are welcome to join Lahaina Baptist Church on Sunday mornings for worship services at 9:30 a.m., featuring Children’s Ministry for keiki up to sixth grade.

Or, join them at 8:30 a.m. for small groups (adults, youth and children). Visit www.lahainabaptist.org for more information.


Service trip slated in Haleakala Crater

HALEAKALA – Enthusiastic and fit hikers are sought for a service trip with the Friends of Haleakala National Park in Haleakala Crater from Dec. 5-7.

Volunteers will stay at Kapalaoa Cabin Saturday and Sunday nights, hiking out Monday. Learn more and register at www.fhnp.org, and then contact the trip leader at (808) 264-5429.


Rotarians to sell Christmas trees

LAHAINA – A big container of freshly cut, six-foot-plus Noble Fir trees is on its way to Maui for the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise’s annual fundraiser. Expected to arrive on Nov. 29, the refrigerated container will be set up in the south corner of the Lahaina Cannery Mall parking lot.

Pre-sale tickets are now available for $70 by calling Ann at 281-1807 or by e-mailing Ann.Neizman@boh.com. After Nov. 29, the price for a six-foot tree will be $80.

Sale hours on the lot will be Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Smaller trees and wreaths will also be on sale at the lot.

The Rotary Club offers free delivery of any tree to any location in West Maui.

All proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees are used to fund projects in the West Maui schools and community. Visit the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise’s Facebook page for more information.


New writers group to meet on Dec. 10

KAPALUA – Calling all writers! The Hawaii Writers Club, a new group formed to bring writers together to socialize and to network, is holding its first meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. in Kapalua.

All writers are welcome to come and to meet one another in an informal and relaxed setting. This is not a writing workshop but rather a chance for the Maui community of writers to get to know one another, share their experiences, offer advice, celebrate, commiserate, alleviate cabin fever or just talk with others who do what they do.

If you an author, a journalist, a blogger or a columnist, if you are working on new material or waiting to be inspired, if you want to be part of a supportive community, the Hawaii Writers Club is for you. For more information, join the Hawaii Writers Club on meetup.com or contact Melissa Crawley at staytuned@outlook.com.