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COMMUNITY NEWS for March 3 issue

By Staff | Mar 3, 2016

Lahaina Intermediate School held its second quarter Renaissance Partners in Living & Learning reward day on Feb. 5 at Airport Beach in Kaanapali. The Leilani’s on the Beach “Games and Grinds” celebration honors LIS qualified students — based on citizenship, academics and community service requirements — with a barbecue luncheon and play day at this premiere West Side location. Some 225 LIS students were treated to hours of fun-filled games, an onolicious barbecue lunch, prizes and a custom T-shirt. Lead coordinator Todd Hayase, a counselor at LIS and a renowned wrestling coach at Lahainaluna High School, thanked all on the Renaissance committee, including Cindy Koyama, Lori Koyama, Charmaine Ganer, Tom Norton, Donovan Seno, Jamie Donez, Daryl Munetake, Haley Vanoorde, Beth Fobbe Wills, Ui Kua’ana and Luann Socher. Hayase had special praise for Jason Donez, general manager of Leilani’s, Mark Tillman of Williams and Associates, the LIS cafeteria staff and all the parents that make it happen. “They’re all incredible,” said Coach Todd.

LIS to celebrate its students

LAHAINA – Lahaina Intermediate School will hold a Kealii Night on Wednesday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Lahaina Intermediate will celebrate its talented and hardworking students at the event. There will be stations set up to highlight their achievements and the knowledge the students have gained this school year.

Each station will highlight projects and work done in robotics, technology and STEM, graphics, art, social studies, science and humanities. There will also be information on the Renaissance program, the school garden that is flourishing, the eBook platform and Achieve 3000.

The Volleyball, Robotics and Tech, and Wrestling Clubs will have food items for sale. For more information, contact Lori Koyama or Michelle Strauser at (808) 662-3965.

Pacific Whale Foundation and John Gaskins recently took Daisy Girl Scout Troop 444 of Lahaina out for a free whale watch on Ocean Spirit. The girls (pictured with Troop Leader Jen Mather) had a great time and wanted to thank the crew and Pacific Whale Foundation.


Ed Lyman to offer free Sea Talk

MAALAEA – Maui Ocean Center’s free Sea Talk Series continues on Thursday, March 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. with a presentation on large whale entanglement response by Ed Lyman, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Large Whale Entanglement Response coordinator.

Entanglement is one of the primary threats to humpback whales and other marine mammals. Lyman has participated in disentangling whales for over 22 years.

He will describe the difficult – and sometimes dangerous – task of freeing a 40-ton, likely free-swimming whale from entangling gear. He will also provide some of the information gained over the years that might help mitigate the threat in the future.

Java Jazz in Honokowai will host a dinner and show on Sunday, March 6, at 6 p.m. to benefit the Maui Food Bank and Soldiers Appreciation Vacation Fund. The event will feature music by Ekolu (pictured), Sound Lab, Ekolu Kalama and special guests, as well as a silent auction. Admission is $50 for the show, or $100 for the show and a three-course dinner. Food can be dropped off for the Maui Food Bank at the 3350 Lower Honoapiilani Road restaurant from March 3-6. Call 667-0787 or visit javajazzmaui.com for information. Java Jazz has been supporting wounded soldiers since 2005, helping to bring them to Maui for weeklong vacations.

Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean exhibit with entry through the aquarium’s front gate from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Seating is limited; advance reservations are recommended by calling 270-7088.


Sacred Hearts students selling Krispy Kreme donuts

LAHAINA – Sacred Hearts School sixth-graders are earning money for their upcoming Educational East Coast Field Trip.

On Saturday, March 5, the students will sell Krispy Kreme donuts in front of the Lahaina Safeway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $12 a dozen.

The Friends of Haleakala National Park seeks enthusiastic and fit hikers to volunteer on a service learning trip in Haleakala Crater, staying at Kapalaoa Cabin on Saturday and Sunday nights, March 19-21. Participants will help the national park care for native vegetation. Learn more at www.fhnp.org, then contact the trip leader at 876-1673.

Students will learn about American history on this extensive, ten-day field trip. The sixth-graders have been working hard to raise money to go on this amazing adventure.

Gerry Mooney, a professional photographer who has taught photojournalism for over 25 years, will teach “Talk Story With Your Camera,” a two-session class on March 5 and 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. through EdVenture at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Students will learn how to document events and create memorable photos from family gatherings, sports and travel adventures. Included will be how to create best picture stories for business presentations, flyers and brochures. The cost is $79; registration and details are at www.edventuremaui.com (click on Business and Professional Studies, Class #BUS6399).