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COMMUNITY NEWS for March 17 issue

By Staff | Mar 17, 2016

Come “Meet the Artists” at Lahaina Arts Society. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local artists will be demonstrating in LAS’ Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse. Next week, you can talk story with copper enamel artist Jana Aspin on Tuesday, March 22; jewelry artist Jerry Sullivan on Wednesday, March 23; and acrylic painter Beth Cooper, whose art is pictured, on Thursday, March 24. Bring your friends and family to see how the magic is created by these local artists. For more information, call LAS at 661-0111 or visit www.lahainaarts.com.

Public meetings slated for Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan

WAILUKU – Public input is requested on water issues and solutions to assist in preparing the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP). Public meetings are scheduled throughout Maui.

The WUDP drafted several years ago is being redone to include all water users and water systems on Maui, and to focus more attention on ground, surface and alternative water resources.

These meetings will also provide an overview of the purpose of the WUDP and explain how the remainder of the public process will occur. A second round of noticed meetings will be held about six weeks after each meeting.

Meetings are slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at Lahaina Civic Center; Monday, March 21, at Eddie Tam Memorial Center; and Tuesday, April 19, at Hana Community Center.

Students from Lahainaluna High School’s Carpentry Program held a beach cleanup from Launiupoko beach to the Olowalu trash site at the end of February. The students collected an estimated 3,000 pounds of trash. This project provided the students a lesson on how trash affects their life and the fact that there is limited space on an island for litter. At the same time, the Carpentry Program provided a community service opportunity. Students gave back to their community by performing this service project in appreciation for the community’s support of their alma mater. They were supervised by instructor Jeremy Delos Reyes, collegue and brother Colin Delos Reyes, U‘i Kua‘ana of Lahaina Intermediate School and other parent volunteers. 

According to Hawaii state law, each county is required to prepare, periodically update, and adopt by ordinance a WUDP to serve as the long-range planning blueprint for all uses of water in each county.

In addition to these public meetings, the public will also have the opportunity to offer their input at all of the scheduled Maui County Council Water Resources Committee meetings.

The Department of Water Supply, Water Resources and Planning Division is hosting the meetings and can be reached at 463-3110.


Lahaina Hongwanji Mission to hold Spring Bazaar

Village Galleries will host an exhibition of new works by George Allan (his “Lahaina Harbor Morning” is pictured) and Lisa Kasprzycki from March 18 to April 7. An Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 120 Dickenson St. gallery. For more information, call 661-4402 or visit villagegalleriesmaui.com. This exhibition of recent works by two of Maui’s fine artists promises to present a variety of breathtaking paintings. The duo remind viewers to appreciate our island home with its unique landscapes, shorelines, harbors, native plants and magical atmosphere. 

LAHAINA – Lahaina Hongwanji Mission will hold its annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, March 19, on the church grounds at 551 Wainee St. from 8 a.m. to noon.

Craft items, lots of rummage, plants, cut fresh flowers, baked goods, assorted sushi, bentos, nishime, chow fun, ono huli chicken and other food items will be available for sale.

The bazaar is also sponsoring the American Cancer Society West Maui Relay For Life cancer awareness and fundraising effort. An informational desk will help register new relay teams and accept donations. Individual relay teams are invited to join the bazaar to fundraise toward their team goals.

Contact “Noosh” Nishihara at 870-6478 for tickets and more information.


The Midtown Men will perform on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 1960s. These talented entertainers shared the Broadway stage for over a thousand performances; now, as The Midtown Men, they have thrilled crowds on concert stages and symphony halls across the continent, and have delighted television audiences with performances on various shows. Don’t miss this electrifying and soulful new production with its top-shelf choreography, incredible vocal performances and legendary onstage chemistry. Tickets are $35, $55, $75 or $125; call 242-SHOW.

Maui Style Wrestling practices underway

LAHAINA – Maui Style Wrestling recently announced its training schedule for West Maui.

The Lahaina Roughnecks practice Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lahainaluna High School Wrestling Room. For information, call Conrad Bolor at 281-0656.

The Napili Surfriders train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Napilihau Recreation Center. Call Kim Ball at 280-1320 for information.

And the Lahaina Red Raiders practice Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the King Kamehameha III Elementary School Cafeteria. Call Terry Shibao at 385-3149 for information.

The Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce, established in 1988 by former Sen. Joe Tanaka, elected Richard Minatoya (left) as its president, Brian Nagami as its vice president and Stephanie Ohigashi as its secretary at a meeting held on Feb. 29 at the Maui Beach Hotel. The mission of the organization is to promote the business, social, educational and cultural aspects of Japanese ancestry on the island of Maui. The Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce is sister-chamber with the Fukuyama Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hiroshima, Japan. For more information, or to join the organization, call Ohigashi at 281-4535.

Maui Style Wrestling trains future Maui Interscholastic League and state champions on the West Side. Keiki in grades K-8 should come to a practice and wear a T-shirt, shorts and soft-sole shoes.


Church to observe day of prayer

LAHAINA – Holy Innocents Episcopal Church at 561 Front St. will host a Contemplative Outreach Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.

All are welcome to attend the event, which will feature Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, and labyrinth prayer walks. Car pools are suggested. Contact Paula Baldwin at baldwinp808@gmail.com for more information.


Boomvangers to hold gift show

LAHAINA – The Lahaina Yacht Club Boomvangers will host their fifth annual gift show in the Pioneer Inn Courtyard from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.

The Boomvangers are the auxiliary group of Lahaina Yacht Club. Activities benefit LYC programs and the local community. Ongoing programs raise funds for scholarships, junior sailing programs and Keiki Christmas.

The gift show event is free to the public. The Boomvangers are currently taking reservations for vendors. The cost is $25; a registration form must be completed, and 10 percent of vendor sales will go to help fund the Boomvangers’ programs. The deadline is April 6 for registration and payment; e-mail boomvangers@lyc.us, visit Lahaina Yacht Club on Front Street to pick up a vendor form, or visit www.lyc.us.