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COMMUNITY NEWS for April 28 issue

By Staff | Apr 28, 2016

The Lahainaluna High School track team celebrated Senior Night at the Maui Interscholastic League Track and Field Championship Trials on Friday at Yamamoto Track & Field Facility. Lahainaluna’s Anis Bel won the boys pole vault finals with a 14-foot vault. PHOTO BY GLEN PASCUAL.

WMTA to host Breakfast with Rep. Angus McKelvey

HONOKOWAI – Join the West Maui Taxpayers Association and Java Jazz for a pancake breakfast with Tenth District Rep. Angus McKelvey as the guest speaker on Saturday, May 7.

The event will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Java Jazz at Honokowai Marketplace, 3550 Lower Honoapiilani Road.

Breakfast will include Java Jazz’s pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, coffee, tea and juice. Admission is free for WMTA members. The cost for non-members is $5 per adult and $1 for children 12 and under. Attendees can choose to join WMTA, which will then make breakfast free.

Seating is limited to the first 60 people to sign up; register online at “http://www.westmaui.org”>www.westmaui.org, e-mail wmta@ maui.net or call (808) 661-7990.

Sacred Hearts School sixth-graders are the newest group of Young Voyagers taking the idea of the “Classroom Without Walls” to the next level. The students — from left, Kapua Coon, Paris Talavera, Lucy Donjon, Anysis Fuentes, Sydney McCarney and teacher Mary Anna Enriquez — were thrilled to do “dock watch” from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. aboard Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani while the voyaging canoe was recently at the Coast Guard Dock at Maalaea Harbor. Enriquez wrote, “They did three-hour shifts during their 12-hour watch, adjusting dock lines for the tide change, identifying stars and constellations, and making sure things were ship-shape. All this on a school night even!! The time aboard began with Kapua leading a chant that is probably still being heard across the waves.”


Maui Young Democrats to host County Council Upcountry debate

PUKALANI – The Maui Young Democrats invite the public to attend their Upcountry County Council debate on Wednesday, April 27, at Pukalani Community Center.

This first debate of the 2016 election cycle will feature the four candidates currently vying for the Upcountry County Council seat: Stacey Moniz, Eric Molina, Yuki Lei Sugimura, and Napua Greig Nakasone.

The event begins with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., followed by a debate and forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Light pupus and refreshments will be provided.

Imua Family Services along with title sponsor BLUESMITHS Crafted Waterwear will hold the fifth annual BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua on Saturday, May 7. A benefit for Camp Imua, which serves Maui children living with special needs, the fun race follows the ten-mile Maliko downwind run and concludes at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului. The race is open to men and women of all ages in SUP, OC1, OC2, prone paddleboard and surf ski categories. Check-in will open at 10 a.m. at Maliko Gulch, and the race will begin promptly at 1 p.m. A post-race ‘Ohana Festival will follow at Hawaiian Canoe Club. For more information, visit www.imuafamilyservices.org.

The Maui Young Democrats are currently hosting an open poll on the event’s Facebook page, asking the public to weigh in on possible debate topics. Topics range from Maui’s affordable housing crisis to the recent HC&S


“There are a number of decisive issues that Maui County is facing during this election cycle,” said Tim Lara, president of Maui Young Democrats.

“We want these events to help voters understand exactly where the candidates stand on these very important issues.”

Councilwoman Gladys Baisa has held the Upcountry council seat for the past five terms. Having reached the term limit, Baisa is ineligible to run in the 2016 election. The evening will highlight the candidates and celebrate Councilwoman Baisa’s decades of dedication to the Maui and Upcountry communities.

Village Galleries at 120 Dickenson St. in Lahaina will present an exhibition of recent work by two of Maui’s leading artists, Kathleen Alexander and Virginia Pierce, from April 29 to May 19. All are welcome to attend an evening of great art, refreshments and entertainment at the Artists’ Opening Reception on April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Painting demonstrations are slated for May 6 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 661-4402 or visit www.villagegalleriesmaui.com. “Lilialanaikawai,” a watercolor painting by Alexander, is pictured.

Maui Young Democrats plan to host candidate forums, voter registration drives, community service events, social mixers and public issue forums throughout the 2016 election cycle.

To register, visit the event’s Facebook page. To request to be added to the Maui Young Democrats’ e-mail list, e-mail President@MauiYoungDems .com.


Surfrider Maui to meet

MAALAEA – The Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Whale Foundation at the Maalaea Harbor Shops.

Robert Cazimero will perform a Lei Day Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Enjoy the smooth showmanship, talent and graciousness of Cazimero, along with contemporary Hawaiian music and hula. Preshow festivities include hula and music in the courtyard, and island crafters will be on hand with a selection of fragrant lei. Tickets are $12, $28, $40 or $55; call 242-SHOW.

Meetings are open to the public, and Surfrider Maui is always looking for new volunteers and support.

For more information, e-mail chair@maui.surfrider.org.