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COMMUNITY NEWS for May 12 issue

By Staff | May 12, 2016

Tara Garcia, captain of Team “Westside Mamacitas & Family,” has participated in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Maui for two years. Asked why, she said, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2014. It metastasized in my breast in August last year and then into my brain in November. I have been receiving treatment since. I would not have been able to make it through this difficult time without my amazing friends, family and the American Cancer Society. I am truly blessed.” Team meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission. All are invited. For information, call Richard “Noosh” Nishihara at (808) 870-6478. Pictured with Garcia (second from left) are sons Gustavo and Noah, and her mom, Robin.

Lahaina Intermediate to hold Parent Information Night

LAHAINA – Attention parents and guardians of Lahaina’s fifth grade students – you are cordially invited to attend Parent Information Night at Lahaina Intermediate School for incoming sixth grade families on Tuesday, May 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the LIS cafeteria.

The staff looks forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about the start of middle school.

For more information, call the school office at 662-3965. Light refreshments will be served.


The third annual Swim & Fin to benefit the Special Olympics Maui Swim Team will be held at Pukalani Aquatics Center on Saturday, May 21. This public community event welcomes all swimmers of all ages to join in a fun-filled morning. “It’s a great way to train, exercise, show your support for your community and just have fun,” said professional swimming coach Marie White. “Whether you swim recreationally, are on a school or private team, we want you to join us!” Each entrant must collect a minimum donation entry fee of $35, which includes a commemorative T-shirt and light refreshments. Entrants will swim based on their age group, and prizes will be awarded in various categories. All age categories and swim levels are welcome. For entry forms, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, and more information, contact Toni Rojas at tonirojas@hawaii.rr.com or 344-8880. Entries are due May 21, and donations are due on the day of the event.

Kamp Kumulani set

KAPALUA – Kamp Kumulani 2016 is coming to the Napilihau Recreation Center for the 18th year from May 30 to June 3.

Hours are 9 a.m. to noon. The program is free for keiki who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.

This year’s theme is “Jesus Sees. Jesus Knows. Jesus Saves.”

The church noted, “Prepare to embark on an adventure like no other, scouring the mysterious fathoms of the deep sea. As kids are submerged in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus saw people differently. He didn’t see just what was on the outside; He saw people for who they were on the inside – down deep. They will discover that a relationship with Jesus Christ changes everything!”

Long considered one of the greatest horn sections ever, Tower of Power will perform on Sunday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music since 1968. The band delivers their unique brand of music to their fans year after year, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world. Tower of Power’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band’s leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled it as “urban soul music.” The rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The horn-driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist, and their distinctive fusion of funk and jazz is a POWERhouse of music! Tickets are $49, $59, $69 or $125; call 242-SHOW.

Keiki don’t need to sign up ahead of time – just show up! For more information, call Kumulani Chapel at 669-6905.


MEO administers Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

WAILUKU – Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. will be accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in June.

Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

LIHEAP is a United States federal social services program that was first established in 1981 and funded annually through Congressional appropriations. LIHEAP assistance is available in Hawaii only during the month of June. The program is designed to assist low-income households with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy.

Maui County residents may be eligible for one of two programs: Energy Credit – gas or electric bill payment assistance; or Energy Crisis Intervention – financial assistance of up to $350 to households whose electricity has been disconnected within seven days of application or will soon be shut off.

For complete information, visit www.meoinc.org or pick up a brochure at MEO’s Community Services office at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. For information, contact MEO Community Services at 249-2970.