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COMMUNITY NEWS for April 19 issue

By Staff | May 19, 2016

Hawaii Energy, the energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, announced that Brian Kealoha will join the program as its new executive director this month. Kealoha brings more than two decades of energy sector experience to Hawaii Energy, including many years developing and implementing energy programs at Pacific Gas & Electric, Avista Utilities and Maui Electric Company. Most recently, he served as regional director of OpTerra Energy Services/Chevron Energy Solutions.

King Kamehameha III School to celebrate May Day

LAHAINA – King Kamehameha III Elementary School will hold its annual May Day Ho’ike on Friday, May 20, at 9 a.m. at Lahaina Civic Center.

The students who will represent the king and queen at this year’s festivities are Keanu Kaina and Britney Cacal.

The royal court representatives are Princesses Taimane Cajudoy, Brianna Doan, Hana Gonzalez, Hana Hongo, Arissa Kahaiali’i, Mele Tasini, Shelsea Wursts and Jennifer Yabo; Princes Moses Flores, Noah Flores, Kainoa Hands, Drew Hufalar, Tevita Kaufononga, Daniel Miranda, John Simon and Inoke Taufa; and Conch Shell Blowers George Kaufononga and Oscar Williams.

The Mistresses of Ceremonies are Alyssa Ferguson and Mauriirani Niles-Cantero.

Come “Meet the Artists” at Lahaina Arts Society.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local artists will be demonstrating in the Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse. Next week, talk story with feather artist Ellen Lewinsky on Tuesday, May 24; photographer John O’Leary on Wednesday, May 25; and painter Pamela Newswald (whose art is pictured) on Thursday, May 26. 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.

The public and parents are invited to help the school community celebrate. For more information, contact Claire Tillman at (808) 662-3955, extension 240.


Volunteers sought for Haleakala service trip

Enthusiastic and fit hikers are sought for a service trip with the Friends of Haleakala National Park in Haleakala Crater on June 11-13.

Volunteers will stay at Kapalaoa Cabin on Saturday and Sunday nights, hiking out Monday. Learn more and register at “http://www.fhnp.org”>www.fhnp.org, then contact the trip leader at (808) 669-8385.

Help the Relay For Life of West Maui finish the fight against cancer! West Siders are looking for participants, teams and sponsors to help them fight back! Sign up today at www.relayforlife.org/westmauihi. Participants meet the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission. Call Event Chair Richard “Noosh” Nishihara at 870-6478 for more information.


Massachusetts Reunion set

KIHEI – A Massachusetts Reunion & Potluck will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at Kamaole Beach Park III in Kihei.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a Massachusetts potluck dish, wear a Massachusetts Red Sox, Patriots or Celtics T-shirt, and speak Bostonian. A Massachusetts trivia contest will be on the agenda. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 280-1299.


The Lahaina Girls Fast Pitch Softball team will hold a silent auction on May 21 at Lahaina Cannery Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will go toward traveling to Oahu on June 1-5, 2016. Items up for bid include dining certificates, snorkel trips, hotel stays, golf certificates, clothing, paintings, Maui Jim sunglasses, magic show tickets, luaus and much more.

Kamp Kumulani slated

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

Join the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project for a pint night at Maui Brewing Company in Kahana Gateway Shopping Center on Friday, May 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. Half of the pub profits from house beers sold will go toward protecting native birds. Maui Forest Birds is dedicated to the conservation and research of rare and endangered bird species on Maui, like the Kiwikiu, a bird found nowhere else in the world. Call Laura at 573-0280 or go to www.mauiforestbirds.org for information. PHOTO OF MAUI PARROTBILL BY ROBBY KOHLEY.