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COMMUNITY NEWS for September 1 issue

By Staff | Sep 1, 2016

The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College has just been rated the #2 overall restaurant in Hawaii by OpenTable. The ratings are based on 400,000 new diner reviews via the huge online reservations hub. Here’s what OpenTable says: “The restaurant is run by the UH Maui Culinary program. The students prepare a four-course meal that features a different cuisine from around the world each week. The food is topnotch quality and is offered at a very reasonable price. ”Wednesday/Friday lunch service at the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant resumes on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Lahainaluna Festival to support school activities

LAHAINA – Wondering how to make Labor Day Weekend a fun-filled holiday for the whole family?

Come and experience the first annual Lahainaluna Festival, a school-wide fundraiser featuring live music, game booths, silent auction, crafts and clothing, “Lei”bor Day Lei Contest, food from your favorite eateries and lunch trucks, keiki activities and informational booths.

The festival’s music lineup includes Marvin Tevaga (Matagi) at 1 p.m.; Kapali Keahi, John “JB” Kahaialii II and Kealii Lum at 2 p.m.; Kaunoa Lahaina Seniors at 3 p.m.; Hawaiiana Club at 3:30 p.m.; Kahaialii Brothers at 4 p.m.; TJ Flatz at 5 p.m.; George Kahumoku at 6 p.m.; Na Koa at 7 p.m.; Ekolu at 8 p.m.; Willie K at 9 p.m.; and the closing with “Hawaii Aloha” at 10 p.m.

Proceeds will help support students’ activities as well as the PTSA’s annual Project Graduation all-night party.

Pink Martini with singer China Forbes (above) will perform on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. For tickets — $35, $55 or $68 — call 242-SHOW.

Come enjoy the festival amid the beauty of the Lahainaluna High School campus on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 1 to 10 p.m.

For tickets or more information, e-mail LHSFestival414@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/lahainaluna .fest. Pre-sale tickets are available for $5 per person at Mid Pacific Tattoo or at the Lahainaluna School Store. The cost will be $10 per person at the entrance gate on the day of the event.


Salaveria to discuss Maui economic indicators

KAHULUI – Director Luis P. Salaveria of the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism will share economic indicators as guest speaker for the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce’s business meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m. at Tante’s Island Cuisine, chamber officials announced.

Southside Boxing Club of Maui Inc. will host a “Tribute to Gladys Coelho Baisa” dinner event on Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului. Baisa (center) will be honored for her leadership as a member of the County Council and as past executive director of Maui Economic Opportunity. Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will start at 6 p.m., and entertainment and roasting by Maui celebrities and a surprise guest will follow.  Tickets are $75 per person with enhanced sponsorship opportunities available. Net proceeds will help the club to provide training and equipment, as well as defray travel expenses for off-island tournaments. Tickets are available at Araki-Regan & Associates LLC, 1823 Wells St., Suite 2A, in Wailuku. For information, call 280-1299.

Tante’s is located at 100 W. Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului’s Seaside Hotel.

The workshop titled “What’s Trending: Strategies for Business” will dive into DBEDT’s data on Hawaii’s economy for 2017. With anticipated unemployment because of the closure of the last sugar plantation, Salaveria will provide data-based analysis on what to expect for the Maui community.

The session is open to the public. Registration of $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers is required. The event offers a networking opportunity for attendees, and heavy pupus are included.

To register, visit www.mauifilipinochamber.com/workshops. For inquiries, call 856-2605.


Lahaina Swim Club will hold fall registration on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m. at Lahaina Aquatic Center. Wear a swimsuit to the test. Regular practices will begin on Sept. 12. Call Coach Jen at (808) 870-6139 for more information.

Event to raise awareness of suicide prevention

KAHULUI – Suicide is a growing problem on Maui and across the State of Hawaii. Sept. 5-10 is National Suicide Prevention Week, and the Prevent Suicide Maui County Task Force would like to invite everyone in the community to join them at the University of Hawaii Maui College on the Great Lawn on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and help raise awareness, talk story and connect with each other to address suicide in Maui County, one of the largest problems the community faces in every age group and every part of the island.

State, county and local agencies will be on-hand to provide information on crisis intervention, access to services, community outreach efforts and education available in the community who can help people in need and have the opportunity to make needed connections.

Events include a Veterans Ride Against Suicide, activities for keiki, local music, comedy, food and community activities geared toward mental and physical wellness.

If you or a family member is in need of mental health services, or if you are having a mental health crisis, call the Crisis Line of Hawaii at 1-800-753-6879.


Event to support Somos Ohana Nicaragua

PAIA – On Thursday, Sept. 8, Cafe Mambo will host Somos Ohana Nicaragua for a dining fundraiser and sale of Nicaraguan crafts newly arrived with the volunteers of this summer’s team in Nicaragua.

A percentage of every food sale between 3 and 9 p.m., and all proceeds of the craft sales, will benefit the building of the third wing of the group’s newest secondary school in La Carreta that the group has constructed in rural northwest Nicaragua.

Cafe Mambo is located at 30 Baldwin Avenue in Paia. For more information and for ways to help, visit www.somosohananicaragua.org.