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COMMUNITY NEWS for November 17 issueM

By Staff | Nov 17, 2016

Join Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project for a pint night at Maui Brewing Company in Kahana Gateway Shopping Center on Friday, Nov. 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. Half of the pub profits from house beers sold will go to Maui Forest Birds, which is dedicated to the conservation and research of rare and endangered bird species on Maui, such as the Maui Parrotbill (above). Call Laura at 573-0280 or go to www. mauiforestbirds.org for information. PHOTO BY ZACH PEZZILLO.

Auction to benefit Sacred Hearts School

LAHAINA – “An Evening of Aloha,” Sacred Hearts School’s ninth annual auction benefit, will take place at the historic Pioneer Inn on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. A major theme of the evening will be to raise money for the school’s Annual Fund.

A few highlights of the evening include live music by Indio and Avi, world-class catering by the Pioneer Inn, Hula Grill, Honu, Roy’s, Hyatt Regency Maui, Captain Jack’s and The Maui Sugar Shop Bakery, and a martini luge by Darren Ho.

Tickets are $75 and include dinner, drinks and live and silent auctions. To purchase tickets, call 661-4720, stop by the Sacred Hearts School office or visit shsmaui.org.


Dave Matthews of Napili won the Halloween costume contest in Banyan Tree Park with his creepy man and headless sidekicks. He won the $1,000 cash prize from Mark and Judy Ellman of Mala Ocean Tavern, Honu Seafood and Pizza and Frida's Beach House, along with additional gift certificates from their restaurants. Also pictured at left is Angel O'Brien, who has emceed the contest the last four years.

Maui Minyo Kai to hold dance festival

WAILUKU – Maui Minyo Kai will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a dance festival on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Maui Okinawa Culture Center at 688 Nukuwai Place in Wailuku. The program starts at 2:30 p.m. with special performances by Maui Taiko. Admission is free for the performances.

Maui Minyo Kai is under the grace and direction of Sensei Ken Tasaka. Tasaka has been practicing and mastering the art of Minyo and Minbu Japanese dancing for over 25 years, starting in 1980. Classes are held in Wailuku and Lahaina and include children, men and women.

The purpose of the organization is to retain and promote traditional Japanese folk dance (Minyo) as well as to foster good fellowship among its members in general public relations to the community.


Maui Preparatory Academy Middle and Upper School students are ready to rock your world! Join them for the fun at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, as the campers dance, sing and battle their way to Final Jam in “Disney’s Camp Rock The Musical.” All ages will enjoy watching this cast of 36 rockers and stars on stage, backed up by Maui Prep’s own 7AM rock band. Shows will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Salons 1 and 2, on Nov. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $15. For tickets, see any cast member, call the Maui Prep office at (808) 665-9966 or e-mail Vania Jerome at vjerome@mauiprep.org.

Nominations sought for Nihon Bunka Award

WAILUKU – The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui seeks nominations for its annual Nihon Bunka Award.

The organization recognizes individuals each year for their excellence and contributions to the Japanese arts and/or culture and for their unselfish willingness to share their talents with the community.

Nominations are due by Nov. 30 to Lynn Araki-Regan by mail to 1823 Wells St., Suite 2A, Wailuku, HI 96793, fax at 249-2872 or via e-mail at lynn@araki-regan.com.

Winners will be honored at the society’s Shinnen Enkai dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Maui Beach Hotel. For more information, call Araki-Regan at 244-6042.

Lahaina Intermediate School celebrated its First Quarter Renaissance Partners in Living and Learning Reward Day on Friday, Nov. 4, on the campus field. Program coordinator Todd Hayase reported that 222 LIS students qualified for the “Wet & Wild Reward Day” based on standards of academics, citizenship and community service. “Our special thanks goes out to all of the program participants, including staff, parents, chaperones, Deejay Ron and Cafeteria Manager Ron Dumlao, for their continuing support of these events,” he said. All qualifying students were treated to a play day and barbecue luncheon along with discount cards to local merchants and eateries. PHOTO BY WALTER CHIHARA.


Adult Education returning to West Maui

WEST MAUI – After a long hibernation, the McKinley Community School for Adults-Maui Campus, formerly known as “Adult Ed,” is returning to the West Side.

The program seeks 12 or more students who would like to earn their State of Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. Classes are projected to start in January at a location to be announced.

Participants must be age 16 or older and take a placement test in order to qualify. Placement tests are offered on the first Thursday of the month at 179 W. Kaahumanu Avenue (entrance on Kane Street). The cost for the placement test is $5 (cash only).

Contact Transition Coordinator Eric Balinbin at (808) 873-3082 for more information.