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COMMUNITY NEWS for March 23 issue

By Staff | Mar 23, 2017

Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt will perform on Friday, March 24, in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's A&B Amphitheater at 7 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. The California Honeydrops will open the show. More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter, Raitt has become an institution in American music. Rolling Stone magazine named her one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted her in 2000. Her latest album, "Dig in Deep," is her 20th and a successful follow-up to 2012’s "Slipstream," which won Raitt her tenth Grammy. Tickets are $49, $69, $89 or $129; call 242-SHOW.

Bank of Hawaii Foundation accepting nominations for 2017 Mike Lyons Maui Community Award

HONOLULU – The Bank of Hawaii Foundation is now accepting nominations/applications for the 2017 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. Nonprofit organizations on Maui, Lanai and Molokai are invited to apply by May 19, 2017. The award provides one or more grants up to $30,000. Nominations may be made by the public or by the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations themselves.

The award was established in 2004 in honor of the late, retired Senior Vice President and Maui District Manager Michael H. Lyons II, who was a dedicated community leader throughout his 41-year career with the bank.

The foundation is particularly interested in programs in the areas of community development, education or housing that will benefit residents of Maui County, including low- to moderate-income youth and their families.

Application forms are available at “http://www.boh.com/MikeLyons”>www.boh.com/MikeLyons and at all Bank of Hawaii branches in Maui County. For more information, call (808) 694-4525.

Maui Music Mission's second annual “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo,” a unique event that is free and open to the public, will be held at Lahaina Cannery Mall on Friday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Keiki ages 6-12 get a “passport” to travel around the “zoo” booths, where they discover musical instruments. The children can see what the instruments look like, hear the sounds they make, talk to real musicians and try the instruments out. The event will also feature a raffle, door prize drawings and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Maui Music Mission’s After School Music Club, a low-cost music education program serving Lahaina and all of West Maui.


Self-defense workshop set

WAILUKU – The instructors of Maui Ki-Aikido are offering a special public workshop on self-defense from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 25, at 194 S. Market St., Wailuku.

This two-hour program will teach basic form, offer tips for how to protect yourself by remaining aware of your environment, and introduce a few simple self-defense techniques. Students will also learn about how the mind and body respond in a high-stress environment.

The cost is $10. Students should come 15 minutes early to register and check in. Open to teens and adults.

Lahaina Intermediate School students (from left) Rebecca Segura, Isabelle Byram and Tepua Ho learned some history as they cleaned more than 35 historic plaques in Lahaina. These plaques were installed by Lahaina Restoration Foundation about ten years ago and are the key markers of the Lahaina HIstoric Trail. The students walked from 505 Front Street to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, including a detour through Banyan Tree Park to the harbor, cleaning plaques along the way. The students are enrolled in the Renaissance Program at Lahaina Intermediate and completed this project as part of their community service.

Founded in 1953, Maui Ki-Aikido is the oldest Aikido dojo in the United States. Learn more about the dojo’s programs at mauiaikido.com or call 357-5172 for information.


Real property assessment notices sent to property owners

WAILUKU – The County of Maui Real Property Assessment Division announced that 2017 real property assessment notices will be delivered via mail or e-mail to property owners.

The real property assessment notice will show the taxable value of the land and (if applicable) improvements, the amount of allowed exemptions, the person who received the exemption and the classification assigned to the property.

Property owners are encouraged to carefully review the document and contact the division in person or by phone at 270-7297 if they have any questions.

If a property owner disagrees with the assessment, general land class or exemption shown on their real property assessment notice, they may file an appeal with the Board of Review. The deadline for filing an appeal is April 10, 2017.

This assessment notice is not a bill. The first-half installment for the 2017-18 fiscal year will be mailed on or before July 20, 2017.

The Finance Department encourages taxpayers to consider receiving a paperless electronic notice.

“The paperless option offers taxpayers the opportunity to view their assessment notice without delay via postal service delivery, on their computer, phone or mobile device,” said Real Property Assessment Division Administrator Scott Teruya. “Whether you are home or away, you can view it immediately. Also the public should consider that these paperless notices save taxpayer dollars on paper, postage and printing costs.”

If you do not receive your assessment notice or have any questions, call 270-7297. To view assessment information online, visit www.mauipropertytax.com.


Lifeguards to participate in safety training

WAILUKU – The county Department of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Division last week announced late pool openings in order to provide safety training for staff.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the following Central Maui pools will be reopened at 2 p.m. after training: Sakamoto, Shiraishi, Kokua and New Wailuku. The Upcountry pool and Kihei and Lahaina aquatic centers will all reopen at 2:30 p.m. after training.

The next time the pools will close for training will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. On that day Sakamoto, Shiraishi, Kokua and New Wailuku pools will reopen at 10:30 a.m, while the Kihei, Lahaina, and Upcountry pools will reopen at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact the Aquatics Division at 270-6137.


Maui Friends of the Library to hold Used Book Sale

KAHULUI – Maui Friends of the Library will hold a Used Book Sale on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside Whole Foods Market in Kahului.

Shop for pre-loved books of all kinds: fiction and non-fiction, keiki and adult, starting at just $1. All proceeds benefit Maui’s public libraries. Every child gets to choose and take home a book for free.

Every day, Maui Friends of the Library sells used books, DVDs, CDs, and new Hawaiiana titles at its three book stores around the island. All proceeds benefit Maui County’s public libraries.

MFoL is a 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization that supports the public libraries of Maui County with funding for programs, library materials and equipment. For more information about this sale and the bookstores, visit www.MFOL.org.


Wrestling programs offered for grades K-8

LAHAINA – Maui Style Wrestling for grades K-8 is training future champions on the West Side.

The Lahaina Roughnecks practice Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lahainaluna High School Wrestling Room (call Conrad Bolor at 281-0656), the Napili Surfriders train Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Napilihau Reccreation Center (call Kim Ball at 280-1320), and the Lahaina Red Raiders practice Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at King Kamehameha Ill School (call Terry Shibao at 385-3149. Want to join? Come to a practice and wear a T-shirt, shorts and soft-sole shoes.


Public invited to attend community meetings on new digital zoning maps

WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Planning will hold a series of public meetings on its project to replace the county’s paper zoning maps with a digital version.

The old paper zoning maps will be replaced with accurate and current digital maps, which will help correct inconsistencies and errors.

Approximately 830 property owners are receiving postcards from the Department of Planning to inform them that their properties may be affected.

The proposed changes will correct old errors and should not be noticeable in any way.

The public is invited to attend and offer testimony at the following community meetings, which are scheduled for 5:30 p.m on Tuesday, March 21, at Kihei Community Center; Tuesday, March 28, at the Velma Santos Community Center in Wailuku; Tuesday, April 4, at the West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina; and Wednesday, April 12, at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

More information is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/Planning (in the “Hot Topics” section).

Property owners may also call (808) 270-6272 or e-mail DSSRT@mauicounty.gov to ask specific questions.

The new map for the island of Maui will be reviewed by the Maui Planning Commission later this year, and then by the County Council before it is adopted.