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COMMUNITY NEWS for May 4 issue

By Staff | May 4, 2017

Lahainaluna High School athletes competed at the Maui Interscholastic League Track & Field Championship Finals in cold, rainy conditions at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday. LHS senior Carver Locke (above) came in second in the 110-meter hurdles. PHOTO BY GLEN PASCUAL.

LHS to hold annual Athletic Banquet & Awards Presentation

LAHAINA – The Lahainaluna High School Athletic Department is sponsoring the annual LHS Athletic Banquet & Awards Presentation on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Hale Pa’ina.

This event will recognize and award the outstanding MVP student athletes of each sport for this 2016-17 school year. The highlight of the evening will be the honoring of the male and female student athletes selected for the “Distinguished Senior Athlete,” “Scholar Athlete of the Year” and the “Outstanding Athlete of the Year” awards.

A dinner prepared by Food Service Manager John Alexander and his staff will precede the awards ceremony. The cost of the dinner is $10; tickets can be purchased in cash only at the LHS main office. Contact the athletic office at 662-3979, extension 324, or the school office at 662-3979 for more information.


Lahaina Brownie/Daisy Troop 444 thanked Maui Ocean Center and Uncle John for a great day at the aquarium. The girls learned about feeding turtles, ocean jellies, sharks, corals and all kinds of great ocean things. 

Volunteers needed for cemetery cleanup

LAHAINA – The West Maui Buddhist Council comprised of Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, Lahaina Shingon Mission and Lahaina Jodo Mission is hosting a cemetery cleanup on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 a.m.

Volunteers will meet at Lahaina Jodo Mission. The cleanup will focus on Mala Cemetery. Please bring your own tools for weeding. This is an annual cemetery cleanup held prior to Memorial Day. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.


Local authors to sign books

Aloha Thai Massage recently opened at The Wharf Cinema Center. Aloha Thai Massage specializes in aromatherapy, Thai, lomi lomi, Swedish deep tissue, sport and pregnancy massages. Located on the Plaza Level (space #107), Aloha Thai Massage offers rooms for both single and couple’s massages. Sister owners Pha Baszkiewicz (right) and Jonkonnee Nishimura staff multiple licensed massage therapists. Visit alohathaimassagemaui.com or call (808) 856-5889 for more information.

LAHAINA – “Remote islands isolated by vast seas have long attracted the seafarer, the dreamer, the artist, and the teller of tall tales along with the colorful folk of dubious past deeds, some of whom gather fortnightly to share their thoughts and creativity as the Maui Writers Ink. We hope you enjoy our stories. Some will make you laugh, some might make you cry, but all will make you think and reflect upon how – and why – you came to Maui, too.” (Nansy Phleger)

So begins the inaugural collection of 33 stories and poems by eight local authors, all members of Maui Writers Ink. Their book will be featured at the Local Authors Table at Lahaina’s Second Friday Town Party on May 12 beginning at 5 p.m.

Also joining the Maui Writers Ink authors will be Jill Engledow with her five books of local Hawaiian history, Howard Fields with his two books of World War II history, Oliver Gold with his two books of romantic comedy, and Elaine Gallant offering her thrilling spy mystery. This is a wonderful opportunity for locals and tourists to come meet the authors, talk with them about their books and have them autograph your purchases.

Most of these books are also available for purchase at the Lahaina Visitor Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse, Maui Friends of the Library Bookstores at The Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina and Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului, as well as from the authors themselves.


Lahainaluna High School recently held a Signing Day for athletes signing letters of intent for college; pictured (from left) are: Jarod Avery Gaastra, Biola University (California), swimming; Christian Niu, Scottsdale Community College (Arizona), football; Donavon Defang, Scottsdale Community College (Arizona), football; Alexis Encinas, Emmanuel University (Georgia), women's wrestling; Taylor Asio, Hope International University (California), softball; and Taylor Panlasigui, North Idaho College (Idaho), softball. Also pictured above is Iverly Navarro, who will wrestle at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

West Maui Soroptimists raise funds for keiki and scholarship programs at annual silent auction

LAHAINA – Soroptimist International of West Maui (SIWM) held its annual fundraiser at the April Lahaina Second Friday Town Party on April 14.

“Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful Maui merchants and everyone who bid on the items, this year’s silent auction successfully raised funds directly benefitting keiki and scholarship programs for West Maui women and children,” said President Julie Meszaros.

Items up for bid included jewelry, artwork and gift certificates to local restaurants, hotels, activities and shows.

Soroptimist International of West Maui is currently seeking applicants for its 2017 scholarship award. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievements (40 percent), financial need (40 percent) and community involvement (20 percent).

Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ Spring Extravaganza will be held this weekend at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. On Saturday, May 6, a Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop show starts at 1 p.m., and MOVES, a MAPA Dance Concert, begins at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 7, at 1 and 6 p.m., 200 MAPA ballerinas will present two performances of the romantic French ballet “Giselle.” Come join MAPA for a delightful weekend of dance! Tickets are $17 ($22 for adults and $17 for students for MOVES). Call 242-SHOW for tickets.

Applications are available in the Lahainaluna High School Career Center or via e-mail at meszarosjr@ gmail.com. Applicants are urged to review the application form and its requirements and to submit applications to the LHS Career Center by May 20, 2017.

The club also seeks new members. If you live in the West Maui area and are looking to volunteer and give back to the community, Soroptimist International of West Maui would love to invite you to attend a meeting. The club holds its meetings twice a month; the public is invited to attend and learn about the SIWM chapter.

“We do a lot of good, worthwhile work as part of our mission to help empower women and improve the lives of women and girls,” said Vice President Rachel Miyoshi.

The West Maui Chapter is part of a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

For more information about club membership or scholarship opportunities, contact Meszaros at (707) 738-3111.