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COMMUNITY NEWS for May 18 issue

By Staff | May 18, 2017

The electricity at the Lahaina Harbor Front Project was connected recently, and the area is now open and illuminated at night. Old-fashioned string lights are attached to the upper beams of the two trellis structures, and six new street lamps light up the pedestrian area. Ten interpretive plaques with photos depicting life in the area from the 1800s and early 1900s have been attached to the trellis posts.

West Maui lawmakers to hold end-of-session talk story

LAHAINA – State Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey invite the public to attend their End-of-session Wrap-up and Talk Story on Tuesday, May 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.

“This is an opportunity for us to update our community on a variety of bills we passed this session, including the legislation that affects the health and well-being of our Maui community,” said Sen. Baker, District 6 (South and West Maui).

“It’s also an opportunity for our constituents to ask questions about specific measures and share with us any community concerns,” said Rep. McKelvey, District 10 (West Maui, Maalaea and North Kihei).

“Since the beginning of the session, we’ve worked collaboratively on measures that would positively affect our Maui ‘ohana. Many of the ideas we discussed and debated this session are awaiting action by the governor.”

May 12 was the LahainaTown Action Committee’s Second Friday Town Party, which featured “Mele Mei” music and the winners of LAC's 2017 Short Story Competition. Maui Writers Ink members scored the three top prizes; Bill Sayles in first, followed by JoAnn Carroll and Nansy Phleger. The stories will be available on LAC's website soon. Pictured at the Local Authors Table at the event are Phleger (left), Lynette Chun and Sayles. PHOTO BY LORENA SAYLES.

All interested members of the public are invited to attend. For more information, contact Baker’s Capitol office from Maui at 984-2400, extension 66070#, or e-mail senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov, or McKelvey’s Capitol office from Maui at 984-2400, extension 66160#, or e-mail repmckelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Hospice Maui to show ‘Being Mortal’

WAILUKU – Hospice Maui invites the community to attend a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary “Being Mortal – Medicine and What Matters in the End” on Thursday, May 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hospice Maui, 400 Mahalani St.

Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing life-limiting illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center's free Starry Night Cinema series continues on Friday, May 19, with “Finding Dory” in the A&B Amphitheater. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Bring a low-back beach chair and/or a blanket and spread out on the lawn for this special screening. Come early and enjoy preshow entertainment, participate in an art activity for the kids, purchase food and drinks from local food trucks, and enter the prize giveaway. If it's rainy, the movie will be shown in the Castle Theater; seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Come see the film and be part of a national conversation that brings medical professionals and community members together around the shared responsibility of discussing what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions.

For more information, contact Joyce Lechuga at (808) 446-7609 or Joyce.hospicemaui@gmail.com.


Tickets going on sale for Oktoberfest 2017

LAHAINA – Oktoberfest 2017, coordinated by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, will be held this year on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pioneer Inn.

Maui artist Jim Kingwell just returned from his annual Yosemite Art Center plein air painting workshops he leads in California. The abundant waterfalls and majestic mountain scenery provide excellent painting inspiration for all. His remaining paintings from his demonstrations will be on display throughout the month of May at Kingwell Island Art Gallery. For information, call 281-2945.

Featuring an Oompah band, authentic German cuisine, costume awards and the coldest beer in town, the event is a fundraiser for vocational scholarships for Maui County residents.

Tickets to the event are $50 each and will be on sale online soon. For more information, contact Ann Neizman at (808) 856-2362 or Ann.Neizman@boh.com.


Pint night to support Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

KAHANA – Join Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project for a pint night at Maui Brewing Company in Kahana Gateway Shopping Center on Friday, May 26, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Half the pub profits from house beers sold will go toward protecting native birds on Maui. Enjoy local beers while helping endangered species. 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.

Please drink responsibly and have a designated driver. For more information, call Laura at 573-0280 or go to www.mauiforestbirds.org.


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.