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COMMUNITY NEWS for June 8 issue

By Staff | Jun 8, 2017

Donovan Defang (left) and Justice Tihada were recently awarded Arthur Osamu “Oscar” Chihara Memorial Scholarships. The $1,000 awards are given each year to two senior players — selected by the coaches — in recognition of their passion and poise within the Lahainaluna High School football program, and who most exemplified Oscar Chihara’s love of the game. Oscar was Lahaina News sports writer Walter Chihara’s brother.

Fashion show to support Women Helping Women

LAHAINA – Fashionista Maui by Divine Fashions will hold a charity fashion show to support Women Helping Women at Fleetwoods on Front St. on Friday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 at the door. The benefit will feature a deejay, silent auction and the chance to win designer clothes and gift certificates from Fashionista, Fleetwoods gift cards, designer hats from Eat Pray Maui and much more.

Food and drinks are not included. Additional contributions to Women Helping Women (womenhelpingwomenmaui.org) may be made at the door.


The SBS Tournament of Champions announced that the 2017 event raised more than $300,000 for Maui charities. With this year’s addition, the tournament and host organizations have donated nearly $6 million to Hawaii community charities since its move to Maui in 1999. The six primary beneficiaries of the 2017 event are Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui and Lahainaluna High School Foundation. Funds were distributed at a recent luncheon.

Local students to graduate from Oregon State University

LAHAINA – Oregon State University will hold its 148th commencement on Saturday, June 17, at Reser Stadium on the Corvallis campus.

The commencement speaker is Husnu M. Ozyegin, who headed to Oregon State University in 1963 with only $100 in his pocket and graduated to become a highly successful business leader and philanthropist in Turkey and throughout Europe.

Lahaina students graduating from Oregon State include Amanda K. Matsuda, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Kinesiology; and Elliott M. Smith, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering.


June 9, 2017 has been designated the first International Day of Celtic Art. Artists, scholars and lovers of Celtic art worldwide will be celebrating, and the Hawaii location is West Maui. Maui’s own Celtic artist, Hamish Burgess, will be at Hawaiian Village Coffee in Kahana on June 9 to answer all questions on Celtic art. His Celtic art show, a tribute to music and musicians titled “I Am Music,” continues in Kahana until June 14. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com /The-Celtic-Art-of-Hamish-Burgess-102452713162719/.

Maui Friends of the Library to hold Used Book Sale

KAHULUI – Maui Friends of the Library will hold a Used Book Sale on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside Whole Foods Market at Maui Mall.

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 bookstores around the island. All proceeds benefit Maui County’s public libraries.

Zenshin Daiko’s 18th annual Taiko Festival concert will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. The show will start with the 50 members of this impressive Maui group performing some of their favorite pieces and premiering new works written by its members. Since forming in 1999, Zenshin Daiko has performed in over 900 cultural and community events all over Hawaii and in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, and Japan. The second half of the evening will feature On Ensemble from Los Angeles. Established in 2002, On Ensemble is one of the most respected ensembles in the taiko (Japanese drumming) world. Led by childhood friends Shoji Kameda and Masato (Maz) Baba, On Ensemble is recognized for infusing the powerful rhythms of taiko with a wide range of musical influences, from jazz and rock to central Asian overtone singing. Their fearless musical exploration has expanded the artistic range of taiko and has taken these ancient instruments into new realms. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under; call 242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org.

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 on this sale and the bookstores, visit “http://www.MFOL.org”>www.MFOL.org.


Lahaina Cannery Mall adds more hula shows

LAHAINA – Lahaina Cannery Mall has added more free hula shows to its weekly event schedule. Talented Maui halau now perform every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m., as well as every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., on center stage.

Halau Hula o Na Wahine Nani o Lahaina holds hula classes on Wednesdays from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Lahaina United Methodist Church, 988 Front St. Call 661-5498 for information. Keiki and private hula lessons are also available.

Other free family entertainment this month includes Maui magician Holden Mowat with his interactive, all-ages magic-comedy performance at center stage. The magic veteran from the award-winning Kupanaha Magic Dinner Show performs every Saturday at noon.

Additional activities include free ukulele lessons at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays; free hula lessons at 5 p.m. on Thursdays; and Maui Toy Works’ Yu-Gi-Oh Card Sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, call 661-5304, visit LahainaCanneryMall.com, or follow @LahainaCannery on Twitter or Facebook.


St. Anthony Ho’olaule’a ‘Ohana Luau announced

WAILUKU – St. Anthony School announced that tickets are now available for its biggest “friendraiser” of the year: the 28th annual Ho`olaule`a `Ohana Luau. The event will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. at St. Anthony Sullivan Field.

The festive event features live Hawaiian music, ono food, prize drawings, and lots of camaraderie and fun.

Tickets are $30 presale (by June 19) or $45 at the door, $10 for keiki 6-12, and free for keiki five and under. Anniversary classes are welcome to block seating areas.

“St. Anthony is grateful for the tremendous support we receive year-round from our alumni and community,” said Betsey Gunderson, head of school at St. Anthony.

“Our annual ho`olaule`a is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with friends and family while enjoying the wonderful festivities planned. A big mahalo goes to the event’s coordinator, Hoapili Ane, and the many other volunteers who put their heart and soul into making this a memorable event.”

For information and tickets, call 244-4190, extension 228, or e-mail Harvest Baisa at hbaisa@sasmaui.org.


Massachusetts Reunion set

KIHEI – A Massachusetts Reunion and Potluck will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, at Kamaole Beach Park III in Kihei.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a Massachusetts potluck dish; wear a Massachusetts, Red Sox, Patriots or Celtics T-shirt; and speak Bostonian. A Massachusetts trivia contest will be on the agenda. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 280-1299.


Appointments being taken for Philippine Consulate Mobile Outreach

WAILUKU – The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Immigrant Services Division, announced that appointments are now being taken for the Philippine Consulate mobile outreach on Maui on July 29-30.

The outreach will provide on-island services for Philippine Passport renewal, dual citizenship, authentication and other consular services. Priority will be given to expired or passports expiring within the next six months, disability or aged applicants, and emergency travel.

Appointments are required and can be made in-person at any of the Maui County Immigrant Services Division offices. To reserve an appointment for the mobile outreach, the following items will be required: completed application, Philippine Passport, Permanent Resident Card, and $6.65 priority stamp. If the current passport does not have an electronically readable chip, additional documents will be required.

The Immigrant Services Division Main Office is located at 2200 Main St., Suite 547, in Wailuku. The Lahaina Satellite Office is open at the West Maui Senior Center at 778 Pauoa St. in Lahaina; it is open Thursdays only from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 270-7791 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/immigrantservices for information.


Volunteers planning West Maui Relay For Life

LAHAINA – A meeting for the West Maui Relay For Life will be held on Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. at ?Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St.

Come join the team, volunteer, help fundraise and fight back against a disease that has an impact on all of us.

Planning meetings are held every third Thursday of the month. Call Jackie at 669-6595 for information.


LHS School Community Council seeks members

LAHAINA – The Lahainaluna High School Community Council seeks new members.

School Community Councils are forums for exchanging ideas in order to improve student achievement among the school’s stakeholders: principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members.

Anyone interested in serving on the Lahainaluna High School SCC Board as a community representative should submit his or her name via e-mail to Ashley_Olson@ notes.k12.hi .us or Shannon_Eustace @notes.k12.hi.us.

Members must commit to attend a monthly meeting, currently scheduled to be held the first Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the LHS Library.

Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to present at a meeting, contact Shannon Eustace or Ashley Olson to be added to the agenda.