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COMMUNITY NEWS for August 24 issue

By Staff | Aug 24, 2017

Central Pacific Bank (CPB) has appointed Rose Koyama to Lahaina Branch manager. In her new position, Koyama is responsible for leading, coaching and inspiring the Lahaina team to consistently meet and exceed special financial needs within the community. She is accountable for achieving sales, service, growth, retention and profitability goals. Koyama has 18 years of experience in the financial industry. She was previously with First Hawaiian Bank, where she served as Kahana Branch manager. Koyama is a member of the Lahainaluna High School Foundation and Pomaikai School Community Council.

E-Cycling open through Sept. 30 for computer-related items

WAILUKU – The Maui County-sponsored Electronics Recycling Program, E-Cycling, will be open through Saturday, Sept. 30, to accept limited types of items, including computers, monitors, keyboards and mouse controllers.

E-Cycling will close again for the month of October and will reopen on Saturday, Oct. 31, to accept all types of electronics for recycling.

Televisions cannot be accepted on Maui until Oct. 31; Molokai and Lanai have no restrictions.

“We’ve had to rearrange our schedule in the short term because the pounds of electronics recycled in Maui County has outstripped the pounds manufacturers must pay for in accordance with the state electronics recycling law,” said Marty McMahon, E-Cycling program manager for program sponsor Habitat for Humanity Maui.

Maui Academy of Performing Arts presents “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” on Aug. 25-26 and Sept. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at 3 p.m., in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater?. The famous love story of Quasimodo and Esmeralda comes to life on a grand scale in this reimagining of Victor Hugo’s tale of hope, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. The production has a lush score featuring songs from the beloved Academy Award-nominated Disney film. Due to mature language and themes, this show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $20, $30, $40, $50 or $60 plus applicable fees. There is a 25 percent discount for students 18 and under on all prices. Call 242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org for tickets.

“In other words, congratulations, Maui! Once again our community is over-achieving in the recycling arena.”

Habitat is the yearly recipient of a County Recycling Grant that helps pay for the program; the grant amount for Fiscal Year 2018 is $152,100.

E-waste processors pay all shipping costs, over $300,000 per year, and there is no charge to the county to process E-waste.

The county’s Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division is developing a long-term solution to address financial and logistical challenges of Maui’s over-production.

During this transition period, the public is asked to respect the work of Habitat’s E-Cycling staff and refrain from dumping electronics at the gate. Dumped E-waste is an eyesore for the community and a health and safety hazard for everyone. The county could also be fined.

The Holoholo Bookmobile is back on the road for its Fall 2017 Route Schedule. The route schedule of the colorful, eye-catching bookmobile includes stops at community centers in Haiku, Kula and Pukalani. The bookmobile offers books for all ages, DVDs, audiobooks, story times, free Wi-Fi, reference help and assistance with eResources. Printed copies of the Holoholo Bookmobile’s new schedule will soon be available at Maui Public Libraries. For more information, visit www. librarieshawaii.org, click the “Visit” tab, then “Maui Bookmobile,” or call Wailuku Public Library at 243-5766.

“The county has provided free E-Cycling for eight years for the benefit of Maui, Molokai and Lanai residents and businesses. We ship off one 40-foot container every week, at a minimum,” reported McMahon. “Full restoration of services is just a few months away, and until then, we ask everyone to be patient.”

Up-to-date information on E-Cycling dates, hours and types of electronics accepted are stated on the E-Cycling information line at 280-6460 and the Habitat for Humanity website at www.habitat-maui.org.

For general recycling information, call the Recycling Hotline at 270-7880 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/recycle.


Maui Humane Society seeks foster homes for dogs

A consultant met with West Maui residents last week Tuesday at Canoe Beach to gather input for the cultural component of the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Kaanapali Golf Courses Revitalization Project. The majority of people who commented at the informal meeting are against the project.

PUUNENE – The Maui Humane Society is seeking immediate short-term foster homes for dogs due to crowded conditions at the organization’s kennel.

With dogs coming in almost daily, the kennels are starting to get uncomfortably crowded.

Maui Humane Society will provide all supplies and information needed to become a foster home to a shelter dog.

For more information, e-mail aloha@mauihumanesociety.org; call (808) 877-3680, extension 3; or visit the shelter anytime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


A celebration of Len Jacoby’s life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon in the pavilion at Airport Beach in Kaanapali. His family wrote, “Maui lost a gifted healer on August 4. Len Jacoby practiced acupuncture in his clinic on Wainee Street In Lahaina for many years. Len’s patients and friends knew of his kindness and compassion. His unique way of healing brought relief from pain and renewed wellness... Len understood Living Aloha and lived to help others.” Call 662-4808 for more information.

Maui Nonprofit Directors Association seeks nominations for awards

WAILUKU – The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association is accepting nominations for awards.

The Community Business Award is open for businesses that have offered financial support of philanthropic projects in Maui County.

The Humanitarian Award is for individuals who have given of volunteer time, effort and/or financial commitment to support philanthropic activities in Maui County.

The Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year is based on leadership qualities, inspired common vision and improving the organization’s programs and services.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from the MNPD website at www.mauinonprofit.org. The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. Nominations may be e-mailed to mauinonprofit@gmail.com.

Nominees and award recipients will be recognized at the association’s annual meeting at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui.

Tickets will be available by the end of the month; the cost is $30 per person. The event is open to the public.

For more information, call association President Debbie Cabebe at 243-4300.


Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns

WAILUKU – Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. (MEO) last week announced the return of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). SFMNP provides low-income seniors with eligible fresh produce with the goal of improving their health and nutritional status.

Qualified seniors will receive coupons worth $50 to exchange for fresh, nutritious and unprocessed locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from the Upcountry Farmers’ Market. The SFMNP coupons must be used by Sept. 30, 2017.

Applications for the program are available online at www.meoinc.org or from Zilpah Kaimiola at Zilpah.Kaimiola@ meoninc.org.

For more information, visit MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org or call Kaimiola at 243-4360.


Water Department conducting customer satisfaction survey

WAILUKU – The Department of Water Supply (DWS) announced the release of a Customer Satisfaction Survey that will be sent to all of its customers along with August water bills.

The survey is also available online at www.mauiwater.org and at payment locations on the second and fifth floors of Kalana O Maui at 200 South High St. in Wailuku.

DWS reported that it is committed to providing its customers with exceptional service and high-quality water, and is, therefore, striving for continuous improvements.

The department encourages customers to take a few minutes to complete the survey, as it will provide important information to help the department better serve its customers.


Volunteer training set at Hospice Maui

WAILUKU – Hospice Maui will offer its annual volunteer training Sept. 25 to Oct. 7. Volunteers have been the cornerstone of compassionate care for over 35 years. Hospice Maui volunteers report the training to not only be incredibly beneficial to the individuals they have the privilege of serving, but deeply rewarding and transformational for the self.

For more information, contact Hospice Maui Volunteer Coordinator Sara Sparling at 446-8236, e-mail hospice3@maui.net, or apply online at



Vendors sought for Senior Fair

WAILUKU – Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. (MEO) is seeking vendors, healthcare providers and community partners interested in participating in the 44th annual Maui County Senior Fair.

This year’s fair is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The fair is sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging and produced by MEO. Featured artists include Never Too Late and Napua Greig-Nakasone.

The fair attracts over 2,000 individuals of all ages. If you wish to participate, e-mail Community Services Director Gerry Lum at gerry.lum@meoinc.org to request an application. Completed applications and applicable payment must be submitted to MEO no later than Monday, Sept. 18.

For more information, visit MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org or call Lum at 249-2970.