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COMMUNITY NEWS for August 31 issue

By Staff | Aug 31, 2017

The Lahainaluna High School girls volleyball team hosted Maui High in their Maui Interscholastic League opener on Aug. 22. It was an epic match, with the Lady Lunas prevailing in five sets: 26-24, 26-24, 23-25, 25-27 and 15-11. The Lunas were up 2-0 before Maui High battled back in the marathon contest. PHOTO BY GLEN PASCUAL.

Lahainaluna High School to hold meeting for parents

LAHAINA – Parents of senior students at Lahainaluna High School are welcome to attend a parent meeting on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. in the library to review the Senior Project requirements for all senior students, graduation requirements and information about the school festival occurring on Sept. 30.

This is a great opportunity for parents to become familiar with the Senior Project, which is required for all senior students.


Joe Pluta of WMTA to speak at Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset meeting

Lahaina Swim Club will hold registration on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at Lahaina Aquatic Center. Children five and older can join the club and its Learn to Swim program. Come to the informational meeting to sign up for try-outs scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7-8. Call Coach Jen at 870-6139 for information.

LAHAINA – On Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset invites the public to a talk by Joe Pluta, who will discuss the West Maui Taxpayers Association to Lahaina residents.

Pluta, a founding member/director since 1979, helped spearhead developing the Napili Fire and Ambulance Station and making a case for the Certificate of Need for the West Maui Hospital & Medical Center. His new project is emergency planning for West Maui.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s community speaker series takes place during club meetings, which are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit “http://www.rotarycluboflahainasunset.org”>www.rotarycluboflahainasunset.org or contact President Mariko Higashi at (808) 866-8116 or marikoinmaui @gmail.com.


New Junior Tennis Program slated

The fifth annual LahainaTown Action Committee Golf Tournament raised $3,180.39 for the Lahaina Junior Golf Association (LJGA). LAC recently presented the check to Lahaina Junior Golf, which was able to award Lahainaluna High School student Antonio Bak a $1,000 scholarship. Pictured (from left) are LJGA Board Member Scott Soldwisch and President Don Rosenthal, Bak, LJGA Vice President Sutee Nitakorn, LAC Treasurer Tambara Garrick and President Snehal Patel, LJGA Treasurer Peter Villatoria, junior golfer Arjun Patel, and LAC Vice President Jack Starr and Executive Director Lynn Donovan. Visit LahainaTown Action Committee’s website at www.visitlahaina.com or call LAC at (808) 667-9175 for more information on the May 5, 2018 Golf Tournament and other events in historic Lahaina Town.

KAANAPALI – Grab a racquet and play tennis! A new Junior Tennis Program is launching at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch on Sept. 4, 2017.

Age group classes for beginner and advanced beginner students ages 7-12 will be offered two days a week, either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday, depending on age and ability. In addition, a 3.5/4.0 level or higher workout for more advanced students will be offered on Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Call the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch at 667-5200 for more information.


Maui Humane Society seeks foster homes for dogs

The team at Oceanwide Science Institute (OSI) is using sound to study the marine environment. Join Maui Ocean Center at its next free Sea Talk, “EARs in the Sea: Whale and Dolphin Behavior Revealed Through Acoustics,” on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. in the aquarium’s Open Ocean exhibit to learn about OSI’s work investigating how spinner dolphins and humpback whales utilize different areas of Maui Nui and about new clues into the function of humpback whale song. The talk will be presented by Eden Zang, OSI research specialist. The Sea Talk is free and open to the public. Doors open after 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited; e-mail info@mauioceancenter.com or call 270-7075 to register.

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 or call (808) 877-3680, extension 3.


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.

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



Ryan Beenken elected to Lahainaluna SCC post

LAHAINA – The Lahainaluna High School Community Council recently held an online vote to elect its Community Representative.

“Thank you to the many members of the community who took the time to vote, and to Ryan Beenken and Jeff Rogers for their willingness to volunteer their time to support Lahainaluna and our school community,” an SCC member wrote. “The 2017-2018 Community Representative to the School Community Council, as selected by a vote of community members, is Ryan Beenken.”

The SCC is part of the leadership structure at each school, enabling shared decision-making among principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members to improve student achievement.