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COMMUNITY NEWS for November 9 issue

By Staff | Nov 9, 2017

Maui Writers Ink is a group of local authors who meet in Lahaina fortnightly to spin the written word. Their latest offering, “Supernatural Tales,” will be officially launched at Lahaina’s Second Friday Town Party on Nov. 10 at Campbell Park beginning at 5 p.m. Other Maui authors will be present.

Legends of Lahainaluna set

LAHAINA – The Lahainaluna High School Foundation’s Legends of Lahainaluna event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Pioneer Inn.

The event was created to honor individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the school and the Lahainaluna community. This year, Lori Gomez-Karinen (individual), Na Hoaloha Ekolu (business) and Samuel Mookini (posthumous) will be recognized.

Tickets are $75 per person; tables of ten are available for $675. Tickets for former and current state Department of Education staff are available for $60 per person. This special event features a buffet dinner, live music, dessert and coffee, no-host bar and awards ceremony. Reserve your seat(s) or table on the foundation website’s donor page, call 661-5332 or e-mail “mailto:lhsfoundation@hawaiiantel.net”>lhsfoundation@hawaiiantel.net.


Village Galleries in Lahaina will host “How Sweet It Was” from Nov. 10-30. This exhibition features works from the Rockwell Collection plus recent works by Lorraine Abernathy, George Allan, Pamela Andelin, Carleton, Michael Clements, Tracy Dudley, Joseph Fletcher, Betty Hay Freeland (her "Sweet Memories, Ukumehame Harvest Time" is pictured), Kirk Kurakawa, Mary Ann Leigh, Casey McLain, Kathryn Oxman, Virginia Pierce, Macario Pascual, Jamie Roth, Ian Tremewen and others. A Gala Artists’ Reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 120 Dickenson St. in Lahaina. Lynn Shue, owner/director of Village Galleries, said, "We honor the history of Maui’s plantation life along with the artists who have so skillfully documented it for us. In this exhibition we will showcase Jo Rockwell’s art collection of plantation paintings. Jo has been connected to Maui since the early ’70s and has focused on collecting paintings depicting plantation life since she first heard of Pioneer Mill’s planned closure... Our gallery artists are sharing their own memories with stunning new works. This promises to be one of the highlights of Village Galleries’ 2017 season. We encourage everyone to join us for a delightful evening of art, music and refreshments on November 10th. We are proud to present our exhibition in support of Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s celebration of West Maui’s plantation life. It will be one big street festival within easy walking distance featuring different aspects of the Plantation Era. A great night to be in Lahaina.” For more information, call 661-4402 or visit villagegalleriesmaui.com.

Silent auction to support children’s art education programs

LAHAINA – Lahaina Arts Association’s annual silent auction under the Banyan Tree will be held this year on Sunday, Nov. 12.

This yearly Lahaina event will raise money to support the association’s children’s art education programs. Bidding will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s auction items will include gift certificates and products from Maui community businesses and a large collection of artwork by local Maui artists.

The auction will be held in historic Banyan Tree Park alongside Lahaina Arts Society birthday festivities, live music and an interactive art booth offering educational art activities.


Lahaina Arts Society presents “Bleached,” a show of new watercolor paintings by Amy Madrin Justen that explore the effects of sunlight in the ocean and the bleaching of our coral reefs. The show will be featured through Dec. 4 in the Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse. The artist’s reception for the show will be held Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. LAS is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for more information, phone 661-0111.

Learn to raise your voice at the State Capitol

HONOLULU – You can add your voice at the State Capitol! Tell legislators what you want them to focus on when the regular session begins in January and be ready to offer your testimony when things get rolling.

To help, the Legislature’s Public Access Room (PAR) is offering “Your Voice,” a free, one-hour workshop at several locations on Maui.

Topics include understanding the legislative process, deadlines and power dynamics, as well as tips on effective lobbying, testifying and communicating with senators and representatives. How-to guides, informational handouts and other resources will be available.

The workshops are set for Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College Laulima 105, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Kenolio Recreation Center at 131 S. Kihei Road in Kihei and Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at Wailuku Public Library at 251 S. High St.

Amanda McCumbee is a photorealistic artist who uses crisp edges and vibrant colors to bring the beauty around her to canvas (“Turtle Eclipse” is pictured). Originally from West Virginia, she moved to Maui in 2012, and the breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife and overall feeling of genuine aloha is where she gets the inspiration for the artwork she produces today. “I feel very fortunate for the experiences in my life. I don’t merely want to create beautiful images on canvas; I want to bring those images to life for others who have yet to experience them,” she said. Her art will be featured at Lahaina Arts Society from Nov. 7 through Dec. 4 in the Old Jail Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on when McCumbee will be at the gallery, phone LAS at 661-0111.

For more information, or to ask about additional workshops during this visit, contact PAR at (808) 587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov.


Sen. Roz Baker to speak at Sunset Rotary meeting

LAHAINA – On Nov. 7, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset invites the public to a talk by Sen. Roz Baker.

Baker has represented South and West Maui in the State Senate since 2002 and currently chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health. She is also co-chair of the Medical Marijuana Working Group that provides oversight on implementation of Hawaii’s medical cannabis registry and dispensary programs and the Health Care Working Group.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel will host the 27th annual Hula O Na Keiki, Maui’s only children’s hula competition, on Friday, Nov. 10, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11, from 1:30 to 8 p.m. (the awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.). There will also be Hawaiian arts and crafts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continuous entertainment and cultural displays/workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Entering as soloists or palua (boy and girl pairs), contestants ages 5-17 will perform kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula styles that reflect both traditional and personal interpretations of competition songs. New this year, auana songs must be in the Hawaiian language, written between 1970 to the present and either about love for a person or honoring a particular place in Hawaii. This year’s theme for palua songs are “Hapa Haole” tunes written from 1929-59. For tickets, call 667-0129.

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 about the club, visit www.rotarycluboflahainasunset.org or contact President Mariko Higashi at (808) 866-8116.


Maui Humane Society seeksfoster homes for dogs

PUUNENE – The dog kennels are getting crowded, and Maui Humane Society is seeking immediate short-term foster homes.

With dogs coming in almost daily, the kennels are starting to get uncomfortably crowded. If you have the room in your heart and home to take any of these cuties for a little while, MHS will provide you with all of the supplies that are needed.

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.


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 Philippine Consulate mobile outreach on Maui on Nov. 18-19, 2017.

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.

For more information, call 270-7791 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/immigrantservices.


Public asked to avoid Piilani Highway near Kalepa Point

WAILUKU – The county Department of Public Works reminds all residents and visitors that Piilani Highway near Kalepa Point is closed due to safety reasons.

The department has become aware that tourists and residents have been moving the county’s “Road Closed” signs so they can pass through the area. The road has been closed since a landslide blocked it during the recent heavy rainstorm.

The department reported that it should be able to stabilize the area and reopen the road by Thanksgiving Day. Until then, the public is asked to please stay away until the work is complete.


Celebrate Delaware Day

MAALAEA – The annual Delaware Day Celebration on Maui will take place on Friday, Dec. 8, starting at 4 p.m. at Beach Bums BBQ & Grill at 300 Maalaea Road.

This event is for all “First-Staters” living on Maui who are from Delaware. Whether they were born, raised or worked in Delaware, this event is open to all visitors from the First State. All in attendance are asked to wear an article of clothing from the First State. Call Adele Rugg at 879-9964 for information.