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Ray Lasco leaves a legacy of leadership for the youth of Lahaina

LAHAINA — The spiritual strength of the West Side community is built upon the backs of a dedicated core of volunteers. Ray Lasco was a shining light amongst them. Lasco, a humble family man, passed peacefully away two weeks ago at the age of 59, but his legacy of leadership for the ...

Planning Commission to consider 310-acre Pulelehua project

KAHANA — The Maui Planning Commission has scheduled a virtual public hearing at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 to discuss an application for Phase II Project District Development Approval for the Pulelehua project (West Maui Project District 5) slated below Kapalua Airport. Maui Oceanview LP is ...

School community unites for Kupuna Care Project

LAHAINA — The mission of Sacred Hearts School is to provide Excellence in Education and to nurture a life of Prayer, Faith, and Service in the Catholic tradition. Tonata Lolesio kicked off her second year as principal by embracing these concepts and leading the Kupuna Care School ...

Lahainaluna High School sports seasons to start Sept. 24

LAHAINA — After the Aug. 20 false start for interscholastic sports — read football — the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) announced last week a new schedule with Sept. 24, as the new start-up date for public school athletics. The schedule includes an 11-week regular season ...

Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu makes key donations to Maui schools in need

LAHAINA — For over ten years, employees of Old Lahaina Lu‘au, Star Noodle and Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop have held annual school supply drives to help back-to-school efforts for families who need assistance in providing school supplies for their keiki. Collecting and ...

Maui Jam Band releases new slack key guitar mele special

LAHAINA — The Maui Jam Band is crooning and tuning with sweet melodies on their latest release, “Aloha Ku‘u Hawai‘i Aloha E.” The 12-track ki ho‘alu (slack key guitar) mele special is guaranteed to soothe the effects of Covid Stress — like slipping in a cool mountain stream on a ...

West Maui pro Joshua Riccio medals in national SUP competition

WEST MAUI — With COVID-19 protocols and restrictions easing in all aspects of daily life, the resumption of standup paddleboard (SUP) racing competition came as a welcome release for aqua athletes around the world and particularly for the U.S. enthusiasts. In the first major SUP race ...

Paddling program helps veterans dealing with PTSD

Imagine the tranquility of gliding along the aqua clear glass of the near shore leeward coastlines of Maui in an outrigger canoe. Then contrast that to the hellfire trauma experiences of the combat veterans of our country dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over ...

Rotary Clubs join forces to collect school supplies

LAHAINA — From Sept. 3-5, three Lahaina Rotary Clubs will collect school supplies for children in need. These three days of School Supplies Drives are part of the Rotary Days of Service effort. The focus of this fall effort addresses basic education and literacy and is branded ...

Lahaina community loses Joan McKelvey

LAHAINA — Well-known Lahaina businesswoman and community leader Joan D’Arcy Howes McKelvey passed away on Aug. 4, 2021. Her family noted, "After years of love, friendship, determination and spirit for her family and the Lahaina community she loved so much, she left us. She was in her ...