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LETTERS for November 11 issue

By Staff | Nov 11, 2010


The kids were beyond excitement; we had a Harry Potter, Hermoine, mini Harry Potter, Snape, a Hogwarts Senior Wizard… even Dumbledore himself!

Also along were a Greek Goddess and her gladiator, the gladiator’s mom (on her hover round), two witches, a cat, a Venetian court jester, Captain Jack Sparrow, a pirate wench, a cute princess cowgirl (with horse), an Incredible, two vampires (one on crutches!), an emergency crash victim, a ghoul, two Skateboarding Max’s and a partridge in a pear tree (no wait…that’s too early)!

We all gathered at the “usual spot” and got ready for the Keiki Parade in Lahaina Town. The fire engines went by, we waved at uncle and he beeped the horn! The Lahainaluna Marching Band was great, we joined in the parade and headed to the Banyan Tree. Joe Pluta emceed, and the Soroptimists of West Maui and the Rotary Clubs of Lahaina did a great job shepherding the kids across the stage. They all got ribbons and a bag of candy, and of course, cold water. As usual, they did such a great job of organizing everything, and we thank you for that. We caught up with friends under the tree, listened to the band and checked out all the costumes.

Then we headed back to our Halloween den, fed the kids and tried to keep them contained. As the sun went down, they grew restless — the lure of trick-or-treating and the anticipation of candy galore was getting too much to bear! We organized, gathered flashlights, lit the kids up with glow sticks and headed on our usual route down Luakini toward Wainee Street, Kauaula Road and Ilikahi Street. The kids were beyond excitement. “TRICK OR TREAT” they shouted as we went by and started on our route, and as usual, we found everyone so generous. We wanted to say thank you to all of you for your kindness. We pretty much go to the same houses every year, and as always, there is a bounty of candy. Half way around, the kids started to weigh each other’s bags.

Then it’s back to our Halloween den, and the swapping and trading begins. “I got a lemonhead”“I got a jar of Play-Doh!” “Anyone want Tootsie Rolls for Nestle Crunches?” Another successful Halloween! Thank you to all of the people for lighting up your houses and passing out candy. We, as always, enjoy Halloween in Lahaina!

SUE DeLORIA, (The Venetian Court Jester’s Mom), Lahaina


I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of you who voted for Elle Cochran and elected her to the Maui County Council. She appreciates all of you tremendously, and I do, too. I know she’ll do her best to do a good job there.

Now I have a question to ask of all of you. Some time ago, I wrote a letter favoring that we change our voting system to mailing instead of polling stations.

First, it would save a lot of money, and second, it would be so much easier for all of us. As I said in that letter, my daughter lives in Portland, Oregon, and she says it works fantastically.

So, my question is: What about you? Would you like to change to voting by mail? If you do, send a note to Elle and ask her to introduce a bill at the County Council to do so.

Of course, she won’t be getting any e-mail at the council office until January, but if I waited until then to ask you, I might forget cuz I’m getting older.



“You are what you eat.” I have heard this many times! Many people also believe that eating different foods produces a different type of consciousness or “awareness.”

I pick up the trash at Honolua every day, and I have come to the conclusion that eating McDonald’s food produces a consciousness of ignorance or “unawareness.”

Even the beer drinking partiers seem to have reached a higher level of awareness and improved their

aim — the vast majority of bottles and cans now make it into the recycling bins provided.

The number one thing I find every day along the side of the road? McDonald’s bags, napkins and wrappers tossed out of the windows of moving vehicles.

Be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Eat “slow food.”



On Saturday, Oct. 16, the “Lahaina Royal Ho’ike — From the Keiki to Ka’iulani and the Crown” marked many firsts for the Maui community, both culturally and historically. The event, which was produced entirely by the kokua of those who actively support the Hawaiian culture, marks an important day that none of us will soon forget. The event featured official Hawaiian Protocols, Ho’okupu Offerings honoring Queen Keopuolani and Crown Princess Ka’iulani, the true story of Her Royal Highness Princess Ka’iulani on stage and celebrating her 135th birthday, and commemorating the Hawaiian Kingdom’s Bicentennial in the heart of Lahaina’s Royal Past at Waiola Church and Moku’ula. This event went to the hearts of many. We thank those, several of whom traveled from outer islands, who helped make it happen.

Mahalo to Aunty Grale and the entire congregation and board of Waiola Church for your support of this event, which the whole community could participate in, on your most sacred grounds at the House of Keopuolani, where Christianity began here on Maui

Mahalo to cultural protocol advisors and event assistants: The Cleghorn ‘Ohana, The Royal Order of Kamehameha, Sam Kaai, Richard Ho’opi’i, The Hawaii Royal Order of Guards, The Kupuna of Maui, Iokepa Madella, Scott Hoapili, Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama Campus, Kamaunu and the Kahaialii ‘Ohana, Friends of Moku’ula, The Royal Hawaiian Guard, Kaulana Kaili, Jonathan Ellway, Tim Hodgens, Lenny Motta, Hermin Kepani, Neil Dukas, Christina Sallas, Ron Daniels’ Kahilis, Matt Holton, A Royal Hawaiian Affair, and all members and contributors to The Princess Ka’iulani Project for commitment to raise the awareness of Princess Ka’iulani and ensure that she is properly represented.

Mahalo to the entertainers: Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i, The Kahaialii ‘Ohana, Kahi Kolu, The Davis ‘Ohana and congregation from Kona, Na Kamali’i O Ke Akua, Kamama-Indian Flutist, The Krueger ‘Ohana, The Akima ‘Ohana, Dr. Eli and Hiki No, Anthony Natividad, Celtic Hart, Ka’iulani Project actors, Camille Romero, Steve Hatcher, Brian Connelly, Wilmont Kamaunu Kahaialii, Hamish Burgess, Aunty Alexa Vaught and her Halau ‘O Keaunui ‘O Maui. Mahalo to the Sallas ‘Ohana for the entertainers’ food and drink!

Mahalo to the historians and community caretakers: Neil B. Dukas, Suzanne Aires, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Nicole McMullen, Bailey House Museum, Maui Historical Society, Shirley Kaha’i, Friends of Moku’ula, Bud Clark (University of Glasgow and University of Hawaii Maui College), Elle Cochran of the Save Honolua Coalition, Napua Barrows, Lucienne de Naie and Sam Harp of Pacific Roots Tattoo.

Mahalo for donations to the event, including the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Tom and Gladys Fairbanks, Ulu Pono Place, The Grand Wailea, Rainbow Rentals, Office Max Lahaina, MD Party Rentals, Maui Jumpy Castle, Old Lahaina Luau, Trilogy Excursions, Sunshine Helicopters, UFO Parasail, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Anthony Natividad, Kauhani Plants, Maui Celtic, Jodi Kunioka, Fred Lorenzo, Chuck Stapel and Atlantis Submarine.

Special thanks to Sacred Hearts School students, Baldwin High School JROTC cadets, the delegation from Lahainaluna High School, Pastor Paul Tangonan, The Lahaina News, videographer Wendy Osher and photographer Tony Novak-Clifford.

Mahalo nui to all who contributed and/or joined us in celebration!