The Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center would like to thank our ohana for making the 20th Pa’ia Bay Body Board Beach Festival our best ever.
First to Marlon Tumacder and Kai Lenny (Positively Kai); the Foam Company for the overall organization of the event; the judges: Blaze Anderson, Rick Asuncion, Dave and Jeff Hubbard, Enoka Hue Sing, Dustin (Kona) Kailani, Cody Kauhaahaa, Cary Kayama, Kainoa McGee and the DJ Dave Mason; and volunteers Martin Lenny, Joe Calaustro, Angela Cochran, Noelani Sugata, Melekai Jenson, Leslie Hart, Hokulani Chong. Mahalo to sponsors The Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Matson, Cafe Mambo, sponsors for Positively Kai, (GoPro, Hurley, Versus, Naish, Maui Fin Company) No. 6, Mama’s Fish House, Hi-Tech, Lost On Maui, Hawaiian Island Creations, Sailboards Maui, Flatbread, Wings Hawaii, Matthew Murasko, Roy and Janet Baldwin, Jacob Romero, Cabrinha, Maui Rippers, P.O.M.E., Maui Girl, Pakaloha Bikinis, Simmer, Olukai, Pa’ia Fish Market, Paia Bowls, Matunas, Maui Thing, The Wine Corner and Toby’s Shave Ice.
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I’d like to thank Aunty Ellie Ventula-Honda of the American Diabetes Association and Patrick Fogarty, manager of Times Supermarket Kihei for the Diabetic Day Camp on Jan. 28. Also thanks to pharmacist Melissa Machida, Youth and Family Link Program chair Val Sonoda and nutritionist Catherine Fekete for their help in making healthy food choices and ways to keep strong in spite of diabetes. All involved gave their valued time and Times Supermarket were very generous in providing lunches and healthy food for keiki and adults.
Shannon Smith, Kihei
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A big mahalo to Dr. Tana Weeks, DVM, owner of the newly opened Maui Lani Veterinary Hospital in Kahului, for offering her facility to hold our recent spay/neuter clinics in January. We would also like to thank all the volunteers that made this possible. In no particular order: Cynthia Bocoboc, our wonderful tattooist; Eva Opel; Susan Forsyth; Carol Robertson; Debbie Sutton; Dr. Tomas Chlebecek, DVM; Alena Chlebecek and their team from the Czech Republic. 9th Life Hawaii has sterilized well over 7,000 cats for the Maui community. We are here to help.
Phyllis Tavares, Makawao
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