Thank-You Letters

On behalf of the Giving Back Board of Directors and myself, we want to thank the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. for their generous $5,000 grant to our Move With Balance® with Music program for senior citizens. Our program helps prevent falls and enhances brain function of elders age 55 to 105. We pair fit elders with frail elders to practice the activities together in a safe, loving atmosphere. The grant will allow us to continue to sustain the programs on Maui. Thank You!

Karen Peterson

Executive Director

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I want to thank Maui County Workers Fire Hydrant Maintenance workers Hana and Willie for doing such a great job up country . . . your work is very much appreciated. You are professional and courteous.

Audrey Love


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On June 4th, the Maui community came together to “Move for Our Minds,” an Alzheimer’s Association tribute event to honor all those who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Many mahalos to Brekkie Bowls for putting together this amazing event and providing delicious brain-healthy acai bowls, Sugar Beach Events for opening your doors and hosting us, Duwe’s Fine Diving & Photography for capturing all the beautiful faces and moments, Uplift Maui for leading a wonderful yoga session full of gratitude, Makena CrossFit Kiakahi Maui for creating a fantastic body/mind beach side workout!

A heartfelt thanks to all those who came out and participated, it was a great day, sharing our love and dedication in the fight to #ENDALZ. Together, we WILL end Alzheimer’s disease and create a world full of survivors!

Lynsey Capone-Smith


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Sunday morning my husband and I were driving to Lahaina when a white car heading toward Maalaea crossed the center line and hit the truck in front of us and our truck.We were against the Pali wall with nowhere to go. A woman named Tara stopped and held my hand, talking to me and assuring me I would be OK until the police and the ambulance arrived. She was on her way to work in Kaanapali. She was an angel to stop and help in a very scary situation. I want her to know we will be OK. Those airbags saved us. The young man driving who caused the accident, I hope has learned his lesson and will be more attentive in the future. He could have killed several people that day. Two vehicles were totaled. Mahalo nui to the first responders, police, the ER crew and helpful angel, Tara.

Brian and Sue Kanegai



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