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These images of before and after coral bleaching were captured in the film Chasing Coral by The Ocean Agency — XL Catlin Seaview Survey — Richard Vevers and Christophe Bailhache. -- The Ocean Agency photo

Maui coral bleaching in spotlight at free screening

A free screening of the award-winning film “Chasing Coral” will be held at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will be followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session at 7:40 p.m. with a team of researchers from ...

Senior Airman Kaiea Hokoana, 90th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, and Airman 1st Class Veulah Hokoana, 90th Force Support Squadron missile chef, pose for a wedding photo in Kula on Oct. 8, 2016. A week prior to the Hokoanas’ wedding, they provided lifesaving assistance to a motorcyclist injured in an accident, which contributed to saving the man’s life. Hokoana received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his actions during an award ceremony in Cheyenne, Wyo., on July 14.  -- Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force

Senior airman recognized for helping save a life on Maui

The Air Force Commendation Medal was awarded to Senior Airman Kaiea Hokoana, 90th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, for his distinguished and courageous actions in helping to save a life while on leave to his hometown of Wailuku on Oct. 1, 2016. On that date, a week before ...

Shavonn Matsuda, UH-Maui College librarian (from left); Gail Ainsworth, copy editor; Kahealani Jones, MHS intern; Sissy Lake-Farm, MHS executive director; and Tikki Bisbee, UH-MC library intern are shown with three volumes of The Index to The Maui News. -- MARILYN UMETSU photo

The Maui News index almost ‘just a click away’

The Maui Historical Society, in partnership with the University of Hawaii Maui College Library, is making it possible to access The Index to The Maui News index from the internet sometime in the near future. The index will be digitized as a public service to the community as well as students, ...

Local Briefs

Tickets on sale for 2017 Fur Ball Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Fur Ball, presented by the Maui Humane Society and YourVet Maui. “The Great Catsby: A Night of Purr-hibition” is this year’s theme. The ball will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. ...

Leadership program includes Maui residents

Four Maui residents are participating in The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program on Oahu this year. The fellowship consists of three four-day sessions and concludes in August. Maui’s 2017 Weinberg Fellows are: • Bevanne Bowers, Mediation Services of Maui. • Andrea Hall ...

University of Hawaii Maui College chef Krista Garcia welcomed students from Iao Intermediate School recently to give them a taste of a career in the culinary industry. Iao students became chefs for a day in the UH-Maui College kitchen as part of the TRIO Talent Search program. The program encourages students to graduate from high school, enroll in college and complete a post-secondary education program. -- UH-Maui College photo

Deadline to enroll for Fall 2017 at UH-MC is Aug. 1

We know. It feels like summer has only just begun. Plenty of long beach days and paina with family and friends still ahead. But our Fall 2017 admissions deadline is coming right up on Aug. 1. And we hope that at least some of you who have maybe been procrastinating — no shame, we all do it! ...

Shown are Tim Johns, HMSA chief consumer officer (from left); Dorian Raboy-McGowan, Kamehameha Schools Maui; Alexa Narayan, Maui Preparatory Academy; Roderick Sumagit, athletic director, Lanai High School; and Jon Viela, athletic director, Kamehameha Schools Maui.

Maui County students and schools honored at HMSA event on Oahu

Two Maui County schools and two students were among nine high schools and 15 students honored at 2017 Hawaii Medical Service Association Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon on June 10 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The 15 students received scholarships worth $5,000. The ...

Chuck Dando, American Savings Bank first vice president and regional executive (from left); Wes Lo, Hale Makua Health Services CEO; Vilma Sanchez, Hale Makua Kahului Resident Council representative; Donna McCleary, M.D., Hale Makua Health Services board chair; and Sharon Suzuki, Maui Electric Co. president, are shown at the check presentation.

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: American Savings Bank and Maui Electric Co., through the HEI Charitable Foundation, have awarded a total of $20,000 to Hale Makua Health Services to help procure and install a ...

King Kekaulike High School jazz band members Kevin Fukumoto and Hina Okabe display their names written in calligraphy at Daito Bunka University Dai Ichi High School in Japan.

16 King Kekaulike jazz band members perform in Japan

Sixteen students with King Kekaulike High School’s jazz band and their chaperones, with instruments in tow, recently traveled to Japan to perform and make friends through music. On June 2, the group traveled to Maui’s sister city of Fukuyama. With help from Stephanie Ohigashi, ...

Kit Okazaki was announced as the new Maui Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board.

Chamber inducts board members

Sen. Rosalyn Baker inducted the Maui Chamber of Commerce’s new and existing board members for the 2017-18 term on June 2 at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Kit Okazaki of Kit Okazaki State Farm Insurance Co. was announced as the new chamber chairman of the board. In ...

Launch party for new book about animal sanctuary founder’s journey

There will be a book-launch party for “Finding Paradise: Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. July 23 at an oceanfront estate in east Haiku with music, pupu, selected readings and book signings. The book chronicles Laurelee Blanchard’s journey from corporate America to ...

Past District Gov. Joe Pontanilla (from left), Zone Chairman David Rudd and past District Gov. Mark Mizuno check dates and sort nonperishable goods at the Maui Food Bank. The six Lions Clubs on Maui helped prepared 11 pallets of food for distribution.

Local Briefs

Lions Clubs assist Maui Food Bank The six Lions Clubs on Maui (Airport Lions, East Maui Lions, Haleakala Lions, Kahului Lions, Maui Lions and Mauna Kahalawai Lions) recently assisted the Maui Food Bank by preparing 11 pallets of food for distribution. The Lions were assigned to check the ...

10 students receive $22,100 in scholarships

The Lahaina Yacht Club Boomvangers and the Lahaina Yacht Club Foundation recently presented 10 Maui students with a total of $22,100 in scholarships. The funds were made available from individual donations, Tervis tumbler sales and fundraisers throughout out the year. The LYC Boomvangers and ...

Honor Rolls

BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL Fourth Quarter Principal’s Commendation List 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average Note: (+) denotes students with grade-point average above 4.0 because of student work in Advanced Placement, college-level classes. Grade 9 — Anastasha Luz Aco, Skyla Adriano-Howard, ...

Fun, safe and inexpensive activities to enjoy with grandchildren

With the school year right around the corner, many grandparents are wrapping up summer fun with their grandchildren. Whether grandparents are raising their grandchildren full time or helping with child care responsibilities during the workday, many have asked for ideas for fun, safe and ...

Sanoe Kaaihue, acting executive director of Women Helping Women (left), accepts a check for $1,322 from Aric Nakashima, co-owner of Pukalani Superette. An additional $543.75 was donated individiually to four elementary schools.

Pukalani Superette’s customers donate to community

Thanks to donations from customers over the past few months, Pukalani Superette was able to make donations totaling $3,507 to four of Maui’s elementary Schools (Kula, Pukalani, Haiku and Makawao) and to Maui’s Women Helping Women organization. Each school received $543.75 to help support ...

Family event to celebrate centennial of Kaluanui

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center invites the community to celebrate 100 years of its historic estate at the Kaluanui Centennial Festival & Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2841 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. The family-friendly event is open to the public with free admission. Hui ...

Sara Tekula and Joseph Imhoff accept the 2017 Malama i ka Aina Award. They are pictured with Henry Imhoff. The award recognizes an individual or business working within the landscape or agricultural community to keep invasive species out of Maui County. BRYAN BERKOWITZ / Maui Invasive Species Committee photo

Award recognizes effort to keep invasive species out of county

Sara Tekula and Joseph Imhoff are recipients of the 2017 Malama i ka Aina Award, presented June 17 in a ceremony at the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals’ Maui Garden Expo held at the Maui Mall. The annual award recognizes an individual or business that is working within the ...

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AAUW installs new board

The American Association of University Women’s 2017-18 executive board of directors was installed on May 27 by immediate past president Cheryl Bergman. The new directors are Cathy Thompson (from left), co-president; Virginia Shaw, program vice president; Pat Gotschalk, finance officer; and ...

Rotarians give care packages to Aloha House

Rotarians from Rotary District 5000 donated more than 100 care packages to Maui nonprofit Aloha House during their 2017 District Conference that took place May 19 through 21 at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. District 5000 includes 51 Rotary clubs spread throughout the state ...