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Grant Chun

Volunteers to receive prestigious awards from Boy Scouts Council

The Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America will honor volunteers at its annual dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Maui Lani Stake Center. The council will honor Grant Chun, Eric Nagamine and Jamie Wright with the Silver Beaver Award. Ira ...

Yuki Lei Sugimura

Yuki Lei Sugimura will receive Nihon Bunka Award on Jan. 28

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui has announced that Yuki Lei Sugimura will receive its prestigious Nihon Bunka Award at its annual Shinnen Enkai (New Year’s) dinner scheduled for Jan. 28 in the Elleair Rainbow Ballroom at the Maui Beach Hotel. The Shinnen Enkai will begin at 5:30 p.m. ...

‘Lions in Sight’ collection event on Saturday

The Lions Clubs on Maui, as part of the “Lions in Sight” statewide project, will be collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids at Wal-Mart in Kahului and at the Lahaina Cannery Mall (Longs Drugs entrance) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The glasses will be cleaned, categorized by ...

Kazuto Takahashi

Maui man celebrates 100-year milestone

Maui resident Kazuto “Charles” Takahashi celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 9. The celebration took place at the Nisei Veterans Day Care Center in Wailuku, with many friends and family enjoying birthday cake and ice cream. On Jan. 7, he celebrated with 130 family and friends at the ...

9th Life Hawaii announces two spay/neuter clinics

9th Life Hawaii announced that its first 2017 spay/neuter clinics for cats only will be held on Jan. 22 and 29 at the newly opened Maui Lani Veterinary Clinic, owned by Dr. Tana Weeks, a veterinarian. A $35 per cat fee is suggested but the service is free in cases of hardship. Donations are ...

The Junior Men’s Division heads for the waves at an earlier Pa‘ia Bay Beachfest. The 20th annual event will take place Saturday and Jan. 22 on the beach side of the Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center.

Local Briefs

Beachfest billed as  family-friendly event The 20th annual Pa‘ia Bay Beachfest, a family-friendly showcase for Maui’s young bodyboarders, will take place Saturday and Jan. 22 at Paia Bay. This year will feature special guests, including world champion waterman Kai Lenny, and IBA ...

NIA website a ‘one stop shop’ for the science of aging

How much do you know about the National Institutes of Health, or NIH for short? Most people have heard about it and may know that a lot of health-related studies take place at NIH. At over 5,000 miles away, the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Md., may not feel very relevant to us on Maui. And ...

Event raises $6,000 for cancer patient

Trucker Dukes, a Maui 3-year-old fighting neuroblastoma, and his family rode Maui’s Sugar Cane Train “Team Trucker” Holiday Express on Dec. 22. All the proceeds from sales of tickets for the event, more than $6,000, were donated to the Trucker Dukes Cancer Fund. Trucker was home for ...

In the Service

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Anthony R. Dejetley has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, and Air Force ...

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: University of Hawaii Maui College was awarded $15,120 by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to continue its work improving the oral health of children in Maui County. The program “Keiki ...

Registration open for suicide prevention program

Registration is necessary to attend the free “safeTALK: Suicide Prevention Program” from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Maui Research Technology Center, Building A590, on Lipoa Parkway in Kihei. The safeTALK program offers valuable skills to everyone 15 and older and requires no formal ...

Eradication — the complete removal of every last individual in a population — is easiest when the population is detected early. For example, testing for little fire ants is simple and critical to detecting ants before they are widespread. Test annually and every time you bring soil, mulch or suspect material to your yard.  MASAKO CORDRAY photo

Eradication of invasive species an investment in the future

Life in paradise inevitably means dealing with invasive species in some form. From termites to rats, centipedes to garden weeds, there is an unending onslaught of pests we all deal with. Efforts to control them usually buy a temporary respite; we know and expect these pests will ...

‘Arabian Nights’ theme of Book Trust extravaganza

Book Trust will present its fifth annual fundraising extravaganza, Arabian Nights, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea. It will feature fire performers, belly dancers and Mediterranean cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Tylun Pang and the Fairmont culinary ...

‘Ohana Health Plan honors Hawaii case managers

‘Ohana Health Plan, a WellCare Health Plans Inc. company, recently honored 28 Hawaii case managers who regularly demonstrate outstanding care for members. Three of the honorees, who were nominated by their case management agencies, are  from Maui County: • Joy Gorman, Aloha House. • ...

Fuel sales will benefit Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center

The Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center has been selected as the upcoming beneficiary of Ohana Fuels’ “Fuel Up. Do Good” program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local communities by donating a portion of the sales price of every gallon of ...

Local Briefs

Bookmobile will visit new locations The new state-of-the-art Holoholo Bookmobile is adding more than a dozen new stops to its schedule beginning Monday. The bookmobile, which began service Sept. 10, is Maui’s full-service public library on wheels. It offers books for all ages, DVDs, ...

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Boy points to his favorite golfer

Gillian Gregory and son Blake, 6, stand at the Kapalua Plantation Course pro shop’s second-floor railing and look for golf stars Tuesday afternoon. The Seattle residents said they spotted Blake’s favorite player, defending SBS Tournament of Champions champ Jordan Spieth, on Monday.

DR. TERRY SHINTANI Will speak at Kaunoa

Doctor will discuss steps to control diabetes, chronic pain and cancer

“Diabetes, Pain and Cancer: Get Your Health Back in 10 Days,” a presentation by Terry Shintani, M.D., will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. Shintani will present information on the connections between diabetes, chronic pain and cancer and steps to ...

New summer school accepting applications

Applications for Kamehameha Schools Maui’s new summer school program, Halau ‘o Kapikohanaiamalama, are now available at www.ksbe.edu/summer. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15. Halau ‘o Kapikohanaiamalama opens in the summer, giving the KS Maui campus its first summer school program ...

Kekai Kapu, cultural director at the Maui Ocean Center, presents a niho lei palaoa that has been in his family for many generations. The whale toothed necklace was the second most valuable artifact an alii (royal chief) could possess as it represented power, strength, and served as a vessel for mana, a spiritual energy from the gods and their ancestors. The necklace was made with the braided human hair of an ancestor and the pendant carved from a whale tooth into the shape of a tongue, signifying that the bearer speaks with authority. Maui Ocean Center photo

Ka Mo‘olelo Moana: Humpback migration to Hawaii could be a recent phenomenon

“They’re back!” has recently made headlines in the news with the sighting of the first of an estimated 10,000 humpback whales expected to visit the Hawaiian Islands this winter. As iconic as humpback whales are in modern Hawaii, it may not have always been this way, as some research ...