Thank-You Letters

What an evening! Mahalo nui loa to everyone who helped us make Maui AIDS Foundation’s signature event a roaring success . . . to the tune of $19,000 net proceeds to benefit programs that help to stop the spread of HIV and provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

We would not have been so successful without the support of our many wonderful sponsors: Allan G. Sanford Memorial Fund, Ambrosia Martini Lounge, Both Sides Now, Coldwell Banker, Maverick Events, Pacific Isle Rents, Smythe Fujiwara Design, Subway, Strike a Pose Maui and We’ve Got it Covered.

This is an event not to be missed! Mark your calendars for next year’s Mardi Gras – March 1, 2014.

Steve Hire, executive director

Maui AIDS Foundation

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I would like to publicly thank John Hatch and several other Costco employees for their help during my recent sudden illness in their store. They went way beyond reasonable expectations in making me comfortable while waiting for my ride. I also want to thank Bill Botts and Rod Pederson for coming and getting me, my car and my groceries. It is great to live in Hawaii.

Chuck Schneider


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Jan. 22, an organization called RIA Foundation came to our school to have our 2nd-graders paint depictions of their hopes and dreams on T-shirts. This was funded wholly by this nonprofit organization, and our students have beautiful T-shirts that they all painted themselves. It is a wonderful organization that is helping to have art in schools to allow children to express themselves, and this was our second year benefiting from their generosity.

Mahalo to the RIA Foundation and mahalo to our parent volunteers who came in to assist with this project. It was much appreciated.

Beverly Stanich, principal

Janet Powell, Parent Community Network Center

Wailuku Elementary School

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A big mahalo to all of the wonderful people in Kula (near Copp Road) who cared so much about locating my lost “special needs” kitten, Popcorn. The kindness, texts, calls were heart-warming. Popcorn was found a week after being “lost,” at 9 p.m. on Feb. 4, met with lots of tears of joy and relief and cuddles.

Melissa McCoy


Thank-You Letters

Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank Hands On Maui and the volunteers who came to our Paint Party on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

Hands On Maui organized and publicized local projects for the service day, encouraging Maui residents to celebrate a “day on” instead of a day off. Hale Makua Health Services was fortunate to have 15 hardworking volunteers at our Kahului campus. The volunteers spent the morning refreshing paint around the campus.

Mahalo to our volunteers David Bacalso, Buck Joiner, Akili Jones, Greg Smith, Michael Taylor, Myriah Wallace and the Pilialoha 4-H Club for your hard work and enthusiasm and to Wendy Stebbins from Hands On Maui for organizing the event.

Hannah Humphrey, development and volunteer specialist

Hale Makua Health Services

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The staff and Board of Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors would like to thank Marilyn Stupplebeen and Everett Dowling for graciously allowing us to use their “storefront” at the recent Wailuku First Friday celebration to promote our nonprofit organization, which provides volunteers to assist homebound, frail elders in remaining independent. We were able to attract several new volunteers as well as a small donation to support our mission. Our 180-plus volunteers serve more than 350 seniors.

We also applaud Yuki Lei Sugimura and her assistants for initiating Wailuku First Friday – an event that supports local residents and tourists alike and creates connections and a sense of place for the community. Like Wailuku First Friday, Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors believes in building partnerships and sharing resources in order to improve the quality of life for people on Maui.

Gerri Shapiro, executive director

Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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Hale Makua Health Services is very thankful to be the recipient of a $1,000 grant from Young Bros. and Hawaii Tug & Barge. The grant will be used toward a planned renovation of our Hale Makua Wailuku activities room.

The activities room is the hub for resident cooking, crafts, painting, morning yoga, resident council meetings, playing Wii, a library, movie watching, manicures and so much more. The room plays a central role in the Hale Makua Wailuku community and is the place many residents visit with their neighbors, are able to participate in cooking a meal, dessert or snack, read the newspaper, and use a computer. Renovations will make the room more inviting and comfortable for residents and staff alike.

Support from companies such as Young Brothers and Hawaii Tug & Barge helps further our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our home and yours. We very much appreciate the dedication of these companies to health care and to the Maui community.

Denise Thayer, director of development and marketing

Hale Makua Health Services

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui would like to say mahalo nui loa to Peggy Sue’s in Kihei for having our agency benefit from proceeds at their 17th annual Classic Car Show held Sept. 30. It was a fun-filled day enjoyed by all. A special thank-you to Peggy Sue’s owners Dan and Rose Bennett, who year after year commit to hosting this wonderful event. We truly appreciate all you do for us and for the community of Maui. You have shown that the aloha spirit of sharing and caring is what it truly is about.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui

Thank-You Letters

On behalf of the Hawaii Department of Education, Maui District, we extend a special mahalo to all of the student spellers who participated in the recent district Spelling Bee! Thanks go out to their families, school bee coordinators, teachers, principals and other supporters including Maui District Superintendents Leila Hayashida and Lindsey Ball.

Thank you to Catherine Kilborn, Baldwin High School principal, for use of her facilities, and to a number of her staff and students who helped with the event. Additionally, the bee couldn’t have been as successful without dedicated teachers who volunteered their time to serve as organizers, judges and technical crew. Finally, we greatly appreciate our primary sponsor, aio Foundation on Oahu, including Hervy Kurisu, Susan Eichor and Melanie Moore.

Maui District Spelling Bee coordinators,

Natalie Gonsalves and Joan Junger

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Hale Makua Health Services is very thankful to have been selected as one of six benefiting charities of the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions held Jan. 2-8 on the beautiful Plantation Course at Kapalua. It has been a privilege to work with PGA Tour Tournament staff as well as volunteers from the other benefiting charities: Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui and Lahainaluna High School Foundation.

Thank you to our staff, board directors and community members, as well as the Maui Junior Golf Association members who volunteered to help with merchandising, ecology and the media center on behalf of our organization. Your support helps further our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our home and yours.

A very special mahalo to the PGA Tour Hyundai Tournament of Champions Tournament Director Nancy Cross, Operations Manager Justin Ostiguy and Tournament Coordinator Adam Offermann for making this exceptional event possible. We appreciate all that was done to ensure the success of the tournament and its continued support of Maui’s nonprofits.

Denise Thayer,

director of development and marketing

Hale Makua Health Services

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The Jewish Congregation of Maui held its third annual 2012 Shaloha Sunset Celebration benefit Dec. 20 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. We would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to the following companies and individuals for their assistance and generous contributions: King Kamehameha Golf Club, Rick Castillo, Anela Gutierrez, The Maui Printing Co., David Tucker, Robert Campbell, Gwen Morris, Village Audio & Lighting, Bruce Sandler, Joan Berman Design, Joan Berman. Our benefit was a huge success, and we are truly grateful for your support in making that happen.

The Jewish Congregation of Maui