Thank-You Letters

Thank you, Mayor Alan Arakawa, county councilors, Parks Director Glen Correa and all who worked on making our off-leash doggie park at Keopuolani Park a reality. Since the opening on Saturday, my dogs have been there four times.

We live in Kula, where they have enough space to roam, but this park gives them the opportunity to socialize with other dogs as well.

On every visit, we have met new happy and appreciative owners and their dogs. It gives the dogs a place where they can make new friends and become better doggie citizens and give their owners the same experience too.

It has been a long time coming, but it is here and I know I speak for everyone when I give a big thank-you.

Leslie Yokouchi


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We just want to thank the exceptionally caring young man and, later, his woman companion at Big Beach on March 17.

My husband, girlfriend and I were entering the water to swim there in the early afternoon and were somewhat battered by the beach waves. We are swimmers, older folks, but used to milder waters.

He did not have to intervene in any way, but he did; advising and “looking out” for us as we entered a second time. He took time to watch out for us, as my girlfriend and I became battered and sand bogged. He and his female friend were right there when we could use some help and advice.

We just want to say thanks for the help; I know this not not hugely relevant, but such exceptional caring and concern are worthy of mention and appreciation.

We want to express our thanks for the help we experienced that day at Big Beach, and to all your hospitable locals there.

Cheryl Kay Brainard

Centerville, Ohio

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The staff and students of King Kekaulike High School would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the individuals who contributed to the success of this year’s Senior Project Presentation Day, held March 15.

It was inspiring to see 330 prominent community members including educators from public and private schools, local business owners and other representatives of the diversity of Maui professions, philanthropists, parents and retirees volunteering at our Senior Project presentations.

We thank you for your dedication to our educational community. Our students were also honored to have an array of Maui County employees on the judging panel.

All of King Kekaulike’s staff, teachers and students committed hundreds of hours to this event, which showcases our students’ work in a real-world educational setting.

We would like to extend a special mahalo to the student volunteers (AVID, Book Club, Key Club, Leo Club and Associated Students of King Keakaulike) who assisted the judges with sign-ins and escorted judges to the classrooms. More than 100 of this year’s judges were new to our campus.

And thank you to cafeteria manager Robin Newhouse and her staff, who treated student volunteers, judges and school staff to a delicious Hawaiian luau plate dinner. It was the perfect way to conclude the evening.

And finally, the success of the Senior Project would not be possible without the continued support from our teachers, off-campus mentors, administrators, and Principal Susan Scofield. We appreciate your contribution to our students’ academic endeavors.

Ty Ogasawara, vice principal

Senior Project Task Force

King Kekaulike High School

Thank-You Letters

9th Life Hawaii has now sterilized more than 5,210 cats for the Maui community. We thank all our volunteers and vets who participated in our January clinic. Dr. Tom Chlebecek brought two other vets with him all the way from the Czech Republic, and 189 more cats were sterilized. 9th Life Hawaii is currently holding small weekly clinics. If we can help you, please call 573-3365 and follow the instructions so we can mail you a surgical consent form. This form must be completed before we schedule the surgery. You can also email us at, and we can email you the surgical consent form. Mahalo for helping Maui’s kitties.

Phyllis Tavares

9th Life Hawaii

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Hale Makua Health Services would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the opening of Care Homes by Hale Makua possible this month. Staff at Hale Makua, especially on our maintenance and environmental services teams, have worked tirelessly to make renovations and adjustments to our existing facilities, transforming what was previously the Maui Neighborhood at Hale Makua Wailuku into the newly refurbished Care Homes.

Funding for renovations came partially from a grant from the County of Maui. Hale Makua Health Services staff members and volunteers were also essential in fundraising for Care Homes renovations during the Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Finally, we would like to thank the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association for matching a portion of funds raised during the Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

Donations and grants are vital to Hale Makua’s efforts to fulfill the ever-changing health care needs of our Maui community. We very much appreciate the support of the community in our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our home and yours.

Denise Thayer, director of development and marketing

Hale Makua Health Services

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Mahalo to Maui Memorial Medical Center for sending eight volunteers to help celebrate Read Across America Day with our kindergarten and 1st-grade students March 1, also known as Read Across America Day. They donated Dr. Seuss books, spent some time in each classroom reading to our students, donated certificates to each student and provided muffins donated by S&J Bakery.

The volunteers were: Dr. Kimble Poon, Dr. Les Chun, Dr. Rodney Bjordahl, Caroline Koley, Marian Horikawa-Barth, Carlayna Nakamura, Karey Kapoi and Kevin Maier, a supervisor in the cardiovascular department who read to his son’s kindergarten class.

Thank you to Maui Memorial Medical Center for organizing this special event for our lucky kindergarten and 1st-grade classrooms! We are lucky to be part of such a wonderful community!

Beverly Stanich, principal

Wailuku Elementary School

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Thank you very much to owners Aric and Myles Nakashima and General Manager Jerry Masaki of Pukalani Superette for their generous donation to Makawao Elementary School. This monetary gift will be of great benefit to the students and staff. We at the school value the community partnership we have with Pukalani Superette, and we hope this partnership continues in the future.

Robyn Honda

Makawao Elementary School

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Kahului Public Library wishes to extend a big mahalo to all the patrons and local contributors who made our 50th anniversary on Feb. 9 a huge success. More than 800 people came to watch performers, eat treats and participate in the fun. An extra “thank you” goes out to the Maui Friends of the Library, which sponsored our program. Again, thanks to all!

Tracy Latimer

Kahului Public Library

Thank-You Letters

We want to thank Terminix, Impact for Good and Keiki Cupboard for selecting our school to benefit from the generosity of Terminix employees.

In February, Terminix held its national conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Impact for Good, a motivational organization, reached out to Keiki Cupboard, and it selected our school to be the recipients of hundreds of donated books, 14 bookshelves, handmade bookmarks and a large motivational collage made by Terminix employees.

In addition, a select group of 2nd-grade students was treated to a luncheon at the Ritz Carlton along with some staff members.

Mahalo to all involved and thank you to Keiki Cupboard for thinking of our school.

Beverly Stanich, principal

Wailuku Elementary School

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A much-belated mahalo to Maui Tomorrow’s board members and Irene Bowie, executive director, for their generous donation to Maui Huliau Foundation, a nonprofit established by Executive Director Malia Cahill to promote environmental literacy through filmmaking.

In the fall of 2012, their donation allowed two of the foundation’s young filmmakers, Jason Schwien and Jai Litman, to attend the Hawaii International Film Festival on Oahu where their film was being screened.

Nancy Kanyuk


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I want to thank those people who stopped to assist me when I was involved in a traffic accident the morning of Feb. 20 at the intersection of Dairy Road and Pakaula Street in Kahului. I’m sorry if I didn’t thank you; I was pretty dazed. Please know that I appreciate your kindness more than words can express. Thank you again for coming to my aid.

Cynthia Catugal


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Mahalo to sous chef Ben Sacapanio at Mala Wailea for providing students with a valuable college- and career-readiness opportunity.

Sacapanio initially visited the King Kekaulike High School campus to mentor two seniors interested in pursuing a degree in culinary arts. The students had an opportunity ask Ben about his college experience at UH-Maui College and inquired about the rewards and challenges affiliated with his profession. The career exploration was further enhanced when a hands-on experience was provided. Both seniors were invited to shadow Ben on the job, and the entire staff was informative and welcoming and provided a memorable learning experience.

Special thanks to chef Mark Ellman for allowing his staff to take an active role in mentoring our high school students.

Ketra Kennedy Arcas

King Kekaulike High School – Librarian

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Mahalo to Coach C. J. Elizares and the Kamehameha School wrestling team for their exemplary project to remove litter and debris from Omaopio Road. Individuals and groups being engaged and taking responsibility for their communities: What a great idea! What a fine example for others! We all see it, the increasing roadside litter, careless dumping, graffiti, abuse of signage, public property vandalism, watershed neglect, damaged or destroyed trees, shoreline degradation, etc. Unfortunately, there is plenty for everyone to do. Let’s keep the Hawaiian Islands beautiful with aloha and action.

Jan Dapitan, state leader

Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful