Thank-You Letters

Thank you to the many volunteers and supporters who helped us with our various fundraising events for the month of June.

Carmen Abraham, Clarice Holmes and Renee Gaines helped to serve water, soft drinks and snacks June 14 at the Celestial Cinema of the Maui Film Festival.

Cheyenne Aiu, Joiceleen Lipai and Tana Stephen helped to pass out information at the Hui No Ke Ola Pono Health Fair on June 15.

Ralph Giles, Daniel Southmayd, Karise Hallsten and their crew served fabulous dinners for our dinner fundraiser at Vineyard Food Co. June 21 and 22. Diners enjoyed a five-course meal, with 15 percent of proceeds donated to us.

For more information on how to join us, call at 242-1140.

Cheryl Pokipala

Habitat For Humanity Maui

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On behalf of the National Junior Basketball League-Maui, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the players, coaches, officials and parents who participated in the practices and games throughout the 2013 National Junior Basketball Maui Upcountry Hoops Spring Basketball League. Your positive participation and support have made this season a great success.

Thank you also to the County of Maui and King Kekaulike High School for providing the facilities for our practices and games. With our Upcountry community’s support, we have worked together to provide a positive and healthy activity for our youngsters.

Ralph D. Norman Jr.

National Junior Basketball Maui League director

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A very special mahalo to Boys and Girls Club Upcountry Unit Director Lisa Rodrigues. Lisa created a very special club where our children were inspired to achieve greatness while being compassionate community members. As she moves on to her next life chapter at the end of this month, we wish her great success and happiness.

Charles and Toni Rojas

parents of Boys & Girls Club Member

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Kihei Youth Center would like to thank the Maui Food Bank and Kihei Lutheran Church for being instrumental in our meal program (it would not be able to exist if it weren’t for them). We are able to offer a free breakfast, a free lunch and a free snack per day for all youth members. In addition, we are able to provide weekly “meal boxes” for our families. Since the beginning of this summer, we have already provided more than 1,000 meals (prepared by the Kihei Youth Center staff.)

We’d also like to give a hardy shout-out to Ruby’s Diner for providing the ono chicken fingers and coleslaw for our last day of school lunch celebration that awaited the children as they got off the bus it was enjoyed by all.

We’d like to encourage our community to consider donating financially and/or provide paper goods and other needed products to keep our meal program going strong so that no keiki ever goes hungry – not even for a day.

Stephanie Kaplan, program director

Kihei Youth Center

Thank-You Letters

As Maui Community Correctional Center’s religious chaplains thanked the construction crew for renovating a prior storeroom, we recognized Maurice Bediamol, John Borge, Daryl Cramer, Kekoa Cramer, Chad Damasco, Mark Dune, David Flemming, Ryan Jackson, Duane Korthuis, Gary Lincoln, Justin Mannon, Patrick O’Brian, Troy Pasion, Davis Sloan, Derek Smith, Cory Spencer, Francisco Young, Richard Winter, Al K. Hashimoto and the Rev. Victor Ragland. These men committed their skills and donations to provide a safe and secure office for volunteers.

Henrietta Pua Hashimoto

MCCC staff chaplain

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Mahalo to Uncle Lance Takamiya. Thank you so much for your donation to Waihee School. It’s because of you that our school can prosper the way it does. Thank you for always supporting us.

Tania Flores, Nawai Masuda and Hi’ilei Flores


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Each year, we hold a 5th-grade family celebration for our students leaving to move on to middle school. The event is huge, and we have a lot of people to thank for it. Mahalo to our amazing 5th Grade Planning Committee (too numerous to mention names), our decorating volunteers who made the center beautiful, our staff members who came to help out that evening (and there were a lot!), Darren Sarmiento and Wayne Kinoshita from Valley Isle Fellowship for their time running the sound system for us, Boy Scout Troop 68 for cleanup, and the Women’s Pono Baseball League and the Sato ohana for furnishing food for our families. A great big mahalo to Rick Shimomura from Nagamine Photo for providing a photo booth at a bargain price we could afford, and the personnel to man it. Most of all, thank you to our 5th-grade ohana for attending the event so we could send our 5th-graders off with a fond aloha.

Beverly Stanich, principal

Janet Powell, Parent Community Network Center

Wailuku Elementary School

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Thank you, Kanomi Dance Works, for the incredible hip-hop dance camp recently offered by your dance studio. Your instructors were dynamic and positive. Your staff was friendly and generous. At the end of the camp, all the children got awards, a T-shirt, a dinner/dance party and photographs. This upbeat, fun class was more than a dance class – it was an ohana experience. Thank you for your kindness. My grandchildren are going back to the Big Island with a treasure chest of awesome memories because of your dance camp.

Yvonne Jayne


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To Kahu David Kapaku, affectionately called Kahuna by his mom, thank you for the beautiful and educational life celebration for my beloved wife Beverly T. Kim.

And to the three members of the Lahaina Canoe Club (I’m sorry but I failed to get your names), thank you for your thoughtfulness and compassion in allowing me to participate in the scattering of my late wife’s ashes (I never thought that I would be able to walk to the canoe because of the loose sand). By offering to carry me in the canoe to the water, I was allowed to participate in a peaceful and tranquil environment that I could not have imagined. I will always be thankful for your kindness. Now, I am going to be cremated, when my time comes, and I will have my ashes scattered into the ocean.

Your respectful treatment of this ceremony left me with a cherished memory of my beloved Bev.

Bradley S. Kim


Thank-You Letters

An ocean of gratitude to all who were able to join Hospice Maui for our Memorial Day celebration. Your presence and the contributions of delicious dishes are just a few ways you helped to make this a heartfelt and meaningful event.

Special “thank-you” to our volunteers: Irene Ryding for bringing us the sounds of the angels through her harp playing as guests arrived; Ann Babson, Sanni Tharp and Anne Rowehl for the readings; and the many hands who helped set up and clean up. Thanks to Brenda Gazabat, Harriet Collopy, Jan Yamamoto and Rinchen Hand, who assisted in mailing, folding programs and making phone calls to invite families. Your open hearts and willing hands make you all valuable members of our team.

We were treated to a day of soft breezes under partly cloudy skies, which kept the temperature pleasant, as our own Tim Shiroma and his wife, Barbara, played some local-style music and harmonies. Uncle Leslie Kuloloio never fails to give us chicken skin with his contributions of talk story, musical selections and prayers of gratitude. We are grateful for Kahu Kealahou C. Alika for hosting and assisting in the service on the grounds of Keawala’i Church. Mahalo to Father Gary Colton, the Venerable Lama Gyaltsen, and the Rev. Robert Nielson for their participation. We appreciate Miyako Sushi for delicious trays of sushi and Kahului Florist for the centerpiece. Maui Wedding Cakes graciously donated their white doves for release, as they are an ancient symbol of love, devotion and spirit.

Connie Castillo-Walsh, coordinator of volunteer services,

and the Hospice Maui staff

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Mahalo to the generous contributors to a beautiful Memorial Day ceremony at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery. Special thanks to Kaunoa Senior Service volunteers for making leis for all the headstones, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for placing flags and lei on all the graves, Blue Hawaiian for the flower drop and all the involved florists.

Also to the Maui High School band, which played wonderful patriotic music and Birds in Paradise-Maui for the white dove release.

There were many people and groups who made this year’s ceremony a memorable success. Thank you all!

Maui Veterans Council

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The Kihei Library staff would like to thank Joeli Kama and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for doing an incredible job working on our library’s outdoor landscaping on April 27. A large group of volunteers, including keiki and kupuna, worked very hard mowing the lawn, trimming back foliage, weeding our planters, and cleaning up our parking lot and front lawn. We greatly appreciate their kokua. It was heartwarming to see so many people serve their community and take pride in our library.

Jessica Gleason


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I recently spent four weeks in Hale Makua after I fell and broke my pelvis in two places. The people there are the nicest in the world.

I especially want to thank my nurses Malia Spencer, Apolinario Dancel and Neal Accousti. Also I want to thank Gloria Bautista, Mary Lynn Hong, Jennifer Nerona, Angelina Saiki, Sarahlyn Foronda and Jennielind Casco, who were some of my caregivers.

Should you have to spend time in Hale Makua, know that the staff could not be friendlier and you should be thankful that it is there for you.

Nancy Clark


Thank-You Letters

On behalf of the Seabury Hall Track Team, I would like to once again thank Kamehameha Schools Maui for letting us train on their track.

LeAnn Delima, Blane Gaison and Carl Alexander are wonderful examples of quality leadership. Their kindness and willingness to support our athletes is much appreciated.

Steve Colflesh, athletic administrator

Seabury Hall

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On behalf of our board members, staff and clients I would like to sincerely thank Nancy Cross and her staff from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for the recent donation made to Ka Lima O Maui.

This past tournament will go down in history in terms of memory for us, and I’m sure for all involved as well. The challenging conditions only demonstrated the strength of Nancy and her staff in the face of adversity. Year after year, they work hard to ensure a successful tournament so that organizations like Ka Lima O Maui can benefit.

The donation received helps us deliver much-needed employment services for adults with disabilities. We strongly believe that putting paychecks in deserving hands provides dignity, self-respect and independence to a population oftentimes overlooked.

We look forward to being a partner again for the 2014 tournament.

Chantal Ratte, executive director

Ka Lima O Maui

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The Constitution Is Alive, a community service group, sends a big mahalo to some of the greatest small businesses anywhere.

Since Feb. 1 – about 100 days – more than 100 Maui businesses, mostly in Kihei and Kahului, are now offering free Constitutions of the United States to their customers, resulting in more than 3,500 Constitutions in circulation!

With too many to list here, we are proud and pleased that today the Constitution can be found in nail salons, ice cream shops, doctor’s offices, coffee shops, churches . . .

The Constitution Is Alive aims to create a constitutional culture – activating and empowering individuals by providing information, education and tools that re-connect us with the heritage of our country, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

With more small businesses being added every day, the Constitution Is Alive believes that by the end of this year, every person on Maui can have (and read!) a copy of the Constitution.

If you would like to learn more about the Constitution, or if you would like to provide free Constitutions to your customers, email, or find us on Facebook: “the Constitution Is Alive.”

The Constitution Is Alive – Maui

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On May 6, I took my class on a field trip to the Pacific Whale Foundation and the Maui Ocean Center. What was so unique about this trip is that my students consist of five severely impaired boys. We were greeted as soon as we arrived at the Discovery Center by Karen Molina. After collaborating with me about my students and their needs ahead of time, she presented them with a class called Sensations of the Sea. The class was fantastic, as was her attitude toward each individual. We then went to the Maui Ocean Center for lunch and a tour. We were greeted with a table ready for lunch out of the rain. We were given top-notch service by the server in the Seascape restaurant as well as outstanding customer service by the manager. Of course, my students loved their tour of the Ocean Center. Who wouldn’t? I would like to say thank you on behalf of my students for the wonderful experience.

Colleen Colegrove

Maui Waena Intermediate School