Thank-You Letters

Thank you to the many generous volunteers, who have joined us with our construction at Harbor Lights, in the ReStore, in committees and at outreach and fundraising events. Almost 70 volunteers joined us in June and contributed more than 1,000 hours.

Cheryl Pokipala

Habitat for Humanity Maui

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The Youth Group of St. Joseph Church of Makawao would like to thank and acknowledge the following families for their assistance and time in making our pancake fundraiser June 30 a success: John and Josephine Metz, Pua Okamura, Louis and Winifred Cambra, Vivian and Bobby Castillo, Cindy and Ben Jenkins, Lorna Fernandez, Toni Rodrigues, Margie Santos, Tracy Souza, Helen Souza, Judy Savella and Moani Wagner. They say that a job well done is its own reward, but still, you should know how much your hard work means to those around you!

St. Joseph Church of Makawao

Youth Group

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui sends a big Upcountry mahalo to Theresa and Tanya Thompson and their volunteers for all their hard work in putting on the 48th annual Paniolo Parade in Makawao Fourth of July weekend.

SPCA Maui would also like to thank Chris Kirby, Lynette Pradiga, Sherri Pell, Nichole Johnson, Deborah Posen, Michael Dean and Jed, Emily, Alex, Sam and Boaz Neeley and all our other two-and four-legged volunteers and friends that helped out with our float.

Special thanks to Mike White for driving and Wai Ulu Farms for the straw too.

Peter Tierney


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Thank you to the many generous supporters who organized, coordinated, walked and made a variety of donations for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on June 29.

Cheryl Pokipala


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The medical professionals at the Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui thank our community leaders, referring physicians and dozens of cancer survivors who took part in our open house and blessing June 1.

While the celebration stemmed from our recent $7 million renovation and introduction of the groundbreaking TrueBeam STx, what was truly gratifying was seeing our former patients. We were able to catch up with their lives and learn how they are continuing to enjoy their families, friends and grandchildren. Just hearing their stories of survival inspires us and affirms our commitment to their health and well-being.

The Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui was founded 19 years ago to serve patients, especially those Maui residents battling cancer who wanted to receive their radiology treatment on their home island instead of being forced to travel off-island. Now, we are able to offer patients the most cutting-edge cancer-killing system – the TrueBeam STx. This machine uses sophisticated imaging and respiration synchronization to accurately target cancerous tissue and safely deliver high doses of radiation.

The introduction of the TrueBeam STx is the beginning of a new chapter of service by the Cancer Institute for the people of Hawaii.

Dr. Bobby Baker, president and founder

Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui

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As chair of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee, I want to thank Maui residents for their generosity and support. Seventy-five teams participated in this year’s event, raising more than $82,000 (so far) to further the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer. The outstanding support received proves that the people of Maui are truly committed to the fight against cancer.

Special thanks to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success. The planning committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together.

We also appreciate the generosity of our corporate sponsors; Relay For Life would not be possible without them. Our corporate sponsors included Aloha Waste Systems, Cash n’ Carry Warehouse, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Telcom, Kaiser Permanente, Maui Lighthouse Electrical and Maintenance, Pualani’s Custom Screen Printing, Service Rentals, VIP Foodservice, Walmart, Monsanto and Quick Tow.

Thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society. Monetary donations are still welcome, and remember it’s not too early to become involved in Relay For Life for next year. Together we will save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Monica Erice, event chair

2013 Relay For Life

Central and South Maui

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Mahalo to the person who found my purse on the ground in the Kehalani Longs parking lot on the evening of July 4 and took the time to leave it with the customer service counter without leaving your name. You will never know the emotional grief I felt when I found that my purse was not where I normally put it. After much searching, I went to Longs (the last place I used my purse), and the staff there said someone had turned it in. I went back to my car and cried my heart out knowing that there was someone who took the time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Alberta Lau


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui would like to thank the Maui community and all the donors who sent our agency monetary donations in memory of Gary Frampton.

Frampton was our first executive director for BBBS Maui. He was hired in 1971. He was well qualified for the position, having first been a caseworker for Big Brothers for five years and the executive director of Catholic Big Brothers of Los Angeles.

Gary stayed on as executive director until 1985. In 2007, we had the fine opportunity to reconnect with Gary and invited him back to join our board of directors.

Gary had so much information and history with our agency that he was thrilled and happy to share. That very same year, Gary was recognized and presented the Angel Award.

Thank you Frampton Ohana for all the years dedicated to our agency and for the continued support. Gary will be missed but never forgotten!

JD Wyatt, executive director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui

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Mahalo nui loa to Meyer Computer Inc. for updating and upgrading our website.

A Keiki’s Dream and Sammy Keiki’s Aloha Fund are the two programs that we operate. Both programs work with children who face major challenges who live here in Maui County who we seek to support at a critical time.

We do not get any government money and little in the way of grants and depend almost entirely on private donations to operate. So it very important that we get our stories out to the public, and our outdated website just did not serve us well in this regard.

As a small nonprofit we did not have the resources to update our website. That was when Meyer Computer stepped up to help us and donated the costs of upgrading our website.

They were very easy to work with, professional, knowledgeable and creative. We are very thankful for this generous donation and encourage you to visit our website at to see the results of their good work and to learn more about A Keiki’s Dream and Sammy’s Keiki Aloha Fund.

Darby Gill

A Keiki’s Dream

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Mahalo to Imua Family Services’ board, staff, volunteers and fabulous community supporters for a successful Camp Imua 2013.

More than 50 of our developmentally delayed Maui keiki were once again treated to five days of sheer fun and truly felt extra special. Your big hearts brought even bigger smiles. Bless you all for your generous contribution. These special children can’t wait for next year.

Toni Rojas


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What an awesome week on Maui. First, Basketball Maui was June 10 to 15 at the Lahaina Civic Center. It had a basketball clinic with pro players and coaches. On Friday, there was a free concert under the stars with special guest speakers, food booths and a fun zone for the keiki, plus information booths for nonprofit organizations. Also, at least 10 churches came together as one. The vision and leadership to bring 3,000-plus people out on a Friday evening is well appreciated.

Derek G. Smith


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The recent passing of my auntie has caused me to reflect on the elderly and what they go through in their latter years. I can write a heated letter about the lack of services or the outrageous cost of long-term care to the elderly, but instead I want to write a letter of acknowledgment and gratitude.

My auntie moved to Maui from Molokai because there weren’t any nursing homes there. She moved to Maui four and a half years ago, and my uncle followed two and a half years later. The move was hard on them; new faces, places and even the pace of life was different on Maui. Auntie spent her time on Maui at Hale Makua, Wailuku. She was fortunate to have a husband who was very smart with his money and was able to afford the cost.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to the staff at Hale Makua, Wailuku. The staff are hardworking and dedicated to making life as pleasant and comfortable as possible for the residents and their families. They juggle their endless amount of responsibilities, interact with the residents and even find time to laugh. They are truly wonderful people, and I feel blessed to have gotten to know them over the years. But more importantly, I am grateful that they were there for my auntie. She felt loved, for sure.

Thank you to each and every one of you . . . you are a blessing to our community here on Maui!

Allison Takata-Edmiston


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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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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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Mahalo, Maui Humane Society. I so appreciate everything you do and the fact you are there.

Early on the morning of May 25, I arrived at the shelter with a young, injured and dying cat I found on my lanai. The staff checked the cat’s condition and also for a microchip and tattoo.

I wasn’t asked for any money. I gave a donation anyway.

We need to support our Maui shelter. We are lucky to have them.

Sue Young

Maui Lani