Thank-You Letters

The Society for the Prevention Cruelty to Animals Maui would like to express our thanks to everyone who has helped and continues to help us with our ongoing “Fix-a-Cat” clinics. Without their financial support and volunteer hours we couldn’t do what we do.

Our cat clinics have fixed more than 1,000 pet and community cats with the help of many dedicated volunteers, including Susan Baillie and Wellness Vet Services and vet techs Cynthia Lippert, Michelle Dupre and Nichole Hugg, pre- and post-surgical volunteers Julie Foster, Cindy Texiera and tattooist Cynthia Bocodok.

Our clinic setup and check-in helpers David Raatz, Bethann McVicker, Chris and Holly Jenkins deserve special thanks for dealing with the public and cats so well the first thing in the morning.

We also say mahalo to Belinda Bolling and friends at Whole Foods Market for the ono grinds and also to Salty Dog Pet Grooming and neighbors in Happy Valley for our clinic location.

All of us at SPCA Maui send our biggest thanks to everyone in the Maui community who care enough to help us “fix” Maui’s cats and dogs.

Peter Tierney

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui

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Thank you to Frank De Lima for coming to Kamalii Elementary School on Sept. 11. The students, staff and parents enjoyed learning the importance of having “aloha” in our thoughts, words, heart and actions. We also learned about the importance of good health habits to stay focused, learn and achieve our educational and career goals.

Thank you to the sponsors of this program: Combined Federal Campaign, Friends of Hawaii Charities Inc., Abigail K.K. Kawananakoa Foundation, HMSA Foundation, Chevron Corp. and the Hawaii State Department of Education.

Bode Woodard, student council vice president

Hunter Shields, student council treasurer

Kim Otani, principal

Kamalii Elementary School

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Mahalo to the many generous donors and volunteers who helped us on our seventh annual Build-a-thon on Sept. 13 and 14 for a Kahului family!

We had individuals, business groups, nonprofit supporters, retirees, friends and family joining us.

They repaired the leaking roof, replaced damaged ceiling with drywall, scraped off old exterior paint and brushed on new paint, tore out old carpet and installed new wood laminate flooring, took out louvers and installed sliders, patched up areas, planted flowers and plants and much more.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and Mayor Alan Arakawa read proclamations. Bubba Gump and Aloha Mixed Plate provided lunches.

Call us at 242-1140 for an application or to volunteer. Join us to make an impact for a family in need.

Cheryl Pokipala

Habitat for Humanity Maui

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Congratulations to Sean P. Foley who retired Aug. 31 after 25 years of service as an Ocean Safety officer. Sean spent his career saving lives on the west and north shores of Maui. He was a volunteer rescue ski operator for the past 20 years and has the sore back to prove it.

He will be remembered in the tower for his easygoing attitude, faith in God and friendship to all. I wish him the best of luck as he continues his education at the University of Hawaii Maui College and spends more time with his family.

Tamara Paltin


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Thank you all for everything that you collectively did to make Kihei’s AYSO opening day such a great success. Three hundred kids, their families and friends all gathered for the Parade of Teams, the banner contest, and a few words from some of our dignitaries.

There was music, half a dozen food trucks (giving 10-20 percent proceeds), prizes, photos and giveaways. The place was a zoo.

We sold hundreds and hundreds cups of shave ice (100 percent proceeds going to raising funds for our traveling U-10 Boys Team). And afterwards, there was not one shave ice cup on the ground, not one napkin, bottle or can, no trash anywhere . . . except overflowing trash cans that were empty the next day. Nothing could hide how beautiful the park looked the next morning. Thank you to all the families. Thank you to the County of Parks and Recreation. Thank you everyone for taking pride in our parks for all to have fun for generations to come. I am so proud to be a part of this AYSO Board of Directors and our community.

Jeannene James

Kihei AYSO

Regional registrar/team parent coordinator

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Just wanted to say thanks to Joanne Johnson for always being there and Rowena Dagdag-Andaya and her highway division chief for getting the crosswalks and road markings at Lahainaluna, Kuialua, and Kumukahi restriped.

Christopher Breckels


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On behalf of the members of ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu Chapter IV Wailuku, we would like to thank all who participated, volunteered and donated to our 90th anniversary convention held in August.

We would especially like to recognize Office on Hawaiian Affairs, Maui Trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey, Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center, Maui Unit Director Iris Mountcastle, and Na Po’e Kokua for their special efforts in helping to make our event a huge success.

Carol Lee Kamekona and Kathy Texeira

co-chairs, ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu

Chapter IV anniversary convention

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The Feline Foundation of Maui, a 5013c nonprofit corporation, thanks all the helpers of the garage sale on Sept. 7.

Proceeds will benefit the spay neuter program for Maui’s free roaming managed cat colonies (

Elaine Mullo, Lila Fujimoto, Sue Young, Cheryl McElfresh, Mary Hanson and Helen Domer advertised, collected items, set up and cleaned up. Mahalo to the many caring people who donated . . . Helping those creatures who cannot help themselves is an effort of mankind making this a better planet.

Feline Foundation of Maui

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Thank you to the 30-plus volunteers from the Italian American Social Club and St. Theresa Knights of Columbus 14469, along with staff of Hale Kau Kau, for a successful spaghetti dinner. Also thank you to our people selling tickets. We were able to collect $2,500, and after food costs and excise tax, Hale Kau Kau received $1,900. The guests were a happy and fun-loving group with great food and lots of conversation. It was a success in many ways. Mahalo, workers and guests.

R. Ray Hart



Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank Monsanto’s Seed Site Program for a grant of $5,000 toward the purchase of a meal delivery van.

Our two locations, in Kahului and Wailuku, are both served by one kitchen in Kahului. Studies show that appetite in the elderly increases with access to hot, appetizing food. It is essential to have a reliable vehicle to ensure that three meals a day reach the Wailuku campus on time and are ready to eat. The grant from Monsanto will help to purchase a new vehicle dedicated to meal delivery.

We very much appreciate Monsanto’s recognition of the importance of this purchase to improve quality of life for our residents. Generous support from corporations, like Monsanto, helps further our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our homes and yours.

Denise Thayer

Director of Development & Marketing

Hale Makua Health Services


9th Life Hawaii held another feline spay/neuter clinic on Aug. 24. Forty-two cats were sterilized, bringing the total number of cats sterilized by 9th Life Hawaii to 5,620. We could not do this without our volunteers and we are very grateful for those who showed up to help us. In no particular order, we want to thank Alex Fankhanel, Cristal Gordon, Cynthia Bocoboc, Gaye Johnson, Jen Sykes, Rahimo Gleason, Michelle Davis, Sophia Dunn, Chelsea, Deb Parcher, and Joan Pie.

Phyllis Tavares

9th Life Hawaii


We, the entire staff from Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, would like to say a huge mahalo and congratulations to our chefs, Gevin Utrillo and Jay Ledee, for their award-winning recipes at the “Kaanapali Fresh” event held Aug. 31. Chef Gevin and Chef Jay’s hard work, pure genius and amazing culinary skills have earned them our deepest respect, worthy of all awards.

Thank you, Chefs Gevin and Jay, you make us all proud.

Japengo staff

Hyatt Regency Maui

Resort & Spa

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For nine years I’ve had the joy of playing for the Lahaina women’s soccer team under the great leadership of coach Dave Rockett.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, coach Rockett brings all the gear, first-aid supplies and clean uniforms and shows up early for our practices and games. He takes the time to give us the most effective lineup, keeps stats and analyzes our play, helping us to improve our game and become champs. Year after year, he commits the time and puts up with us sassy west side women.

For 15-plus years he’s done the same for the Lahainaluna girls soccer program, and I think he deserves a huge shout-out for all the time and energy and care he’s put into those high school players.

So, big mahalo, coach Rockett, for your commitment to Lahaina’s soccer programs, for your love of the game and your players, for all that you’ve taught us and for all the fun soccer we’ve played as a result of your leadership.

Lahainaluna’s new coach will no doubt have some big shoes to fill.

Alison Masserman


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We would like to send out a big mahalo to the following people for donating school supplies for the children residing at both the Central and West Maui sites – Lena Staton and the Haleakala Lions Club, Chris Stinger and Pyramid Insurance, Penny Putnam and the Maui Contractors Women’s Auxiliary, Royce Fukuroku and Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, Sherlyn Dagdagan and the Hyatt Regency Maui, and the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

Ka Hale A Ke Ola

Homeless Resource Centers Inc.

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Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank the Atherton Family Foundation for a grant of $12,645 to purchase three mechanical lifts. Our care partners will use the lifts to help residents sit, stand and lie down comfortably.

Mechanical lifts are an essential part of caregiving in modern long-term care communities. They reduce injuries for both residents and care partners and make it easier to transfer residents from bed to wheelchair and back. The grant from the Atherton Family Foundation will enable Hale Makua to purchase new, more reliable lifts that will allow more residents to be up and active in a comfortable, quick way.

Generous support from foundations helps further our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our home and yours. The Atherton Family Foundation gives more than $4.5 million every year to nonprofit organizations, like Hale Makua, working to strengthen our community.

Denise Thayer

Director of Development & Marketing

Hale Makua Health Services

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Thank you to the many generous donors for purchasing your annual Macy’s Shop for a Cause $5 Pass. The Pass allowed you to enjoy 10 to 25 percent off selected items with proceeds from the Pass benefiting our construction program.

Cheryl Pokipala

Habitat for Humanity, Maui