Thank-You Letters

The board of directors and staff at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens would like to thank our community supporters who recently made financial contributions toward MNBG’s Summer Matching Grant Challenge.

This summer, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens received a generous offer from a private donor who committed to donate $10,000 to the gardens. This donor challenged the MNBG team to match the gift amount by appealing to the community for help. On Oct. 2, MNBG met and surpassed its goal, bringing in a total of $20,315.

Mahalo to A&B Foundation, Maui Garden Club, Maui Oil Co., Maui Outdoor Circle, Orchids of Olinda and the 66 families across the islands who helped us reach our goal.

Board of directors and staff

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

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I wish to extend a heartfelt mahalo to everyone involved in this month’s fifth annual Pacific Cancer Foundation Paddle for Life – an event that symbolizes a patient’s journey with and through cancer. From the organizers and volunteers, and to each and every paddler – thank you for helping support cancer patients and their families in Maui County by continuing to support our Patient Navigation Program. Together, during these past five years, we have helped more than 1,200 patients.

Karli Bergheer,oncology patient navigator

Pacific Cancer Foundation

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Mahalo nui loa to Hale Mahaolu, Roy Katsuda and his amazing staff for bringing the Special Friday Maui Fair Day to our disabled community. This is the 24th year that Hale Mahaolu has been instrumental in making it possible for Maui’s disabled of all ages to enjoy a day of fun at the fair. Hale Mahaolu provides a delicious lunch and makes sure that there are rides available and accessible for all ages and limitations. There are helpers to insure that everyone is able to get on and off the rides, especially if they are in a wheelchair. My 7-year-old grandson loves the rides, to visit the livestock tent with all the animals, as well as the exhibits in the gym. I know that the Hale Mahaolu staff works for weeks to ensure that everything is just right for this special event each year. Thank you for caring and providing this wonderful experience for so many in our community who would otherwise never have this opportunity.

Donna Kauhane


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Thank you to the representatives from Office Max Maui/Hopaco (Pua Okamura, Wayne Tamaki, Lee Ann Kapaku, Vic Borling, Michael Mochizuki) for a surprise visit to my Kula Elementary School classroom. We received $1,000 worth of school supplies, which included a Kindle, a camera and a teacher’s chair. You made this teacher’s day a better one with your generous donation.

Diane Ino and students

Kula Elementary School

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Hats off to Hale Mahaolu for sponsoring the 24th annual Special Fair Day. Logistics to produce the Special Fair are mind-boggling. There is transportation to arrange – drop-off and pickup points identified. Access to the fairgrounds during the Special Fair is limited to protect special guests from potential predators. Carnival rides are selected with an eye to safety and fun. Onolicious food is cooked. Volunteers are secured to assist with serving and feeding special guests. The Special Fair is free for special guests and their companions. No taxpayer dollars are used. Hale Mahaolu’s staff raises funds to pay for the Special Fair. Their only reward is to see the smiles on the faces of the special guests – young and old alike. Mahalo, Roy Katsuda and Hale Mahaolu staff.

Audrey Rocha Reed

Special Fair chair emeritus

Thank-You Letters

Mahalo to the many generous and supportive residents and visitors of Maui, who have responded to my calls for volunteers and donors to Habitat for Humanity Maui.

You have made an impact for over 70 families. Please continue your partnership until homelessness and poverty is eliminated!

I will be leaving my position for a new venture with St. Anthony Junior Senior High School as the admissions director.

Cheryl Pokipala

Habitat for Humanity Maui

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MEO Head Start would like to extend an enormous thank you to the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle.

Dawn DeRego of the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle and her crew of volunteers tirelessly campaign each summer for community donations for their program “Project Backpack – Equipped to Learn.”

Thanks to their hard work and community generosity, 312 backpacks, complete with all necessary supplies, were provided to families of MEO Head Start and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.

Here at MEO Head Start preschool program (as with any school), summer and fall are times of much transition. As we welcome in newcomers each school year, we are also saying a bittersweet farewell to those who are heading off to kindergarten.

It’s amazing to see the 3- and 4-year-old children who have been in our care “grow up” and make the shift from preschoolers to self-sufficient kindergartners.

Working together with their parents, the teaching staff strives to give each child the gift of a love of learning and excitement about what lies ahead in the “big kids” school.

This school-readiness can be tremendously dampened when families aren’t able to provide backpacks and basic supplies to their children. Sadly, this is common stressor for Maui families.

Debbi Amaral, MEO Early Childhood Services director

and MEO Head Start staff