Thank-You Letters

I would like to thank Matthew Thayer for heading up the Very Important Players AYSO Soccer. This is the second year that VIP soccer has been offered on Maui. My daughter Jewel has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She has enjoyed being a part of a team.

Andrea and Matthew Thayer have provided a quality soccer experience for all the children. The “volunTeens” and volunteers were outstanding, with their joy, patience and commitment toward each player.

This program has enriched Jewel’s life, and she has grown from this experience. We are grateful for this program and all the efforts that go into it. We hope we are able to have this program again next year.

Ivana Gadient


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The Maui High Centennial Committee would like to thank all alumni, students, school staff and community members who participated in this year’s centennial events. We are grateful and humbled by the generosity of the many individuals and businesses who sponsored Maui High’s 100-year celebration and for the coverage by The Maui News.

The centennial generated excitement of the school’s rich history from Hamakuapoko to Kahului, the outstanding accomplishments of its alumni, the academic achievements of its students and the recognition that Maui High has earned in the community.

All communities have their past, present and future determined and shaped by the amount of support given to their schools. Please continued to support and appreciate the efforts of all our schools in Maui County. Maui High School serves as a great example of what a school can give back to its community, state, nation and the world when it receives unconditional support.

Bobbie Arita and Mike Molina

MHS centennial co-chairs

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Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank the community for making our 25th annual Kokua for Kupuna fundraising event such a success. We raised a record high of $97,000. Funds raised will help continue our 66-year legacy of providing care and a home for those in our Maui community who need us the most, and will provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to afford the cost of care.

Thank you to the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa for providing a beautiful beachfront location and exceptional service, and to Tihati Productions for amazing music and dance performances. Thanks also go to Mitch Mitchell and Chino LaForge for returning as emcees.

This event would not be possible without the local and national companies that act as sponsors. Mahalo to our title sponsor Atlas Insurance, major sponsor Carlsmith Ball, and supporting sponsors Ace Holers Golf Club, American Savings Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Gammie HomeCare, Genesis Rehab Services, HFM Foodservice, Hawaii Gas, Kaiser Permanente, Maui Oil Co., Med Assets, Munekiyo & Hiraga, Ohana Health Plan, Servco Foundation, Towers Watson, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and VIP Foodservice. First Hawaiian Bank was not only a sponsor of the event but also the honoree, in recognition of longtime support of Hale Makua Health Services and the wider Maui community.

Finally, we thank our Board of Directors, Specials Events Committee members, staff and volunteers who planned and ran the event. Mahalo to everyone who worked so hard.

Hale Makua

Health Services

Thank-You Letters

We’d like to send a big mahalo to Slippers for Keiki for providing our school with much-needed slippers for our students whose slippers break or who come to school barefoot. These are always needed, and we are so thankful to this organization for providing us with them.

Beverly Stanich, principal

Janet Powell, Parent Community Networking Center

Wailuku Elementary School


The 31st annual St. John’s Kula Festival was a huge success, and we wish to thank so many who helped to make it possible. The chairs of the event, Monnie and Barry Gay, did a great job of coordinating all the volunteers. Our corporate sponsors included Island Rents, Maui Soda & Ice, Tedeschi Vineyards Ltd., Maui Cattle Co., donors to our auctions and many local farms. The entertainment was extraordinary, with George Kahumoku Jr. and friends; Uluwehi Guerrero’s choir, Na Leo Lani O Maui; Isle of Maui Pipe Band; Joel Katz; Eric Molina & Friends, including the amazing Andrew Molina on his ukulele; Side Tracks; Upcountry Celtic; Christy Fell; Namaka; and Ella Cosma-White.

Others who made great contributions were the Maui Quilt Guild, which presented a wonderful show of quilts, Hawaii Job Corp., Maui College Culinary Academy trainees, volunteers from Malama Recovery Center and the Cup of Cold Water Care Van ministry, and members and friends of St. John’s.

It takes a lot of work and involves a large community of people, and we are deeply grateful to all who volunteered and all of those who attended to create together this wonderful day. As a result, many of those in the community who need help will receive it through the Malama Recovery Center and the Cup of Cold Water Care van, and St. John’s will be able to continue its ministry here on Maui, as it has done for more than 113 years.

Marilynn Hirashima



On Saturday, Nov. 2, more than 1,200 people came to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and took home a free native tree for Arbor Day, just in time for the first winter rains.

We would like to say mahalo nui to all of the people who made our 10th annual Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Give-Away a success. In particular, thank you to all of the participating conservation organizations for your continued support of the gardens. Mahalo to our sponsors, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Electric Co., and the County of Maui’s Department of Water Supply. The MNBG staff would also like to thank all of the volunteers. They make everything happen, from helping us get the word out, to camping out the night before as security for 1,000 native trees (Cub Scout Pack 68), to helping residents pick the right tree (University of Hawaii Maui College faculty and MNBG’s Weed & Pot Club). A special mahalo to those who prepared and led professional demonstrations at the event and to Excel Soccer Club for the ono food. Hope to see you all at next year’s Arbor Day celebration.

Maui Nui Botanical

Gardens Staff and

Board of Directors

Thank-You Letters

Dear Baldwin cross country parents and supporters. Thank you so much for assisting us in keeping your student athletes motivated and focused, which in turn created another wonderful, exciting and successful cross country season.

Despite having to work multiple shifts at other booths at the Maui Fair, your time and effort for the flying saucer fundraiser was so appreciated; we could not have survived the four days and nights without your help making that “hot item!”

To the senior class parents . . . we will truly miss seeing you next year at the meets cheering on the athletes. Please continue to keep in touch.

To our athletes, keep up the good work and always remember that running is a way of life and a lifetime endeavor; you chose the hardest and most demanding sport – no time out, no water breaks and no substitution – and one that you can do anytime, anywhere and at any age.

Take care and be healthy.

Fred and Norma Losano

BHS boys and girls cross country

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We would like to thank Hannibal Spalding and EH International for generously donating the pick-up and delivery of two roll-off containers and providing metal recycling of our discarded student desks. This was a service that would have been too costly for our school, and we are very happy to be able to recycle the heavy items.

We are very lucky to have you as a community partner.

Beverly Stanich, principal

Tracy Lui, vice principal

Wailuku Elementary School

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Mahalo to the Maui Contractors Women’s Auxiliary from the staff, board and clients of Malama Family Recovery Center for donating $400 to help us furnish our new Sober Living Program facility. MFRC provides comprehensive substance abuse services to women in Maui County, and the SLP home provides a safe, substance-free living environment for women either recently discharged from residential treatment or in the early recovery phase. MFRC is the only agency on Maui that allows women to have children living with them during the recovery process, and at any one time there can be up to eight children living in the new SLP home.

When purchased earlier this year, the house had barely any furnishings, and this donation allowed us to buy much-needed items such as a dining room table and chairs, dresser drawers and lamps. These are not just objects having a large dining room table and chairs means that the women can now gather together for meals, to talk story and work through issues together. Clients have expressed how thankful they are to have a place for their children to eat with them and to do homework in a central gathering place.

Frances Duberstein, development coordinator

Malama Family Recovery Center

Thank-You Letters

Recently, I had a bout with pneumonia and was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room. I received excellent services, from the ER doctors to the nursing staff.

Due to the intensity of my illness, I was referred to the intensive-care unit. I received 24-hour care and was able to be moved to the fifth floor, Haleakala South, heart unit. I remained there until discharged Oct. 16.

My stay at Maui Memorial Medical Center was an awesome experience due to the excellent doctors, nurses, nurses aides and staff. It really shows how much they all love their jobs. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation and aloha to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Hymie Meyer


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Mahalo to the Maui County Parks and Recreation Department for support and assistance with the installation and blessing for the American with Disabilities Act-compliant dune walkover ramp at Kamaole Beach Park I. South Parks Supervisor Mary Kielty insisted on a safe and efficient worksite during the construction, and she created an inspiring blessing ceremony and acceptance event.

This ramp was installed with volunteer labor and paid for by generous community and business donations and a 2013 natural resources grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. During construction of this project, there were more than 30 individual volunteers working 15 days for more than 842 hours.

Mahalo to Tara Owens, coastal hazards specialist from University of Hawaii Sea Grant, for her vision for our beach parks that include dune walkovers as a natural extension of the beach-to-park experience for all park users.

Also, mahalo to Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Inc., the fiscal sponsor of South Maui Volunteers, for its assistance and support with this project. The Kamaole Beach Park I ramp will provide accessibility for users of all ability levels while protecting the dune from erosion.

Kimokeo Kapahulehua blessed the ramp during a moving chant ceremony, and several wheelchair users were among the first to use the new ADA pathway.

Bob and Lis Richardson


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Mahalo nui loa to Capt. Chris Walsh and the crew from Trilogy, Chef Marc Henderson and Three’s Bar and Grill, Goodfellow Bros. and the Blue ‘Aina cleanup gang for the benefit cleanup/sail Oct. 20.

It is volunteers and sponsors like them that keep us going through the tough times so that we can enjoy the successes. Trilogy’s Blue ‘Aina cleanup campaign is really a win-win situation for all involved. Save Honolua Coalition received a $1,000 donation from the corporate sponsor Goodfellow Bros., volunteers were treated to a gorgeous snorkel sail on Trilogy and lunch provided by Three’s Bar and Grill at a greatly reduced price and helped ensure that Lahaina Harbor as well as the reefs at Olowalu stayed clean.

In an unprecedented legislative success led by West Maui state Rep. Angus McKelvey and state Sen. Roz Baker, $20 million was set aside by the state to purchase 280 acres of coastal land from Honolua to the south cliffs of Honokohau. Currently, the state is doing its due diligence and getting an appraisal to ensure that $20 million is fair market value for the land. Save Honolua Coalition is following the process and working on a possible framework for working together with the state and other partners for future management of the area.

Tamara Paltin


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Big mahalo to Bob Richardson, his wife and the entire crew of volunteers for the new beach access ramp opened Oct. 24. This was needed, and they did a wonderful job.

They have improved South Maui’s beaches and parks for the past several years.

Gerard C. Gifford