Thank-You Letters

Prison Fellowship International, Project Angel Tree and Maui Community Correctional Center’s Sr. Chaplain Henrietta Pua Hashimoto thank those who participated throughout these last 30 years, and all who contributed to the year-round activities for prisoners’ children and families. We celebrate all Christmases and throughout each New Year with programs that strengthen that fragile bond between children and their mothers or fathers who are separated from them.

PFI angels demonstrate the Gospel’s message of love, forgiveness and a new life of hope.

Henrietta Pua Hashimoto,

MCCC staff chaplain

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A big mahalo to Hawaiian Electric Industries for its generous grant to help our newest project. Habitat for Humanity Maui is building a 16-unit condominium project in Happy Valley. This project will help low-income families realize the dream of owning a home. HEI recognizes that everyone deserves a hand up not a hand out and supports this project.

Special thanks to John Mauri of Maui Electric Co. for his service on our board of directors.

If you are interested in helping us with this project, you can go to our website at or give our office a call at 242-1140.

We are currently taking applications for this project.

Sherri K. Dodson

Habitat for Humanity Maui

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Thanks to all those that helped make the 2013 Veterans Day Picnic fun! Cheeseburger in Paradise, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Start Me Up Sportfishing Charters, Outback Steakhouse, Monsanto, Die Hard Fishing Trips, Ruby Tuesday, Love Shack Kihei, Maui Job Corps, Rita’s, Cafe O’Lei, Maui Tattoo, Hard Rock Cafe, Rim Fire Imports and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Watch for more mahalos.

Paul Laub, president

Maui County Veterans Council

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The Maui High School Centennial Committee would like to recognize the following individuals and organizations for their support: Faith Ito, Garet Tanaka, Janet Fukuda, Kay Hanano, Cathy Murayama, June Kato, Pacific Media Group, Hamai Appliance and Friends of Old Maui High School. Thank you for helping make Maui High’s 100th anniversary celebration a big success!

Bobbie Arita and Mike Molina

MHS Centennial Committee co-chairs

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St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School would like to express our gratitude to the parents and students who visited our open house Nov. 24.

The campus tour was guided by students Micah Leval and Destiny Mattos. They led participants to several classrooms, in which they met teachers Anne Bailey, Stephanie Bettancourt, Jim Reynolds and Brother Fred Silbereis.

Other student ambassadors, Maurica Bailey, Megan Dorheim, Krislyn Martinez, Jordynn Omura, Rey Ramirez, Taylor Redman, Madison Thoele, Catherine Wu and Samuel Wyner, were very helpful and informative in the classrooms as assistants.

We continue to be inspired by our dedicated teachers, staff, administration and students, who work together to promote our future leaders.

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School

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Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Maui and Punana Leo ‘o Maui would like to thank Tim Moore, Michael Moore, Robert Aguiar, and the entire staff and management of the Old Lahaina Luau for hosting us as we celebrated our makahiki season on their grounds at Moali’i on Nov. 25. This is the fourth year that the Hawaiian language schools have celebrated this time of harvest with chants, offerings, games and food. The students, teachers, family and invited guests had fun in the hot Lahaina sun. Maui is fortunate to have a company that has generously given back to our community and has supported the Hawaiian culture.

Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Maui and Punana Leo ‘o Maui

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I would like to recognize the important work done by Kevin Cabrera and Terrence Shimada, the Ocean Safety Office lifeguards on duty Nov. 4. Early that morning while snorkeling off Big Beach, I nearly drowned. I got caught up in a strong offshore current. My husband was able to swim out to me and kept me afloat until Kevin reached me. Had there been no lifeguard present it is quite possible that we both would have drowned.

Once back on the beach, Kevin and Terrence monitored my vitals, provided me with oxygen and called paramedics. After evaluating my vital signs, the paramedics decided to take me to the hospital, where I stayed overnight. I am very grateful to be alive and thankful for Kevin and Terrence as well as the work of the paramedics and the entire staff at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Before leaving the island I returned to thank the Ocean Safety Office staff at Big Beach; everyone was incredibly courteous, professional and gracious.

I was shocked to learn that the lifeguard positions are poorly funded and on somewhat of a tenuous footing financially. Hawaii has the largest number of drowning fatalities in the United States (despite its relatively small population). With more than 7 million visitors each year, it would seem to me that the money needed to adequately fund the lifesaving work that lifeguards do should be seen as critical to providing a safe environment for visitors and local residents.

Helene Keter

Three Rivers, Mich.

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The staff and board of Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors want to thank Young Brothers for their generous community grant to support our senior programs. Proceeds will benefit our in-home care and transportation programs, which assist Maui’s seniors in staying in their own homes with the help of volunteers. For more information about our programs and our volunteer opportunities, call 249-2545 or see

Gerri Shapiro,executive director

Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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“Two-hands-to-the-belly good,” one man said. Of course he was referring to the St. Theresa Church’s Hale Kau Kau, which provided a meal to 331 guests on Thanksgiving Day. The 259 in-house guests and 72 homebound clients enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner.

Monsignor Terrence Watanabe, pastor of St. Theresa and executive director of Hale Kau Kau, provided a special blessing. The three staff, 10 kitchen crew, 55 servers and 10 volunteer drivers who delivered meals to the homebound gave up a portion of their holiday with family and friends to serve those who otherwise may not have had such a delicious meal.

A special thanks to the Maui Food Bank and Grand Wailea, which donated turkeys; the Culinary Academy at the University of Hawaii Maui College, which prepared all the turkeys; and Costco, S&J Bakery and Subway at Piilani Shopping Center, which provided rolls, pies and various desserts.

A sincere thank-you to the “Plunkers” who provided entertainment for the in-house guests this year. What a treat!

To all those who helped to provide hope, inspiration and gratitude, a big mahalo.

Pinky Mendoza


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Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank Monsanto employees John Anderson, Starla Cosme, John Fostad, Beth Jelic, Ben Laird, Judson Larid and Chris Tigo for building a new garden bed at Care Homes by Hale Makua. Volunteering as part of Monsanto’s community outreach program, they built a large planter box and brought supplies to plant herbs and vegetables. The project helps Care Homes residents to tend and harvest the garden themselves because residents do not have to bend down as much to reach the raised beds. Monsanto will also make a monetary donation in honor of the volunteer work that the employees performed. Mahalo to Monsanto and to these wonderful volunteers.

Hale Makua Health Services

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Kansha Preschool wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our recent Flatbread Co. benefit night. Mahalo to Flatbread Co. for their generosity in hosting our event, and to our preschool families, board members and friends who provided the resources and labor for our big night. We send a special thank-you to the following community businesses that contributed silent auction items and made the event possible:

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea DUO Restaurant, Ka’anapali Golf Courses, Costco, Alive & Well, Wailea Golf Club, Kalani Ponce, Kalama Heights Retirement Community, T.J.’s Warehouse Outlet, Maui Thing, Island Presentations, Lahaina Myth & Magic Theatre, Tokyo Tei, Maui Coffee Roasters, Ali’i Nui Sailing Charters, Keokea Farms, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Maui Jim, Equity One Lahaina, Monkeypod Kitchen; Maui Pilates, Snow Factory (Wailuku) and Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu (Old Lahaina Luau).

Kansha Preschool

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Thank you to the parents, students and families who supported Project Frontline. This project was led through my class at Maui Preparatory Academy and sent 20 care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan. Your overall generosity and support made this project an amazing success.

Kristie Fetterly


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We would like to thank the teams that have participated in this past season. A big mahalo to the families and business that have contributed to our league: Takamiya Market, Gary Takemoto, Wailuku Auto, Ed Morioka, Billy and Iris Kaluakini, Robert and Sonia Cabacungan, Milton and Anna Kaha, and Chico Kaonohi.

Mana Softball League

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The Pan-STARRS operations team on Maui would like to sincerely thank Makai Glass Creations for their assistance and support in creating the custom foam-molded shipping containers we will be using to safely ship 50-plus servers and storage devices from Maui to Oahu. Their timely support is critical to ensure the the Pan-STARRS PSPS database cluster is shipped safely with limited downtime to the Pan-STARRS scientific community.

Kenneth C. Chambers, astronomer and director of Pan-STARRS1

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii