Thank-You Letters

A warm mahalo to Jim Falk’s Valley Isle Motors for donating bikes to teens in Maui Youth & Family Services. MYFS is a nonprofit that empowers youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community. The bikes went to youths who participate in our after-school substance abuse program, which includes clinical supervision, individual and family counseling, group therapy, education about addiction, and activities and recreational excursions that reflect Hawaiian cultural values. The bikes will provide teens in the program with opportunities to develop new interests and engage in physical activity. This donation also shows our youth that there is a supportive and caring community here on Maui. We are deeply grateful for Jim Falk’s generosity.

Frances Duberstein, development coordinator

Maui Youth & Family Services

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The Maui Farm wishes to thank those thoughtful individuals and organizations who contributed to a very Merry Christmas for the families we serve.

We thank the generous elves at Old Lahaina Luau, the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center and Maui United Way for providing a gift for every child. We are grateful to Mayla Makana for coordinating the Angels of Aloha Holiday Program and extend our thanks to the Unity Church of Maui and all of the angels who gave so generously. We also thank Omar and Cherisse Camara and the OmZone Maui ohana for hosting the Soulful Christmas Benefit concerts and providing entertainment gift bags for each family. Mahalo nui loa to Charmaine Tavares for donating Christmas trees, and a special mahalo to Zane and Beth Mathias for again photographing our holiday party.

We also extend our sincere thanks to those “Friends of The Maui Farm” who included us in their annual charitable giving. The Maui Farm’s programs and services are an important resource in our community, and we remain committed to providing farm-based, family-centered residential and educational programs serving the Maui community. To all of our supporters from throughout the year, thank you for joining with us through your generosity.

From The Maui Farm ohana to the Maui County community, we send our aloha and best wishes for peace and happiness for all.

Paula Ambre, executive director

The Maui Farm

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Catholic Charities Hawaii is very thankful for all of Santa’s helpers that made the Christmas holiday so special for all the children and families in need in our community.

We felt especially blessed this year with so many toys, gifts for our older teens and food boxes for our families who needed a little extra help around the holidays.

We send our appreciation to Starwood Properties, Monsignor Terrance Watanabe, staff and volunteers of St Teresa’s Parish; Father Roland Bunda, staff and volunteers of St. Anthony Parish; Evelyn Long with MW Group, Ltd. and all of the dance instructors from Keoni’s DanceFit Studio.

Catholic Charities Hawaii

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What an incredible start to 2014 for Maui, as after a week of perfect weather and exciting/competitive golf at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, numerous Maui nonprofit organizations will receive thousands of dollars as a result of the efforts of 425 volunteers at the golf tournament.

Professional golfers and PGA Tour management stated that the volunteer team’s performance was awesome, and that volunteers at this tournament were amongst the best of all volunteer teams at the 45 annual events held in the USA and four other countries.

Volunteer chairpersons John Valtierra (marshals), Gary Robert (volunteer headquarters), Lee and Ann Albrecht (on-course transportation), Doug McLellan (on-road transportation), Rod Ferguson (scoring), and Kathy Taylor (admissions) did an outstanding job leading their volunteer teams.

Further credit must go to Nancy Cross (tournament director) and Mike Jones (Troon Golf) as well as the individuals working on their teams, as communication and cooperation between all four groups was critical for a successful tournament.

Ed Hogan, volunteer chairman

Hyundai Tournament of Champions

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Sheraton Maui Resort General Manager Tets Yamazaki, Executive Chef Greg Gaspar, Food and Beverage Manager Brandon Maeda, Ryan Stansel and staff, thank you so much for a fabulous, fun-filled day! Our annual Gingerbread House Celebration Event was a success, and it couldn’t have happened without you. You all provided us an excellent venue and service, and a helpful, professional staff. We enjoyed every moment. The gingerbread houses look so amazing. We truly appreciate all you do for a positive growth of our agency and most importantly for our keiki.

You have shown that the aloha spirit of sharing and caring is what it truly is about. Good people doing great things.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Maui

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Emmanuel Lutheran School Band would like to send a huge mahalo out to Flatbread Co. in Paia for hosting a benefit night for us. Proceeds will help 21 middle-school students travel to Oahu in March to participate in the Hawaii Lutheran Schools Music Festival.

Emmanuel Lutheran

School Band

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Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike (Hana School Building Program) would like to thank HEI Charitable Foundation and Maui Electric for their support as a funding partner of our nonprofit youth training program. Their kokua of $10,000 for our 2013-14 Building for Sustainability Program helps ensure the continuation of our program, while directly benefiting the students every day in discovering their strengths and talents.

The focus of our Building for Sustainability Program is to provide Hana youth with vocational training that emphasizes sustainable industry directions. In doing so, we aim to give Hana youth the skills of self-sufficiency and long-term sustainability, ultimately raising our community’s capacity to malama itself.

Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike

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We at Maui Economic Opportunity Early Childhood Services (servicing Head Start and Kahi Kamali’i Infant & Toddler Center) would like to extend a huge mahalo to the following community agencies, organizations and members who worked collaboratively with our family case managers during the holiday season: Kula Catholic Community, Kahului/ Molokai Salvation Army, St. Anthony School Band, Dr. Leslie Arakaki and the Kiwanis Club of Maui, Kihei/Wailea Community Association, Old Lahaina Luau, Leslie Mullen and the Rotary Club of Kahului, Laulima Giving Program, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Maui United Way, Feed My Sheep and Maui Economic Opportunity Community Services.

Because of their generosity, families were able to celebrate the holiday season knowing their basic needs were taken care of and all children would receive a gift. Mahalo for your continued support, and we look forward in working with you on future projects and events.

Maui Economic Opportunity

Early Childhood Services

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On behalf of Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, I would like to thank the numerous community organizations and individuals who generously donated their time, talents and treasures during the holiday season. This made such a difference for our children and their families at both our Wailuku and Lahaina facilities.

Courtney Cabebe, director of children services

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers

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We would like to thank Joseph W. Bean for the positive article he wrote Dec. 28 in the Kahiau column of The Maui News about our company, ERA Pacific Properties, and the volunteer work we do for the Wounded Warrior Program during Kihei’s 4th Friday at Azeka Place.

We give away free popcorn, with the proceeds from donations going to the Wounded Warrior Program. This would not be possible without the help of the following agents and friends in our company: Michele Andron, Walker Belbot, Bill Buffington, Terry Sheets, Wilmar Bumanglag, Marco Rivera, Gary Masich, Don Miller and Regina Miller, to name a few. This is our way of saying mahalo to our warriors and their families for the sacrifices they have made. God continue to bless them, the people of Maui for your generosity and the United States of America.

Steve and Rosie Hogin

ERA Pacific Properties

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Maui United Way held its annual Holiday Toy Drive and would like to thank the supporters and sponsors who helped make this year’s toy drive a huge success.

Through this toy drive, Maui United Way was able to give toys to hundreds of children this Christmas. The toys were distributed to children on Maui through some of Maui United Way’s 40 nonprofit partner agencies.

With a sincere mahalo, Maui United Way thanks the following for their donations and contribution to the toy drive: Pacific Media Group, Meyer Computer Inc., Hawaii National Bank, Carden Academy of Maui, Skyline Eco-Adventures, Makawao Veterinary Clinic, Genki Sushi-Maui Mall, Ace Hardware Hawaii, Ben Franklin Crafts, County of Maui, Habitat for Humanity-Maui, Kaanapali Beach Club and all of the individuals who donated toys.

Your support allows us to meet the needs of our community.

Maui United Way

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Walking out of the Maui Memorial Medical Center Oncology Department after my husband’s monthly treatment, we met someone pushing a cart full of goodie bags. She told me to pick a bag for my husband – there were so many – and I finally settled on one.

When we got home, I opened the bag, which was filled with useful items that we use every day.

Thank you, Scout Lansen Nitahara of Troop 53 for putting our bag together with an encouraging get-well note; you made our day special. And thank you to the Boy Scouts of Maui for doing such a wonderful job.

Ralph and Sadako Nikaido


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On behalf of the Doris Todd Christian Academy’s 8th-grade class, we, the fundraising committee of Kiley Kochi, Eric Hanscam and Kamran Bhattacharya, would like to thank C-Jayes’ Local Grinds and especially Pat Kochi for their generous help in funding our 8th-grade trip with our recent Spam musubi sale. The class certainly appreciates this benevolent donation of time, goods and services that will make our trip possible.

Doris Todd 8th-grade student fundraisers

Noel Kuraya, adviser