MEO names its volunteer and benefactor of the year

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. named its volunteer and benefactor of the year Feb. 14 at its annual recognition luncheon.

The volunteer of the year is Lahaina Honolua Club President May Fujiwara. She volunteers her time to serve as secretary-treasurer of the MEO Board of Directors and sits on the executive, finance and transportation ad hoc committees.

Fujiwara not only volunteers her time at MEO, she organizes her seniors and testifies on proposed legislation at the state and county levels.

In her nomination of Fujiwara, MEO CEO Lyn McNeff said, “May is the epitome of a caring, compassionate, hardworking advocate for seniors. She has contributed much to the betterment and well-being of the Maui County’s senior population. She is a true champion.”

The benefactor of the year is Pacific Painting & Refinishing Inc. Over the past several years, Pacific Painting Inc. has bid on and completed several small projects for MEO.

As MEO’s Mahalani building began to show its age, the building needed a fresh coat of paint, according to a news release. Pacific Painting & Refinishing Inc.’s W. Kalani and his crew donated their equipment, supplies and time to get the job done.

Also, along with the Maui County Correctional Center Workline crews, the company power-washed, prepped and repainted the entire exterior of the two-story building. This saved the Maui nonprofit more than $18,000 in supplies, equipment and labor costs, the release said.

For more information about MEO, call McNeff at 249-2990.