Thank-You Letters

The staff and board of Na Hoaloha-Neighbors Helping Neighbors send a special mahalo to Dave Berry, vice president and chief operating officer of Mokulele Airlines, for donating 10 travel vouchers to our top volunteer drivers who provided between 1,500 and 4,500 miles of transportation to homebound seniors, and to U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono for recognizing their achievements with Congressional Certificates of Appreciation.

Our volunteer drivers are paid 55 cents per mile to help seniors and people with disabilities remain independent and in their home. We are happy to honor their service with these recognitions.

Candice Carter, executive director

Na Hoaloha

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Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank the businesses and volunteers who supported our organization at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Hale Makua has been honored to have been selected as a benefiting charity of the tournament for over 10 years.

It has been a privilege to work with the PGA tournament staff as well as volunteers from the other benefiting charities: Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui and Lahainaluna High School Foundation.

Our participation in this event would not be possible without our staff, board directors, community members and the Maui Junior Golf Association members who so generously gave their time to help with merchandising, ecology and the media center on behalf of our organization. We are grateful for their support for our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our home and yours.

A very special mahalo to Tournament Director Nancy Cross and Coordinator Marisa McCollough for making this exceptional event possible. We appreciate all that was done to ensure the success of the tournament, and its continued support of Maui’s nonprofits.

Denise Thayer, director of development & marketing

Hale Makua Health Services

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I would like to express my gratitude to the members of VFW Post 3850 and members of VFW Ladies Auxiliary 3850 for all of the help and donations that made our chicken and steak fry a success. Thank you to everyone for giving of your time.

I would like to express my gratitude to the two people who were a tremendous help: Cassie Ale and Peggy Haake. This fundraiser wouldn’t have been a success without them.

I would also like to express my gratitude to Haake and Naomi Araki for delivering the donated food items to Maui Job Corps.

Thank you to Larry Tuzon and his Maui Job Corps students for their assistance with our fundraiser.

Serina Souza

VFW Ladies Auxiliary 3850


Thank-You Letters

The Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges continued support from the Kent & Polli Smith Family Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation. The contribution is used to support the Pa’ia Bay Cafe life-skills program, which offers daily cooking classes. The classes educate participants about meal preparation and nutrition. During our last program year, 120 youth participated regularly in the program. During that year, more than 2,500 meals were served to children, many of whom would not have eaten during the day if it weren’t for the cafe program.

The Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center

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I would like to send a big thank-you to Mel Taketa, who successfully recovered both my engagement and wedding rings. Both were lost at Kaanapali Beach after I was knocked down by a big wave. I also thank the staff at the Sheraton for providing us with Mel’s contact information. Mel came out to begin the search in less than 24 hours and located both rings in just under 45 minutes. I am still in disbelief and can’t thank him enough.

Tanya Mariottini

Boise, Idaho

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Words cannot express how grateful I am for the continued support and commitment of Walter Hester III and the Maui Jim Ohana. As Hale Makua Health Services’ financial situation continues to be challenged by government cutbacks, Maui Jim’s and Walter Hester’s generous gifts help Hale Makua Health Services continue to maintain our commitment to care for elders and disabled individuals on Maui.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Walter. To know Walter is to know that he is not only financially generous but also gives selflessly of his time and tremendous talents. Walter first became involved with Hale Makua Health Services as a trustee of the Hale Makua Foundation Board over a decade ago and has consistently remained active with the organization. Seeing the level of growth and success that Walter has achieved at the helm of Maui Jim, while always maintaining the same values of quality, respect and aloha spirit, has been an inspiration to me as we move forward in meeting the ever-changing health care needs of elders and disabled individuals in the Maui community.

Tony Krieg, CEO

Hale Makua Health Services

Thank-You Letters

We want to publicly thank Jake Durnell for finding us – and possibly saving our lives – in the Makawao Forest Reserve on the night of Jan. 20. That afternoon while hiking, we became so engrossed in our conversation that we didn’t hike fast enough to complete the 6-mile trail before nightfall. So we rested, thirsty, hungry and shivering, against a tree to wait for dawn. Jake noticed my car in the parking lot and came up the trail on his dirt bike to search for us. Bless you, Jake!

Harriet Witt and Mary Lane


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St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School would like to express gratitude to the many parents and students who visited us for our Admissions Open House on Jan. 18.

We had all our of faculty and administrators, along with many students, parents and coaches, available for demonstrations and questions for the many interested visitors.

We invite you to call us at 244-4190 for an application packet, to shadow a student, for coffee hour with our head of school, for financial aid information or for any questions.

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School

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Kula Elementary School would like to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following community members in the establishment of our school garden: Lindy and Cherry Ann Sutherland, Trevor and Wayne Lu and families, Kaonoulu Ranch LLLP Properties, Henry and Sandy Rice, Shep Murray and Wai Ulu Farms, Jay Lindsey and Ranch Style Fencing.

Our students and teachers thank you for taking the time to help Kula Elementary School continue to promote and educate our children about the importance of agriculture in our community.

Kula Elementary School

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As Maui Community Correctional Center’s senior/volunteer chaplain and the Angel Tree coordinator for Prison Fellowship International for over 29 years, I blessed over 75 homes this past Christmas with gifts, love and an invitation to church. Many from Hawaiian Airlines and several churches joined me in celebrating and putting a sparkle in the kids’ Christmas. Thanks also to Valley Isle Motors’ Jim Falk for the bicycles that blessed so many young people.

We presented gift cards from grocery stores to help supply food for the large families.

Many thank-you notes from the inmates expressed remorse and joy in knowing their children were being blessed by so many in Maui County.

Please contact Chaplain Henrietta Pua Hashimoto to sustain our families. Write Maui Community Correctional Center, 600 Waiale Road, Wailuku 96793, Attention: Chaplain Hashimoto. Tax-deduction slips will be sent at request.

Henrietta Pua Hashimoto, senior/volunteer chaplain

Maui Community Correctional Center