Thank-You Letters

Thank you, brothers and sisters in the Lord, intercessors who prayed for Al and Chaplain Henrietta Pua as we ventured on Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree’s visit to families of those who are not able to travel to their loved ones in Hawaii facilities.

Our human experience filled with the Holy Spirit led us to Bethel Church of Redding, Calif., first. We count it all joy listening to new friends on this great journey. Mighty men and women of faith shared testimonies of salvation and glory as we stopped at Costco in Reno and Oakland. Next on to Antioch, Calif., King’s Chapel to share the good news with Kairos Prison Ministry, and the grandparents of another mission’s son.

We know that faith overcomes fear, and love produces healing and salvation.

Chaplain Henrietta Pua and Al Hashimoto

MCCC volunteers

Friends of the Chaplain ministry/ Mission with Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree

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A recent weekend was an amazing time for the children of the incarcerated. It was a time to just have fun and be a kid. In a day and age of division, opinion and politics, I witnessed our community come together and make Camp Agape Maui happen. The generosity of the people of Maui is unbelievable. For the many volunteers and donors, you have affected the lives of these children forever. We are so grateful to everyone who helped and to the staff and chaplains at Maui Community Correctional Center and Warden James Hirano who attended. Maui look what we can do when we have a common goal, “Agape” God’s love unconditional.

Derek and Julie Smith, directors

Camp Agape Maui

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A warm mahalo to Paul Weinstein at Bounty Music and Cheryl Rock at Mele Ukulele for donating instruments for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian to sign at his March 21 concert to be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the local nonprofit Maui Youth & Family Services.

Thanks to their generosity, we were able to raise money to help at-risk youths in our community, such as by providing emergency shelters for teens desperately in need of a home, school-based and after-school counseling for young people affected by substance abuse, and case-management services to youths aging out of the foster-care system.

Thank you also to Lazar Bear Productions for selecting MYFS as the beneficiary organization for the founding member of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Maui performance. We deeply appreciate Bounty Music, Mele Ukulele and Lazar Bear Productions’ support.

Frances Duberstein, development coordinator

Maui Youth & Family Services

Thank-You Letters

The Lihikai School kindergarten teachers would like to express our sincere appreciation to the following people who supported us during our Lihikai School Bazaar: Leonard Nagata of Strictly Aquatic for donating Mickey Mouse platys; Karen Freudenberg of The Pet Shop for providing fish and supplies; and our kindergarten parents and friends who volunteered. Thank you for making our event very successful.

Merlyn Nagata, bazaar chairperson

Lihikai School

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We would like to thank the people and organizations that decided to add benches to the Kihei parks. We have been enjoying walking through Maui parks and along the beaches for many years but lately we have found that we need to sit and rest a bit along the way. These benches have added to our ability to continue to enjoy this wonderful island.

We hope the people who make decisions about Wailea and the wonderful walk there will soon make similar choices and put benches along that walk as well.

Janie Goodwin and family

British Columbia

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We would like to thank our families, Maui businesses, organizations and individuals for helping to make our 11th Ohana Fun Fair a success. Your patience, volunteer time, donations and support is greatly appreciated. With these, we had a successful turn out.

Iao Preschool staff


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I would like thank the Parks Department for the improvements they made to the washroom at Kamaole Beach II. I’m sure all the beachgoers appreciate it, I know my group does. Well done!

Bob Bonderud

Kamloops, Canada

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Seniors, fantastic job last Friday with your presentations. You did an excellent job representing yourselves, the Class of 2014 and Kekaulike High School.

While you were the stars of the day, please join the Senior Project Task Force in thanking all the teachers, judges and volunteers who helped to make the day a success.

We also need to add a special thank-you to Serpico’s Restaurant and Pukalani Superette for the contributions they made to our presentation day. It’s support from local businesses like these, as well as all the help that seniors received, that make this a true Kekaulike Senior Project Community.

Richard Carosso, senior project coordinator

King Kekaulike High School

Thank-You Letters

On behalf of the Maui Waena track team, I would like to send out a big thank-you to the Suda brothers, Rupurt and Cowboy, for digging the long-jump pit. And to Terry Gomes of TJ Gomes Trucking Inc. for the screened sand to fill the pit. It is people like this in the community that make it happen for our students.

Eric Domingo, track coach

Jamie Yap, principal

Maui Waena Intermediate School

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Somos Ohana Nicaragua wishes to thank The Flatbread Co. of Paia for their wonderful generosity that contributed to the success of our fundraiser pizza night and silent auction Feb. 11. The monies raised are going to help build a much-needed secondary school and support our annual day camp for special-needs youth in Villanueva in northwestern Nicaragua, where our organization works every summer.

We also gratefully thank Damian Paiva and his ohana who provided music and the many businesses and individuals that donated valuable prizes to our silent auction, including the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway; the Pacific Whale Foundation; the Maui Country Club; the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course; Wiebke Daniels; Eleri Agsalog; Ellen Lustig; and Giannotto’s Pizza.

Somos Ohana Nicaragua

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My husband, Joe Klein, died tragically in an snorkeling accident on Feb. 12. There are so many people that I would like to thank on Maui for the support and help that I was given. From the residents at the condo we were staying at, the building manager, the paramedics, police and fire department, the doctors, nurses, chaplain, social worker at the hospital, Rabbi David Glickman, Mark Ballard, airport staff and the many people who offered me their kind hearts at that difficult time. You always hear the negative side of human behavior but I only felt love and compassion and feel very blessed.

Elizabeth Klein

Calgary, Alberta

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Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank Ohana Fuels for making us the recipient of their “Fuel Up Do Good” program in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Whenever someone filled up with Ohana Fuels’ Top Tier gasoline at a Kahului, Lahaina, Makawao or Pukalani Ohana Fuels station, a portion of the sale went to support Hale Makua Health Services. A record-breaking $4,037.51 was raised during those three months.

Now in its seventh quarter, Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up Do Good” program has raised more than $20,000 for Maui charities. In addition to Hale Makua Health Services, the Boys & Girls Club of Maui, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Ka Lima O Maui, Maui Food Bank and Maui Youth & Family Services have received donations that help further their missions to serve individuals in the Maui community.

Funds raised for Hale Makua Health Services through the “Fuel Up Do Good” program will help provide support for Maui’s kupuna who are no longer able to safely live in their own homes.

Denise Thayer, director of development and marketing

Hale Makua Health Services

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On behalf of the Maui Interscholastic League, I would like to thank Keith Amemiya, Don Murphy, Duane Kurisu, the Downtown Athletic Club, Pulama Lana’i and the many corporate sponsors who raised more than $100,000 for Lanai and Molokai High schools athletic departments.

The event was held at Murphy’s Bar and Grill on Oahu and attended by more than 300 supporters, many from Lanai and Molokai, and transplants from both islands who live on Oahu as well as people from all over the state.

I would also like to thank Myles Nakashima from Pukalani Superette for the donation of tako poke and Jeremy Kozuki from Home Maid Bakery for the manju and mochi that complemented the Molokai bread and the venison chili from Lanai.

We appreciate all the support and kokua you have shown, not only for these two schools but for the MIL.

Joe Balangitao Jr.


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Public Access Trails Hawaii thanks an anonymous donor for $5,000. This money will be used for the trial starting March 17 to open up Haleakala Trail. Public Access Trails Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. Thanks again to our donor, who firmly believes in public access to public lands.

Dave Brown, executive director

Public Access Trails Hawaii

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Thank you to the following speakers: Makenna Cockett, Jonathan Ibanez, Colin Mendoza-McGee, Nicole Neilson, Reina Ramirez, Mindy Santos, Nina Souza and James Tavares.

Your willingness to express gratitude to the St. Anthony church membership for their contribution toward the Augustine Educational Foundation second collection was inspiring.

Your presence on behalf of our students stresses our belief in the ohana spirit and the belief of a hope-filled future.

AEF helps families in Hawaii to obtain Catholic educations for their children. Call us at 244-4190 or for more information.

Cheryl Pokipala

Saint Anthony Junior-Senior High School

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Maui Tropical Plantation for allowing my company to supply the food services for the plantation for almost four years. Maui Flavors Catering and Bruddah Willy’s Sticky Ribs have had the pleasure of doing the banquets, restaurant operations and takeout window for the property.

During this time we have made many new friends and have had many learning experiences that we plan to live by as we move on to other business opportunities in the future.

Mahalo to coach Mike Atherton and his staff: Kelly Nagata, Roland Porgatorio, Reid Kawabata, Glenn Fujimoto, Sam Kala, Patty Okuda and the extended “ohana” of the plantation vendors, especially Hoapili Ane, Rebecca Lowell, Duane Ting, Kumu Farms, Maui Zipline and the rest of the plantation staff.

Will Bailey