Thank-You Letters

On behalf of the Maui National Junior Basketball League board of directors, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the players, coaches, officials and parents who participated in the practices and games throughout the 2014 Maui NJB Upcountry Hoops Spring Basketball League. Your positive participation and support has made this season a great success.

Thank you also to the County of Maui Parks and Recreation Department and King Kekaulike High School for allowing us to use their facilities.

It was great to see the Upcountry community pull together and support our youngsters and also to provide them with a positive and healthy activity.

We look forward to your continued participation in our league.

Thank you very much.

Ralph D. Norman Jr.

Maui NJB league director

Steve Dumlao

Maui NJB league president

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As president of the Soroptimist International of West Maui, I want to offer a big mahalo to the generous donors and enthusiastic bidders who made our recent silent auction fundraiser at Lahaina Second Friday a success.

Many of you know us as the group that organizes the annual keiki Halloween parade, but our driving purpose is to enhance the lives of women and girls through education. Every year, we provide college scholarships to local high school girls. Through our “Live Your Dream” program, we award grants to single working moms who are attending school or training to improve their lives and those of their keiki. We rely on the generosity of Maui’s residents, businesses, and visitors to fund our endeavors through events like the silent auction.

SIWM hosts a speaker series dinner every third Wednesday of the month to discuss the issues facing women today and to plan for the future. We would love to have any interested parties join us. You can also visit to learn more about the Soroptimists globally and our Facebook page (Soroptimist International of West Maui) to learn more about our local efforts here on Maui.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kathy Perry


Soroptimist International of West Maui

Thank-You Letters

Big mahalo to Maui Police Department for being so quick to arrive at our home following a break-in and theft at our home. We called MPD, and officers Darren Agarano and Chad Kusunoki arrived in around 10 minutes. Fifteen minutes after arriving at our home, they were able to get our property back to us and place the person responsible in custody. Both officers showed a lot of concern and were very sincere in addressing our situation. As soon as they got a lead, they left and got the person responsible.

Kurt Furomoto


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Another school year has quickly come to an end. On behalf of the Maui High School Class of 2014, I would like to thank all of the teachers who have influenced our young men and women both in and out of the classroom.

Without the support of the following individuals and organizations, our graduation ceremonies would not be possible.

Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Maui, Arisumi Brothers Inc., Hawaii Carpenters Union (Bruce U’u), Kerry Wasano and the MHS Band, Ace Printing, Dennis Ishii, Val Guiala, PSAV, County of Maui Parks and Recreation, County of Maui stadium maintenance crew, Maui High custodial staff, Maui High faculty, the Aiwohi family and the graduation committee.

Good luck, Class of 2014, and make us proud.

Ti’a Joaquin, graduation chair

Maui High School

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On March 7, Maui High School seniors presented their Senior Projects to a panel of judges. The Senior Project is a Maui High School graduation requirement composed of four major elements: paper, project, portfolio and presentation. All seniors must write an argumentative research paper and complete 20 hours of either job shadowing, community service or create a product of choice.

They must document their work in a portfolio and then present everything they have learned through this Senior Project journey to a panel of faculty and community members. The topics ranged from nursing to auto tech to graphics and agriculture.

I would like to thank the Maui High School faculty, especially the senior and capstone teachers, for the many hours they put in to make sure students were prepared for the March presentation. Mahalo also to all of the judges who took time off from their busy schedules to listen to our seniors present.

Ti’a Joaquin, senior project chair

Maui High School

Thank-You Letters

I would like to thank Audrey Love, the security guard at the Makawao Public Library, for her constant vigilance and dedication to safety.

After observing many near accidents at the crosswalk in front of the library on Makawao Avenue, she placed a call to Executive Assistant Mike Molina of the Mayor’s Office seeking assistance. Within one week, crosswalk safety signs were installed, giving warning to drivers to watch for pedestrians.

Mahalo, Audrey Love! In addition, mahalo Mike Molina, Mayor Alan Arakawa and the county workers for your care and timely action.

Robin Foundher


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I want to thank each and every person who attended, as well as businesses and individuals that donated to, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund event on April 25. The evening was a huge success. Throughout this project, I am continually amazed at the generosity of the Maui community and our Maui County veterans. Thank you all for helping me reach my goal to honor our Maui County fallen heroes from the Vietnam War. Never forget their sacrifice.

Janna Hoehn

Lead Hawaii Volunteer

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

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We wish to express our gratitude to all who were able to join and support Hospice Maui for our Memorial Day celebration and remembrance. Your presence, assistance and food shared are just a few ways you helped to make this a heartfelt and meaningful event.

As our guests arrived they were treated to the peaceful and heavenly sounds of Bobbie Joe Curley and her harp. A very special “mahalo” to our volunteers Sherri Reeve, Paul Wickman, Laura Valenzuela, Erol Ackdoe and Anne Rowehl for their readings, and for the many hands who helped set up and clean up. Mahalo to Julia Schonberg, Grace Woods, Irene Ryding, Donna Rolens, Janet Bugarin, Mary Saunders and many more who assisted in mailing, folding programs and making phone calls to invite families. Your open hearts and willing hands make you all valuable members of our team.

Under partly cloudy skies that kept the temperatures pleasant, we enjoyed beautiful local-style music by Tim Shiroma and his wife, Barbara. Uncle Leslie Kuloloio never fails to give us chicken skin with his contributions of talk story, musical selections and prayers of gratitude. We are grateful to Kahu Kealahou C. Alika for his continued support for the last 25 plus years in hosting Hospice Maui with our service on the grounds of Keawala’i Congregational Church. Mahalo to the Rev. Sol Kalu and the Rev. Austin B. Murray for their participation. We appreciate Kahului Florist for the beautiful centerpiece as well as Maui Wedding Cakes, which graciously donated their white doves for release at the end of our service, an ancient symbol of love, devotion and spirit.

Connie Castillo-Walsh

coordinator of volunteer services and

the Hospice Maui staff

Thank-You Letters

Thank you to the many St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School parents and teachers who have helped with the Parent Teacher Guild. Your organizing and coordinating of recognition and fundraising events shows your gratitude and passion for our teachers and students to further enrich their learning.

Lunches and goody bags for teachers, barbecue meals at open house events and back-to-school nights, car washes, garage sales, rummage sales, logo sales, gold tickets and many more have been enjoyed by many.

Call us at 244-4190 to learn how you can be a part of our student enrollment and PTG.

Cheryl Pokipala

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School

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Mahalo to all who helped with the benefit garage sale on May 17 for the Feline Foundation of Maui:

Helen Domer, Lila Fujimoto, Jean Keating, Kristi and Tony Kemp, Monica Lockheimer, Terri Shishido, Anita Witner and Sue Young.

The money raised will help to fund the spay/neuter program of Feline Foundation of Maui.

The mission to manage Maui’s free-roaming cats may be reviewed at and

Donya Izbicki


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The students and staff at Makawao Elementary School would like to thank Matthew Mori for carrying out his Eagle Scout project at our school. Matt designed, built and filled garden boxes and planted vegetable starts in them.

The success of the project is attributed to the following people who donated the following: Jay Nobriga-compost; GS Excavations-soil; Hawaii Grower Products-gypsum; Adrian Iwamoto, ISI Hawaii Water Solutions-irrigation supplies; David Adelmann, The Home Depot, irrigation timer and garden border; Tyson Miyake and Duane Hamamura, Miyake Concrete Accessories Inc.-lumber. Special thanks goes out to Alan Brisley for his expertise in consulting and coordinating the entire project.

Makawao Elementary School students

and staff

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On April 8, I received a call that my mom fell and broke her femur. When I got to the ER, I was told that we would have to be medevaced to Kaiser Moanalua for surgery. My ohana would like to thank all the people who helped us on Maui and Oahu: Maui Memorial Medical Center ER, ambulance and air ambulance paramedics on Maui and Oahu, Kaiser Moanalua Hospital staff and MONARC Rehab Services.

Also, mahalo to many family and friends who were there for us on Maui and Oahu during our 12 days there.

We have been very blessed by all of your help. Mahalo and blessings to all of you.

Lorna Raymon