Local Briefs


Student wins leadership award

Maui native and product design student Lori Nishikawa received the Student Leadership Award at her recent graduation from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasedena, Calif.

Product Design Chair Karen Hofmann said Nishikawa has “a deep commitment to sustainability, social equity and collaboration. . . . Without a doubt, I see Lori Nishikawa moving on from ArtCenter to take what she has learned here and truly make the world a better place.”

Nishikawa tackled social issues in art and design. One example is her project “FUTURE CRAFT Japan + Thailand,” which involved working with artisans in Northern Thailand and creating designs that extend Northern Thai craft traditions to global markets.


Maui caregivers receive awards

During the recent second annual Kupuna Malama Awards, ‘Ohana Health Plan recognized 27 nominees of adult caregivers for their dedication. Of these nominees, 10 adult foster caregivers were presented Kupuna Malama Awards for providing outstanding care to the members they serve.

Two of the 10 honorees, who were nominated by various case management agencies, are from Maui. They are Abigail Navalta, Wailuku, Case Management Professionals; and Roseminic Ulep, Kahului, All Island Case Management Corp.


LiFT program for families and teens

Linking Families and Teens (LiFT), an innovative, one-day program that brings teens (ages 14-19) and their parents together, is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at a location yet to be announced.

Participants will share family values, strengthen family bonds and build skills to talk about the tough stuff, like healthy relationships and sexual health, according to an announcement.

At LiFT, families enjoy free lunch and snacks, activities and prizes. Participants also get to be part of a study and get paid for filling out surveys to help evaluate the program — up to $80 for adults and $110 for teens. There is a chance that some families will be assigned to a survey-only group, which means they will not receive the LiFT program at this time. However, those in the survey-only group will still have the chance to get paid for completing the surveys.

For more information, contact Lara Farina at Lara.Farina@ppgnhi.org or call 281-7073. To sign up, visit www.bit.do/LiFTsignup.


Kaanapali resident attends DAR event

Susan Adams Nealy, organizing member of the Haleakala Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, recently attended the organization’s 126th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. Nealy, a Kaanapali resident, is the Service to Veterans chairman and Commemorative Events chairman.

While at the congress, Nealy received a Department of Defense Award for her work with the Vietnam War Commemoration for the State of Hawaii, which was presented by Maj. Gen. J.T. Jackson (Ret.).

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored annual gathering that has been held in Washington, D.C., since the organization’s founding. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends.

The weeklong convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings and social functions, and is topped off with formal evening ceremonies at which national DAR award winners are honored.


BBBS seeking 25 male mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui has embarked on a campaign to enroll 25 mentors to be matched with Little Brothers currently on its waiting list. The agency is looking for adult males who are interested in becoming a role model to a keiki in need.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui matches children in one-to-one friendships with trained volunteer mentors based on interests, geographic locations and personal preferences. Matches enjoy activities in the community twice per month for a few hours each time. Mentors take the time to listen, encourage and model positive behavior through “everyday” activities, according to an announcement.

For more information, contact ccabebe@bbbshawaii.org. To learn more about becoming a mentor, visit bbbshawaii.org/volunteer.


Pizza sales will aid Arc of Maui

Arc of Maui County will have its annual Flatbread Co. fundraiser at the Paia restaurant from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

In addition to a silent auction, a percentage of the pizza sales will be donated to the agency. Arc of Maui County has been providing community services to families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1954.


Evacuation drill set at Lahaina school

King Kamehameha III Elementary School will conduct its tsunami evacuation drill starting at 8 a.m. Friday. During the drill, traffic will be impacted from the intersections of Prison and Front streets, Shaw and Front streets, as well as the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Shaw Street. 

The tsunami evacuation drill will conclude the school’s “September is Safety Month” activities.


Nonprofit looking for volunteers

The Na Hoaloha board of directors is looking for talented and conscientious volunteers to lead and strengthen its programs.

According to an announcement, it is especially looking for folks with fundraising backgrounds, legal minds, social media skills, some fiscal skills and innovative individuals who enjoy working as a team player.

The Maui-based agency has won national awards for its work as a community-driven volunteer organization providing services by volunteers helping kupuna age in place.

For more information, call 249-2545 or visit www.nahoaloha.org.


Event will support scholarship program

Vrander Villalba and Andy Baltonado, recent Rotary Career Scholarship awardees, will speak at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday at the Pioneer Inn. The meeting is open to the public; the $10 fee includes a full breakfast with menu selections.

With support from Rotary Career Scholarships, Villalba is studying auto mechanics and Baltonado is pursuing a career in agriculture. The scholarships are awarded annually by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise to students pursuing a career outside of the traditional academic college setting.

Funds for the scholarship are raised at the annual Oktoberfest, to be held this year on Friday at the Pioneer Inn with festivities starting at 6 p.m. Authentic German food, beer and the foot-stomping oompah band will be featured. A silent auction with items donated from a variety of businesses help raise funds for the scholarships. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.lahainasunriserotary.org.


Festival to benefit student activities

The second annual PTSA Lahainaluna High School Festival will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the school campus. Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate and support student activities, events and athletics of the school.

Festival attractions include food trucks, local artisans and vendors presenting crafts and clothing, game booths and keiki activities, a silent auction (over 40 restaurants, activities and hotel prizes) and a lineup of Maui musicians such as Jesse Tanoue & Friends, Kason Gomes, Ata Damasco, Mondo Kane and Natalie Ai Kamauu.

Presale tickets are available at select locations, including Lei Floor & Window Coverings, Beyond Beauty Salon & Spa and Lahainaluna High School Da Store, for $5 per person.

Admission at the gate is $10 per person. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free. Parking will be complimentary.

For more information, visit Facebook at Lahainaluna.Fest, lahainalunafestival.weebly.com or email LahainalunaPTSA@gmail.com.