Hale Kau Kau names new program director

San Nicolas

St. Theresa Church has named Claudine San Nicolas as the new program director of Hale Kau Kau, a project that has been serving free meals to Maui’s homebound and hungry residents every day for more than 25 years.

“Claudine has been a longtime St. Theresa parishioner, and I’m confident she’ll be a good steward for our program to alleviate hunger in South Maui,” said St. Theresa pastor, the Rev. Msgr. Terrence A.M. Watanabe. “She is committed to our parish motto of ‘Rooted in Jesus, we love and serve others.’ “

San Nicolas starts her new job in mid-December. Dana Knowles will serve as part-time development and volunteer coordinator.

“I consider it a blessing to serve the Maui community in such a meaningful way — to ensure people in need get a hot, nutritious meal every day,” San Nicolas said. “It will be an honor to work with our kitchen staff and volunteers who make Hale Kau Kau such an important part of the mission to alleviate hunger in a safe, loving and supportive environment.”

San Nicolas has lived on Maui for nearly three decades, having served the last three and a half years as director of development and director of admissions at St. Anthony School in Wailuku.

Prior to St. Anthony, San Nicolas worked for 20 years as a staff writer at The Maui News. She left the newspaper to start her own public relations business, CSN Communications. San Nicolas is married to The Maui News City Editor Brian Perry. The couple has two adult daughters, Maya Rita and Serena Dolores.

Hale Kau Kau provides free meals daily to anyone who shows up at the St. Theresa Church kitchen at 25 W. Lipoa St. in Kihei.

The program also delivers free meals to homebound residents. In collaboration with Keolahou Hawaiian Congregational Church, Hale Kau Kau distributes every Friday morning weekly food baskets and emergency food supplies to families in crisis.

For more information, visit halekaukau.org, or call 875-8754.