Community News

Meeting will explore using oysters to improve water quality in harbor

The public is invited to Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a free presentation on a proposed plan to use oysters to improve ocean water quality in Maalaea Harbor. The meeting will be held at Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the ...

Car wash introduces ‘ocean-friendly’ measures

For the first time in Hawaii, an “ocean-friendly” charity car wash was held in order to lessen the pollutants associated with vehicles and car care that reach storm drains and can harm the environment. The West Maui Kumuwai campaign, a movement for ocean health, teamed up with students from ...

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Public invited to ocean workshops The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and NOAA Fisheries will present a series of ocean users workshops on Maui. The public is invited to learn and ask questions about safe ...

Naughty or nice? These six marine animals made the list

As Christmas approaches, we’re making our list and checking it twice at the Maui Ocean Center. Through countless hours working with the marine animals under our care, our divers and aquarists experience the colorful personalities of each animal daily. In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve ...

Sharing recycle message with students

Third-grade students had the opportunity to identify items that could be recycled in a follow-up activity during a “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” presentation at Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary School on Nov. 7. Five teams of two “Rotary Team Teachers” from the Rotary Club of Lahaina ...

Aloha Friday performance

The free Aloha Friday Music Series at Whole Foods in Kahului is celebrating eight years. On Nov. 9, guitarist Jim Specter performed his classical style of music. The free music series takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a wide variety of musicians performing. The series is presented ...

Buddhist women recognize recovery center

The Maui United Buddhist Women’s Association selected local nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center for its annual Dana Award and donated $500 to the organization as part of the award. Each year MUBWA chooses a community organization whose work embodies the act of selfless giving for its ...

Couple celebrates 50th anniversary

William “Bill” and Jeanette Kinaka celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 23. Bill and Jeanette were both born and raised in Hawaii — Bill in Lahaina and Jeneatte in Honolulu — but they met 5,000 miles away in Washington, D.C., while working for Hawaii’s U.S. senators. ...

Community supports Ka Lima O Maui

Ka Lima O Maui held its annual meeting marking 63 years of ìEnhancing Lives through Self-Reliance for persons with disabilities through employment-related programs and independent living skills on Nov. 15 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. The annual meeting was a ...

Honor Rolls

MAUI HIGH SCHOOL First Quarter 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average Some students earned higher than 4.0 grade-point averages because of their work in Advanced Placement, college-level classes. Grade 12 — Chris Ann Alejo, Juliana Andrade, Tricha Arquero, Taysia Aspili, Carl Jefferson ...

Lesson about ‘resilient’ coral reefs

Alana Yurkanin of the Nature Conservancy Maui shared what it means for a coral reef to be “resilient” at the 2018 Ridge to Reef Rendezvous on Oct. 27. An estimated 250 people attended the event at Kahekili Beach Park in north Kaanapali, an annual celebration of ridge-to-reef environmental ...

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: The Specialized Foundation has announced that Maui Preparatory Academy is one of the select nationwide schools to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focus cycling program for ...

Latex allergy awareness theme of school creativity contest

The fourth annual award ceremony for the Maui County Middle & High School Latex Allergy Awareness Creativity Contest, co-sponsored by Maui Health Systems, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Maui Memorial Medical Center, took place Oct. 10. This year’s theme was “Truths of ...

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Lei of Aloha 12 benefits halau Lei of Aloha 12 will take place at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The open house tour of the award-winning, historic bed-and-breakfast inn is a benefit for Hokulani Holt’s halau hula, Pa‘u O Hi‘iaka. Tickets are $40. The day ...

Homestead summit advances ideas

Farmers and lawmakers planted the idea of a state agricultural strategic plan at the inaugural Maui Homestead Summit on Nov. 3 when 100 participants convened at He Piko No Waiohuli Community Center at Waiohuli Hawaiian homestead in Kula.  “Hawaiians need to hear the important messages that ...

Winners announced in keiki hula competition

Titles for the 28th annual Hula O Na Keiki competition were recently awarded at Maui’s only solo hula competition for children. Established by the staff of Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel in 1990, Hula O Na Keiki promotes awareness and perpetuates Hawaiian culture through music and dance. Below ...

Victim of childhood sexual abuse shares powerful message

Inspirational speaker, author and advocate Marsha Barth presented to and visited with clients at local nonprofit Aloha House’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program in Makawao on Oct. 17. Novels “The Shattering: A Child’s Innocence Betrayed” and “The Shattering II: Breaking ...

Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary named ‘Fastest School in Lahaina’

Four Lahaina schools raced for the title of “Fastest School in Lahaina” at the 2018 XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. Lahainaluna High School, Lahaina Intermediate School, Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary School and King Kamehameha III Elementary School competed in the 5K trail run and were ...

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Christmas Project seeks volunteers Now in its 17th year, Imaika’s Christmas Project is getting underway in organizing this year’s Christmas Breakfast for the less fortunate. It will take place Dec. 23 at Kihei’s Kalama Park fronting the basketball courts. Setup begins at 4:30 a.m. and ...

Advance directives communicate important health care wishes

November is national caregiver month and hopefully many of the local caregivers attended Friday’s annual Caregiver Conference hosted by Maui County Office on Aging. If not, put it on your calendar for next November. As a caregiver or future caregiver, it’s never too early to begin the ...