Community News

Driven by his passion for corals and marine life, John Gorman helped open Maui Ocean Center in 1998 and brings a lifetime of experience working with marine life from around the world.   Maui Ocean Center photo

A look back through the eyes of a curator

By EVAN PASCUAL For The Maui News If you could go back to 1998, Maui would look a lot different than it does today: Lahaina is surrounded by sugar cane, Aloha Airlines flies overhead, and gas is only $1.64 per gallon. In the spring, Maui was about to get its first aquarium. The new 3-acre ...

Maui Matsuri to introduce variety show

Maui Matsuri organizers are seeking aspiring performers of all ages to participate in their inaugural Maui Matsuri Variety Show to be held on May 5. Participants must be an amateur performer living on Maui, and participate in a dress rehearsal to be scheduled sometime in April. The variety ...

Valley Isle Keiki Fest has booths for vendors

Crafters and vendors have until March 24 to reserve a booth at the 2017 Valley Isle Keiki Fest set for April 8 at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The event aims to promote a positive environment and community, where children from birth to age 12 are safe, healthy and ready to ...

Rotary Club announces $2,500 scholarship

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is awarding one $2,500 academic scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in West Maui or on Molokai and attends a Maui or Molokai high school. The student should demonstrate superior academic abilities, involvement in school activities and a winning ...

Friends of NRA in Hawaii offering 4 scholarships

The Hawaii Friends of National Rifle Association is offering four $1,000 scholarship awards that can be used toward college or technical/vocational school expenses. FNRA scholarship applications are scored on five criteria: grade-point average; extracurricular, community volunteerism and ...

Honor Rolls

KALAMA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 2nd Quarter Renaissance Students Kalama Intermediate School’s Renaissance program recognizes a combination of academic achievement, good citizenship and community service. 4.0 Grade-Point Average Grade 8 — Emma Ayresman, Sarah Emmsley, Leilah Eusebio, ...

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Camp helps 74 students learn to be leaders

Seventy-four Maui County students from nine Maui County high schools gathered recently at Camp Keanae to experience the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp. Maui County’s nine Rotary clubs sponsored this worldwide program. Joanne Laird and Phylecia Platte the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset ...

Doris Christenson (from left), Lahaina Restoration Foundation Head Groundskeeper Clifford Corniel and Pam McCabe plant new grapevines under the 50-year old arbor at Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina.   KAREE CARLUCCI photo

Grape arbor at historic home gets new plantings

Baldwin Home Museum, on the corner of Dickenson and Front streets, has been a Lahaina landmark for nearly two centuries. Many who visit the historic home enjoy the serene beauty of its front yard garden and have often asked, “How old is that grapevine?” Recently, Lahaina resident and ...

Scholarships available for Lahainaluna seniors and alumni

Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Scholarship Committee has announced that a total of $35,000 in scholarships are available to Lahainaluna High School seniors and alumni for the 2017-18 school year. Ten scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each and one scholarship in the amount of $2,500 ...

New internship program designed to develop conservation leaders

Applications are being accepted for a new college internship program designed to develop Maui’s next generation of conservation leaders. The Na Hua Ho‘ohuli i Ka Pono program is funded by Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation, a private Honolulu-based grant-making organization. The program works in ...

Event to promote MECO’s Customer Self Supply home solar program

Rising Sun Solar is launching a series of community social events called the “Aloha of Solar” to promote Maui Electric Co.’s new Customer Self Supply home solar program. The first event will be on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Doors open at 5:30 ...

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Local Briefs

Four-week course to teach ki-aikido A special four-week course on the principles and practice of ki-aikido will be offered by Maui Ki-Aikido in March. The classes are appropriate for beginner adults and teens and will meet on four consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning Thursday, from 6:30 ...

Coordinator strives to build a strong culinary arts program

Throughout 2017, we’re going to use this space every other month to profile one of our outstanding faculty members at University of Hawaii Maui College. We’re starting with pastry chef Teresa Shurilla, our Culinary Arts Program coordinator. Before joining our culinary arts faculty 16 ...

Park offers college internship program

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 ‘Imi i ka Lama Collegiate Internship Program at Haleakala National Park. Five positions are available in the fields of endangered wildlife management, facilities management, interpretation and visitor/resources protection. One team leader will also ...

HILT launches free, guided hike series

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust has launched its 2017 “Talk Story on the Land” environmental education series of free, guided hikes across the islands. The series aims to connect residents and visitors with the ‘aina (land). “One of the best things about Hawaii is our storied places and ...

Student art contest to honor Queen Ka‘ahumanu

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu invite Maui, Molokai and Lanai students to participate in an art contest in celebration of the queen’s 249th birthday on March 17 and 18 at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. In preparation of this event, students from kindergarten to 12th grade ...

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: The Pa‘ia Youth Council Inc., which does business as the Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center, received the following funds from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation FLEX grants ...

Tickets available for St. Patrick’s Day party

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will host “Go For The Green,” a St. Patrick’s Day party at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali, on March 17. Residents and visitors are invited. Proceeds will foster the monthly Third Saturday Recycling events at Lahaina Cannery Mall as well as ...

Tom Yamada (clockwise from top left), Masao Motooka, Robert Nishida and Harold Okumura will share stories of their assignments during WWII.

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center announces ‘Our Heroes’ series

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s 2017 “Our Heroes” speaker series will commence with a panel discussion at 2 p.m. March 11 at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Education Center in Kahului. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are ...

Maui High competes in 2 science competitions

The Maui High Science Bowl and Ocean Sciences Bowl teams competed in state competitions on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 on Oahu. On Jan. 28 at the State Regional Science Bowl competition, Maui High swept through the preliminary rounds in the morning and advanced to afternoon round. Team A swept through ...