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Dharma teacher will speak at meeting Erik Knud-Hansen, a Dharma teacher in Buddhist lineage, will be guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea on Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue. Knud-Hansen’s first book is titled, “Imperience: Understanding the Heart of ...

Honor Rolls

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS Maui Middle School Second Quarter Headmaster’s List 4.0 Grade-Point Average Grade 6 — Haley Agustin, Keale Chang, Kira Gomez, Jordan Holokai-Jacinto, Jayna Kanoholani Haglan, Isaiah Lampitoc, Lilinoe Medeiros, Shyla-Tehara Moore, Cami ...

County of Maui presents 2016 Employee Recognition Awards

The County of Maui announced its 2016 Employee Recognition Awards following ceremonies that were held on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Mayor Alan Arakawa praised the employees and retirees, offering his appreciation for a job well done. “These employees being recognized exemplify everything good ...

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Pukalani man celebrates 100th birthday

John “Beans” Vierra celebrated his 100th birthday Dec. 4 at his residence in Pukalani with his children Marilyn (John) Freitas and John Leroy (Marlene) Vierra. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren with some friends and family helped celebrate. Vierra worked for ...

Mechanical Menehune bring home awards

Middle School Mechanical Menehune, a team from Kamehameha Middle School Maui, competed at the First Lego League State Championship Dec. 3 on Oahu. The team was tied for first place for Robot Matches. To break the tie, the judges took the second highest score from both teams and Kamehameha ended ...

Donors sought for blood drive Jan. 16 on Lanai

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is seeking donors for its Jan. 16 blood drive from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lanai High and Elementary School gym. To make a reservation, call (808) 848-4770 or visit bbh.org. To give blood, donors must be in good health; be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood ...

Kaimana Idica wins 4-year scholarship to HPU

Kaimana Idica of Kamehameha Schools Maui High School is among four Hawaii seniors to win a full four-year scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University. The students competed in the #HPU4Hawaii Scholarship Challenge — an annual competition that rewards students for their academic achievements and ...

Mana‘o Radio participating in nationwide fundraising effort

Mana‘o Radio is taking part in the first-ever nationwide GiveBig to MyStation giving days program to support community radio. GiveBig to MyStation, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, is an initiative of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters in partnership with Click & ...

The court of the 64th Chrysanthemum Festival included Princess Renee Matsuda (from left) and escort Tyler John Cup Choy, Queen Alexa Nagai and escort Ian Martins, and Princess Jennea Nagura and escort Austin Phillips.  Nagamine Photo Studio photo

Chrysanthemum Festival queen crowned, founders honored

The coronation of the queen of the 64th Chrysanthemum Festival shared the spotlight with a tribute to the event’s founders Dec. 3 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. The queen is Alexa Nagai, 17, of Wailuku, a senior at Baldwin High School and the daughter of Gary and ...

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Curbside Christmas tree pickup offered Curbside Christmas tree pickup service will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 2 for residents of Paia, Haiku, Makawao, Pukalani and Kula. It is a benefit for Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui to help the club’s community projects. Small and medium ...

Leis family is the model for philanthropic giving

’Tis the season — of joy, family, friends, gatherings, good food and gifts. In the spirit of  the true meaning of giving, we’d like to salute one of our heroes. If you’ve visited our fine dining restaurant, you know the name Leis family. But that’s just the tip of the story. Dorvin ...

Kimokeo Kapahulehua created the Kimokeo Foundation to consolidate his many cultural and environmental passions into a single entity and have them become a legacy of giving.

New nonprofit promotes Hawaiian culture

Kimokeo Kapahulehua inaugurated his new nonprofit, Kimokeo Foundation, on Dec. 15 at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and at Ko‘ie‘ie Fishpond. Kapahulehua is well-known throughout Maui for his efforts to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and the land ...

Student filmmaking program coming to Napili

In spring 2017, Maui Huliau Foundation is partnering with Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili to bring its environmental filmmaking program to west side communities in a condensed format for one semester only. “In past years we have had students on the west side who cannot participate in our ...

Maui Nonprofit Directors Association installs officers

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association installed officers at its annual holiday breakfast Dec. 8 at the Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. offices in Wailuku. Mike Molina, executive assistant to the mayor, installed the officers on behalf of Mayor Alan Arakawa. Association members were asked to ...

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Sharing secrets with Santa

A little girl shares her wishes with Santa Claus at the recent holiday tree lighting at MauiWine’s estate. The Christmas tree will up throughout the holiday season.

Kamalani community website earns national award

The website for the new Kamalani community coming up in north Kihei has been named a 2017 Silver Award Winner by the National Association of Home Builders in the category of “Best Microsite/Website for a Community.” Referred to as “The Nationals,” the prestigious recognition by ...

Sheila Haynes (from left), Bob Pellettieri and Paul Tonnessen are shown at the check presentation to the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui.

Kiwanis Club of Maui brightens the holiday season

The Kiwanis Club of Maui has brightened the holiday season for many in the community, including children and the needy. Beginning with Thanksgiving, the club prepared and served dinner for 60 people. Thirty-five Kiwanis Club of Maui members and volunteers were on hand in November to hand ...

Local Briefs

Booths available for health festival at mall Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center is accepting booth applications for its “Live Local. Live Healthy” festival from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Nonprofit organizations, county and state agencies and service companies that focus on health are ...

Grandparents don’t have to be experts to help students

We all know it takes a village to raise a child. There are many roles that Maui grandparents play in that village. For those raising a grandchild, the grandparent is the center of that village. Grandparents who are active with child care, homework help, chauffeuring or live far away are also ...

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Mahalo party benefits MMMC Foundation

Former Maui Memorial Medical Center CEO Wes Lo (with lei) and current CEO Dr. Barry Shitamoto feed the Chinese dragon for good luck at Lo’s mahalo party at King Kamehameha Clubhouse on Nov. 29. The event also raised $55,000 for the MMMC Foundation.