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Volunteers clean West Maui shoreline

Lahainaluna High School’s carpentry shop hosted its annual beach cleanup April 1. Participants included Lahainaluna’s Career and Technical Education program and Lahaina Canoe Club. The volunteers picked up an estimated 3 tons of trash from the shoreline. The cleanup started from Ukumehame ...

Robert Hansen (from left), Donna Hansen, Elaine Arakaki Reneau, Stacey Moniz and “Uncle” George Kahumoku Jr. received 2016 Peace Heroes Awards. -- SHANE TEGARDEN photo

5 ‘Peace Heroes’ recognized

Maui Seasons for Peace held its signature annual Maui Peace Hero Awards Ceremony on March 24 in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pilina Multipurpose Room. The event has been held annually since 2002. Maui Peace Heroes are “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Receiving ...

Community makes a difference at Haleki‘i-Pihana Heiau cleanup day

A community volunteer project to clean and beautify a significant Hawaiian cultural site in Central Maui was accomplished March 11 and 12, thanks to efforts from an Eagle Scout, members of a local church and others. A group of at least 40 people turned out March 11 to support Eagle Scout ...

Toastmasters Holly Santara Farrow (left), Sarah Hambek, Danny Macia and Kimberly Parker were the top contestants in the Maui Area Speech Contests. They advanced to the state contests on Oahu on Saturday.

MUI Toastmasters clubs hold speech competition; 4 advance to states

Sarah Hambek captured the trophy and the title of “Best Speaker” among all four Maui Toastmasters clubs in a speech competition held on March 25. Hambek represented the No Ka Oi Club. In second place was Kimberly Parker from the Maui Club. A Table Topics Speech Contest was also held, ...

Volunteers hike in the crater during an earlier service project with the Friends of Haleakala National Park.  -- MATT WORDEMAN photo

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Service project planned in crater Volunteers are being sought for a service project in Haleakala Crater with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. The project will take place April 22-24. The group will hike into the crater, stay free in Holua Cabin and work on protection of native plants. ...

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival benefits 3 Maui nonprofits

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, the state’s premier culinary event, raised a record $394,000 for local beneficiaries following another successful year. Fourteen nonprofit organizations received checks during a Mahalo Reception for the 2016 festival held on March 7 at Neiman ...

Timo Sullivan of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee prepares a drone for flight. BIISC uses drones regularly to help field crews do what they do best: remove invasive plants. -- Timo Sullivan / Big Island Invasive Species Committee photo

Drones playing big role in invasive species removal efforts

Your mission: Find a few invasive silk oak trees scattered across a 35,000-acre ancient cinder cone that resembles a Bundt cake. Dead ends and backtracking are the norm as you navigate up and down and across the slope, trying to locate and reach the trees. Such is the task facing the crews of ...

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Handmade corsage for senator

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono visited Hale Makua Health Services in Kahului on Feb. 24 to share lunch and talk story with residents and staff. Among the residents was 94-year-old Olive Silva, who presented Hirono with a rose corsage that she handmade out of ti leaf, which she calls one of her “many ...

Maui High School students recieve recognition at CTSO convention

Maui High School’s Career and Technical Education programs competed at the annual 2017 Hawaii Career and Technical Student Organization Convention Feb. 23-24 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Oahu. CTE programs are designed to address the complexity of technology and the dynamics of ...

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Red Cross recognizes Maui volunteer

Island Energy representatives John Mauer and Carina Tagupa (from left), 2017 Maui Volunteer of the Year Elaine Olson and Hawaii Red Cross CEO Coralie Chun Matayoshi are shown at the American Red Cross of Hawaii Centennial Heroes Breakfast March 4 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. ...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Chief Executive Officer Kelly Pearson (left) and Director of Operations Maurice Bajon (right) congratulate the 2017 Youth of the Year Amanda Caires. Caires represented the Makawao clubhouse.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui names Youth of the Year

Amanda Caires, a 16-year-old sophomore at King Kekaulike High School, was selected as the 2017 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui on March 15 during the Gene and Ruth Freedman Youth of the Year event held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Caires represented the Makawao ...

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In the Service

Pfc. Joseph Kuano‘o DeLima of Kihei has completed Recruitment Sustainment Program training in the Army National Guard, with graduation on March 5 at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu. He completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., in October 2016 and advanced individual training at ...

Leah Belmonte, representative for Hawaii first lady Dawn Ige, and Patty Hemmen of the Rotary Club of Kihei Wailea share information about Rotary prior to reading aloud from Dr. Seuss books at Kihei Elementary School.

Rotarians participate in literacy program

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Maui Rotarians joined forces to read the author’s books to 1st-grade students across the island as part of Hawaii Rotary’s weeklong “5 Million Words Challenge” Feb. 27-March 3. The literacy program was a partnership between Hawaii Rotary ...

Tickets available for benefit dinner

The Kaisahan Club of Maui’s annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 14 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. There will be entertainment, dancing and prizes. Dinner tickets are $20. For more information, contact President Lu ...

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Ho‘olaule‘a set at Kamehameha Kamehameha Schools Maui’s 13th annual Ho‘olaule‘a will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the school campus in Pukalani. This year’s entertainment lineup includes: Sistah Robi Kahakalau, John Cruz, Brother Noland, Kamakakehau ...

The great barracuda, also known as ‘opelu mama or kaku, played a significant role in Hawaiian fishing traditions. Fishermen would work together with the kaku to find and net schools of ‘opelu. -- Maui Ocean Center photo

Barracuda played significant role in Hawaiian fishing traditions

The lawai‘a (fisherman) rises before dawn to prepare his equipment, but does so quietly to avoid disturbing the spirits. He does not discuss where he is going to fish because it would result in a poor catch. It is kapu (forbidden) for others to observe or speak to the lawai‘a during ...

Honor Rolls

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS MAUI Middle School 3rd Quarter Principal’s List 3.5-3.99 Grade-Point Average Grade 6 — Noah Aguinaldo, Taylor Aloy, Kaipo Leimanu Asing, Isabella Ayau, Kyani Bateman, Hope Beesing, Giselle Bocon-Domen, Savannah Browne, Saydi Bulosan, Alyssa Cuttie, Richard ...

Schools receive funding for conservation projects

Select schools in Maui will be going green with the help of funding from Kupu and Kokua Hawaii Foundation’s inaugural Hawai‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge mini-grant program. The mini-grant funding will help students at Lahainaluna High School, Montessori School of Maui and Seabury ...

Nominations open for Mike Lyon’s community award

Bank of Hawaii Foundation is accepting nominations/applications for the 2017 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. Nonprofit organizations on Maui, Lanai and Molokai are invited to apply by May 19. The award provides one or more grants up to $30,000. Nominations may be made ...

Zipline company receives awards

Skyline Eco-Adventures received Best of the Best Awards in nine categories for 2017 in Hawai‘i Magazine’s fifth annual Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards. It was voted No. 1 in the “Zipline Company” category on Maui for the fifth year in a row. Featured in the March/April 2017 ...