Community News

Maui County awards presented for top employee, manager and team

More than 250 people, including county employees, family and friends attended Maui County’s 31st annual Employee Recognition Awards Dinner Dec. 7 at the Kihei Community Center. Maui Police Community Policing Officer Taylor Kamakawiwoole is Maui County Employee of the Year and Kathleen Aoki, ...

Chrysanthemum Festival queen crowned

The coronation of the queen of the 66th Chrysanthemum Festival was held Dec. 8 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. The queen is Erin Tanaka, 15, of Wailuku, a sophomore at Seabury Hall and the daughter of Lori and Kirk Tanaka. The princesses are: • Lannie Hisashima, ...

Local Briefs

Gift-wrapping set for today and Monday Baldwin High School’s Parent-Community Networking Center and the Class of 2021 are offering holiday gift-wrapping today and Monday at Barnes & Noble at the Maui Marketplace in Kahului. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

Paddle for Keiki event brings in bundles of toys

The third annual Paddle for Keiki event at the Kihei Canoe Club at Ka Lae Pohaku Beach Park on Dec. 16 drew 175 participants and spectators and brought in $1,900 and 201 toys. Combined, this is enough to provide toys for more than 275 children, according to a news release. Hawaiian Paddle ...

Ka Lima clients and staff gather

Jayson Harris and Loretta Harris, both longtime Ka Lima O Maui clients, enjoy the Ka Lima O Maui annual Christmas luncheon recently at Sarento’s on the Beach in Kihei. The event has been going on for more than 12 years for the clients and staff of Ka Lima, according to the agency that helps ...

Infant supplies donated by King Kekaulike Key Club

King Kekaulike High School’s Key Club recently donated a variety of infant supplies to the Malama Family Recovery Center’s BabySafe (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Program. Items include 660 diapers, more than 2,000 baby wipes, 15 new diaper bags containing diaper rash cream, three ...

Cleanup keeps trash from ocean

Seventeen volunteers took part in the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s cleanup of Maalaea Ditch on Dec. 8. They removed 60 bags of trash and an additional truckload of large items from the waterway. “This was our Christmas gift to the ocean,” said Amy Hodges, programs manager at Maui ...

Students get a taste of food they helped grow

More than 200 children, from kindergarten to 5th grade, participated in the Grow Some Good school gardens’ taco cooking lesson Dec. 3 and 4 at Kihei Elementary School. Produce and herbs such papaya, parsley, jicama, lime, tomatoes, avocado and onions, which grow in the school garden, were ...

Tetsuji Yamazaki to oversee Maui County Charity Walks

Tetsuji Yamazaki, general manager of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, is the 2019 Maui County Visitor Industry Charity Walk chair and will oversee the Charity Walks held on Maui, Molokai and Lanai, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association has announced. “As the 2019 Charity Walk ...

Charity concert set at Royal Lahaina Resort

Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali will host award-winning local musicians Barry Flanagan of HAPA and Eric Gilliom at an oceanfront Christmas Charity Concert at 5 p.m. Dec. 23. The concert is open to resort guests and the community, with donations being accepted to benefit the 2019 Visitor ...

Students to learn about budgeting

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union and Financial Reality Foundation will present Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui with a Get REAL Financial Reality Fair from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Clubhouse. The fair is an interactive program that allows students to make budgeting decisions (and ...

Essay wins $10K grant for the Maui Humane Society

Josephine Tempongko of Maui submitted a story about her dog, Dottie, in the Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes contest in an effort to win a grant for the Maui Humane Society. Dottie was adopted from MHS. Her story won and MHS was named the winner of a $10,000 grant from the Petco ...

Home Health by Hale Makua Health Services celebrates 50 years

Since opening its doors in 1968, Home Health by Hale Makua Health Services has cared for more than 25,000 individuals and provided more than 1 million home visits, according to a news release. The organization was the first Medicare-certified home health care agency on the island and the third ...

Local Briefs

Santa will read stories at library Children of all ages are invited to Makawao Public Library to hear holiday stories read by Kriss Kringle from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Santa will also be available for wish whispering and picture taking. This free program is sponsored by Maui Friends of ...

Hand washing, eating right among steps to help prevent flu

Cold and flu season is upon us. Doctors and other health professionals routinely encourage immunizations for adults over age 60 — but why this emphasis as we age? With age, our immune system begins to weaken and we are more susceptible to certain infections. These infections can range ...

Kongs celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Kenneth and Edith Kong celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 29. They were married by Father Joseph Putman at Christ the King Church in Kahului. Kenneth Kong was a civil engineer at Maui County Public Works Department. Under Mayor Elmer Cravalho, he was also the first director of ...

‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ performed at Winterfest

Pomaika‘i Elementary 2nd-graders Taj Swanson (from left), Tala Patao and Ariani Piano hold up number signs as their fellow classmates sing their Hawaiian version of the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” during the school’s Winterfest on Dec. 6 at the Kahului campus. The event also ...

Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: Maui Electric Co. recently presented the Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America with a $15,000 donation to support its STEM Scouts program. The donation, provided by Maui ...

Three brothers sail Jaws in Peahi

Jake Schettewi (in photo), a 17-year-old senior at Seabury Hall, along with his 14-year-old brother Z, a freshman at Seabury, and 19-year-old brother Max, a sophomore at Duke University and a Seabury graduate, all sailed Jaws in Peahi on Nov. 27. This was the first time Z sailed Jaws, according ...

Design contest showcases StoneWave skate park

The Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center’s StoneWave Skate Park has partnered with Maui’s Hi-Tech Surf Sports to create the first PYCC StoneWave skate deck. PYCC held a skate deck design contest and purchased decks for the youths to create their designs. More than 30 PYCC members entered ...