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JAMES FALK,  Jim Falk Motors president

James Falk nominated for 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award

The nomination of James Falk, president of Jim Falk Motors of Maui, a Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hyundai and Nissan dealer in Kahului, for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced Nov. 28 by TIME. Falk is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country ...

Honor Rolls

BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL First Quarter Principal’s Commendation List 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average Note: (+) denotes students with grade-point average above 4.0 because of student work in Advanced Placement, college-level classes. Grade 9 — Anastasha Luz Aco, Kayla Adzuara, Pono ...

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New Communication and Media Lab

FIRST PHOTO: The Rev. Roland Bunda, St. Anthony Church pastor, sprinkles holy water while blessing St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School’s new Communication and Media Lab early last month. Assisting in the blessing are (from left) Principal Pat Rickard and Charlene Schulenburg, a school board ...

Isabella “Ela” Ramirez (from left), Derae Shibata, author Julie Checkoway, Tyler Pamplin and Akane McCann are shown at the Nov. 7 event at University of Hawaii Maui College.   MARC ANTOSCH / University of Hawaii Maui College photo

‘Three Year Swim Club’ author discusses book at UH-MC event

Julie Checkoway, author of “The Three Year Swim Club,” a book about legendary coach Soichi Sakamoto training Olympic swimmers in the plantation ditches of Maui, was the guest speaker during a Nov. 7 event at University of Hawaii Maui College. About 50 invited guests, including some people ...

Credit union funds classroom needs

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has awarded $19,950 to 45 teachers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island through its 2016 Investing in Education grant program. Now in its eighth year, the grant program supports Hawaii public school teachers by providing up to $500 for educational resources, ...

SYDNEY SMITH Helped defeat bill

Institute recognizes Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith, Maui Coffee Association president and the leading member of the Ag Working Group, which consults with the Maui County Council on agricultural issues, recently received the Unsung Hero Award from the Grassroot Institute on Oahu. Smith was recognized for her role in helping ...

Matthias Kaula Apua Moeai (left) and Hinckley Lawaia Yosef Moeai have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Two youths attain Eagle Scout rank

Matthias Kaula Apua Moeai and Hinckley Lawaia Yosef Moeai have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America Program. They accepted the distinction at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Nov. 11. Both young men are members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 8, ...

Madame Donut (from left) of Donut Dynamite, Betty McDonald of B3 — A Beach Bunny Bakery, Mitzi Toro of The Maui Cookie Lady and Jennilin Alcain of Cupcake Ladies Catering Co. will be selling their creations during a charity event at the Maui Mall on Dec. 18.   Anna Kim Photography photo

Local Briefs

Maui Sugar Squad plans bake sale Maui Sugar Squad’s Charity Bake Sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 18 in Suite B6, behind the stage at the Maui Mall. Attendees may enjoy complementary coffee and tea tasting while shopping for baked goods. Four of Maui’s notable bakeries ...

Throughout the world, trade in exotic pets is responsible for a huge number of introduced reptiles and amphibians. Burmese pythons made it to Florida through the pet trade and now the Everglades is riddled with these huge serpents, typically 10 feet long but potentially 18-20 feet long. Florida is home to 63 species of introduced reptiles and amphibians; Hawaii trails in second place with 31 species.  National Park Service photo

Reptiles and amphibians successful invaders of new territory

Scaly reptiles and their skin-breathing cousins, amphibians, have spread throughout the world, first as pets,  then as escapees. Since the mid-1970s, interest in exotic pets like snakes and lizards has exploded. So too has the number of renegade pets finding new homes in unlikely ...

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The Maui Farm grateful for A&B

The Maui Farm recently extended its thanks to Alexander & Baldwin Inc. for serving as the Koa Sponsor for the nonprofit organization’s fundraising event, “A Special Evening Under the Stars to Benefit The Maui Farm,” held on Sept. 10. Executive Director Paula Ambre (not pictured) ...

Surf day in Lahaina for special needs children

A Holiday Surf Day is being organized for children with special needs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Launiupoko Beach Park in Lahaina. This event is being organized by King Kekaulike High School senior Cody Young for his senior project. Lunch will be provided. There will also be an ...

Honor Rolls

KALAMA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 1st 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, Leilah Eusebio, ...

Read Aloud America Program Director Joanne Laird helps a child select her door prize at the Holiday Keiki Story Time.

Local Briefs

Keiki Story Time has holiday theme Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors for Read Aloud America Program, will present a Keiki Story Time in the deli seating area at Whole Foods Market in Kahului at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. This 30-minute story time is geared for children ages prekindergarten ...

Jalsa Batlock Youngstrom — Job Placement of the Year.

Ka Lima O Maui recognizes contributors during luncheon

Ka Lima O Maui recently held its annual meeting, marking 61 years of “Enhancing Lives through Self-Reliance” for people with disabilities through employment programs and independent living skills. The meeting, at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, was a chance for board ...

Vincent Mabalot (from left), Delton Pasuca, Sgt. 1st Class Robert McDonnell and Mark Arruiza are shown at the presentation of handmade paracord survival bracelets on Nov. 14.

Students present handmade paracord survival bracelets to military unit

Ten middle-schoolers from Maui Youth & Family Services presented handmade paracord survival bracelets to Sgt. 1st Class Robert McDonnell at the Hawaii Army National Guard Armory in Kihei on Nov. 14. Children who participated in the paracord bracelet project are part of Project ...

Schools win cash prizes from Kaiser Permanente

Two Maui schools won cash prizes during the semiannual Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge, which encourages physical activity and wellness at school. During the month of October, schools throughout the state logged more than 391,647,547 minutes and 859,058 miles of physical activity ...

Agriscience team wins state title

The Kamehameha High School Agriscience Team won the Hawaii County and State National Land and Range Judging Contests on the islands of Maui and Kauai. Students competed to earn a place on the team prior to winning the Hawaii County contest on Oct. 25. After placing first in the team scoring ...

GREG PEROS, Charity walk chairperson

Greg Peros to lead 2017 charity walk

Greg Peros, general manager of the Maui Beach Hotel, will oversee the 2017 Visitor Industry Charity Walk in Maui County as chairman, according to the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association. “As the 2017 Charity Walk chairperson, it is an honor to represent the residents of Maui County,” ...

Team members from all departments at Maui Ocean Center join together to remove plastics, fishing gear and marine debris from Maui’s pali coastline.  Maui Ocean Center photo

Reflecting on banner year for the Maui Ocean Center

December is often a time to reflect, and for the team at the Maui Ocean Center this is particularly relevant as 2016 was a year of remembering the past as well as crafting a new path forward. On March 12, the Aquarium of Hawaii celebrated 18 years of fostering understanding, wonder and ...