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Shoes for the homeless

Randi Ouye delivered gently used and new shoes and slippers (from women to men’s shoes) to the Family Life Center in Kahului on Nov. 30. Ouye collected a total of more than 100 pairs of shoes for the homeless. The effort was part of Ouye’s 8th-grade community service project for St. Anthony ...

Rice distributed throughout Maui County for the holidays

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association distributed 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County in November and December. The annual “Rice for the Holidays” program began in 2009 when MHLA partnered with Jim Coon of Trilogy Excursions in their annual giveaway of turkeys to the ...

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 — Liam Caldwell, Lana Calibuso-Kwee, Kylie ...

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Drivers urged to slow down in Keokea

Fun, 2, 3 Preschool families and staff recently had a sign-waving campaign along Kula Highway in Keokea urging motorists to slow down and prevent accidents.

Mia Rose Daly

Shoeboxes loaded with gifts for keiki

Mia Rose Daly, a senior at King Kekaulike High School, chose the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse “Operation Christmas Child” as her senior project. The effort provides school supplies, personal hygiene items, clothes and toys for children in poverty-stricken ...

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Hale Kau Kau names new program director

St. Theresa Church has named Claudine San Nicolas as the new program director of Hale Kau Kau, a project that has been serving free meals to Maui’s homebound and hungry residents every day for more than 25 years. “Claudine has been a longtime St. Theresa parishioner, and I’m confident ...

Exchange program in Japan seeks applicants

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii is accepting applications from Hawaii students born between Sept. 1, 2006, and Aug. 31, 2007, who want to serve as Junior Ambassadors to the 30th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, July 12-24, 2018, in Fukuoka, Japan. The six selected JAs from Hawaii ...

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Effort helps stock church’s food pantry

Zo’e Marie Chichioco, an 8th-grade student at St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, shows the results of her food drive at Christ the King Church in Kahului. She attended every Mass on Nov. 19 to collect items from parishoners and utilized social media to collect additional items. The haul ...

Honor Rolls

CARDEN ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL Middle School First Trimester Director’s Award 4.0-Plus Grade-Point Average Grade 6 — Daisy Barnard, Alexander Flavin, Blaize Nouchi, Gianina Salzer. Grade 7 — Adrianna Russo, Darija Trumbo, Molly Vanden Bos. Grade 8 — Skylar Conley, Emma ...

Pianist arrives for residency at park

Haleakala National Park, in partnership with the National Parks Arts Foundation, has announced that acclaimed young pianist Hunter Noack will become the inaugural NPAF Artist in Residence in 2017. Noack will spend the month of December working and composing music in the park’s volcanic ...

‘Cultural Day’ set at NVMC on Saturday

“Cultural Day,” a project being spearheaded by Baldwin High School senior Tiara Kobayashi-Bautista, will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion located on the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center campus in Kahului. Kobayashi-Bautista’s grandfather, Stanley ...

Lily Swan (left) and Crissy Palmieri will strum their harps at the Wailuku library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Local Briefs

Harpists to perform at Wailuku library Harpists Lily Swan and Crissy Palmieri will perform holiday music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wailuku Public Library. This free program is sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library and is suitable for all ages. Young children must be ...

Africanized honeybees, like the one shown here from Florida, look nearly identical to a common honeybee — the main difference is in their behavior. Africanized honeybees are not known to be in Hawaii and residents can help prevent them from becoming established by reporting unusually aggressive bees to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Apiary Program. -- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services photo

Africanized honeybees pose a threat to Hawaii agriculture

In 2011, alert harbor workers in Honolulu noticed bees inside a container of medical supplies shipped from Long Beach, Calif. They closed the container and notified the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. The container was fumigated and the DOA sent the bees in for genetic testing. They were ...

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Students help renovate statue

Kihei Charter High School took on the project to renovate the giant pig statue that is housed in the “Critter Corner” at the Maui Humane Society. The students came up with the design and then worked together with the school’s faculty and MHS staff to sand, prepare and paint the pig, ...

Event benefits alternative prom

Hundreds of dollars was raised for an alternative prom for high school students at the first OUTWOD fitness event on Maui. Maui CrossFit Extreme in Wailuku hosted the Nov. 6 workout, which drew about 30 participants. “The turnout was good, which is cool,” said Staci Fujimoto, head coach ...

Marine Swap Meet planned at Hoaloha Park

The Maui Trailer Boat Club will host a Marine Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hoaloha Park, next to First Hawaiian Bank on Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului. Businesses and members of the public are welcome to participate. This annual event provides the fishing and boating community the ...

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Caring K9s Therapy Dogs elects executive director

Melodie Ulman was elected as the first and founding executive director of Caring K9s Therapy Dogs at a board of directors meeting on Oct. 9. Caring K9s Maui is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives, one visit at a time, through pet ...

Mini-grant program for students and educators promotes sustainability

Kupu, a Hawaii conservation and youth education organization, and Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation have announced the second annual Hawa‘i Youth Sustainability Challenge mini-grant program opportunity. Students and educators in grades 6-12 at public, private and charter schools on Maui can apply ...

Runner-up honors in the Lahaina Cannery Mall’s annual International Ice Sculpting Competition went to Maui’s Marc McDowell for his “InstaFrame with Guitar & Pineapples.” He took home a second-place prize of $500.

Local Briefs

Writing workshop with Wayne Moniz “How to Craft a Killer Short Story with Wayne Moniz” is the title of an Akaku Upstairs Workshop that will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 20, in Kahului. Moniz is a writer and playwright who has received the Cades Award ...

Christmas tree worms take on a variety of colors, including blue, orange, white and yellow, and are named after their resemblance to a Christmas tree.

Marine worm creates colorful display

It’s the classic Christmas morning scene — families huddle together in the living room, children eagerly pick which present to open first, the faint tune of a Christmas classic buzzes in the air. At the center of this gathering stands the iconic Christmas tree with its lights shimmering ...