Community News

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.

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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, ...

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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 ...