Help enables Habitat to buy flatbed truck
WAILUKU - Three foundations and an anonymous donor combined to help Habitat for Humanity Maui purchase a new flatbed truck to transport building materials.
The A&B, Cooke and Atherton Family foundations each kicked in $10,000 to the $40,000 cost of the 2009 Ford truck. An anonymous donor added $5,000, leaving Habitat for Humanity to pick up the remaining $5,000.
Travis Albano, ReStore clerk, and Justin Mauliola, a project manager for Waiehu Kou IV, stand next to a Ford flatbed truck they will use for their programs. The truck was purchased with the help of grants from three foundations and an anonymous donor.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s 50th anniversary celebration included support for a number nonprofit organizations around the state. Among the recipients was Kaunoa Senior Services, which was represented at the Maui celebration by Roger Katsutani (second from right). Also attending were (from left) Dr. George Talbot, Maui area physician in charge; Mary Hew, Kaiser’s clinic operations director for Maui; Joanne Tanaka, the Kaiser employee who nominated Kaunoa; and Janet Liang, Kaiser’s Hawaii Region president.
The truck will be used to transport materials to job sites - the Waiehu Kou IV project, in particular - and to pick up building donations for the ReStore, which receives leftover building materials to sell to the public.
ReStore is in the old Takamiya Market, 399 N. Market St. in Happy Valley, and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity Maui, a nonprofit, ecumenical, grass-roots housing ministry, was founded in 1997 with the mission of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness on Maui by building simple, decent homes in partnership with families in need.
Annual holiday cleanup to be held Nov. 15
PUUNENE - A holiday tradition of more than 20 years will make its annual appearance Nov. 15, when Community Work Day focuses its cleanup efforts on several heavily littered areas.
The Holiday Gift to Maui Nui Cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and the target areas will include Kuihelani Highway, Kihei Road, Piilani Highway, Hansen Road and Honoapiilani Highway.
Community Work Day invites groups and individuals to join the effort. To volunteer, to arrange for trash bags and gloves, and for more information, call 877-2524.
Organizers noted that some groups will clean their regular sites Nov. 15.
The mission of Community Work Day Program is to educate and facilitate programs to beautify, preserve and maintain clean and healthy islands in Maui County.
Golfers raise $11,000 for breast cancer fight
WAILEA - The fourth annual "Rally for a Cure" golf tournament at the Wailea Emerald Course raised more than $11,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
The four-person scramble event drew 75 golfers Oct. 11. In the four years, the tournament has raised more than $42,000 for the foundation.
The tournament is part of a national effort that has drawn nearly 1.4 million golfers and raised more than $38 million for the foundation since 1996.
The event at the Wailea Golf Club is the state's third-largest fundraiser for the foundation.
All money received from the Wailea event remains in Hawaii for breast cancer education.
"The difficult economic climate has placed tremendous pressure on nonprofits across the country, and so I am tremendously gratified by the continued support of the Wailea Golf Club and the wonderful turnout we had for this year's benefit tournament," said event organizer Carol Olsen.
Emergency program certificate discussed
KIHEI - The University of Hawaii-West Oahu chairman for professional studies will be in Kihei on Nov. 12 to discuss the possibility of earning a certificate in disaster
preparedness and emergency management.
Ross Prizzia will be at the Pacific Disaster Center, 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 2, in the Maui Research & Technology Park from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The certificate would be of particular interest to first responders such as police, fire and emergency medical personnel as well as service-oriented workers.
The program would be offered on Maui.
To reserve a seat on Nov. 12, contact Marty-Jean Bender of the UH Center-Kihei by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 875-5979.
Olympics translation manager to talk here
KAHULUI - The person who managed the multilanguage translation effort at the Beijing Olympics will speak at the AARP South Maui Chapter meeting Monday in the Garden Room of the Kalama Heights retirement residence.
Bill Weber, who will begin speaking at 10 a.m., will describe some of the behind-the-scenes happenings at the Olympics.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 9:45 a.m.
There is an open invitation to join the chapter for a $6 annual fee.
For more information, call Tony Fisher at 874-3735.
Police chief to speak at Kiwanis meeting
KAHULUI - Police Chief Tom Phillips will speak on crime and safety in Maui County at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon Thursday at Cary & Eddie's Hideaway.
The public is invited, and no reservations are required. Lunch costs $11.
For information, call Kathy Suguitan at 357-8877.
Golden retrievers club in the works
WAILEA - A club for owners of golden retrievers is being organized and will meet Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at the Kilohana Dog Park in Wailea.
The Maui Golden Retriever Club will give dogs and owners a chance to socialize.
The plan is to meet on the first Thursday of the month.
The fenced dog park is located across from the Wailea Fire Station on Kilohana Street.
For more information, send e-mail to email@example.com.
Kaiser celebrates by helping others
KAHULUI - Kaiser Permanente Hawaii marked its 50th anniversary with a celebration at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the donation of $1,000 each to 11 Maui nonprofit organizations.
In partnership with the Maui Food Bank, it also raised nearly $500 and collected about 1,000 pounds of food.
The event Oct. 26 drew about 1,200 people, including staff and patients, to the MACC.
To mark the golden anniversary, Kaiser Permanente awarded grants to 50 nonprofit organizations statewide based on employee nominations.
The 11 Maui organizations were: Imua Family Services and its Camp Imua, Hale Kau Kau, Special Olympics Maui, Hale Makua, Na Hoaloha Maui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Assisted Transportation Program - Kaunoa Senior Services, American Lung Association, Hospice Maui, YMCA Maui's Strong Kids Task Force, Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike and the Community Work Day Program.
Doris Todd band sells Spam musubi
PAIA - The Doris Todd Christian School Band will hold a Spam musubi fundraiser Saturday at Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to noon.
The cost is $2 per musubi. The money will go toward band programs and instrument repair.
For more information, call the school at 579-9237 or see Web site www.dtschool.org.
St. Anthony to give entrance exam
WAILUKU - St. Anthony Junior Senior High School will administer its entrance examination Nov. 15 for students entering grades 7 to 12 in the 2009-10 academic year.
The cost is $10, and reservations are required.
The examination will be in the library, with sign-in from 8 to 8:20 a.m. and the test at 8:30.
To register or for information, call Admissions Director Melony NeSmith at 244-4190, ext. 232, by Nov. 13.
Cheerleaders wash cars, sell lunches
KIHEI - The Maui Cheer Babes will hold a car wash and plate lunch sale Sunday at Star Market in Kihei from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The cost is $7 per car, and $10 for trucks and SUVs.
The plates lunches, with steak or chicken, will cost $7.
The funds will be used to support the 20-member team, which will attend a national competition in Las Vegas in February. The Cheer Babes are a current Jamz national champion.
For more information, call Suzette Joaquin at 870-3440.
SAT preparation program Nov. 15-16
WAILUKU - An SAT-prep Weekend Workshop will be held Nov. 15 and 16 at St. Anthony Junior Senior High School.
Test Success Hawaii will conduct the PowerPoint presentation from 12:30 to 3 p.m. each day to help prepare college-bound students for the December SAT exams. All high school students are welcome to attend.
The $80 workshop cost includes textbooks and test materials. Those attending are asked to bring a pencil and a calculator.
For more information, call 244-4190. To register online, go to the Web site at www.testsuccesshawaii.com