The 'ohana and keiki of Papa Malaa'o, or kindergarten, of Kula Kaiapuni O Maui at Pa'ia School, extend mahalo nui to Kirk Baldridge, Maya Vasquez and their staff at Ruby's Diner at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. They were our gracious hosts for a hugely successful fundraising dinner Dec. 6 to support our Hawaiian Language Immersion keiki.
The support of our Maui 'ohana helps us provide the necessary kokua to our keiki.
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9th Life Hawaii thanks all the volunteers at November's successful seven-day cat spay/neuter clinic.
Listing every volunteer would exceed the allowable space in The Maui News; so we acknowledge people by categories: the Czech Republic veterinarians, who will return for another spay/neuter clinic in February; transporters; vet techs and their assistants; food preparers and servers; those who helped with post-surgery recovery; tattooists, and cleanup crew. You all did a great job.
We especially thank Doris Pompillio for organizing the transporters and other volunteers; Lynn Solu and Kihei Rent A Car for providing a van that Lynn drove most clinic days; Joan Pie for arranging surgery shifts, and Mary Pence for helping the vets immensely.
A total of 304 cats will not be reproducing, thanks to all your aloha.
9th Life Hawaii
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Child & Family Service extends a big thank-you to Stanford Carr Development, Gilbert & Associates, 99.9 KISS FM, Aloha School of Massage, Whole Foods and Maui United Way for the great event Dec. 18 at Ho'ole'a Terrace.
Folks donated unwrapped toys, which we provided to 18 Maui children, who otherwise would not have had anything this holiday season.
Thank you again to the Maui community and all of our partners for continuing to help our families.
Child & Family Service
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On behalf of the Kihei Youth Center youth members, staff and board of directors, we thank our many grantors, donors and supporters, whose contributions, love and dedication allowed us to provide positive youth services this past year:
Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Rotary clubs; Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; Nani Kai Hale; Kihei Lutheran Church; Island Partners Hawaii; Round Table Pizza Kihei; South Maui Children and Youth Day 2010 donors; 'ohana Moki Kalanikau; Uncle Kimokeo Kapahulehua; Kihei Canoe Club; County of Maui, especially the Department of Parks and Recreation South District Kenolio crew for a great job so we may enjoy a beautiful and safe park; community service partners and providers; private monetary and in-kind donors who have given everything from food and shoes to program supplies; and our unselfish volunteers.
Sometimes words may be too small of a gesture, but please know that with your contribution and services, together all of us contribute to a healthier and happier community.
Kihei Youth Center
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The Maui County Office on Aging thanks the individuals and agencies that helped commemorate National Family Caregivers Month at the ninth annual Caregivers Conference held Nov. 10 at Maui Beach Hotel.
A record turnout included 175 conferees and 16 agencies hosting resource exhibits.
We thank our keynote speaker, Ted Anderson, and those who contributed to workshop and general sessions: Mayor Charmaine Tavares, Dr. Thomas Harding, Nani Watanabe, Leslie Kobata, Heather Greenwood, Kathleen Couch, Linda Mau, Chiemi Ban, Saundra Gaskey, Elaine Ota, Bryan Zoellner, Joanne Nakagawa, Misao Nakagawa and especially Mokichi Okada Association for providing the event's caregiver respite activities.
Many thanks to the participating agencies and, most of all, to the many Maui County caregivers, who selflessly provide physical, emotional and financial support to kupuna in need.
Family caregivers provide the foundation necessary to assist our elder citizens to live independently in the community. Caregiving is frequently a thankless job, and the Office on Aging sincerely appreciates the loving care you provide daily!
Executive on aging
Maui County Office on Aging
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Big mahalo to Duos Restaurant management at the Wailea Four Seasons Hotel for generous kamaaina two-for-one dinner offers for three military personnel visiting us during the holidays.
The family of these young men experienced a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the great ambience our island offers.
Thanks again to Duo and Four Seasons for showing both the holiday and island spirit of aloha!
Kevin and Jo Ann Lynch
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We thank the Lord for faithful, generous Maui Community Correctional Center friends, family and volunteers: Grace Church's Pat Hebert; Jamie David; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Comstock; Norma Akima; Kahului Baptist; Praise Gospel; Pastor Jerry Recamara; Carrie Ann Shirota and her contributors group; Mr. and Mrs. Greg Ball, and Faith Family Fellowship.
We are in awe through the rainy weather and sunshine, with His power displayed in the universe!
On behalf of the assistant chaplains, Pastor Mark Dung and the Rev. Therese Fitzgerald, I thank the Maui Community Correctional Center employees and the Maui community.
The Rev. Henrietta Pua Hashimoto
Maui Community Correctional Center
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