Habitat for Humanity Maui would like to do a shout-out of "thank you" to the many generous sponsors who have provided lunches for our hardworking volunteers at the home build sites and at the ReStore. Many of our volunteers, including our partner families, need to fulfill the requirements for their "sweat equity" hours, or for their "First to Work," court and school programs. Lunches provide a great assistance to their limited monthly budgets.
Lunches can be provided for about five to 10 of our volunteers on Saturdays at our home build sites or on Monday through Saturday at our ReStore. Lunch sponsorship includes not only the preparing of the meals but also the delivery.
Many thanks to Heather and Mike Buono, Carol Bull, Karlin Serrato and Kit Harris for delivering lunches from our Lahaina lunch sponsors to our sites in Kula and Wailuku.
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A big hug and thank-you to Maui Family Chiropractic for helping my body stay healthy and fit so I can continue doing labor-intensive work as a steward for native species, wilderness work and a volunteer legacy project.
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"A Keiki's Walk - Fall Family Fun" was a successful fundraiser for A Keiki's Dream Program and a fun Halloween walk with plenty of treats. Mahalo nui loa to everyone who participated, donated or supported this unique Halloween event to make "dreams come true" for the Dream Children of AKD.
Thanks to the walk's sponsors, Central Pacific Bank, and the treat stations and major donors (Tasaka Guri Guri, Homemaid Bakery, McDonald's and the Rosario family, Starbucks, Kiwanis Club of Kahului, Broke Da Mouth Cookie Co., the Hanta family, Pyramid Insurance, Maui Thing, and the Maui Fire Department and Sparky).
A special mahalo goes to the Alpha Delta Kappa Hawaii Gamma Chapter and to Chair Dayle Hanta for all that they did to make this great child- and family-friendly event possible.
Darby Gill, founder and executive director
A Keiki's Dream
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The Maui County Veterans Council wishes to thank the following for helping make our annual Veterans Day Picnic truly outstanding: Lava Java Coffee Roasters, Surfside Spirits and Deli, Maui Dream Dive Co., Hula Cookies and Ice Cream, Wasserman Chiropractic, Beach Bums Bar and Grill, Cafe O'Lei in Waiehu, Petco, Walmart, Marco's Grill and Deli, Lahaina Rib and Fish Co., Panda Express, Marmac ACE Hardware, Zippy's, Teddy's Bigger Burger, NAPA Auto Parts, Waiehu Golf Course, Pacific Whale Foundation, Waterfront Restaurant, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Honua Kai, VIP Foodservice, Doug Scherer, Paul Babcock, Aloha Mortgage, HFM FoodService, Mika Kane and Sheik's Restaurant.
Maui County Veterans Council
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Kansha Preschool sends a big mahalo to The Flatbread Co. for hosting our very successful benefit night Nov. 6. We are deeply grateful to Flatbread for their awesome commitment to supporting Maui nonprofits such as our preschool. We also extend our gratitude to the following for their generous contributions to our silent auction: our preschool families and board members, our silent auction bidders and winners, Na Hoaloha Eha (Old Lahaina Luau), Studio 20, Fun Stuff LLC, Maui Thing, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Mana Kai Resort, Makena Resort & Golf, Travel Network, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, IHOP Maui Mall, TJ's Warehouse Outlet, Tokyo Tei Restaurant, Alive & Well, Maui Coffee Roasters, Costco and Kula Country Farm.
Mahalo nui to all who dined in and did takeout pizza orders! Thank you all for caring for our keiki and setting a solid foundation for the future!
Kansha Preschool director
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Maui Nui Botanical Gardens would like to say mahalo nui to all those that made our Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Give-Away a success. Our event sponsors, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Electric Co. and the Maui County Department of Water Supply, have made this annual event possible for more than 10 years. Thanks to Mayor Alan Arakawa and wife Ann, who graced us with their presence for opening ceremonies, and to our speakers, David Sakoda, county arborist; James Franzen, arborist; and Mike Vierra of Irrigation Consultants Maui. Mahalo to Ann Emmsley and Naone Morinaga-Kama of University of Hawaii Maui College, Victoria Stout of Kanaha Pond Wildlife Refuge, and the Kamehameha Schools Maui National Honor Society for their help in advising residents which tree to choose. We wish there was space to name all the conservation organizations that participated this year. Their awesome displays and storyboards helped people understand the connection between trees, watersheds and native habitats, as well as the benefits of urban trees. And as always, we love the volunteers that come back to help year after year, including Cub Scout Troop 68 and MNBG's own Weed and Pot Club. With the help of all these people and organizations, we gave away more than 1,000 native and Polynesian-introduced trees to families around the island. Happy Arbor Day, and best wishes to all who planted a tree that represents Maui's unique natural and cultural heritage.
Tamara Sherrill, garden manager
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
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