Thank you, Mayor Alan Arakawa, county councilors, Parks Director Glen Correa and all who worked on making our off-leash doggie park at Keopuolani Park a reality. Since the opening on Saturday, my dogs have been there four times.
We live in Kula, where they have enough space to roam, but this park gives them the opportunity to socialize with other dogs as well.
On every visit, we have met new happy and appreciative owners and their dogs. It gives the dogs a place where they can make new friends and become better doggie citizens and give their owners the same experience too.
It has been a long time coming, but it is here and I know I speak for everyone when I give a big thank-you.
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We just want to thank the exceptionally caring young man and, later, his woman companion at Big Beach on March 17.
My husband, girlfriend and I were entering the water to swim there in the early afternoon and were somewhat battered by the beach waves. We are swimmers, older folks, but used to milder waters.
He did not have to intervene in any way, but he did; advising and "looking out" for us as we entered a second time. He took time to watch out for us, as my girlfriend and I became battered and sand bogged. He and his female friend were right there when we could use some help and advice.
We just want to say thanks for the help; I know this not not hugely relevant, but such exceptional caring and concern are worthy of mention and appreciation.
We want to express our thanks for the help we experienced that day at Big Beach, and to all your hospitable locals there.
Cheryl Kay Brainard
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The staff and students of King Kekaulike High School would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the individuals who contributed to the success of this year's Senior Project Presentation Day, held March 15.
It was inspiring to see 330 prominent community members including educators from public and private schools, local business owners and other representatives of the diversity of Maui professions, philanthropists, parents and retirees volunteering at our Senior Project presentations.
We thank you for your dedication to our educational community. Our students were also honored to have an array of Maui County employees on the judging panel.
All of King Kekaulike's staff, teachers and students committed hundreds of hours to this event, which showcases our students' work in a real-world educational setting.
We would like to extend a special mahalo to the student volunteers (AVID, Book Club, Key Club, Leo Club and Associated Students of King Keakaulike) who assisted the judges with sign-ins and escorted judges to the classrooms. More than 100 of this year's judges were new to our campus.
And thank you to cafeteria manager Robin Newhouse and her staff, who treated student volunteers, judges and school staff to a delicious Hawaiian luau plate dinner. It was the perfect way to conclude the evening.
And finally, the success of the Senior Project would not be possible without the continued support from our teachers, off-campus mentors, administrators, and Principal Susan Scofield. We appreciate your contribution to our students' academic endeavors.
Ty Ogasawara, vice principal
Senior Project Task Force
King Kekaulike High School