The recent passing of my auntie has caused me to reflect on the elderly and what they go through in their latter years. I can write a heated letter about the lack of services or the outrageous cost of long-term care to the elderly, but instead I want to write a letter of acknowledgment and gratitude.
My auntie moved to Maui from Molokai because there weren't any nursing homes there. She moved to Maui four and a half years ago, and my uncle followed two and a half years later. The move was hard on them; new faces, places and even the pace of life was different on Maui. Auntie spent her time on Maui at Hale Makua, Wailuku. She was fortunate to have a husband who was very smart with his money and was able to afford the cost.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am to the staff at Hale Makua, Wailuku. The staff are hardworking and dedicated to making life as pleasant and comfortable as possible for the residents and their families. They juggle their endless amount of responsibilities, interact with the residents and even find time to laugh. They are truly wonderful people, and I feel blessed to have gotten to know them over the years. But more importantly, I am grateful that they were there for my auntie. She felt loved, for sure.
Thank you to each and every one of you . . . you are a blessing to our community here on Maui!
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The Kihei Library staff would like to thank Joeli Kama and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for doing an incredible job working on our library's outdoor landscaping on April 27. A large group of volunteers, including keiki and kupuna, worked very hard mowing the lawn, trimming back foliage, weeding our planters, and cleaning up our parking lot and front lawn. We greatly appreciate their kokua. It was heartwarming to see so many people serve their community and take pride in our library.
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Mahalo to the generous contributors to a beautiful Memorial Day ceremony at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery. Special thanks to Kaunoa Senior Service volunteers for making leis for all the headstones, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for placing flags and lei on all the graves, Blue Hawaiian for the flower drop and all the involved florists. Also to the Maui High School band, which played wonderful patriotic music and Birds in Paradise-Maui for the white dove release.
There were many people and groups who made this year's ceremony a memorable success. Thank you all!
Maui Veterans Council
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Mahalo, Maui Humane Society. I so appreciate everything you do and the fact you are there.
Early on the morning of May 25, I arrived at the shelter with a young, injured and dying cat I found on my lanai. The staff checked the cat's condition and also for a microchip and tattoo.
I wasn't asked for any money. I gave a donation anyway.
We need to support our Maui shelter. We are lucky to have them.