For nine years I've had the joy of playing for the Lahaina women's soccer team under the great leadership of coach Dave Rockett.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, coach Rockett brings all the gear, first-aid supplies and clean uniforms and shows up early for our practices and games. He takes the time to give us the most effective lineup, keeps stats and analyzes our play, helping us to improve our game and become champs. Year after year, he commits the time and puts up with us sassy west side women.
For 15-plus years he's done the same for the Lahainaluna girls soccer program, and I think he deserves a huge shout-out for all the time and energy and care he's put into those high school players.
So, big mahalo, coach Rockett, for your commitment to Lahaina's soccer programs, for your love of the game and your players, for all that you've taught us and for all the fun soccer we've played as a result of your leadership.
Lahainaluna's new coach will no doubt have some big shoes to fill.
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We would like to send out a big mahalo to the following people for donating school supplies for the children residing at both the Central and West Maui sites - Lena Staton and the Haleakala Lions Club, Chris Stinger and Pyramid Insurance, Penny Putnam and the Maui Contractors Women's Auxiliary, Royce Fukuroku and Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, Sherlyn Dagdagan and the Hyatt Regency Maui, and the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
Ka Hale A Ke Ola
Homeless Resource Centers Inc.
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Hale Makua Health Services would like to thank the Atherton Family Foundation for a grant of $12,645 to purchase three mechanical lifts. Our care partners will use the lifts to help residents sit, stand and lie down comfortably.
Mechanical lifts are an essential part of caregiving in modern long-term care communities. They reduce injuries for both residents and care partners and make it easier to transfer residents from bed to wheelchair and back. The grant from the Atherton Family Foundation will enable Hale Makua to purchase new, more reliable lifts that will allow more residents to be up and active in a comfortable, quick way.
Generous support from foundations helps further our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our home and yours. The Atherton Family Foundation gives more than $4.5 million every year to nonprofit organizations, like Hale Makua, working to strengthen our community.
Director of Development & Marketing
Hale Makua Health Services
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Thank you to the many generous donors for purchasing your annual Macy's Shop for a Cause $5 Pass. The Pass allowed you to enjoy 10 to 25 percent off selected items with proceeds from the Pass benefiting our construction program.
Habitat for Humanity, Maui