We'd like to send a big mahalo to Slippers for Keiki for providing our school with much-needed slippers for our students whose slippers break or who come to school barefoot. These are always needed, and we are so thankful to this organization for providing us with them.
Beverly Stanich, principal
Janet Powell, Parent Community Networking Center
Wailuku Elementary School
The 31st annual St. John's Kula Festival was a huge success, and we wish to thank so many who helped to make it possible. The chairs of the event, Monnie and Barry Gay, did a great job of coordinating all the volunteers. Our corporate sponsors included Island Rents, Maui Soda & Ice, Tedeschi Vineyards Ltd., Maui Cattle Co., donors to our auctions and many local farms. The entertainment was extraordinary, with George Kahumoku Jr. and friends; Uluwehi Guerrero's choir, Na Leo Lani O Maui; Isle of Maui Pipe Band; Joel Katz; Eric Molina & Friends, including the amazing Andrew Molina on his ukulele; Side Tracks; Upcountry Celtic; Christy Fell; Namaka; and Ella Cosma-White.
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Others who made great contributions were the Maui Quilt Guild, which presented a wonderful show of quilts, Hawaii Job Corp., Maui College Culinary Academy trainees, volunteers from Malama Recovery Center and the Cup of Cold Water Care Van ministry, and members and friends of St. John's.
It takes a lot of work and involves a large community of people, and we are deeply grateful to all who volunteered and all of those who attended to create together this wonderful day. As a result, many of those in the community who need help will receive it through the Malama Recovery Center and the Cup of Cold Water Care van, and St. John's will be able to continue its ministry here on Maui, as it has done for more than 113 years.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, more than 1,200 people came to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and took home a free native tree for Arbor Day, just in time for the first winter rains.
We would like to say mahalo nui to all of the people who made our 10th annual Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Give-Away a success. In particular, thank you to all of the participating conservation organizations for your continued support of the gardens. Mahalo to our sponsors, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Electric Co., and the County of Maui's Department of Water Supply. The MNBG staff would also like to thank all of the volunteers. They make everything happen, from helping us get the word out, to camping out the night before as security for 1,000 native trees (Cub Scout Pack 68), to helping residents pick the right tree (University of Hawaii Maui College faculty and MNBG's Weed & Pot Club). A special mahalo to those who prepared and led professional demonstrations at the event and to Excel Soccer Club for the ono food. Hope to see you all at next year's Arbor Day celebration.
Maui Nui Botanical
Gardens Staff and
Board of Directors