Thank-You Letters

Thank you Kula community. Kula Elementary School hosted its annual FunRun, which is a necessary fundraiser for its P.E. program. We had a great turnout of parent and community volunteers and were able to raise over $8,000 in our efforts. We would like to especially thank our sponsors Flyin Hawaiian Zipline, Piiholo Ranch Zipline, Hi-Tech, Walmart, Krank Cycles in Makawao, Second Wind, Anytime Fitness and Keoni Manuel and his Zumba team. We also thank all the parents and teachers who helped make this possible but especially Lisa Spencer, Scottie Zucco, Kumu Tina, Naomi McCall, Heidi Taogoshi and Daeni Ito. Thank you all for supporting our school!

Meg Wright


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Mahalo nui loa to everyone who made the 16th Annual Hale Kau Kau fundraiser a wonderful example of the “Joy of Giving.”

Thanks to all who attended and made bids on the many silent and live auction items; thanks to the individuals and businesses that donated those wonderful silent and live auctions; thanks to those who took out an ad in our program; thanks to those who donated their time and talent; thanks to the Marriott; and thanks to our many volunteers, we could not have done it without the help of the whole Maui ohana and the generous people of Maui who are dedicated to helping us feed the hungry.

With gratitude and aloha, we thank you all.

Dr. Mary and Pat Z, Co-Chairs

Hale Kau Kau Fundraiser

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A great big thank you to HC&S for sending approximately 45 workers to the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Maui Agricultural Research Center in Kula, and the Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden in Kahului, to provide much needed repairs to rock walls, and long overdue garden maintenance, as part of their Community Service Day.

Additional thanks to Service Rentals for donating the use of an excavator; Hillbilly Tilling for rearranging his schedule to work with us; EKO Compost; and Maui County Solid Waste.

The work this team did in a single day was incredible and very much appreciated! It could not have been accomplished without the equipment and time donations of others as well. Our gardens are more beautiful and functional because of your efforts! Mahalo!

UH Manoa,

CTAHR Maui Cooperative Extension and

Agricultural Research Center

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L’Chaim, To Life! As a representative of the faith community, we thank those who have volunteered with us these last 31 years in Maui Community Correctional Center. Chaplain Al Hashimoto has been called by the Holy Spirit to prison ministry; her dad, was a Rabbi and an Oahu prison correctional officer in the ’40s and the ’50s. In obedience, Kahu Pua Hashimoto graduated with an Administration of Justice degree and the National American Christian Social Work program.

We stand rejoicing in discipling those who are eager to transform their lives in obedience to their spiritual growth. We also pray for all staff, residents, and all those connected with the correctional system. Compassion in our spiritual wisdom lifts our challenges with courage and determination. Shalom, Peace!

Chaplain Henrietta Pua and Al Hashimoto

MCCC religious volunteers

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Somos Ohana Nicaragua wishes to thank The Flatbread Co. of Paia for its wonderful generosity that contributed to the success of our fundraiser pizza night and silent auction Feb. 17. The monies raised are going to help build a much-needed secondary school and support our annual day camp for special needs youth in the municipality of Villanueva, Department of Chinandega, in northwestern Nicaragua where our organization works every summer.

We also gratefully thank The Maui News, Benny Uyetake who provided music, and the many businesses and individuals that donated valuable prizes to our silent auction, including the the Hana Hou Cafe, the Lahaina Grill, Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway, Maui Coffee Roasters, Brenda Martin of Watsu Treatment, Wiebke Daniels of Lomi-Lomi Oluea Massage, Maui Island Jewels and Eve-Lynn Civerolo.

Mele Stokesberry

Somos Ohana Nicaragua

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For over 10 years, Feline Foundation of Maui has been offering free spay-neuter surgeries for registered cats that are managed by volunteer caretakers. Every fixed cat has prevented further unwanted births of free-roaming cats. Funding is by donation. Thank you to the following people who helped raise $600 at a garage sale March 14: Helen Domer for donations, set up and sales; Lila Fujimoto for publicity and donations; Terri Shishido; Mary Hanson; Dar Owens; Anita Witner for set up and donations; Pam Wolfe; Irene Scarth; and Carol Dillman. These special people care and deserve recognition.

Donya Izbicki


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Thanks to the many caring people who assisted my wife when she fell at the Kihei post office on Feb. 12. The nurse and paramedic who happened to be in the area at the time and used their expertise to help the patient. The people who provided the towels, ice and moral support. The emergency and ambulance personnel, friendly and efficient. The doctors and nurses at Maui Emergency also friendly and professional. Again, many thanks to these wonderful souls who made a horrible situation somewhat easier. Mahalo. My wife is now home and recovering nicely.

Charles Tinker

Columbiaville, Mich.

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My name is Diane Beaucaire, owner of Diane’s Cleaning, a company specializing in final construction cleaning since 1998. Throughout the past 16 years, Maui Economic Opportunity has been of tremendous help providing me the financial assistance needed to fund my projects, even when banks could not help me.

Today, 10 employees are working on two big projects: the new Hyatt in Kaanapali and the Grand Wailea room renovation (750 rooms) because of the MEO Business Development Center.

Thank you to everyone at MEO BDC, especially to John Flom my loan fund manager. Thank you, MEO. I really appreciate what you have done, not only for my business and family but also by providing jobs to people on Maui.

MEO is helping Maui County to promote new businesses, support existing ones and create jobs.

Diane Beaucaire

Diane’s Cleaning

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Thank you to the owners and staff at Kula Hardware & Nursery for the wonderful donation of over $300 of seeds. These seeds will be used in the University of Hawaii Maui College Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) Community Garden for plot members and communal vegetables. Our organic garden has had much community support to help it flourish. Seeds are the foundation of successful growing, and we greatly appreciate your generosity. Come visit us in the garden any time!

The SLIM staff and

UH-Maui College community

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I want to thank Maui’s Emergency Medical System and others for their help when my neighbor fainted at Kihei’s Fourth Friday. A plant vendor offered my neighbor a seat and brought cold water from her personal supply and called security, as it seemed needed. Those kind women helped to keep my neighbor from falling over and hurting herself, and called 911 when appropriate. The very gentle Fire Department members were first responders. Then the ambulance driver drove me to my car so I could follow them to the emergency room. Everyone in the emergency room at Maui Memorial Medical Center was kind, gentle and caring. After reviewing test results, they sent us home with instructions and realistic expectations. My neighbor feels much better.

Margaret Christensen


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Maui Adult Day Care Centers’ annual fundraiser event, “Family Caregiver Walk . . . A Walk for Our Kupuna & Caregivers,” held Feb. 28 was a big success.

In spite of the rain, many volunteers and participants turned out to enjoy the fun provided that morning. Participants were treated to wonderful entertainment by Ata Damasco with his beautiful falsetto voice, and Just Us singing the reminiscent sounds of the oldies. Various nonprofits were present to provide information about services available via their organization, and there was delicious food and drinks, door prizes, free massages and much more.

MADCC set a goal of $50,000 for this year’s event; thanks to the many donors and everyone who participated this year, Maui Adult Day Care Centers met and exceeded their goal and collected $50,313.75. Deepest mahalo to everyone! Please save the date of Feb. 27, 2016, for next year’s Family Caregiver Walk.

Kathleen Couch

Maui Adult Day Care Centers

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Thank you to Jim Jones and the staff at Pukalani Plant Co. for the generous donation of herb plants for the UH-Maui College Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) Community Garden. The herb plants are happily planted in a communal herb garden for campus and community members to view and enjoy. Without contributions like yours, many community organizations would be a little less green and alive.

The SLIM staff

at UH Maui College

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Thank you to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for selecting Hale Makua Health Services as one of their designated beneficiaries for the 2015 event held in January at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

Hale Makua Health Services is privileged to be a part of this world-class PGA TOUR event, and the tremendous impact that it makes throughout Maui. We appreciate the tournament’s continued support of Maui’s nonprofits, and its help in furthering our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services in our home and yours.

A special mahalo to Executive Director Nancy Cross for all of her hard work and efforts in ensuring that this event is a success, tournament sponsor Hyundai Motor America, the PGA TOUR, Kapalua Golf and the dozens of individuals who volunteered on behalf of Hale Makua Health Services. We’re looking forward to next year’s tournament being held from Jan. 7 to 11!

Joyce Tamori

Hale Makua Health Services

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On Feb. 8, in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat (the Jewish Arbor Day, the New Year for Trees), a group of 20 volunteers from The Jewish Congregation of Maui visited the Kaheawa wind turbine area of SunEdison. We enjoyed the morning learning about the history, construction and operations of the wind turbines. As well as the cultural significance and conservation of the area by weeding invasive plants and planting indigenous trees and shrubbery.

To Ekolu Lindsey from Maui Cultural Lands: It is with deep appreciation to you for sharing with us the historical and cultural knowledge of the Kaheawa area. Your love for the aina and knowledge is unique, informative and interesting.

To Carolyn Unser and SunEdison: We greatly appreciate the effort you made to prepare a wonderful event for us. Your informative knowledge of the wind turbines was very interesting. Your guidance and attentiveness made it all work. We will not forget, thank you for making the holiday special for us.

Rabbi David Glickman

The Jewish Congregation of Maui

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui Board of Directors thank our volunteers, veterinarian and donors in helping fix more than 2,700 pet and feral cats to date. What began as 4 times a year mass sterilization clinics has grown to 4 times a month at our new Kahului clinic. Mahalo to volunteer clinic team members including Dave Raatz, Chris Jenkins and Julie Vogt at check-in who make things so efficient and friendly. Operating Room team support volunteers Jackie Colman, Cynthia Lippert, and Randee Gabrielle provide professional pre and post op care. All cats have received identifying tattoos by volunteer artists Julie Foster, Cynthia Bocoboc and Chris Nelson.

Special thanks to all the caretakers and companions who bring us cats to fix and clinic “person Friday” Teri Takamura who keeps everything clean and organized.

Over 2,700 feline sterilizations represent thousands of unwanted litters, volunteer hours and donations. Mahalo to everyone who helps us help “fix” our cat overpopulation problem.

Peter Tierney, Clinic Director


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On Feb. 19, I was running errands in Kahului. On my last stop I went to Costco to pick up some food items and to purchase a new iPad. This was to be my birthday present to myself. All done, a days worth of errands, I packed up my overflowing car with the items I had purchased and began my drive home to Kihei. More than half way home I realized I had not remembered putting my iPad into the car. Pulling to the side of the highway, I knew for sure I must have left it in the cart. I called Costco hoping that some honest person would have seen it and returned it to the store. They were polite at Costco, took my name and number, but I knew it was a long shot for sure. After much strife and trying to figure out how I did that and accepting the fact that I wouldn’t be getting that iPad for my birthday, I called Costco back one more time. To my happiness and amazement -a member had returned it to the store, not leaving a name to contact or thank. I love Maui. I love Costco and I want to thank the person who so honestly returned my iPad and gave me a happier birthday than I would have had if they had not been so kind. Thank you whoever you are.

Andrea Marcus