Kihei Charter campus gets help from Rotary, Nick’s Fishmarket

Construction continues as Kihei Charter School plans for a late August opening and a student enrollment of 700 children in grades K-12.

The Rotary clubs of Maui, Upcountry Maui, Kahului and Wailuku have committed to helping the new Kihei Charter School comply with county shade tree rules by raising $12,000 to plant trees at the new campus.

The donation will purchase 35 mature trees, including native trees and trees such as milo and palm yellow trumpet, among others. Later, additional landscaping will take place on the campus.

It was a serendipitous occurrence since Rotary International, which includes the Maui clubs, had decided that in the program year 2017-18 it would promote the planting of 1.2 million trees, or one for every Rotary Club member in the world.

“We could not have met this challenge without the help of the four Maui Rotary clubs and their commitment to help us open our school on time and provide the funds to purchase the trees, money we did not have in our budget,” said Gene Zarro, CEO of the South Maui Learning Ohana, the founding organization for the Kihei Charter School.

To further support the new school’s opening, Nick’s Fishmarket restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani will have a fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25 with the goal of raising $25,000 toward the opening of the new school.

“We have always given back to the community wherever we lived,” said Aaron Placourakis, president and CEO of the Tri-Star Restaurant Group that includes Nick’s Fishmarket. “The dedication of the people behind the charter school is incredible. Everyone said it couldn’t be done and they made it happen in spite of the odds. We would like to be part of that effort.”

Menu offerings includes favorite and signature dishes from Nick’s Fishmarket, Sarento’s on the Beach, Manoli’s Pizza Company and Son’z Steak House. A silent auction will feature private chef dinners, staycation packages at the Fairmont Kea Lani and the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Limited seating is available. Tickets are $150 per person. To reserve tickets, visit For more information visit or call (808) 879-7224.