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Hawaii All Stars cheerleading team held a community cleanup project Nov. 30 -- TRACI FUJITA photo

Cheerleading team removes rubbish

The Hawaii All Stars cheerleading team held a community cleanup project Nov. 30 in conjunction with Matson’s Ka Ipu ‘Aina program. A truckload of trash was removed along Kahului Beach Road. Coach Kealii Molina said participating in service projects like this gives the team an opportunity to give back to the community that always shows so much support to them.


Proposed Wailuku hotel topic of talk

Jonathan Starr of Starr Properties LLC & Wailuku Hotel Project will be guest speaker at the noon to 1 p.m. Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Kahului at Tante’s Island Cuisine in the Maui Seaside Hotel.

Beginning in the 1880s, Wailuku was the primary location of the original hotels that served Maui’s business travelers and local residents for almost 100 years. Now, a new effort is underway to bring a business and community-focused select service hotel back to Wailuku, and in the process assist with returning vitality to the town.

The presentation will highlight the history of hotels in Wailuku from 1870 to 1970, and show details of and needs for the proposed Hotel Wailuku project.

This new kamaaina business hotel is being proposed by Supreme Bright Wailuku LLC, an entity in which longtime Maui residents and Wailuku property owners Jonathan Starr and his wife, Helen Nielsen, are major partners. Starr and Nielsen have owned the properties for around 20 years.

Tante’s is at 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului. Lunch costs $20; the public is invited.


‘Stop Strokes’ author will speak

Steve Blake, author of the book “Stop Strokes,” will share tips on reducing stroke risk by 99 percent at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Unity Church of Maui, 483 S. High St. in Wailuku.

Included in his presentation are topics such as which foods reduce stroke risk, which foods increase stroke risk, spices and herbs to reduce strokes and which vitamins and minerals help.

A donation of $10 is suggested.


Nihon Bunka Award nominations sought

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui has opened nominations for its Nihon Bunka Award, which recognizes excellence and the lifetime dedication of individuals to perpetuate Japanese arts and culture, and for their unselfish willingness to share their talents with the community.

“If you know someone on Maui who has made an impact in the promotion of the Japanese culture, whether it’s in cuisine, fashion, martial arts, performing arts, business or special initiative projects, please nominate them for the Nihon Bunka award,” said Deron Furukawa, president of JCSM. “It is important we recognize these individuals to inspire future generations to preserve Japanese traditions and values.”

For a list of past winners and requirements, go to www.jcsmaui.org. Nomination forms can be found there and must be submitted before Friday. Awardees for 2020 will be recognized at the organization’s annual Shinnen Enkai dinner Jan. 25 at Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului.

For more information, call Furukawa at (808) 298-3352 or email jcsmhawaii@gmail.com.


Santa and sleigh will visit library

Santa Claus is bringing Da Maui Sleigh to the Kahului Public Library from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Santa and the sleigh will be in the parking lot where people can take photos. No rides will be available. Families must bring their own camera or device to take photos.

Children can also visit the children’s room at the library to make their own custom goody bag and choose some treats to put inside (while supplies last).

This program is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The event is sponsored through the support of the Maui Friends of the Library.


Kamali’i announces off-campus drill

Kamali’i Elementary School in Kihei will hold its all-school, off-campus evacuation drill starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Students will walk down the hill, making the first left onto Liloa Drive. They will continue on Liloa until they reach Moana Estate Park, then return to school along the same route.


Charity shopping event at The Shops

J. McLaughlin at The Shops at Wailea is hosting a “Jingle and Mingle” holiday charity shopping event from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. During those hours, shoppers can enjoy festive sips, light bites and holiday shopping. The experts from Cos Bar will also be on hand, offering one-on-one makeup retouching and a fragrance bar in-store.

Fifteen percent of that day’s sales from the store will be donated to The Shops at Wailea’s nonprofit partner for December, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui.

Located on The Shops’ upper level fashion wing, the 1,400-square-foot J. McLaughlin store showcases resort clothing for men, women and children. The Maui store features an exclusive, only-on-Maui collection of colorful floral and geometric print dresses, jackets, tops and other items designed by Kevin McLaughlin, co-founder and creative director.


Bookmobile will visit Lahaina mall

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s Holoholo Bookmobile will visit the Lahaina Cannery mall from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. The Bookmobile offers books for all ages, DVDs, audiobooks, story-times, free Wi-Fi, reference help and assistance with eResources.

Printed copies of the Holoholo Bookmobile’s new schedule are available at Maui public libraries. For more information, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/visit/bookmobiles/maui-bookmobile/, or call the Wailuku Public Library at 243-5766.


Touchdown for Tatas raises over $26,000

The sixth annual Touchdowns for Tatas at the Beach House Bar & Grill in Kahana in October raised $26,006, beating the 2019 goal of $20,000.

Guests watched a NFL Monday night football game and prizes were given out at the end of each quarter. Marty Dread provided the musical entertainment.

An online silent auction allowed people to bid at the event from their homes.

Net proceeds benefited Pacific Cancer Foundation of Maui, which provides free support services to cancer patients, their families and their caregivers in Maui County.


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