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Heritage Hall reopening

The meeting facilities of Heritage Hall in Paia will reopen Monday with restrictions due to COVID-19.

The public facility, operated by the Maui Puerto Rican Association and the Portuguese Association of Maui, is accepting reservations for groups of 30 or fewer people. Groups of 10 or fewer may use Suites 101 and 102.

All users are required to wear facial covering, except when eating, and practice social distancing. Users need to complete a new registration form found at mauiheritagehall.org.

For more information, call 243-0065.

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MEO gala postponed

Maui Economic Opportunity’s ’60s themed “Do What is Right” Gala, scheduled for June 20, has been reset to March 6.

The event honoring Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino will now be held at 5:30 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

2020 Gala sponsors and ticket holders will be accommodated in 2021.

For more information, email Jennifer McGurn at jennifer.mcgurn@meoinc.org or call  249-2990. To make a donation, visit MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org.

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Taverna serves meals

Taverna restaurant, along with support from the Saunders family and Kapalua Golf, are delivering weekly meals to kupuna residing at Hale Mahaolu Eono Lahaina, Maui Police Department, Kaiser Permanente Lahaina Clinic, employees at Kapalua Golf and Young Life Organization of West Maui.

Each week, Executive Chef/Partner Roger Stettler, Managing Partner Chris Kaiwi and staff prepare freshly made meals for delivery. More than 250 meals have been delivered as of May 26.

“Our kupuna and first responders are precious,” said Kaiwi. “Caring for them during these difficult times is our way to show our community involvement and efforts that we are proud and happy to provide.”

Joe and Sharon Saunders have been long time supporters and philanthropists of Maui’s westside community.

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Students receive scholarships

Lahainaluna High School seniors and alumni were recently awarded scholarships from the Lahaina Restoration Foundation totaling $40,000.

Scholarships were awarded to seven graduating seniors. Hailey Bogar, Eddymar Cabading, Rory Delaney, Matt Domingo, Leilani Esperanza and Joshua Tihada each received $2,000. Challys Pascual was awarded $2,500.

In addition, 12 LHS alumni received awards. Krizhna Bayudan, Francis Bui, Stacia Eng, Daisy Miranda, Ruby O’Donnell, Citlaly Ramirez, Nicole Slusser, Brooke Whitehead, Kaila Wilkinson and Nikki Zamani each received $2,000. Lily Tran was awarded $2,500 and Hannah Valencia was awarded $3,000.

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Beach rubbish turned to art

People are urged to turn debris recovered from beach cleanups into art for a contest, sponsored by the Pacific Whale Foundation.

The art should be created with the World Oceans Day 2020 theme, “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.”

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday.

Submit pictures and videos via email with an explanation of what was “upcycled” into the art work to Pacific Whale Foundation Education Manager Robyn Ehrlich at Robyn Ehrlich@pacificwhale.org.

First, second and third place winners will receive prizes from PWF Ocean Store.

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Citizens Climate talk Monday

Jeff Stark of Citizens Climate Lobby will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Kahului via Zoom noon to 1 p.m. Monday.

The Zoom ID is 640 188 369 and password D5000.

Citizens Climate Lobby is a national lobbying organization working on U.S. House Bill 763 — “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend” act. The measure is co-sponsored by 80 House members and more than 100 states, counties, townships and other jurisdictions, the Rotary news release said. The carbon pricing bill aims to pay all American households an amount equal to the cost of increasing the cost of fossil fuels.

The Maui chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby is participating in upcoming Lobbying Day and will engage in conversations with all Hawaii members of Congress. For more information about Rotary, contact club President Kwanza Woodson by phone at 268-0137 or email at kwood son@hi-employment.com or visit www.kahuluirotary.com.

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