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Hula Pies raises funds for suicide prevention

T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California hosted a “Generous Slice of Hula Pie” event on two separate days in November that raised $11,681 for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

All of the proceeds from more than 1,200 Hula Pies along with additional monetary contributions combined for the donation, according to a news release.

On Maui, T S Restaurants include Duke’s, Hula Grill, Kimo’s and Leilani’s on the Beach, according to its website.

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Company donates to Maui chapter

Maui United Way will receive at least $5,000 as part of an $86,000 donation that Hawaiian Telcom has made to United Way chapters statewide.

The amount represents a corporate contribution combined with funds raised by employees through an annual employee pledge drive.

“This support comes at a critical time for Aloha United Way and our allies across the state: Kauai United Way, Maui United Way and Hawaii Island United Way,” Aloha United Way President and CEO John Fink said in a news release Monday. “No matter where you live in Hawaii, community needs are at an all-time high due to the social and economic upheaval of the past year and the ongoing health crisis caused by the pandemic.”

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Four Seasons hosts drive-thru party

The Four Seasons Resort Maui hosted a drive-thru holiday kids’ party for its employees on Dec. 18. Dressed as snowmen, reindeer and elves, the resort’s executive team greeted close to 100 families with festive music, signs and air hugs.

“We weren’t going to let COVID get in the way of our holiday celebrations,” said general manager Marc Bromley. “Now more than ever, our Four Seasons Maui ohana needs each other’s support, so we are happy to find safe ways in which we can still show the love to our employees and their families.”

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Sanctuary council to hold virtual meeting

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary advisory council will meet virtually from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m on Jan. 12. The meeting is open to the public.

Council members will receive presentation updates from the Kihei site working group to discuss voluntary vessel guidelines in the sanctuary and sanctuary resource protection. There will also be several guest speaker presentations. The council will address a potential action item and questions from members and the public.

For a copy of the meeting agenda, email cindy.among-serrao@noaa.gov.

The virtual meeting will be held using GoToWebinar. Register in advance at https:// attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/635353055166330 6000.

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Annual rummage sale postponed

The annual rummage sale held at Emmanuel Lutheran School at the end of January has been postponed due to pandemic restrictions.

The sale, which supports the band program, will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe and allowed.

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