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QKC stores celebrate Chinese New Year

In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, select stores at Queen Kaahumanu Center will accept lai see (red envelopes) with monetary donations through Friday.

All donations will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations.

Stores accepting lai see include Hallmark, Fun Factory, GoldMart and Maui Friends of the Library.

For more information, call 877-3369.

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Rotary guest speaker to highlight fund

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea will host Winton Schoneman as its guest speaker at its virtual meeting at noon Wednesday.

Schoneman will talk about “The Forgotten Fund,” the endowment fund of the Rotary Foundation.

The Zoom meeting ID is 829 1334 8817; the passcode is 081120.

For more information, contact Dennis Bagshaw at president@ rckw.org.

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Foundation receives preservation grant

Lahaina Restoration Foundation was recently awarded a $2,500 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The grant funds will be used to complete a building assessment of the stone and coral block Baldwin Home, which was built in 1835 in Lahaina. The assessment will result in a prioritized, cost-estimated list of preservation needs for the building, according to an announcement.

“Organizations like Lahaina Restoration Foundation help to ensure that communities all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Paul Edmondson, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to provide a grant to Lahaina Restoration Foundation, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places, protect America’s rich cultural legacy and help build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect the nation’s diversity.

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Montage assists laid-off workers

The Montage Kapalua Bay Pono Project provided $157,950 in assistance for essential needs to 127 workers who were laid off in March due to the COVID-19-related shutdown of the resort.

The Pono Project, which ran from May 2020 through early January 2021, was funded by donations from the Montage Kapalua Bay condominium owners in partnership with the Hawaii Community Foundation and the Montage Kapalua Bay Associate Support Fund.

The recently completed grant program was administered by Maui Economic Opportunity.

The Pono Project offered assistance for food, medicine, rent, mortgage, utility payments, phone or internet service, car loan payments, insurance, child care tuition, auto repair and emergency plumbing.

The funds were paid directly to businesses providing the services or items and ranged from $500 to $1,250 based on family size. Grants originally were intended to be a one-time benefit but later were modified to allow workers to apply multiple times. Some workers received up to four months of help.

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Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai offers scholarships

The Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai is offering two $1,000 scholarships to two graduating Maui high school seniors who are of Okinawan ancestry or are children of Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai members.

Applications are available at all Maui high school counselors’ offices or from the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai office in Wailuku.

The deadline to apply is March 24.

The Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai is a nonprofit organization that is committed to perpetuating the Okinawan heritage, culture and arts.

For more information, contact Darren Konno at 633-4439 or dskonno@hotmail.com.

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