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Habitat for Humanity awarded $40K grant

Habitat for Humanity Maui has been awarded $40,000 from the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Hawaii Resilience Fund as part of the CHANGE Grants program.

The funds will help the nonprofit continue to build safe and affordable housing for lower-income families. “Safe, stable and affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Hawaii today,” said Yvonne McClean, community relations director for Habitat for Humanity Maui. “This grant will help with our building programs and our mission to build decent housing and renovate substandard housing on Maui.”

Habitat for Humanity Maui builds and sells homes to lower-income families earning between 25 and 80 percent of Maui County’s median income.

To learn more, visit www. habitat-maui.org.


Applicants sought for boards, commissions

Maui County is seeking applicants to fill multiple vacancies on county boards, commissions, councils and committees.

Responsibilities for all boards, commissions, councils, and committees include regular meeting attendance, considering public testimony, and reviewing policies and standards. All meetings are held virtually using the BlueJeans online meeting platform.

The mayor nominates appointees to all positions and the Maui County Council later confirms them. Terms of service vary from two to five years. No monetary compensation is provided but volunteers are reimbursed for approved travel expenses.

Nominees are selected based upon the applicant’s experience and interests. 

Those interested in serving on a board or commission should apply online at www.mauicounty.gov/Boards. Paper applications are available at the County Building in the Mayor’s Office on the 9th floor. Completed applications should be mailed to: Mayor’s Office, Attention: Ipo Mossman, County of Maui, 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku  96793. Applications may also be emailed to Ipo.mossman@co.maui.hi.us.

The application deadline is Nov. 15.

For additional information, call (808) 270-8211.


Kapalua Golf raises money for 9/11 fund

Kapalua’s Bay Golf Course raised $1,255 for the 9/11 Memorial Golf Fund during a on-course par 3 hit the green challenge event on Sept. 10.

Golfers who signed up for the challenge and hit the green doubled their money in golf shop credit. The 9/11 Memorial Golf Fund benefits the Veteran Golfers Association, Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, The Semper Fi & America’s Fund, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Independence Fund.


AAUW to host George Kahumoku, Jr.

Grammy Award-winning musician George Kahumoku, Jr. will be the guest speaker at the American Association of University Women’s virtual meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 25.

Known as “Uncle George,” Kahumoku, Jr. is a slack key guitar master, vocalist, songwriter, storyteller, artist, sculptor and agriculturalist.

The meeting will begin with social time at 10 a.m., followed by the business meeting and guest speaker at 10:30.

For Zoom login information, contact Pat Gotschalk at pagotschalk@gmail.com or 707-2001.


Shelter gets donation from Amazon founder

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers has received a personal donation from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon.

The donation will be used to create a new job training program, providing culinary training for shelter participants, formerly incarcerated persons and young adults aging out of the foster care system.

“Providing our marginalized and poverty-stricken community members with a skill set to succeed and thrive is an important part of our mission to break the cycle of homelessness,” said Monique Ibarra, executive director of Ka Hale A Ke Ola. “Initiating this new program focused on job training will not only provide our shelter program participants with opportunities in the work world, but also help meet the dire labor situation in the county today. We’re honored that Mr. Bezos chose us to support.”


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