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MEO Youth Services collects holiday gifts

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Youth Services presented $5,000 in holiday gifts and necessities to keiki at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers’ Wailuku facility on Dec. 21.

The gifts were collected from MEO staff and the public. Donations included Bluetooth speakers, wireless headphones, soccer balls, diapers, wipes, clothes, razors, deodorant and feminine hygiene products, per recommendations from Ka Hale A Ke Ola staff members.

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Imua Family Services hosts parenting expert

Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Shefali Tsabary will lead a parenting talk at the Imua Discovery Garden at 10 a.m. on Jan. 21 and 22.

The two days will be divided into a discussion with early childhood professionals on Jan. 21 and a talk with parents and guardians on Jan. 22.

“We wanted to start the year offering a time to heal,” said Imua Family Services Executive Director Dean Wong. “We need real help and real solutions and we need to give ourselves as a community some much needed grace as we struggle through caring for our children. I could not think of a better way to begin the process of healing than providing Dr. Shefali as a valuable resource to help for our parents and children.”

Teachers, physicians, therapists, parents, caregivers and other providers are encouraged to attend. The cost to attend is $25 for Jan. 21 and $20 for Jan. 22.

To register, visit imuagarden .org/workshop.

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MEO center given partnership award

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Maui Independent Living Center has received a Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Partner Award for 2021 for its work with the Maui Community Partner’s Coalition.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is a nonprofit health care improvement organization that partners with providers, practitioners, stakeholders, patients and families to improve care and lower costs.

The Maui Independent Living Center, whose mission is to ensure that persons with disabilities are full social, civic and economic community members, was lauded for its work with the Maui coalition.

The center’s role in the coalition is to help persons with disabilities and their families to access services. The agency receives referrals from coalition partners and others to help with a diverse range of disabilities.

For more information about the center, call (808) 243-4328 or email evalina.watanabe @meoinc.org.

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Head of ocean center to give presentation

Tapani Vuori, general manager of the Maui Ocean Center, will be the guest speaker at the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s Know Your Ocean Speaker Series at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 via Zoom.

Vuori is also president and director of the board at the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute.

The marine council’s series brings in guest speakers to spotlight topics related to the marine environment and conservation.

To register for the event, visit bit.ly/OceanCenterWebinar.

To view past presentations, visit youtube.com/channel/ UCj45UR9RmnKdYLdyDdAqs5Q.

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Paratransit panel to meet Tuesday

The Paratransit Advisory Committee will be convening its second meeting at noon on Tuesday via Zoom.

The advisory committee provides a link between riders, caregivers, businesses and institutions and the Maui County Department of Transportation and Maui Economic Opportunity, which operates the Maui Bus paratransit system. The goal of the committee is to improve the American Disabilities Act paratransit riders’ experience.

The meeting agenda includes updates by MEO Transportation Director Patty Copperfield on telephone wait times and on-time performance. Driver openings and safety issues also will be discussed.

Maui County Department of Transportation Director Marc Takamori and Deputy Director Michael DuPont will be providing a department update.

There will be a question-and-answer session. The public can tune in with the Zoom ID 85189908355 and passcode 614105. The public also can call in at (929) 205-6099 with the passcode 614105.

For more information about the meeting or the paratransit bus system, contact Gay Sibonga at gay.sibonga@ meoinc.org or (808) 249-2990, ext. 342.

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