Boy Scouts assist with civic engagement

First photo: Boy Scout Troop 18 Star Scout Xaden Nishimitsu and 2nd Class Scout Ian Mantupar wave to motorists on Kaahumanu Avenue while drawing attention to the Maui County drive-thru voter registration tent Tuesday afternoon at the Kahului Shopping Center. The scouts were volunteering while helping Life Scout Thorn Rebugio with his Eagle Scout project. Tuesday was the last day for online registration at All future opportunities to register will need to be in-person only and during early walk-in voting or on Election Day, Nov. 6, at voters’ precincts. Early walk-in voting is set for Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku and on Molokai at the Mitchell Pauole Conference Room. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Second photo: Boy Scout Troop 18 Life Scout Thorn Rebugio helps Kahului’s Eric Miller register to vote Tuesday afternoon. Rebugio’s work with the county’s drive-thru voter registration program is part of his Eagle Scout project. He said voting lets people have a say in what they want for their community. “This is a lot more important than some people may think,” he said. “It’s people’s first step to making a difference in their community.”

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos