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Italian-American Social Club

February 3, 2013 - Leah Sherman

It happened by chance in early January. I was the only one in the newsroom when the phones started ringing. (Calling a particular number will make every phone in the newsroom ring at the same time. It is very loud and regularly makes me jump out of my chair.) So, the caller got me.

He said his name was Don Tedesco and that he is the president of the Italian-American Social Club. He was hoping that someone from The Maui News would be willing to talk at the group's next meeting about the newspaper and to participate in a game focusing on the big stories of 2012.

I thought to myself, “Well, I could probably do that. And I do need something for the blog.” (Yep, despite my recent inactivity, I'm always thinking about the blog.)

So, on Jan. 22, there I was, in front of probably 25 strangers (as well as my husband, my friend L and her husband — all brought along for moral support) talking about The Maui News. (I hadn't prepared, but I think it turned out OK.) I offered up my personal take on 2012's big stories, and answered some questions.

The group's members were very nice. Several mentioned their lack of Italian background — all are welcome. They meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Stawasz Hall at St. Theresa Church in Kihei. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with wine and socializing, followed by a prayer and a potluck dinner before the official meeting begins.

Despite the fact that I'm not going to be the guest speaker at any upcoming meetings, you should check them out. During the Jan. 22 meeting, the previous year's activities were discussed — movie night, holiday parties, gelato. All combined with friendly conversation. What's not to like?

For more information on the group, email Don Tedesco at

The group's next meeting will be Feb. 26 and will feature Ali Biglar from the Hawaii Liquor Store in Kahului as guest speaker. According to a news release from the group, Biglar will pair different Italian dessert wines with club members' favorite chocolate desserts. He will speak about each wine and its origin. The cost for the wine tasting is $10.


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The Italian-American Club of Kihei's meetings start with a potluck dinner. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month in St. Theresa Church's Stawasz Hall.