Thank you to Kekaulike High School senior Savon Welker and the Associated Students of Kekaulike High School for hosting the lifesaving blood drive on April 22. We have saved approximately 258 lives! Thank you to all the community, teacher and student donors, Hawaii Blood Drive and nurses, Whole Foods, Serpico's, Michaela Thompson, Costco, Coach PK Higa and administration, KKHS custodial staff, security guards and office staff.
KKHS student activity coordinator
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A big mahalo to David Goode and the county Public Works Department for responding to concerns and requests to improve Lower Honoapiilani Road in the Honokowai to Kahana area! The new, improved striping, crosswalks and school bus stops as well as the new paving is greatly appreciated and will benefit many and make the road more safe for the children and walkers! Now if only the drivers will pay attention to the speed limit - please!
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On April 20, we took part in the semi-annual Monk Seal Count at Ho'okipa Beach Park. As many know, there was an Interscholastic Surf Championship meet taking place at the same time.
I am in a wheelchair but we had no problems due to the kindness and courtesy of the young men and women of the Baldwin High surfing team. They ensured that we were able to gain access to a shaded location where we could take our count and even offered us cold drinking water.
When it was our time to leave, a team member offered to push my wheelchair back to our car. This was all done on a totally voluntary basis and without our asking anything. These fine young people are a real asset to Maui and Hawaii. Baldwin's team may have come in second in the meet but, in our eyes, they are first place.
Marv and Michele Paularena
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Sincere mahalo and appreciation to Malu Matos and her generous family and friends who helped raise money for Friends of the Maui Drug Court on April 6. Matos coordinated a benefit show, including delicious food and a 10-item raffle, to showcase six of Maui's very talented divas. The talent, technology, ticket sales and food that Matos and company pulled together resulted in a huge success. "Next year," Matos says, "it will be bigger and better." To all who took part in the "Queens Go Green" diva show, we sincerely thank you.
Matos, a recent Drug Court graduate and full-time college student, wanted to raise money that will directly benefit Maui Drug Court as well as Family Court Drug Court clients with items the Judiciary is unable to provide, such as supplemental supplies.
The Maui Drug Court and the Family Court Drug Court are long-term, community-based treatment programs facilitated by the state Judiciary. These programs have proved to result in sustained recovery from substance abuse and alcohol addiction as well as reducing child abuse and neglect for most of the people successfully completing the program.
The Friends of the Maui Drug Courts is a 501(c) nonprofit that has been involved in supporting the Drug Court efforts since 2002. Through donations and grants, FMDC is able to sponsor programs and activities that support the participants in both Drug Court programs on their path to an addiction-free lifestyle.
For more information or to help sponsor these programs and activities please call 633-5642.
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The staff of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens would like to thank every person who attended our Ola Ka Honua: Earth Day 2013 Celebration at the Gardens on April 13. Mahalo to the County of Maui's Department of Water Supply and KPOA 93.5 FM for advertising kokua; Maui Pa'u Riders for leading our lei-making activity; Na'one Morinaga-Kama, Lei Ishikawa and UH-MC's Hawaiian ethnobotany students for leading our kapa-making activity; Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond for assisting with kapa and cordage activities; Ola Na Mele Productions, Alaka'i Paleka and all of the remarkable entertainers for sharing your musical talents with us. A special mahalo also goes out to our native plant vendors and the 23 conservation organizations and food vendors for your participation and support. Last but not least, mahalo nui to MNBG's volunteers for helping us achieve another great community event. No garden event would be possible without your unwavering dedication and support.
Joylynn Paman, executive director
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
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Thank you to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for raising nearly $350,000 in 2013 for designated beneficiaries Boy Scouts of America Maui County Council, Friends of the Children's Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui, Lahainaluna High School Foundation, Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and Maui Junior Golf.
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children was also a recipient via Hyundai's Hope on Wheels program and 5K Run held during the tournament week.
The tournament's total contributions to Hawaii charities since 1999 has now surpassed $4.4 million.
Hale Makua Health Services is privileged be a part of this world-class PGA Tour event and the tremendous impact that it makes throughout Maui. We appreciate the tournament's continued support of Maui's nonprofits and its help in furthering our mission to improve the well-being of those in our care through compassionate personalized health services.
A special mahalo to Tournament Director Nancy Cross for all of her hard work and efforts in ensuring that this event is a success, tournament sponsor Hyundai Motor America, the PGA Tour, and the dozens of individuals who volunteered on behalf of Hale Makua Health Services. We're looking forward to next year's tournament, to be held Jan. 2 to 6.
Denise Thayer, director of development & marketing
Hale Makua Health Services