Montessori is reaccredited
Montessori Hale O Keiki has been reaccredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the American Montessori Society.
The school, in existence in South Maui for more than 20 years, offers a Montessori curriculum for students in preschool and elementary and middle schools.
Shown are some of the winners of the Paia Youth & Cultural Center photo contest: Zoe Napolitano (front row, from left), Talise Canton, Makayla Marrs, Morgan Leeks, Xander Robertson and Antonio Mason. Center Program Director Peter Swanzy stands behind.
Enrollment for the next school year and for the school's Summer Explorers is ongoing.
For more information, call 874-7441 or go to the website mhok.org.
Smith presented Rotary award
Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise member Love Smith recently was awarded the club's Avenues of Service Award.
The award is presented each year to one member of the club who demonstrates excellence and outstanding contributions in all five avenues of Rotary Club service: club, vocational, community, international and "new generations."
The retired law enforcement officer joined the club in 2008 and has been the "sound man" at events. He also has joined club community service projects, such as Rotary food drive programs and highway cleanups, and with the club dictionary giveaway and ethics programs in Kihei schools.
Rotary collects food, cash
The island's nine Rotary Clubs collected a total of 5,902 pounds of food and $5,153 in cash for the Maui Food Bank during a two-day food drive in late April.
Almost 50 Rotarians accepted nonperishables and cash donations at the entrances of Foodland in Pukalani, Kahului, Lahaina and Kihei; Times in Kihei and Lahaina; Cash 'n Carry in Kahului; and the Pukalani Longs.
Marlene Rice, director of development for the Maui Food Bank, said that her agency serves 10,000 people a month, almost double the number served last year at this time.
"More than ever before, working poor families, seniors on fixed incomes and single parents are relying on the Maui Food Bank just to survive month to month," she said.
Mauians join whale council
Maui residents Robin Newbold and Johanna Kamaunu have recently been named to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to represent Maui County.
Kamaunu will serve as Newbold's alternate if and when Newbold is unable to attend meetings.
They were part of a group of 14 people recently named to the council.
The council provides sanctuary managers with input and recommendations on sanctuary programs and management. It has government and nongovernmental seats for a total of 53 representatives, including those from business, conservation, tourism and ocean recreation.
The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the state of Hawaii through the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship.
For information see hawaiihumpback whale.noaa.gov.
PYCC photo winners named
Xander Robertson captured the color category and Morgan Leeks the black-and-white category in the Paia Youth & Cultural Center photo contest.
They each received $150 gift cards to B&H Photo.
Members of the youth center were eligible to enter the contest.
The other winners, place and gift card amount follow: Color Category - Leeks, second, $100; Makana Van Ryckeghem, third, $75; Ramsey Wellbeloved, honorable mention, $50. Black & White Category - Antonio Mason, second $100; Makayla Marrs, third, $75; Zoe Napolitano, honorable mention, $50.
Gift cards of $100 were awarded to the top calendar selections. The winners were Talise Canton, Mason, Malia Jalbert and Xander Robertson.
All entries may be viewed on PYCC's website at www.pyccmaui.org/img/pycc-photo/pycc-2013_photocomp.html.
"This contest showed such strength in both creative and technical skills," said contest sponsor Cindy Campbell.
LHS grad named to Mortar Board
Josie Gomez, daughter of Robert Gomez and Barbara Newton of Lahaina, has been elected to Lawrence University's chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes outstanding leadership, scholarship and service to the academic community. Gomez is a 2010 graduate of Lahainaluna High School.
Lawrence University is located in Appleton, Wis.
Aikido introduction course set in June
An aikido introductory course for beginning adults and teenagers will be offered in Wailuku beginning June 6.
The classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shunshinkan Dojo, 194 S. Market St., on four Thursdays through June 27.
Fifth-degree black belt instructor Tracy Reasoner, under the direction of eighth-dan Hawaii Ki Federation chief instructor Christopher Curtis, will cover all aspects of aikido training.
The course fee of $40 includes the training manual "Ki-Aikido on Maui" and will be applied to the initiation fee if the participant continues training with Maui Ki-Aikido after the four-week course.
To register and obtain more information, call 357-5172.