An ocean of gratitude to all who were able to join Hospice Maui for our Memorial Day celebration. Your presence and the contributions of delicious dishes are just a few ways you helped to make this a heartfelt and meaningful event.
Special "thank-you" to our volunteers: Irene Ryding for bringing us the sounds of the angels through her harp playing as guests arrived; Ann Babson, Sanni Tharp and Anne Rowehl for the readings; and the many hands who helped set up and clean up. Thanks to Brenda Gazabat, Harriet Collopy, Jan Yamamoto and Rinchen Hand, who assisted in mailing, folding programs and making phone calls to invite families. Your open hearts and willing hands make you all valuable members of our team.
We were treated to a day of soft breezes under partly cloudy skies, which kept the temperature pleasant, as our own Tim Shiroma and his wife, Barbara, played some local-style music and harmonies. Uncle Leslie Kuloloio never fails to give us chicken skin with his contributions of talk story, musical selections and prayers of gratitude. We are grateful for Kahu Kealahou C. Alika for hosting and assisting in the service on the grounds of Keawala'i Church. Mahalo to Father Gary Colton, the Venerable Lama Gyaltsen, and the Rev. Robert Nielson for their participation. We appreciate Miyako Sushi for delicious trays of sushi and Kahului Florist for the centerpiece. Maui Wedding Cakes graciously donated their white doves for release, as they are an ancient symbol of love, devotion and spirit.
Connie Castillo-Walsh, coordinator of volunteer services,
and the Hospice Maui staff
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Mahalo to the generous contributors to a beautiful Memorial Day ceremony at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery. Special thanks to Kaunoa Senior Service volunteers for making leis for all the headstones, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for placing flags and lei on all the graves, Blue Hawaiian for the flower drop and all the involved florists.
Also to the Maui High School band, which played wonderful patriotic music and Birds in Paradise-Maui for the white dove release.
There were many people and groups who made this year's ceremony a memorable success. Thank you all!
Maui Veterans Council
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The Kihei Library staff would like to thank Joeli Kama and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for doing an incredible job working on our library's outdoor landscaping on April 27. A large group of volunteers, including keiki and kupuna, worked very hard mowing the lawn, trimming back foliage, weeding our planters, and cleaning up our parking lot and front lawn. We greatly appreciate their kokua. It was heartwarming to see so many people serve their community and take pride in our library.
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I recently spent four weeks in Hale Makua after I fell and broke my pelvis in two places. The people there are the nicest in the world.
I especially want to thank my nurses Malia Spencer, Apolinario Dancel and Neal Accousti. Also I want to thank Gloria Bautista, Mary Lynn Hong, Jennifer Nerona, Angelina Saiki, Sarahlyn Foronda and Jennielind Casco, who were some of my caregivers.
Should you have to spend time in Hale Makua, know that the staff could not be friendlier and you should be thankful that it is there for you.