Recently, I had a bout with pneumonia and was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room. I received excellent services, from the ER doctors to the nursing staff.
Due to the intensity of my illness, I was referred to the intensive-care unit. I received 24-hour care and was able to be moved to the fifth floor, Haleakala South, heart unit. I remained there until discharged Oct. 16.
My stay at Maui Memorial Medical Center was an awesome experience due to the excellent doctors, nurses, nurses aides and staff. It really shows how much they all love their jobs. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation and aloha to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.
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Mahalo to the Maui County Parks and Recreation Department for support and assistance with the installation and blessing for the American with Disabilities Act-compliant dune walkover ramp at Kamaole Beach Park I. South Parks Supervisor Mary Kielty insisted on a safe and efficient worksite during the construction, and she created an inspiring blessing ceremony and acceptance event.
This ramp was installed with volunteer labor and paid for by generous community and business donations and a 2013 natural resources grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. During construction of this project, there were more than 30 individual volunteers working 15 days for more than 842 hours.
Mahalo to Tara Owens, coastal hazards specialist from University of Hawaii Sea Grant, for her vision for our beach parks that include dune walkovers as a natural extension of the beach-to-park experience for all park users.
Also, mahalo to Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Inc., the fiscal sponsor of South Maui Volunteers, for its assistance and support with this project. The Kamaole Beach Park I ramp will provide accessibility for users of all ability levels while protecting the dune from erosion.
Kimokeo Kapahulehua blessed the ramp during a moving chant ceremony, and several wheelchair users were among the first to use the new ADA pathway.
Bob and Lis Richardson
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Mahalo nui loa to Capt. Chris Walsh and the crew from Trilogy, Chef Marc Henderson and Three's Bar and Grill, Goodfellow Bros. and the Blue 'Aina cleanup gang for the benefit cleanup/sail Oct. 20.
It is volunteers and sponsors like them that keep us going through the tough times so that we can enjoy the successes. Trilogy's Blue 'Aina cleanup campaign is really a win-win situation for all involved. Save Honolua Coalition received a $1,000 donation from the corporate sponsor Goodfellow Bros., volunteers were treated to a gorgeous snorkel sail on Trilogy and lunch provided by Three's Bar and Grill at a greatly reduced price and helped ensure that Lahaina Harbor as well as the reefs at Olowalu stayed clean.
In an unprecedented legislative success led by West Maui state Rep. Angus McKelvey and state Sen. Roz Baker, $20 million was set aside by the state to purchase 280 acres of coastal land from Honolua to the south cliffs of Honokohau. Currently, the state is doing its due diligence and getting an appraisal to ensure that $20 million is fair market value for the land. Save Honolua Coalition is following the process and working on a possible framework for working together with the state and other partners for future management of the area.
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Big mahalo to Bob Richardson, his wife and the entire crew of volunteers for the new beach access ramp opened Oct. 24. This was needed, and they did a wonderful job.
They have improved South Maui's beaches and parks for the past several years.
Gerard C. Gifford