On behalf of the Makawao Public Library staff, I want to acknowledge and thank the mayor's office, Mike Molina, Mayor Alan Arakawa and county workers for a timely response to a request for signage at the busy crosswalk fronting the Makawao Public Library.
Thank you for being concerned about the safety of all who come to Makawao: children, visitors, workers and residents.
We are hoping the signage will make a big difference and get drivers to pay close attention to the crosswalk, pedestrian safety and the speed limit.
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It was windy, rainy and cold for Maui, but happily the whales were breaching all over. Seventy intrepid members and friends of the American Association of University Women had a great time on Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Odyssey. The sale of tickets and donations brought in enough money for AAUW to fund approximately two $2,000 scholarships for the University of Hawaii Maui College.
AAUW Maui branch members wish to thank all those who bought tickets, made donations of cash or donated door prizes. We also wish to thank the Pacific Whale Foundation for allowing us to use Ocean Odyssey and her crew for our annual fundraiser. We hope next year to have fair skies, a full boat and, of course, wonderful whales.
AAUW Whale Watch chairwoman
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Thank you to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for raising $333,185 in 2014 for Hawaii nonprofits including the 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 and Lahainaluna High School Foundation.
The Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children via Hyundai's Hope on Wheels and 5K Run/Walk also received a donation.
The tournament's total contributions to Hawaii charities since moving the Tournament of Champions to Maui in 1999 has now reached nearly $5 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.
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. 8-12.
director of development and marketing
Hale Makua Health Services