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COMMUNITY NEWS for July 31 issue

July 31, 2014
Lahaina News

Three council candidates to appear together Tuesday

LAHAINA - Four days before the Aug. 9 primary election, the new Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will sponsor the first joint public appearance by Ka'ala Buenconsejo, Elle Cochran and Rick Nava, candidates for the West Maui seat on the County Council.

The public is invited to attend the event on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 5:15 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort's Ocean Terrace in Kaanapali.

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Christopher Harvey stands with his proud father, Bruce Harvey, at Christopher’s graduation from the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, N.J., on May 23. Bruce lives in Lanai City, and Christopher’s mother, Anne Powley, lives in Honokowai. Christopher graduated from Lanai High School in 2013 and is only the fourth person from Lanai to be accepted into the Coast Guard. Christopher is now stationed at the Umpqua River-Winchester Bay Life Boat Station on the Central Oregon coast. He will pursue a career as an aviation engineer and mechanic. “Mahalo to everyone that made this happen,” Bruce concluded.

Each candidate will speak for three minutes and field questions covering a range of issues at random prepared by Rotarian and Lahaina News columnist Norm Bezane and others.

"We are planning to break new ground with our club by having speakers talk about Hawaiian culture as well as candidates for public office," Co-president Liz May said.

"Rotary is about community," and few people have as much impact on how a community develops than elected officials, she added.

Cochran is serving her second two-year term on the council after succeeding Jo Anne Johnson Winer.

Nava, the owner of Media Systems, and Buenconsejo, marketing director for Hoaloha Na Eha, the company that operates Old Lahaina Luau, Feast of Lele and restaurants, are in their first run for office.

The new Rotary club has 24 charter members and will provide details on how to join at the meeting. For more information, contact May at 669-5200.


State DOT to discuss transportation program

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Department of Transportation will hold its second round of public information meetings to discuss the fiscally constrained draft of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Fiscal Years 2015-2018 (+2).

The STIP is a four-year plan that identifies state and county transportation projects to be funded, in part, with Federal Highway and Transit Funds.

Fiscal constraint of the new STIP was done using technical information from management systems, project schedules and readiness information, and coordination with relevant public agencies and the public.

Survey results gathered from the first round of public meetings will be shared, along with information about next steps.

The Maui meetings will be held on Aug. 4 in the King Kekaulike High School Cafeteria at 121 Kula Highway, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Kihei Elementary School Cafeteria at 250 E. Lipoa Street, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in the West Maui Senior Center cafeteria at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina, and Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Maui District Office Conference Room at 650 Palapala Drive in Kahului.

More information on the fiscally constrained draft plan can be found at

Comments may also be submitted by Aug. 15 to Hwy.Stip.Projects@ by e-mail; Highway Planning Branch, 869 Punchbowl St., Room 301, Honolulu, HI 96813 by mail; and (808) 587-1787 via fax. For information, call (808) 587-6355.

More STIP information can be found at the following web address:


Kapa dye workshop set

KAHULUI - Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host a kapa dye workshop on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join kapa makers Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond and Lei Ishikawa to learn about the many Hawaiian plants that produce dyes for kapa.

Call 249-2798 or e-mail info@ for reservations. Space is limited, and the workshop fee is $125. The gardens are located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului.

This workshop is sponsored by the Fred Baldwin Foundation.


Jane Holstein to play at church service

LAHAINA - As part of Holy Innocents Church's guest organist program, Jane Holstein of Hope Publishing will play at the 8:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Holy Innocents is located at 561 Front St., just south of King Kamehameha III School.

Holstein is an arranger, choral clinician, organist, worship planner and concert artist who resides in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, David L. Weck.

As a gifted concert organist, Holstein has joined forces with Joel Raney for a series of duo-concerts featuring the piano and organ in an innovative keyboard excursion, exploring a variety of styles in sacred and classical music.



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