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23-month-old Koa Rivera performs at My Garden Center at the Kahi Kamali’i Infant / Toddler Center in Maui Economic Opportunity. – Photo of Maui Business Opportunity

Maui Economic Opportunity’s child care program, Kahi Kamali’i, received a donation of $ 10,000 from the Kaanapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust.

Kahi Kamali’i, who provides services to children aged 1 to 3, has remained open during the pandemic and has looked after the children of first responders and medical professionals. During the stay-at-home ordering period, the infant / toddler center asked families on leave to keep their children at home to provide spaces for those working during the pandemic.

The program is licensed by the State Department of Social Services for 15 children and is currently at full capacity. The licensing requirements at Kahi Kamali’i include staffing a care manager and two other people to maintain a ratio of one adult to five children.

Kahi Kamali’i is open year-round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The County of Maui offers scholarships to keep costs affordable for families eligible for income, with teenage parents, or with children receiving early intervention support through Imua Family Services.

For more information about the Kahi Kamali’i Infant / Toddler Center, call (808) 249-2988.


Coast Guard Officer to Speak to Rotarians

Senior Shift Leader Malia Chasteen will be the guest speaker at the Lahaina Sunset Rotary Club Hybrid Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on January 4.

The meeting will be held in person at the Royal Ocean Terrace restaurant at the Royal Lahaina Resort and offered virtually on Zoom.

Chasteen became the officer in charge of the Maui station in 2020. She will speak about the station and its operations.

To receive the Zoom link to virtually attend the meeting, contact Mariko Higashi at marikoinmaui@gmail.com.


MEO Business Course starts January 4

The Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Center will present its five-week Core Four Business Planning series from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan.4 to Feb.3.

All classes will take place on Zoom.

Core Four focuses on how to write a business plan and provides the information participants need to start, operate, and grow a business.

The cost of the course is $ 50. Financial assistance is available.

Registration is compulsory.

To register, visit www. meoinc.org and click on the “Four cores” on the main pages or those of the Business Development Center. Registration forms can also be picked up on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MEO office in Wailuku at 99 Mahalani St. For more information, contact David Daly at (808) 249-2990.


Kihei Charter students write winning poems

Kihei Charter School students Vienna Phillips and Mia Hines took first and third place respectively in the 2021 Foreign Wars Veterans College Patriot Essay Contest.

This year’s editorial guest was “How can I be a good American? “

Phillips received a $ 250 award for his poem; Hines received a prize of $ 50.


Bezos donates to the Maui Memorial

The Maui Memorial Medical Center received a donation from Amazon founder and executive chairman Jeff Bezos, which will be used to expand the hospital’s emergency department.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Jeff Bezos. Her donation will benefit our Maui community and help meet their health needs, ” said Michael Rembis, CEO of Maui Memorial Medical Center.

More than 52,000 patients are treated at the Maui Memorial each year, making it the state’s second-largest emergency department, according to a press release.


Seabury raises $ 4,800 for charity

Seabury Hall raised $ 4,800 for four local nonprofits at its annual meeting “Seabury Hall-iday” event, held on the school’s Olinda campus from December 9-11.

“This year’s Hall-iday was a heartwarming event and we were very happy to open our school campus to the Maui community. “ said school principal Maureen Madden. “Although we had to reduce the event due to the recent storm, it was still a wonderful opportunity to spread the holiday cheer and raise $ 4,800 for nonprofits serving our community.”

The four beneficiaries were selected by the student body in a school-wide vote. The chosen nonprofits were the Friends of the Maui Children’s Justice Center, Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, Women Helping Women, and the Pacific Cancer Foundation.

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