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The High Street Journal An Official Publication of the County of Maui

High Street Journal April 2014

An Official Publication of the County of Maui

WATER CONSERVATION POSTER CONTEST DRAWS 889 ENTRIES DWS BEGINS UPCOUNTRY WATER METER ISSUANCE EXCELLENCE AWARDS PRESENTED BY COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

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Message from the Mayor.................................................................................... 3 M.D. Minute ........................................................................................................... 4 Happenings at the County ............................................................................. 5

PUBLISHER / EDITOR

Lynn Araki-Regan EDITORIAL COORDINATORS Lois Whitney Tiffany Iida Herman Andaya, Jr. Rod Antone PHOTO COORDINATOR Ryan Piros Jaime Kane CONTRIBUTORS Dana Acosta Karen Arakawa Mayor Alan Arakawa Stacia Ash SeaRay Beltran Robynne Fukunaga Kimberly Haueisen Jennifer Hawkins Jaime Kane Karen Phaneuf Simone Polak Teena Rasmussen Keith Regan Carol Reimann Jan Roberson Sandy Ryan Sarah Shim Hana Steel Yuki Lei Sugimura Jacky Takakura Ty Takeno Deanna Thyssen Sharon Zalsos Kit Zulueta

Dept. of Water Supply announces Upcountry Water Meter Issuance ................................................................................................................... 7 Courses available at Business Resource Center in April........................ 7 Our Keiki & Our Environment........................................................................... 8 Excellence awards presented by Committee on Status of Women. 9 Outstanding Older American Awards Ceremony to be held May 6 .........................................................................................................................10 Local schools benefit from annual phone book recycling ................. 12 Energy leaders agree that Hawaii can lead change in energy landscape................................................................................................................. 13 Maui community gearing up to be a jerk................................................... 14 B & C Highlight...................................................................................................... 15 Water Conservation Poster Contest draws 889 entries ........................ 16 Did you know that...? ......................................................................................... 17 Go Green ................................................................................................................ 18 Kupaianaha (“Blessings of Life”)..................................................................... 19 County Kitchen ..................................................................................................... 20 Various events, volunteer opportunities available at Kaunoa............21 Kulia i ka nuu ......................................................................................................... 22 Important Recycling Guidelines ................................................................... 23 Photo Gallery ......................................................................................................... 24

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Aloha everyone,

You may have already seen the front page Maui News article about our efforts to find a new location for our Maui County Service Center. Besides our Department of Parks and Recreation employees, I can’t think of a group of county workers who interact with the public more than those who work at the service center in the Maui Mall. It’s our main hub for Motor Vehicle and Licensing activity as well as our Real Property Tax Division and Treasury Collections. The location has served us well through the years but with the new owners of the Maui Mall coming in, so do their ideas for change. Our lease will be up September 2015 and we have until then to find a new service center location. That’s not much time. But even though the move might have been forced, it is about time that we move on. We are currently paying about half a million dollars in rent for the Maui Mall location, with an annual increase of 4 percent. At that rate we can build our own facility and make our money back in a couple of years. The main thing is that we find a Central Maui location for a fair price, and right now we have some pretty good offers on the table from various developers. Alexander & Baldwin, RCFC Kehalani and Maui Lani have all offered us properties for sale. But in the case of A&B and Kehalani, they have added some incentives. If we buy the Kehalani’s land for the service center we get 5 acres for $6.6 million, plus Kehalani gifts another 14 acres of land to the county near the Kehalani Village Center. If we buy A&B’s land for the service center we get 4 acres at the Maui Business Park II for $7 million, plus A&B gifts 36 acres of land to the county extending from Baldwin Park back towards Baby Park (the smaller park near Paia Town with the basketball courts). Again, our first priority is to find a new location for our service center, but these other opportunities to acquire property need to be considered as well. As county employees, I would like to hear your thoughts on these service center options, as well as your thoughts on the gifted lands that come with it. Please email them to mayors.office@mauicounty.gov so you can have a say on this important decision that affects both your workplace and your community. Mahalo and I look forward to hearing from you. Aloha,

Mayor Alan Arakawa

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M.D. Minute A Message from Managing Director Keith Regan

As managing director, I have the opportunity to meet and work with many of the dedicated County workers who keep this government entity on its feet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I’m constantly amazed at the level of skill and customer service we are able to provide the community, thanks to the efforts and talents of our employees. In contrast to that positivity, I am also privy to challenges that sometimes affect the work environment in adverse ways. One of these challenges is bullying. Bullying can affect employees of all ages, in many ways. Bullying is often doled out in small, subtle ways that threaten, humiliate, intimidate or interfere with an individual’s work. It can involve threats, verbal or physical abuse, spreading rumors, excluding someone from a group, or even sabotage of a person’s job performance. With the rise of social media and that fact that computers now play such a prominent role in so many jobs, cyber-bullying must also be taken seriously. All kinds of bullying stem from unwanted, aggressive behavior that is unprovoked and usually involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is often repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. I want to reassure you that the County’s policies strictly prohibit workplace bullying or harassment, and there are procedures in place to help employees report this kind of behavior. No matter how difficult it may be to stand up for yourself, it’s important that you realize that 1) It’s not your fault; and 2) You’re not alone. In fact, 35% of the U.S. workforce report being bullied at work, which represents an estimated 3.5 million Americans. Long-time bullying activist Tim Field worked for 19 years in the computer industry in England, during which time he experienced severe workplace bullying (http://TimFieldFoundation.org/). Tim later founded the U.K. National Workplace Bullying Advice Line and wrote a book on bullying. One of Tim’s best pieces of advice is this: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim.” It is my sincere hope that we can work together as a County team for our entire community- this is always our first and highest goal. When a part of our team becomes dysfunctional due to the words or actions of a bully, it must be addressed. As the old saying goes, it’s not about ME, it’s about WE.

Keith Regan Managing Director

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Happenings at

THE COUNTY

APRIL “COUNTY ON YOUR CORNER” TO BE HELD AT KEIKI FEST Mayor Alan Arakawa’s next “County on Your Corner” will be held Saturday, April 12, from noon to 2 p.m. at the 2014 Valley Isle Keiki Fest at the University of Hawaii-Maui College (UHMC) campus in Kahului. “It is important to connect with the community,” said Mayor Arakawa. “’County on Your Corner,’ which will typically be scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for members of my cabinet and myself to interact with community members on the issues that are of most interest to them.” Joining Mayor Arakawa at this month’s “County on Your Corner” will be Council Member Don Couch, Housing and Human Concerns Director Jo-Ann Ridao, Public Works Deputy Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya and Executive Assistants John Buck, Mike Molina and Joe Pontanilla. For more information, call 270-7855.

EXCESSIVE FORCE LAWSUIT DISMISSED; MPD OFFICERS’ USE OF FORCE DEEMED REASONABLE On Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal Judge Derrick K. Watson granted summary judgment to the County of Maui, Sergeant Russell Kapahulehua, Officer Jun Hattori and Officer Erik Losvar in a lawsuit filed by Joshua Nakagawa and Anthony Lum John. On the same day, Plaintiffs stipulated to the dismissal of all claims against Sergeant Harry Matsuura, Jr. This ruling ends the lawsuit in favor of the officers and the County. The lawsuit alleged that the officers used excessive force in an incident that occurred on July 18, 2010 near the beach area known as “Windmills.” At approximately 4:00 a.m. on July 18, 2010, the Maui Police Department received a call that shots had been fired at Windmills. Officers responded to that call and stopped a vehicle to question the occupants. Shortly thereafter, a truck approached the officers. Plaintiffs were passengers in the truck bed. Sergeant Kapahulehua attempted to stop

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the truck, which suddenly accelerated and swerved towards Officer Losvar and Sergeant Matsuura. The truck struck Officer Losvar, launching him into the air and over the hood of the truck.

A Prepared, Safe and Livable County

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As the truck continued toward Sergeant Matsuura, the officers fired at the driver in an attempt to stop him. Plaintiffs, whose presence was unknown to the officers, were struck. Plaintiff Nakagawa was struck in the shoulder. Plaintiff Lum John was struck in the hip. The truck was operated by Austin Pierman, who was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

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The Court found that the officers’ use of force was reasonable based on the circumstances. Therefore, the officers and the County of Maui prevailed on all claims. Plaintiff Nakagawa was represented by Michael Green and William Shipley. Plaintiff Lum John was represented by Hayden Aluli. The County and the officers were represented by Moana Lutey and Richard B. Rost.

MAYOR ARAKAWA PRESENTED FY 2015 BUDGET PROPOSAL Mayor Arakawa presented his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 to the Maui County Council on March 25. “The Fiscal Year 2015 proposed budget is an illustration of the County administration’s belief in vision and action,” Mayor Arakawa said. “Preparing the budget proposal is a complex process, and our Budget staff and I worked hard to carefully balance the resources needed to help us move forward, not only as a government but also as a community.” In presenting his budget proposal, Mayor Arakawa outlined his administration’s five priorities that have guided the budget process thus far: • An Efficient, Effective and Responsive Government page 6

A Strong, Diversified Economy

Suitable Public Infrastructure

The Department of Environmental Management recently announced that the Waiehu Recycling Center on Kahekili Highway at Maka‘ala Drive closed as of April 7, 2014, due to low levels of use and frequent illegal dumping at the site. “The Waiehu dropbox was historically underutilized, and despite regular monitoring the site has been the victim of frequent dumping of items such as animal carcasses, used motor oil, batteries and appliances,” said DEM Director Kyle Ginoza. “These materials contaminate the environment when not properly disposed of or recycled and cost tax dollars to clean up. It makes sense, both economically and environmentally, to ask the public to utilize one of the several other recycling centers in Central Maui.” The County’s Recycling & Redemption Center off Wahine Pio Street (behind the UH-Maui Campus) is located less than three miles away from the Waiehu site. The dropbox recycling center is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., with the Redemption Center open Wed. to Sun. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Two other recycling centers also are located within three miles of the center and allow the public to redeem HI-5 beverage bottles and recycle residential materials: Maui Disposal’s Recycling & Redemption Center on Kanoa Street, open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m. for lunch); and Aloha Recycling’s Recycling & Redemption Center, located at 75 Amala Place, open Mon. to Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. A sign has been posted to inform users of where to take material. For recycling information, including details on how to properly recycle used motor oil, batteries and appliances, visit www. mauicounty.gov/recycle or call the Recycle Maui County Hotline at 270-7880.


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Dept of Water Supply begins Upcountry Water Meter Issuance Effective this month, the Department of Water Supply (DWS) has begun the long– awaited process of issuing water meters in the Upcountry area. The capital improvement project for the Hamakuapoko Wells as a back-up source for Upcountry is near completion and will provide additional water supply, which will allow for additional water meters to be issued. The Department will research each meter request in the order of the Upcountry Priority List and contact the applicant by certified mail to offer the water meter. Applicants will then have 30 days to respond

to the offer. The Department will then proceed to contact the next applicant. When the amount of additional water supply is depleted, offers for new meters will cease. Although the DWS will be processing batches of applications simultaneously, this will be a time-consuming process and it may take a year or more to contact all the appropriate applicants. For each request, the applicant and DWS personnel must review in detail the applicant’s project status, water system requirements and capital costs which may be associated with the new water service and

meter(s) offered. “We expect to issue meters for a couple hundred thousand gallons of water,” said Director Dave Taylor. “Because this is a time-consuming, detailed project, we ask customers for their patience. DWS personnel will contact applicants when their application comes up. Customers calling to ask about their application will only delay the process, so we ask customers to wait until we contact them. We have reached an exciting milestone, and I hope we can make significant inroads to shrinking the list.”

Courses offered at Business Resource Center in April The Maui County Business Resource Center announced its March workshops offered to the general public through the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. All workshops are held at the Maui County Business Resource Center in Maui Mall (Ste. B-9 across IHOP) and are subject to change or cancellation. Workshops are free unless otherwise noted. To reserve a seat, call 873-8247. Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: A Balancing Act for 2014 Instructor: Shirlene (Sherri) Cecile R.N. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is a known fact that as an entrepreneur, you live a fastpaced life trying to juggle the demands of your business and family life. Would you like to learn how to get ahead, survive

and thrive as you operate your own business? Participants in this workshop will learn how their body affects their profits. Sherri Cecile, R.N., is an entrepreneur, health coach, cook, and prevention expert. After many years of working with and for businesses on the mainland, she brings her expertise to Maui where she operates her own business and support team called “Women Mean Business.” Starting a Business in Maui County Instructor: Karen Arakawa. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. In this workshop, Karen Arakawa, Economic Development Specialist with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, will cover general

information and requirements for starting a business in Maui County. Handouts, websites and other useful information will be provided in this informative workshop. The requirements for a Maui County Vendor Business License will also be covered in this workshop. 10 Things Every Business Owner Needs To Do Online Instructor: Nicole Fisher. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. In today’s competitive internet environment, there are certain online topics relating to your website traffic and your social media that need your attention and focus. In this workshop, you will learn how to hold virtual meetings, host a Google hangout, Continued on next page Skype

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appointments and share opportunities to demonstrate your expertise. In addition, you

will learn ways to share your success stories and get tidbits on how to add value for your clients.

Nicole “Nico” Fisher is an energetic entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing and social media.

Our Keiki & Our Environment BY: ROBYNNE FUKUNAGA On March 27, Dept. of Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza captivated 90 3rd graders at Puu Kukui Elementary School on the importance of being good stewards of the environment. Director Ginoza spoke of the value of protecting our island’s natural resources and on a wide range of topics, including importance of conserving water, diverting resources from the landfill, and protecting our wastewater system.

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In order to ensure engagement, Director Ginoza mixed in numerous magic tricks which brought laughter and amazement from the students and teachers alike. Perhaps the most important portion of the assembly was Director Ginoza’s twelve recommendations for how our keiki could protect our island. These ranged from recycling or reusing aluminum and plastic containers to conserving water through shorter showers to donating or handing down no longer used items. Director Ginoza did a great job in

impressing upon the kids what part they can play in protecting our environment. When asked what they took away from the presentation, their responses were: “I learned the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reduce means to use less, reuse means to use again, and recycle means to process old items.” “I learned that there are many ways to manage our trash instead of burying it in the landfill.” “I learned that when you flush the toilet it goes to the sewer and we should not put things that don’t belong in the sewer.” Lastly, “Next time I get a balloon, I will tie it to my hand so it won’t float away into the ocean and fade and turn into white and the sea animals think its food.” Third grade teacher Roberta Kokx commented, “The County of Maui Waste Management presentation by Director Ginoza was timely as it coincided with

our reading theme, ‘Taking Action’ and our weekly reading concept of, ‘Reusing and Recycling.’ Director Ginoza’s presentation was relevant to the concepts that our students were learning about in class, and he presented additional information in a lively and engaging manner. Every student walked away from the presentation with a better understanding of what they can do to take action and to be stewards of their island.” “It was an opportunity to help shape the habits of our youngsters to be more aware the consequences of simple choices they make. There is no substitute for creating an early attentiveness of environmental stewardship,” explained Director Ginoza. Director Ginoza’s outreach to children and young adults started in 2011 and has already included Pomaikai, Lihikai, and Wailuku Elementary. In April, he will speak to Maui High School students.


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Excellence Awards presented by Committee on the Status of Women BY: CAROL REIMANN Maui County’s Committee on the Status of Women recently celebrated Women’s History month by presenting the annual “Women of Excellence” awards on Thursday, March 27 in the Council Chambers. Women’s history month is a national celebration of women, a time where the richness of women leaders and their accomplishments are honored. In accordance with the national women’s movement, this year’s award theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment,” honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Recipients of the 2014 Women of Excellence awards are the following: • Sheri-Ann Daniels “Woman of Excellence Award.” Presented to a woman 21 years and older for being an exemplary role model, while championing a diverse number of causes in exhibiting impeccable character, courage and commitment. • Alberta de Jetley “Career Achievement Award.” Presented to a woman whose outstanding character, courage and commitment has made her an inspirational leader in achieving greatness in her career. • Elizabeth Rosemary Betty Baker Breen Janes-Brown - “Honorary Historical Award.” Presented posthumously to an extraordinary woman who has left a legacy of bravery and indelible memories in her outstanding character, courage and commitment. Paul Janes-

Photo: Ryan Piros Mayor Alan Arakawa, Council Chair Gladys Baisa (seated) and CSW Chair Barbara Potopowitz (2nd from right) congratulate the winners of the 2014 “Women of Excellence” Awards. Winners L-R: Alberta DeJetley, Sheri-Ann Daniels, Agnes Groff, and Paul Janes-Brown.

Brown accepted the award on behalf of his late wife. • Agnes Groff - “Unsung Hero Award.” Presented to a woman who is often the behind-the-scenes dynamicforce going above-and-beyond in distinguished service and compassion in her commitment to character and courage. Maui’s awardees stand side by side with 12 women recognized nationally this month, women such as Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, an African American educator and author born into enslavement and considered one of the leading intellectuals of her time; Katherine Ryan Gibbs, a women’s employment pioneer who founded a school in 1911 to provide women with high level secretarial training and the opportunity to earn their own incomes; Tammy Duckworth, a member

of Congress and an Iraq War Veteran who became the first disabled woman to serve in the U.S. Congress; and Jaida Im, an advocate for women survivors of human trafficking, to name a few. This formal recognition of women was started in 1980 by President Carter as a week-long celebration. In 1987 the U.S. Congress expanded it to the whole month of March. For information on the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women, visit www. mauicounty.gov/csw.

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Outstanding Older American Awards Ceremony to be held May 6 BY: JAN ROBERSON The Maui County Office on Aging will host the 46th Annual Outstanding Older American Awards Ceremony at a luncheon to take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom. The 10 nominees will be honored, including Louise Corpuz, Penny Deaborn, Sally Gospodarek, Barbara Kennedy, Kathleen Ordonez, Patsy Ponce, Tom Leuteneker, Fred Ruge, John Tryggestad, and Kanee Wright. Each May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions and provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. This year, we are focusing on injury prevention with the theme: Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in millions of medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With a focus on safety during Older Americans Month, the Administration for Community Living plans to use this opportunity to raise awareness about this critical issue. By taking control of their safety, older Americans can live longer, healthier lives. Mayor Alan Arakawa will proclaim May as Older Americans Month and announce the top male and female volunteers at the event. page 10

Judges for this year’s event include Ronna Patty, PHN, Cesar Gaxiola, Executive Director of the Cameron Center, Sandy Freeman, Executive Director of Maui Adult Day Care Centers, Audrey Rocha Reed, former Executive Director of the Cameron Center, and Scott Seto, Executive Director of Adult and Community Care branch of the Department of Human Services. The public is invited to attend by calling Jan Roberson at 2708221. Cost for the luncheon is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The nominees for 2014 Outstanding Older American of Maui County are: Louise Corpuz is a tireless, energetic, community-oriented 70-year old who overflows with compassion. She lives Upcountry but drives frail seniors to medical visits as far away as Lahaina and every town in between. She is described as a huge attribute to the Senior Medicare Patrol and all other groups with which she shares her time. She spearheads St. John Episcopal Church’s Adopt-A-Highway program ridding Maui’s roadways of litter. She also gives blood and works to bolster food supplies for the Maui Food Bank. Penny Dearborn is the 67-yearold Co-Founder of the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation’s no kill shelter, to which she gives 12 hours a day. You have probably

seen her on the weekends at the Maui Mall near the pets in cages – as she actively seeks new homes for homeless dogs and puppies. She is credited with finding homes for 1,600 dogs and six horses since 2011! She also supervises students who volunteer at her shelter. They receive credit for their work. Sally Gospodarek is a 73-year-old caregiver who gave six years of her life as a family caregiver, that 24-houra-day job that takes a heart of gold and courage of a lion. After that, she found herself volunteering as an assisted transportation driver for Kaunoa, transporting frail elders for medical, shopping and errands, and providing friendship in the process. Their families often express gratitude knowing that their loved ones are being transported safely. Barbara Kennedy is a 75 year old volunteer who spends at least a portion of every


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day assisting others. Whether it’s driving a senior to a cancer treatment or medical appointment, or out to retrieve groceries and medications. She always says “yes” to any reasonable request for which she is available, and goes above and beyond rescheduling her clients whenever one client’s need conflicts with another’s. In her four years of service to NaHoaloha, she has driven over 6,235 miles for clients. Kathleen Ordonez is a 67 year old Kahului resident who has worked full-time as a radiology technician at the Maui Medical Group for the past 44 years! Many of her coworkers look up to her because she is still working! Her granddaughter Rhianna nominated her to receive the Outstanding Older American award for her selfless caregiving of her father from the moment fell ill and needed assistance in 2008 until he passed away eight years later at Hale Makua. Patsy Ponce is a 79 year old who improves the lives of her Senior Companion program clients. She helps them live with dignity as they decline in mental capacity and physical ability. Her presence is gentle, genuine and kind. She does not seek applause as she brings sunshine to those she serves. When her clients are placed in a nursing home, she pays them cheerful visits until they pass away. She

does not forget her friends even when they can’t remember her. Tom Leuteneker is a 73 year old helps Maui citizens, from education and the arts to the children in the justice system. He heads up many nonprofit boards, from Children’s Advocacy/Justice Center, to the Rotary Club of Wailuku, and he was instrumental in the building of the Haiku Playground and is helping his faith organization build a new church in Wailuku. He is willing to lend a hand and share his expertise with anyone in need. Fred Ruge is an 84 with the spring of youth in his devotion to help veterans of Maui through his leadership, fundraising, transportation to appointments and guidance through the challenging path to VA benefits. His accomplishments are legendary: Korean War Combat Vet, lobbying to expand Makawao Veterans Cemetery, helping create jobs for returning Afgan vets, preventing veterans’ suicides, extending his helping hand to homeless, and helping the poor as a Salvation Army holiday bell ringer. John Tryggestad is your not-so-basic 67 year old environmentalist. He is dedicated to cleaning South Maui beaches through Hoaloha Aina, banding Hawaiian WedgeTailed Shearwater though the

Maui Nui Seabird Project, and recycling books though his affiliation with The Friends of the Maui Library. If all this is not enough, he also gives rides to seniors in need! Most impressive was his tireless work to set up the Friends of the Library’s Puunene warehouse and set up of stores in Lahaina and at Queen Kaahumanu Center. Kanee Wright is the 83 year old volunteer of Hale Mahaolu’s Home Pumehana site in Kaunakakai, Moloka`i. She loves to help and lives up to her middle name of “Happy” bringing a smile with her everywhere she goes. She loves to keep busy by cleaning Home Pumehana’s windows, screens, tables, chairs, as well as running errands for the kitchen, office and maintenance shop, and delivering parcels when she is not on the road delivering nutritious meals to the Friendly Island’s frail homebound seniors. For more information, or to reserve your seat at the luncheon, contact Jan Roberson at the Maui County Office on Aging at 270-8221.

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Local schools benefit from annual phone book recycling The annual Phone Book Recycling Contest to raise money for local schools is being offered this year by Aloha Recycling in partnership with Hawaiian Telcom and the Berry Company. The contest takes place from April 22 to May 20, 2014 and you MUST recycle phone books during the contest time span to give your school of choice credit. The top five schools can win the following cash prizes: • $800 for first place • $600 for second place • $400 for third place • $300 for fourth place • $200 for fifth place Take any phone book to the County dropbox locations during redemption center hours or take directly to Aloha Recycling. Each participating school will be listed in a computer database at these five locations. When dropping off phone books, tell the redemption center staff which school to credit. Please take large loads directly to Aloha Recycling in Kahului. Call first to determine load limits, 877-2524. Kahului: Aloha Recycling Redemption Center, 75 Amala Place, across from Cash N Carry Mon thru Sat 8:00 to 5:30 Kahului: County of Maui

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Redemption Center at UHMC, (Near the MACC) Wed thru Sun, 8:30 to 4:30

Pi’ilani Hwy and S. Kihei Rd), Open seven days a week, 8:30 to 5:00

Makawao: County of Maui Redemption Center, Off Makani Rd, (Behind Kalama Inter. School), Open seven days a week, 8:30 to 4:30

Look for the announcement about up-coming phone book collection at the Kalama O’ Maui County Building Complex.

Haiku: County of Maui Redemption Center, Hana Hwy at Pa’uwela Rd (Near Haiku Community Center), Wed thru Sun, 8:30 to 4:30 Kihei: County of Maui Redemption Center, Welakahao Rd at Pi’ilani Hwy, (Between

Please note however that phone books year are accepted year-round at the all the above locations. For more information, call the Recycle Maui County Hotline at 270-7880 or visit www. mauicounty.gov/recycle.


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Energy leaders agree Hawaii can lead changes in energy landscape

“This doesn’t end here. It’s a beginning, not an end,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa, who delivered opening remarks. “We’re excited to see where all the conversations that began at this conference go, and how participants will take away what they’ve learned or shared and lead us into a bright, sustainable energy future.”

The conference, presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Economic Development Board, featured more than 250 recognized policy-makers from state and federal government and the private sector. They talked openly and frankly about the country’s rapidly changing energy landscape and its implications for power utilities, policy-makers and consumers. At least half of the conference participants reside on Maui, and the other half traveled from the U.S. Mainland, Canada and Japan.

“The conference exceeded my expectations,” said Maui Economic Development Board President and Chief Executive Officer Jeanne Skog. “It’s now very clear that we all need to work together to find ways to overcome the challenges and make the most of opportunities available as our nation makes a transition from power generation from fossil fuels to renewable energy.”

Program Committee member Jonathan Koehn said he was “incredibly impressed” by the recognition of the transformation taking place in utilities and a focus on opportunity and vision for the future. “It doesn’t matter where we’re starting from, it’s the evolution of the energy business model that is essential and we all can explore the opportunities together,” he said.

“We thank all of our outstanding speakers, our co-sponsors, exhibitors and everyone behind the scenes that helped make this a very successful event,” Skog said.

“These are the visionaries,” he said about the participating policymakers, government leaders, legislators and top executives of the utilities and renewable energy companies. “To me it’s a great partnership and spectrum that came here,” said Koehn, the Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder, Colo.

The buzz that came from the Maui energy conference was that the three-day conference of leading energy experts, industry leaders and activists was Hawaii’s “postcard to the future.”

“Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be” was held March 26 and 27, 2014, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Many of the conference participants spent the event’s third day on Friday touring the Kaheawa Wind Farm, hosted by First Wind; orienting themselves on the topic of “Energy Through Agriculture” at the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company field and factory; and learning about the Smart Grid Demonstration Project called JumpSMARTMaui, led by Hitachi Ltd. and NEDO.

Molokai businesswoman Barbara Haliniak, who serves as president of the Molokai Professional Women’s League, said she was initially skeptical about the conference and concerned that speakers and conversations would be of technical nature. “I’m so glad it wasn’t so technical

that I couldn’t understand,” she said. Her takeaway from the conference: “In order for the utilities and renewable energies to move forward, the entire community needs to engage in dialogue. That’s the only way you are going to get where you want to go. … You can’t be one-sided.” Arlan Chun, senior vice president of development and construction for Pulama Lanai, said the conference was helpful for him and his organization’s goals in seeking sustainability for the people of Lanai. “I think it opens our eyes to some of the issues we’re going to be facing,” Chun said. “We wanted the speakers and panelists to engage in a lively and frank discussion about these difficult utility issues “ said Teena Rasmussen, Director of OED “ The attendees were very happy with the level of dialog, Q & A, and the amount of time we gave them to network.” “This conference will be the catalyst for Maui County to be more aggressive in solving its energy issues,” said Doug McLeod, Energy Commissioner for Maui County, “time is not on our side.” Steffes Corporation, a manufacturer in the oil industry, was one of about 20 exhibitors at the conference. Al Takle of Steffes Heating System said he found networking with the top leaders in energy policy and outlook to be most helpful at the conference. As far as the prospects of the future in energy, Takle said: “The rest of the world is watching the Hawaiian energy market as they navigate this transformational change.”

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Maui community gearing up to be a jerk BY: YUKI LEI SUGIMURA BE A JERK, the statewide campaign to stop underage drinking is again in full swing on Maui. By urging parents and other adults to “be a jerk” when it comes to letting teens drink alcohol, the campaign is working to get the whole community involved in changing the environment that contributes to alcohol abuse. On April 1, Mayor Alan Arakawa will proclaim April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Maui County and community partners are scheduling a series of important town meetings, Teen Expo events, family night dinners, youth dances, car washes, prevention education, kids video and lots more. The Pa`ia Youth & Cultural Center’s Malama Pono Project Venture Program will do a number of PSA’s during the months of April and May 2014 on radiOpio 88.9 LPFM concerning the prevention of underage drinking. Listen in to hear these young voices share the message of underage drinking prevention. Everyone is invited to get involved, BE A JERK and save lives!

UPCOMING EVENTS April 10: Ke Hale A Ke Ola, Wailuku Town Hall Meeting, 6:30 pm April 11: Maui Youth & Family Services Sign waving, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, 3:00 pm April 12: Booth at Keiki Fest 11:00 am April 12: Haiku Ho`olaulea 9:00 am April 15: Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Central Family Night Dinner, 6:00 p.m. April 15, 29, May 13, 27: I love me, Alcohol and Drug Free Prevention Education, Kihei Youth Center, 3:304:30 pm April 16: Be a Jerk Sign Waving, 3:30 pm: page 14

* Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Central Clubhouse

* Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Haiku Clubhouse * Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Kahekili Clubhouse * Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui - , Lahaina Clubhouse * Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Makawao Clubhouse * Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Paukukalo Clubhouse * Kihei Youth Center * Maui Economic Opportunity * Maui Youth and Family Services April 16: Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Kahekili Clubhouse Family Night Dinner, 6:00 pm April 17: Ke Hale A Ke Ola, Wailuku Sign Waving, 4:00 pm

May 10-11: Maui Economic Opportunity Booth at Olukai Ho`olaulea, 7:00 am May 13: I love me, Alcohol and Drug Free Prevention Education Kihei Youth Center, 3:30-4:30 pm May 22: Maui Economic Opportunity Roadside sign at King Kekaulike High School Graduation, 4:00 pm May 23: Maui Economic Opportunity Roadside Sign at Baldwin High School Graduation, War Memorial Stadium, 4:00 pm May 23-26: Maui Economic Opportunity Island Wide Signage

April 17: Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Paukukalo Clubhouse Family Night Dinner, 6:00 pm

May 23: Maui Economic Opportunity Roadside Sign at Maui High School Graduation, War Memorial Stadium, 4:00 pm

April 17: Maui Youth & Family Services Free Car Wash; Be A Jerk and Underage Drinking Prevention Info, Ceramic Tile Plus, Kahului (Across from QKC), 3:00 pm

May 23: Maui Economic Opportunity Roadside Sign at Lahainaluna High School Graduation, Lahainaluna Sports Field, 5:30 pm

April 18- 20: Maui Economic Opportunity Island Wide Signage

May 27: I love me, Alcohol and Drug Free Prevention Education, Kihei Youth Center, 3:30-4:30 pm

April 22: Maui Youth & Family Services Sign Waving, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, 3:00 pm April 24: Maui Youth & Family Services Town Hall Meeting, Kalama Intermediate School, 6:00-8:00 pm April 25: Boys and Girls Club of Maui, Lahaina Be a Jerk, Youth Dance, 6:0010:00 pm April 25: Ke Hale A Ke Ola, Wailuku Be a Jerk Block Party Waikapu Community Center, 6:00-9:00 pm April 29: I love me, Alcohol and Drug Free Prevention Education, Kihei Youth Center, 3:30-4:30 pm May 2-4: Maui Economic Opportunity Booth at St. Joseph Fest, 10:00 am May 3: Teen Expo, Queen Kaahumanu Center, 5:00-9:00pm May 3: Maui Economic Opportunity Booth at Kamehameha Schools Ho`olaulea, 9:00 am May 9: Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui – Makawao Clubhouse Family and Friends Night Showcase Kids Video, 6:30 pm

Be a Jerk community partners include Maui Youth and Family Services; Maui Economic Opportunity; Kihei Youth Center; Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center; Paia Youth and Cultural Center; Baldwin High School, Peer Education Program, Boys and Girls Club of Maui – Clubhouses located at Central, Lahaina, Haiku, Kahekili Housing, Makawao, Paukukalo. Additional supporters include the County of Maui’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Department of Liquor Control, Department of Police, State of Hawaii Department of Education; Queen Kaahumanu Center; Red Door Portraits; Anheuser-Busch; HC&S; A&B Properties, Inc. and Maui Police Department. For more information or to sign a pledge to Be A Jerk, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura, Community Organizer, yuki@connecmaui.com or call 878-1888.


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B & C Highlight Maui County Commission on Persons with Diabilities BY: LOIS WHITNEY According the Maui County Charter, the Commission on Persons with Disabilities assists the County in rendering services to persons with disabilities by reviewing County policies and practices to determine their impact on persons with disabilities; recommending Federal and State funds for programs and improved accessibility for persons with disabilities; and recommending changes to policies and practices that do not meet the requirements of law. The Commission also reviews access to County programs and facilities to determine their impact on persons with disabilities and recommends changes. Other initiatives of the Commission include promoting housing, employment, transportation and other activities that address the needs of persons with disabilities; and educating providers and other members of the community about community services and non-discriminatory practices and laws regarding persons with disabilities.

Photo: Ryan Piros Commission on Persons with Disabilities member Andrew Valentine (seated, left) joins MS Community Development coordinator Amanda Kis (standing, far right) and others in receiving a proclamation from Mayor Alan Arakawa proclaiming “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week” in March, 2014.

Highlights: Recent agenda items include discussion and action regarding MEO’s reservation system for para-transit riders; emergency preparedness and evacuation procedures for persons with disabilities during a disaster; and reviewing and making recommendations on County grant applications with regard to ADA compliance clauses. Members of the Maui County Commission on Persons with Disabilities: • Cesar Gaxiola, Wailuku, 3/31/15

• Paulo Sabado, Kahului, 3/31/15 • Charlotte Smith, Kihei, 3/31/16 • Andrew Valentine, Kihei, 3/31/16 • MD Alborano, Kihei, 3/31/17 • Joseph Felipe, Lanai, 3/31/17 • Mikey Tomita, Kahului, 3/31/17 • Kealoha Laemoa, Molokai, 3/31/19 • Kevin Souza, Wailuku, 3/31/19

Additional info: Supporting Department: Housing & Human Concerns Ph. 270-7805 Note: This column will feature a County board, commission or committee each month, as well as announcements and recent member changes. Chairs are encouraged to submit items for this column to Lois.Whitney@ mauicounty.gov. page 15


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Water Conservation Poster Contest draws 889 entries

The Department of Water Supply’s 5th Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest drew 889 entries from over 30 public, private and home schools countywide. This is more than double the number of entrants in 2013. Students portrayed the theme “E Malama I Ka Wai” (Preserve and Care for the Water) and included a water conservation message in their artwork. The goal of the contest is to educate Maui County’s youth on the importance of water conservation and to encourage them to take an active role in ensuring the sustainability of our islands’ water supply.

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The contest entries were evaluated based on water conservation message, originality, and visual effectiveness. The top three winners in each grade category receive $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third place. In addition, Honorable Mention winners receive $15. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be featured in the 2015 DWS Water Conservation Calendar, on the county website at www. mauiwater.org, and will also be honored on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s office. The posters will be on display in April at the Department of Water Supply on the 5th floor of the Kalana O Maui Building in Wailuku.

The judges were Randy Hufford, professional photographer; Pomaika’i Kaniaupio-Crozier, Pu’u Kukui Watershed Partnership Director; and Marti Buckner, Water Resource Planner.

The winners are as follows: Kindergarten: Ronin Niles of Kilohana Elementary (1st place); Papulo Lavoie of Kilohana Elementary (2nd place); Audrey Hoffman of Kilohana Elementary (3rd place); Flynn Williams of King Kamehameha III, Alicia Ramos Carroll of King Kamehameha III), and Lyla Czar (Kula Elementary) (Honorable Mention) Grades 1 & 2: Maya Fujita of Pukalani Elementary (1st place); Emily Coflin of Carden Academy (2nd place); Leiana Santos of Pomaika`i Elementary (3rd place); Mia Suh of Pomaika`i Elementary, Dillon Gunderson of Pomaika`i Elementary, and Giare Calibuso of Pukalani Elementary (Honorable Mention) Grades 3 & 4: Jaz JaeKelber of Pukalani Elementary (1st place); Aya Buttaro of Pu`u Kukui Elementary (2nd place); Aliyah Englert of Pu`u Kukui Elementary (3rd place); Angel Tacdol of Lihikai Elementary, Kyra Ong of Lihikai Elementary,

and Sophia Preiser of Carden Academy (Honorable Mention) Grades 5 & 6: John Rey Miranda of Maui Waena Intermediate (1st place); Maddie Dungo of Paia Youth & Cultural Center (2nd place); Kalai Fong of Seabury Hall (3rd place); Jena Mukai of Seabury Hall, Princess Santiago of Maui Waena Intermediate, and Jerome Butac of Kahului Elementary (Honorable Mention) Grades 7 & 8: Zen Angela Ribao of Iao Intermediate (1st place); Krizhna Bayudan of Sacred Hearts School (2nd place); Novalee Patel of Carden Academy (3rd place); Sofia Hauen-Limkilde of Carden Academy, Leslie Anne Nabor of Lana`i High & Elementary, and Caele Manley of Manley Home School (Honorable Mention) High School: Gabriel Salazar of Maui High School (1st place); Mary Jane Butac of Maui High School (2nd place); Wendy Pias of Maui High School (3rd place); Justin Silva of Maui High School, Emily Strauser of Maui High School, and Cendall Manley of Manley Home School (Honorable Mention)


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DID YOU KNOW THAT . . .? BY: SIMONE C. POLAK There Are Additional Warning Signs For Stroke (“Brain Attack”) in Women? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the number four killer in the United States, behind heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. For women, however, stroke is the number three leading cause of death. This year alone, there will be over 795,000 strokes in the United States, that is one every 40 seconds, and 55,000 more women will die from stroke than men. Of such concern were these numbers, that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association jointly published Guidelines for the prevention of Stroke in Women in the February 2014 online edition of Stroke, the Journal of the American Heart Association. Although most strokes occur at home, at least 25% of strokes occur at work or in public. A recent article in MedPage Today entitled Most Stroke Signs Unrecognized by Most Women noted that knowledge of signs and symptoms of stroke appears low in US women. Considering that Maui County employs 844 female and 1698 male employees, it might be important to reiterate a few facts about stroke and how to recognize it in men and women at work and at home. 1. Where did the term “stroke” come from? As early as the second century AD, the Babylonians described stroke like occurrences affecting the limbs, face, speech, and consciousness. Later, Hippocrates, the father of early western medicine, used the term “apoplexy,” a Greek word meaning “struck down with violence,” to describe the phenomenon of sudden paralysis which is often manifested in a stroke. Anecdotally, even the term “may God strike me down” has been connected to early observations of the sudden onset of paralysis, inability to speak, unconsciousness, and death.

Problematically, the term “stroke” fails to impart on the public a sense of urgency for diagnosis/treatment. Therefore, in the 1990’s, to stress the acute nature of a stroke, the American Stroke Association began to promote the term “brain attack.” Analogous to the popular term “heart attack,” where signs and symptoms such as chest pain or pain radiating down the left arm, are now commonly recognized as a medical emergency which requires immediate evaluation/treatment at the emergency room to save the heart, so similarly, calling stroke symptoms like sudden onset of paralysis, speech impediments, vision trouble, or severe headaches a “brain attack,” should convey to the public that a stroke is an acute medical emergency and a race to save the brain. 2. What is a stroke or “brain attack”? A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. 3. What are the common signs of stroke for men and women? * Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg -- especially on one side of the body * Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding * Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes * Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination * Sudden severe headache with no known cause 4. What are additional signs of stroke for women? * sudden face and limb pain * sudden hiccups * sudden nausea

* sudden general weakness * sudden chest pain * sudden shortness of breath * sudden palpitations 5. What are some of the SexSpecific Risk Factors for Women? Stroke risks factors for both men and women include a family history of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, just to name a few. Women on the other hand face unique, sexspecific identifiable risk factors for stroke. Those unique factors include: Pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, undergoing hormone replacement therapy, and having migraine headaches. 6. How can you tell if someone is having a stroke? Use the National Stroke Association’s acronym “F.A.S.T.” for warning signs of a stroke: F=Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A=Arms Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one of the arms drift downward? S=Speech Ask the person to repeat simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange or do they appear confused and can’t follow your request? T=Time If you observe one or more of these signs, call 911 immediately! 7. Why is Acting Fast important when it comes to a stroke? Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke and every minute increases the risk of permanent brain damage, disability and death. The most effective treatment available for a blood clot in the brain is called Activase which the FDA approved in 1996 for acute ischemic stroke treatment. Activase is also known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Patients are eligible to receive tPA within three (3) hours of onset of symptoms, but the sooner you get it the more

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promising the outcome. Thus, get to the hospital FAST! Finally, one good thing to know for Maui County employees and residents is that the Maui Memorial Medical Center has earned a Gold Plus Award for Stroke Core Measures from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association!

Go Green Use hydrogen peroxide in place of chlorine bleach BY: SEARAY BELTRAN Hydrogen Peroxide is as a safe alternative to chlorine bleach in the laundry and as a household disinfectant. It is non-toxic and rapidly biodegrades.

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Hydrogen peroxide vs. chlorine bleach

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Like chlorine, hydrogen peroxide is used industrially to bleach paper and textiles and to treat polluted wastewater, and at home to whiten clothes and disinfect surfaces. Unlike chlorine, hydrogen peroxide is commonly sold in a safe, diluted form and is not an environmental pollutant.

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Hydrogen peroxide can be toxic in high concentrations, such as those used for industrial processes, or if swallowed in large doses. However, hydrogen peroxide is safe to use as a mouthwash and antiseptic in the low concentrations found in household bottles. By contrast, chlorine bleach is a strong irritant on the skin and respiratory system and can be toxic How does hydrogen peroxide work?

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DID YOU KNOW THAT…? Is a monthly column written by Simone C. Polak, a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Drug Unit at the Prosecutor’s office. A former NYC Emergency Medical Technician & medical/surgical technician in the Air Force Reserve, she has maintained an interest in medical developments, news, and advances, especially as they pertain to our daily lives. Any opinions expressed in these articles are her opinions and do not constitute those of her department or the County of Maui. These articles are informational only, and are not intended as medical advice. page 18

Most living organisms have an enzyme called catalase. When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with catalase in a blood, wine or yellow armpit stains, for example, it causes a reaction that breaks hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into pure water (H2O) and oxygen (O2). This release of oxygen creates the bubble and fizz that hydrogen peroxide is known for, and is what lifts stains without harming the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide that is diluted for household use is not as strong as chlorine bleach. As a result, it may not remove stains as quickly as chlorine bleach, but it will also not destroy the fabric’s fibers. Stubborn stains or dirty clothing and fabrics can be presoaked in hydrogen peroxide before washing. Like other non-chlorine bleaches, hydrogen peroxide is safe to use on colors. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a household disinfectant, though the 3% to 5% concentrations commonly used in homes is not quite as powerful as chlorine bleach at destroying pathogens. Hydrogen peroxide is sometimes used alongside vinegar to boost the disinfecting capabilities of both ingredients. While hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are each safe on their own, mixing them can be harmful. Their combination produces a highly effective disinfectant called peracetic acid, which (like chlorine bleach) is a severe irritant and can be toxic in high concentrations and prolonged exposure. How to use hydrogen peroxide To lift stains, dab hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain with a cotton swab or clean white cloth and let it soak for 15 minutes or more, depending on the stain. Check colored clothing often to make sure the direct application of hydrogen peroxide does not lighten the fabric. You can test the colorfastness of a fabric by leaving a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on a hidden area for at least 15 minutes. If you accidentally poured to mach hydrogen peroxide directly onto your laundry. It brightens colors and won’t burn a hole though the fabric. To brighten laundry - both whites and colors - add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the washing machine along with your regular detergent. Hydrogen peroxide can be found in a brown bottle in the first aid section of the supermarket or drugstore. It slowly degrades once it has been exposed to air, so open bottles have a shelf-life of two years.


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Kupaianaha “Blessings of Life” BY: TIFFANY IIDA We are each so fortunate to have wonderful people in our lives, friends, co-workers, loved ones who are iimportant to us. The High Street Journal wishes to share our employees’ good news, offer a chance to get to know each other better and offer the precious joys that add spark to our lives. These are special moments and stories as written and provided by employees of the County of Maui. This column is your chance to express gratitude, praise and the simple and abundant joy these experiences have brought you- The blessings of life! Please send submissions to tiffany.iida@mauicounty.gov for inclusion in future issues of The High Street Journal.

Deanna Thyssen, Secretary to Finance Director Danny Agsalog, would like to recognize the April Birthdays for the Department of Finance. They celebrated with a tiramisu cake from Whole Foods. Department of Finance March babies are Joni Leval (3/12), Carla Jean Willman (3/25), Lisa Garcia (3/21), Ryvette Figueroa (3/12), Toni Ogasawara (3/28) and Kekoa Cashman (3/21). Happy Belated Birthday to all of you!!!

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received the first place trophy on February 24. Tina stated, “AWESOME!!!! Hard work and dedication pays off!!!” Congratulations to the 02 Girls on your accomplishment and good luck in the upcoming season.

of Water Supply would like to recognize his daughter, Aya Buttaro for receiving the 2nd Place prize in the Water Conservation Poster Contest. Aya is a 4th Grader at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School and will be present for the Mayor’s Water Conservation Poster Contest Award’s Ceremony on April 9, 2014. Alex commented, “I was pleasantly surprised by her art skills and conservation awareness...she tried a lot harder than she usually does on art projects.” Congratulations Aya and to all those that participated.

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Pictured from left to right are: Lisa Garcia, Ryvette Figueroa, Toni Ogasawara and Kekoa Cashman. Joni Leval and Carla Jean Willman were on vacation on the date the picture was taken. Tina Chun, DMVL Service Representative, Department of Finance, Kahului Service Center would like to congratulate her daughter, Hailey Chun and 02 Girls of the Pono Soccer Club, HYSA Season. They

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Alex Buttaro, Water Resources Planner, Water Resources and Planning Division, Department

Michele White, Paralegal with the Department of Corporation Counsel and Greg White would like to recognize their son, Pierce White, who will be graduating from Fordham University Lincoln Center on May 17. He is graduating

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Maui Math Competition held on April 5!!! Derek is the son of Ty Takeno of Dept. of Public Works and Sheri Takeno.

Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish. Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors.

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We would also like to mention that, on March 27, DJ turned 10 years old. Happy Birthday DJ and congratulations on earning your green belt!

Kudos also to Derek for capturing the bronze medal in the Maui Math Circle 3rd grade math competition held on March 29! Derek is pictured above with Pu`u Kukui Elementary 3rd Grader Riley Regan who erceived the silver medal. Riley is the son of Managing Director Keith Regan and Lynn ArakiRegan. Also pictured is gold medal recipient Emily Tom of Pomaika`i Elementary.

Dusttin “DJJ” Metzzle lerr, Jr.

Congratulations to Dustin D. Metzler Jr. a.k.a. “DJ”, son of Sharon Zalsos with the Department of Environmental Management who recently earned his “green belt”. DJ is a member of Maui Karate Association (MKA) under the training of Sensei Deron Furukawa, Senpai Kit Zulueta and Senpai Stephanie Metzler. DJ and his entire MKA are currently training for an upcoming tournament on Oahu this month. Best wishes to all our Maui participants!

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Dere ek Take eno, Rile ley yR Re egan & Em milly To om piccturred d wit ith h Ja asmine Doa an an nd Stteve e Vu Vurno o of o Sea eabu bury ry y Hall

Congratulations to Pomaika`i Elementary School 3rd Grader Derek Takeno on receiving the first place award (3rd grade division) in the Seabury Hall

Congratulations also to Riley for having his artwork recently selected to be hung and displayed at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was one of 20 young artists to be recognized in a reception held on March 27.

County Kitchen Fast and Easy Parmesan Baked Chicken by Sarah Shim 3 ½

Bake: 350 Degrees Time: 1 hour Pounds Chicken pieces 1 Cup Cornflakes Crumbs Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese ¾ Cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing

Combine crumbs and cheese. Brush chicken with salad dressing and coat with crumb mixture. Place in a casserole dish and bake. page 20

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Substitute any brand of Mayonnaise for Dressing.


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Various events, volunteer opportunities available at Kaunoa BY: DANA ACOSTA CLUB 55 opens its doors again on Friday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. at Kaunoa in Spreckelsville; get ready to dance to 2 decades of hits from the 60s & 70s. Sign up now to reserve your space on the dance floor! WELLNESS WORKSHOP: Tai Chi for Arthritis is a course designed by Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi associates and medical experts to improve flexibility, muscle strength and balance. TCA can also help increase heart/lung activity, align posture, and prevent falls. Exercises may be done seated or standing and is taught by a team of Certified Instructors: Leola Muromoto, Cory Williams and Clarice Holmes. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and call to register and receive continuing practice schedule.

SAVE THE DATE: Blossoms for the Brave, a community lei-making event to honor veterans, is set for Friday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the front lawn of Kalana O Maui. Please help make lei to be placed at Makawao Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day. Volunteer opportunities, classes and activities are open to people 55 and better. For a full listing of events and opportunities, call the Kaunoa offices at 270-7308 or 661-9432 to receive the monthly

Kaunoa’s Hot Country Nights welcomed the Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band, an original Appalachian String Band from the mountains of Southern West Virginia, for a night of rockin’ good times!

Civic Adventures offered seniors the unique opportunity to explore the Kaheawa Wind Farm, hosted by Maui Cultural Lands, Inc. and turbine contractor First Wind. Volunteers set to work removing invasive plants after an in-depth education on the cultural significance of the area.

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Kūlia i ka nu‘u Strive to reach the summit Please help congratulate these dedicated employees as they continue to serve our community and in doing so, “strive to reach the summit.” 40 of which were for drug-related offenses, and 5 were for Driving Under the Influence, while handling more than 300 calls for police service. He has certainly set the standard by which other officers are measured. Officer Nephi Laga has been with the Maui Police Department for three years. His wife is Emilarie and they have six children, Afoa (17), Alolee (15), Nephi Jr. (11), Ezra (9), Enara-Marie (8) and Emma-Larie (7).”

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Donald Blume, an Assistant Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator at the Kihei Wastewater Reclamation Facility, recently passed his Grade 1 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification examination. Congratulations Don! On March 15, Maui Crime Stoppers held their fundraising event at the Four Seasons Maui. At the event two of our dedicated employees, Jeffrey Temas of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney and Officer Nephi Laga of the Maui Police Department were recognized and honored for their tireless effort to keep our community safe. At the event Mr. Temas and Officer Laga were presented with a certificate from Maui Crime Stoppers thanking them for their service to the community. They were also honored by having Willie K present and performing at the event. Thank you to both Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Temas and Officer Nephi Laga for your dedication to the County of Maui and your efforts to keep our community safe. page 22

Below are comments about each honoree by their supervisor: “Jeffery is our “Agriculture

Je effrey Tem mas

- Captain Clarence Kenui

Dept. of Water Supply Updates 2014 New Hires: Ashley Tang, Pre-Audit Clerk I January 6 Dustin Timm, Civil Engineer V – Building Permits Section Supervisor January 16 Umi Harding, permanent hire Laboratory Technician March 1 (was emergency hire since October 16) Neph hi Laga a

Prosecutor” and takes the lead on all our Agriculture Theft cases. He is a tireless worker and is extremely knowledgeable in prosecution of property crimes. Most recently he was able to negotiate a plea agreement for a substantial amount of Restitution for a victim. We have been aggressive in pursuing restitution as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, for our property crime victims.” - John D. Kim, Prosecutor “The Maui Police Department is very proud to honor Officer Nephi Laga with this award. He is extremely dedicated and always goes above and beyond to serve the residents of Maui. Officer Laga was recognized as District I’s top officer for the last quarter of 2013. During this period he made more than 100 arrests,

David Barrar, Water Microbiologist I January 16 Kaitlyn Shaw, Water Microbiologist I March 17 Willie Ramos, Laborer II January 1 (transfer from Parks & Rec) Joshua Gusman, Laborer II March 17 (transfer from Parks & Rec) Promotions: Marvin Ignacio promoted from Water Treatment Plant Operator IV to WTP Operations/ Maintenance Supervisor – East District February 1 Departures: Pipefitter I Douglas Kalei Hurdle resigned March 14 to return to the private sector


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Important Recycling Guidelines BY: HANA STEEL Recycling works best when everyone follows the guidelines about what can and cannot be placed in the bins. The Recycling Section requests that everyone review the guidelines and place the proper paper in the proper bin. We appreciate your support in following the rules, as do our custodians. Office Paper Recycling Guidelines: · Break down all boxes before placing them in the stackable office bins, the blue cart or the new green bin. See pictures attached. · Separate your files entirely. Remove all the paper from the binders and folders and be sure to remove all rubber bands, clips, photos, discs, file separators and plastic sleeves. Take the following items directly down to the recycling area: · Large loads of paper and cardboard NEW! Larger cardboard collection bin for your convenience!

· Personal mail or newspaper brought from home · Extra carts ordered for office paper clean-outs (full carts are heavy; be safe) Our contract requires the County office recycling bins to be separated by type prior to pick-up. The County maintenance staff continuously goes above and beyond their duties by inspecting each cart and pulling out unacceptable materials. Their efforts save the County money and we appreciate what they do, however, it is not their responsibility to pull out contamination. It would be greatly appreciated if each person and office would sort items properly so our excellent custodians would not have to do this for us. If your office needs additional 96 gallon carts for office clean out events, recycling systems, desktop folders, an extra recycling pick-up service or has any questions about what can or cannot be recycled, please call the Recycle Hotline at 2707880. Thanks for recycling!

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Recent Letters to the County

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Photo Gallery A photo-essay of activities in the County

Mayor Alan Arakawa being interviewed by Comedian Augie T.

Good job to the Budget Staff for working hard on creating the 2015 Fiscal Year Proposed Budget!

WANTED: Your best shots for the County’s Photo Gallery Want to submit a photo of a County event or employee at work? Email your photo for consideration to lynn.araki-regan@mauicounty.gov. Caption info must include name and title of each person whose face appears in the photo.

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More Photos . . .

Mayor Arakawa recently welcomed Taizo Hirabayashi of the Japan Rugby Football Union to Maui. Managing Director Keith Regan at Imua Family Services’ Fantasia Ball. In addition to presenting a proclamation from Mayor Arakawa, Keith shared a touching story about his son Riley receiving muchneeded therapy services from Imua due to Riley’s premature birth.

Mayor Arakawa speaks during a “Stop Bullying & Violence on Maui” panel discussion held on March 27. The event was hosted by H.P. Baldwin High School .

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Maui County Product Enrichment Program 2014

                                                                                      Please contact event organizers for more information, subject to change.   

Wailuku First Friday April 4, 6 – 9 pm   Market Street, Wailuku  Join the fun with live music by Jimmy Mac & the Kool Kats, ono foods, a beer garden, crafters and shops.  Info: (808) 878‐1888 or http://mauifridays.com/wailuku  Maui County Ag Festival April 5, 9 am – 4 pm   Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku        Meet the farmers, ranchers and people who champion local agriculture at Maui’s   annual fair – educational fun for the whole family, products, great food & entertainment.  Info: www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org The Worthmores April 4 – 13, Fri. & Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 3 pm  Historic Iao Theater, Wailuku   Maui OnStage presents Thomas Althouse’s 18th century comedy of manners that turns society on its ear!  Info & tickets: (808) 244‐8680 or www.mauionstage.com  Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival April 11 – 13, Fri. & Sat. 10 am – 9 pm, Sun. 9 am – 1 pm  Ka`anapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina    An all‐star lineup of Hawaiian and guest steel guitar  musicians perform on stage and lead music and  cultural workshops through the day, followed by an  after‐hours jam sessions open to all. The free event  includes an exhibit of vintage steel guitars. Enjoy  more music at the hotel’s Sunday brunch.  Info: www.mauisteelguitarfestival.com   

Californian Patti Maxine and Maui’s Geri Valdriz will play steel guitars. 

Talk Story on the Land: ‘Auwahi Hike April 12, 9 am ‐ 1 pm   Meet at ‘Ulupalakua Ranch Store, Upcountry   Explore and learn about one of Maui’s hidden nature reserves on this special hike   lead by Scott Fisher, Conservation Director of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.  Info & RSVP: (808) 244‐5263 or www.hilt.org  Chinese Kite Festival April 11 – 12, 10 am ‐ 8 pm   Wo Hing Museum, Lahaina   The celebration of kites features an exhibit of one‐of‐a‐kind kites, a  presentation on the history of kites in China, hands‐on workshops to   make your own kite, along with Chinese music, entertainment & food.  Info: (808) 661‐3262 or www.lahainarestoration.org  Hawaiian Music Series April 24, 6 pm   Baldwin Home Museum, Lahaina   Enjoy the free concert at sunset out on the lawn along Front Street.   Info: (808) 661‐3262 or www.lahainarestoration.org  Cutting Edge Exhibition April through May 8, 10 am – 4 pm daily  Hui Noeau, Makawao  See Hawaii’s finest contemporary glass & metal art at this juried show.   Info: (808) 572‐6560 or www.huinoeau.com   


F RID AY, M AY 2, 2014 6:30 PM Maui Matsuri Kickoff Queen Ka’ahumanu Center Stage Sponsored by Araki-Regan & Associates LLC Kimono Fashion Show, Taiko, Karaoke Japanese Dance & Obon Dance Practice

F RID AY, M AY 9, 2014 6:30 PM Japanese Legends & Obake (ghost) Storytelling UH-Maui College Student Lounge (Pilina Building)

SATURDAY, M AY 10, 2014 2 P M – 9 PM Festival UH-Maui College Courtyard

JAPANESE ENTERTAINMENT & DEMONSTRATIONS Free Children’s Activities (sponsored by Minit Stop) Entertainment Stage (presented by TJ’s Warehouse Outlet)

F E AT U R I N G : 3pm 3pm, 5pm 4:30pm, 6:45pm 6:00 pm

Kendama TLC Competition Bento Rakugo (Variety Act) Hikariyama Torao-Tevita Apina, Jr. Cosplay Competition

A J A P A N E S E F E S T I VA L

PLUS: Food and Craft Booths, Kodomo Corner, Exhibits, Hanafuda/Sakura Tournament, Obon Dancing, Cosplay Exhibition, Martial Arts Demos, Manga & Art Drawing Contests, and Saimin & Natto Eating Contests.

MA J O R S P O N S O R S

M AY 2 , 9 & 1 0 , 2 0 1 4

FREE ADMISSION Maui Matsuri Hotline:

808-283-9999 w w w. m a u i m a t s u r i . c o m


High Street Journal - April 2014