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CONTENTS Message from the Mayor.................................................................................... 3 M.D. Minute ............................................................................................................ 4

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 Mayor Alan Arakawa Karen Arakawa Tina Chun Donna Evans Kimberly Haueisen Jennifer Hawkins Karleen Hultquist Claudia Kalaola Jaime Kane Linda Kimura Michelle Makii Pili Nahooikaika Geri Onaga Karin Phaneuf Keith Regan Brianne Savage Sarah Shim Wendy Stebbins Cheryl Sterling Jacky Takakura Jo-Anne Tanaka Nolly Yagin Sharon Zalsos Kit Zulueta

County on Your Corner to be held December 21 ................................... 4 Happenings at the County ............................................................................. 5 County Employees Rock! .................................................................................. 7 County Kitchen ..................................................................................................... 8 County-Wide Restroom Repairs Project Update .................................... 9 Prescribed fire conducted at Puamana .................................................... 10 Kahekili Highway Resurfing Project to begin .......................................... 10 Kaunoa truly serves community with projects for seniors, others .. 11 B & C Highlight...................................................................................................... 12 Deadline for filing real property exemptions is December 31 ......... 13 Workshops at Maui County Business Resource Center announced 14 Public Works’ Directors spread holiday cheer to division baseyards, offices .................................................................................................15 Kain Na! Kokua event raises over $20,000 for typhoon, earthquake relief effort ..................................................................................... 16 Evans retires after 41 years of service .......................................................... 17 Who is Liza Galiza ................................................................................................ 18 Kupaianaha (“Blessings of Life”)..................................................................... 19 2013 Kite Surf Pro World Champions crowned by Ho`okipa ............. 21 EA Sports Maui Invitational celebrates 30 years...................................... 22 Parks & Recreation discusses proposed, improved permitting process and facility maintenance with youth organizations.............. 23 POLL: “What are your main highlight of 2013?” ..................................... 24

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Aloha everyone, As we approach the close of the calendar year, I want to take a moment to reflect on the highlights of 2013, and look ahead to 2014. In January we were ecstatic to discover a time capsule buried in the cornerstone of the Old Wailuku Post Office, and were reminded of the leadership of the government officials who foresaw the growth of Wailuku as the County seat. In March, Keopuolani Park went to the dogs as we celebrated the opening of Central Maui’s first dog park with a host of canine friends of all shapes, sizes and breeds. In May, we honored our veterans with the “Blossoms for the Brave” lei-making event led by Kaunoa Senior Center, and noted the rising demand for solar photovoltaic power at the Solar Summit held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. June brought us the much-appreciated services of the military and community volunteers who worked hard at the many Tropic Care outreach sites. Thousands of Maui County residents received free checkups, dental work, eye exams and even free eyeglasses. Later in the month, the County of Maui was honored for the second year in a row as one of Hawaii’s “Healthiest Workplaces” by Pacific Business News. In July, the County’s first double-decker bus was put into service, and our Fire personnel battled a string of wildfires, some of which were maliciously set. Flossie the Storm visited the islands with some fantastic lightning shows but we were spared from widespread damage and were blessed with some much-needed rain. In September our official County website received a “Best of the Web” award, and we enjoyed visits with the Sister Delegation from Fukuyama, Japan. In October we marked the long-awaited purchase of 209 acres at Waikapu with a softball game on the soft sands that will one day become recreational fields in the Central Maui Regional Park. Our Parks Department reveled over the new Dream Court that was a gift to the County from the Nancy Lieberman Foundation and the WorldVentures Foundation, and embarked on a County-wide restroom repair project. The County also announced a major solar PV award, which will put solar power-generating panels on 18 more County facilities on Maui and Molokai making us the largest generator of solar power on Maui. Last month we signed a first-ever Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Monsanto, as a good-faith gesture of openness, ongoing dialogue and voluntary disclosure of restricted-use pesticides. The so-called “gentleman’s agreement” was not meant to be a binding agreement, rather a general guideline that keeps the door open for communication and a willingness to work together. Lastly, by the end of this month we hope to complete the purchase of 186 acres at Launiupoko. We’ve worked long and hard to get to this point in the negotiations, and a finalized agreement would benefit our entire community for generations to come. It’s been a busy, productive year filled with successes, challenges and even heartbreak over the loss of some of our beloved leaders such as B. Martin Luna, Claro Capili, Sr. and others. They will be missed, but as we look upon the New Year, we will remember their hard work and selfless dedication. We will gather on February 5th, 2013 for the 2014 State of the County Address, and I encourage you to save the date. Our County is going strong, and I look forward to sharing with you the plans we have for the coming year. I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season, and a wonderful New Year. With deepest gratitude,

Mayor Alan Arakawa

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A Message from Managing Director Keith Regan Around this time of year, our attention turns to shopping, feasting and get-togethers with family and friends. While everyone loves giving (and getting!) gifts, some of the most valuable gifts we give each other simply cannot be bought. Time: Whether offering a listening ear to a friend, taking a minute to toss a ball with a child or spending an afternoon taking an elderly aunty shopping, our time is most precious when invested in others. Looking back on life, it’s not the gadgets or trinkets we’ll remember, but the moments of laughter and joy shared with loved ones we will remember most. A helping hand: Think of a situation where you were faced with a task that seemed insurmountable at the time, yet easily taken care of by someone else with the proper tools or skills. The more we reach out to help one another and ask for help when we need it, the more connected we are as a community. The successes we achieve as a result of another’s strengths are truly gifts beyond our own means. Aloha: Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures of all that have the greatest impact on someone who needs the boost the most. Smiling at a passer-by in the mall, waving someone ahead in the parking lot, taking a moment to say thank you to the nameless custodian who just finished mopping the public bathroom… there are an infinite number of ways that our attitude impacts others for better or for worse. During the holidays, many people struggle with depression, loneliness and financial challenges that make it difficult to enjoy the season. But even a kind deed or friendly smile can help lift the burden they feel. So you reflect on the weeks ahead, please take a moment to consider the many ways we bless each other with our time, help and aloha. And know that I am deeply grateful for all you do, every day, all year long. From my family to yours, happy holidays!

County on Your Corner to be held on Dec. 21 Mayor Alan Arakawa’s next “County on Your Corner” will be held on Saturday, December 21, from 10 a.m. to noon in Haiku in front of Colleen’s at the Cannery, 810 Haiku Rd, Haiku. “It is important to connect with the community,” says Arakawa. “’County on Your Corner,’ which is scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for members of my cabinet and me to interact with community members on the issues that are of most interest to them.” page 4

For more information, call Michelle Makii at 2707855.


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RESTROOM AT RICE PARK TO BE CLOSED FOR NEW SEPTIC TANK CONSTRUCTION The Department of Parks and Recreation announced that H.W. Rice Memorial Park restroom will be closed during the week of December 16 thru 20 for construction of a new septic system. The park will remain open during construction. The new septic tank is being installed to bring the restroom into compliance with EPA requirements. The work will be done by A.J. Trucking and Excavating under a contract for $36,000. The design consultant is R.T. Tanaka Engineers.

important government service. Anyone interested in serving on a Board or Commission may apply online at www.mauicounty.gov/Boards. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2013. Applications should be mailed to: Mayor Alan Arakawa, County of Maui, 200 South High Street, Ninth Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793, or faxed to (808) 270-7870. Applications are being accepted for: •

Affirmative Action Advisory Council

Animal Control Board

Applications are now being accepted for Boards, Councils, Commissions and Committees. Responsibilities include hearing public testimony, reviewing policies and standards and making recommendations.

Board of Ethics

Board of Variances and Appeals

Board of Water Supply

Positions are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the County Council and have terms lasting two to five years. While no monetary compensation is provided for serving on a Board or Commission, the public’s participation helps provide an

Civil Service Commission

Commission on Persons with Disabilities

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR COUNTY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Committee on the Status of Women

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Cost of Government Commission

information about related practices.

Council on Aging

Cultural Resources Commission

The company has readily complied, and signed an agreement being referred to as the “Maui County AG Oversight Agreement (AGOA).”

Fire and Safety Commission

The AG Oversight Agreement states that Monsanto must:

Hana Advisory Committee

Kula Agricultural Park Committee

Lana`i Planning Commission

• Disclose details on the restricted-use pesticides that are being used here, including the types, amounts used and the number of acres treated;

Liquor Control Adjudication Board

Liquor Control Commission

Maui County Arborist Committee

Maui Planning Commission

Maui Redevelopment Agency

Molokai Planning Commission

Police Commission

Public Works Commission

Real Property Tax Review Board

Salary Commission

Urban Design Review Board

Workforce Investment Board

For more information, call the Office of the Mayor at (808) 270-7855 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/ boards.

MAYOR SIGNS MOU WITH MONSANTO REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF PESTICIDE USE Mayor Alan Arakawa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Monsanto earlier this month, thereby obtaining assurances from the company that they will engage in safe practices involving restricted-use pesticides.

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The MOU comes after bills were passed in Kauai and Hawaii Counties involving restrictions on the use of pesticides. While watching what was happening in other counties, Maui County decided to approach Monsanto - which has farms on both Maui and Molokai - to require disclosure of the company’s restricted-use pesticides and all

• Provide information about their stewardship measures related to pesticide technologies, fugitive dust and soil erosion; • Strictly adhere to all federal and state pesticide-use requirements; and • Meet quarterly with Maui County regarding the use of pesticides and other issues the community may have. Mayor Arakawa said the AGOA will help provide some much-needed information to the public without putting financial burdens on taxpayers or opening the County up to costly lawsuits. “Responsible use of pesticides is a concern for us all, especially for those of us who grew up on these islands when sugar cane and pineapples were our main exports,” said Mayor Arakawa. “There must be safeguards and a sharing of information, and I believe the AG Oversight Agreement is a proactive step we needed to take in providing both for our community.” The County of Maui is also working with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) on a similar MOU agreement.

PROJECT GRADUATION GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED The County of Maui’s Volunteer Center has announced $46,350 in Maui County funding has been made available for Project Graduation programs for 2014 high school graduating classes in an effort to promote alcohol- and drug-free graduation celebrations. Project Graduation grant applications are available on the Volunteer Center’s website at www.handsonmaui.com. Deadline for the receipt of applications is January 15, 2014 and notifications of awards will be made by early February 2014. Applications should be emailed to Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator, at wendy.stebbins@mauicounty.gov.


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County Employees Rock! Employee recognition events held on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. BY: LOIS WHITNEY Congratulations and a huge mahalo to all our hard-working County employees whose dedication helps the County serve our community every day of the year! MAUI Maui’s employee recognition luncheon was held November 7th at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Richard Apana (Fire Fighter II) was named overall Employee of the Year. Nominees for Employee of the Year were: • Craig B. Chaves, Environmental Management • Sutji S. Gunter, Finance • Marvin F. Ignacio, Water Supply • William L. Kaholokula, Parks and Recreation

Firefighter II Richard Apana was named the overall Maui Island Employee of the Year for the County of Maui.

• Kristine M. Krau Waymire, Housing and Human Concerns • Annette D.H. Matsuda, Public Works • Alma K. Nakano, Dept. of the Prosecuting Attorney • Kurt F. Wollenhaupt, Planning • Melanie J. Wong, Police Wendy Kobashigawa (Civil Engineer V, Public Works) was named overall Manager of the Year. Nominees for Manager of the Year were: • Robert D. Alo, Parks & Recreation • Arnold D. Abe, Environmental Management • Kevin J. Block, Housing & Human Concerns • Carolyn E. Cortez, Planning

Wendy Kobashigawa (Civil Engineer V, Public Works) was named overall Maui Island Manager of the Year for the County of Maui.

• Susan E. Egdamin, Police • Melvina J. Kanaha, Finance • Eric A. Otani, Fire & Public Safety

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• Richard K. Schonely, Fire Fighter III, Dept. of Fire & Public Safety A special mahalo to the luncheon planning committee: Nina-Lehua Kawano, Puni Burrows-Ignacio, David Nanod, Jayelne Nuesca, Kalola Kaulili, Anthony Fukuoka and Steven Arce. Emcee Wayne Puaoi and entertainment by “Oscar and Friends” helped make the event extra-special. LĀNA‘I Housing & Human Concerns/Kaunoa Senior Center’s “Meals on Wheels” Program Staff were named Maui Island’s overall Team of the Year.

• Carson F. Tani, Dept. of the Prosecuting Attorney

• Public Works - Design Section Team

Housing and Human Concerns/ Kaunoa Senior Center’s “Meals on Wheels” Program Staff were named overall Team of the Year. Nominees for Team of the Year were:

• Water Supply - Maui County Wellhead Protection Team

• Finance - Financial Responsibility Team • Fire & Public Safety - Health and Safety Division • Parks & Recreation - Waiehu Golf Course Team • Planning - Short-Term Rental Home Team • Police - Community Police Officer Unit • Prosecuting Attorney - Sexual Assault Unit

MOLOKA‘I Moloka‘i’s 21st Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon was held October 10th at Mitchell Pauole Community Center. The Moloka’i Employee of the Year Selection Committee chose Michael C. McCutcheon, Police Officer III, as the overall Moloka‘i Employee of the Year. Nominees for Employee of the Year were: • Steven R. Arce, Public Works District Supervisor I, Public Works • Mark K. Kawano, Automatic Sprinkler System Repairer I, Parks & Recreation

The 20th Annual Lāna`i Employee Recognition Luncheon was held September 24th at the beautiful Lāna`i Senior Center. The Lāna`i Employee of the Year Selection Committee chose Vernon Patao, Fire Fighter III, as the overall Lāna`i Employee of the Year. Nominees for Lāna`i Employee of the Year were: • Anthony Bandalan, Park Caretaker I, Parks & Recreation • Felipe Cabanting, Laborer II, Public Works • Anthony Maldonado, Police Officer II A special mahalo goes out to Maggie Masicampo and Yvonne Alboro of Lāna‘i Senior Center for hosting the event, the Lāna‘i Senior Serenaders for providing entertainment, and John Ornellas who served as emcee.

County Kitchen Crab Roll Pupu Submitted by Sarah Shim

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Can (60z.) Crab

1

Can Refrigerator Biscuits

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Small Onion (chopped)

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Tablespoon Mayonnaise

Roll biscuit dough on floured surface; flatten to ¼- inch thick. Combine crab and onion and moisten slightly with mayonnaise. Mix and spread on dough. Roll the dough and mixture into a jellyroll. Cut into 1 ½- inch slices. Bake on greased baking sheet for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serves 4-6.


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County-Wide Restroom Repairs Project Update There has been significant progress with the Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) Restroom Repairs Project, which involves much needed updates to restrooms all over Maui County. These updates include new plumbing fixtures, paint and other finishes. The repairs began in October with the restrooms at Kamali’i Park in Kahului. Other restrooms that have since been completed include Polo Beach in Wailea and Haiku Ball Fields behind Haiku Park and Haiku Community Center. Following those renovations, the repairs at Ho’okipa Beach Park in Kuau were completed ahead of schedule and the restrooms reopened December 4th. The next day, on December 5th, the Kalama Glitter Restrooms at Kalama Park in Kihei reopened after completion of repairs. Currently, the restrooms at Lower Paia Park, off of Hana Highway, and Kalama Playground at Kalama Park, off of South Kihei Road, are closed for the renovations. Both restrooms are expected to reopen December 24th. In addition, Haliimaile Ball Field restrooms will close December 11th and are projected to reopen December 30th. Concurrently, the Kalama Park basketball court restrooms in Kihei are expected to close for repairs between December 16th and January 15, 2014. The last repairs to be started in 2013 will be the restrooms at Harold Rice Park in Kula, off of Lower Kula Highway, which are anticipated to be closed between December 24, 2013 and January 14, 2014. The repair schedule is anticipated to continue into early March of 2014. As a reminder, the restrooms in the respective parks will remain closed during repair hours and portable toilets will be provided for public use. DPR would like to thank the community for their continued patience while the much needed repairs and upgrades to Maui County’s restrooms are implemented. For more information about the county’s restroom repairs, call Parks Project Manager Paul Taylor, at 270-6173. For general DPR information, visit www. mauicounty.gov/parks.

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Prescribed fire conducted at Puamana BY: LEE MAINAGA

On December 2 – 6, 2013, the Maui County Fire Department, West Maui Land Company, and Department of Forestry and Wildlife worked together in a multi-agency effort to conduct this prescribed fire exercise. This initial prescribed, or controlled, fire was conducted to develop skills, knowledge, and abilities required to use as a suppression tactic during wildland fire incidents. This tactic will enable firefighters to mitigate wildland fires more efficiently and effectively. The Maui Incident Management Team utilized these training exercises to satisfy national requirements needed to be certified as a Type 3 Incident Management Team. Type 1 Incident Team members from the Mainland assisted during this event.

Prescribed fire greatly reduces the potential for wildfire. It will remove the hazardous level of fuel on the property. The longer vegetation accumulates, the more destructive an eventual fire will be, burning hotter, traveling faster, and having unpredictable results. Wildfires cause vast economic

damages and lead to major inconveniences for the public. The live fire training was conducted above Honoapiilani Highway near the Puamana area in Lahaina. The prescribed fires were comprised of a total of 90 acres.

Kahekili Highway Resurfacing Project to begin The County of Maui Department of Public Works - Highways Division announced that work on the Kahekili Highway Resurfacing Project is scheduled to begin on December 16, 2013 and continue through April 30, 2014.

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Work and subsequent full and alternating-lane road closures will be conducted Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.

– 4:30 p.m. during the project, excluding County holidays. The work schedule may be impacted by inclement weather; however, crews will work to expedite the project to avoid further traffic disruptions and lane closures. The project will run from milepost 13.9 (Kahakuloa Bridge) to milepost 11 (estimated, Wailena Gulch). Work will include repairing

roadway deficiencies such as potholes, depressions and cracking; resurfacing Kahekili Highway; cutting/removing overhanging trees/brush/ vegetation; cleaning and widening shoulders & pavement where possible; and paving shoulder swales for better drainage and reduction of erosion. Continued on page 12


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Kaunoa truly serves community with projects to seniors, others Kaunoa seniors’ & staff generosity overflows One hundred percent of the needs & wishes on this years’ Angel Tree were met to make the holiday season a little brighter for over 200 Meals on Wheels, Assisted Transportation and Nutrition Program seniors. The value of all gifts received was nearly $4,500; gifts ranged from basic household and personal necessities to gift cards for food and basic needs, and are being distributed starting this week. Huge Mahalo goes out to everyone who participated to make this years’ Angel Tree drive such a great success.

Kaunoa staff eagerly prepare Angel Tree gifts for delivery to Meals on Wheels, Assisted Transportation and Nutrition Program seniors.

Toys for Tots Drive Underway Bringing hope and cheer to Maui’s children in need during the holidays is the intent for our Toys for Tots collection, in conjunction with Marine Corps representatives on Maui. All toys donated will stay on Maui; Kaunoa’s collection will continue through Friday, December 13. 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 6619432 to receive the monthly newsletter. Kaunoa Senior Services is a division of the County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns.

MOW team with gifts: Meals on Wheels team all set to begin with deliveries

RSVP Volunteer Roy Nakasone cheerfully delivers toys to Kaunoa for the Toys for Tots drive

MOW recipient Irene Aki joyfully received a very special gift from Kaunoa’s Angel Tree

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B & C Highlight Board of Variances & Appeals BY: LOIS WHITNEY The Board of Variances and Appeals (BVA) hears and determines applications for variances from the strict application of any general plan, zoning, subdivision or building ordinances. The BVA also holds a public hearing prior to ruling on a variance application and issues findings of fact and conclusions of law on decisions granting or denying variance applications. Additionally, the BVA hears and determines appeals alleging error from any person aggrieved by a decision or order of any department charged with the enforcement of zoning, subdivision and building ordinances. Highlights: Recent agenda items include a request by the Maui Police Department to allow an amendment to the existing height variance for the Kihei Police Station, to allow an additional 11 feet for the construction of a 63 foot-tall radio tower structure; and a request by the Boy Scouts of America (Maui Council) to retain a gravel parking lot instead of

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paving the lot in conjunction with the construction of a new dining hall at Camp Maluhia.

Members: • Rick Tanner - Chair (Lahaina) 3/31/2015 • Jacqueline Haraguchi Vice-Chair (Wailuku) 3/31/2016 • G. Clark Abbott (Pukalani) 3/31/2017

Next Meeting: The Board of Variances and Appeals meets twice a month or as needed; next meeting is scheduled for December 12, 2013.

Additional info: Department of Planning Staff Contact: Trisha Kapua`ala

• Patrick De Ponte (Kahului) 3/31/2016

Phone: (808) 270-7253

• Teddy Espeleta (Paia) 3/31/2017

Website: www.mauicounty.gov/ boards

• Chad Fukunaga (Wailuku) 3/31/2018 • Howard S. K. Kihune (Kihei) 3/31/2018 • Bart Santiago, Jr. (Kula) 3/31/2015 • Ray Shimabuku (Kahului) 3/31/2014

paving reaches the road fronting Kaukini Art Gallery. During Phase Two, the road will be closed between Wailena Gulch at Nobriga’s corral to east of the gallery. Traffic from the Wailuku direction will not be allowed to continue to Kahakuloa Village during work hours.

Phase One of the paving project will begin Monday, December 16, 2013. As discussed in the community meeting held earlier this month, Wailuku-bound traffic during work hours will not be allowed from Kahakuloa Bridge to makai of Kaukini Art Gallery. Traffic will be able to travel to the gallery from The work will be done by Wailuku until the paving reaches County Public Works crews, at he gallery. an estimated cost of $500,000 through the County’s Paving Phase Two will begin when Preservation program. Road-

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.

prep work began in September 2013; the project is expected to conclude by April 30, 2014. The department thanks the public for their understanding and patience during the roadway improvements. For more information, contact Raynard Oshiro, Public Works Highways Div. Wailuku District Supervisor, at ph. 270-7443.


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Deadline for filing real property exemptions is December 31, 2013 The County of Maui Department of Finance reminds Maui County real property owners that the deadline for filing claims for real property tax exemptions, condominium use classification declarations, and requests for agricultural use valuations for the 20142015 tax year is Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (no exceptions). Applications that fail to meet the December 31, 2013 deadline will be processed for the 2015-2016 tax year. For deployed active-duty military personnel, a claim for exemption must be filed on or before June 30th of the tax year for which such exemption is claimed. Proof of deployment is required. Property owners affected by these deadlines include individuals claiming the basic home exemption (currently at $200,000); charitable organizations using their property exclusively for nonprofit purposes; public utility companies; low/moderate income housing; disabled veterans; Hansen’s disease sufferers; those who are blind, deaf or totally disabled; child care providers; taro farmers; and deployed active-duty military personnel and circuit breaker tax credit applications.

A new claim does not have to be filed for property that already has an exemption if the conditions under which the exemption was granted have not changed. However, exemptions for child care providers, low/moderate income housing, public utility companies, taro farming and circuit breaker must be filed annually on or before December 31, 2013 preceding the tax year being claimed. In filing a home exemption claim, it is recommended that all owners of record occupying the property sign the claim for exemption; this will help insure the continuity of the exemption. To facilitate the filing process, the claimant should have the tax map key number of the property for which the exemption is being claimed. If a homeowner’s parcel is delinquent and not paid in full by the end of the calendar year, the home exemption will be removed for the following assessment year. Once a homeowner’s exemption is lost, the owner will not be allowed to reapply until the account is paid in full. With regard to the newly modified Circuit Breaker tax credit, Mayor Alan Arakawa instructed the Director of Finance to contact all current

recipients of the Circuit Breaker to encourage them to file an application before the December 31st deadline even if they think they may not qualify under the new rules. The reason for this is that the council is in the process of considering whether to amend the rules again, which, if passed, may be used to qualify current applications. Property owners on agricultural-zoned lands and seeking agricultural use valuation are required to submit a completed application by December 31, 2013 preceding the assessment year being claimed. Condominium unit owners are required to declare the actual use of their condominium unit by December 31, 2013 preceding the assessment year in effect. Pursuant to Rules of Procedure, owners are required to report any change in the attested actual use of the unit within 30 calendar days of such change. For additional information, call 270-7297. Forms are available at www.mauipropertytax.com. Molokai residents may call 1-800-272-0117 and ask for extension 7297. Lanai residents may call 1-800-272-0125 and ask for extension 7297.

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Workshops at Maui County Business Resource Center Announced he County of Maui Mayor’s TDevelopment Office of Economic today announced its free workshops for the month of December. Workshops are presented at the Maui County Business Resource Center, a County of Maui facility, located in the Maui Mall across Pizza Hut, in Suite B-9. Seating for all workshops is limited, and all workshops are subject to change or cancellation. To reserve a seat, call the Maui County Business Resource Center at 873-8247. The following workshops are available: Facebook 101 Instructor: Nico Fisher Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Here’s the beginner workshop that you were all waiting for!! Learn the basics of timeline navigation and newsfeed/wall content. In addition, get the scoops on how to post, tag and add photos, like, comment, or share, plus more… Nicole “nico” Fisher is an energetic entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. She is presently a Marketing Strategist, Social Media Consultant and Trainer and is passionate about taking businesses from good to great through various marketing avenues.

Getting Prepared: Tax Deductions & Year-End Closing for Individuals & Small Businesses Instructor: Dira Rosado Monday, December 16, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on year-end closing procedures for individuals, as well as, small and medium size businesses. Understanding allowable tax deduction will help prepare you for 2013 tax season. Individuals and business owners will learn to utilize tax deductions to enhance business insight and manage their organization more efficiently and effectively. Presentation is strictly for educational purposes. Please review any action or plans you might undertake with you accountant, financial planner or attorney. Business on the Grill with MBB Members (FREE) – 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall Ste B-9 At MCBRC, Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) members meet every month to discuss, share and learn subjects related to staring, running and growing own business. Spirited discussions result in information, education and fun.

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The attendees and the expert business coach contribute with substance to the featured segments:

1) Get to Know your Neighbor: an opportunity to interact with new faces and strengthen own abilities to socialize with others in fast paced situations; 2) Business on the Grill: This segment creates a case study for mutual learning. A MBB member submits own business to be grilled. To apply for this segment, the business must be in operation with sales and the need to grow, but facing challenges. 3) Regular Brainstorming: Attendees have opportunity to present a challenge they are experiencing in their own business for group ideas and suggestions. To attend, please RSVP at www.Meetup.com/ MauiBusinessBrainstormers. Non-members need first to join the FREE membership of MBB. Pinning for Profits: How to Use Pinterest for Business Instructor: Danielle Miller Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pinterest is the fourth largest traffic source in the world. It drives more referral traffic to websites than LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube combined! Learn how this social network can help you establish brand authority, reach a wider audience, and drive traffic to your site.


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Public Works’ Directors spread holiday cheer at division baseyards, offices

The Department of Public Works Director David Goode and Deputy Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya continue the tradition of visiting Highways base yards on Maui, the DSA and Engineering Divisions to drop off some goodies, say a few words, wish them well for

the upcoming Christmas and New Year season and to thank the men and women of DPW for their hard work throughout the year. Thisphoto is of their first stop on December 5, at the Makawao Baseyard. Thank

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Kain Na! Kokua event raises over $20,000 for typhoon, earthquake relief effort By: Eliza Vazquez, Kit Zulueta & Sharon Zalsos

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Kain Na! Kokua for the Philippines, which was held on November 17, 2013, at Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center, raised over $20,000 for the Haiyan/Yolanda super typhoon and Bohol earthquake relief efforts in the Philippines. From the proceeds, $16,000 is gifted to the event partner, American Red Cross—Philippines Typhoon and Earthquake Fund, with the remainder to be shared by grassroots organizations TwoThirds World, ready to dispatch a group of volunteers to Leyte, and Sagip Tulong Tuluy-tuloy Pilipinas, an initiative by People’s Core that consistently works with local groups in the Philippines to aid during typhoon seasons.

Gevin Utrillo (Japengo, Hyatt Ka’anapali), Isaac Bancaco (Ka’ana Kitchen, Andaz Maui), James Simpliciano (Simplifresh), Jake Belmonte (Maui Culinary Academy), Joey Macadangdang (Roy’s, Ka’anapali), Jojo Vasquez (The Plantation House), Larry Badua (Badua’s Catering), Mike Burman (RitzCarlton), RikoBartolome (Asia Vous), Sheldon Simeon (Mala Wailea) and Tante Urban (Tante’s Island Cuisine). Other contributing chefs areTylun Pang (The Fairmont Kea Lani) and Roger Setler (Four Seasons Resort Wailea).

The Kain Na! team of chefs and volunteers initially planned the event shortly after the devastating 7.2 earthquake left over 200 dead and more than 340,000 Filipinos displaced last October 15,2013. Shortly after, the horrific typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda plowed through Central Philippines. The Category 5 storm wiped out entire coastal towns, taking a recent count of 4,000 lives, displacing over four million and severely affecting the welfare of over 9 million people from 41 provinces in the

Mayor Alan M. Arakawa, Council Chair Gladys Baisa, Herman Andaya (Office of the Mayor), Dulce Butay (Risk Mgmt), Rowena Dagdag-Andaya (Dept. of Public Works), Council Member Don Couch, Robynne S.Y.Y. Fukunaga (Dept. of Environmental Mgmt.), Michelle Makii (Office of the Mayor), Amanda Martin (Maui County Council), Ryan Piros (Office of the Mayor), Keith & Lynn Regan (Management), Sharon Zalsos (Dept. of Environmental Mgmt.), Kit Zulueta (Maui County Council).

Mahalo to the sponsors and volunteers from the County of Maui:

country’s Visayas region. Participating chefs for the event include: Anton Haines (Pacifico), Christopher Galicinao (Four Seasons Resort Wailea), Elizabeth McDonald (Mala Lahaina),


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Evans retires after 41 years of service BY: NOLLY YAGIN When we first begin our employment with the County of Maui, we are introduced to life in Kalana O Maui in a variety of ways. Formal introductions, handshakes and the occasional head nod from a familiar face, “…wot yo’ boss sed wen you sed you wuz going’ quit fo’ werk ova hea?” We come across a variety of people and personalities. Some we meet in the hallways and acknowledge but never get to know personally; some we only know because of a peculiar laugh and some for their infamous habits. Then one day, a firm and somewhat parental voice rang out in the office….“WHO THREW FOOD AWAY IN THIS TRASH CAN!!!?...(faintly) ga’ funnit!...” Followed by the hollow thud of an empty hollow plastic container, creaking wheels, the sound of thin metal scouring against a solid wood door, then a ear filling silence in which even the air conditioning held its breath. It was a clearly a woman’s voice, definitely loud with the intent of making sure anyone would hear her comments, and somewhat parental. I made sure to find out then and there, where exactly I should be throwing any and all future banana peels away. I met Pat Evans that very same week, when a bunch of construction plans leaning against my trash can fell while being whisked away to be emptied. It was my first grounding. Patricia Evans began with the County of Maui in 1972, during the administration of

like children. Loyal service, hard work, attention to detail, and strictness are her trademarks as many know. Many of us have gotten to know her beyond the tough exterior and happy to share an elevator ride with her simply to talk story and enjoy the company. Her time here has made her an unofficial historian of the County Building. To many, she is Aunty Pat, or simply Pat. As a tribute to her, below are lessons I (and all of us here at the Kalana O’ Maui building) learned, should have learned, and perhaps may have had to re-learn through a Pat lecture or by her example. These rules are not applicable only within these walls, but generally good advice in everyday life. 1. Trash containers should be placed where they’re easily accessible. And trash should be placed in them, not around them. All budding MJ’s will miss once in a while, but make things right by picking it up and making sure it doesn’t happen again.

the County’s first Mayor, the Honorable Elmer Cravalho, when the County building first opened. For Patricia, her employment is not taken simply as a job, but a commitment to make sure the office spaces we enjoy are tidy, healthy and safe. In time, this building, including many of the office occupants, have become

2. Clean your footwear before coming in to the office. If you track mud or dirt, take the time to clean it up. This lesson may have come for many of you when Pat comes across and investigates these latent tracks. For the adventurous types, at least lead it to someone else’s office before your own. All kidding aside, it may be a safety issue if someone slips and it’s just better for everyone else if it’s prevented. Continued on next page

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3. Food waste in the offices should be disposed of in designated receptacles only. Wrapping it in office paper to hide it can be a risk, especially if it leaks through. This can lead to pests invading a wider area of the offices. Refrain from the kolohe tactic of disposing food waste a neighboring office trash can for convenience. 4. Help out your environment. Recycle used office paper by placing it in the proper recycling bin, not in the trash. If you’ve used it to wrap your kolohe person food waste to place in the trash bin, you’re risking a good and probably well deserved scolding. 5. While people in other cities will rejoice at a parking stall several blocks away from their destination, there’s a culture here that will not stop chasing the closest possible stall even if it means idling or driving around for 10 minutes. If you’re able, walk, and enjoy it. Walk to work if you’re close enough. You’ll save money on fuel, keep the air just a bit fresher, and get just a little bit healthier. Lesson taken away here is that walking, is actually a gift. 6. Take time to get to know people because first impressions are usually just that. 7. Do things with a passion. It will show in the end whether what was done was simply for the sake of completing a task or completed well and with effort. If you haven’t met or never talked to Pat, take a little time to do so. Congratulate her on a job very well done and the upcoming exciting new chapter in her book. After 41 years, virtually spotless attendance, and six mayors, it’s time to move on to bigger and exciting things! The County of Maui expresses a heartfelt appreciation for your dedicated service, a fond farewell and the sincerest congratulations! Aloha Pat!

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Who is Liza Galiza? An Overdue Introduction BY: KARIN PHANEUF Wilmer and Liza Galiza have been keeping employees of Maui County fed and watered for the past 20 years. Wilmer now runs the snack shop at Maui Memorial Medical Center but, before he was there, he paved the way for his wife, Liza, to run the shop in our Kalana O Maui building. Wilmer’s shop was recently remodeled and boasts an impressive kitchen area, hot foods, salads and more. Liza was inspired by his store makeover and now she is working diligently on a plan now to remodel and improve her own space at 200 South High Street. These two stores provide the major source of income to Liza and Wilmer. Liza says she wants to remodel the store so she can provide healthier snacks and more variety of foods, and possibly some fancy coffees like Starbucks. Who is Liza Galiza? Her name sounds exotic, like that of a movie star. Her story is fascinating and inspirational. Liza was born in Waipahu on the island of Oahu to a family of eight. Liza and one of her older sisters were born with rare congenital cataracts which caused both of them to lose most of their sight as young children. Liza can see a little, mostly shadows and light, but is considered legally blind. Liza’s 22-year old daughter, Joy, was also born with this rare eye disease, but Liza and Wilmer insisted that she have surgery at five weeks old. The surgery was successful and she now works as a Medical Assistant at Maui

Medical Group. Wilmer was also born on Oahu to a family of eight children. Wilmer was born with sight, but contracted an illness when he was two which resulted in the loss of his sight. Liza and Wilmer met on Oahu about 27 years ago in 1986 when Wilmer was attending Leeward Community College as a liberal arts major and Liza was working for a program called Ho’opono Pono where her job was to sew aprons for cafeteria employees. Liza used to help Wilmer run his shop, but decided she’d like to have her own shop so she could be financially independent. Like many women, she wants to decide how she spends the money she makes. She says, however, that in spite of wanting to be in charge of her finances, her husband, Wilmer, is her bookkeeper. He’s a whiz at it, he handles the money well, so she lets him do it. She still makes most decisions about her finances, but she appreciates his input and advice. This collaboration seems to be working since the Galiza’s have been together for about 25 years and counting. Please stop by the 2nd floor Snack Shop to meet and say hi to Liza when you have time. Let her know what items you’d like her to stock and give her any suggestions for the remodel now while it is still in the planning phase. She would appreciate your input! If you are very lucky, Wilmer will play his guitar and Liza will sing for you!


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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.

Bethany Makamae EstebanKaialiilii with her parents Michelle Esteban of the Mayor’s Office, and Jonathan Kaialiilii would like to share with everyone the Baptism of their daughter Bethany Makamae Esteban-Kaialiilii. Bethany’s Baptism occurred on November 24 at St. Theresa Church in Kihei, Maui. Michelle said that Bethany’s Baptism was an extremely special occasion that they were blessed to share with the congregation, family and friends. Congratulations to the Esteban and Kailiilii families. Bethany is a true blessing.

Prosecutor’s office, on having been elected to the School Community Council (SCC) for Pu’u Kukui Elementary School. Ms. Polak ran unopposed for the position as the community representative on the SCC. According to the Hawaii Department of Education, School Community Councils are forums for exchanging ideas about how to improve student achievement among the school’s stakeholders: principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and community members. They help craft the school’s Academic and Financial Plan, which sets the goals for the school, the programs, and the available resources to reach these goals. Ms. Polak explained that being involved

Congratulations to Simone C. Polak (third from left back row), a deputy prosecuting Simone Polak with her fellow SCC members attorney in the Maui

as a community representative for Pu’u Kukui School is a wonderful and unique way to contribute to the community and to represent the interests of the community in advancing student achievement at our newest elementary school. Pu`u Kukui SCC will be having a community meeting on Monday, January 27, at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Items to be discussed will include uniforms, safety plan, and a student recognition program.

Riley Regan with his parents

Riley Regan, the son of Lynn Araki-Regan & Managing Director Keith Regan, was presented with a certificate for being a recipient of the “White Owl Award” for exhibiting model behavior in his third grade class. Congratulations Riley!

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62nd birthday. Robert served as a Highway Construction & Maintenance Supervisor 1. A retirement/birthday party was held at his home in Waikaloa, Hana on his birthday with nearly 400 people in attendance.

Kula Kaiapuni o Paia Congratulations to Na Mele 2013’s 2nd-3rd Grade Divsion Winner, Kula Kaiapuni o Paia, who took the overall Na Mele Olelo Award. One of the students in the winning group is Kalawe Thompson (top row, 5th from the left), the moopuna of Tina Thompson, executive assistant to Councilmember Stacy Helm Crivello.

Children and Maui Memorial Medical Center-pediatric cancer research. Additional information can be found at the following link: www.hyundaihopeonwheels. org/maui2014/race.html or please email Sam Wilbur, Race Director, at samuelwilbur1@ gmail.com.

Linda Kimura of the Dept. of Corporation Counsel reports that, on January 4, 2014, the Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K returns to Maui for their 2nd Annual Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K which will be held as part of the PGA TOUR’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Following a successful debut in 2013, Hope On Wheels is coming back to Ka’anapali to raise money for children battling cancer across Hawai’i. Last year alone, this event raised approximately $86,000 which remained in the State of Hawaii. All proceeds and donations from this race will benefit Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and

Mr. & Mrs. Ezekiela Kalua

On Saturday, December 7, Kelly Ann Labuanan and Mayor’s Executive Assistant Ezekiela Ioane Kalua were married at Keawala’i Church in Makena. They live in Wailuku and have a son, Kenny Kekoawaioha Shoyei Nakamura, and a daughter, Ka’iulani Punahele Pulelehua Kalua. Congratulations, Zeke & Kelly!

Robert Malaiakini Congratulations to Robert Malaiakini who retired from the Public Works Hana Highways Division on December 1, two days after his


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2013 Kite Surf Pro World Champions crowned at Ho`okipa Maui was the last stop on the 2013 Kite Surf Pro World Championship Tour (KSP). The competition, which brought kite surfers and spectators from around the world to Ho’okipa Beach Park, was held from November 22nd to November 26th. The five day tournament, hosted by Cabrinha Kites and sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA), was the culmination of the KSP 2013 World Title race. A number of the eighty-eight registered riders competed in other events such as the Kama’aina Throw Down, the Xsensr Big Air Invitational, in which xsensr devices are attached to the riders to measure jump heights within 3 mm, and a Legends Heat that included Peter Cabrinha, Robby Naish and several more of Maui’s original innovators of kitesurfing. A passion for kitesurfing, an extreme sport that combines wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics, led

to the creation of the Kite Surf Pro World Championship Tour (KSP) when it was granted the World Championship title in kitesurfing by IKA in February of 2011. Now, only two years later, KSP has become a major kitesurfing event globally. Prior to the start of the tournament, Peter Cabrinha, of Cabrinha Kites, had this to say, “We are extremely proud to host a World Championship Title event here at Ho’okipa, Maui. Maui is the birthplace of the Cabrinha brand and Ho’okipa is an iconic spot in the world of wind and surf sports. This will be the premier kitesurfing event of the year.” The 2013 Kite Surf Pro began on November 22nd with a traditional Hawaiian blessing and opening remarks given by Mayor Alan Arakawa. Delayed a day due to a lack of strong winds, the competition aspect of the event began on November 25th. Both the male and female defending champions, Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha)

and Jalou Langeree (NED/Naish) were among the 24 males and 12 females who competed in the main title event. The final day of the competition portion of the tournament was on November 26th and after narrowly beating out Kai Lenny (HI), Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha) defended his title as the World Champion. Also crowned that day was Moona Whyte (HI/Cabrinha) who became the new female 2013 Kite Surf Pro World Champion after beating out defending world title holder Jalou Langeree (NED/Naish) during an epic showdown reminiscent of last year’s final match. Other victors that day included the Kama’iana Throw Down winners Rafal Malezyk and Skylar Lickle; while Jon McCabe and Jalou Langeree took the Xsensr Big Air Invitational top honors. Congratulations to all the champions!

Managing Director Keith Regan (right) congratulates Tracy Bennett for being appointed as Maui County’s new film commissioner. Bennett is a 17-year veteran of the film industry, having worked on the sets of several dozen major films. His resume includes work on “Just Go With It,”“50 First Dates,” “Grown Ups,” and “Meet the Fockers.”

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EA Sports Maui Invitational celebrates 30 years It has been thirty years since the first EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament, originally known as the Maui Classic, was held at Konawaena High School on the Big Island. Since that first 4-team tournament back in 1984, the competition has grown immensely. The tournament is now comprised of twelve of the top college basketball teams competing in three different sets of games comprised of the Opening Games, Regional Games and finally the Championship Round, which was held at Maui’s Lahaina Civic Center from November 25th-November 27th. In addition, since 1984, the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational has given a boost of more than $164 million to the local economy. In a history-making game back in December of 1982, the then relatively unknown Chaminade University, lead by three-time College Player of the Year, Ralph Sampson, upset the top-ranked Virginia. Not only did this upset become known as “the greatest upset in college basketball history” and lead to an article in Sports Illustrated by Alexander Wolff called, “Greatest Upset Never Seen”, it paved the way to the creation of what is now known as the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament.

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This year, for the first time in the 30 years since the inception of the tournament, all eight teams that competed for the 2013 title and the

Wayne Duke Championship Trophy were undefeated going into the Championship Round. The teams consisted of players from University of Arkansas, University of California, University of Minnesota, Syracuse University, Baylor University, University of Dayton, Gonzaga University and host school Chaminade University. Combined, the eight teams have had 132 NCAA Tournament appearances, 79 conference championships, 18 Final Fours and three national championships. Syracuse, Gonzaga, California and Minnesota have all won NCAA Tournament games in 2013. Syracuse has also earned its fifth Final Four appearance by winning the East Regional. About a week prior to the start of the 2013 Championship Round, Dave Odom, Tournament Chairman, said, “The record of the eight participating schools speaks volumes about the quality of basketball that will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center next week. The beautiful island of Maui will once again host some of the top college basketball teams, players and coaches as they compete in the 30th annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.” On November 24th, the day before

the actual competition began, the coaches of each of the eight Championship Round teams, along with students from Maui middle schools, competed in a charity freethrow contest. Archie Miller, the University of Dayton Head Coach, and Ashley Peralta, a Maui Waena Intermediate School student, came out on top. Together, they earned a donation to Ashley’s school. The first of the tournament’s 12 games began on November 25th with a match up that ended with the California Golden Bears defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks with a final score of 85-77. By the end of the first day, the Syracuse Orange had beaten out the Minnesota Golden Gophers with a score of 75-67 and the Baylor Bears were the victors against the Chaminade Silverswords ending the game at 93-77. Then, in an upset, the Dayton Flyers, who were behind by 11 points at halftime, scored 56 points in the second half to beat out the Gonzaga Bulldogs with a final score of 84-79. Day two ended with one of the most exciting games in the competition with Baylor scraping by Dayton with a final score of 67-66. Prior to that, in Game 5 of the tournament, Arkansas defeated Minnesota with a score of 87-73. Gonzaga’s 113 points beat out host Chaminade’s 81 in Game 6, while Game 7 had Syracuse defeating California 92-81. Continued on next page


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The third and final day of the tournament, November 27th, determined the final places for the teams. In the first game of the day, the 7th place match up, Minnesota defeated Chaminade with a final score of 83-68. In Game 10, with a score of 91-81, Gonzaga secured a 5th place win over Arkansas. Following that, Dayton claimed 3rd place in the tournament with their victory over California with a final score of 82-64. Finally, with a score of 74-67against Baylor, the Syracuse Orange, led by Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim, secured their 3rd tournament win to become the 30th Annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Champions!

Parks & Recreation discusses proposed, improved permitting process & facility maintenance with youth organizations

The 2013 EA SPORTS All –Tournament Team was comprised of Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Jerami Grant (Syracuse), Devin Oliver (Dayton), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Justin Cobbs (California) and MVP CJ Fair (Syracuse).

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has been holding multiple meetings with youth organization leaders, coaches and school athletic directors. In addition to sharing DPR’s proposed permitting and scheduling improvements for This year, players and spectators the use of Parks facilities, the got to enjoy Lahaina Civic Center’s purpose of these meetings are new gym floor, installed by the to discuss the impact of sports Department of Parks and Recreon youth development and to ation (DPR), and the DreamCourt, gather the youth organizations’ which was dedicated and opened perspectives on improvements for last month. We are grateful to a stronger working relationship the Nancy Lieberman Foundation and partnership with the Parks and WorldVentures Foundation Department. for their generous donation of At the moment, DPR is in the the multi-surface sport court. In process of restructuring its addition, we would also like to recognize Chaminade University, permitting process and facility maintenance program. The KemperLesnik and all the other organizations and individuals that primary objective of these helped make the 30th Anniversary structural and organizational changes is to provide higher of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitaquality recreational facilities tional Basketball Tournament a huge success and congratulations and opportunities for the youth, to the Syracuse Orange for hard- special needs, senior citizens and adults of Maui County, in earned victory! that respective order. A primary emphasis is being placed on youth sports by the department. The begin the process of fulfilling this objective, as it relates to Maui County youth, is to develop strong relationships with the organizations and individuals

who utilize Parks facilities to run non-exclusive youth programs on a regular basis. DPR strives to provide and promote quality experiences for our youth through recreation and sports. In order to continue to support our youth in this manner, the department recognizes the need to work with the leagues, organizations, coaches and parents in Maui County who are also working toward the same goal. Similarly, the department also has future plans to meet with nonyouth organizations in an effort to obtain suggestions and answer questions pertinent to special needs, senior citizen and adult recreational programs and sports. There will also be additional meetings and communications with the public concerning the permitting process. DPR looks forward to collaboration with our youth, special needs, senior citizen and adult organizations and leagues in order to continue to provide opportunities that encourage positive psychological, social, emotional and physical growth and development to the citizens and visitors of Maui County. page 23


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POLL: What was your main highlight of 2013? Robbie Wares, Dept. of Parks & Recreation: “We all know Santa comes in all shapes, sizes, and religions. This year, Alvin Kametani, Rec. Leader III from West Parks, fitted the suit. At our annual ‘District Challenge’ at Kanaha Beach Park, Alvin paid for the entire West side crew’s lunches! I asked him why? He said, ‘You people have treated me good since I’ve been here. And it’s Christmas.’ Clean water and decent bosses to work for with a steady job That says it all...” Boyd Franklin, Dept. of Finance: “Completed commercial driver’s license certification and examiner training. Obtained a CDL with all endorsements.” Karleen Hultquist, Dept. of Parks & Recreation: “Being thankful that my best friend on Oahu survived her recent stroke and I was able to see her and help her out and that she is recovering albeit slower than she would like. Told her I am glad that she is still with us and to take her time recovering and that it would take time. I’d like to wish everyone Mele Kalikimaka and Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!!” Teri Evans, Dept. of Water Supply: “Hawaii legalizing same sex marriage! I am very proud that our state no longer discriminates against gays and lesbians based on what other people’s religious beliefs are. I am thrilled that everyone now has the same rights. It will lead to more love and acceptance of each other. Way to go Hawaii! “ Lisa Tajiri, Mayor’s Office: “The highlight of 2013 for me was the birth of my first grandchild Liam! Never thought I could love anyone the way that I love my children, but the love I feel for my grandson is just as much or more. Being a grandmother is such a wonderful and exciting experience for me......LOVE IT! “ page 24

Kit Zulueta, Office of Council Services: “This year, I became a US Citizen, started a new job and went skydiving. Everything else becomes boring after you go skydiving.” Jan Shishido, Dept. of Housing & Human Concerns: “My highlight for 2013 was being amazingly blessed at a Shishido Family Reunion! Family is the gift for all to cherish. . .cherish yours! Happy Holidays!” Vicki Belluomini, Dept. of Housing & Human Concerns: “My main highlight was transferring from Hawaii County Office of Aging and joining the amazing team at the Maui County Office on Aging! Happy Holidays!” Lehua Jackson, Dept. of Finance: “One of my main highlights in 2013 was attending a Revelation Seminar at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. A young local boy from Waianae, named Taj Pacleb, was the keynote speaker during the month of June. He spoke on how his life has been transformed from drugs and alcohol. He expounded on the book of Revelations and how it correlates to our World and the End times. The seminar was very Informative, Accurate and Thought provoking. This young man had overcome many obstacles, trials and tribulations in his life. Due to the change in his life he credits all the glory,honor and praise to one man, Jesus Christ. Awesome!!!!!” Leonore Amano, Dept. of Water Supply: “There were two for me: (1) The birth of my niece Mira Grace in March, to my brother Greg Amano (former PSA for County of Maui MPD) in Japan; and (2) My brother, sisterin-law, and 2-month old niece surprise visit back to Maui in May.” Gloria Manzano, Mayor’s Office: “My main highlight for the year 2013 was celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Celebration was enjoyed with family and good friends. We pray for a save holiday season for everyone.”


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Photo Gallery A photo-essay of activities in the County

WANTED: Your best shots for the County 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. Photo: Kimberley Mullen

Department of Housing and Human Concerns Director JoAnn Ridao (center) joins Kaunoa’s Lori Okimoto (far left), Ivey Mitsuyuki (3rd from left) and Luanne Fujimoto (3rd from right) at Valley Isle Community Federal Credit Union. The trio received an estimated 400 gifts, valued at over $1,000, to be distributed to Meals on Wheels and Assisted Transportation clients. The gifts were contributed by credit union members and employees.

DMVL’s Tina Chun submitted this photo of her Christmas tree proudly decorated by Lauren, 4, & Shalin, 7, who are pictured above. Notice the blue and gold tinsel in big bunches!

“I am grateful for what GOD has given me and this is a huge reminder of that,” said Tina.

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Mayor Alan Arakawa visited with third, fourth & fifth grade students of Pu`u Kukui Elementary School and discussed leadership and what his job as Mayor entails.

Pictured above are some of the dedicated county employees who volunteer behind the scenes to produce Mayor Alan Arakawa’s monthly show, “Your County,” which airs live on Channel 54 on the first Wednesday of each month.

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At a recent Pack 40 meeting, Santa made a surprise visit and delivered gifts to the Cub Scouts, including Riley Regan. Can you guess what county employee is seated in this photo?


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Kuha'o Business Center Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

December 2013 Call to reserve a seat: Ph. 553-8100 Kuha’o Business Center workshops are offered to the general public through the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. All workshops will be held at KBC unless otherwise noted and are subject to change or cancellation. Our space is limited so please reserve your seat. Workshop walk-ins welcome based on available seating.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Workshops which include this symbol are will be held at Kuha′o Business Center, but are presented via video conference from the Maui County Business Resource Center on Maui.

In this issue: Page 2 End of Year Tax Planning Marketing & Value Added Home-Based Business Page 3 Economic Development Branding-Small Business Overcoming Fear Page 4 Improving Credit Score Micro-loan Ready? Tax Deductions/Year End Page 5 Pinterest for Business Hawaii Health Connector Inventor’s Circle Molokai Christmas Parade Page 6 Upcoming Events

December 5, 1-5 p.m.- OHA Conference Room

Home-Based Business Community Meeting Series Monday, December 9, 2013 (Kick Off) 3 pm to 5 pm - Home Pumehana Hall (290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai)

This is our home-based business opportunity for input!

Economic Development Talk Story Session Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. QLCC Family Room- Kulana Oiwi Come for one or come for ALL!

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End of Year Tax Planning Insructor: Phil Lenefsky, DDS Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tax Filing Time is just right around the corner. Every business owner needs to file a Schedule C or similar Schedule with the IRS every year. Would you like some information on how to legally reduce your taxes as much as possible? This is a hands-on workshop. Bring your Schedule C or Profit and Loss Statement for the year and we can discuss ideas on reducing your taxes during our 1 hour question and answer period from 1 to 2 p.m. Dr. Phil Lenefsky, DDS, operated a private dental practice from 1974 – 1994 in the State of Colorado. Using his advanced training in finance, taxes, real estate, mortgages and commodities, he was able to retire at the age of 41. Since then, he has been coaching and teaching others to achieve their financial goals. HIS PRESENTATION IS STRICTLY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. PLEASE REVIEW ANY ACTION OR PLANS YOU MIGHT UNDERTAKE WITH YOUR ACCOUNTANT, FINANCIAL PLANNER, OR ATTORNEY. Marketing and Value-Added Product Meeting Instructor: Michael Opgenorth, HDOA & Jennifer Young, Maui Food Innovation Center Office of Hawaiian Affairs Conference Room @ Kulana Oiwi Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Come Talk Story with HDOA’s Agriculture Development Division. Representatives of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Market Development Branch are coming to Molokai on December 5, 2013 to interact with farmers from Molokai’s growing agriculture industry! From 1-4 we will discuss the following issues: What does Molokai grow/produce? Why value added products are something to consider? Collaboration opportunities; Opportunities in local, national and global markets; Hear about opportunities for: Grants, Branding, Tradeshows, and Organic Certification Reimbursement. At 4:00, the director of the Food Innovation Center will be available to talk story about the opportunities available through the center for value added products. Home-Based Business Community Meeting Series Guests: Councilwoman Stacy Crivello and Councilman Don Couch Monday, December 9, 2013 (Kick Off) 3 pm to 5 pm Home Pumehana Hall (290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai) Come Talk Story with us about PC-33 Home-Based Business Ordinance Revisions and what works for Molokai. This series is the result of your testimonies to the County Council. The Council has asked for feedback from Molokai. The wording on this ordinance is important to our Molokai Home-based Businesses, so please come talk story with our special guests: Councilwoman Stacy Crivello and Councilman Don Couch. They have agreed to return to answer questions and help kick off this process of understanding what is in place and how the revisions affect Molokai style business. They are here to help! DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PROVIDE INPUT TO THE COUNCIL! Please call the Kuha’o Business Center today to reserve your seat at (808) 553-8100. This will ensure enough handouts for all attendees. Mahalo!

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Economic Development Talk Story Session – Helping the SMALL Business SUCCEED! Guests: County of Maui Office of Economic Development Staff Thursday, December 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. QLCC Family Room- Kulana Oiwi Come for one or come for ALL! The County of Maui Office of Economic Development is coming to Molokai to talk story about the programs they offer, but more importantly to talk story with Molokai to see how the department can better serve Molokai! Each session will be approximately an hour. A brief overview of each program area will be given and the remaining time is open for discussion on the needs of Molokai and how to utilize the programs to meet the needs of Molokai. This isn’t about big corporations, but rather how to help the small business succeed. Come talk openly and get to know your county staff. 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Welcome- Who is OED and What do we do? – Teena Rasmussen, OED Director How to be successful: Grant Writing and Reporting for County Grants Tina Silva, Grants Manager Who’s eligible for the Maui Co. Product Enrichment Program (CPEP)? Cheryl Sterling, HTA Programs Specialist Opportunities available through the Maui Film Office Tracy Bennett, New Maui County Film Commissioner How is OED helping to create skilled workers? Workforce Development and the Workforce Investment Act-Roland Prieto, Executive Director MCWIB OED and Agriculture-Kenneth Yamamura, Agriculture Specialist Business Development Opportunities- Made in Maui County Kimberly Haueisen, Business Development Specialist Ikehu Molokai Renewable Energy Project-Doug McLeod, Energy Commissioner

Branding for Small Business Instructor: Tania von Allmen Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Want to stand out from the crowd, present a professional image, and attract your ideal customer? Branding is a huge part of leveraging every marketing and advertising effort you make and every dollar you spend. Learn how congruity with your core mission and values and consistency in execution will set you apart in this informative and interactive workshop. Tania von Allmen, The Symbolist, is a graphic designer with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. She has specialized in branding and logo design for small businesses since 1992. She has designed over 1500 branded logo identities for clients in all 50 U.S. States and 15 foreign countries. How to Overcome Fear, Pick Yourself Up, & Start a Project that Matters Instructors: Dr. Robert Santry and Mike Kern Monday, December 9, 2013 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In this series of four workshops, based on one of the many courses by Seth Godin, Dr. Robert Santry and Mike Kern will guide you through brief, powerful, in-person learning experiences. Seth is an “out of the box” thinker. He was very instrumental in bringing Yahoo to the forefront and to its success. Are you ready to explore the edges of a frightening new idea and run with it? Learn how to take a “broken” situation and turn it into opportunities to create projects that fix it. In order to prepare for these workshops, your email address is requested so that information can be disseminated prior to the start of the first workshop.

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How to Improve your Credit Score for Individuals and Small Business Owners Instructor: Michael Nguyen Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on how to significantly increase your credit score. Do you have less than perfect credit? Never has your credit score been more important than in today’s economy. Do you know what type of challenges or negative items are on your credit report? Do you know how long these negative items have been on your credit report? About 80% of all credit reports have errors or obsolete items on them. Therefore, any erroneous, inaccurate, obsolete items, such as bankruptcies, repossessions, late payments, judgments, charge offs, short sales, foreclosures, delinquent school loans, past due medical bills, or any other item, could potentially be removed from your credit reports and significantly increase your credit score. Michael Nguyen has held several licenses in full financial services for over 15 yrs including life insurance, registered principal, real estates and mortgage from the mainland. During that period, he has held hundreds of seminars for several 500 Fortune companies in the USA. Are You Micro-loan Ready? Instructor: Craig Swift Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Are you in need of a small business loan? Well, perhaps a micro loan may be your answer. Craig Swift, Director of the MEO Business Development Center may be the person that you need to obtain a loan between $500 and $50,000 for your small business venture. He will work with you to improve your credit scores so that you will or to start and/or build credit. Craig has over 25 years of experience in the fields of business ownership, finance, and community economic development in Maui County. Craig’s career also involved helping to finance hundreds of Hawaii businesses using the SBA 504 Program and the USDA Intermediary Relending Program, in addition to his current position of overseeing MEO’s Micro Loan Program. In 2013 Craig was honored by the SBA as the State of Hawaii’s Home-Based Business Champion of the Year. Craig has his MBA from the University of Hawaii and undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. Getting Prepared: Tax Deductions & Year-End Closing for Individuals & Small Businesses Instructor: Dira Rosado Monday, December 16, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on year-end closing procedures for individuals, as well as, small and medium size businesses. Understanding allowable tax deduction will help prepare you for 2013 tax season. Individuals and business owners will learn to utilize tax deductions to enhance business insight and manage their organization more efficiently and effectively. Dira Rosado is an accountant and the founder of Hana Mana Bookkeeping Services. She specializes in tax preparation and property management bookkeeping with a focus on family owned companies. She hopes to bring her knowledge back to her home of Maui and teach the local community about managing their finances. Presentation is strictly for educational purposes. Please review any action or plans you might undertake with you accountant, financial planner or attorney.

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Pinning for Profits: How to Use Pinterest for Business Instructor: Danielle Miller Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pinterest is the fourth largest traffic source in the world. It drives more referral traffic to websites than LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube combined! Learn how this social network can help you establish brand authority, reach a wider audience, and drive traffic to your site. Danielle Miller is a Social Media Coach and Founder of Miller Media Management. She specializes in authentically marketing small businesses on social media. Analyzing nearly a decade’s worth of trends has helped her develop strategic solutions that attract loyal customers. Get ahead of the curve - call today to reserve your seat!

Health Coverage for Small Businesses & Their Employees Instructor: Kanoelani Davis, Hi’i Ola Program Specialist- Molokai & Lana’i Thursday, December 19, 2013 9 to 11 a.m. Free- Seating is limited so call today to register! It’s new and it’s exciting for our business community! What is it you ask? The Hawaii Health Connector. The Hawaii Health Connector is a non-profit organization helping the community with making conscious health insurance decisions. We want to see everyone COMPARE insurances, ENROLL through the Connector, & SAVE time and money! Topics: · · · · ·

What is Hawaii Health Connector? What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Health insurance in 2014 for Individuals, Families, & Small Businesses Tax Credits & Subsidies Compare, Enroll, Save

Molokai Island Foundation Presents

“Once Upon A” Molokai Christmas Parade and Ho’o laulea Applications are available at Friendly Market, Kualapuu Market, and Business Depot. Funded in part by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development Grant Program

Molokai Inventors Circle Every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Kuha'o Business Center Have an idea or invention and not sure what to do next? Come meet our Molokai Inventors and let them help you develop your idea into a reality. This group works weekly on patents, copyrights, and trademarks, as well as provides support and encouragement for fellow inventors. Contact: John Wordin at 553-8100 (also available by appointment).

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UPCOMING Community OPPORTUNITIES December 14

Na Opio O Molokai 2nd Saturday Makeke 8:00 a.m. & Movie Night 5-7 p.m. at Lanikeha , Open to the Public. Vendors are welcome (businesses, crafters, farmers, bakers)- call Fred Aki at 213-1188 to reserve your vendor spot.

January 10

ANA SEEDS is funding a community-based economic development project over three years, focusing on stimulating local Native economies and economic development. This project will fulfill its mission by creating and developing small business and entrepreneurial activities, while building the capacity of local Native economic development organizations and communities in Moloka’i, Hawaii. Entrepreneurial development will be a major focus of our trainings over next three years. This first orientation meeting will be used to kickoff the project and layout how ONABEN plans to work with the Kuha'o Business Center and the community to create, develop and support small businesses and entrepreneurial activities. We will also use the meeting to gauge small business needs of organizations, entrepreneurs and the community. ONABEN will return to Moloka'i repeatedly during the next three years and supplement in person visits with educational, entrepreneurial webinars. The kick-off meeting will be held from 4-8:00 p.m.- location to be announced in the January Calendar of Events. Call 553-8100 to sign up.

January 16-17

Tentative Cooperative Development Meeting- Call Kuha’o Business CenterDetails to be announced in the January Calendar of Events.

January 25

Makahiki Celebration

Mahalo

for your continued support of the Kuha’o Business Center!

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MAUI ISLAND BLOOD DRIVES Maui Economic Opportunity Classroom 1 & 2 Monday, December 23

9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, December 24

7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 26

10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Friday, December 27

7:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Save lives and enter to win a trip for two to Las Vegas! Call 1-800-372-9966

Enter to win a Vacations Hawaii trip for two to Las Vegas and get a sweet treat too! Donate blood between December 23, 2013 – January 4, 2014 and receive a coupon for Zippy’s Restaurants, redeemable for two double fudge brownies. Also, enter to win a Las Vegas trip for two including airfare, four or five nights at the California Hotel and Casino, three meals daily and roundtrip Las Vegas airport transfers. No purchase or donation necessary. One entry per person. Must be 18 years or older to enter. See official rules at www.BBH.org.


High Street Journal - December 2013  

An official publication of the County of Maui.

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