As part of the celebration, the County of Maui Volunteer Center (VC) held its Second Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony by “Celebrating People in Action.”
The county, and Tri Isle Resource and Conservation Development Council Inc. are cosponsors of the program, which celebrates and honors achievements in volunteer service in Maui County.
The overall goal of the program is to inspire individuals to make a difference and positively impact the lives of those who are in need. To that end, VC invited the community to submit nominations for outstanding, selfless service rendered in 2009.
Lillian Takabayashi, 92, receives the Legendary Longevity Award for her 23 years as a volunteer at the A&B Sugar Museum. She is seen here with Mike Molina and Lori Tsuhako.
Volunteers donated their time at the A&B Sugar Museum, the Maui Food Bank, the Lahaina Complex After School Tutoring Project and many other worthy causes.
Over forty nominees competed for the top awards.
First-place winners included Raeann Mukini in the Youth category, Gabriel Vista in the Young Adult category, Rodger Yamaoka in the Adult category and Richard Endsley in the Adult 60-plus category.
Special awards included the Legendary Longevity Award won by Lillian Takabayashi. The Senior Team Award went to Rita and Larry Whitford.
The Youth Spirit Award was won by Ke Ānuenue O Ke Ola (the growing rainbow), which is a group comprised of six friends—Mika Hunta, Jacy Sera, Stephanie Imada, Kia Takamori-Tihada, Jrae Viela and Domini Miyasato.
The Family Award went to the Futch family of Haleakalā Waldorf School.
First-place winners of each category were honored with a Tommy Bahama Dinner Gift Certificates for two. Second- and third-place winners were recognized with Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center Gift Cards.
The Volunteer Center’s mission is to support and promote the engagement of all residents and visitors in volunteerism to enhance the community.