What happened to 2011? The year seemed to speed along at a break-neck pace. But more importantly, what happened in 2011, and who was responsible?
Since 2004, it has been a Maui Weekly tradition to honor the good people of Maui in our end-of-year issue. These people may be in the business of saving lives, improving lives or improving our community-directly or indirectly. He or she may have a strong belief in justice and humanitarian service-or in just being a great citizen. He or she may be a humble role model, a community leader, a volunteer-someone who embodies philanthropy in its truest form and serves the public interest at any level. They may be people who give but don't expect anything in return... and usually receive nothing, but whose motives and actions are something we can all learn from and aspire to.
In the last issue of 2011, the Maui Weekly will feature its annual stories about Maui's people, hui and unsung heroes of the year, and we depend on our readers' participation in the selection process.
Person of the Year nominations should identify a person on Maui who has made important contributions to our island community in the last year.
Unsung Hero nominees may not be well known by the general public because they are people who contribute behind the scenes, working tirelessly, without recognition, making a positive impact on our community.
Hui of the Year nominations should include those nonprofit organizations whose mission and accomplishments are vital to our community.
If you recognize these attributes in someone or some group you know, now is your chance to focus on the positive and share their story with Maui Weekly readers.
Email your nominations by Sunday, Dec. 4, to firstname.lastname@example.org and type "Person of Year," Hui of the Year" or "Unsung Hero of the Year" in the subject line. It is crucial that those submitting nominations also send a high-resolution photo of the nominee or nominees.
Submissions may also be sent to Maui Weekly, South Shore Plaza, 411 Huku Li'i Place, Ste. 303, Kihei, HI 96753.
Share some good news at the end of 2011, and celebrate these special people for what they have contributed and continue to contribute to Maui. Nominate them. Acknowledge their accomplishments. Help them to inspire others.
Even though the years zoom by, we must pause and honor those who deserve it.