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Craft for a Cause

April 5, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center is very impressed with a 19-year-old jewelry student Talia Gangini, who will paddle between Maui, Lana'i and Moloka'i this month to raise funds for the youth scholarship program at the center.

Talia, an independent jewelry artist, avid hui open-studio user and one of the world's top five female stand-up paddlers (SUP), will paddle from Maui to Lana'i on Saturday, April 7, and from Maui to Moloka'i on Saturday, April 14, inviting community members to sponsor her journey by the mile, with all proceeds going to the hui's scholarship program. Her goal is to use one passion to help support another, raising visibility of a water sport she loves to help give other Maui youth an opportunity to enroll in a jewelry class at the arts center. Her goal is to raise $4,000, which would enable Hui No'eau scholarship applicants the opportunity to enroll in a class that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

"Talia's act of philanthropy at such a young age is a true testament to the impact of arts education on our youth," said the Hui Youth Programs & Marketing Manager Kelly McHugh. "Now more than ever, as public arts funding is consistently the first to be cut in these tough economic times, it is so important to support initiatives like Talia's that keep these programs accessible to all--and continually shape positivity, self-expression and independence in our future leaders."

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Talia Gangini, a 19-year-old jewelry student at the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, will paddle between Maui, Lana‘i and Moloka‘i this month to raise funds for the youth scholarship program at the center.

Donations for Talia's 42-mile journey can be made to Maliko Water Sports by sending a check to 1026 Ha'iku Road, Ha'iku, HI, 96708 or via paypal by visiting the "Craft for a Cause" page at Any amount is greatly appreciated.



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