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Kimokeo and Friends Fundraiser Cancelled

Donation still sought for neighborhood youth center.

July 19, 2012
Trisha Smith · Senior Contributing Writer - Senior Contributing Writer , The Maui Weekly

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the "Kimokeo and Friends Fundraiser" event scheduled for this Friday, July 20, at the Kihei Youth Center (KYC) has been canceled. Kimokeo Kapahulehua and KYC apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancelation.

But the neighborhood center that has served South Maui since 1983 still need our attention. Any donation makes a difference, whether it's monetary, basic supplies, a professional service, an instructional talent or just a little of your time, the KYC appreciates your kokua. Visit the center at 131 S. Kihei Road, and contact them at 879-8698 and

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“Children First... Today... Tomorrow... Forever” The Kihei Youth Center (KYC), founded in 1983 by caring community members, is the oldest independent youth center on Maui. Join one of its most dedicated advocates, cultural hero Kimokeo Kapahulehua, for a special dinner this Friday, July 20, at the KYC during the “Kimokeo and Friends Fundraiser.” Enjoy the company of other conscious community members during an evening of merrymaking while supporting the great kids of the KYC, a caring hub that has been instrumental in providing positive and healthy youth services for nearly three decades. Tickets are $100, and are available to the first 100 people. Call 879-8698 to reserve your space today and make a difference today for a better tomorrow. (Read “Kimokeo and Friends Fundraiser” on this page for more information.)
Photo: Mark Middleton

From the moment you enter the grounds of the Kihei Youth Center (KYC), you realize there's a wonderful extension of education, culture and care in motion within this charming community hub.

Fresh faces and eager spirits bustle about the oceanside North Kihei locale, a healthy environment embodied by Native Hawaiian values, where a diverse collection of over 500 youth between the delicate ages of 8 and 17 are registered members and can feel safe while not at school or home.

A small but dedicated group of staff and volunteers are available five days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to provide a spectrum of programs that strengthen the community through positive youth and family development. Smiles and laughs are plentiful, and love and positive instruction are never scarce.

"I love what I do," said KYC Executive Director Lehuanani Huddleston-Hafoka, or "Auntie Lehua," as many lovingly call her. "The KYC staff love what they do. It's our kuleana to care for 'our' children. All these kids, they are everyone's responsibility We must malama one another--our kids need us now more than ever. Our families need us."

We're all struggling. The economy is sour. Everyone's busy. More parents have to get extra jobs, an increasing number of young people are finding themselves without the leadership and guidance they need to make it in today's world. KYC envisions an "ever-increasing movement to revitalize, promote, and perpetuate the quality of life in our community," and their incredible youth services are extremely affordable and available to families from all areas of Maui.

"KYC is doing what it's supposed to do," said Lehua. "That is, offer a safe place where kids can be kids, and there are caring and responsible adults providing a nurturing environment with structure and learning opportunities develop caring and responsible kids who will become caring and responsible adults in our community."

KYC relies on grants, fundraising and donations in order to succeed, and to push through these recent economic challenges, they need our help.

Gather for a good cause at the "Kimokeo and Friends Fundraiser," a night of ono food, friends and fun this Friday evening, July 20, at the Kihei Youth Center. Join community hero Kimokeo Kapahulehua and guests for a special dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the neighborhood center that has served Maui since 1983.

Kimokeo is a long-time advocate of the center and a past two-term board president who continually supports the goodness of KYC. He's looking forward to a delightful evening of aloha among friends and neighbors investing in the future of our island--its youth.

The melodic magic of Na Mele Hau'oli will enhance the evening, as well as the sweet sights and sounds of Na Holo Moana, compromised of KYC members who are Kihei Canoe Club Na 'Opio Paddlers. The Na Holo Moana program is instructed by KYC's Kumu Leomana Crozier, and the group learns Hawaiian chants, language and protocol.

Perpetuate Maui's longest-running, independent youth center for years to come and purchase a $100 ticket for this benevolent event at the center, located at 131 South Kihei Road across from picturesque Ka Lae Pohaku Beach. Call 879-8698 for more information.

You may also contact me via for tickets or additional donations.

"For nearly 30 years, we've been nested in our little oasis on the North Side of Kihei, doing our part in promoting a healthy community by working with our kids," said Lehua. "Please support KYC today so we can continue to take care of 'our' kids."

Any donation makes a difference. Whether it's monetary, basic supplies, a professional service, an instructional talent or just a little of your time, the Kihei Youth Center appreciates your kokua. Contact them today at 879-8698 and



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