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A Special Notice Concerning the Lana’i City Business District

From The Lana’i Times Community Email. Submitted by Joana Varawa, Editor

A Special Notice Concerning the Lana’i City Business District
There will be a Public Meeting, April 2, at 10 a.m. at the school cafeteria to hear your  views on the nomination of the Lana’i City Business Country Town to the Hawai’i Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Division.

The Maui County Department of Planning has nominated the Business District to the Hawai’i Register of Historic Places. This nomination recognizes and underscores the importance to the history of Maui County and the State of Hawai’i of the cultural resources and unique architecture contained in Lanai’s Business District, which was laid out in 1923 as the first planned community in the Territory of Hawai’i.

If you cannot attend in person, petitions supporting the nomination are available at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Fraser Avenue,  open 1-5 p.m. Written testimony will be accepted through April 1; please mail your testimony to: Stanley Solamillo, Maui County Cultural Resources Commission, 250 High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793, or fax to Stanley Solamillo at 808-270-6290. All communications should reference the “Lana’i City BCT nomination to the Hawai’i Register of Historic Places” or “Maui County Historic District No. 4.”

The nomination does not yet include the old Labor Yard area, so if you would like to see it included, you may also indicate this in your testimony (i.e. “Please include the HAPCo shops, associated buildings and base yard in the suggested HRHP boundaries.”)

Among the benefits of the nomination would be attracting more visitors to our island and to the town, and increasing economic benefits for the land owner(s) and lease holders of buildings located in the district.

Give Aloha Campaign

There are just 5 days left in Give Aloha. Up through 9/23/08, Lanai High and Elementary School has received just 6 donations totaling $43.10.  We’d like to encourage LACA members on Maui, Hawai`i Island and Oahu to go into Foodland or Sack N Save before 9/30/08 and make a donation to the school, code # 77838. With the proposed budget cuts, every penny donated to the school is even more important.

Mahalo for your support and generosity!

Lana`i High Softball Crowned 2008 MIL Champions


By Roderick Sumagit

It has been a remarkable season, one that will never be forgotten. Through it all, the Pine lasses managed to keep their goal in sight: “MIL TITLE…. STATE TOURNAMENT”.

At the start of the season, expectations were very high.  Having qualified for the state tournament last year and returning seven starters from last year’s team; it was our time for a championship run.

It didn’t look so promising after the first four games.  The team was 0-4 and had been outscored 47-4, but this didn’t dampen their spirits.  The Pine lasses believed they could compete with the rest of the league and worked extremely hard to improve their level of play.  Through mud, rain, and sunburns, the team improved their level of play – winning 9 out of 12 games (5-1 against DII and 4-2 against DI teams).  One of the victories came against the defending state champion Baldwin Bears 2-0. The Pinelasses’ work ethics and determination paid off.  With an overall record of 9-7, the team captured the 2008 DII MIL Softball title and an automatic bid to the state tournament.

It was again an honor to represent not only the school but also the entire island at a state tournament.  This was the third state tournament appearance for Lana’i Softball but it was the first as a seeded team.  Being seeded #4 in the tournament gave the team a bye in the opening round.   In the quarterfinals, the Pinelasses faced the OIA second place team -Kaiser Cougars.  Key hitting and spectacular defensive plays gave the Pine lasses a 3-2 victory. Even more heartwarming at the end of the game, were the Pinelasses and alumni singing the alma mater.

Reaching the semifinals gave the team an opportunity to play in a world-class college facility – the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.   The opponent was the #1 seeded Kaua’i Red Raiders.  The game was a pitching duel with both pitchers striking out 10 batters.  Both teams played their hearts out.  Kaua’i prevailed 6-2.

The third place game was against Kapa’a, another Kaua’i team.   It was a seesaw battle between both teams.  The Pine lasses had the lead going into the bottom of the six; however, Kapa’a scored two unearned runs to win the game which was shortened due to a time limit.

Throughout the season the entire team held their heads high. They were humble in victory and gracious in defeat.  Quitting was never an option. The team got to showcase what “Lana’i Pride” is all about.  They had been crowned MIL SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS and placed 4th at the state tournament.

They couldn’t have made it that far without the support of the Lana’i fans. Whenever they played – at home or on the road, the tremendous support from family members, friends, and alumni gave them a home field feeling and inspired them to play to their fullest potential.  Thanks to you all for an unforgettable season.

The Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center

Honoring the past, enriching the future!

by Kepa Maly, Executive Director

We are humbled and privileged to report to you that support of the Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center (Lana`i CHC) has been great. Since opening our doors as a non-profit community heritage center on October 1st, 2007, we have hosted more than 4,500 participants in our programs; raised more than $40,000.00 through community donations; received a commitment of $50,000.00 a year for three years from Castle & Cooke, along with use of the present center; received a gift from Ho’opa’a i ka Na’auao in the amount of $61,000.00; secured a $30,000.00 grant from Maui County and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority; and received a major grant of $750,000.00 from the Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to help develop a permanent home for the Lana`i CHC.

Our goal is to ensure that the legacy of Lana`i remains an integral part of our community. Over the last ten months many efforts have been initiated and options explored to make a permanent home for the Lana`i CHC. After lengthy discussions between our board members with Castle & Cooke, program specialists and interested parties, we have determined that the most secure route for a sustainable future of the Lana`i CHC is to seek available property in Lana`i City on which to set the foundation of the heritage programs. The vision is to develop both fixed exhibits (more typical of museum settings for valued items) and living history collections, where Lana`i’s residents and visitors can experience the heritage of Lana`i.

We are also planning a controlled archival collection storage and conservation area, and community heritage library, which will house historical documents, photos, maps, textiles and other items of importance to Lana`i’s people and past.

To make this community vision a reality, and to ensure that the programs are sustainable, we need the help of everyone who cares for Lana`i. Many hands will make the work easy to complete. We are now preparing to enter into a capital improvements fundraising campaign to secure a site, and your help is needed. If we are to protect and pass on Lana`i’s history, we need families to donate cherished items reflective of the diverse cultural heritage of Lana`i. If we are to be good stewards of the artifacts and historical collections, and ensure that the rich history of Lana`i is passed on to future generations, we need a larger facility and financial support to offer the programs.

We hope that you might support the Lana`i Culture & Heritage Center, by sharing history and important materials of our past, and through contributions to our fundraising efforts. Your monetary donations are tax-deductible, and you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to pass on the legacy of Lana`i’s heritage to future generations.

The Lana`i CHC is presently located in the Old Dole Administrative Building (Room 126), at 730 Lana`i Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Special arrangements for off-hour visits may be made as well. For more information please contact us. Also, more information on heritage center programs may be viewed on line at

Mahalo a nui,
Kepa Maly, Executive Director
(Board members: Pamela Mae Alconcel, Martha Evans, Colbert Matsumoto & Gary Yokoyama)