ELITE HEARING NETWORK PLAYS IN THE SAND
More than 700 hearing industry experts from 185 different care practices will come together on Maui for the Elite Hearing Network, which will be held at the Grand Wailea Feb 8-12. With their ear cocked to our local community, they have decided to host Operation Sandtastic, a sand sculpting team competition to raise money for Friends and Family of Na Koa E Kapili. This local organization plans welcome home events for soldiers and sends care packages to deployed troops, to name a few of their support services.
“Partnering with Family & Friends allows us to give back to those who sacrifice so much for each of us,” said Heinz Ruch, President and CEO of Amplifon USA. “Our Annual Business Summit is the one time each year when our entire network of hearing care professionals gets together, so it is the perfect time to make a real impact on a great cause.”
Attendees at the Elite Hearing Network will spend three days learning best practices from hearing care industry leaders. Topics range from marketing your practice, financial and business management, coaching and leading staff in learning the latest hearing aid technology from many manufacturers.
Riki Inzano, a local sand sculptor from Art By Riki, will instruct participants on methods and sculpting techniques as well as create a custom sculpture before the contest begins. Members of the National Guard and Elite Hearing Network management will judge the completed sculptures.
“Even with all the amazing activities available on Maui, we’re confident our network members will choose to enjoy an afternoon of fun on the beach with their families and peers to show their support of our military, and we hope to have about 300 people participating,” said Paul Harkness, Vice President, Elite Hearing Network.
For additional information, contact Mary Sheldon, Assistant Marketing Manager, Elite Hearing Network. Call 763-268-4089 or email [email protected]
BORN TO RIDE (SAFELY)
Born to ride? Not so fast: Maui’s roads can be a death sentence for any motorcycle rider, seasoned or otherwise. An easy way to be safe is to brush up on the newest road rules at EdVenture from Maui College’s Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course.
The three-day program will be held on Friday evenings at 6pm, as well as Saturdays and Sundays starting at 7am. Students will receive classroom instruction and hands-on range coaching with motorcycles provided to UHMC from Leeward Community College.
“Maui residents have been waiting a long time for this, and I am so excited that it has all come together,” said Lori Teragawachi, Director of the Office of Continuing Education and Training at UHMC. “Over the passed few years we have been accumulating quite a waiting list for this, and now we can start getting students on motorcycles!”
Successful completion of the Basic Rider Course will prepare you to safely ride a motorcycle as well as waive the Department of Motor Vehicle’s motorcycle skills test. Potential students should remember that they will still have to take and pass a written test (permit test) required by the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a motorcycle license. For more information please call (808) 984-3231.
BUY BACK THE BEACH BENEFIT
The annual fundraising gala evening Buy Back the Beach is slated for Jan. 28 at 5pm and will be held at the Old Lahaina Luau. The event benefits the Hawaiian Island Land Trust, a nationally accredited non-profit that acquires, preserves and protects important lands. The Old Lahaina Luau has hosted the event for the last 11 years.
This year, Hapa will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their premiere album release with a special headlining performance. Mistresses of ceremony Joni DeMello and Liz Morales of Ahumanu will guide the evening through a celebration of Hawaiian food, music, dance, and inevitably, a lot of laughs. Party goers will feast on the culinary tour de force of Hoaloha Na ‘Eha with special tasting menus from Star Noodle, Old Lahaina Luau, Aloha Mixed Plate and the new Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop.
The “Adventures for the ‘Aina” live auction returns with great adventures on Maui and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on custom island experiences including exclusive packages (like a private afternoon with U.S. Poet Laureate William S. Merwin, or an exclusive chef dinner in the old jail at Ulupalakua Ranch hosted by Edible Hawaiian Islands magazine), adventure packages (such as a guided kaupo hunt with private dinner by Chef Brian Etheredge) and great getaways including a three-night stay beachfront on Hanalei Bay, or a luxurious weeklong excursion through Napa. You may preview packages at http://www.hilt.org/auction2012.
Tickets are available for $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight. In addition to conventional tables and chairs, guests may choose low tables with traditional Hawaiian mat seating, which are closest to the stage. To make a reservation, call (808) 244-5263 or visit www.hilt.org/bbtb.
MAYOR TO TALK TO LAHAINATOWN ACTION COMMITTEE
Mayor Alan Arakawa will be the guest speaker at the LahainaTown Action Committee Annual Meeting on Monday, Jan. 30 at the Pioneer Inn.
The merchant organization promotes and preserves the historical, cultural, social and commercial vitality of Lahaina. The organization is known for spearheading and organizing events in LahainaTown like the annual Ocean Arts Festival, 4th of July and Halloween, as well as running the visitor center in the town’s historic courthouse.
The LahainaTown Action Committee encourages all Westside residents to come and meet the board members and discuss ideas for the 2012-2013 year. Four interim members will run for a permanent board position.
Registration for the meeting begins at 5pm, where light pupus, refreshments and a no host open bar will be available. Learn more at visitlahaina.com or call Lynn Donovan (Director) or Jill Holley (Executive Board) at (808) 667 9175.