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What comes to mind when you think of the Civil Air Patrol? Maybe you picture a single-engine plane flying close to shore as it broadcasts a tsunami warning via an air-to-ground speaker system. Or maybe it’s an aircrew conducting a search and rescue mission in the aftermath of a hurricane. If that’s what flashes in…

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What can you do with brand-new pair of rubber slippers? Make a kid’s day. At schools statewide, some students arrive on campus wearing one slipper—or none at all. Others lose or break theirs during the day and have no replacement. That’s why Joe and Jodi Hogin of NextHome Hometown Realty Group decided to hold a…

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For the past nine years, green-clad bocce ball players have taken the field at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea on a designated morning in mid-March for the annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed Aloha BackPack Buddies Bocce Ball Fundraising Tournament. The tournament benefits the Maui Food Bank’s Aloha BackPack Buddies program, which provides healthy weekend meals…

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Sometimes, one good idea can create a ripple effect. Case in point: Maui Kokua Angels, a new volunteer-fueled program that collects wished-for items for residents staying at Ka Hale A Ke Ola (KHAKO) Homeless Resource Centers. Maui Kokua Angels began in March, but its origins stretch back to the summer of 2018. That’s when Realtors…

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Brendan O’Colmain never saw it coming. The signs were all there: His wife, Ashley, had casually stopped by his office that morning. Sharon Robinson of Movement Mortgage also paid an out-of-the-ordinary visit. And as he and his colleagues convened a team meeting, a video camera was conspicuously stationed a few feet away. Even so, O’Colmain,…

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It started off like any other Friday for Kim Insley-Morrell of Coldwell Banker Island Properties, but by the end of the day on Feb. 26, she was draped in flower lei and had been named the 2020 Realtor Salesperson of the Year. Earlier that day, Insley-Morrell drove to the Coldwell Banker Island Properties Kihei office…

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When Donna Ting arrived at the Realtors Association of Maui (RAM) office in Kahului on the afternoon of March 3, the Tri-Isle Realty & Development Co. Realtor Broker thought she was there to deliver a presentation about affordable housing. But she quickly discovered it was a set-up. That day, Ting’s family, friends, colleagues and 2019…

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Pamela Reader

Aesop once said: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” The ancient Greek storyteller’s words resonate deeply with Pamela Reader of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers. She’s the founder and moderator of the Kind Club at Maui Preparatory Academy in Lahaina. As its name suggests, this club is all about kindness.…

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Realtors Association of Maui member Leslie Mackenzie Smith serves on the Maui OnStage board of directors. The nonprofit has played a starring role in keeping the Historic Iao Theater thriving over the years and is recognized as one of the longest-running theater companies in the United States.

The past year hasn’t been easy for community theater. Like countless other venues worldwide, the Historic Iao Theater went dark last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the state’s stay-at-home order, a scheduled production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was halted just a few weeks away from opening night. It’s been an…

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Realtors Association of Maui member and Na Hale O Maui executive director Cassandra Abdul, Na Hale O Maui board president David Ward and new happy homeowners Jamie Potter-Kekiwi and Jefferson Hatanaka. Na Hale O Maui is a volunteer- and membership-based organization that puts affordable homeownership within reach of Maui County residents by securing and preserving a permanent supply of affordable housing alternatives.

For many, homeownership is an uphill (and at times, seemingly unwinnable) battle, as many prospective buyers are priced out of the single-family home market. That’s where community land trusts like Na Hale O Maui step in to help. “Our motto is ‘changing lives, one home at a time,” said Realtors Association of Maui member and…

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