Mahalo Principal Fitt of Doris Todd Christian Academy for sharing these photos and story with us...
We have been a part of the Paia Community for over 62 years. We used to be in the now “Eternal Riders” church, as well as the Paia Youth Center for about 30 years, which included the time of the tsunami. We have been at 519 Baldwin since 1962. Attached are just a few old pictures we have of the Youth Center. We have almost 30 employees, and we are a small non-profit as well! We have a church called Paipala and invite the community to join us.
We are so happy to be in Paia after all these years and wanted to share some photos with your audience.
Mahalo to the Maui County Office of Economic Development (OED) for their support of the Paia Town Association. In fiscal year 18 OED helped fund:
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Paia Gives 2018: Mahalo to landowner Terry McBarnett and merchants at 99 Hana Highway, the Paia Fire Department, Douglas Miller Construction, and the Paia Youth and Culture Center keiki.
Promote and encourage community input for the Maui Metropolitian Planning Organization meetings.
Promote and encourage community input for the Paia By Pass.
The PTA was able to sponsor the photographer for the Butterfly Effect and the first annual Maui Kite Festival. Registration for both events took place at Rock and Brews Paia.
Supported singer/songwriter Anuhea Jenkin's Aloha Always Foundation Kick-off at Charley's Paia. Over $4,000 was raised and awarded to four college bound Hawaii students.
Parterned with the Haiku Community Association with the North Shore Election Forums
AND...we continued to empty our trash receptacles, hold smaller community meetings, appear in national publications, and attend valuable training sessions sponsored by OED.
Mahalo to Teena Rassmussen and her entire staff! We could NOT have done any of this without you all!
Mahalo Anu for having us! Just a little side note...out ED Noelani and Anuhea were boarders at Kamehameha on Oahu. Imua!
Here's what Anu wrote on her YouTube Channel about the success of the kick off of her Aloha Always Foundation.
Here are highlights from the launch party and fundraising events for Anuhea's brand new Aloha Always Foundation! Held at Charley's in Paia Maui, Saturday July 7th 2018. The Aloha Always Foundation is a passion project of award winning Maui musician Anuhea. "I wanted Hawai'i students who have big dreams with scholarship funds to assist them achieve their education goals. The Aloha Always Foundation helps to empower, educate and inspire Hawaii's youth by granting scholarships for higher education. Net proceeds of the event, as well as profits from Anuhea's new album "Follow Me: Deluxe Hawaii Edition" were all used toward the Foundation. The Aloha Always Foundation was successful in granting a total of 8 scholarships to Hawaii students for the Fall 2018 semester! Mahalo to everyone who applied, donated, attended, or supported on the Facebook Fundraiser. Looking forward to growing the Aloha Always Foundation to help more and more students achieve their dreams. For more information on Anuhea's Aloha Always Foundation, how to donate, purchase merchandise, and more, visit: www.anuheajams.com/alohaalways .
Video by: Reece Pottorff
Every year we partner with Tatiana Howard to promote the Butterfly Effect and this year it was partnered with the first annual Maui Kite Fest. Both events took place June 1-3, 2018. We were listed as silver sponsors helping to pay for the photographer and video production. The registration took place at Rock and Brews Paia.
To learn more and maybe participate next year go to The Butterfly Effect and/or Maui Kite Fest.
Enjoy this YouTube wrap up!
We did our first Christmas tree party on 99 Hana Highway. We are so grateful to Terry McBarnet and the merchants of 99 Hana Highway for being accomadating . A hugh mahalo to Uncle Henry and Aunty Mopsy Aarona for organizing Paia Gives 2017. We enjoyed having the Paia Youth & Cultural Center hang out with us, and we especially enjoyed seeing our community. We look forward to future tree lighting parties!
Over Spring Break 2017, the Paia Youth & Cultural Center got a new mural for their renovated skate park. Mahalo to 808Urban, PYCC staff, the kids, Angela Cochran for having a passion to bring murals to Maui, Aunty Mopsy for talking to the youth about the history of Paia, and all the volunteers who came out to paint. The StoneWave Skate Park is the only staffed skate park on the island of Maui. We had so much fun too! For more information, visit www.pyccmaui.org
By: Noelani Sugata
,BeachFest XX was such a great event to volunteer for. I did their social media in order to have an online presence in "real time". The staff was extremely busy! They made sure the event ran smoothly despite the wind and rain.
I often go back and see what is written about Paia and I randomly came across this thank-you letter from PYCC's Executive Director Susun White from The Maui News. I look forward to BeachFest. It's my second time doing social media at the event. I can't wait until next year. Mahalo PYCC for having an alcohol free, all ages event. Check out their YouTube video mahalo!
PYCC is currently fundraising to make improvements to their clubhouse. To make a donation online, go to their website www.pyccmaui.org
By: Noelani Sugata
Executive Director, Paia Town Association
Paia Youth & Cultural Center‘s BEACHFEST 20 took place on January 21-22 at the Paia Bay on the North Shore of Maui. BeachFest featured Maui’s young bodyboarders and surfers showcased their wave riding ability. It was a great event for the community enjoyed by residents and visitors, as it was a tobacco and alcohol free event. Music was provided by the awesome DJ Dave Mason. Mahalo to PYCC alumni Marlon Tumacde, community board-riders and PYCC staff.
The family-friendly bodyboard and surf competition included Paia's own world-champion waterman Kai Lenny, IBA world tour champion bodyboarding duo Jeff and Dave Hubbard, and a heartfelt mahalo to Kainoa McGee for commentating the event.
There was a new cash-prize division for PRO/AM bodyboarders, and a chance to see the pros in action. Kona Kaiulani won the PRO/AM event. Traditional divisions included Menehune, Juniors, Wahine, Kane, Drop Knee and Free Surfing. It was amazing to see lots of young girls in the Free Surfing group. Competitors received a plate lunch prepared by the youth of the PYCC Paia Bay Cafe program; collectors tee-shirt designed by the PYCC. If you didn't get a chance to pick up a t-shirt, sorry, they are sold out.
December 17th marked the 11th Annual Paia Gives. It had been raining the whole week, and the sun decided to come out that day to keep us dry. Lots of merchants participated to worthy causes varying from our home town non-profit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center to the Humane Society, and lots of health organizations. Mahalo Nui Loa to our Paia Merchants.
Mahalo to all of our merchants that participated. The County of Maui paid for the majority of the advertising/marketing this year. This allowed us to mail out a post card to everyone with a 96779 zip code to advertise for Small Business Saturday, Paia Gives 2016, and a push for membership. Here are some highlights from our merchants. A huge "Mahalo" to the Office of Economic Development for funding majority of the advertising costs.
Pearl Butik (Top Middle) POME (Bottom Left)
A message from our Mayor Alan Arakawa
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