Letters: What’s on the minds of Maui Residents This Week?
* Updated December 23, 9:09 AM
Mahalo to Tri-Star Restaurants for 17th Christmas Lunch for Ka Lima O Maui
What an incredible story this is. It is about kindness, helping in the community, and not being discouraged to perform a Good Deed in spite of challenges.
Every year for the past 16 years, Aaron Placourakis of Tri-Star Restaurants has hosted the clients and workers of Ka Lima O Maui [a company that helps adults with disabilities find meaningful employment] for a great Christmas Luncheon.
This year, with the challenges of COVID-19, he still made Christmas very special for the Ka Lima Ohana. Sadly, Sarento’s on the Beach, which was the venue all of those previous years, is now closed. Still, in spite of these challenges, Aaron kept his commitment alive by having the staff of Manoli’s Pizza Company and Nick’s Fishmarket prepare lunches to go for more than 100 Ka Lima O Maui clients and workers.
So this year, for the 17th straight year, all of the Ka Lima guys enjoyed a great Christmas Grab and Go luncheon thanks to Aaron and his terrific staff.
Mahalo to Aaron Placourakis, and the staff of Manoli’s Pizza Company, and Nick’s Fishmarket for this awesome Christmas gift to Ka Lima O Maui. — Darby Gill, Wailuku
Shutting Down Maui Businesses Now Would Be Devastating to Employees
Shutting down Maui at this time would be devastating to the hospitality industry and the thousands of people who are desperately trying to earn a living and survive!
We barely made it through the last collapse. We have personal rights in this country to make decisions to work and provide for our families. Small businesses won’t survive. My family won’t survive. Unemployment or limited unemployment isn’t enough to make it anywhere on this island. What does the Governor expect us to do?
People are going to get sick and people are going to recover, and we may lose a few lives due to this horrific pandemic, but if we shut down this island will be unable to recover.
Local people and tourists must follow CDC mandatory recommendations and government and law enforcement must focus on making sure this happens.
I know we, as a family and our small community of Napili and much of Lahaina are following the rules. Police must strictly enforce the safety policies and we must keep moving forward to save all the people of Maui.
Respectfully — Kim Huff, Lahaina