Plans are underway for three major events in observance of October as Filipino-American History Month on Maui. Mayor Charmaine Tavares made this proclamation during the ceremonial raising of the Philippine flag at the Maui County Building front lawn last October 1. The event was witnessed by about a hundred Filipinos, friends, and guests.
On October 22, there will be a symposium to be held at the Multi-Purpose Room of Pilina Building of the Maui Community College from 6:00 – 8:00 in the evening. Three invited panelists will discuss the topic, “What is the impact of Filipino-Americans on Maui’s history?” The panelists are: Retired Circuit Judge Artemio Baxa, historian Atty. Tony Ramil, and former Toronto Judge Cornelia Soberano. An open forum will follow.
During the event, the top three winners of the essay writing contest will be announced and each piece will be delivered by the writer. This contest is open to all 6 to 8 graders of Maui County with the topic “What it means to be a Filipino-American and how I can impact my community?” Cash prizes, plaques, and certificates of participation will be awarded.
In response to this tough economic times, former Maui County Director and currently a developer consultant, Vince Bagoyo will guide each participant “How to be debt free?” The seminar aims at learning basic practical steps on personal budgeting – that will help lead one to have a debt free lifestyle to include identifying long term financial personal goals, priorities and purpose.
Hawaii State Representative Gil Keith- Agaran will deliver an inspirational message.
On October 24, Filipinos will display an array of performance talents and skills from 6:00-9:00 pm at the center stage of the Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center. Dubbed, “Filipinos Got Talent Show,” this event promises to be a cultural extravaganza. There will also be table displays of various non-profit agencies.
On October 31, the public is invited for a clean up drive at the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens near the “Bahay Kubo” building.
These activities are a concerted effort of the National Federation of Filipino American Association Region 12, Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Maui Filipino Community Council, Maui Filipino Working Group, and Fil-Am Observer newspaper.
For information, contact Herman Andaya at 870-3045 and CJ Ancheta at 385-3571 for the symposium and Madelyn Pascua at 268-0686 for the talent show.