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January 7, 2014 Lahaina—The New Year was a major boost to Mauiʻs own voyaging canoe, Moʻokiha o Piʻilani, when volunteers moved the finished canoe out of dry dock to begin final construction of superstructure: helm or navigatorʻs platform, captainʻs chair, masts, spars and rigging. Hui o Waa Kaulua crew and volunteers are working hard to finish everything required for DLNR Recreation and Boating inspection and official Marine Survey of the vessel.  Hui o Kaulua President Kimokeo Kapahulehua said, ”Our organization is working very hard to get everything done well, and Moʻokiha o Piʻilani is very close to going in the water.” 


ʻEverythingʻ means not only carpentry and wood finishing, but also installing safety and emergency equipment required for any vessel this size sailing in U.S. waters. Even though Moʻokihaʻs crew is trained in traditional celestial navigation and wayfinding, when storms threaten lives or integrity of voyaging canoe, an outboard engine, satellite phone, transponding beacon, life jackets, foul-weather gear, bilge pumps, radios and GPS must be available to the crew, by law. Until needed, electronics will be locked in a waterproof storage box on deck, and Moʻokihaʻs Navigator, Kala Baybayan will steer a course by the stars, winds and currents.


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Maui, HI.  November 17, 2013.


Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji will be the featured guest speaker at a November 21st, 2013 educational seminar for doctors, business owners and other high net worth individuals sponsored by Ronsman & Associates, a wealth advisory firm serving specially qualified clients in Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska. The complimentary event will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Maui Beach Hotel’s Molokai Room. Attorney Ike Devji will share insight gained as a former litigator who has spent the last decade of his legal career helping thousands of successful individuals across the United States protect over $5 Billion dollars of their personal assets from litigation, risk and other variables.


“We are at a point where we have 70,000 lawsuits filed per day in the U.S., and Hawaii is not immune to this issue, or the many other areas of risk management not addressed by basic liability or malpractice insurance that continually take successful people by surprise”, said Devji. “Wayne RonsmanPresident of Ronsman & Associates, has many existing Maui clients who he originally wanted to share this vital educational content with and he decided to make it available to general Maui community as a public service. Wayne understands that it’s not just what you make, it’s what you keep, and the most successful Americans are more worried about loss than growth right now. We are going to make sure they have a starting point in defending their success in plain English.”


The seminar will common cover the risk picture in the U.S. and address key issues like the difference between traditional estate planning and asset protection planning and a variety of key issues that must be addressed by every doctor, business owner and executive. Ike Devji is a national speaker, author and educator on the area of his practice and was recently a guest speaker at ACR 13, the annual convention of the American College of Rheumatology in San Diego. He is the former managing of attorney of one of the United States leading asset protection law firms and has been listed among a select group of WORTH magazine’s “Leading Wealth and Legal Advisors”, is rated a “Perfect 10.0 by AVVO, appears on various Top Lawyer lists and has literally hundreds of nationally published articles in publications including Financial Consultant, Advisor Today, Public Accountant, countless medical journals (with over 130 articles for doctors at Physicians Practice alone), in addition to being a contributing author to the book, Optimal Financial Health. He has also recently completed an CME (continuing medical education) course for doctors at the request of the American Educational Institute (AEI) that will be shown in AEI’s marquee classrooms all over the U.S 1000 times in the next 12 months.



For his part, Wayne Ronsman brings Maui 40 years of financial industry experience with high net worth clients like doctors and business owners and is the Founder and President of the Benefit Institute which is in the business of providing financial services. The Company works extensively with Trust Officers, CPA's and Attorneys, frequently playing a key role in finding solutions to their clients' tax and estate problems and in taking advantage of their existing financial opportunities. Part of this work includes finding experts in other fields that are vital to persevering his clients’ success and using them to educate and serve his clients.


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October 1,2013, Waikapu—At a public dinner meeting on Tuesday October 8th at 5:30 PM, Commissioner Donne Dawson will address Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce members and guests on the film industry’s potential to create new jobs on Maui: “Hawai’i’s Film Industry: How Maui County can Garner a Bigger Piece of the Pie.”

Dawson manages and oversees the Hawaii Film Office, the first point of contact for all film production throughout the Hawaiian Islands.  The Film Office coordinates the only centralized film permitting system of its kind in the country. Her office also provides location and production resource information to filmmakers, manages the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, promotes Hawaii as a premier filming destination, and supports our local film and television industry.

Dawson implemented Act 88, Hawaii’s first comprehensive film, television and digital media tax credit. With a recent 5% increase to the credit across the board, effective July 1, which will mean a full 25% credit for productions in Maui County, Dawson is committed to several current initiatives that will enable the Hawaii Film Office to better handle the increase in business and strengthen the industry statewide. These include further streamlining the film permitting process and administration of the tax incentive program, as well as managing more than $5 million in current CIP improvements at the Hawaii Film.

A communications graduate of California State University, Dawson worked for 15 years as a journalist and documentary film producer, and in marketing and communications for numerous Hawaii companies including Alexander and Baldwin, DBEDT, and the Hawaiian Native Corporation. She serves as a board member for Pacific Islanders in Communications and The Sex Abuse Treatment Center, and is actively involved with the Protect Kaho’olawe ‘Ohana.



May 27th, 2014

Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui celebrates their donation of new Computer Center to Hui Malama Learning Center with a blessing and a thumbs up from Mayor Alan Arkawa



The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui announced their donation of a new computer center to the Hui Malama Learning Center.  The FCJC’s donation to Hui Malama is intended to provide Hui Malama students with state of the art technology and assist in creating  a quality learning environment. The donation was celebrated and blessed by Reverand Alika of Keewakapu Church. Noted attendees included Mike White, Mayor Alan Arakawa and JoAnn Inamasu from the Governor’s office. Mayor Alan Arakawa expressed his appreciation for the unique way Maui’s non-profits collaborate for a common good.


The Friends expect the new computer center to become an integral part of Hui Malama’s curriculum.  At the blessing of the computer center, FCJC Executive Director Paul Tonnessen said, “because of the hard work of the Friends, the students at Hui Malama are excited about their new ‘Friends of the Children’s Justice Center Computer Center.’ They now have a state of the art computer center, a great learning environment and one of the highest computer to student ratios in the State.” The ratio is 1.2 students to each computer at Hui Malama, setting a new standard for the State.


The computer center will help give Hui Malama students a competitive edge where they can learn, grow and become young adults with technical skill that will prepare them for the workforce on here on Maui.


The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1989 by a non-partisan group of community and business leaders, who were concerned with the social welfare of children who have suffered from abuse and neglect. The mission of the FCJC has three parts; to provide assistance to abused and neglected children in Maui County, promote the prevention of child abuse and neglect and finally to support the Children’s Justice Center of Maui.    To learn more about the Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui visit their website at www.mauicjc.org



Wailuku resident Kiumars Siah, the owner of AAA Structural Engineering Inspection & Evaluation services is excited about his recent relocation from Oahu to Maui. 

He earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 1980 and after practicing as an engineer he returned to graduate school and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis on Structural engineering in 1990. Since 2001, he is been visiting Maui numerous times each year.

He says despite his love of all Hawaiian Islands, to him Maui is something special. But he is concerned about the global climate change and the associated adverse impact of global sea levels rise on the island. He says communities across all Hawaiian Islands should recognize that the climate change is real and start planning to address the associated impacts.



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