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Auction to Benefit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center

Two very talented North Shore of Maui residents have joined forces to benefit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center. Renowned Maui Artist Kim McDonald and Kai Lenny teamed together to create a beautiful custom surfboard. Kim used her considerable artistic talent to create a stunning piece of art that would look good in any setting. The board features Kai’s footprints and signature. The board is being auctioned online with all proceeds set to go towards the Paia Youth and Cultural Center.

Kai Lenny holding a custom surfboard aloft that will be auctioned to benefit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center

Kai Lenny, Kim McDonald and members of the PYCC pose around a custom surfboard aloft that will be auctioned to benefit the Paia Youth and Culural Center.

Kai Lenny's autograph and footprints are featured on a surfboard being auctioned to benefit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center

About the Board

The board is a “gun” like the one Kai might use while riding the giant surf at Jaws. Kim painted it a gorgeous aqua blue. A hue that you are likely to see in the ocean waters around Maui. The green and white on the board represent the ocean or the waves. A Malolo or Hawaiian Flying Fish features prominently in the design. It is a favorite of Kai’s and one that he frequently encounters paddling and foiling around the islands. The board is a true collector’s piece.

About Kai

Kai grew up in Spreckelsville on Maui’s North Shore. It is here that his passion for the ocean grew with each day. He has grown up to be one of the great watermen of the world. He is truly a master of all surf crafts as a surfer, stand up paddler, windsurfer, kiter, big wave rider and most recently on his foil board. Kai has racked up an impressive eight world titles in stand up paddle racing and surfing. At just 25 years old, he will continue to leave his mark in the surfing world for a long time to come.

Kai Lenny Literally Leaves a mark on this surfboard being sold at auction to benefit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center

About Kim

Kim McDonald’s art work is owned by collectors around the world. Her themes feature Polynesian Women, Tropical Landscapes and Surf Scenery. Over the last few years she has used custom surfboards as the medium for her vivid artwork.

Kim McDonald poses with a custom surfboard that she painted. The auction for the board will benefit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center

About the PYCC

The Paia Youth and Cultural Center’s mission is to promote community through its youth. Situated on the beach at Paia Bay, the Youth Center draws members from Paia, Haiku, Upcountry and Central Maui. This program based Youth Center provides a safe place for kids to learn, gain life skills and have fun! Programs include the Hekili Multimedia Lab, RadiOpio, Paia Bay Cafe, Malama Pono Project Venture and the Maui Hero Project. Pa’ia Youth Council, Inc., operating the Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation funded by grants from the Maui County Department of Housing & Human Concerns, the State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services, private foundations, community donations, and fundraisers.

Bid Online Now

Bids for the Kai and Kim board to benefit PYCC may be submitted online until December 18th at 12:00 PM HST. Owning this surfboard is unlikely to make you surf like Kai, but you can rest assured that your purchase will benefit a fantastic organization.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Paia Gives 2016

The Merchants of Paia Town will be hosting Paia Gives on Saturday December 17th, from 4:00-8:00 PM. It is hard to believe this event is already in its eleventh year. I remember when the merchants were first pulling together this fun evening on the North Shore. Shops in and around Paia will be staying open late, with many offering sales and special events. The businesses have also chosen different local non-profits they will support. This list below provides details on what merchants are planning and which non-profits will benefit from their generosity.

Paia Art Galleries

Paia Barber Shops

Paia Boutiques

  • Biasa Rose –They will be hosting a pop up with Sigal Jewlery. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Maui Humane Society
  • Letarte – Letarte is sponsoring a food drive for the Maui Food Bank.  10% of sales will benefit the Maui Food Bank during Paia Gives.  Customers who bring in 4 cans of non-perishable food items on Saturday and Sunday will receive 10% off of their purchase.
  • Luna and Tide – They will be having a raffle with the proceeds benefiting the Maui Humane Society
  • Nuage Bleu: Nuage Blue will be offering pupus, In-store artist Jenn Johnson, jewelry by Hula Hoops Maui and a raffle with proceeds to benefit PYCC andHawaii Wildlife Fund
  • KJB Paia: A portion of their sales will go toward Women Helping Women
  •  Oceania Maui: 10% of sales during Paia Gives will benefit PYCC
  • Paia Mercantile & Mermaid Inn: 5% of sales and donations from register jar will go toward the Maui Humane Society. They will also be offering an additional 50% off clearance items.
  • Paia Trading Company – 10% of sales during Paia Gives will benefit PYCC.  Frosty the Snowman will be handing out candy from 6-7 PM
  • Pakaloha Bikinis: Pakalaoha will be having a sale with 10% off all items in the store. A portion of proceeds will go toward PYCC
  • Pearl Butik: 20% of the days sales will go back to Laa Kea Foundation.  Come in for holiday cheer, Swedish treats, and a raffle
  • Sassabella: 10% of sales will be donated to the Maui Humane Society
  • Tamara Catz: 20% off all Tamara Catz items and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pacific Cancer Foundation

Paia Grocery

. This will be going on throughout the month of December.

Paia Restaurants

Paia Surf Shops

This is a great opportunity to finish some last minute Christmas shopping, support local businesses and support local non-profits. We hope to see you in Paia Town on the night of the 17th!

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Support the Paia Youth and Cultural Center

I wanted to take a bit of a tangent from our usual real estate posts to share a video put together a little earlier this year about the Paia Youth and Cultural Center (PYCC).

The Paia Youth and Cultural Center is a program based youth center located on the beach at Paia Bay. There are over 500 members who participate at the PYCC on an annual basis. A free membership gives the youth access to programs like the Paia Bay Cafe, Hekili Multimedia Lab, RadiOpio, Project Venture, the Stone Wave Skate Park and more. As the video shows above, this really is a fantastic venue for the Youth of Maui to grow, play, laugh and learn. While membership is free, the costs to operate the PYCC are considerable. The Youth Center is dependent upon a combination of grants and contributions from individuals. The Maui Real Estate Team is a proud supporter of the PYCC. Please consider making a year end contribution to PYCC to help support this fantastic not for profit organization and Maui’s Youth.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

A Couple of Maui Non-Profit Notes

I just had a couple of quick notes on ways you can benefit the Paia Youth and Cultural Center and The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.

I will be at Whole Foods in Kahului from 11:00-2:00 PM today as part of the team representing the Paia Youth And Cultural Center (PYCC). Whole Foods will be giving 5% of their sales today to PYCC. This is a great opportunity to pick up some groceries and support this fantastic community organization. PYCC is a program based youth center located on the beach at Paia Bay. Programs include the Hekili Multimedia Lab, RadiOpio, Malama Pono Project Venture, The Paia Bay Cafe and the Stonewave Skate Park. PYCC attracts kids from all over the North Shore, Upcountry and Central Maui. If you are unable to make it by Whole Foods today, you may donate directly to PYCC online.

I first became aware of the efforts to reforest the slopes of Haleakala a couple of years ago when I heard this great talk by Dr. Art Medeiros at TEDxMaui. If you have twenty minutes, this video is well worth your time.

The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is raising funds online to help plant an additional 1,000 native trees in the Nakula Natural Reserve high on the leeward slopes of Haleakala. Here is an overview of the project:

They have one more week to raise just over $1,000 to complete this project. You may donate online to the Maui Forest Bird Recovery today.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Maui Bulb Blitz at The Paia Youth and Cultural Center

The Blue Planet Foundation is providing people with the opportunity to save some money, help the planet and support local not for profits. On Saturday’s during April, the Blue Planet Foundation is allowing you to redeem your conventional light bulbs for CFL light bulbs at The Paia Youth and Cultural Center (PYCC) for Free. For each bulb redeemed, Blue Planet will donate .50$ to PYCC. Replacing eight 60 watt incandescent bulbs with 13 watt CFLs can save you as much as $152 per year. The PYCC will be open and ready to redeem bulbs every Saturday in April from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Thanks for supporting the environment and local youth!

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Complete The Stonewave Skatepark At The Paia Youth And Cultural Center

The Paia Youth and Cultural Center (PYCC) has just launched a Kickstarter project to complete the PYCC’s Stonewave Skatepark. The Stonewave skatepark has been up and running providing a safe and fun environment for youth from all over the island to skateboard. The park was completed to about 90% with temporary wooden ramps filling out the remaining ten percent of the park. Time and weather have been unkind to the ramps and they were recently decommissioned due to safety issues. The youth of PYCC would like to complete the park once and for all with a permanent concrete street course. The old ramps have been removed and initial foundation work has been done for the new park. However, construction has been put on hiatus due to lack of funding. PYCC has launched their own Kickstarter campaign to fill the gap. They are trying to raise $3,000 between now and April 17th. Pledges will be refunded if the full goal of $3,000 is not met by that time. Check out the video below for more details.

If you would like to make a pledge, check out the PYCC Stonewave Skatepark Kickstarter Page. Mahalo for your consideration!

Pete Jalbert