Community… in action

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Binhi At Ani

Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center is now open for events inside the Center. There are protocols to follow. The office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The program provides a Sunday lunch to Hale Mahaolu Residents in Central Maui. As of January 31, a total of 5,592 meals were delivered. There is a need for additional teams of volunteers to prepare the free lunches. The teams serving during the month of February are Friends of Michael Victorino, Miss Maui USA and Binhi at Ani.

Bayanihan Feeding Program
Photos: Rochelle Mendoza

Create a Team by signing up: or by contacting Chelsea Guzman, chairperson of Binhi at Ani’s Health and Wellness committee at or Sheena Marie Garo, co-chairperson at

Tax-deductible donations are accepted via Paypal or a Credit/Debit card or by mailing a check payable to Binhi at Ani, 780 Onehe‘e Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732 [Memo: Feeding Program].

For those who met the early bird registration (Feb. 15), they will be entered into a drawing sponsored by Friends of Yuki Lei Sugimura.
Photo: Alfredo Evangelista

Scholarship Golf Tournament

The Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at The Dunes at Maui Lani. Sponsorships are available as follows: Platinum-$1400 (eight players); Gold-$750 (four players); Team – $600 (four players). To receive a copy of the registration form, please contact Arnel Alvarez, Chairperson of the Golf Committee, at (808) 357-0748 or via email The deadline is February 28, 2022. Tee Sponsors ($100) and donations of cash/prizes are requested.

You can be one of the 2022 Binhi At Ani scholarship recipients. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

Scholarship Awards

The Application for the 2022 Scholarship is now available on-line and through the guidance counselor of each high school. For more information, contact Michelle Balala, Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, at (808) 268-8915 or via email Applications are due by March 1, 2022.

Maui Filipino Community Council

State Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran installs the 2022 Maui Filipino Community Council Board of Directors.

Rizal Day/Installation

State Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran installed the 2022 Board of Directors of the Maui Filipino Community Council, with Pliny Arenas, Vice President of Operations of U.S. Renal Care as the Keynote Speaker.

The Outstanding Awardees are:

Zaldy Ugalino – Outstanding Citizen award

Zaldy Ugalino, president of the Bahay Kubo Heritage Foundation, received the Outstanding Citizen Award.

Nicole Yuzon – Outstanding Youth award

Nicole Yuzon, a 2021 graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mnoa (B.S. summa cum laude Biology with a Minor in Music), received the Outstanding Youth Award.

Lawrence Pascua – Outstanding Member award

Lawrence Pascua, the incoming Vice President of the Council, received the Outstanding Member Award.

Emerita Cortez – Outstanding Leader award

Emerita Cortez, the outgoing President of the Council, received the Outstanding Leadership Award.

Shirley Evangelista – Distinguished Community Service award

Shirley Evangelista, who co-founded (with Nancy Andres) the bilingual program and was involved with other community organizations such as the Council, the Miss Maui Filipina, Filipino Cultural Club, Girl Scouts, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and others, received the Distinguished Community Service Award.

Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant flyer
Image: Michelle Santos

2022 Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant

The 2022 Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant will be held on June 4. If you are a single woman of Filipina ancestry between the ages of 18 to 27 and interested in entering the 2022 Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant, contact Michelle Santos at (808) 264-0871 or for more information. The deadline is March 27, 2022.