Community… in action

Compiled by Assistant Editor Alfredo G. Evangelista. Send your community briefs to

Binhi At Ani

Celebrate your special events at Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center. The Center can be rented from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for $1150 (including the cleaning fee) plus a $300 security deposit; from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $800 (including the cleaning fee) plus a $300 security deposit; or from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $950 (including the cleaning fee) plus a $300 security deposit. If alcohol will be provided and/or served, there is an additional fee of $300 and you must hire two licensed bartenders. Self-service coolers and/or BYOB (guests providing their own alcohol) are NOT allowed.

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 2 p.m. Telephone (808) 877-7880.

Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center is open for your celebrations.
Photo: Ceasar Lizada
The 2023 First place team raise their bowls presented by Mayor Richard T. Bissen, Jr.
Photo Alfredo Evangelista
Recipients complete a survey.
Photo Alfredo Evangelista
Volunteers from Binhi at Ani, the Lions Club and the J-1 teachers distribute food boxes, water, toilet paper and comforters from Maui Quilt Shop.
Photo Alfredo Evangelista

Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Save the date of March 10 for Binhi at Ani’s 2024 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Dunes. Contact Arnel Alvarez at (808) 357-0748 or Bill Ruidas at (808) 344-5251 or Alfredo Evangelista at (808) 294-5510.

Bayanihan Feeding Program provides a Sunday lunch to Hale Mahaolu Residents in Central Maui (Hale Mahaolu Elua and Hale Mahaolu Akahi) and Maui Adult Day Care. As of Nov. 30, a total of 21,002 meals were delivered. Teams serving during November included Binhi at Ani Board of Directors, Maui County Federal Credit Union, Maui Filipino Community Council, Miss Maui USA, Philippine Nurses Association of Maui, Hawai‘i and UHMC Kabatak Club. There is a need for additional teams of volunteers to prepare the free lunches.

Miss Maui USA volunteers delivering food to Hale Mahaolu residents.
Photo courtesy Lindsay Rodrigues
Kai Pelayo (center) of Bayer Crop Science presents a $15,000.00 check to Binhi at Ani.
Photo: Alfredo Evangelista

Create a Team by contacting Lucy Porte at (808) 276-8026. 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].

The Bayanihan Feeding Program is supported by grants from Bayer Crop Science Hawai‘i and Nareit Hawai‘i. Bayer Crop Science recently donated $15,000 to Binhi at Ani to help sustain its efforts for both the Bayanihan Feeding Program and the Tulong for Lahaina® Fund.

Enhance®Fitness for Kūpuna at Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center classes are held.
Photo: Claudette Medeiros

Enhance®Fitness for Kūpuna at Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center classes are continuing. They are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 10:30 a.m. Enhance®Fitness is a low-cost ongoing evidence-based group exercise and falls prevention program helping older adults at all levels of fitness to become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. For more information on Enhance®Fitness, contact Enhance®Fitness Coordinator Ginny Kiick (808) 280-6251 or or Wellness Coordinator Claudettte Medeiros (808) 463-3166 or

Tulong for Lahaina® Fund. Binhi at Ani established the Tulong for Lahaina® Fund where a $750 grant would be awarded to those who lost their home, their business or an immediate family member. As of the September 30 deadline, over 700 applications were received. To date, $126,000 has been raised and 163 families have received $750 plus food boxes, hot food, water, gift cards and quilts during two distributions. The next distribution will be held in late January 2024. More donations are needed. To donate, send your 100 percent tax deductible check payable to Binhi at Ani at 780 Onehe‘e Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732 or donate via credit card through Or donate using the QR code.

Maui Filipino Community Council

The Rizal Day Celebration and Installation of Officers for the Maui Filipino Community Council is set for December 30, 2023 at Maui Beach Hotel’s Moana Ballroom. For more information, contact Marilyn Romero at (808) 280-2057.

Rizal Day Maria Clara & Barong Gala and MFCC installation of its officers will be on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 30.
Image courtesy Lawrence Pascua
Miss Maui Filipina 2023 Johanne Paige Guevarra.
Image courtesy Johanne Guevarra

Miss Maui Filipina 2023 Johanne Guevarra will be traveling to the Philippines on January 16, 2024. She will be visiting Saoang Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School and San Juan National High School and is accepting donations of cash (Venmo to @johannepaige) and school supplies (lined paper, copy paper, notebooks, composition books, index cards, #2 pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, markers, crayons, colored pens, glue sticks, chalk, chalkboard erasers and rulers). You may donate using the QR code or contact her at (808) 205-8241 or email her at