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For Immediate Release
March 10, 2014
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PUBLIC SURVEY - Maui Access to Transportation One-Call/One-Click Transportation Resource Center- Data collection begins March 10, 2014

 Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. is seeking public opinion for a One-Call/One-Click Transportation Resource Center Plan.  MEO, Inc. has begun collecting public input through an online resident survey to assess and determine the access to transportation needs, barriers, and preferences of Maui County residents.  MEO, Inc. is also collecting public input in a concurrent online provider survey from organizations, agencies, and companies that currently offer transportation services of any kind to assess the capacity and availability of transportation providers in Maui County.  The information obtained through these surveys will be used in conjunction with data previously obtained through public meetings to ensure that plans for a Transportation Resource Center are based on the needs and desires of Maui's residents. 
This initiative specifically seeks to capture information about the current transportation needs of Veterans, military members, and their families as well as from any Maui resident with a current of future interest in public or private transportation services.  As such, we encourage all members of the public to take a moment of time to answer this important survey, which is available at on March 10, 2014.  Public access to the internet is available at the public libraries and AKAKU public radio offices.  Please contact them directly for days and hours of operation.  

The surveys can also be accessed through  the following links:  
Provider survey link   
Rider surevy link:

These surveys will close on March 24, 2014. If you have any questions about this survey or how to complete it, please contact CEO Lyn McNeff, at or by calling 808-249-2990

2013 Cesar Chavez Award Recipient - Rudy Esquer
In 1980, Rudy moved to Maui and worked for MEO.  It vividly reminded him of the spirit of UFW – a true sense of the community.  Cesar said that people should look out for the poor, that there should be fairness and that you’ll always know in your heart what is right.  Rudy firmly believes that the Hawaiian word, “pono”, exemplifies this same belief.  In 1993, Rudy left MEO to work for the County of Maui.  This was the same year that Cesar passed away.  Rudy continues to spend his time at the County fulfilling his promise to Cesar to “help the people”.  Rudy exemplifies this spirit through his dedication to the Hispanic community in ensuring there are programs that meet their needs and their voice is heard.

Pictured: Leonardo Sequeira, Annette Dadez, Lyn McNeff, Rudy Esquer, Gladys Baisa   ...more
MEO Recognizes Volunteers
MEO named its Volunteer and Benefactor of the Year at its annual recognition luncheon on February 19, 2013. First Hawaiian Bank's Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader, Mr. Bard Peterson, was named Volunteer of the Year;  the Benefactor of the Year is the Agape Foundation. ... more

Click to view flyerTown Hall Meeting - Underage Drinking Prevention
2/25/2013 MEO invites you to attend our next Town Hall Meeting to Prevent and Reduce Underage Alcohol and to educate our community on available resources.  Light snacks and refreshments provided.  Learn about the issues of underage drinking, identify how underage drinking affects the community, and brainstorm possible solutions. The meeting will provide an opportunity for parents, teachers, officials, youth, and other community members to voice their concerns and suggest ideas for preventing young people from using alcohol.

click to download posterMartin Luther King, Jr - Day of Service
A Day "On", not a Day "Off"
In honor of National Martin Luther King Day, County of Maui Volunteer Center and MEO AmeriCorps coordinated a Day of Service Projects on Saturday, January 19 and Monday, January 21, 2013.  Please join us in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr by volunteering for one or more of the various opportunities! 

Employee Appreciation Luncheon
MEO Employees' gathered together on Friday, December 21 for an annual holiday luncheon.  Door prizes and festivities gave rise to good cheer, and  MEO Board members were present to provide their support.  Take out lunches were available for those on duty.

Maui Senior Citizen, P&CC Installs Officers 
Members and guests of the Maui Senior Citizen, Planning and Coordinating  Council (P&CC) came together to celebrate the holidays and install their newly elected officers on December 12 at MEO Family Center in Wailuku.  Councilmember Gladys Baisa was the installing official. Seniors 55 and older who are interested in becoming a member of a Maui County senior club may contact MEO’s Community Relations Liaison Agnes Groff at 249-2990. (more info)

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Community Workshops
The Hawaii State Legislature's Public Access Room (PAR) is hosting workshops on Maui.  The workshops are free and open to the public. Make a difference and discover the  public's power in the legislative process.  (flyer)
Click to view flyerMaui Re-Entry Council - Community Forum Discussion
This forum will provide interested community members, community leaders, legislators, nonprofit and service agencies an opportunity to collaborate and discuss the needs of reentering offenders and the safety of our community.  
Please join us on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 9am-11am at MEO Classrooms.   RSVP on-line, or to Debbie Cabebe @ 243-4342.  For questions, please contact Kathy Narasaki at 243-4646.

November 11-17, 2012 - National Homeless Awareness Week. 
There are approximately 770,000 people in the US who are homeless, and an additional 700,000 children without a place to call home who go to bed hungry nightly. Bringing attention to the national disgrace of homeless is something for which you can be proud. Participation in the National Homeless Awareness week will help build your community and leadership skills, while fostering a greater understanding and solidarity among your friends and peers.

Flyer (click to view)Golf Fore Gals 5th Annual Maui Women's Classic
FUNdrasising activities for MEO on November 17th, 2012 at Kahili Golf Course.  All skill levels are welcome,  for Hawaii residents and visitors.  Entry fee of $92 includes donation to MEO, cart, golf, dinner, prizes and more.  Book @
Schedule:  10:00am Check-in and practice, 11:45am Welcome, 12 noon Shotgun start, 5:00pm Buffet dinner.  For more information contact or 808-874-2803.  Please note this is a tournament so no cancellations, rain or shine we will proceed.  (flyer)

Flyer (click to view)The Great American Smoke Out

Explore your health options, get involved and create a new future! November 15th @UHMC outside of Paina Cafe from 10am - 2pm. Thanksgiving Lunch for sale by UHMC Culinary Arts Program, and a live performance by Lia Live and the Kryptones. Sponsored by REAL, American Cancer Society, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii and MEO. (flyer)

Maui County 39th Annual Senior Fair "Our health is Our Wealth"  
Mahalo to all of the senior clubs, community organizations and vendors for supporting the 39th Annual County of Maui Senior Health Fair; you are terrific.  A special mahalo to the County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns for continually funding this annual event.  Finally, we would like to thank the County Office on Aging staff, the MCCC workline and MEO staff for all of their hard work, making this the best fair ever!

Consulado Móvil en Maui, Hawaii
On Saturday, August 11th, the Consulate General of Mexico were at St. Theresa’s church to assist over 390 people with the renewal and issuance of their Matricula Consular (Consulate identification cards), power of attorney, notarization of legal documents, affidavits,  and the registration of both adults and minors having dual citizenship. MEO’s Enlace Hispano program, in conjunction with FACE (Faith Action for Community Equity) was on hand to assist with the interpretation and translation services and Women Helping Women was also present to assist those in need of services.

Sidebottom Memorial Golf Tournament
My family and I would be honored to have you as our guest at the Sidebottom Memorial Golf Tournament West on August 18, 2012, for a 7 am shotgun. My family has been having a golf tournament for the last 26 years in memory of our father, Wally Sidebottom. My father and mother frequented Maui many times and have always had a deep love for the island of Maui.  All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Maui Head Start Program.   (more information)

April is Month of the Young Child
MEO's Head Start Wailuku B children and staff attending a Proclamation signing with Mayor Alan Arakawa for April - Month of the Young Child on Tuesday, April 10.

Underage Drinking Prevention "Be A Jerk" Sticker Shock
Want to thank Minit Stop for stepping up to be the first store chain in Maui County to participate in this campaign.   Long's Drugs, Pukalani also signed up as we sticker-ed their store April 18.  Thanks Department of Police for providing community support and Department of Liquor Control who has sent investigators to each event to provide educational support. Thanks Department of Housing and Human Concerns for taking this campaign on and for caring about our youth!  The true stars are the kids from Maui Economic Opportunity who participate, make a difference!


35th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk
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We are looking for volunteers to participate on Maui Economic Opportunity’s team and help us support the 35th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk. All walkers are required to have a minimum of $35 for adults and $25 for those under 18 years of age (regardless of age including infants) to be collected in donations to partipate. Walkers are treated to food, drink and first-aid at checkpoints along the walk route. All checkpoints are operated and supplied with refreshments and helpers by Hawaii hotels and allied organizations. Entertainment may also be provided at many checkpoints and at the end of the walk. 

Lanai - Saturday, May 4, 2013 7:30 am at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele
Molokai - Saturday, May 4, 2013 7:00 am at Padders Inn
Maui - Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:00 am at War Memorial Soccer Field

If you would like to participate, stop by our office or call 249-2990 and sign up; or donate if you are unable to participate.  For your donation you will receive a tax deduction receipt from the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation.  Mahalo for your support!

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