World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) — Maui Chapter. Meet in the Fujitomo Hall at the Iao United Church of Christ.
Our Vision. We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
Our Mission. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Our Strategic Goals
One. Build the capacity of our organization at every level so that we may have all the resources, in the form of information, people and funding, necessary to move forward in our work with the greatest possible effect.
Two. Create a world in which our young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.
Three. Make our vision and our message accessible to the broadest range of ethnic and cultural communities, ending the isolation of families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members within those communities.
Four. Work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within their chosen communities of faith.
Five. Create a society in which all LGBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.
Six. Create a society in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons may enjoy, in every aspect of their lives, full civil and legal equality and may participate fully in all the rights, privileges and obligations of full citizenship in this country.
We welcome the participation and support of all who share in our Vision and Mission and who hope to realize our goals.
Aloha Fellow GLBT & Friends Hikers,
We will be hiking the Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge.
Date: Saturday, December 12th
Where: Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge Trail
When: Meet at 8:30 am at the Ceramic Tile Plus Parking Lot –
25 S. Kahului Beach Road in Kahului
Please park along Kahului Beach Road end of parking lot.
We will carpool to the Trail head on Kahekili coastal highway,
across from Waihe’e School & leave the lot as a group at 8:45am.
Length: 3+/- miles total
We will be back to the cars by 12:00pm+/-
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Skill Level: 1/5 — A Nice Enjoyable Walking Trail – A Beautiful Hike for Everyone!
Coordinates: 20°56’21″N 156°30’37″W
This is a beautiful unspoiled coastal trail, with interesting archaeological features. It covers about three miles and will take about three hours. We may see whales, turtles, seals, Hawaiian birds and native plants. It’s an easy and scenic hike, but there is no shade so bring a hat, sunscreen, and water, as well as a snack.
The following is some information about the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge.
Active restoration is enhancing this critical native wildlife habitat while preserving one of the most significant cultural sites in Hawai‘i, once populated with two thriving Hawaiian villages.
Protected Property Information
Size: 277 acres
Year Protected: 2004
Land Protection Strategy: Owned by the Land Trust
Conservation Values: Recreation, archaeological and cultural preservation, and habitat for native plants and animals
Land Features: Coastal wetlands, dunes, marine shoreline, near-shore reef systems and riparian habitat
The Land Trust took fee ownership of this very sensitive 277-acre site in 2004. Active restoration programs have enhanced critical native wildlife habitat, while preserving the area’s rich archaeological and cultural resources. Once populated with two thriving ancient Hawaiian villages, an extensive inland fishpond and several heiau, the Waihee Refuge is among the most significant cultural sites in the State.
In testament to the returning health of the ecosystem, eight different endangered species have taken up residence at the Refuge in recent years. With the wetlands primarily cleared and habitat-appropriate plants now thriving, the area is host to many native Hawaiian bird species, including ae‘o (stilt), alae ke‘oke‘o (coot), koloa (duck), and even nene (goose).
Quiet and pristine, the Waihe‘e shoreline is a favorite retreat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and nesting green sea turtles. Off the coast, the extensive reef is one of the longest and widest on Maui. It’s believed that this reef system provided excellent fishing in ancient times and it is, in fact, still a favorite among local fishermen today.
The public is invited to visit the Refuge on free, guided explorations offered throughout the year, or for a self-guided walk along the two-mile coastal trail (that’s us!).
The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust ensures that this rich cultural site, once slated for development as a destination golf resort, will be forever protected.
Please Remember: This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker assumes responsibility for their own safety by their participation.
If you are already planning on attending this hike, you can RSVP early by clicking the button below:
The Maui GLBT & Friends Hiking Group invites both locals and visitors on our many hiking adventures around maui! We meet the second Saturday of every month. Hikes are discussed by the group then planned 1-2 months in advance. If you have any questions or hiking trip suggestion, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post more details about this specific hike as we get closer to this excursion.
Mahalo and we will see you out there!
Join the Maui Pride Committee as we plan out our monthly LGBT events, fundraising ideas, and our next steps towards having another FABULOUS Maui Pride Weekend! If your are interested in attending a board meeting, please contact us at 808-446-0549 or email@example.com for the location of the meeting. We look forward to you bringing your energy, ideas and suggestions! The Maui Pride Committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month.
The Rainbow Dine-Out Group is an opportunity for our LGBT ohana and visitors to meet socially & enjoy a delicious meal on the third Tuesday of every month.
Visit our Rainbow Dine-Out page for current schedule and locations.
Maui Pride looks forward to having you join us for a future Dine-Out!