Thursday, February 16, 2012

5A & The Lahaina Community

Here’s another story of success in our effort at 5A Rent-A-Space to help our community.

M. Elizabeth May
General Manager
AAAAA Rent A Space
3600 L. Honoapiilani Rd.
Lahaina  HI  96761

Aloha Liz, Maria & Tony! Once again your team has made things happen on the West Side for Woman Helping Woman!  THANK YOU!!!

I want to thank you for the LAST MINUTE assistance at 4:30pm on Saturday! Maria’s wiliness to send out Tony, even though he needed to be back to the office by 6pm, was a tremendous help. Pema’s client, Michelle, had a crew of 7 wonderful male volunteers to assist her, however they were not available until late in the afternoon.

While Keith at the front desk at Napili Point was approving of this work being done on a Saturday, we did need to move swiftly.  Michelle’s crew had 2 pickup trucks & one SUV, however the entire load would not have fit in them, which prompted my call.

Tony was able to take all of the items to Lahaina for them along with the other vehicles.  I realize it took longer than we had anticipated as Tony was not able to leave NP until 5:50pm, so want to make sure you know how grateful we are that you were able to accommodate this donation process! 

As you can see from the photos below, the van was full to include all of the appliances except the dishwasher!!

Michelle said there are three families who will benefit from this generous donation from my client’s Karen & Gary Humprhrey’s. 
Many Mahalo’s to you all!
Renée E. Ward ~ Owner
Reflecting You, LLC      

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rotary Club Lahaina Whale Watch Benefit For Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui

5A & Women Helping Women

5A Rent-A-Space has taken on a new project and the goal of helping women who need it.  WHW is Women Helping Women, and they state:

"The mission of Women Helping Women is to end domestic violence through advocacy, education and prevention; and to offer safety, support and empowerment to women and children, victims of domestic violence."

5A is a drop off location for all clothing, furniture and home equipment of the kind that can help a women make a new start in life.

They also take donations of funds, as with every new home situation there are unexpected needs. You’re welcome to contact Liz May at Lahaina 5A, (808) 669-5200 or at her e-mail:

Recently they had a drive and challenge to gather as many donations as possible and here are some e-mails about the results from Stacey Moniz, Executive Director.

From: Stacey Moniz [] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5:52 PM
To: Renée Ward @ Subject: End of year update

Aloha West Maui supporters!!  
First of all I wanted to thank everyone for your hard work in spreading the word about our end of the year challenge and I'm sure you are quite curious about how it turned out. First let me say that we received over 400 donations in the 45 days of the challenge, over half of which were from people who have never given us money before (they may have donated items or goods, but not money). That is incredible. But wait, it gets better. We were looking to make up an insurmountable loss of $189,000. 

To me, it felt kinda crazy to hope for that kind of generosity. The outpouring of support was beyond our expectations and beyond our donor's expectations, as well. While she was not able to match the appeal dollar for dollar, a considerable contribution was made and brought the entire amount of the appeal to $186,000!!  I have never seen this kind of giving, so fast and so generous, ever on this island. 

We had donors from as far away as Florida. We had donations from $5 to $25,000. We received donations from our staff, from our board, from former shelter residents, from all of you and from your friends and family, too. This was amazing, there just aren't words big enough to say WOW!!

So our shelter is already benefiting from this drive. We are reinstating staff hours and coverage at the shelter with the hopes of bringing back key staff members very soon. There are critical repairs to be made and we bought a new dryer... 

I cannot thank you all enough for all that you have done to encourage this overwhelming outcome. 

I will close my email with the words that were written in a card we received in December.

"Dear Leslie,
What a wonderful Christmas gift you are giving to so many needy, scared, lonely, helpless women. Your generosity touched my heart and my check for one thousand is included.

As a young mother with three children, one handicapped (deaf) I had a bad situation but there was no help in those days. Thankfully I finally got away and have had a great life. But I've never forgotten what I went through.
Hope this helps."

Every dollar helps. Thank you again.
Peace be the journey,

Stacey Moniz
Executive Director
Women Helping Women
1935 Main Street, Suite 202
Wailuku, HI  96793
808-242-6600 x20

New 5A Level 2 Electric Car Charging Station On Maui


5A Rent-A-Space has installed a Level 2 electric car charging station.  It’s up and in the testing stages right now and will be ready for public use within 2 to 3 weeks.

5A’s new Solar Panels were completed just weeks ago and  are  producing  enough  energy  for  their  storage facility  and  retail  center  next  door.  5A  will  sell remaining power to MECO for 220 average homes in the West Maui area.

5A Rent-A-Space has installed a solar system with a 600 kilowatt photovoltaic system that will feed 2,880 kilowatt-hours into Maui’s electric grid each day, prevent 1.7 million pounds of CO2 from being released in the atmosphere of Maui, be the equivalent of planting 29,350 trees and taking 243 autos permanently off the Island’s roads.  The result is a potential annual savings in electrical costs exceeding $284,000.  Governor Neil Abercrombie states, “Hawaii’s goals are ambitious; we are striving to be 70% energy independent by 2030.” Presently Hawaii is ahead of their projected goals.

MECO; “Maui Electric is pleased to partner with AAAAA Rent-A-Space in embracing renewable energy and bringing our state closer to realizing our clean energy goals,” said Maui Electric Company’s president Ed Reinhardt. “We recognize that weaning our state from imported oil will require a diverse portfolio of clean energy sources and this project is yet another step in the right direction for Maui.”

5A Rent-A-Space’s co-owner Michael Knuppe says  “Our family has done business in the Maui community for almost three decades.  We feel we have an obligation to be good stewards of the island and take the role of being positive, progressive members of the community very seriously. This project provides clean, quantifiable benefits to our center’s merchants, our community and Hawaii as a whole.”

1938 American made solar panels were installed on the 5A facility’s rooftops. Their capacity will feed 2880 kilowatt-hours into Maui’s electrical grid each day.

5A believes in “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle”, and are environment - tally conscious. They are adding solar power and electric car charging stations because they want to take care of the Aina