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Imua Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Star Powered Gala

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jim Therrian jtherrian@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Nationally, April is Autism Awareness Month and also brings attention to The Week of the Young Child.  Locally, Imua Family Services, the Maui based non-profit agency that has been helping island children since 1947, will also mark an important milestone in April. On Saturday, April 8th, Imua Family Services will host its 70th Platinum Jubilee Anniversary at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Ka`anapali.  The event will take place in the newly renovated Monarchy Ballroom, one of a few venues large enough to support the incredible black tie ball. Over…

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Executive Director, Dean Wong L. Dean Wong Appointed to Board of Governors of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jim Therrian jtherrian@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Washington D.C. – 1/4/2017 – The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE), is pleased to announce the appointment of L. Dean Wong of Imua Family Services in Kahului, to their 2017 Board of Governors. Wong will be honored alongside fellow Governors on March 7-8, 2017 in Columbia, S.C. at NANOE’s 2017 Capacity-Building Convention & Expo. This 2-day caucus is critical to the future of charities and will rely on a myriad of industry experts to re­new, improve, strengthen and distribute a new set of guidelines that super-charge nonprofi­t capacity-building….

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Imua Family Services Celebrates a History of Holiday Cheer in Maui County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jim Therrian jtherrian@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Imua Family Services Celebrates a History of Holiday Cheer in Maui County Thursday, December 22, 2016:  The Parents Auxiliary of the National Society for Crippled Children, now known as Imua Family Services, was founded in 1947 by concerned parents and community members to help children on Maui, then the Territory of Hawaii, with Polio and Cerebral Palsy. This holiday season, as it has for nearly 70 years, Imua Family Services continued the tradition that began with a group of caring people who partnered with several generous businesses and individuals from the…

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New West Side Maui Location to Open in 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jim Therrian jtherrian@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Imua Family Services to open West Maui Family Center In 2017 Friday, December 16, 2016: Imua Family Services is proud to announce its plans to expand in January 2017 by opening a new location in Lahaina at 930 Wainee Street, in the Peter Longhi building, formerly home to Kaiser Permanente’s West Maui office. Imua Family Services is a non-profit organization that is the largest single provider of early childhood intervention and development programs for children and their families in Maui County and in the State of Hawaii. The new location will…

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40 Years, 100s of Campers and Countless Memories

June 9, 2016 Media Contact: Jim Therrian jtherrian@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Imua Family Services began in 1947 providing services out of a cottage behind the old Kaunoa School in Spreckelsville as the Maui Branch of the Hawaii Chapter of the National Society of Crippled Children and Adults. Services included physical therapy to children and adults with Polio. In 1973, the agency moved to the J. Walter Cameron Center and began providing comprehensive infant development services. In 1976, volunteers led by Penny Elkins organized Camp Imua – a week-long overnight recreational camp for children with disabilities and special needs. Every year in June, children…

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The Fifth Anniversary of Bluesmiths Paddle Imua – A Benefit for Camp Imua is Most Successful Fundraiser to Date

May 10, 2016 Media Contact: Jim Therrian jtherrian@imuafamilyservices.org 808-214-4386 www.paddleimua.com   Kahului, Maui, HI – Blue skies were absent for the Fifth Annual BLUESMTIHS Paddle Imua (BPI), but that didn’t phase athletes who showed up to race and support Maui’s kieki with special needs. BPI is the fastest growing multiple discipline ocean paddle “fun race” open to men and women of all ages.   Categories include Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), One Person Outrigger Canoe (OC1), Two Person Outrigger Canoe (OC2), Prone Paddleboard (paddling on knees or lying down) and Surf Ski (narrow lightweight kayak). This one-of-a-kind mission-based race follows the renowned Maliko…

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Imua Family Services – 2016 Best Places to Work

April 21, 2106 Media Contact: Jim Therrian Phone (808) 244-7467 ext. 241 Email: jtherrian@imuafamilyservices.org  or Dean Wong Executive Director, Imua Family Services Phone (808) 244-7467 ext.223 Email: dwong@imuafamilyservices.org Imua Family Services – 2016 Best Places to Work For the fifth consecutive year,  Hawaii Business Magazine named Imua Family Services one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Hawaii .  The list of “Best Places to Work” is published annually by Hawaii Business Magazine. As in previous years, the data from Imua Family Services employees was gathered and analyzed by the Best Companies Group – an independent research organization which conducts similar research in states…

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Imua Family Services’ 69th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser Fantasia Ball presents Megan Hilty

January 29, 2016 Media Contact: Marina Satoafaiga msatoafaiga@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Kahului, Maui, HI – Imua Family Services’ 69th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser presents Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty Saturday March 26, 2016. Megan’s vivacious and energetic stage presence, combined with her brassy Broadway vocals, make a perfect match for Fantasia Ball’s glamorous stage. Megan Hilty portrayed the seasoned triple threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama “Smash” for two seasons. In March 2013, Hilty released her debut solo album, “It Happens All The Time.”  She’s previously recorded vocals in Disney’s “The Secret of the Magic Gourd,” “Phineas & Ferb,” “Glenn Martin…

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Imua Family Services Announces Imua Autism Services

January 26, 2016 Media Contact: Marina Satoafaiga msatoafaiga@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Kahului, Maui, HI – Imua Family Services is pleased to announce the launch of its newest program: Imua Autism Services. Created in direct response to the increasing numbers of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) combined with a history of working with children diagnosed with ASD, The new Imua Autism Services program will allow pediatric-age children to continue with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services. Highlights of the services provided through the program include: Specialized Assessment, Individualized Instruction and Family Training. It is our philosophy that all children with ASD can…

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Imua Family Services launches State-of-the-Art Inclusion Preschool

July 15, 2015 Media Contact: Marina Satoafaiga msatoafaiga@imuafamilyservices.org 808-244-7467 Maui, HI – Always moving forward. Imua Family Services announces the opening of its newest early childhood program: Imua Preschool. The inception of Imua Preschool has been over three years in the making. The concept was to create a state-of-the-art inclusion preschool that includes both typically developing children and children with developmental concerns and special needs in the same classroom; this new paradigm is called “inclusion”. Inclusive programs celebrate children’s similarities as well as their different abilities and cultures. In inclusive classrooms, children with special needs take part in the general education…

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