t of transgender performers, as well as a costume contest for audience members. In addition to a lively and comical MC, Kunane, the ladies, who flew in from Oahu, all donated their time to participate in the event. The crowd provided tips and cheers for these energetic and talented performers. The night came to a close with a tight competition in the costume contest. A dance off finally decided the winner, a basketball player with all the right moves, Hanohano Naehu.
With only two weeks to prepare for this year’s event, Martin put together a spectacular night of entertainment. Many attendees commented on the festive decorations and overall great atmosphere.
While, this is the Maui AIDS Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser on Molokai, Penny puts together events throughout the year, and offers outreach education, testing, and counseling on a regular basis. Since beginning her work on Molokai in 1991 she has seen an increase in awareness, acceptance, and general openness to the cause. Events like Jungle Boogie serve as a way for people to show their support by coming together and interacting with people that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet, while at the same time supporting an important cause.
For more information about the services available through the Maui AIDS Foundation, contact Penny Martin at 553-9086. As an outreach counselor, Martin is in and out of the office; however, she is also the only person who works in the office, therefore all messages left over the phone will be kept confidential and returned promptly.