We are conscious every day of getting by with more than a little help from our friends, since the Weekly was rescued last month thanks to reader contributions that helped pay off a printing debt to the Star-Advertiser’s owner.

Two recent events, hosted by small local businesses on the Weekly’s behalf, gave yet more cause for celebration:

At Diamond Head Cove “Health Bar”, owner Ann Marcos and producer Leni Knight threw an ‘awa-some party with musicians Imua Garza, John Cruz, Randy Allen, Brian Sanchez, Seann Caroll, Alika Kalauli and Lehua Kalima. Prize donors included Maui Longboards, Lila’s Fashion, Me’sha Angel, Don Park, Joëlle J Skincare, Dr. Peter Kyriakakis and the Kawa Girls. Thanks for an evening of sweet sounds and bottomless açai bowls!

At Mercury Bar, No Suck Fest threw a benefit, “Damn the Man! Save the Weekly!” Move Minor Standard, The Blue Ribbons and Animal Mother (our readers’ choice for “Best New Bands of 2011”) performed, and DJ Jet Boy, Jet Girl kept the momentum going between sets.

At both events, and in hundreds of letters, readers told us how much they appreciate independent journalism. We’ve also heard from consumers now getting unsolicited Star-Advertiser perks, ranging from free add-on subscription days to extra free subscriptions at their workplaces. That’s circulation padding, a classic monopoly ploy to crush the competition (see “Playing Media Monopoly,” Sept. 14).

But at the Weekly, we’ve drawn a community chest card, passed “Go” and are feeling energized, motivated and–yes, high! Thank you, one and all. —