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Maui Jim donates $100,000 to Hale Makua Health Services

By Staff | Apr 15, 2010


LAHAINA — Maui Jim Sunglasses has donated $100,000 to Hale Makua Health Services with the goal of encouraging other businesses to follow suit.

Walter Hester, CEO of Maui Jim and a leader in the sunglasses industry, wanted to do something for the Maui healthcare organization that would spark the interest and imagination of other industry leaders who want to support Maui’s community.

According to Hester, “Maui is where Maui Jim Sunglasses began over 30 years ago, and I wanted to give back to the community that has helped my business to grow and thrive in a big way. My hope is that this donation is the start of something even bigger, and I would encourage other businesses to help make an even greater impact on the lives of Maui residents who are no longer physically able to care for themselves and live in their own homes.”

Hale Makua Health Services Director of Development Carlayna Nakamura noted, “Walter Hester has been very generous to us over the years. Words can’t express how thankful we are for his support in helping us as we strive to eliminate helplessness, loneliness and boredom in our residents.”

A portion of Maui Jim Sunglasses’ donation will be used to purchase Tobii ATI specialized computer assistive equipment, which will help several residents compromised by an accident or illness to use computers to communicate.

Tobii ATI is a provider of assistive technology products with a focus on Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC) devices for individuals who are unable to communicate.