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Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk sets a new record with $1,357,639 raised

By Staff | May 24, 2018

From left, Chelsea Davis of Hawaii News Now; Shane Kahalehau of KPOA; Lisa Paulson, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association executive director; and Ryan Nobriga, Maui County Charity Walk chair and general manager at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, announce the $1,410,967 tally.

WAILUKU – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) celebrated 40 years of giving back to the community with its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 12.

Over 3,500 walkers gathered at War Memorial Soccer Field for an amazing and fun-filled morning of exercise, good food, great prizes and fabulous entertainment.

At the end of the day, an impressive total of $1,357,639 was raised on Maui alone, breaking the million-dollar mark for the second time.

The week prior, MHLA hosted walks on Molokai and Lanai – bringing in $17,099 and $36,229, respectively – for a grand total for Maui County of $1,410,967, an increase of $251,914 from last year.

Participants in the walk include visitor industry workers, nonprofit agencies and business representatives. Many of these hard-working walkers begin their fundraising efforts months prior to the event.

The Grand Wailea took top honors for the property bringing in the most with $45,577.

Bank of Hawaii was the business that raised the most at $6,419.

Winning the award for nonprofit fundraising was West Side Hoops, which collected $136,190. The top individual fundraiser was Dan Williams of West Side Hoops, who collected $45,980.

The property raising the most per capita was Maui Condo and Home at $483 per employee.

And for the sixth year in a row, Tri-Star Restaurant Group took first place in raising $7,000 for the restaurant category.

Top fundraisers include:

Individual Raising the Most Funds: Dan Williams, Westside Hoops, $45,980; Joyce Kawakami, Feed My Sheep, $26,200; Dr. Mary, Hale Kau Kau, $24,013;

Business Raising the Most Funds: Bank of Hawaii, $6,419; VIP Food Service, $4,255; Central Pacific Bank, $2,300;

Nonprofit Raising the Most Funds: Westside Hoops, $136,190; Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, $111,202; Lahainaluna High School Foundation, $94,961;

Hotel Property Raising the Most Per Employee: Maui Condo & Home Vacations, $483/employee; Kahana Falls, $263/employee; Wailea Point Village AOAO: $91/employee;

Property Raising the Most Funds: Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, $45,577; Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, $40,201; Hotel Wailea, $32,791;

Restaurant Raising the Most Funds: Tri-Star Restaurant Group, $7,000.

“Today was a beautiful day of the community coming together to raise funds for Maui County, enjoying time with friends, wonderful entertainment, good food and fantastic prizes. The Maui community has once again shown their generosity, volunteerism and compassion in raising funds for the Charity Walk on Maui. And most importantly, all monies raised on Maui stays in Maui County,” said Lisa Paulson, executive director of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association.

“Our ability to provide for Maui’s non-profits is a direct reflection of the integrity and philanthropic conviction of the visitor industry. This community is so strong and committed to caring for everyone; our island continues to raise more funds per capita than any other island in Hawaii.”

The Visitor Industry Charity Walk is a statewide event that takes place on Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

The Charity Walk is one of Hawaii’s largest single-day fundraisers with thousands of walkers and raises over $2 million annually to benefit charity.

Funds will continue to roll in throughout this month. Final amounts raised will be announced at the Charity Walk Reception on Aug. 9.

Mark your calendar for next year’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk: Saturday, May 11, 2019.

For additional information, contact the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association at 244-8625 or info@mauihla.org.