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With the community’s help, T S Restaurants raises $11,681 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

By Staff | Dec 18, 2020

A Generous Slice of Hula Pie is an event created in 2018 as part of the T S Restaurants Legacy of Aloha program. It allows the restaurants to raise funds to support organizations making an impact on their communities.

KAANAPALI — T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California hosted a Generous Slice of Hula Pie event on Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28. All proceeds of all Hula Pie sales in all 13 restaurants were donated to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

During the two days, over 1,200 Hula Pies were sold and eaten, and this combined with additional monetary donations raised a total of $11,681 for AFSP.

T S Restaurants would like to extend a huge mahalo to the local Maui community for participating.

“Even before COVID-19 the prevalence of mental illness in the United States was on the rise. The isolation and stress of the pandemic has only exacerbated this mental health crisis,” said Susie Saxten, T S Restaurants chairman of the board.

“We hoped that this event will shine light on the problem, increase the dialogue in the T S ‘Ohana about mental health and also raise money to support a great organization. We are so grateful for our community that came out to support this event and allowed us to make this impact.”

Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants owns and operates 13 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill Kaanapali and Duke’s Beach House on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Duke’s Huntington Beach, Duke’s Malibu, and Duke’s La Jolla in California.

For more information about T S Restaurants visit www.tsrestaurants.com.

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

For more information about AFSP, visit https://afsp.org.