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Chamber closes in on fireworks fund-raising goal

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010


LAHAINA — The Maui Chamber of Commerce, organizer of Lahaina’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration for the second year in a row, fell $2,000 short in its annual drive to raise $40,000 for the fireworks, closure of Front Street street and other costs.

Pam Tumpap, chamber president, said, “How spectacular is this that the chamber was able to serve as the catalyst to bring the community together once again to support a fireworks show for residents and visitors to in Lahaina? Although our thanks go out to our many contributors, additional donations are still welcome.”

Noting that some local businesses advertised events associated with the fireworks but failed to contribute, the Chamber’s West Side Committee that

helped plan the event plans to launch a yearlong drive to increase participation and make the celebration even bigger and better next year.

Jill Holley, sales and marketing manager of the Hard Rock Cafe, was elected the new chair of the West Side Committee at recent meeting.

Tumpap said Holley played a key role in aiding the chamber staff and solicited the most contributions for the Fourth of July celebration.

The Hard Rock also contributed $1,000, lined up radio coverage and provided free posters and advertising for the event.

New contributors include of Cheeseburger in Paradise, Longhi’s Lahaina and Paragon Sailing for $1,000 each.

Aloha Self Storage donated $750 and Kahana Falls Resort contributed $500.

Previous early bird contributors include AAAAA Rent A Space, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Expeditions, Kimo’s and Old Lahaina Luau, which all contributed $1,000.

Cool Cat Cafe, Feast at Lele, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Lahaina Fish Company, Minds Eye Interiors, Pioneer Inn and The Wharf Cinema Center all contributed $500 to $800.

Fireworks were launched above Lahaina Town for the tenth straight year.

Before the Maui Chamber of Commerce took on coordinating the event, fund-raising was handled by LahainaTown Action Committee and later the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.