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Bazaar to raise funds for Japan disaster relief

By Staff | Apr 7, 2011

LAHAINA — Lahaina Jodo Mission is calling out to the Maui community to join together in raising funds to aid in the rebuilding of areas in Japan impacted by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

The “Ganbare! Japan, Kokua from Hawaii” benefit bazaar will be held on Sunday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission, 12 Ala Moana St.

The event will include a rummage sale, food and bake sale and silent auction.

“Ganbare!” is a Japanese term that means “try your best” or “persevere.” It is often used to encourage people in times of strife.

Along with the fund-raiser, there will be prayer offerings for the more than 11,000 people who have lost their lives and over 16,000 still missing, as well as prayers for healing and rebuilding, at 2 p.m.

In addition, the Aloha Mai quilt project will send messages of aloha through handmade quilts that will be distributed in Japan. Squares will be available for those who wish to add a message to the quilt.

Proceeds from the bazaar will be sent to Tohoku University Earthquake Disaster Relief. Donations are welcome in Japanese yen. Checks can be made payable to Lahaina Jodo Mission (please note: Tsunami/earthquake Relief Fund).

To donate items, call 661-4304.

In related news, Kokua Japan will be held Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wailea Tennis Center.

Join in some “chop suey” doubles play for a minimum $20 donation, which includes lunch, and bid on silent auction items.

Any and all donations will be accepted payable to the American Red Cross (note: For Japan Disaster Relief Fund). For information, call Mike Kinoshita at 244-4553 or Jane at 264-2862.