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MHLA distributes 25,000 pounds of rice on Maui, Lanai and Molokai

By Staff | Dec 7, 2017

From right, Gov. David Ige, Lisa Paulson of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association and Jim Coon of Trilogy help distribute food on Lanai.

WAILUKU – The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) distributed 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County this November and December.

The annual “Rice for the Holidays” program began in 2009 when MHLA partnered with Jim Coon of Trilogy Excursions in their annual giveaway of turkeys to the residents of Lanai by adding a five-pound bag of rice with the turkey.

Since then the program has expanded to provide rice for food distributions on Maui and Molokai. In 2011, Hana was added to the program.

The rice was distributed on Lanai and Molokai on Nov. 18 and Hana on Dec. 2. Additionally, on Maui the rice is being distributed through Feed My Sheep.

Governor David Ige attended the event on Lanai and assisted with the turkey distribution to residents.

Volunteers get ready at the Molokai Veterans Center.

MHLA partners with many of its members to make this food distribution possible, including Costco Wholesale, Young Brothers and Island Movers.

“This annual food distribution would not be possible without the support of our members,” said Lisa Paulson, MHLA executive director.

“Maui’s visitor industry is a big believer in taking care of the community in which we all live.”

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to advocate for the visitor industry. The organization also provides educational opportunities and scholarships, and gives back to the community via the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner.

For additional information, contact MHLA at 244-8625.