Ryan Nobriga to lead 2018 Charity Walk

RYAN NOBRIGA, Charity Walk chairman

Ryan Nobriga, general manager of The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, has been named 2018 Maui County Visitor Industry Charity Walk chairman, according to an announcement from the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association. He will oversee the Charity Walks held on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

“As the 2018 Charity Walk chairperson, it is an honor to represent the residents of Maui County. It is truly a privilege to lead the efforts for what is sure to be another successful year in Maui County,” said Nobriga.

In 2017, Maui County alone raised $1,212,066. For the last eight years, Maui has raised more money than Oahu, and Maui County has raised the most dollars on a per-capita basis since 1981, the announcement said.

The Charity Walk is one of the largest single-day fundraising events in Hawaii. In 2017 statewide, over $2.2 million was raised via walks held on Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, Maui, Lanai and Molokai. Since the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association started hosting the event in 1980, Maui County has raised a cumulative total of $11.6 million, benefitting hundreds of nonprofit organizations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. All the funds raised on Maui remain in the county to benefit the local community and its residents, the announcement said.

MHLA is a nonprofit organization founded to advocate for the visitor industry. The organization also provides educational opportunities via the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism and scholarships for UH-Maui College students, and benefits the community via the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner.

Next year’s walk will be May 5 on Molokai and Lanai and May 12 on Maui. Beginning in mid-December, nonprofit grant applications can be found online at www.mauihla.org