Rice distributed throughout Maui County for the holidays

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association distributed 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County in 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 5-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 distribution.

The rice was distributed on Lanai and Molokai on Nov. 18, and in Hana on Dec. 2.

Additionally, on Maui the rice is being distributed through “Feed My Sheep.”

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

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