Walkin’ shoes on despite weather

First Photo: Lahaina residents Rebecca Segura (right) and Ashley Akamina, both 10, play with balloons made by Darby Gill and Maui High School students during the 35th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday morning at the War Memorial Complex. The Maui High students, who are members of Health Occupation Students of America, include juniors Irish Princess Dela Cruz, Cyrell Ann Bueno and Vanessa De Cambra.

Second Photo: Comedian Frank De Lima provided entertainment during the event.

Third Photo: Deana Kamaka, 7 (right), of Wailuku tries to throw a tennis ball in a bin in the “A Keiki’s Dream” area that included balloons and arts and crafts

Fourth Photo: More than 2,300 people from more than 70 different businesses and organizations participated in the walk. A total of $701,716 was raised.

Since its inception, the event has raised $24 million that benefit Maui County charities, said event Chairman Tom Bell, who is also president of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts. “This was a great turnout,” he said. “Despite the threat of rain, everybody showed up. It’s a wonderful community effort to see all the businesses come out and give back to the County of Maui.”