Hale Makua brings in $175K at fundraiser

Hale Makua Health Services raised a record-breaking $175,963 in September at its annual fundraiser, “Kokua for Kupuna,” which helps provide health care services for the frail and elderly on Maui, the nonprofit announced.

On Sept. 9, a sold-out audience of 460 enjoyed a beachfront luau dinner under the stars at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Singer-songwriter Henry Kapono, a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and Grammy nominee, entertained guests.

This year’s event honored Sue D. Cooley — a longtime supporter who died earlier this year — with the Ho’olina Award for her legacy of giving to Hale Makua and the Maui community. Over her lifetime, Cooley donated more than $4.6 million to Hale Makua and was instrumental in the building of Lahainaluna High School’s football stadium, which now bears her name. Roy and Betty Sakamoto accepted the award on behalf of the Cooley family.

Hale Makua also recognized the support of the O.L. Moore Foundation, which has contributed $171,000 over the past 25 years to Hale Makua and more than $4.5 million to charities nationwide. Ed Moore began giving to Hale Makua through the foundation in 1992, after the nonprofit helped provide skilled nursing care in Moore’s home following a knee surgery.

More than 100 businesses made in-kind donations for the silent auction, and dozens of people volunteered for the fundraiser. Baldwin High School SCHWA Media students presented a video about Hale Makua at the event.

The private, nonprofit Hale Makua encompasses more than 450 employees serving two nursing homes, a home health care agency, a rehabilitation center, an adult day health center and an adult residential home.