WAILUKU - Maui residents can host displaced Japanese citizens through an "Aloha Initiative" program.
The program is seeking volunteers on Maui and beyond who are able to open their homes to people who have left Japan due to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
Volunteers are also needed to host dinners and activities, and provide supplies and clothing. Businesses are encouraged to help by donating flights, food, clothing or whatever they can.
The program was founded by Keith Powers and Michiko Ishida-Powers, of Palo Alto, Calif., and Maui, along with Wailuku residents Keith Regan and Lynn Araki-Regan.
Mayor Alan Arakawa is also helping launch the program.
"Our goal is to provide survivors with an opportunity to get away and recharge themselves both physically and mentally," said Arakawa.