Businesses and organizations are continuing to come together to raise funds to help earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Fundraisers include baked goods and T-shirt sales, as well as organizations asking for monetary donations.
Foodland and Sack N Save stores also are selling "Kokua Japan" T-shirts for $15, with all profits donated to the American Red Cross. The shirts can be purchased online at www.foodland.com.
Customers may donate money through Foodland's "Kokua Japan" matching gifts program at any Foodland and Sack N Save checkout. Customers are invited to make a $5, $10 or $20 donation, and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match all donations up to a total matching gift of $150,000. The matching gifts program runs through April 30. T-shirts are available until they are sold out.
Hilo Hattie is selling T-shirts with two different designs. One is called "Aloha for Japan," which memorializes the time and date of the earthquake featuring the islands of Japan.
The other design, "Feel the Aloha," features the red Hinomaru "rising sun" with a heart outline encircling it. All of the profits will be donated to the American Red Cross for Japan relief efforts. The T-shirts cost $9.99 each, plus tax. They are available at Hilo Hattie and Island Edge Hawaii stores. The shirts can be purchased online at www.HiloHattie.com.
The Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai (Japanese prefectural associations), along with its sister Kenjin Kais in Hawaii as well as the Maui Taiko group are seeking donations for its "Fukushima Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund." Money raised will go directly to the International Affairs Division of the Fukushima Prefecture Government so that the funds can be distributed to victims in areas most in need of assistance, a news release said.
Checks may be made out to the "United Japanese Society of Hawaii" or "UJSH," and on the bottom left corner, note: "Fukushima Relief Donation." Donations may be mailed to Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai, c/o UJSH, 2454 S. Beretania St., No. 303, Honolulu 96826. Deadline is April 16.
Those with questions may call Maui Fukushima Kenjin Kai President Brian Moto at 281-1671.
The Paia Rinzai Zen Mission, which has strong ties with temples in Miyagi Prefecture, an area especially affected by the earthquake and tsunami, is seeking donations to help the temples, one of which is housing more than 30 people and feeding members of the community.
Donations may be made to the Paia Rinzai Zen Mission, with a note on one's check: "Tsunami Relief." Contributions may be mailed to Paia Rinzai Zen Mission, P.O. Box 791586, Paia 96779.
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union is accepting donations for the American Red Cross-Hawaii State Chapter Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief fund. Monetary donations will be accepted through April 30. Employees have conducted fundraising efforts along with matching contributions from the credit union.
Maui Bake Sale for Japan will be held Saturday. Treats will be sold at the Maui County Agricultural Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu and the Maui Swap Meet from 7 a.m. to noon at the University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului. Funds raised will go to Peace Winds Japan, a disaster-response group providing medical supplies, clothing and restoration materials to victims.
Organizers updated the criteria for baked goods and issued a list of drop-off sites.
Treats will need to be dry baked goods such as cookies, muffins, breads, butter mochi, malasadas, and cakes and cupcakes with sugar-based frosting. No whipped cream or cream cheese frostings or filled pastry items, which includes custards and meats.
Donors must include a list of ingredients, suggest a donation price, individually wrap each item (to make it easy to store and sell) and deliver in containers that do not need to be returned. Gluten-free/vegan items should be clearly labeled.
Items may be dropped off at:
Maui Culinary Academy, at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus from 4 to 6 p.m. today.
Maui County Agricultural Festival, Taste Education Tent, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m., Saturday.
Maui Swap Meet, (call or text to 205-7273 for location), 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Origami cranes will be folded. Donations of origami paper and nonfood items welcomed, but people should call before bringing a nonfood donation. To volunteer or for more information, call 205-7273 or send email to Shannon@mauimagazine.net.