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Restaurant group, Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu, aids hurricane victims with donation, fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity Maui is assisting residents with repairing and rebuilding homes damaged by fires and floods resulting from Hurricane Lane.

The nonprofit has received additional support toward the recovery effort with a $60,000 contribution from Maui restaurant group Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu and with a dine-in fundraiser.

“When we saw the effects of Hurricane Lane, there was no question. We had to do something to help,” said Tim Moore, co-owner of Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu. “We connected with the staff at the Hawai’i Community Foundation for some direction about giving for the greatest impact, and they recommended Habitat for Humanity Maui.”

Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu has given $50,000 from the Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu Community Fund at the Hawai’i Community Foundation to help with rebuilding and repairs for those affected by Hurricane Lane. The Old Lahaina Lu’au will give an additional $10,000 from the company’s private foundation to support Habitat’s upcoming Build-A-Thon.

Additionally, the restaurant group has designated Oct. 13 as the official Hoaloha Cares fundraiser, when 20 percent of all sales from Old Lahaina Lu’au, Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle and Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Maui’s Hurricane Lane recovery efforts.

“We invite the community and visitors to the island to support those in need while enjoying good food with us on October 13,” said Moore. “But if you can’t make it to see us, consider giving directly to Habitat. They are making a significant difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors and every little bit helps. The most important thing to us on Maui is that we help each other.”

“Nothing means more than community generosity at a time like this,” said Sherri Dodson, executive director at Habitat for Humanity Maui. “We thank Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu for their generosity, which is helping to place Maui families back into their homes safely and soundly.”

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