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Hotel association names Charity Walk chairperson

CHRIS RABANG, Charity Walk chairperson

Chris Rabang, general manager of The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, has been named chairperson of the 2020 Charity Walks on Maui, Molokai and Lanai by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association.

“Being born and raised here, it is an honor and privilege to be named the 2020 Charity Walk chairperson for Maui County,” said Rabang. “I look forward to partnering with the hospitality industry and with our local business partners for another successful event.”

Maui County raised $1.3 million for community nonprofits through the Charity Walk event in 2019. According to a news release, for the last 10 years, Maui has raised more money than any other county statewide and more money per capita since 1981.

“Maui has always been at the forefront of the statewide Charity Walk event and with Chris’ leadership this year we will continue that tradition,” said MHLA Executive Director Rod Antone. “The work that nonprofits do in our islands is more important than ever and helping them to raise funds is just another way the visitor industry gives back to our community.”

The Charity Walk is one of the largest fundraising events in Hawaii. Statewide in 2019, over a $2.6 million was raised via walks held on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii island, Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

Since the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association started hosting the event in 1980, Maui County has raised a cumulative total of $14.2 million, benefiting hundreds of nonprofit organizations countywide. All the funds raised on Maui remain in Maui County to benefit the local community and its residents.

Next year’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk is set for May 2 on Molokai and Lanai and May 9 on Maui. Nonprofit grant applications will be available in mid-January and can be found online at www.charitywalkhawaii.org/maui.

Additional information can be received by emailing info@mauihla.org.