Masked volunteers lend a hand


Masked residents help protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19 while volunteering to serve their community. Bob Goodmanson (right) helps with food boxes at Maria Lanakila Church’s food drive on April 23. The event was hosted by Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter, Kanu Hawaii, Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, Love the Sea, Feed My Sheep and Pacific Whale Foundation. It was one of four food drives held by the groups with others at Kuau Store Deli & Market Maui in Paia, AutoZone in Kahului and Hope Chapel Maui in Kihei. Overall, four food drives collected 1,350 pounds of food and $1,318 in donations. Thirty-two medical kits were built for Maui Rapid Response. Pau Vodka Distillery made a large donation of sanitizer.

SECOND PHOTO: Bill Countryman and the Marriott Maui Ocean Club donate a carload of personal protective gear, as well as food and gift baskets, to Hale Makua on April 13. Shown are Countryman (from left), general manager of the Marriott Maui Ocean Club; Roy and Betty Sakamoto, who offer their volunteer energy; and Fred Schriefer of Marriott security.

THIRD PHOTO: Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran (from left), Rep. Troy Hashimoto, Joel Kawasaki of TJs Warehouse Outlet and Nisei Veterans Memorial Center volunteer Anna Mayeda are shown with masks at TJs Grocery Outlet in Wailuku. They were one of the teams with the NVMC and Maui United Way that together handed out 8,000 face masks during a May 5 Giving Tuesday “Be a Hero, Wear a Mask” campaign. Additional distribution sites included Island Grocery Depot (Kahului and Lahaina), Pukalani Superette, Hale Makua and Valley Isle Federal Credit Union. Volunteers included Mayor Victorino, professional surfers Kai Lenny and Ian Walsh. The masks were part of Every1neHawaii’s Masks4All campaign. “This was indeed a community effort, and we are thankful to Every1neHawaii for the masks and for the support we received from all of our partners to ensure the masks got to the community,” said Deidre Tegarden, executive director of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. “We initially received 160,000 masks, which we were able to distribute through Maui United Way and other local nonprofit partners.”

FOURTH PHOTO: Maui County Federal Credit Union donated $30 Starbucks gift card, healthy snack bars and a workout towel to the 26 Hale Makua Home Health Care staff recently. It’s part of saying mahalo to the medical community, the credit union said. Pictured are Robyn Yamashita (left) and Cathy Nakamura.


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