$400,000 donation helps Grand Wailea hotel workers

The $400,000 Maui Malama Project, administered by Maui Economic Opportunity, assisted 94 households of Grand Wailea Maui workers with rent/mortgage, utility, child care and other expenses.

Dr. John W. and Patricia Canzano funded the grant to help workers impacted by the closure of the resort due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents of South Carolina, the Canzanos are regulars at the Grand Wailea and wanted to give back to workers, some of whom they have come to know personally.

Administered in December, the grants ranged from $330 to $5,000 based on years of service and were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Payments were made directly to businesses for workers’ current, future and arrears bills.

The largest number of payments went to credit cards and loans, followed by rent/mortgage and utility bills, including electricity, water, phone and internet, MEO reported.


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