Feeling the beat at 41st Charity Walk
More than 2,400 walkers, along with taiko drummers, gather at the starting line of the 41st annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday at the War Memorial soccer field. Presented by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, the event features food, prizes and entertainment, in addition to raising $1,208,302 this year on Maui, Molokai and Lanai, according to organizers. Participants include visitor industry workers, nonprofits and business representatives who raise funds leading up to the walk by hosting bake sales, luaus, car washes, golf tournaments, tug-of-war competitions and more. Top fundraising honors and totals include the following categories: Property — Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, $35,790; business — PWC Hawaii, $5,701; nonprofit — Na Hoaloha, $72,430; individual — Dr. Mary Trotto of Hale Kau Kau, $36,159; and property per capita — Maui Condo and Home, $436 per employee.