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Maui County walks raise $1.3 million

More than 2,400 walkers, along with taiko drummers, gather at the starting line of the 41st annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on May 11 at the War Memorial soccer field. Presented by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, the event features food, prizes and entertainment, in addition to raising $1.3 million this year on Maui, Molokai and Lanai, according to organizers. Pacific Dream Photography photo

The Maui News

The final fundraising tally for the 41st Visitor Industry Charity Walk in Maui County in May was $1,316,956, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association announced Friday.

This is the fourth year that the charity walk has exceeded $1 million in donations, the lodging association said. Events on Maui, Molokai and Lanai drew more than 2,400 walkers.

Preliminary reports had $1,208,302 raised, but funds continued to roll in after the walks, the lodging association said. By island, Maui raised $1,227,162; Molokai, $23,432, and Lanai, $66,362.

Maui raises more money per capita than any other island, the lodging association said. A total of $2.66 million was raised on Charity Walks on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii island and Maui County.

A charity reception was held at The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa on Friday, where 100 nonprofit organizations were honored for their participation in the Charity Walk. Top fundraisers were honored as well:

≤ Individual raising the most funds. Dr. Mary Trotto, Hale Kau Kau, first, $36,159; Joyce Kawakami, Feed My Sheep, second, $32,819; Dan Williams, West Side Hoops, third, $28,800.

≤ Nonprofit raising the most funds. Na Hoaloha, $72,430, first; Hale Makua, $63,610, second; West Side Hoops, third, $55,827.

“Our industry remains committed to providing for and positively impacting the lives of our residents of Maui County,” said Lisa Paulson, executive director for the lodging association. “We are thrilled to have surpassed the $1 million mark for the fourth year in a row.”

She noted that the funds go to 100 Maui County nonprofit organizations that help children, elderly people and athletic organizations and health and housing organizations.

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association was founded in 1987 to advocate for the visitor industry. It provides educational opportunities for high school and UH-Maui College students, scholarships and the Kupuna Dinner.

Next year’s Visitor Industry Charity Walks are set for May 2 on Molokai and May 9 on Maui and Lanai.

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