Visitor support agency sets fundraiser

Money will go to help travelers in need of assistance

HONOLULU (AP) — The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, or VASH, a nonprofit agency that responds to Hawaii visitors in distress, is in need of more resources to meet growing demands.

The agency, in conjunction with the Waikiki Improvement Association and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, will hold a fundraiser Wednesday at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Money raised will go toward providing visitors with transportation, clothing, food vouchers and assistance with accommodations, VASH President and CEO Jessica Lani Rich said.

“We’re hoping to raise at least $10,000 to carry us through the summer, which is a time of more need,” Rich said.

Rich said VASH partners with organizations to inform the public about crime trends and criminal hotspots and offer safety tips, especially about visiting natural attractions.