Maui County’s 43rd Annual Charity Walk Raises Nearly $1 Million
The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association celebrated 43 years of giving back to the community with its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, August 20.
More than 1,300 walkers gathered at War Memorial Event Field for a morning of exercise, food, prizes and entertainment. An impressive total of $960,000 was raised.
March participants included employees from the tourism industry, non-profit organizations and business representatives. Many of these walkers began their fundraising efforts months before the event by collecting pledges from friends and family, hosting bake sales, chili kitchens, golf tournaments, concerts , etc.
The Grand Wailea Maui took top honors for hotel properties with $51,911 in donations received. AMP Restaurants was the company that raised the most with $10,241. The Feed My Sheep team won the award in the non-profit category, which raised $150,000.
Non-profit organization raising the most funds:
- 1st Location: Feed My Sheep $150,000
- 2n/a Location: Hale Makua $111,420
- 3rd Location: Maui Economic Opportunity $54,409
Companies raising the most funds:
- 1st Location: AMP Restaurants $10,241
- 2n/a Location: VIP Dining $10,000
- 3rd Location: Southwest $2,000
Property raising the most funds:
- 1st Location: Greater Wailea Maui $51,911
- 2n/a Location: Hyatt Regency Maui $26,724
- 3rd Location: Andaz Maui $19,811
“Today was an amazing day as the community came together to raise funds for Maui County. It was so good to see people in person and to see everyone reconnecting and moving on. time with friends, great food, and great prizes. The Maui community has once again shown their generosity and compassion in supporting Maui’s nonprofits. All funds raised today stay here in the Maui County,” said Lisa Paulson, executive director of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association. “Our ability to support Maui’s nonprofit organizations is a direct reflection of the visitor industry’s philanthropic belief. This community is so committed to caring for everyone Our island raises more funds per capita than any other island in Hawaii.”
The Charity Walk is one of the largest one-day fundraising events in Hawaiʻi, with walks held on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi Island and Maui and raising more than $2 million annually to benefit a Charity association. Funds will continue to be received throughout this month. The final amounts collected will be announced in October.