Although “small kine” compared to Skoll’s efforts, there are several Maui businesses who realize a little goes a long way when giving back to their community, even in a delicate economy.
Restaurants and bars may not primarily come to mind when you think of charity, yet many of these business owners are dedicated to not only utilizing local products, but also supporting the environment, island keiki and elders—all on top of working endless hours to maintain their livelihood.
I first met “the boys” of 808 Deli, and now 808 Bistro, at a 2009 benefit for one of Maui’s own soul sisters at Mulligan’s On the Blue—a locale that serves a thriving nightlife and as a venue for fundraisers. Since then, the 808 guys have continually supported community efforts on variant levels, with co-owner Josh Richardson frequently inquiring, “What can I do?”
The generous locale is currently holding an open-donation fundraiser in June for the Kïhei Youth Center (KYC)—a community-based nonprofit that’s close to my heart. Just by donating $10, you can support an amazing organization and perhaps enjoy a menu item, every day for year, for just a penny a day. (Call 879-1111 for details.)
The kind owners of the South Shore Tiki Lounge are presently holding the “Great Napkin Doodle,” with all art sales donated to Keiki Cupboard. “There are so many ways to be creative with fundraising where everyone wins,” said Tiki Lounge Co-owner Alma Tassi.
The popular Kïhei locale has also held a Tiki Art Show (with a portion of the proceeds benefiting KYC), a Surf Photo Show for Save Honolua Coalition and a Ka Ipu Kukui fundraiser.
Other businesses creatively contribute, including Maui Brewing Co.’s “Pint Nights” on the West Side and various fundraisers hosted by Flatbread Co. in Pä‘ia. Stella Blues Café donates over $20,000 annually, particularly to Hospice Maui.
Mahalo to all these benevolent businesses, and many others unmentioned, for their unselfish endeavors to put a little bit of good back into a community that helps them thrive.