Families were selected for the program based on personal need and circumstance. Those women, men and children selected will spend up to 90 days with host families who will provide the displaced residents with a warm, nurturing environment during their time of crisis.
The public may donate new or gently used clothing at Araki-Regan & Associates, 1823 Wells St, Suite 2A, in Wailuku; Kahului Hongwanji Mission, 291 S. Pu‘unēnē Ave. in Kahului; and Omochaya in Pukalani Terrace Center. Omochaya requests that donors call 572-9833 in advance of making donations.
“Monetary donations are also needed and we thank First Hawaiian Bank for its generous donation as well as for allowing all of their branches throughout Hawai‘i to serve as collection points until July 15,” said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, the Honorary Chair of The Aloha Initiative.
The Aloha Initiative has paid for traveler’s insurance, and ground and discounted air transportation to and from Hawai‘i.