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Aloha for Japan

“Don’t you love Maui?”

October 6, 2011
Debra Lordan
Editor/General Manager

Well, on Saturday, Oct. 29, Barbara Kaneshige and Mark De Rensis will hold an Aloha for Japan yard sale and silent auction in Maui Meadows to raise money for the tsunami and earthquake victims that will do just that.

To that end, Barbara and Mark are looking for volunteers to work at the sale as well as elite yard sale and silent auction items.

Because this is no ordinary yard sale, they want the good stuff—new or like-new store-quality jewelry, clothing, art, plants, collectibles and furniture that will bring in top dollar for our friends in Japan.

Suggestions for silent auction donations include gift certificates for activities, dinners, art, massages, haircuts, manicures and classes, to name a few.

Barbara and Mark will also sell discount cards to be used at local businesses.

“Anyone interested in attracting more business by offering a 10 percent discount on merchandise or services should call as soon as possible to be included on our discount card,” said Barbara.

A silent auction donation of goods or services worth $50 or more ensures a spot on the discount card.

The purchase of a card also serves as ticket to the sale. Those not purchasing one will be asked for a $5 donation at the door.

So search your closet—and your heart—and bring donations, money and aloha to the sale, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3304 Akala Drive in Maui Meadows. (Carpooling is requested to lessen the neighborhood impact.) The rain date for the sale is Nov. 5... just in case.

Proceeds will go directly to Japan through a Maui church that has a chapter in Yokohama, and no administrative fees will be charged. The senior pastor there has spent 30 years in Japan, and through his myriad of contacts, every dollar donated will accomplish the work of $10 donated through conventional charities that have administrative and labor costs.

“The success of this sale depends on you,” said Barbara. “So come to our sale and ask your friends and the businesses you patronize to support this effort. I have, and so far, no one has said no. Don’t you love Maui?”



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