Local charity walk breaks records by raising over a million

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A statewide charity walk ended Saturday with a record-breaking total. The Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a whopping $1.15 million. More than 10,000 walkers on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and the Big Island, participated in the event, that raises funds for more than 200 local charities.

Maui raised the most money this year, a little more than $470,000, which is a record for the island. The president of Hawaii's Hotel and Lodging Association, Mufi Hannemann, said, "The economy is still difficult for many, yet the visitor industry continues to come out to show that they care."

Kelvin Bloom, the president of Aston Hotels and Resorts, expressed, "Considering the challenging state we're in and of course all of the aloha that we've shown for Japan, it just really demonstrates the aloha Hawaii has for Hawaii."

The annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk is one of the largest single-day fundraisers in the state. Since 1978, it has raised more than $23 million for local charities.