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When Honolulu law firms compete the Foodbank wins

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "No one in Hawaii should ever go hungry, so this is something we can make it fun, and we may compete against the law firms but the real winners are the community".  Kelly LaPorte, Partner and Management Committee Member of the law firm Cades Shutte, describes the essence of a three-firm competition.  

The goal is to see who can raise the most food and money for the Hawaii Foodbank in advance of its Food Drive Day Saturday April 18

"We are having a great time with it and we are all pushing each other to donate more and more" said Maria Mason, Chief Operating Officer of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel.
"It's just bragging rights, that's all we have” added Jim Starshak, Partner at Carlsmith Ball.
Each firm is employing different techniques and tactics to try to one-up the other.  Goodsill is focusing on monetary donations through bake and rummage sales, raffles, and a homemade ‘Plinko' board in the firm's foyer.
"We realize the Foodbank can make those dollars stretch so much further than we can" said Mason.
Starshak, who's known LaPorte for over two decades, divulged he's sent moles to the competing firm to see how much they've collected.
"I'm getting reports from the other two law firms.  So far I think they're trailing--but I think they may be sandbagging us".
LaPorte and Cades Shutte are definitely sandbagging.  While a modest display greets those who enter the lobby of the firm, off to the side, an entire room is lined with 170 bags of rice. 

Crates of canned foods stack chest high.
"Oh I think we'll win, we'll give more.  I think we'll give more to the community here" he said.
All acknowledge the competition is friendly, and the ultimate goal is to help those in need.
"This is really a good, worthwhile cause.  The efficiency of the Foodbank is incredible.  We're way up in the 90 percent of everything that comes into the door goes back into the people who need it” said Starshak.
Hawaii News Now is a proud sponsor of the Hawaii Foodbank Food Drive.  On Saturday April 18, donations can be made at the following sites:


  • Kapolei Commons
  • Koko Marina Center 
  • Costco, Hawaii Kai Towne Center
  • McCully Shopping Center
  • Pearl City Shopping Center
  • Pearl Highlands Center
  • Town Center of Mililani
  • Waianae Mall Shopping Center

          * Pacific Mall (Sack N Save)
          * Waianae Store
          * Tamura Superette

  • Waiokeola Congregational Church – Kahala  
  • Waterfront Plaza    
  • Windward City Shopping Center

  • Big Save (Eleele)    
  • Big Save (Koloa)     
  • Big Save (Waimea)    
  • Foodland (Princeville)
  • Kmart (Lihue)   
  • Safeway (Kapaa)  
  • Times Supermarket (Lihue)
  • Walmart (Lihue)

Big Island
  • Sack N Save Hilo     
  • Sack N Save Kona
  • Sack N Save Puainako
  • Foodland, Waimea
  • Foodland  Keaau
  • Malama Market, Pahoa

Maui (April 24-26)

  • Safeway Maui Lani
  • Foodland Kahului
  • Long's Kahului
  • Safeway Kahului
  • Island Groceery Depot
  • Sac N' Save
  • Foodland Kehalani   
  • Safeway Kihei
  • Long's Kihei
  • Times Kihei
  • Foodland Kihei
  • Foodland Lahaina
  • Safeway Lahaina
  • Times Honokowai
  • Foodland Pukalani
  • Long's Pukalani

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