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Grassroots effort raises more than $3,000 to prevent Milolii dengue spread

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By Victoria Cuba

A grassroots group on the Big Island has found a way to fight the bite.

Paa Pono Milolii, a group that serves to preserve the culture and the people of Milolii, decided to raise funds after the county blocked access after the area became a hot spot for dengue fever on December 23.

The group created a GoFundMe account to raise funds that will purchase supplies to prevent the spread of dengue fever in the area.

The page was able to reach their goal of $3,000 on Sunday and is continuously receiving donations.

“There's been an outpouring of support, not only here in Hawaii, but we got but we got donations from the Mainland,” said Kai Kahele, executive director of Paa Pono Milolii. “It's really been a community effort coming together and Paa Pono Milolii is just, in respects, the glue that brings them together.”

The funds will go towards buying mosquito nets, coils/punks and DEET-free repellent for the residents.

“When we asked, hey, what could we do to as an organization to help the residents of the village, they said, you know what, this is what we really need right now,” said Kahele. “And it's very expensive.”

One mosquito net cost $30 and the group was looking to purchase 100 of them. The group also purchased all the mosquito punks from a nearby Ace Hardware store.

Although they’ve reached their original goal, Paa Pono Milolii is still accepting any donation.

“It's gonna go a long way to help the residents, the villagers, the keiki, the kupuna there in Milolii,” said Kahele. “If you have ever come to South Kona, if Milolii has ever touched you in some way, shape or form, please make a donation.”

To make a donation, visit their GoFundMe page www.gofundme.com/ztg9544s or their website www.paaponomilolii.org.

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