HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The president of Nagoya Toyopet — Japan's largest Toyota dealer — presented a $10,000 check to the Hawaii Foodbank on Wednesday for the relief and recovery of those affected by severe flooding earlier this month.
Kazuo Naguri, the president of the car dealership, had originally presented the donation check on Monday, to the City and County of Honolulu for relief and recovery purposes. However, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell suggested that the money be given to the Hawaii Foodbank instead.
Oguri has regularly visited Oahu with his father and brother for the last 17 years, along with 250 associates and their families.
The Oguris have a history of donating to Hawaii causes, including water pumps at the Honolulu Zoo, and repairs to the clock in the Honolulu Hale courtyard, among others.The $10,000 donation came from Nagoya Toyopet employees who pooled their personal funds to raise the money.
"Mr. Oguri is a great friend to the people of Hawaii and this monetary gift shows that his employees also appreciate the fond kinship that exists between Honolulu and Japan," said Caldwell, in a news release.