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'It's our kuleana': MLB player raises more than $20K for Big Island disaster relief

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On Monday, Kolten Wong set a goal to raise $200,000 for Hawaii Island residents affected by Kilauea's string of recent eruptions. Just 24 hours later, the Cardinal's second baseman's GoFundMe page shot past the $20,000 mark. 

With most of the donations ranging between $15-$100, the page has inspired quite a few people from St. Louis to Hawaii to open their wallets for the cause. According to the GoFundMe page, 340 people have already donated.

"If you can help, no matter the amount, it will mean the world to those who have lost so much in such a sudden turn of events," said Wong in a statement. "We feel that it’s our kuleana (responsibility) to do what we can to assist our neighbors, family, and friends."

"Let’s show the Big Island the meaning of the 'Aloha Spirit," Wong said.

In the video posted on the GoFundMe page, Wong says raising funds for lava victims' disaster relief is especially meaningful to him because he grew up just miles away from Leilani Estates.

That community, located near Wong's hometown of Hilo, has suffered the most devastation as fissures continued to open throughout the neighborhood over the weekend.

In another tribute to the 808, Wong wore a sleeve honoring Hawaii during the Cards game against the Cubs on Saturday and hit a two run walk-off home run in St. Louis's 8-6 win. 

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