Charity walks across the state reel in $2.5M for local organizations

Thousands gathered on Oahu this weekend for the annual event.
Thousands gathered on Oahu this weekend for the annual event.(HHIF (custom credit))
Updated: May. 19, 2019 at 12:23 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Walkers laced up their sneakers and got some ono food during Saturday’s annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Oahu.

An estimated 7,000 people walked from Magic Island through Waikiki to support local charities.

Hawaii, Maui and Kauai counties all held similar events earlier this month.

In all, the various events around the state brought in roughly $2.5 million which will all go toward local charities.

This was the 41st year of the event sponsored by the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association.

Mufi Hannemann, HLTA President and CEO, said, “We are thrilled with the community’s response to the Charity Walk. What’s most meaningful about the Charity Walk is that it’s the visitor industry’s way of showing its profound appreciation for the community by way of its fiscal contribution. We continue to fundraise and, thanks to the unparalleled support of our hospitality industry, and the generosity of many HLTA members, are able to provide assistance to hundreds of local nonprofits across our islands.

“We take great pride in organizing this perennial event and are gratified with the exceptional reception we continue to receive,” Hannemann added.

For more information on the event, click here.

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