Ukrainian community marks 32nd Independence Day while supporting Maui

Join the event for Ukraine's Independence on Saturday, August 26 at Magic Island, from 10 am to 5 p.m.
Published: Aug. 26, 2023 at 2:48 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 26, 2023 at 3:06 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Ukrainian community in Hawaii marks Ukraine’s 32nd Independence Day while supporting Maui wildfire victims with a special event at Magic Island today.

Hawaii Stands with Ukraine is hosting a family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 26 to share Ukraine’s culture, music, dance, games for keiki, art, and food while showing solidarity with the Valley Isle.

Lara Palafox, event organizer of Hawaii Stands with Ukraine, joined HNN’s Sunrise Weekends to talk about the significance of this year’s event, 18 months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Now that there is a war we are fighting daily to maintain independence, so it’s really an observation, a way to rally support, a way to come together as a community, it is a way to recognize that this is still going on daily lives are being lost, devastated people are losing their homes, it is just been destroyed,” Palafox said.

Connecting with the local community and sharing understanding and love are some of the goals of the group.

“Everybody is welcome, our group is made of all kinds of nationalities and locals coming to show support,” Palafox added.

Proceeds will go to support humanitarian needs in Ukraine, while a portion will go to the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.

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