Thousands take part in annual visitor industry charity walk

Visitor Industry Charity Walk
Published: May. 20, 2016 at 2:05 PM HST|Updated: May. 21, 2016 at 2:46 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands converged on Waikiki on Saturday morning for the 38th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

Similar events are being held across the state.

Oahu's 5.25-mile walk kicked off at 7 a.m. at Ala Moana Beach Park.

The event started 1974 when the Hawaii Hotel Association organized a "super walk" to benefit a major charity.

Since its inception, the walk has raised more than $28 million, including a record $1.8 million during the 2015 event.

Mufi Hannemann, hotel association president and CEO, said the event is all about having fun for a good cause.

"What's significant about this fundraiser is that it's the visitor industry's way of thanking the community for its support by raising money that directly benefits the people of Hawaii," he said.

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