Facebook founder Zuckerberg to donate $1M to Kauai flood relief efforts

Published: Apr. 18, 2018 at 5:45 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 at 10:39 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Facebook founder and part-time Kauai resident Mark Zuckerberg is donating $1 million to flood relief efforts on the Garden Isle.

A spokesperson for the Zuckerberg family tells Hawaii News Now that the tech billionaire and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will divide the money between three organizations: the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Kauai Habitat for Humanity, and Kauai Economic Opportunity.

"Kauai has become our family's retreat and sanctuary," the couple said in a statement. "We are heartbroken by the floods and are committed to helping the community recover and rebuild an even stronger one."

The island of Kauai – and especially the communities that line the island's North Shore – were battered by heavy rains and historic flooding over the weekend. Residents on the island are preparing for the possibility of more severe weather beginning on Wednesday night.

Zuckerberg and Chan have already made donations to the American Red Cross and Malama Kauai this week to support flood relief efforts.

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