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MHLA Distributes 25,000 Pounds of Rice for the Holidays

December 7, 2016, 1:48 PM HST (Updated December 7, 2016, 1:51 PM) · 0 Comments
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Lānaʻi Rice Giveaway, L-R: Randy Coon; Jim Coon, Trilogy

Lānaʻi Rice Giveaway, L-R: Randy Coon; Jim Coon, Trilogy

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association distributed 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County this November and December as part of its annual “Rice for the Holidays” program.

The program started in 2009 when MHLA partnered with Jim Coon of Trilogy Excursions in their annual giveaway of turkeys to the residents of Lānaʻi by adding a five-pound bag of rice with the turkey.  Since then the program has expanded to provide rice for food distributions on Maui and Molokaʻi.

In 2011, Hāna was added to the distribution. The rice was distributed on Lānaʻi on Saturday, Nov. 19; and on Molokaʻi and in Hāna on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. On Maui rice is being distributed through “Feed My Sheep.”

MHLA partners with many of its members to make this food distribution possible including COSTCO Wholesale, Young Brothers, and Island Movers.

Molokaʻi Rice Giveaway, picture includes Barbara Haliniak, Albert Ranis, Jr. with Young Brothers, Christine Christensen with Maui Hotel & Lodging (children a part of Ranis ʻohana)

Molokaʻi Rice Giveaway, picture includes Barbara Haliniak, Albert Ranis, Jr. with Young Brothers, Christine Christensen with Maui Hotel & Lodging (children a part of Ranis ʻohana)

“This annual food distribution would not be possible without the support of our members.” said Lisa Paulson, Executive Director for MHLA. “Maui’s visitor industry is a big believer in taking care of the community in which we all live.”

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to advocate for the Visitor Industry. The organization also provides educational opportunities and scholarships, and gives back to the community via the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Excellence in Education golf tournament and Kupuna Dinner.

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