By Maui Now Staff
Hale Kau Kau, a meal program for the hungry in South Maui, holds its 16th Annual Fundraiser this Saturday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.
The theme this year, “Celebrate the Joy of Giving,” features dinner and dancing with the band Asian Blend, and pre-dinner entertainment by students with the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Institute for Hawaiian Music.
Hale Kau Kau has been offering hot, nutritious meals to the hungry in South Maui since 1991.
Organization leaders say the program offers meals each night to 100-140 individuals who do not have resources to meet basic food needs. Hale Kau Kau also delivers hot evening meals to 70 to 80 homebound elderly, ill and disabled residents on Maui.
The non-profit program operates out of Saint Theresa Church in Kīhei.
Tickets for tomorrow’s fundraiser are available by emailing [email protected], or via phone by calling (808) 875-8754. Cost is $110 per person.
In a letter inviting continued support from donors, Rev. Msgr. Terrence A.M. Watanabe, Executive Director of Hale Kau Kau and Pastor of Saint Theresa Church, said “the need for the feeding program continues, as the number of meals served in 2014 approached 58,500, with an increasing number of meals being delivered to the homebound elderly.”
Hale Kau Kau Manager Program Director Richard Hoang also commented in an organization press release saying, “We are so grateful to the volunteers from the community who for over 24 years have given generously of their time and talents to help the less fortunate and homebound in the community. We are delighted that other churches in South Maui have joined the effort, most notably Kīhei Lutheran Church, Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church, and Keolahou Hawaiian Church, by providing support in many ways, including membership on the Hale Kau Kau Advisory Board.”