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Top 20 things to do on Maui, Jan. 18-28: Wildfire fundraiser, MLK Jazz Tribute, UB40 feat. Ali Campbell, Maui Pops and comedian Nick Swardson

This week on Maui there are some major concerts—the legendary reggae band UB40 featuring singer-songwriter Ali Campbell, and the Maui Pops Orchestral performs Disney songs with Susan Egan and Adam Jacobs who originally performed the music. Plus, nationally known comedian Nick Swardson, and A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Maui Jazz. Read On Chevron Forward

Maui CARE Flights, travel gift program launched for Maui wildfire-impacted families

A new travel gift program was announced on Wednesday, providing more than 3,000 roundtrip Alaska Airlines flights, as well as Disneyland tickets and accommodations to Maui families affected by the Aug. 8 wildfires.

SME Salesperson of the Year recognized for his efforts in providing emergency food and aid following Lahaina wildfire

Sales and Marketing Executives Honolulu (SME Honolulu) named Chad Buck as the company’s distinguished recipient of its Salesperson of the Year award for 2023. Buck is credited as the driving force behind multiple successful enterprises, including the Hawaiʻi Foodservice Alliance; and for his community outreach including his work to bring food and aid to Maui following the Lahaina wildfires.

Update/postponed: Hawaiʻi Catholic Community Foundation and Maria Lanakila Church present Spiritual and Wellness Health Fair

Update: The Hawaiʻi Catholic Community Foundation and Maria Lanakila Church have announced the postponement of their ‘Spiritual and Wellness Health Fair,’ originally scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Royal Lahaina Resort’s Aliʻi Ballroom.

Maui United Way approves $150K in emergency funding to address unmet food needs for wildfire impacted families

Maui United Way stepped in today to provide emergency stop-gap funding to a hui of organizations led by Common Ground Collective dedicated to feeding vulnerable fire-impacted families on Maui’s West Side while also providing a boost to local farmers.

Reyn Spooner raises $15K for Maui Strong Fund on Lahaina Sailor Day

Reyn Spooner raised more than $15,000 for the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund on Lahaina Sailor Day on April 7, 2024. This recent effort brings the total contributions from the aloha wear company and its dedicated customers to more than $120,000 for disaster relief and recovery following the devastating wildfires in Maui.

Fresh Help Maui and Maui Eat Local launch ‘The Lahaina Cookbook’

Fresh Help Maui and Maui Eat Local Magazine gathered 100+ food and drink recipes from West Maui’s most loved chefs and restaurants to pay homage through a new project, “The Lahaina Cookbook.”

Matson increased community support to $8.7M in 2023, including $1.7M to Maui disaster relief, community support

In 2023, Matson contributed $6 million in cash, services and equipment support to organizations in Hawaiʻi, Guam/Micronesia and the South Pacific, with the largest concentration of giving in Maui disaster relief and community support at $1.7 million.

Maui Preparatory Academy presents financial aid benefit event this Saturday

Maui Preparatory Academy has announced an upcoming financial aid benefit, “Fly Pueo, Fly,” scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Maui’s Kamalei Kawaʻa’s ‘The Voice’ journey concludes, launching homecoming concert series

On Monday night, Kamalei Kawaʻa’s journey on NBC’s “The Voice” came to a close. The singer, originally from Paukūkalo, reached the Playoffs last week, securing a spot in the top 20 after a journey that began in early March.

Independent Energy President Makes $50,000 Donation to Maui Wildfire Relief

The president of solar energy company Independent Energy, Desta Rudolph, has donated $50,000 to Project Empower, a nonprofit that has focused on helping Maui recover from deadly wildfires that destroyed the historic town of Lahaina, displacing thousands of residents. The donation will bolster the collective efforts of a number of organizations to build 88 units of emergency housing at the 10-acre ʻOhana Hope Village.

KS Children’s Chorus draws nearly 1,000 people to free community concert on Maui

Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus hosted a free community concert Friday night at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The concert, He Leo Aloha No Maui, drew nearly a thousand people to “share the gift of mele to bring healing and hope to the people of Maui,” according to the organizers. Children from the Children’s Chorus sang “O Lahaina, E Hoi Ka Nani” during the event.

Maui visitor industry feeds kupuna and Maui residents

On Friday, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association fulfilled another year of caring for senior citizens of Maui County through the 2024 Spring Nā Kūpuna Appreciation Event.

Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood and others contribute to Lily Meola’s song ‘Hope in the Ashes’ to aid Maui wildfire victims

When Maui was hit by a devastating fire last August, the nation collectively grieved. For singer and songwriter Lily Meola, who was born and raised on Maui, the heartbreak ran deep. So, she did what she does best—poured her pain and feelings into song. Initially revealed in a rare live performance on her Instagram account, “Hope in the Ashes,” is now available everywhere you get your music with all proceeds from the song being donated to the Maui Food Bank.

ACE Scholarships grants $105K to Lahaina school affected by Maui fires

ACE Scholarships, a nonprofit that works to expand access to K-12 education opportunities, is providing a $105,000 grant to help Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina to offset tuition costs for displaced families while they rebuild in the wake of the devastating Maui wildfires. 

Lions Clubs International donates money and time to help UH Maui College “Feed Maui”

With its latest donation of $25,000, received late last month, the total donated to “Feeding Maui” by Lions Clubs Maui Region VI Zone 1 (the name of the international fund) is more than $66,000.

Maui United Way announces new $500,000 ʻOhana Mental Health Grant opportunity

Maui United Way announced on Wednesday a new ʻOhana Mental Health Grant opportunity, offering 5 to 10 mental health grants of $50,000 to $100,000 each, for eligible nonprofits. The grants are aimed at supporting local nonprofits working to meet the ongoing mental health needs in the aftermath of the wildfires.

Krank Cycles Maui to donate over 100 bicycles to displaced residents in Lahaina

A newly opened bicycle shop in Lahaina is giving away over 100 bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis to Maui residents who have been displaced by wildfires. Two events will be held to distribute the bicycles, on Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27 at Krank Cycles’ Lahaina location.

Hawaiʻi Community Lending nonprofit awarded $400K to aid Lahaina homeowner recovery

In a significant boost to aid Lahaina homeowners affected by last year’s wildfires, American Savings Bank (ASB) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) have announced an allocation of $400,000 to Hawaiʻi Community Lending through the FHLB Member Impact Fund.

$100K+ in grants support Maui Youth Programs after wildfires

Today, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) announced the award of $104,491 to three nonprofit partners focused on providing assistance to Maui families with children who have been affected by the Maui fires in August 2023: the Alexander Academy Performing Company, Maui Junior Golf Association, and Unda Kava 808. In total, the Maui Strong Fund has now distributed $2.4 million in grants in the “Children and Family” sector.

‘Lahaina Spirit’ coffee table book created to help fire survivors, honor town’s memories

Inspired by the devastation of the Aug. 8 Maui wildfires, Makawao artist and gallery owner Jordanne Perkins picked up her brushes and painted her Lahaina Strong Series — 45 paintings in 52 days to honor Lahaina residents and memories of their historic town.
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