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Hawaii Island United Way general campaign underway


Kick-off rallies in Hilo and Kona were conducted last week, celebrating the 46th Annual General Campaign of the Hawaii Island United Way.

The goal for this year is to raise $1.2 million to support 54 programs that are provided by 40 partner agencies.

Each year, more than 75 percent of Hawaii Island residents benefit from the health and human service programs offered through the Hawaii Island United Way’s Partner Agencies.

“This year’s theme, Give With Aloha, speaks to the generosity that our island is known for. It’s giving from the heart rather than the pocket, giving above and beyond”, said campaign co-chairman, Wally Lau.

Randy Kurohara, campaign co-chairman, said, “We are off to a great start in reaching our goal thanks to our Pacesetters. On behalf of the entire board of directors, I’d like to thank AFL-CIO community service liaison, County of Hawaii Human Resources, fire, police and Office of the Mayor, Creative Arts Hawaii, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Hawaii Gas, HGEA-AFSCME Local 152, ILWU Local 142, Hawaii Division, Macy’s, Target, United Parcel Service and Watanabe Insurance Services.”

Founded in 1967, Hawaii Island United Way aims to unite people, organizations and resources to build a healthier community. All funded programs fall within the impact initiatives of education, income and health, and 98 percent of all donations received stay on Hawaii Island.

For further information, call Jeanine Atebara at 935-6393 or visit:

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