The 41st annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk took place across the Islands in the month of May, raising over $2.5 million dollars for participating local charities.
This year, Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) had two teams: one on Hawaiʻi Island and one on Oʻahu. The teams were not competing, but raised money for different specific programs of PIDF.
On Oʻahu, the team raised over $1,300 for our Ka Paʻalana Homeless Family Education Program. More than two dozen staff and families turned out to walk the 5 miles through Waikiki, and everyone enjoyed the snacks and refreshing beverages along the way.
Almost $1,000 was raised for the Kona Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool sites. Their team included different sensory activities for keiki to participate in, such as rainbow rice, frozen dinosaur eggs, and more. One of their keiki graduates also placed second in the running competition.
“Tūtū and Me Kona had such a fabulous time participating in the [Hawaii Visitor Industry] Charity Walk,” said Dawn Taniyama, Site Manager I at Kailua-Kona. “Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo to all the helping hands and support received in making this such a valuable event!”