Maui musician donates funds for relief efforts

In light of the recent devastation brought to the state of Hawai‘i by severe rainstorms and flooding, Maui musician and kumu hula Keali‘i Reichel and Borders Books, Music & Cafes across the state, have reached out to help those affected.

The bookstore and Reichel will donate $5.00 of all sales from Reichel’s first album, “Kawaipunahele” directly to the Hawaii Chapter of the Red Cross for flood relief and other disasters. Punahele Records and Borders are offering the CD at $9.99, which normally has a retail value of $15.99.

The bookstore in Lihu‘e’s records show that on Wednesday, the first day of the fundraising campaign, 29 copies of the CD were sold. It remains the store’s best seller.

The torrential rains and flooding have inflicted damage to homes all across the state. The Hawaii Chapter of the Red Cross has responded by opening evacuation shelters, providing food and clothing to thost that are displaced.

The goal for their efforts is to raise $50,000 for the Hawaii Chapter of the Red Cross.

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