Visitor industry shows aloha for community

PO‘IPU — More than 36 charitable, nonprofit organizations received checks from the 2008 Visitors Industry Charity Walk, Tuesday evening.

“We had a record crowd Tuesday night with more than 90 attendees,” said Jolene Ogle, a member of the Visitors Industry Charity Walk Committee. “It’s always exciting to be giving out the money that everyone has been working so hard to raise over the past year.”

The event was held at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa, one of the key partners in the annual walk, and Doug Sears, general manager for the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i, said this was one of the ways the visitors industry gives back to the community.

According to a press release from Ogle, the 2008 Visitors Industry Charity Walk, headed by chairperson Matt Humphreys, raised more than $200,000.

“That total makes it one of the most successful years we’ve had,” Ogle said. “The money given out Tuesday night will stay right here on Kaua‘i to help our communities.”

The excitement of the evening had Ogle saying the committee is already starting the process for the 2009 walk.

George Costa, general manager at the Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Resort, and the current president of the Hawai‘i Hotel & Lodging Association, Kaua‘i Chapter, will take what we have learned this year to continue the success of the Visitors Industry Charity Walk so we can continue to help fund these exceptional organizations and its projects, Ogle said.

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