Inspired to give

KAPAA — Davis Cortez recently lost his wife of 41 years. 

Despite his heartbreak, the maintenance technician with Pono Kai Resort wanted to show his appreciation for Kauai Hospice.

“This is very hard,” said the soft-spoken Cortez. “During the final days when we struggled, we got help from Kauai Hospice. They came over to the house to help the family during our struggle. Their effort helped us — a lot.”

Cortez presented Marilyn Solatre, Pono Kai human resources and accounting manager, a check for $1,000 to be used toward the Pono Kai effort for the Kauai United Way 2015 Campaign.

“How many more people are out there that received, or will receive help from these nonprofit organizations which come under the Kauai United Way,” said Peter Sit, general manager of Pono Kai Resort. “I’m sure it is not only Davis.”

Pono Kai Resort’s goal is $2,800 for the Kauai United Way campaign and in October, it is hosting three fundraisers.

The first effort gets under way immediately where Pono Kai staff and associates will have fundraising tickets for sale from Fish Express. Oct. 15 is the final day for ticket sales available by checking with the front desk.

On Oct. 17, Pono Kai will host its rummage sale in the resort’s parking lot.

The third event will take place from Oct. 23 with a silent auction in the resort’s lobby.

Kauai United Way established a goal of $700,000 for the 2015 campaign.

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