Maui is known for its aloha and welcoming spirit throughout the community. But, in these uncertain times, our island needs aloha more than ever. Although it may be hard to physically be there for our loved ones and for one another, Maui has countless programs and donation sites set up to help you lend some aloha to those who are more vulnerable, less fortunate, or who need a helping hand. Whether it’s monetary donations, food supplies, running errands, or sharing this information with others, we all need to do our share for our beloved island.
1. Maui Food Bank
Maui Food Bank is supporting low-income families and kids who are struggling with their next meal. One of the programs they have implemented is grab-and-go meals for kids who won’t have free school lunches anymore. Head to the website to find out more about the virtual food drive, helping a food drive, making a donation, or more about the school programs across Hawai’i here.
2. Our Kupuna
Spreading aloha to those who need it, Our Kupuna is an elderly assistance program that lets you do your share for the community. Those who have not traveled outside of Hawai’i in the last 21 days and are free of COVID-019 can volunteer to assist one of Maui’s kupuna (elderly) by shopping for groceries, picking up medication, or any other needed supplies. Find out more here.
3. Sunshine Orchids of Maui (Example)
We thought we’d share an example of going out on your own to safely bring a smile to people’s faces during this hard time. Sunshine Orchids of Maui delivered 936 orchids to Hale Makua residents and staff. Due to COVID-019, a lot of places like animal shelters, nursing homes, and hospitals are cooped up without visitors. Sending gift baskets, flowers, or special gifts can help bring a smile and lift spirits. Find out how Sunshine Orchids of Maui brought a smile to everyone’s face here.
4. Salvation Army - Hawaiian and Pacific Islands
The Salvation Army is helping supply our local communities with food assistance and meals for those in need. By donating money or supplies you can help them assist more families in Hawai’i who are depending on them. They are also looking for donations of hand sanitizers, paper products, cleaning products, face masks, and other personal protective equipment. Donate online and find more information here.
5. Maui Rapid Response
Maui Rapid Response helps frontline workers with supplies as well as assisting Maui’s unsheltered (homeless) families in the community. MRR is looking for the following donations: hand sanitizer bottles, women’s underwear, women's sports bras, gauze pads, gauze rolls, Neosporin, deodorant, gallon plastic bags, baby formula, water, tents, sleeping bags, fresh fruit, homemade vegan cookies or muffins, clean women’s yoga pants & T-shirts, men’s gym shorts, Clorox wipes, regular wipes, and baby wipes. Drop off is at 355 Hukilike Street, Unit 104, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Find More Info Here