The CHARITY WALK is a statewide event that occurs on Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu in May. In 2013, 14,700 walkers raised over $1,710,000 to help our local charities. In 1974 the Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association, formerly the Hawai'i Hotel Association, sponsored a charitable "Superwalk" to benefit one major charitable organization. In 1978, the Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association, formerly the Hawai'i Hotel Association, members voted to extend the reach of support offered by the Walk's fundraising capability. The Visitor Industry CHARITY WALK is the result of this decision. Since its inception in 1978, over $26 million has been raised and helped hundreds of local charities throughout the State.
When and where is the statewide Charity Walk?
The 37th Annual VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK will take place on:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Paddlers Inn, Hotel Molokai at 7:00 am
Koele, Lanai Senior Center at 7:00 a.m
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Mauna Lani Resort at 6:30 am for Runners and 7:00 am for Walkers
War Memorial Soccer Field at 7:00 am
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Historic County Building at 7:00 am
McCoy Pavilion (Ala Moana Beach Park) at 7:00 am
Who can participate in the statewide Charity Walk and how do I register?
ANYBODY CAN! You do not have to be a hotel employee, or a member of the Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association, or part of the visitor industry to participate. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, co workers, clients, schools, clubs, visitors/tourists ... to join us in a morning of fun, food, fabulous entertainment and a little exercise to help raise funds for Hawaii's local charities. All walkers on Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Maui are required to have a minimum of $35 for adults and $25 for those under 18 years of age (regardless of age including infants); and Kauai has a minimum of $35 for all walkers regardless of age to be collected in donations to participate in the CHARITY WALK.
Who do I contact for more information on the Charity Walk?
The Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association
CONTACT FOR OAHU:
Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association
CONTACT FOR HAWAII ISLAND:
Fairmont Orchid, Hawai'i
Darren Matsumoto (808) 887-7333
CONTACT FOR KAUA'I:
The Westin Princeville Resort Villas, Kauai Beach Resort
Marc Bennor (808) 827-8720
CONTACT FOR MAUI, MOLOKAI, & LANAI:
Maui Hotel & Lodging Association
Fast Facts on the Statewide CHARITY WALK
- Statewide Chair: Ben Rafter, Jororo & Chairperson Elect, Hawai`i Lodging & Tourism Association
- To Benefit: Hawaii’s Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organizations Statewide (Monies raised on the island stay on that island)
- Theme: PUT YOUR BEST SLIPPAH FORWARD
- Largest Amount Raised: $1.88 Million in 2014
- Total Amount Raised: Over $27 million since 1978
- Misc Facts: Only walk in the State where you can actually gain weight. Local non-profit charities to benefit from funds raised. Monies raised on the island, stay on that island
2014 VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK STATISTICS