Punahou’s recent Aloha United Way (AUW) campaign, held from Aug. 22 – Sept. 29, successfully raised donations for AUW’s Maui Fire Relief Fund.
AUW’s mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawai‘i’s residents by connecting resources, organizations and people. Facilitated by Punahou’s Luke Center for Public service, the campus community joined in these efforts by stepping up with support for Maui.
Each year, Punahou emphasizes compassionate giving over the donation amounts. Messages in Chapel set the tone to inspiring caring for others. Junior School students came up with creative ways to raise funds off-campus, from hosting neighborhood lemonade sales to organizing a local music concert.
Meanwhile, Academy students contributed by purchasing sweet treats, snacks and student-made stickers, notecards, crochet animals and more from fellow students in the Academy quad. To raise funds for donation, Punahou’s Polynesian Club also designed and sold “Maui Strong” bracelets, a popular product that sold out quickly.
“Focusing this year’s AUW efforts to support Maui’s fire relief made a lot of sense, given our students’ desire to help disaster victims and Punahou’s long-standing connection to AUW,” said Dani Goddard, director of Luke Center. “I’m proud that we could harness the enthusiasm in this way to serve our community.”
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