Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

May/June 2017

Walk for a Good Cause

Walk for a Good Cause

On May 13, more than 3,000 walkers and 160 runners will take part in the 39th Annual Charity Walk Fundraiser, sponsored by the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. Last year, $305,690 was raised for 54 Hawaii Island charities, and event organizers anticipate that even more will be raised this year.

“The Charity Walk will be bigger and better than ever,” said Steve Yannarell, co-chair of the Walk and general manager of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. “We’re adding food booths, enter tainment, and children’s activities ... it is shaping up to be a fun day that will also benefit some amazing organizations.”

In addition to the 5k run and walk, some 30 food stations hosted by hotels and resort restaurants will be set up around Queens’ MarketPlace where the race begins and ends. “All the food booths were asked to incorporate local tomatoes into their dishes,” Yannarell said. “That got our local farmers involved and added a fun twist.”

Children’s activities booths, a comedy act by m/c Tony Silva, a live radio broadcast, and a silent auction are also planned. Statewide, more than $2 million is raised by Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association Charity Walks each year, but as Yannarell says, “Money raised on Hawai`i Island stays on Hawai`i Island. I encourage everyone to come out and participate!”

For more information, call Bambi Lau 808-886-8128 or visit www.charitywalkhawaii.org

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: Registration 5:30 am – 8 am; Runner start at 6:45am, Walker 7:00am
Where: Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion