Hale Makua Health Services’ annual fundraiser, Kokua for Kupuna, raised a record-breaking $175,963 to help provide healthcare services for the frail and elderly on Maui.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, a sold-out audience of 460 individuals came out to support the nonprofit organization, and enjoyed a delicious lūʻau dinner beachfront and under the stars at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.
Guests were treated to a performance by Grammy-nominated and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning singer-songwriter Henry Kapono.
This year’s event honored long-time supporter and friend Sue D. Cooley with the Ho‘oilina Award. She passed away earlier this year. This award was accepted by Roy and Betty Sakamoto on behalf of the Cooley family for Sue’s legacy of giving to Hale Makua Health Services and the Maui community. Over her lifetime, Sue donated over $4.6 million to the organization and was instrumental in the building of Lahainaluna High School’s football stadium.
The O.L. Moore Foundation was also recognized for its avid support of the nonprofit, contributing $171,000 over the past 25 years to help the organization serve Maui’s kūpuna and over $4.5 million to charities nationwide, with an extensive focus on Maui charities. After having knee surgery, Ed Moore required skilled nursing care in his home and relied on Home Health by Hale Makua to help with his wound care needs. Appreciative of the care he received, Ed began giving to Hale Makua through the O.L. Moore Foundation in 1992.
Highlighting the evening was a short video about Hale Makua Health Services shot and produced by Baldwin High School SCHWA Media students Carl Antiado, Josh Ooka, Mykaela Padron, Katherine Swor and Devyn Yarbrough. Under the direction of their advisor, Trisha Roy, the students spent two days shooting video at Hale Makua during their summer break, and countless hours editing and producing the video.
Kokua for Kupuna would not have been possible without tremendous support of the over 100 businesses that made in-kind donations for the silent auction and dozens of volunteers. In addition, the event is made possible by the generous support of sponsors: Title Sponsor Atlas Insurance Agency; Major Sponsors Carlsmith Ball, First Hawaiian Bank, HMSA and Kaiser Permanente; and Supporting Sponsors ACM Consultants, Alexander & Baldwin, AlohaCare, American Savings Bank, Arisumi Brothers, Betsill Brother, Dowling Company, Genesis Healthcare, Goodfellow Bros, HFM Foodservice, Hawaii Gas, Islands Hospice, MDX Hawaii, Maui Oil Company, Maui Soda & Ice Works / Roselani Ice Cream, Munekiyo Hiraga, Ohana Health Plan, Sakamoto Properties, Servco Foundation, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, VIP Foodservice / Island Grocery Depot, Vizient and Willis Towers Watson.
About Hale Makua Health Services
Hale Makua Health Services is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, established in 1946 to provide a home for elders who had no one to care for them or means to pay for care. It is the only Eden Alternative registered home in the state of Hawaii, and is one of Maui’s largest non-government employers. Over 450 employees serve two nursing homes; a home health care agency; a rehab center specializing in both in and out-patient physical, occupational and speech therapies; an adult day health center; and an adult residential care home. Visit the organization’s website at HaleMakua.org.
About SCHWA Media
SCHWA Media is Baldwin High School’s after school digital media club that meets bi-weekly. The SCHWA club was historically known for making the school-wide announcements, but has since grown to encompass communications, journalism and multimedia. The organization provides students with 21st century skills in video production, broadcast journalism and graphic design.