[6]    Relay for Maui

[6] Relay for Maui

In the early hours of August 8, 2023, a massive fire occurred in the state of Hawaii, resulting in significant damage, particularly in the western region of Maui Island. The historic town of Lahaina, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, has suffered extensive destruction due to the impact of this catastrophic event. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all those affected by this disaster.

In order to expand the circle of support from participants and sponsors of the Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN, we have initiated the collection of relief funds for Maui Island. Donations received from event participants and sponsors will be channeled through the JTB Goodwill Foundation, a non-profit organization in Hawaii. These contributions will be utilized for community relief efforts and reconstruction support in the schools and communities of western Maui.

The event will not deduct any administrative fees from the received donations; the entirety of the funds will be contributed to the local community for their benefit.

JTB Goodwill Foundation

The JTB Goodwill Foundation is a non-profit organization in Hawaii that aims to support cultural exchange and relationship-building between Hawaii, Japan, and countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2018, we donated $35,000 to students pursuing degrees in the tourism industry and hospitality at the University of Hawaii. In 2019, we contributed $30,000 to Hawaii Pacific University, and in 2021, we provided a scholarship of $40,000 to Kapiʻolani Community College. The relief funds collected through the Rainbow EKIDEN will be donated to the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, intended for use in community relief efforts and reconstruction support in the schools and communities of western Maui.