September 20, 2023

Spread holiday joy through the Kahiau Project

The holiday season is approaching, and the Kahiau Project is seeking applicants and donations to make this year’s holidays merry and bright for all families on Lanai.

Kahiau means to give generously and lavishly without the expectation of reward. True to its name, the Kahiau Project has been distributing gifts of clothing, new toys and food to families and individuals in need.

This year, there will also be a special toy drive for Lahaina children who were affected by the Maui wildfires.

The Salvation Army – Lahaina has supported Lanai for the past 18 years with the Kahiau Project. “They made our project great instead of just good,” said Lieutenant Kimberly Masse, project coordinator for Kahiau Project. “We would like to return the support from the island of Lanai to Lahaina residents affected by the Lahaina fires. If you’d like to participate in the toy drive for Lahaina children, please drop off your new unwrapped toys, household goods or gift cards to Bank of Hawaii, Lanai branch, starting on Friday, November 3. No money, clothing or used items will be accepted. All items donated to Bank of Hawaii will go to Lahaina. If you want to donate to the Lanai families, please drop off at the Lanai police station.”

“This will be the 19th year for the program. We strive to serve anyone who is truly in need, so I encourage people to fill out an application if they need help,” said Masse. “I am honored to be able to help our community and I thank all the participants and donors for their generosity each year.”

How do I apply for the Kahiau Project?

Lieutenant Kimberly Masse encourages families and individuals who may need assistance this year to apply.

Two applications are available, one for adult individuals and couples, and another for families with children under age 18. Those with children can also complete a separate wish list for their keiki so donations can be matched appropriately.

Applications can be picked up in the lobby of Lanai Police Station. Please call 808-565-8388 for more info. The deadline to submit your application is October 16, 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

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How do I give to the Kahiau Project?

If you’d like to support Lanai families in need, the Kahiau Project welcomes monetary and gift donations.

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations will go toward purchasing household items for families, including senior households.

Please make checks payable to “LCA” or “Lanai Community Association” and note Kahiau Project in the memo section of your check.

Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the police station by November 15, 2023:
c/o Maui Police Department — Lanai Police Station
P.O. Box 630626
Lanai City, HI 96763

A tax letter will be sent for all monetary donations.

Gift Donations

The Kahiau Project’s angel tree ornaments will be ready for pickup at the Lanai Police Station starting on October 27 until they are all taken. Ornaments will also be available at the Health Fair/Pet Day in Dole Park on October 28. Each ornament provides a wish list from a particular family, and you can choose an ornament to help fulfill a child’s holiday hopes this Christmas.

In addition to the angel tree items, the Kahiau Project is accepting new, unwrapped toys and gifts for older kids as well as Christmas wrapping paper.

Remember, all donated items must be new and unwrapped. Donations are being accepted through December 15 at Lanai Police Station.


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