Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, residents on Lanai have come together to embrace the spirit of giving by helping or donating to the Kahiau Project. The community exemplified the true meaning of “kahiau,” which means giving generously and lavishly without the expectation of anything in return by making donations of cash, toys, non-perishable foods, clothes and personal hygiene products.
Fifteen years of giving
Organized by the Maui Police Department – Lanai, this year marks the 15th year that the Kahiau Project has brought holiday cheer to those in need, from keiki to kupuna. Sgt. Kimberly Masse and her team started collecting anonymous contributions in October and gathered wish lists and applications from potential Kahiau Project recipients.
This year, 31 families and 89 children, kupuna at the senior center and long-term patients at the hospital received gifts from the Kahiau Project. Additionally, 30 special bags of goodies were distributed to Lanai residents.
Spreading joy among community organizations
In addition to families and individuals, the Kahiau Project strives to support organizations like Lanai Senior Center and Lanai Community Hospital. Monetary donations allow Kahiau organizers to arrange ferry trips and other special gifts for kupuna served by Lanai Senior Center or the Lanai Community Hospital.
The Kahiau Project enjoyed another successful year thanks to the neighbors who practiced the kahiau spirit and embraced the true meaning of the holidays. Mahalo to those who participated!