Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of Hotelies who solicited and donated prizes, or bid and won the prizes, we raised over $100,000 for CHS last year. We will again be running an auction along with the Hall of Fame program. If you would like us to feature your company products by donating a prize, please email Richy or me. We would be grateful for your kind contributions.
Proceeds from the auction support the programs of CHS including the Hotelie Super Sunday and, this year, 25% of the proceeds will support the community in Maui. In 2010, Julie Morikawa ’01, created the non-profit, ClimbHI, with the mission to improve the hospitality community of Hawai’i and thus developed a certificate program for high school students that teaches fundamental skills for employment in the hospitality industry and beyond. In response to the devastating fires in the historic town of Lahaina on August 8th, the training focus shifted to Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) certification for students. CERT-trained individuals are entered into the FEMA database and will deploy as needed to support emergencies by assisting with logistics, organizing volunteers, providing shelter support, and offering other skills needed to respond to disaster. The goal is to build Maui’s next generation into leaders that emerge stronger together from this tragedy that can stand as pillars and support their peers, and for this to be a new model for youth facing future tragedies not only in Hawaii, but also the world.