Hot Shots – 6/12/24

Blood Bank Helps Lahaina Victims

Blood Bank of Hawai‘i donated $15,000 to Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund as part of its “Maui Strong. Blood Strong” campaign. For every whole blood, platelet or plasma donation received, Blood Bank of Hawai‘i contributed cash to the fund. The initiative resulted in 6,680 donations, which surpassed the organization’s goal of 4,000 donations. Pictured are (left) Mary Leong Saunders, vice president of philanthropy, Hawai‘i Community Foundation; and Kim-Anh Nguyen, president and CEO, Blood Bank of Hawai‘i. Photo courtesy Blood Bank of Hawai‘i

Support For Keiki, Culture, ‘Āina

The American Association of Geographers and National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education teamed up to support the well-being of Hawai‘i’s keiki, culture and the environment. The two associations collaborated with Kanu Hawai‘i to bring together more than 10,000 members at Hawai‘i Convention Center. Pictured are (from left) Neil Hannahs, chairman of the board, Polynesian Voyaging Society; Keone Kealoha, executive director, Kanu Hawai‘i; Gary Langham, executive director, American Association of Geographers; Lotus Yasuda, student pledge ambassador, Waipahu High School; Justin Lincks, senior program administrator, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education; Jared Higashi, vice president of government and community affairs, Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association; and Tom Mullen, president and CEO, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau.