June 2011

In response to the March 2011 disaster in Japan, Mana Foods participated in the Jeans for Japan fundraiser, offering to match funds dollar for dollar, up to 10,000. A big mahalo to the customers of Mana Foods, who donated $10, 000. $3300 were donated at the register and an anonymous donor has donated $6700 for a total of $10,000 from the community. Mana Foods matched this amount, bringing collective donation total to $20,000 for Japan relief.

The Aloha Initiative organizers today announced that over $35,000 has been received through the “Wear Jeans for Japan” fundraising effort held last month. Out of the total funds received, Mana Foods donated $20,000 through donations made by its customers, employees, and owners.This money is going to the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui’s Japan relief effort, The Aloha Initiative . This program raises funds to bring evacuees from the recent Japanese nuclear disaster to Maui and matches them with families who have volunteered to “open up their hearts and homes.”

As a result of Mana Foods generating the most donations per employee, Mayor Alan Arakawa today presented the “Wear Jeans for Japan” award to Theresa and Edward Thielk, owners of Mana Foods.


Photo: L-R, Managing Director Keith Regan, Theresa and Edward Thielk of Mana Foods , Lynn Araki-Regan and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.