38TH Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk
Apr 28, 2016
Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hawai‘i Island—“A tradition of giving. We’re all in this together,” is the theme for this year’s Charity Walk, Saturday, May 14 at Waikoloa Beach Resort. The annual 3.1-mile run, walk (and snack) event was created by the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association in 1978 as a way for the visitor industry to “walk the walk,” and give back to community.
Since then it has grown into a major fundraiser statewide, generating over $28 million in the last 37 years. In 2015 alone, 11,200 walkers raised over $1.8 million to help local charities, with funds raised on the island, remaining on the island to support numerous non-profit groups and noteworthy causes.
Hotel and resort properties from across the island enjoy the friendly competition of Charity Walk, challenging each other to win the race, bring out the most participants, raise the most money, and serve up the best food. In addition, those chosen as beneficiaries will support the runners and walkers with aid stations along the scenic route from Queen’s MarketPlace to Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations, and back to Waikoloa Bowl.
“The Visitor Industry Charity Walk is something we in hospitality look forward to every single year,” said Rob Gunthner, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association-Hawaii Island Chapter Chair. “But it’s not just for hospitality workers, anyone can participate. We’d love for visitors to come and walk along with us, then join us over in the Bowl for some great music and entertainment, and outstanding food by our Waikoloa Beach Resort restaurants.”
Participants of all ages can join in the morning exercise and camaraderie for a minimum pledge of $35 adults, $25 age 18 and under. Afterward, the expansive lawn of Waikoloa Bowl will take on a county fair atmosphere with 20+ food stands from the restaurant and hotel chefs, entertainment by DJ Tiger and Beyond Paradise, live radio broadcast by DC from B93, Eddy O with Native FM, and more.
Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties. The Resort also includes award-winning Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call (808) 886-8822.
CONTACT: Margo Mau Bunnell
Title: Sales & Operations Manager
Phone: 886-8822 or 345-9364
For Immediate Release