Hudson and HMSHost Foundation Together Raise Nearly $300,000 to Support Ongoing Recovery on Maui Following Devastating Wildfires
Donations Will Benefit Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund
BETHESDA, Maryland (Oct. 23, 2023) – Today, travel experience leader Hudson and HMSHost Foundation announced that together the organizations raised nearly $300,000 to support the Maui Strong Fund of Hawai‘i Community Foundation, which is working tirelessly to provide financial resources for the people and places affected by the devastating Maui wildfires.
Donations came from passengers shopping at Hudson travel convenience stores across the U.S., as well as a grant from the HMSHost Foundation, funded in part by travelers donating change in quick-service restaurants operated by global restaurateur HMSHost at Kahului Airport (OGG) and contributing to a round-up-for-charity program at HMSHost’s full-service restaurants throughout the country.
“We have a deep connection to the Hawaiian Islands, operating in three of its largest airports where we employ more than 900 team members,” said Steve Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer, North America. “Our hearts remain with our Maui ohana and their families during this incredibly difficult time.”
“A heartfelt mahalo (thank you) to Hudson, HMSHost Foundation, and the many passengers and travelers who donated at convenience stores and restaurants for this incredible gift,” said Micah Kāne, CEO and president of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. “At Hawai‘i Community Foundation, we believe that by working together, we can accomplish great things, and this effort is a wonderful example of people coming together to offer kindness in a difficult time.”
In the days immediately following the wildfires, Hudson also joined forces with JFK International Air Terminal, Delta Air Lines, and several vendor partners to provide food and beverages, clothing, and other relief items in a supply run that was flown by Delta from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Hawaii.
Additionally, HMSHost associates employed at Kahului Airport (OGG) have been eligible to apply for financial support through the company’s HMSHost Cares emergency assistance fund, created for employees affected by natural disasters or other unforeseen circumstances.