2019 Visitor Industry Charity Walk
What a beautiful blessed weekend! Weather was perfect – sunny and warm with plenty of aloha. Leah, the Operations Manager for Hoku, and I had gotten up at zero dark thirty to start the day off with a spectacular sunrise hike before heading into town for the 41st Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Started in 1974 by the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association, this annual walk benefits local charities (all Hawaii non-profit charities are eligible to benefit though I’m not sure of the selection process).
On Saturday morning, we joined the throng of approximately 7000 walkers and volunteers. It was such a fun and delicious time! We snacked and drank and danced our way through the five miles from Magic Island to Waikiki and back.
Local high schools came out to participate in cheering walkers on (way to go, youth! Love that you’re getting involved!), several radio stations were there (shoutout to Tisha and the 95.5 TheFish family!), and even Ana from Frozen showed up! Local hotels, companies, and organizations manned checkpoints and plied walkers with everything from ice water to POG juice to Shaka tea, from pasta with fresh mozzarella and basil to fried pork belly, from a local treat of Li Hing Ice Cakes to Melona Bars. By the time we finished the walk and got into the lunch lines, I think we had both gained a few pounds rather than lost any!
The best part? Approximately $2.5 million was raised statewide and this money will all benefit local charities! Mahalo to everyone who participated and supported!
Hoku Hawaii Tour’s Travel Blogger Ruth B is an avid hiker, ocean-lover, and foodie (poke and acai bowls… yes please!). For more adventures and recommendations, follow her on IG @adventures_of_ruthb and shoot her a DM.