Candidates for public office are invited to sign up for a display table at the 50th Kupuna Aloha Luncheon, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 30, in the Grand Wailea Haleakala Ballroom.
Five decades ago, the event was organized by Maui Economic Opportunity to give kupuna an opportunity to meet candidates for Maui County office face to face. Vendors, nonprofits and government agencies, who have a connection to kupuna, also are invited to sign up for a table.
The cost of a table is $200 and includes one meal ticket. For candidates, the fees collected are considered an advertising expense. Funds raised will help defray the luncheon cost of the 300 kupuna who are expected to attend.
Door prizes also are being solicited for the luncheon.
The deadline to sign up for a table is July 5. Checks may be made payable to Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.; please note “Kupuna Aloha Luncheon” in the memo line.
This is the first in-person kupuna luncheon held since 2019 due to the pandemic. In addition to meeting candidates, the event honors kupuna who have volunteered their time, skills and funds to strengthen the Maui County community.
Tony Krieg, the long-time CEO of Hale Makua, and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono will be honored as Kupuna Advocates of the Year. Hirono will be appearing via livestream.
For more information, contact Zilpah Kaimiola, Planning and Coordinating Council senior coordinator, by phone at (808) 243-4313 or (808) 269-1058 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks may be mailed to MEO, P.O. Box 2122, Kahului, HI 96733.
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