The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association is distributing 25,000 pounds of rice throughout Maui County this November and December.
The annual "Rice for the Holidays" program began in 2008 when MHLA partnered with Jim Coon of Trilogy Excursions in the annual giveaway of turkeys to the residents of Lanai by adding a 5-pound bag of rice with each turkey. Since then, the program has expanded to provide rice for food distributions on Maui and Molokai. In 2011, Hana was added to the distribution.
The rice was distributed on Lanai on Nov. 17 and Molokai and Hana on Dec. 1. On Maui, the rice is being distributed through Feed My Sheep.
Rice was distributed on Lanai on Nov. 17 as part of The Maui Hotel & Lodging Associations county wide “Rice for the Holidays” program.
MHLA works with many of its members to make this food distribution possible, including Costco Wholesale, Young Brothers and Island Movers.
"This annual food distribution would not be possible without the support of our members," said Lisa Paulson, executive director of MHLA. "Maui's visitor industry is a big believer in taking care of the community in which we all live."