The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will celebrate Community Connections Week starting Sept. 21 with volunteer events and donation programs to benefit island organizations.
On Sept. 21, hotel employees, community members and guests will participate in the International Coastal Clean-Up at White Rock Beach. Organized by the Ocean Conservancy and coordinated locally by Malama Maui Nui, the cleanup is a global effort to clean the world's coastlines of harmful marine debris.
In 2012, more than 500,000 volunteers picked up more than 10 million pounds of rubbish worldwide, with the team at The Fairmont Kea Lani contributing 2,233 pieces of trash to the effort.
Also during the week, employee volunteers will donate their time to prepare and serve hot meals Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center in Wailuku. To support the hotel's commitment to local farmers, employees will have the option of purchasing a Maui-grown produce box, with a portion of the proceeds going to Hawaii Islands Land Trust.
A portion of the proceeds from Ko restaurant's mauka harvest salad will be donated to the Maui County Farm Bureau to train and educate young farmers. Keiki's Cupboard, a local organization that provides the basic necessities for Maui's school children, will be the recipient of a school supply donation drive during. The Hui Lanakila Keiki Hula Halau will receive the resort's ti leaves to use for skirts.
For more information, visit Fairmont.com/kealani. To participate in the coastal cleanup at White Rock Beach, meet at the hotel's makai entrance at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21 or call 875-2290 for more details.