‘Hawak Kamay’ resource fair to unite Filipino community after Maui wildfires
In the wake of the recent wildfires that ravaged parts of Lahaina, a beacon of hope is set to shine on Sept. 23 at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The “Hawak Kamay” (literally “holding hands” or “hand-in-hand”) Filipino resource fair, organized by the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, promises to provide support and comfort to individuals and families affected by this devastating natural disaster.
This initiative recognizes the importance of fostering familiarity and trust within the affected Filipino community, ultimately building a stronger, united front during these challenging times.
Wildfires not only destroy homes but they can also shatter trust within communities. The Hawak Kamay Filipino Resource Fair aims to rebuild confidence and belief by providing a safe space where people can find the support they need. This event bridges the gap between those seeking help and the available resources.
The Philippine Consulate of Honolulu will hold an outreach event at the same venue from Sept. 22 to 24. It will offer essential support for individuals who lost documents like passports during the wildfires, ensuring they can rebuild their lives.
Meanwhile, the Maui Filipino Chamber’s Bayanihan Fund, supported by local and global donors, aids in recovery. The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, along with a coalition of organizations, will amplify efforts for the fair.
Hawak Kamay Filipino Resource Fair is a powerful reminder of community strength, unity, and support during challenging times. It highlights the resilience of Maui’s Filipino community, extending a hand to rebuild lives and hope.
If your agency is actively involved in disaster relief efforts, this presents a valuable chance to connect with the Filipino community. To get involved, register here.