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Walking It Forward Around Maui

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Congratulations and mahalo to Brian Sato, who completed his 165-mile walk around the island of Maui on October 22nd. Brian’s trek, which he dubbed “Walking It Forward” raised nearly $3,000 in funds for the residents of Hale Makua Wailuku, especially to purchase gifts for those residents who don’t have family and friends visiting them during the holiday. He began his walk October 11th at Baldwin Beach Park and headed to East Maui, then South Maui and then to West and Central Maui.

Brian has been a long-time supporter of Hale Makua Health Services, and for many years has been filling the Christmas wish lists of residents. Last year when he asked for a wish list and found a large screen TV for he Activities Room at the top of the list, he started to think of ways that he could make this wish come true. He was inspired by Ward Mardfin’s “The Road: My 200 Mile Walk Around Maui” in 1962, and decided to turn his circle island trek into a fundraiser to benefit Hale Makua residents.

We are extraordinarily grateful for the tremendous amount of time, sweat, and effort that Brian put into Walking It Forward, and the many local businesses and individuals who supported him with food to eat or a place to rest along the way!

Read more about Brian’s trek here in the Maui News.

Pictured above, Roger Dennis Hawley, the record holder for walking/hiking around Maui in nearly five days in 1967, greets Brian as he finishes his trek. Photo courtesy of Darren McDaniel.

Tags: Fundraiser, Community Giving