POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 3:34 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2012
Hawaii residents and businesses have donated about $6 million for disaster relief since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the lieutenant governor's office announced.
The Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Japan-America Society of Hawaii each reported collections of about $3 million, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz said in a news release last week.
"This relief effort has exceeded everyone's most optimistic projections," said Schatz, whose office leads the Aloha for Japan statewide relief campaign.
The totals include $365,000 donated by Hawaiian Electric Industries, its employees and customers, and more than $200,000 netted in a Lei Day for Japan food-tasting event featuring dishes from Morimoto Waikiki, Chai's Island Bistro, Alan Wong's and others.
The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce volunteer hot line and email address for inquiries related to the campaign are 949-5531 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in Japan.
"We are so grateful to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their compassion in this time of great tragedy," Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Red Cross Hawaii chief executive officer, said in a news release.