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    Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross-Hawaii Chapter, received a check yesterday for $50,000, donated for Japanese tsunami relief by readers of the Star-Advertiser. Presenting the check was Dennis E. Francis, right, Star-Advertiser president and publisher. "I want to thank the thousands of Star- Advertiser subscribers who gave so generously to help our friends in Japan," Francis said. J. David Kennedy, Star- Advertiser senior vice president/sales & marketing, was also present.

Isle businesses, residents give $6 million for relief

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

Weinberg Foundation donates $100K to Red Cross

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.

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