All hands were on deck this weekend as over 20 volunteers from HLTA’s Engineers Advisory Council, allied membership, and various hotel properties dedicated their Saturday morning to install 28 air conditioning units in 14 classrooms at Jefferson Elementary School. In a partnership with Charity Buy Line, a beneficiary of last year’s Charity Walk, HLTA was able to donate and retrofit 32 air conditioning units to beat the heat in Jefferson Elementary School classrooms. The community service initiative was called Project Cool and has been implemented in several phases, with the bulk of the project culminating this past Saturday.
In the first phase of installations, the HLTA volunteers led by Dennis Maher, Director of Facilities and Security at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki, installed four AC units in two classrooms.
Before Project Cool, classrooms in Jefferson Elementary School had reached highs of 87 degrees, so the students were very grateful to learn about HLTA’s generous contribution. When the volunteers arrived on Saturday morning, they found an AC box in one of the classrooms with several thank-you notes posted to it by the students!
"Projects such as this remind us how important it is for our visitor industry to give back to our youth and community,” said HLTA President & CEO Mufi Hannemann. “We are so grateful to all of our members, especially our Engineers Advisory Council, for their time and kokua with this project because it helps to make our islands a better place...After all, we’re all in this together!"
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