Mahalo for helping us raise $2M statewide for local non-profit organizations across Hawaii!
Only Walk in Hawaii Where You Can Gain Weight
The annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, founded in 1978, is Hawaii’s largest single-day fundraising event by a non-profit organization. Since its inception, more than $27 million has been raised to support hundreds of local charities throughout the state. The Charity Walk is traditionally held every May on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu.
The monies raised on that island/county stay on that island/county.
The public is invited to participate in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk and preserve this tradition of sharing and kokua. You don’t have to be an employee of a lodging property, a member of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, or part of the visitor industry to participate. Anyone can! In fact, invite your family, friends, neighbors, clients, classmates, club members, and anyone who’s interested to join us for a morning of food, fun, fabulous local entertainment, and a little exercise to help Hawaii’s local charities. And with all the great food and fun, the Charity Walk is the only one in Hawaii where you can actually gain weight by raising money for a great cause.
Pets? For the safety of everyone, no pets are allowed on the Charity Walk.
2017 Charity Walks by County
Each county organizes its own Visitor Industry Charity Walk, with dates, times, event routes, and features unique to that county.
Molokai & Lanai
Date: May 6, 2017.
Contact Information: Maui Hotel & Lodging Association: Phone (808) 244-8625; Website www.mauihla.org
Date: May 13, 2017
Location: Queens' Marketplace, Waikoloa
Time: Runners Start: 6:45 am | Walkers Start: 7:00 am
Contact Information: Samantha Jayakumar – HLTA Hawaii Island Chapter: Phone (808) 333-9768;
Date: May 13, 2017.
Location: Historic County Building
Time: 7:00 am
Contact information: George Thronas – Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: Phone (808) 240-6452
Date: May 13, 2017.
Location: War Memorial Soccer Field
Time: 7:00 am
Contact information: Maui Hotel & Lodging Association: Phone (808) 244-8625; Website www.mauihla.org
Date: May 20, 2017
Location: Ala Moana Beach Park, McCoy Pavillion
Time: 7:00 am
Contact information: Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association
Phone: (808) 923-0407; Fax (808) 924-3843
Money for the Community
The Visitor Industry Charity Walk has always been about helping others, about supporting our local charities that help to make a difference in the lives of so many people.
Each year, local charities that are qualified 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for funding.
All funds received by non-profit groups from the Charity Walk must be spent within the State of Hawaii to benefit residents of the county in which the funds were raised. Allocations will be considered on the basis of the donation’s impact and may vary in amount. Allocations from the Charity Walk must be considered complete funding for any approved project and are not a guarantee of continued funding. Charities are not pre-selected prior to the Walk.
Applications will be available online at this site beginning March 1 for each county.
In keeping with Visitor Industry Charity Walk policies, money raised in a county is donated to charities in that county. Therefore, applicants must submit separate applications to each chapter, if needs and programs are located on more than one island.
Charity Walk funding applications are updated annually. There will be no exceptions for late applications.
2016 Visitor Industry Charity Walk Raises $2M Statewide!
Download official press release. (pdf files)
Attention: Business Participants and Company Recruiters
Recruiter Summary Sheet (pdf download)
Please use this form every time you submit Charity Walk money to the HLTA office. It serves as a deposit slip, i.e., the amount recorded on the Recruiter Summary Sheet should match the amount of money submitted to enable the HLTA to properly credit your organization for the funds it raises. We recommend you turn in your money on a weekly basis. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.
Fundraiser Donation Form (pdf download)
Use this form to record and submit funds raised from Charity Walk fundraisers, like bake sales, car washes, golf tournaments, craft fairs, and other activities, or from non-Walk sources such as corporate donations. This Fundraiser Donation Form serves as a deposit slip for the HLTA so your company can be credited for funds raised. The HLTA accepts cash and checks made out to: Visitor Industry Charity Walk.