Memorial fund established for Lanai crash victims

Photo of the wreckage after a Maui Air twin-engine “Piper PA 31″ crashed on Lanai on February 26, 2014.
Photo of the wreckage after a Maui Air twin-engine “Piper PA 31″ crashed on Lanai on February 26, 2014.

A memorial fund has been established by Larry Ellison’s Pulama Lanai to provide financial assistance to the families of those who perished or were injured in the Lanai plane crash on February 26.

Three people were killed and three others injured after a Maui-County-chartered plane crashed just before 9:30 p.m. about one mile off the airport. The group had been on Lanai earlier that evening to staff a Lanai Planning Commission Meeting.

Money from the “Maui County Remembers” fund will be allocated to assist crash victims and their families.

“Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones and those who were injured in this tragic accident,” said Kurt Matsumoto, Chief Operating Officer of Pulama Lanai. “This fund was created to aid the victims and their families during this difficult time of recovery and healing.”

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa says there has been an “outpouring of support” for the victims’ families, but no mechanism to direct financial support to them. “Pulama Lanai has helped facilitate the process, and we are grateful for their assistance,” he said.

Donations are accepted at any Bank of Hawaii branch; checks should be made payable to “Maui County Remembers.” Online donations may be made through May 31 with any major credit card or PayPal at www.MauiCountyRemembers.org.

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