Donation options to aid Big Island residents devastated by Iselle

If you would like to help with relief and recovery efforts on the Big Island, there are several ways you can do so.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency recommends cash donations, as they are the best way to immediately help recovery efforts on the Big Island and other areas impacted by Iselle.

Donations enable recovery organizations to respond to and help people recover from disasters, including providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses and people that make that help possible.

You can also connect with a local relief agency for volunteer opportunities and to identify needs of individuals and communities impacted by Iselle. Volunteer groups or individuals can contact these organizations directly for opportunities.

American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter
Phone: (808) 734-2101
Find out how you can volunteer.
Contribute a donation online here or mail it to Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu, HI 96816.

Hawaii State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
Hurricane Iselle Long-Term Relief and Recovery Fund
Iselle donations may be dropped off at any American Savings Bank.

First Hawaiian Bank has established the “Aloha for Puna” fund and contributed the first $25,000. All money in the fund will be donated to the Hawaii Island United Way, directly benefiting affected residents through their member agencies in Puna. Monetary donations are being accepted at all First Hawaiian Bank branches through September 30, 2014.

Aloha United Way has set up an online portal for donations specifically designated for Big Island recovery efforts. All the money raised will go to counseling, shelter and financial aid.

In addition, Hawaii Foodbank and Helping Hands Hawaii will be collecting food, water, clothing and toiletries. Food and water can be donated directly to the Hawaii Foodbank. Clothing and toiletries can be donated directly to Helping Hands Hawaii.

aloha for hawaii island over background

A local clothing designer is also stepping up again to provide assistance to disaster victims. “Aloha for Hawaii Island” T-shirts are on sale for $20 at the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall through Sunday, with $10 going to Hawaii Island United Way.

Kyle Shimabukuro of HiLife Clothing Company, who designed the logos for the Japan and Philippines relief campaigns, designed the artwork for the Hawaii Island relief effort.

For more information, contact coordinator AJ Halagao at (808) 492-6673 or

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