Giving With Aloha

Hawaii's Marriott Resorts' newest package gives back to the local community


By: By Marty Wentzel

Are your clients looking for a way to give back to the islands during their vacation? If so, tell them about Marriott Resorts Hawaii’s new package that donates a portion of each booking to one of three well- deserving non-profit organizations in the islands.

The 10-month-long campaign — dubbed Marriott’s Giving with Aloha — was designed to raise much-needed funds for the Hawaii chapters of the American Heart Association and American Red Cross, as well as the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network. The charities were selected because of their good work and strong recognition nationwide, which will help attract visitors to the donation program.

“The funds generated will help the American Heart Association achieve its promise to Americans to have an extraordinary impact on their lives,” said American Heart Association Hawaii executive director Lori K. Suan, “empowering them to live healthier and enjoy more peace of mind about cardiovascular health.”

“Marriott’s generosity will help us save lives and give hope by aiding disaster victims, teaching life-saving skills and keeping military families in touch during times of crisis,” said American Red Cross CEO Coralie Chun Matayoshi. “We hope that [clients] will see this as a nice way to donate without adding any extra expense to their vacation costs.”

Stacey Acma, director of the Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network, noted that 100 percent of every dollar raised by the Marriott campaign is staying in Hawaii.

“Marriott is truly making a difference in our community by assisting in the programs and services provided by our state’s only children’s hospital, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children,” said Acma.

“The biggest miracles begin with the smallest acts of kindness.”

For guests from out-of-state, Marriott’s five-night Giving with Aloha package starts at $279 per night and includes daily breakfast (booking code P74). Hawaii residents can book a four-night package for $149 per night (booking code PZ43). In both cases, the last night’s room revenue will be donated to the guest’s choice of the three charities. Stays must be completed by June 20, 2010.

On Oahu, participating resort hotels are the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa and the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Also taking part are the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club, the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Maui and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Hawaii’s Big Island.