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Unwavering Aloha

Rebuilding the Hawaii Community of Lahaina Through Unity and Support

In the wake of a devastating wildfire that tore through the tight-knit community of Lahaina, the powerful and unyielding spirit of aloha emerged, binding the community even tighter than before.

Aloha, a word that encompasses more than just a greeting, symbolizes the very essence of unity and love that defines Lahaina. Through the years, Hawaiians have become an integral part of western Colorado, weaving traditions and culture into the fabric of the region. Now, as Lahaina faces the monumental task of rebuilding, a helping hand reaches out from across the ocean – the Colorado Mesa University Hawaii Alumni Chapter.

Taking the lead in a month-long fundraising campaign, the chapter recognizes the kuleana, the profound sense of responsibility, they hold toward their extended ohana during these times. They've created a GoFundMe with the goal of raising $20,000 that will directly touch the hearts and lives of Lahaina's residents.

The chapter has planned a list of events to take place during the month of September including Zumba, a cooking class at CMU Tech, culture nights and more. To kickoff this month of giving, they hosted an information table in front of CMU Downtown at Grand Junction's Thursday night Market on Main.

For a full list of events, please visit


Written by Madelynn Fellet