Aloha Oahu members,

Last week, the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, primarily Saipan and Tinian, was devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu .  With maximum sustained winds of 180 mph, this super typhoon had the equivalent power to that of a Category 5 Hurricane, making it the strongest storm to hit any part of the U.S. this year.   The result: the islands were pummeled affecting over 50,000 people who were first hand witnesses to the storm's destruction.  President Trump recently approved a disaster declaration for the Northern Marianas, opening the door for federal assistance and funding.  However, the damage was devastating and our Pacific Island brothers and sisters in Saipan and Tinian are currently dealing with demolished buildings, road closures, food shortages, lack of power, and minimal running water. Therefore , much like we did in 2015 when Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan, we once again ask that as an industry we do what we can to support their recovery efforts. 
Photos from the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Marianas.
Currently, a Northern Marianas relief drive has been activated by an active local community here in Hawai'i.  The Northern Marianas Club of Hawaii is hosting the Aloha 4 CNMI Operation Yutu Relief campaign, and has secured a shipping container, donated by Matson, to send to the relief efforts in Saipan and Tinian.   The items they are in need of are included in the following list:
  • Toiletries
  • Beds
  • Towels
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Boxes
  • Water
  • Batteries
  • Battery operated lighting
  • Mosquito coils
  • Blankets
  • Clothing (new preferred or gently used)
  • Tarps
  • Tape
As an integral entity of Hawai'i, we humbly ask for your support in aiding our friends across the Pacific.  Any and all contributions would be immensely appreciated by the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The location and dates of the CNMI Relief Drive are as follows:
Safeway Grocery Store
1360 Pali Hwy (Corner of Vineyard and Pali)

Friday, November 16: 12 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, November 17: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, November 18: 9 am - 5 pm

We ask that if you participate in the CNMI Relief Drive that you inform the HLTA office of your involvement as we would like to keep a record of the progress and participation from our membership.  If your contribution to the relief drive is of a large quantity, we can help arrange a pick-up from your respective property or business. 
Please contact Jared Higashi of my staff for assistance.
Jared Higashi | Director of Government & Community Affairs
Phone: 808-923-0407
Mahalo for your kokua!
Mufi Hannemann
President & CEO
Hawai'i Lodging & Tourism Association 
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