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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Donates $25,500 to Pu‘uhonua o Puna

September 26, 2018, 10:41 AM HST (Updated September 27, 2018, 9:57 PM)
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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters will present a check for $25,500 on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, to Pu‘uhonua o Puna, a community-driven and -funded organization providing relief for those affected by this year’s devastating volcanic eruption, through its Big Island Relief Project.

This past May and June, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offered 15-minute introductory flights over Hilo as part of their philanthropic commitment and relief efforts to support the afflicted residents of Leilani Estates and Lower Puna of the Big Island.

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All proceeds from those flights, plus a pledge of $5,000, was donated by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to the charitable organization. The funds raised were in addition to the $5,000 worth of Target gift cards also donated by the helicopter company to the foundation.

In a continued effort to support its community. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters aligned with Pu‘uhonua o Puna as the donation recipient. Pu‘uhonua o Puna, was founded as a place of refuge and comfort for those displaced by the May 2018 lava eruptions, to assist the distressed communities, offering not only helpful information but also hot meals, non-perishable food items, clothing and bedding. All funds collected by Pu‘uhonua o Puna will go directly to those gravely impacted by the eruptions.

Attending Thursday’s check presentation at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters – Hilo Base at Hilo International Airport beginning at 9 a.m. will be Gregg Lundberg, president and CEO of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; Lei Valencia-Wlosinski, Hilo Base manager of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; and Ikaika Marzo of Pu‘uhonua o Puna.

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