By RON KUZLIK     10/17/2023

Knights of Columbus Council 9511 from St. Angela Merici Church sponsored a luau-themed fundraiser to raise money to donate to ongoing relief efforts following the Maui wildfires in Hawaii.

Twenty-five Brother Knights and a dozen spouses and family members volunteered to host the fundraiser on Sept 23.

Nearly 200 guests attended the Hawaiian-themed event that featured cocktails, dinner, Polynesian dancers, music and a raffle.

On the menu was teriyaki chicken, Hawaiian macaroni salad, rice, and assorted fruits and desserts.

St. Angela Merici’s pastor, Fr. Daniel Reader, indicated that Council 9511 has a long history of giving to many causes.

“We were all moved by the bishop’s request for parishes to take up a collection for the victims of wildfires in Maui,” Fr. Reader said. “The Knights of Columbus took it a step further and hosted a luau fundraiser that highlighted Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. Coming together as a community, the Knights of Columbus helped our people here put our faith into action.”

State Deputy Randy Tom of the Hawaii State Council of the Knights of Columbus said that since the Aug. 8 Lahaina wildfires, Brother Knights have been assisting with the distribution of supplies, rosaries and prayer cards to those affected by the disaster.

“We appreciate the prayers and monetary donations that we receive from brother knights across the country,” Tom said. “These Knights live (KofC founder) Blessed Fr. McGivney’s values of charity, unity and fraternity as a band of brothers in serving the Maui community.”

Council 9511 Program Director Franz Liem reported that $5,000 was raised and donated to the Diocese of Honolulu and the Hawaii Catholic Community Foundation (HCCF).

“We especially extend our love and aloha to Council 9511. May God bless all who donate their time, talent and treasures,” Tom said.

For more information on Knights of Columbus Council 9511, visit https://breaknightsofcolumbus.org/