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Sep 7, 2023

Lahainaluna High School football coaches Garret Tihada and Darren Kawahara, along with many other coaches, lost their homes in a wildfire on August 8th. Keith Amemiya, executive director of the Central Pacific Bank Foundation and former executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, has been working to raise funds for the affected student-athletes and coaches. The Luna Strong fundraising campaign has already garnered over $325,000 in pledges. The campaign aims to replace sports equipment for the 450 student-athletes, support the coaches who lost their homes, and cover the cost of state tournament travel. Donations have been received from various companies and individuals, including the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund, the Oahu Interscholastic Association, and professional athletes like Marcus Mariota and Shane Victorino. The funds received will be collected and distributed by the Downtown Athletic Club of Hawaii (DACH) in consultation with the Lahainaluna Athletics Department and school administration. The Luna Strong T-shirts are being sold to raise further funds for the campaign. Donations can be made online or by check. Lahainaluna football coach Garret Tihada, who lost his home in the fire, commended the efforts of Keith Amemiya and expressed his gratitude. The DACH, a non-profit organization, has previously raised funds to support other sports programs and initiatives in Hawaii. Lahainaluna co-head coach Dean Rickard also expressed his appreciation for the support and mentioned that the team has been working out at a gym in Kahului while they await the reopening of their school and stadium. The contributions to the Luna Strong campaign demonstrate the spirit of aloha and the support of the community for those affected by the wildfire.

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