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‘Hike for Hunger’ scheduled for Waimea stop (Nov. 9)

(Photo courtesy of Mahalo Broadcasting)


The annual Hike For Hunger is well under way.

Will Zucker, sales manager with Mahalo Broadcasting (the radio stations LAVA 105.3 fm/KKOA 107.7 fm/KHNU 620 AM) is hiking from Hilo to Kona to help create awareness for Food Basket, which collects and distributes food for the island’s needy.

Zucker began his second Hike For Hunger Saturday, Nov. 6 at KTA Puaniko with a request to the community to bring nonperishable food for Food Basket to KTA Puaniko. Zucker hiked that night to Honomu.

Sunday, he attended another food drive at KTA Puaniko before hiking from Honomu to Laupahoehoe on Sunday.

Monday and Tuesday, he’ll be on the road, hiking toward Waimea. He expects to arrive at Waimea KTA by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, and collect nonperishable food through 7 p.m.

After spending the night in Waimea, he will hike to Waikoloa Village Market, with food collection 3-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday, Zucker will walk south on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, winding up at KTA Kailua-Kona with food collection 3-7 p.m. Friday.

Saturday morning until 11 a.m. Zucker will start the day by collecting food at KTA Kailua-Kona. He’ll walk to KTA Keauhou, with the Hike for Hunger culminating with food collection 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.

All food drives will include live broadcasts on LAVA 105.3 fm and on KKOA 107.7 fm.

Food Basket Executive Director Nani Lee says more than 1 out of 6 people living on Hawaii Island need food from Food Basket to sustain themselves. Food Basket has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of people they’re serving in the first nine months of 2010 over 2009.

Hawaii Forest and Trail is supporting the Hike For Hunger by supplying Zucker with hiking gear, including shoes, a backpack, rain jacket, walking sticks, and a tent.

The public is invited to help in this effort by donating food and by walking with Zucker along his route, with walkers for both short and long distances welcome.

To contact Zucker and arrange to meet him for part of the Hike For Hunger, call 990-0990.

For further information, call Mahalo Broadcasting at 329-8090 or Food Basket Executive Director Nani Lee at 933-6030.

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