Boeing donates $500,000 for Hawaii wildfire relief efforts

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In the face of tragedy, aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing is stepping up to make a difference. The company has announced a commitment of $500,000 to aid in disaster recovery and relief efforts in Hawaii following the devastating wildfires that have left Maui communities reeling.

This act of compassion and support reflects Boeing’s dedication to lending a helping hand to those in need and contributing to the well-being of communities in the midst of crisis.

A Message of Condolences and Support

Ziad Ojakli, Executive Vice President of Government Operations at Boeing, conveyed the heartfelt sentiment of the Boeing family, expressing condolences to the people of Hawaii in the wake of the tragic wildfires.

Ojakli emphasized Boeing’s commitment to standing by the affected Maui residents during this challenging time.

Through collaboration with nonprofit partners on the ground, Boeing aims to provide immediate relief and assist in the process of rebuilding this beautiful community.

Boeing’s charitable initiative is set to make a significant impact through the allocation of funds to two distinguished organizations:

American Red Cross – $250,000

This contribution will enable the American Red Cross to provide essential support to those affected by the wildfires.


The funds will be directed towards maintaining shelters for displaced individuals, distributing comfort and clean-up kits, offering nourishing meals, furnishing information, and delivering other critical resources.

Anne McKeough, Chief Development Officer at the American Red Cross, expressed gratitude for Boeing’s partnership in extending help and hope to the communities grappling with the aftermath of these catastrophic wildfires.

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Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund – $250,000

The commitment to the Maui Strong Fund underscores Boeing’s dedication to expediting relief efforts.

The fund, managed by the Hawai’i Community Foundation, is designed to deliver rapid response and recovery services to impacted communities. These services encompass shelter, food, grief support, and more.

Micah Kāne, CEO and President of Hawai’i Community Foundation, conveyed deep appreciation for Boeing’s contribution and highlighted the urgency of the situation, emphasizing the collective efforts to provide assistance where it’s needed most.

A Commitment to Community

Boeing’s commitment to aiding disaster recovery extends beyond financial contributions. The company’s employees actively participate in volunteer initiatives and charitable gift match programs, enabling them to contribute to their local communities in meaningful ways.

In alignment with these efforts, Boeing will match qualifying employee donations that are directed towards wildfire relief endeavors. This approach underscores Boeing’s holistic approach to community support.


Boeing’s involvement in supporting communities aligns with its ongoing commitment to making a positive impact where its colleagues live and work.

In Hawaii, where Boeing employs 151 individuals, the company has consistently demonstrated its dedication to charitable causes.

Over the last five years alone, Boeing has contributed more than $760,000 to various philanthropic initiatives in Hawaii. Globally, Boeing’s commitment to disaster relief and humanitarian efforts is evident, with over $6 million donated in 2022.

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