“ALOHA FROM TAIWAN” HOMELESS BENEFIT AT PUNAWAI REST STOP OFFERS MEDICAL, SOCIAL, MENTAL, AND FOOD SERVICES.
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, local Taiwanese organizations and government agencies partnered to host a homeless benefit in Iwilei.
Honolulu, HI – Today’s “Aloha from Taiwan” event at the Punawai Rest Stop organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu offered services for homeless people in Iwilei.
Services offered included Hepatitis C and HIV testing, vaccinations, wound care, and mental health services.
Patrons of today’s event were also provided with a bookbag filled with hygiene products, food supplies, shoes, and socks donated by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu.
“Aloha from Taiwan” was organized by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and many other partners in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. The event celebrated the friendly relationship between Taiwan and the United States by giving back to the local community.
“Today’s event was a huge success. I’m so grateful for all of the volunteers and community members who came together today to make this happen,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Green who proclaimed April 10th as “Aloha from Taiwan Day” in a ceremony at the state capitol last week. “It’s also special that we were hosted today by the Punawai Rest Stop which has proven to be such a valuable asset to the community in Iwilei and has helped so much to alleviate suffering and offer dignity.”
Also in attendance today was City Councilmember Joey Manahan whose district includes the Punawai Rest Stop. “The success of the Punawai Rest Stop speaks to the need for our unsheltered residents to have a clean, safe, and welcoming place where they can take a hot shower, wash their clothes, and get a fresh start every day. Events like this encourage our homeless citizens to visit the facility and utilize its services,” said Manahan.
“Aloha from Taiwan” was a collaboration between The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu in partnership with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, North American Taiwanese Medical Association Foundation, Taiwanese Association of America, Formosan Association for Public Affairs, and North American Taiwanese Women’s Association, and with support from the Hawai‘i Department of Health, Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, City and County of Honolulu, Hawai‘i Health & Harm Reduction Center, Mental Health Kokua, Clinical Labs of Hawai‘i, and HepFree Hawai‘i.lieute