Bayer Donates $50,000 for Continued Maui Disaster Recovery

Three Maui nonprofit organizations are collectively receiving $50,000 from Bayer in support of their wildfire disaster recovery efforts.


The donation is part of a larger commitment in cash and essential healthcare products made by Bayer in August to assist with immediate disaster relief and sustained support for recovery and rebuilding on Maui.


This new round of donations includes $20,000 for the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and $15,000 each for Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) and Binhi At Ani.

Lahaina Restoration
Bayer’s Kai Pelayo and Hayde Sim present Theo Morrison (pictured in the middle) of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation a $20,000 donation. Funds will support the nonprofit’s plans to create a new Community Museum at the Lahaina Cannery Mall showcasing Lahaina’s history.

The gift to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation will support the nonprofit’s plans to create a new Community Museum at the Lahaina Cannery Mall that will showcase the eras of Lahaina’s history, from pre-contact through recent momentous events. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962, the Lahaina Historic District included more than a dozen landmarks and historical structures cared for by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Multiple important sites were badly damaged by the devastating August 8 blaze.

Bayer’s $15,000 donation to Maui Economic Opportunity will help to support this nonprofit community action agency, committed to strengthening the community by promoting economic independence and sustainability.

Binhi At Ani is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides charitable and educational programs in the community including scholarships for students and a free meal program for elderly residents on fixed incomes. The organization also launched an emergency support program for residents who lost their principal residence, business and/or an immediate family member as a result of the Lahaina wildfire.


Previously, Bayer had also gifted $150,000 to the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Program, $50,000 to the Maui Food Bank, and healthcare products valued at approximately $230,000 to Direct Relief, an organization working with 19 Hawaii healthcare partners to deliver immediate medical aid to those in need.


“We know Maui is facing a long road to recovery and it’s going to take a lot of people and a lot of help from many places to get there,” said Kai Pelayo, community affairs manager for Bayer on Maui and a resident of Lahaina. “Our company has more than 50 years of roots on this island. We live here, we work here, and we feel it’s important to do our part to continue supporting our community.”


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Bayer's $15,000 donation to Binhi At Ani will further the nonprofit’s mission of providing charitable and educational programs in the community