Dozens of members of Hawaii’s Taiwanese community showed their aloha on Sunday for Honolulu’s homeless community.
The Aloha from Taiwan event took place at the city’s Punawai Rest Stop in Iwilei, which serves the homeless.
The event provided free medical, social and food services.
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act which helped establish a relationship between Taiwan and the United States. In commemoration, local community members wanted to do something more than just ceremonial.
Michael Y. K. Tseng, the director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural office in Honolulu said, “It’s really for the homeless people, that’s real need. I mean you need to have a hygiene clean up, get some food, get some medical care.”
“By seeing people here in this setting rather than at the emergency department or in the hospital or in a much more serious moment, we save thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars. We decrease suffering dramatically,” said Lieutenant Governor Josh Green.