Easing The Stress Of Fundraising

Alana Folen
Wednesday - February 23, 2011
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Kala Kokua’s first fundraising product was the fully cooked, smoked turkey drumsticks

Fundraising can sometimes be a grueling task, but parents Rod Suzumoto, Yukio Yukawa and Cristy Louden-Agres have made it easy with Kala Kokua LLC - a fundraising program that they say can help make the most amount of money, with the least amount of work.

“Our fundraising programs are catered to any group or organization that needs to raise funds,” Suzumoto says of the program, which started in 2005. “Our events can be large or small, and our goal is to provide consistent and sincere customer service with quality products.”

Kala Kokua unveiled its initial fundraising product as fully cooked, smoked turkey drumsticks, like those sold at most amusement parks, which proved to be a hit among customers. Today, Kala Kokua provides a variety of quality products from H&W Foods (May’s), including kalua pork, fully cooked boneless teriyaki chicken, fully cooked smoked turkey drumsticks and Hawaiian Warrior Pork Jerky Classic. In addition, Redondo’s supplies Kala Kokua with its “Ono King Size” Portuguese sausages and Hawaii Food Products Inc. supplies Pau Hana Packs and fully cooked pastele.

A recently released fundraising item, the Pau Hana Pack, features local Hawaiian favorites, such as traditional style pork lau lau with butterfish, kalua pork and Portuguese sausage. Suzumoto believes the Pau Hana Pack will be a popular item in care packages shipped to college students and local residents living on the Mainland.

Kalua pork is another popular option that schools and organizations use to raise funds

“Our goal is to provide a ‘win-win’situation for everyone involved in a fundraising event,” Suzumoto says. “Our products are designed to benefit the buyer of the fundraising product with a larger portion and tasty product to make their $10 purchase a good value while supporting the organization.

“Groups and organizations sell our Kala Kokua 18-ounce Kalua Pork, 18-ounce Boneless Teriyaki Chicken and Pau Hana Pack for $10, and their profit is $3.50. They also sell our Redondo’s Ono King Size Portuguese Sausage for $10 and their profit is $4,” he adds.

Kala Kokua LLC provides personalized service for schools and organizations by attending meetings to answer any questions and provide product samples. According to Suzumoto, they focus on providing products that can be served as a quick and easy meal for a small family.

“We select food items that are local favorites, and provide large serving sizes for a good value for the buyer,” Suzumoto explains. “If we can satisfy the buyer, they will support future fundraising programs to help schools and organizations raise funds year after year. Our fundraising event is easy and requires minimum amount of labor, which parents truly appreciate.”

For more information on Kala Kokua LLC, visit kalakokua.com or find Kala Kokua on Facebook.

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