Maui High Quality Face Mask Fund


To volunteer contact Julie Macmillan:

Fund's Purpose:  To address any possible critical shortage of N95 masks on Maui by manufacturing quality "filter masks" right here on island for use by medical professionals, first responders, and other frontline people. 

Goal:  Raise $20,000 to secure supplies for and to manufacture 10,000 masks on the island of Maui.

Description:  The prototype has been developed by Jennifer Oberg and Russell Van Dyken with input from four Maui physicians. They started with an N-95 mask and reverse engineered it using 2 layers of 3M Filtrete1500 filters, and 2200 filters (which are capable of filtering viruses) that they sourced on Maui,  Oahu and the mainland.  We now have the supplies to begin manufacturing 3000 masks. A team of Maui sewists is staged and ready. 

Efficacy:   We hear the voices of our medical providers who are asking if our masks will be “exact” replicas of the N-95. It is not possible for us to create and test an exact replica. We are using the best materials, and the highest quality filters that we can find that filter out viruses.  Physicians at Maui Memorial Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Maui Lani Clinic have seen, examined and tried on the prototypes and understand exactly what these are. They are calling them "filter masks".  They like them and have requested as many as we can make.

Funding  Distribution:  A joint bank account was opened by Jennifer Oberg and Kathleen Baldwin  at the Bank of Hawaii expressly and solely for this project. Funds will be distributed by Jennifer Oberg and Kathleen Baldwin to vendors who supply materials needed for these masks.

Distribution: Russell VanDyken, principal developer of these masks is the husband of Kaiser surgeon, Irminne VanDyken MD.  He knows and is in direct communication with the team of physicians and Interim Senior Clinic Manager at Kaiser Maui Lani Clinic.  The masks will be donated directly to Tammy Uehara, Interim Senior Clinic Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Maui Lani Clinic for distribution. After production is completed they will be inventoried then delivered to Kaiser Maui Lani Clinic, counted and signed for by Tammy Uehara.

Your donations fund the purchase of:
         Specialty Fabrics
         Specialty Materials (filters, etc)

How the fund organizers will ensure your donations are well spent:
          Sewists have agreed to volunteer their time
          Manufacturing location has been secured at no cost
          Manufacturing process will be reviewed by medical professionals
It is our goal to protect our precious medical professionals to the extent that we can.  They are on the front line taking care of our community and we want to take care of them.  Thank you for your help!

Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $5,000 
    • 10 d
  • Inna Park 
    • $30 
    • 10 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 10 d
  • Karen Brandon 
    • $50 
    • 10 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 10 d
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Fundraising team: maui face mask team (4)

Kathleen Baldwin 
Makawao, HI
Kimber Carhart 
Team member
Jennifer Oberg 
Team member
Lynn Rasmussen 
Team member
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