Foundations and entities that contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:

* A total of thirteen Hawaii public schools and educational organizations were recently awarded more than $12,000 in grants from the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund, a program established by The Monsanto Fund to support science education in Hawaii’s public schools.

Maui County recipients were Iao Intermediate, Kihei Charter, Lahainaluna High, Maui High and Molokai High schools.

Funds went to support a variety of programs including robotics; renewable energy projects; and equipment and supplies for biology, chemistry and physical science classes.

Monsanto’s grant program is available on Oahu, Maui and Molokai where Monsanto employees live and work. Public schools serving students in intermediate grades through college are encouraged to apply for Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund grants. Grants are awarded twice each year. The next application deadline is Oct. 6.

Applications can be downloaded online at (click on the Community Programs link) or by calling Monsanto’s farms on Maui, at 879-4074, or Molokai, at 553-5070.


* Star Noodle and the Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts came together to celebrate the second annual Empty Bowl Project at Star Noodle. More than 700 partygoers enjoyed an evening of food, art and entertainment. This year, more than 300 handcrafted ceramic bowls were provided by MOCA for a $25 donation. All proceeds collected from the bowl purchases went to this year’s beneficiaries: Maui Food Bank, Hale Mahaolu and Lahainaluna Girls Basketball Club.

Maui Food Bank and Hale Mahaolu each received a check for $5,000, and $2,000 went to the Lahainaluna Girls Basketball Club.

The Empty Bowl Project is an international grass-roots project to help fight hunger.