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

* First Hawaiian Bank Foundation has donated $15,000 toward Phase 4 of Maui Food Bank’s capital campaign which involves the installation of new, energy-efficient refrigeration and freezer units. Phase 4 aligns with Maui Food Bank’s “Fresh 4 All” program, which is based on the agency’s commitment to significantly increase the amount of produce and fresh foods collected, stored and distributed by Maui Food Bank.

* Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. recently presented the March of Dimes, Hawaii Chapter with a $17,916.64 donation to support the organization’s mission to improve the health of babies and expectant mothers.

“As a kamaaina company, we are deeply committed to being strong community partners by supporting charitable organizations like the March of Dimes. The work they do, to help Hawaii’s mothers and babies, supports countless families in our state,” said Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum, Ltd.

During January and February, Aloha Petroleum raised the funds for the March of Dimes, through a combination of canister donations and by selling World’s Finest Chocolate at Aloha Island Mart convenience stores.

“We are honored to have the support of Aloha Petroleum and its generous customers,” said Carmella Hernandez, state director of the March of Dimes, Hawaii Chapter. “Community support fuels our organization, and helps us reach more mothers and babies throughout the state.”

* Veterans enrolled at the University of Hawaii Maui College will have a new place to study and network, thanks in large part to a $9,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. Funds were used to renovate the college’s Veteran Resource Center, and a group of volunteers from UH-MC and Home Depot worked to complete the project.

The renovated center is a place for veterans to study, receive tutoring, hunt for jobs, network with friends or just take a break. It includes a new private study space, a kitchenette, new flooring, a lounge area and built-in computer desks.

“We had a great volunteer crew put in some long hours already to prep for today,” said Cody Snyder, president of the UH Maui Veterans Club. “It’s amazing to see it come along so quickly. We deeply appreciate The Home Depot Foundation’s contribution, and can’t wait to introduce our veterans to their new space.”

For more information about the UH Maui Veterans Club, contact or call 984-3242.


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

* The Central Pacific Bank Foundation awarded $2,500 to the H.P. Baldwin Foundation. The donation will be used to fund H.P. Baldwin High School’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Service Project. The money will be used to construct 15 to 20 concrete and metal student benches throughout campus.

“We are pleased to support a school with such a rich legacy in the Maui community and Hawaii,” said Denis Isono, CPB Foundation president and chief financial officer at Central Pacific Bank. “And we are excited that in honor of its 75th anniversary that Baldwin has chosen to give back to its students and teachers through campus service projects.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the support from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation,” said Catherine Kilborn, principal of Baldwin High School. “These funds will help us to orchestrate a successful anniversary service project that will help the existing students, as well as the generations to come.”

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* The Aina Nalu Wine & Silent Auction Fundraiser, was held on May 25 and sponsored by People for Educational Equality, LahainaTown Action Committee and others. The Lahaina Complex After School Tutor Project received $21,000 as a result of the fundraiser and private donations. Attendees of the May event enjoyed an evening with friends, pupu, wine, live entertainment by Sam Ahia, and a silent auction.

The Lahaina Complex After School Tutor Project, founded by Richard and Pat Endsley of Lahaina more than 13 years ago, helps students in the four public schools of West Maui to increase literacy and comprehension in various subjects and to build self-confidence, selfesteem and leadership qualities. The project has no regular source of funding, is staffed with volunteer tutors, and provides bus service and snacks, annual curriculum, and incentives for students.

Lee and Barbara Potts are planning another Aina Nalu fundraiser in May of 2015 (every other year) for the tutoring project, and they support the project on an ongoing basis through donations and volunteer tutoring.

People can donate to the program online at or or can mail a donation to People for Educational Equality, c/o Barbara Potts, 180 Dickenson St., Unit 217, Lahaina 96761.