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

* University of Hawaii Maui College’s Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program received its second year award after a successful first year annual report. This award of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education Title VII Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds the program through August.

This year marks the tenth year that Liko A’e has been assisting Native Hawaiian students with financial aid and student support services, now available on all islands and nationwide. Since receiving its first DOE award in 2003, more than 2000 students have received college scholarships, college counseling, and critically necessary mentoring and support services through the program.


* The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, through its Ahahui Grant Program, awarded $4,000 to Hawai’i Construction Career Days, a nonprofit corporation to fund the Hawaii CCD event Oct. 18 at University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

The annual event provides students with hands-on experience with specialized construction equipment and trade tools and gives them the opportunity to learn about various construction fields directly from industry and trade representatives. Students are able to operate heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, cranes, cement mixers and backhoes, and to ask detailed questions about prospective careers.

More than 900 high school and community college students from Maui County are expected to attend this year’s event. OHA’s grant will cover the cost to bring students from Lanai and Molokai to Maui to participate. This will be the 7th annual CCD event.

In addition to OHA, the Hawaii CCD organization has also partnered with the Hawaii Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and other federal and state agencies, labor unions, trade associations, and the private sector to plan and finance the event.

For more information about the event, visit