Hana Youth Center receives $5,000 donation from foundation

The Hana Youth Center, a nonprofit that promotes Hawaiian values and provides after-school programs for youth in Hana, received a $5,000 donation from the Hagar Family Foundation. Supplementing the center’s previous fundraising efforts, this grant helped the center meet its $10,000 goal to provide students with a new computer lab in time for the New Year.

Previously, the center relied on loaned computers from a local nonprofit, which had to be returned after the lease was up, according to a press release. Now, the center will be able to purchase new computers and software for a permanent computer lab.

“We are grateful to the Hagar Family Foundation for their generous donation. We live in a rural community, so for many of our members the only access to a computer is through the Hana Youth Center,” said Keoki Kalani, executive director for the Hana Youth Center.

Musician Sammy Hagar, a part-time Maui resident, is fond of Hana and the Hagar Family Foundation has supported the Hana Youth Center for years, according to a news release.

In appreciation of their ongoing support, the new computer lab will be dedicated to the Hagar Family Foundation.

The Hana Youth Center was established in 1986 and serves 210 youth, with an average of 42 attendees per day.

Regular programming includes “talk story” sessions and homework time; Kids Cafe – the Food Bank’s Feeding America program; and Youth Aide and Alu Like Inc. – offering students employment opportunities. The Hana Youth Center also partners with the Hana Senior Center (Hale Hulu Mamo) and Hana Family Resource Center (Ohana Makamae) to organize a Movie in the Park event seven times a year.

For more information about the Hana Youth Center, call 248-8504 or visit www.hanayouthcenter.org.

To make a donation to the Hana Youth Center, checks can be made out to “Hana Youth Center” and mailed to P.O. Box 464, Hana 96713. Online donations are accepted at www.hanayouthcenter.org.