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

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has granted $19,799.86 to public school teachers who applied for Hawaii State FCU’s Investing in Education Program.

Thirty-five public schools benefited from 43 projects being funded.

Hawaii State FCU offers the Investing in Education grant program helps public school teachers obtain supplies for the classroom. Since 2009, Hawaii State FCU has given more than $117,000.

Teachers are awarded up to $500 for submitting an essay about their plans for funding.

Maui County teachers received grants for the following schools in 2013: Baldwin High School, Haiku Elementary, Kahului Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate, Makawao Elementary, King Kekaulike High School, Pu’u Kukui Elementary, Lanai Elementary and Lanai High.


The Kosasa Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation has awarded $6,000 to Maui Youth & Family Services for its school-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program at Lanai High and Elementary School.

The program, called Ke Ala Pono (The Right Path), is available on Maui and Lanai and is for students who are struggling with substance abuse or who have family members with addiction issues.

MYFS will use the grant to purchase food for each teen in the program on Lanai, according to a news release.

The Kosasa family opened the first ABC Store in 1964 and still owns and operates the company, which consists of more than 70 stores in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Las Vegas.

For more information about Maui Youth & Family Services, visit


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded Maui Nui Botanical Gardens a $9,990 Ahahui grant to support a new conservation event on Maui. Ola Ka Honua 2014 (“The Land Lives”) aims to encourage participants to engage in traditional Hawaiian cultural practices and increase interest in the conservation of Maui Nui’s natural resources. The event, which is scheduled for June at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului, will showcase Maui’s Hawaiian cultural practitioners and their arts.

“We are excited to offer this new event to our community, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is making this possible,” explained Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Executive Director Joylynn Paman.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a 6-acre botanical garden in Kahului. For more information, visit or call 249-2798.