E Ola Pono Campaign will award grants to select school projects

The deadline to apply with the E Ola Pono Campaign, a statewide initiative that encourages youth groups to create projects and activities promoting harmony and peace at schools and in communities, is April 25.

Monetary awards of up to $1,000 will be presented to outstanding projects and activities in the campaign’s elementary, middle and high school divisions, according to a news release. Any activity or project initiated during the 2013/14 school year can be written up and submitted.

“We encourage youth to reach into their na’au, or gut, to make right choices for themselves and others,” said Sara Ka’imipono Banks, campaign coordinator and staff member of the Growing Pono Schools Project.

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and other donors also sponsor the E Ola Pono Campaign. Now in its seventh year, the campaign has been sanctioned by the Hawaii Department of Education as well as local private and charter school associations.

Further information about joining the E Ola Pono Campaign can be found at