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

For the second year in a row, the March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter has awarded a grant to the nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center to support the BabySAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Program, which is aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs in Maui County. The program, which is entirely funded through grants and donations, is designed to reduce infant mortality and morbidity among high-risk substance-using women by intervening earlier in the pregnancy or before the pregnancy, increasing access to early prenatal care, and preparing and referring women for substance abuse treatment.

This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.

“As a result of the March of Dimes’ ongoing support, we will be able to continue providing individual and group education to women about the effects of substance abuse on the fetus and about how to increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy, as well as providing case management and referral services to those who need or are considering entering treatment,” said Lisa Ponichtera, clinical director for Malama Family Recovery Center. “We are so grateful to the volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participating in events like March for Babies and by donating in other ways, because they make this grant possible.”

Charlie Jencks, the owner’s representative for Piilani Promenade, presented a donation of $1,000 on behalf of the Sarofim Realty Advisors Inc. Piilani Promenade light industrial, retail and apartment project to the Kihei Youth Center on Feb. 18. Accepting the donation was Lehuanani Huddleston-Hafoka, executive director of the youth center.

Huddleston-Hafoka thanked Sarofim Realty for its donation and remarked that the Kihei Youth Center has been serving the youth of South Maui for 31 years because of the support it has enjoyed from the community.

The presentation concluded with a meal of pizza and hot dogs with the center’s participants.


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

The Central Pacific Bank Foundation awarded $476,182 in 2013 to beneficiaries in Hawaii. In Maui County, a total of $2,000 went to the Maui Food Bank and Maui Preparatory Academy.

“We are pleased to support organizations that strengthen our local communities,” said Denis Isono, CPB Foundation president.

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association contributed $5,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan that devastated areas of the Philippines in November. The check was presented at a Kokua for the Philippines event held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki on Dec. 15.

Duke’s Beach House, through its Legacy of Aloha program, presented Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School with a donation of $1,908 during a recent Henry Kapono performance. The donation was made possible by Duke’s giving a portion of the proceeds from its Tasting Menu during the months of October, November and December, as well as the proceeds from the beverage sales at the recent Duke’s Beach House 4th anniversary celebration.

Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School will use the donation to fund its upcoming Hawaiian hale project, according to an announcement. When this traditional Hawaiian hale is completed, it will serve as a space for students, teachers and the community to meet.

In 2013, Hawaiian Telcom’s Maui employees raised $5,727 for Maui United Way, according to a news release. Overall, Hawaiian Telcom employees raised $153,837 to support the four United Way organizations that provide services throughout the state. Checks were recently presented to Maui United Way, Hawaii Island United Way, Kauai United Way and Aloha United Way.

Hawaiian Telcom employees raised money through a combination of individual pledges and team fundraising events, such as breakfast sales, a car wash and silent auctions, on all islands.

The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the successful Captain Planet cartoon, announces that Maui Preparatory Academy has recently been awarded an educational grant of $500. Maui Preparatory Academy will use these funds toward the school’s waste reduction and recycling project.

“We are thrilled to present this award to Maui Preparatory Academy,” said Leesa Carter, executive director of the foundation. “We receive hundreds of submissions each year and have to be very selective to whom we award funding. This is one of the few projects from across the country that we chose to fund.”

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation. The money will provide greater opportunities through technology for its students, according to an announcement.

St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School is in the midst of developing more than $300,000 worth of technology upgrades featuring computer technology, a media center, a sound booth package and TVs to broadcast news and theater projects on the Wailuku campus.