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

Family Life Center, a social service agency in Kahului, has received a $200,000 grant from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The funds are being used to assist with the renovation of a newly acquired apartment complex in Central Maui, according to a news release. This project will provide affordable rental units for those who qualify.

For more information, contact Maude Cumming, executive director of Family Life Center, at 877-0880.


Minit Stop has taken community loyalty all the way to the hoops with a $10,000 donation to the Maui Youth Basketball League’s 2014 summer and fall seasons. Minit Stop’s contribution will preserve the $20 registration fee, the league’s only source of funding for uniforms, insurance and equipment, according to a news release.

“The goal of our program is to reach and be affordable to all of Maui’s families. Keeping registration fees low will ensure that all our Maui youth have the opportunity to participate,” said Clayton Suzuki, league organizer.

Minit Stop is offering a convenient way to sign up by distributing applications at all 10 of its Maui locations through Aug. 4.

“We are thrilled to be involved with the Maui Youth Basketball League and especially excited about sponsoring programs that help kids develop fundamental skills and values like a strong work ethic, a sense of community and teamwork,” said Jon Miyabuchi, Minit Stop’s vice president of retail operations.


Ebb & Flow Arts received recent grant support from Edward T. Cone Foundation in New York City. Totaling $20,000, this grant enables E&FA to complete its current, six-event season and produce a second digital album – “Solo and Chamber Music by Edward T. Cone.” The album features frequent performers at E&FA concerts: Ebb & Flow Ensemble (Honolulu), Duo Diorama (Chicago), Sarn Oliver & Friends (San Francisco) and Adam Tendler, pianist (New York City).

“We fulfill our mission by presenting concerts and education programs to the public,” said Robert Pollock, E&FA executive director and founder.

“This recent grant from a foundation devoted to the perpetuation of new American music, continues to make our work possible,” he added.

Ebb & Flow Arts Inc. is a nonprofit presenter of modern music and multimedia events. It is the only such presenter in Hawaii, and was founded in 1999, by composer/pianist Pollock.


Bank of Hawaii Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s Mike Lyons Maui Community Awards recognizing exemplary nonprofit leadership. Molokai Ohana Health Care Inc. received $10,000. Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, Hale Makua Health Services, Maui Family Support Services Inc. and Paia Youth Council Inc. were each awarded $5,000. The grants were presented at a reception held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on June 25.

Molokai Ohana Health Care Inc., which provides community-centered health care services, will use the grant to help create a community playground in the middle of its health and wellness campus to encourage fun activities.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, which has been training and providing assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities since 2001, will use the grant to help expand its training facilities to include wheelchair-accessible paths and trails.

Hale Makua Health Services continues its multifaceted personalized health care services for Maui County seniors and will use the grant to support the transition to an electronic health records system.

Maui Family Support Services works to promote healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect in Maui County. The organization will use the grant to support programs focused on at-risk families.

The Paia Youth Council at the Paia Youth and Cultural Center will use the grant to continue providing its unique self-development and life skills programs to an increasing number of youngsters who want to participate.

This is the 11th annual Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award presentation, which has distributed $175,000 to 24 nonprofit recipients since its inception in 2004. Last year’s recipients were Akaku Maui County Community Television, The Maui Farm Inc. and Seabury Hall. The award is named after the late, retired Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President and Maui District Manager Michael H. Lyons II.


At recent meetings of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise, two departments at University of Hawaii Maui College received monetary contributions.

The UH Maui Institute of Hawai’ian Music was the recipient of a $1,000 contribution, which will be placed in a fund for student scholarships. The contribution was the result of the “Kukuna Kaiao” fundraiser held in May at Beach Bums BBQ & Grill in Maalaea.

Students from the institute provided three hours of musical entertainment for the fundraiser, which was hosted by Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku and was produced and facilitated by Institute Director Keola Donaghy. This was the second annual fundraising event for the institute and plans have been made to continue the fundraising activity for student scholarships. The presentation was made to Donaghy by President Joanne Doell.

Brother and sister, Mark-Oliver Buniel and Lizelle Buniel, are the recipients of the club’s annual Doris Ann Capanash/Pat Corbett Memorial Scholarship awards. Capanash was the wife of past Rotary District 5000 Assistant District Governor Ron Capanash. Corbett was an active member of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise, having served on the board of directors four years. Both women were involved in promoting quality educational experiences for students on Maui prior to their deaths.

Both students received $750 from the scholarship fund. Mark-Oliver is planning to return to UH-MC and enroll in the dental hygiene program for an associate’s degree. Lizelle also plans to continue her studies to earn an advanced degree. The scholarship awards were presented by Ed Corbett and Doell.

“We are delighted that we are able to provide financial support for these two programs at UH-Maui,” said Doell. “Part of our club’s vision statement is to support the educational requirements of our community by assisting with students’ academic and co-curricular needs. This scholarship and fundraising event will continue to be held by our club in order to help develop a community of lifelong learners.”