Grants

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

A total of 13 Hawaii public schools and educational organizations were recently awarded more than $12,000 in grants from the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund, a program established by The Monsanto Fund to support science education in Hawaii’s public schools.

Baldwin High School, Iao Intermediate School, Kihei Public Charter School, Lahainaluna High School and Maui High School collectively received a total of $4,999.

Funds went to support a variety of programs including robotics programs, a school garden beautification project; hydroponic/aquaponic systems; STEM-related programs; renewable energy projects; and equipment and supplies for biology, chemistry and biotechnology classes.

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The I Love Lahaina fundraising event in November raised $20,000 for West Maui schools, according to a news release. The benefit was sponsored by Safeway, Property Development Centers and Lahaina Cannery Mall.

King Kamehameha III School, Lahaina Intermediate School, Lahainaluna High School, Maui Preparatory Academy, Princess Nahienaena Elementary School and Sacred Hearts School all benefited from the activity.

“I am so grateful to Lahaina Cannery Mall, Safeway, Property Development Centers and all the sponsors and auction donors for creating this fundraising event for the schools of West Maui,” said Lori P. Ulman, music/drama teacher at Sacred Hearts School. “These funds will be of great help to our music and drama departments.”

“We’re proud to support the West Maui schools in helping to build a solid foundation for the youth of today and support the education of our community,” said Lynn Okamoto, general manager of Lahaina Cannery Mall.

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During the months of October, November and December, Imua Family Services was the recipient of Ohana Fuels’ “Fuel Up. Do Good” program. A portion of proceeds from fuel sales at all Maui locations supported Imua Family Services’ continued efforts. The total amount raised from all activities supported by Ohana Fuels totaled over $7,500.

Additionally, Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua Program hosted two car washes with proceeds to benefit a weeklong recreational camp for keiki with special needs.

Proceeds from “Fuel Up. Do Good” will support Imua Family Services’ Early Childhood Development Program, which provides therapeutic developmental services to address mild to moderate delays for children ages 3 to 6 who do not qualify for special education services from the Department Of Education.

“It was a pleasure to partner with a company like Ohana Fuels who believes so much in giving back to our community, utilizing their resources and presence in the community to recognize Maui’s ohana. We are so thankful to everyone who purchased gas and supported this program,” said Dean Wong, Imua Family Services executive director.

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Na Hoaloha was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Gwenfread Elaine Allen Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, $7,000 from the Susan M. Kosasa Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation and $8,000 from the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation from the Flex Grant Program to help provide supportive services to 360 homebound seniors in Maui County.

“Through the generosity of the (HCF) Flex Grant, we will be able to provide more services for a growing number of seniors aging in place,” said Na Hoaloha Executive Director Candice Carter.

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Maui Family Support Services Inc., a private, nonprofit agency providing early childhood development services to families in Maui County for over 34 years, has recently received a $44,000 Hawaii Community Foundation Flex Grant. The Flex Grant is a partnership of many funds; the Baciu Cultural Fund, the Jean I. Fennimore Fund and the Omidyar Ohana Fund of HCF. The money received will support general operating expenses that will help the agency further its mission to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect, according to a news release.

Additionally, MFSS has received a $17,400 grant award from the Atherton Family Foundation. The granted funds will help to update and expand Maui Family Support Services’ use of technology in the implementation of its programs, according to the news release.

Grants

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

Ohana Fuels has donated $4,746.34 to Hawaii Island Adult Care Inc. through its “Fuel Up Do Good” community giving program. Contributions provided by Ohana Fuels will be used to support HIAC’s Caregiver Connection program, which supports community/family caregivers who care for challenged adult and elderly loved ones. Such contributions provide families the ability to continue taking care of their loved ones at home.

Hawaii Island Adult Care Inc. is a nonprofit agency serving kupuna and challenged adults and their families since 1976. Programs include the Hilo and Honomu Adult Day Centers and Caregiver Connection with Support Group and Caregiver Respite Days.

This contribution will directly support Caregiver Respite Days for one year. It provides an opportunity for family caregivers from the community at large time to relax, get massages, engage with other caregivers and learn skills needed to care for their loved ones. Additionally, it will provide tuition assistance for low-income participants attending the day care program.

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The Portuguese Association of Maui received a gift of $20,000 from Maui Toyota’s founder and CEO Damien J. Farias on Jan. 5. The donation will help furnish the Portuguese Cultural Resource Center at Heritage Hall, which is under construction in Paia.

The Portuguese Association of Maui partnered with the Maui Puerto Rican Association to develop Heritage Hall. When completed in November, Heritage Hall will house two separate cultural resource centers, one for the Portuguese and another for the Puerto Ricans.

The cultural resource centers will be the first of their kind in the state of Hawaii offering hands-on learning opportunities for children and adults.

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Maui Electric Co. recently gifted $5,000 to Kalama Intermediate School for new Mac Minis to help upgrade the school’s computer labs. The new computers provide students and teachers access to reliable technology to support and improve Kalama student achievement.

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Just before Christmas, Hawaiian Carpet One Floor & Home presented Feed My Sheep with a check for $55,000. “We were pleased to be able to help Maui’s less fortunate, especially over the holidays,” said company President Myles Kawakami.

Feed My Sheep Maui was founded in 1999 and is a unique mobile food distribution program. It distributes in neighborhoods of need each week and passes out bags of groceries, approximately a week’s worth, to anyone who needs help.