Violet Komoda is shown holding a photo from her wedding to husband Joe Kazuo Komoda.

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

Maui Electric Co. recently presented the Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America and The Girl Scouts of Hawai’i each with $10,000 donations. The funds are provided through Maui Electric’s Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation.

The Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America received a $10,000 donation to support its new STEM Scouts program that merges with the Scouting experience. With the help of industry professionals, Scouts will engage in hands-on, experiential STEM activities designed through several learning modules to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities that provide participants with an advantage as they make their plans for the future.

“The Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America is proud to serve both boys and girls in grades 3 through 5 interested in the STEM program,” said Duc Button, Scout executive of the Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America. “It gives them hands-on opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s a great way to reinforce the lessons learned in school. The grant from Maui Electric will certainly allow us to continue to explore new opportunities to expand our program.”

Maui Electric also presented the Girl Scouts of Hawai’i with a $10,000 donation to support capital improvements at their Camp Piiholo site Upcountry. The funds will go toward repairing and making improvements to this highly utilized facility that has been closed since 2014 due to age and weather-related damage. Prior to its closure, over 500 Maui Girl Scouts used the campground each year, in addition to many other community groups from Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Hawaii Petroleum President Kimo Haynes (from left); Chrissy Stout, assistant director, therapeutic riding and horsemanship for veterans, Haku Baldwin Center; Laura Alfonso, senior account manager/supervisor, Hawaii Petroleum; Shannon Dominguez, director, animal-assisted therapy/activities and humane animal education, Haku Baldwin Center; Ann Lentz, instructor, equestrian lessons and training, Haku Baldwin Center; and Gabe the horse are shown at the check presentation. -- Haku Baldwin Center photo

“We are so appreciative of Maui Electric’s donation to support improvements to Camp Piiholo on Maui,” said Shari Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts of Hawai’i. “These improvements will allow more girls on Maui to experience outdoor leadership development, outdoor STEM experiences and more broad-based community programs. In addition, Girl Scouts’ level of environmental stewardship is almost double the national average for girls their age. They are concerned about, connected to and committed to conserving the environment and they are making a difference.”

“It’s an honor to be able to support new STEM programs and play a role in revitalizing a beloved learning site for the youth of Maui County,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. “Mahalo to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for their great work in fostering the future leaders in our communities.”

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The Makawao History Museum has received a $10,000 grant from the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation for the purpose of filming the stories of living kupuna to produce a professional film that conveys the unique and important history of Upcountry Maui.

Twenty-five to 40 kupuna and residents of note will be interviewed and filmed. Once this is completed, the museum hopes to raise funds to develop a marketable 60-minute documentary that can be used by schools, film festivals and PBS.

The Kupuna Film Project is an important part of fulfilling the mission of the museum by preserving and sharing the heritage of the Makawao community.

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Haku Baldwin Center was the most recent beneficiary of Ohana Fuels’ “Fuel Up. Do Good.” community giving program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the community and donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline purchased at all Ohana Fuels stations in that community. Sales during the third quarter of 2017 resulted in a donation of $8,508.22 to Haku Baldwin Center.

Haku Baldwin Center is a nonprofit organization that fosters therapeutic partnerships between people and animals with a range of therapeutic programs offered at no cost to the community, including: animal-assisted therapy/activities, humane animal education, therapeutic horseback riding and horsemanship for veterans.

“We are grateful for the support of Ohana Fuels,” said Chrissy Stout, assistant director of therapeutic riding and horsemanship for veterans programs. “Proceeds from the ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ campaign will benefit all of our programs, which are dedicated to children and adults with special needs, military veterans, seniors and patients of all ages.”

“At Ohana Fuels we feel it is our duty to support local organizations like Haku Baldwin Center through our ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ program,” said Kimo Haynes, president of Hawaii Petroleum. “These organizations provide exceptional services in the local community and we look forward to offering continued support in the years to come.”