Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, a leading hotel management company, contributed more than $28,000 to the 2018 Visitor Industry Charity Walk, a statewide annual event that engages members of Hawaii’s visitor industry to raise money for Hawaii’s charities. A record number of staff and their families from HHR’s flagship properties, Royal Lahaina Resort and Royal Kona Resort, participated in the walk held on May 12 on Maui and Hawaii island.
“Our family-owned business was built on a foundation of values that includes giving back to our community,” said Gary Hogen, CEO of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts.
Over the past 10 years, Royal Lahaina Resort and Royal Kona Resort employees have collectively raised more than $250,000 in support of the Visitor Industry Charity Walk. In 2018, the charity walk celebrated its 40th year, raising over $2.5 million statewide to benefit charities in Hawaii.
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Maui Electric Co. recently presented Hana Arts Inc. with a $2,500 donation in support of the organization’s arts and cultural programs for East Maui residents. The donation, provided by Maui Electric’s Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation, will support the Building East Maui’s Community Through Creativity program that aims to diversify the East Maui community’s economy through art education and activities.
“Hana Arts is extremely thankful for the support from Maui Electric,” said Becky Lind, executive director of Hana Arts.
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Support from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority’s Community Enrichment Program provided $5,000 and the Ulupono Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation donated $3,500 to the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens toward a free event celebrating breadfruit.
“La ‘Ulu,” which means “Breadfruit Day” in Hawaiian, is in its second year and will be held at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens on Sept. 8. The event features breadfruit creations of local chefs and farmers, cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Additional support for the free event includes Blue Zones Project-Central Maui providing cooking demonstrations and samples, the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation supporting cultural practitioners, the Maui Breadfruit Co., Native Hawaiian health organization Papa Ola Lokahi, Maui Green and Beautiful and Maui Brewing Co.
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Cassandra Abdul, executive director of Na Hale O Maui, Hawaii’s first community land trust, has announced receiving a donation of $2,500 from Alexander & Baldwin and a Matson Navigation Co. donation of $1,000 to support the “Passport to Homeownership Program.”
“Passport to Homeownership is an effective process that informs, educates and prepares prospective homebuyers,” said Abdul.
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Proceeds totaling $27,000 from the 2018 Big Island Chocolate Festival were awarded to five educational organizations, including the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program, which received a check for $6,000. Monies will be used to fund student scholarships for the school’s baking segment.
Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, the BICF is an annual, two-day event offering agricultural and culinary learning experiences and competitions, plus a gala celebration of chocolate.