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

The Specialized Foundation has announced that Maui Preparatory Academy is one of the select nationwide schools to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focus cycling program for the 2018-19 school year. The Riding for Focus curriculum integrates cycling into physical education classes as a way to help students achieve academic, health and social success.

As a recipient of this year’s grant, Maui Preparatory Academy has gained access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit and helmets to activate the program. Additionally, the Maui Prep Physical Education teacher, Annalisa Figueroa, has attended an in-person training hosted by The Specialized Foundation to ensure success as the program is integrated into the classroom.

Maui Preparatory Academy also has partnered with local bike shop West Maui Cycles to build and maintain the school bike fleet.

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Following the destructive Lahaina fires in August, Kapalua Golf donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity in support of West Maui relief efforts. The funds were raised throughout September as a portion of greens fees from golfers playing Kapalua Golf’s Plantation and Bay courses. According to Habitat for Humanity, Kapalua Golf’s donation will help projects around West Maui and also complete 10 single-family affordable homes in Lahaina. Construction is already underway on the homes and is expected to be completed in mid-2019.

In late August, West Maui brush fires burned more than 2,000 acres and damaged or destroyed residential structures and vehicles. Approximately 20 Kapalua Golf & Tennis associates were among the hundreds of area residents forced to evacuate their homes as flames, fueled by winds from then approaching Hurricane Lane, moved closer to neighborhoods. More than 20 residential structures and 27 vehicles were destroyed by the brush fires, while neighborhoods in the area lost power for days, causing many residents to lose refrigerated and frozen perishable food items.

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Akaku Maui Community Media was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation to help support the youth work development program Maui Youth Now.

The program was designed for participants of Akaku’s Youth Media Exchange to expand their field journalism skills to include broadcast studio production training though work development mentoring.

Akaku leverages its professional broadcast studio and staff to offer young media trainees work experience and a stipend producing an episodic youth show that broadcasts on Akaku 55 and is available online on Vimeo, also called Maui Youth Now.