Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
Local student Lehia Apana received a $2,500 grant from the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund to support her organic training at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the Hawaii Farmers United’s Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program.
Apana, a former staff writer and Special Sections editor at The Maui News, and her husband own a 3-acre property in Waiehu. When they purchased the property they did not know there were traditional-style terraces used for growing kalo underneath the 8-foot tall guinea grass that they cleared.
CCOF is a nonprofit organization based in California that promotes organic agriculture. Its Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund invests in the next generation of organic producers through educational grants for students and teachers studying organic agriculture. It is the only organic-focused education grant fund in the U.S., according to a news release.
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Maui Mediation Services has received a $15,000 FLEX grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation for exemplifying “the best practices of high performance,” according to a news release.
The grant is through the foundation but is funded by the Kosasa Family Fund, which provided $10,000, and the NME Fund, which provided $5,000, said Bevanne Bowers, executive director of Maui Mediation Services.
The grant will help Maui Mediation continue to serve county residents through alternative dispute resolution services and training. Last fiscal year, the organization served more than 932 individuals in 459 mediation cases.
Bowers said the organization is working to surpass those numbers this fiscal year.
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Hawaii State Federal Credit Union’s Investing in Education grant program supported Hawaii public school teachers this year by providing up to $500 for educational resources and classroom activities. The following Maui educators, who teach a range of subjects in elementary, middle and high school, were selected based on essay submissions detailing their classroom needs:
• Rondy Arquero, Maui High School, $245 for field trip school bus.
• Julia Brennan, Kula Elementary School, $500 for science supplies.
• Tricia Calhoon, Lahaina Intermediate School, $500 for stream tables, buckets, tarps.
• Ellen Frennette-Garcia, Baldwin High School, $388.29 for 15 earbuds and printer ink.
• Heidi Mathison, Maui High School, $500 for books.
• Wileen Robson, Pu’u Kukui Elementary School, $408.67 for STEM kits, constellation kits.
• Wendy Shishido, Kahului Elementary School, $238.44 for a camera.
• Haley Van Weemen Van Noord, Lahaina Intermediate School, $400 for a printer/scanner and ink.
• Wendy Wells, Kahului Elementary School, $453 for science kits.
This year’s educators continued to incorporate STEM-related lessons into their curriculum, requesting funds for kits to teach coding, build robots and create solar-powered cars. Other teachers focused on developing post-graduation pathways for their students with career and technical education supplies as well as field trips to tour university campuses. The grants also funded classroom materials ranging from basic books and art supplies to innovative tools such as interactive notebooks, smart boards and iPads.
“Over the past decade, our Investing in Education program has grown to support the needs of our educators on nearly every island in Hawaii,” said Andrew Rosen, president and CEO of Hawaii State FCU. “This year, we’re proud to double our investment and award even more public school teachers with grants that help them create innovative learning environments for our keiki.”
Since 2009, Hawaii State FCU has funded the classroom needs of 512 grant recipients, with more than $236,684 awarded to support Hawaii’s teachers. Hawaii State FCU also invests in higher education; its Lowell Kalapa Scholarship Program has awarded more than $609,000 over the past 22 years to help students attend universities, colleges and trade schools in Hawaii and on the Mainland.
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Na Pu’uwai, the Native Hawaiian Health Care System that serves the Molokai and Lanai communities, recently received a $3,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to provide workshops on traditional Native Hawaiian health services for expectant and new mothers.
“We greatly appreciate the support of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs because this allows us to deliver prenatal and postpartum information and health services in a way that resonates with the communities we serve,” said Kamahanahokulani Farrar, executive director of Na Pu’uwai. “Surrounding moms and their children with care and attention strengthens their health and the overall well-being of families.”
The grant will be used to offer four educational workshops to perpetuate traditional Native Hawaiian knowledge in the new year. They will be held on four consecutive Saturdays (Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lanai workshops on Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 will be held at Na Pu’uwai at 832 Kiele St., across from the ILWU Local 142 Union Hall in Lanai City. The Molokai workshops on Feb. 2 and Feb. 16 will be held at Na Pu’uwai, 604 Maunaloa Highway, Building C, in Kaunakakai.
For more information about the workshops, call Na Pu’uwai at (808) 560-3653.
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Alexander & Baldwin has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Sugar Museum. The grant will provide support for the core programs and projects of the museum.
“We are very appreciative of this award,” said Museum Director Roslyn Lightfoot. “Through Alexander & Baldwin’s generous support, we are able to continue providing valuable services to the community.”
The funding will assist the museum with its education program, marketing and community outreach.