EDB’s annual STEM fundraiser to honor 35th anniversary

The Maui News – The Maui Economic Development Board will celebrate its 35th anniversary during its annual Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner and Auction on Aug. 26 at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, the board announced.

The event’s theme is “Pathways To Our Future,” and a reception and silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 6.

The event will include recognition of island students’ achievements in science, technology, engineering and math. There will be a presentation of this year’s Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award winner. The award honors the legacy of the late U.S. senator.

Dignitaries expected to attend the dinner include Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Mayor Alan Arakawa and their spouses.

Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit the economic development board and its Ke Alahele Education Fund, which raises funds for education programs.

The board created the education fund to “stimulate community investment in broadening career pathways for Maui County residents,” said Curtis Tom, senior vice president and island manager for Bank of Hawaii in Maui County. “Today, we’re thrilled to see the impact STEM education has had and continues to have on our youth, from boosting their self-confidence to opening doors to exciting careers.”

For more information and reservations, visit www.medb.org or call 875-2300.