3 Maui nonprofits take Mike Lyons awards to the bank

Bank of Hawaii Foundation honors Maui Farm, MEDB, Maui Memorial’s contributions

The Maui News – Three Maui nonprofits have been selected as this year’s Mike Lyons Maui Community Award recipients, the Bank of Hawaii Foundation announced Wednesday.

The award recognizes the outstanding leadership of nonprofits benefiting Maui County residents, especially low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Each nonprofit receives $10,000.

Located in Makawao on land leased from the county, the Maui Farm provides farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living. The farm’s Family Strengthening Program serves families who are homeless due to domestic violence and other economic challenges. This year, the program has provided transitional housing for 13 families with 28 children.

Additionally, through the nonprofit’s farm-based educational programs, 1,114 children and adults have participated in field trips, farm tours and internships. With the $10,000 from the Mike Lyons award and funds from Goodfellow Bros., the Cooke Foundation and the Fred Memorial Foundation, the Maui Farm will purchase a tractor to continue to deliver farm-based programs.

The Maui Economic Development Board helps lead and inspire innovation in business, education and the Maui community. In 2012, MEDB created STEMworks, which grew into an annual program for elementary to high school students. Its annual STEM Conference — with more than 70 interactive student and teacher training sessions, access to industry leaders and national partners — outgrew the facilities on Maui. In 2017, MEDB moved the conference to the Hawaii Convention Center, attracting more than 1,000 teachers and students from across the state.

MEDB will use the $10,000 Mike Lyons award to help distribute its curriculum to students in Title I schools across Maui County and help students attend the Hawaii STEM Conference in 2018.

Maui Memorial Medical Center is the only critical-care hospital serving Maui County. The hospital has 213 acute-care beds as well as the second-busiest emergency room in the state, treating 45,000 patients in 2016. It’s the only Neighbor Island hospital performing open-heart surgery.

The Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation will use the $10,000 Mike Lyons award to help support its Patient Assistance Program, which will allow uninsured patients to be discharged from the hospital safely and with the necessary medications, equipment and treatments.

Since its inception in 2004, the Mike Lyons award has distributed $260,000 to 29 nonprofit recipients. It was named after the late, retired Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President and Maui District Manager Michael H. Lyons II, who served as a role model for community service.