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

The Kihei Lutheran Church Endowment Committee has notified two programs on Maui, Women Helping Women and Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, that they are each the first recipients of $750 in grants.

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Akaku: Maui Community Media received a $12,000 grant for support of its Youth Broadband Education Awareness Mentoring (YBEAM) program from Hawaii Electric Industries Foundation and Maui Electric Co.

YBEAM teaches youth how to produce short community video stories using broadband technology in an all-mobile environment. Participants shoot, edit and distribute their content using Apple iPod Touches. Youth-produced stories air on cable channel 55 and on www.mauitube.org besides being able to be shared on social networks. Other program outcomes include civic engagement, media literacy and certification that enables stipend job opportunities.

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Whole Foods Market in Kahului recently hosted a “5 percent Community Support Day” for Malama Maui Nui, the nonprofit environmental organization formerly known as Community Work Day Program. The $4,300-plus raised will go toward a technology upgrade that will impact MMN programs and services. To learn more about Malama Maui Nui, call 877-2524 or visit malamamauinui.org.

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The Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation has given Family Life Center a grant of $9,400 to be used in the upgrading of the women’s showers on the property. The funds will make it possible to make necessary repairs and replace fixtures with industrial types that will endure heavy use. The showers are opened during daytime hours to people who do not have access to hot showers.

Family Life Center provides emergency shelter to up to 50 men, women and children, as well as an evening meal and breakfast. The mission of the agency is to stabilize the lives of people in their time of need.

For more information on FLC, call 877-0880.

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Skyline Eco-Adventures recently partnered with Trilogy, Cool Cat Cafe and Mana’olana Pink Paddlers to support Trilogy’s Blue ‘Aina campaign.

Fifty-four volunteers joined in to participate in a reef cleanup off Kaanapali Resort’s Black Rock. As the corporate sponsor for the day’s event, Skyline Eco-Adventure’s President Danny Boren presented a $1,000 check to the Mana’olana Pink Paddlers of Maui in support of the nonprofit’s work with cancer survivors. The day’s event was catered by Cool Cat Cafe and crewed by Trilogy Sailing.


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

The Makana Aloha Foundation has made a $10,000 gift to fund a scholarship for a full-time student pursuing an associate of arts degree in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s culinary arts program. The award funds four semesters of tuition and fees and will be awarded all at one time. It is the largest scholarship gift at the college.

Jami Burks, president of the Makana Aloha Foundation said: “The Makana Aloha Foundation wanted to make an immediate and profound impact in the life of a culinary student.

“We decided to establish this two-year scholarship so that a talented culinary student can focus on school and successfully graduate without financial concerns. We are humbled to be able to provide the support students need to achieve their goals and dream,” Burks said.

UH Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana said: “Many students receive funding for their first year of school but not the subsequent ones, creating barriers to on-time graduation. We are most grateful to the Makana Aloha Foundation for its generous and thoughtful support. This scholarship will make a big difference in the life of the scholarship recipient.”

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The Maui Economic Development Board has announced this year’s recipients of grant awards totaling more than $133,000 from the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund.

Awards, ranging from approximately $1,000 to $5,000, were distributed this 2014-15 school year and supplements the work of MEDB’s Women in Technology program that creates innovative pathways to STEM careers.

“We are grateful to the many businesses and individuals who contribute to the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund, and make these grants possible and invest in our future,” said Todd Lawson, MEDB’s Education Committee chair and vice president of Pacific Operations for 2c4 Technologies. “The projects we funded really reflected great creative and inspiring concepts in how to expand science, technology, engineering and math skills in our students.”

The 2014-15 grants went to these diverse initiatives: Setting up a digital media lab at St. Anthony High School; newscast training and digital media development at Maui Waena Intermediate School; enabling Maui High School digital media students to compete at the National Student TV Network Convention; equipment and apps to encourage healthy eating and active lifestyles at Kihei Charter School; an Engineering is Elementary curriculum at Kamalii Elementary School; after-school STEM engagement workshops at Montessori School of Maui; Participation of Maui Schools Science Fair winners at state level competition; upgrading the computer lab at Kihei Charter School; equipment to enable Wailuku Roselani 4H students to map Maui’s coral reefs; supporting the participation of King Kekaulike High School students in the Hawaii STEM Conference; developing the Maui Mini-HI STAR program at the UH Institute for Astronomy; equipment to enable an Industry Online Film Series at Hui Malama Learning Center; extending the Akaku Project YBEAM to Molokai; participation of Maui County students in the Hiki No project on PBS Hawaii; Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award to King Kekaulike High School’s STEM lab and student AJ Ramelb for his product that enabled special education students to paint in art classes; robotics programs at 11 Maui County schools.


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