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

The Matson Foundation donated $1,000 to help provide meals and activities for senior citizens through Maui County’s Congregate Nutrition Program-Kaunoa Senior Services.

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Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas Homeowners donated $2,500 to the Maui United Way’s Tools for Schools Drive.

The homeowners association, made up of time-share owners from all around the country, made the donation as a way of saying thank-you to Maui County’s residents, according to a news release.

“We want to send a big mahalo to Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas Homeowners Association for donating $2,500 to our Tools for School Drive!” reported the Maui United Way Facebook page.

Grant Gillham, the executive director of the One Ohana PAC, the Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas Homeowners’ political organization, said “Our homeowners want to express to the entire Maui County community that we’re with them 100 percent. Our commitment to Maui is strong and growing stronger as our organization continues to expand. We want to do more to help make Maui great.”

The Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas Homeowners Association is made up of over 25,000 time-share owners from all over the United States. Its resort employs hundreds of Maui residents.

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Maui Electric Co. and the Hawaiian Electric Industries Foundation donated $5,000 on Sept. 2 to support the Alaka’ina Foundation’s Digital Bus program. Established as a mobile laboratory equipped with the latest technology designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Digital Bus program will give Maui and Molokai students the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences. The donation will aid in the purchase of two fully equipped Digital Buses to replace aging buses on Maui and Molokai.

“Over the years, our Digital Bus program has reached over 18,500 students from public, charter and private schools in grades K-12 on Maui and Molokai, with an emphasis on rural, underserved areas. However, the current Maui bus is aging and the Molokai bus also had to be retired,” said Philip Kahue, executive director of the Alaka’ina Foundation.

Each bus will be retrofitted to incorporate user-friendly and affordable equipment and tools.


The Mana’olana Pink Paddlers was recently recognized as one of the recipients of a $2,000 donation from Hale Mahaolu. Pink Paddlers is a nonprofit paddling organization focused on helping cancer survivors regain health and strength through paddling.

Hale Mahaolu employees hold a fundraiser every year to help further the mission of local nonprofits. Funds from this year’s 24th annual Community Fundraiser will also benefit the Maui Special Fair for the disabled on Friday.

Hale Mahaolu is a private nonprofit housing corporation that develops, owns and/or manages low- and moderate-income housing units for families, seniors, and/or disabled individuals.

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Maui Arts & Cultural Center has received a $10,000 grant from Alexander & Baldwin Inc. to support its nationally recognized arts education program CanDo! Days for Maui students in grades 1-5. The grant was presented at a recent Arts Education Advisory Committee Meeting. It also preceded the start of National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 13-19. The committee members include the Maui Complex Area superintendent and several area principals and teachers.

“We are very appreciative to Alexander & Baldwin for their long-standing commitment to arts education for Maui students,” said Susana Browne, MACC’s education director. “The timing of this generous donation is a wonderful companion to the start of National Arts in Education Week. Since 1996, A&B has given annually and in total has provided $260,000 just to support MACC’s Partnering for Arts Education program, which CanDo! Days is part of.”

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As part of a new Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival Ka’anapali, the 18th annual Roy’s Golf Classic took on a twist featuring gourmet food and cocktails throughout the course. The tournament raised $45,000 for Imua Family Services, followed by an unprecedented matched donation by President and Chief Executive Officer of SSCP Management Sunil Dharod. The combined donation has so far totaled $90,000.

Forty teams vied for top honors with prizes ranging from a Maui Toyota 2015 Corolla giveaway, to signed copies of HFWF’s official cookbook, rounds of golf and more.

The day culminated with a “hole-in-one” dinner and awards presentation emceed by Guy Hagi at Roy’s Ka’anapali.


The following foundations and entities contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others:

The Kahului Lions Club presented a $10,000 check to Greg LaGoy, chief executive officer of Hospice Maui, at its general membership meeting in August. Hospice Maui cares for Maui’s seriously ill residents in their home and provides services without charge to those without insurance or who cannot afford it. The check was obtained from the Jeannette and Harry Weinberg Foundation by performing a 100- man-hour project at Kahului Elementary School.

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Duke’s Beach House presented Hawaii Agricultural Foundation with a donation of $2,832 as part of the Localicious, Dine Out Maui program. Localicious is a Maui chef’s initiative to grow the next generation of farmers and ranchers on Maui. With funds raised for this program, Localicious gives back to the community through agriculture student scholarships and farm grants. Duke’s Beach House donated a portion of the proceeds from the Farm Salad during the months of April, May and June to the Localicious, Dine Out Maui program.

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Six nonprofit entities on Oahu, Maui and Molokai collectively received $85,000 in grant funds from the Monsanto Fund as part of the philanthropic organization’s U.S. Site Grant Program.

Grant monies are being used to promote educational opportunities and support critical human needs services.

A grant to the Girl Scouts of Hawaii will provide experiential learning opportunities to girls who would otherwise not be able to attend their after-school leadership program.

The following Maui County entities will receive a portion of the grant funds:

* Feed My Sheep on Maui will earmark Monsanto Fund’s donation to cover expenses for its mobile food distribution program that provides critically needed nutrition directly to neighborhoods on Maui.

* Lahainaluna High School’s grant will enable students in its biology class to explore DNA barcoding of native Hawaiian plants and animals.

* Maui Waena Intermediate School’s Technology Club (Falcon Entertainment & Engineering) will use Monsanto Fund’s donation to help restore and maintain an on-campus greenhouse for a life-learning garden project.

* A grant to Kualapu’u School on Molokai will benefit its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education program for 4th-grade students.

The Monsanto Fund U.S. Site Grant program is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to give back to communities in which Monsanto employees live and work. Each year, grants are allocated to selected organizations for projects that fit within the focus areas of K-12 Education or Human Needs/Services.

“We are grateful for these agencies who offer a variety of services that enrich our communities from creating educational opportunities for our youth to feeding our islands’ hungry,” said John Purcell, Monsanto’s Hawaii Business and Technology lead. “Like these organizations, our employees are dedicated to making lives better.”