Benefit to celebrate achievements of STEM students

Maui Economic Development Board’s annual MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Grand Wailea.

This year’s event celebrates the achievements of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Guests can bid on over 150 items during the Apples for Education Auctions; enjoy presentations by Maui County’s STEM stars; a lively Jeopardy, the STEM Edition; and be the first to congratulate this year’s Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award winner, which honors the legacy of the late U.S. senator.

This annual award is presented to a Maui County project team that demonstrates the most innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve and improve the community.

Proceeds raised will advance MEDB’s STEM education programs, which span from kindergarten to careers, and support MEDB’s continuing efforts to build pathways that benefit the lives of residents in Maui County and statewide. Since the fund was launched in 2006, 328 grants totaling more than $1.2 million have been awarded.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this grant-making vehicle to further support the growing need for STEM education in Maui County and statewide,” said Curtis Tom, senior vice president/island manager for Bank of Hawaii in Maui County and chair of the MEDB Education Committee. “MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund was created to provide our youth and educators with STEM skills in an effort to open doors to exciting career opportunities. Those who support this important fund through MEDB’s annual fundraiser are helping to make this investment in our state’s future workforce.”

For reservations, donor information and sponsor opportunities, visit or call 875-2300. Individual seats are $200.