Pukalani Community Association presented $2,500 to Pukalani Elementary School and $2,500 to King Kekaulike High School from funds raised during its December Christmas Fair and Electric Golf Cart Parade. Pictured (from left) are Donna Clayton, Pukalani Community Association president; Amy Strand, Pukalani Elementary School principal; and Mark Elliott, King Kekaulike High School principal.

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

The Pa’ia Youth Council Inc., dba the Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center, received the following funds from the Hawai’i Community Foundation FLEX grants program: $10,000 from the Rev. Taki Okumura Family Fund; $10,000 from the Kosasa Family Fund; $10,000 from the Youth Matters Endowment Fund; $5,000 from the Wilson P. Cannon Fund; $5,000 from the NME Fund; and $3,500 from the Bernice von Hamm Fund.

Hawai’i Community Foundation FLEX was created to provide unrestricted funding to high-performing nonprofits across the state of Hawaii that can demonstrate strengths in accountability, achievement of results, and community connectedness. As a FLEX awardee, the PYCC has exemplified the best practices of high performance. These funds will enable the PYCC to continue to offer its members quality programs.

To find out more information about the PYCC, visit or stop in for a tour during open hours.

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Fourteen grants totaling over $13,000 were awarded to Hawaii public schools from the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund, a program established by The Monsanto Fund to support science education in Hawaii’s public schools.

Recipients included Lahainaluna High and Lokelani Intermediate schools.

Funds went to support a variety of STEM-related programs: a Geology/Earth Science Lab, robotics programs, and equipment and supplies to assist with physical science, geology, environmental/marine sciences, natural resources biotechnology and chemistry classes.

Bayer’s Eugenia Sitts presented Lokelani Joseph “Iokepa” Meno and students with a check to help offset travel costs for an off-island VEX Robotics tournament in Honolulu.

Bayer employees also presented Lahainaluna science teacher Robert Tenison with a check to go toward the purchase of lab equipment to enable 9th-grade physical science students to conduct scientific inquiry activities.

This grant program is available on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Molokai, where Bayer (formerly Monsanto Hawaii) employees live and work. Public schools serving students in intermediate grades through college are eligible to apply for educational purposes related to science.

The next grant application deadline is April 25. Applications can be downloaded at or by calling 891-8830 (Maui) or (808) 553-5070 (Molokai).