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

Maui’s La’akea Village was the second quarter beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels “Fuel up. Do good.” Community Giving Program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the local community and donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline purchased at its locations in that community. The total donation to La’akea Village was $5,805.01 from gasoline sales at Maui Ohana Fuels locations between April and June.

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Servco Pacific (a co-majority owner of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation) continued its $1.5 million Centennial Service Campaign with a donation of musical instruments and services valued at nearly $500,000 to 55 public and charter schools across Hawaii.

One hundred and forty ukuleles and 41 guitars were donated to Maui schools.

“We know there’s a strong correlation between arts education and improved literacy skills in the classroom. We hope these resources will allow our teachers to use the arts as another tool to build a better academic and social future for our students,” said Mark Fukunaga, chairman & CEO of Servco Pacific, and co-chairman of Fender. “We also hope to inspire a lifelong love of music and that students will continue to play well into the future.”

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Pacific Whale Foundation received a donation of $10,000 from the Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Foundation in recognition and furtherance of its research, education and conservation work to protect the ocean and marine wildlife in Maui.

“We applaud the work of Pacific Whale Foundation and all who are so committed to the Maui community,” said the Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Foundation’s Executive Director Melissa Teves Pavlicek.

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Maui Family Support Services Inc. has received notice from Sen. Mazie Hirono that MFSS has been selected to provide continued services to Native Hawaiian children and families via the Quality Care for Hawaiian Keiki child care subsidy project.

Funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, this $1 million per year award will allow the MFSS QCHK project to continue child care subsidy assistance to Native Hawaiian children and families on the islands of Maui and Molokai, and will now include the island of Lanai as well.

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The 28th annual East Maui Taro Festival has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25, 2020, at Hana Ballpark.

The purpose of the festival is to feature taro/kalo in all its various forms — in the food plates, live plants for farmers and gardeners, taro-themed merchandise, informational materials and hands-on activities.

East Maui taro farmers make fresh poi for tasting and for sale, as well as other taro products such as kulolo and poi mochi. Poi pounding is popular with the younger generation and visitors alike. Music and hula from popular local performers entertain all day at the free admission festival.

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Alexander & Baldwin has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum in Puunene. The grant will provide support for the museum’s core programs and projects.

“We are very grateful for this award, said Museum Director Holly Buland. “Alexander & Baldwin is committed to supporting local communities, allowing us to provide valuable services to the people of Maui — and beyond.”


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