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

Servco Foundation has announced the 19 nonprofit recipients of $20,000 grants as part of its $1.5 million Centennial Service Campaign. From June 1 through July 14, nominations were open to the public. The winners include three Maui nonprofits:

• Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation.

• Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

• Pacific Cancer Foundation.

The chosen organizations, as well as the individual who nominated them, were invited to a ceremony at the state Capitol to receive their grant, meet with Servco Foundation representatives and celebrate Servco’s Centennial Service Campaign.

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Moloka’i Community Service Council has been awarded a $108,824 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to Ho’omana Hou High School, one of its programs.

Ho’omana Hou (“restore the mana”) is a licensed private school that serves Molokai youths in 9th through 12th grades. It was founded in 2004 as an alternative to the island’s only other high school, Molokai High, and its graduates have gone on to attend colleges and vocational schools both in Hawaii and on the Mainland. The school’s curriculum adheres to DOE content standards, and it incorporates Molokai’s rich cultural and historical legacies.

Ekolu Ah Yee, a Ho’omana Hou alumnus and the school’s head teacher, thanked OHA for its support. “We serve youths in our community who need an alternative to the traditional four-walls educational system. OHA’s kokua will enable us to continue helping our students to build a brighter future for all of us.”

For more information about the school, email HoomanaHou@molokai.org.

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East Maui Taro Festival has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to hold the 28th annual East Maui Taro Festival.

The event will take place April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 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 theme merchandise, informational materials, and hands-on activities. Music and hula from local performers will take place all day. Admission is free.

For more information on the event, or to participate, visit www.tarofestival.org or contact (808) 264-1553 or info@tarofestival.org.

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Hui Makua Punana Leo O Moloka’i has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to hold Moloka’i No Ka Heke: Ko Kakou Mo’olelo — in association with ‘Aha ‘Opio O Moloka’i.

The event, which honors ‘Olelo Hawai’i Month, will be held on Feb. 22 at the Moloka’i Community Health Center. The purpose of the event is gather the community in order to showcase Hawaiian language and culture as well as student excellence in education on Molokai in partnership with the ‘Aha ‘Opio O Moloka’i, Na Hopena A’o, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Office of Hawaiian Education, and Molokai Community Health Center. From pre-K to college, schools will exhibit their students’ best work for judging. This community event will also feature panels, demonstrations, activity booths and cultural practitioners.

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The Maui Humane Society has received a $25,000 grant from Hawaii Community Foundation FLEX Grants program. Grantors include: Baciu Cultural Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation ($15,000) and Susan M. Kosasa Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation ($10,000). The FLEX Grants program was created to provide funding to high-performing nonprofit agencies across the state of Hawaii.

Maui Humane Society was most honored to accept this grant, said MHS CEO Steve MacKinnon. “The nonprofit community on Maui is so fortunate to have the support and guidance that Hawaii Community Foundation provides,” he added. “Receiving this funding will have a direct impact on the lifesaving work we do.”

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Maui Family Support Services Inc. has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to hold the 14th Ho’olaule’a o na Makuakane — Celebration of Fathers.

The event will be held at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center on June 13. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children and encouraging fathers and other male caregivers to take a leadership role in their families emotionally, spiritually and economically.

The event will also be a tool to connect Native Hawaiian families to community services.

Maui Family Support Services is a private, nonprofit agency incorporated in 1980 to provide early childhood development services to families on Maui.

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The Maui Humane Society has received a $1,500 Charitable Giving Grant from the Wailea Community Association. This grant will help fund the MHS foster program, which provides temporary care for companion animals who are not ready for adoption or when the shelter is full. Last year 2,030 animals were fostered by foster families, dramatically increasing lifesaving capabilities at the Maui Humane Society.

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Molokai Land Trust has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to hold a free two-day event with an open house and Return to ‘Aina community workday event.

The half-day, afternoon open house will be held on March 6 at Molokai Land Trust Operations Center, 1800 Farrington Ave. in Kualapuu and will inform the community about current projects, offer feature free cultural activities, a native plant sale, entertainment and food.

On March 7, the Return to ‘Aina event at Mokio Preserve may include invasive plant removal or planting. Other activities include a cultural walk on the preserve and seabird identification.


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