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Sean Farias, sales manager, Maui Toyota (from left); Jennifer Martin, conservation programs coordinator, Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute; Dustin Paradis, Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute; and Taylor Igarashi, senior corporate communications and marketing specialist, Servco, are shown with a Toyota Tacoma 4x4 loaned for two years to Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute on Feb. 7.

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

Servco Pacific Inc. presented two-year loans of Toyota or Subaru vehicles to 10 nonprofits in Hawaii in February, including a Toyota Tacoma 4×4 to the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute, which will be used for the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles on Maui.

As the final program of its Centennial Service Campaign in 2019, Servco also donated six vehicles on Oahu, two vehicles on Kauai, and one vehicle on the Big Island.

“There are a lot of nonprofits in Hawaii that could really use a vehicle to enhance the services they provide, and we knew we could help,” said Mark Fukunaga, chairman and CEO of Servco. “As our final Centennial Service Campaign program, we wanted to show how mobility can unlock more good in our communities with the help of these nonprofit organizations.”

Administered by the Hawaii Community Foundation, nonprofits applied by describing how the vehicle will be used to enhance the services they provide in the community. The awardees were selected by a committee of Servco employees and represent a range of uses for the vehicles.

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Pacific Whale Foundation raised $20,000 for its signature Keiki Whalewatch program through its annual online auction.

“We would like to thank all of the generous donors and bidders who made reaching our $20,000 goal possible,” said Executive Director Kristie Wrigglesworth. “The Keiki Whalewatch program has been a key component of our organization and provides us with the opportunity to give back to our community as well as help create environmental stewards of the future,”

PWF hosts the auction each year at November’s “Welcome Home the Whales” kickoff event. To find out more about the Keiki Whalewatch program and how you or your child can be involved, visit www.pacificwhale.org/education.

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Servco Pacific Inc. donated nearly $24,000 in profits to local nonprofits from the sale of its vintage Toyota Sport Bag as part of its 100th anniversary. Servco brought back its iconic Toyota Sport Bag and released a limited-edition design of the vintage duffel with a few modern additions.

The commemorative bags were available for purchase at all Servco dealerships throughout 2019. Proceeds from the sales on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai were donated to Palama Settlement, Big Brothers Big Sisters Maui, and Big Brothers Big Sisters and Kauai, respectively.

Servco donated over $22,000 to Palama Settlement, $1,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Kauai, and $200 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Maui.

“We were excited to partner with both Palama Settlement and Big Brothers Big Sisters this year,” said Rick Ching, president and COO of Servco. “Bringing back the iconic Toyota sport bag was a fun way to celebrate our centennial and this program was a special reminder of our history and commitment to the Hawaii community.”

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In November, local high school student Pohaku Kepler launched the “100 Real Estate Agents Who Care” program for his senior project at Kihei Charter High School. Kepler hoped to encourage 100 local Real Estate Agents to donate at least $100 each to Habitat for Humanity Maui, with the goal of raising $10,000 to help build more affordable housing on Maui that will benefit local low-income families.

“Pohaku ended up raising just under $14,000 for Habitat Maui’s construction projects from over 100 individual donors — almost 40 percent more than his initial goal of $10,000,” said development director Max Tornai. “We are genuinely grateful for Pohaku’s passion and hard work to make a difference in the lives of others. These donations couldn’t have come at a better time: we’re finishing 10 new homes in Lahaina and just completed a 4-bedroom home in the Keokea-Waiohuli Hawaiian Homelands subdivision (with 3 more coming up) — so we really need all the financial support we can get to make these homes a reality for our partner families.”

Real estate agents who donated can be seen on the program’s website, 100RealEstateAgentsWhoCare.com.

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