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Grants

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

Ohana Fuels’ ‘Fuel Up. Do Good.’ program has donated nearly $6,000 to Malama Maui Nui.

From July 1 to Sept. 30, a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gas purchased at Ohana Fuels locations on Maui was donated to the organization.

Also over the summer, Malama Maui Nui partnered with West Maui Kumuwai, a movement for ocean health, in hosting two ocean-friendly car wash fundraisers on July 11 and Aug. 8 at the Minit Stop/Ohana Fuels location at 85 S. Wakea Ave. in Kahului. The car washes featured techniques that used fewer pollutants and prevented toxins from running into storm drains.

Malama Maui Nui is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower residents and visitors alike to nurture the environment in support of Maui Nui’s ecosystems, economy, quality of life and unique Hawaiian culture.

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Alexander & Baldwin has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Sugar Museum in Puunene. The grant will provide support for the core programs and projects of the museum. The funds will be used towards the education program, marketing and community outreach.

Museum Director Jill Pridemore said, “We are very appreciative of this award. Through Alexander & Baldwin’s generous support, we are able to continue providing valuable outreach to the community.”

The museum is currently open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., last admission at 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. It is located across the street from the Puunene sugar mill at 3957 Hansen Road. For more information, call 871-8058 or visit www.sugarmuseum.com.

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Alexander & Baldwin, together with its employees, has stepped forward to respond to the Maui Food Bank’s emergency request for assistance to help it address the extraordinary challenges resulting from COVID. In addition to a Kokua Giving grant from the company, A&B Maui employees designated the Maui Food Bank as their grantee of choice, under a  special grant program commemorating the company’s 150th anniversary year. Combined, A&B’s most recent donation totals $6,500. Community partners for over 25 years, this latest round of funding marks more than $225,000 in total grants from A&B to Maui’s largest food organization. 

“Since March, we have been unable to conduct important drives and have seen a significant decrease in retail food donations. The need for food has more than tripled and we are now helping an average of 37,000 people per month,” said Rich Yust, Maui Food Bank’s executive director. “A&B and many of its Maui ‘ohana of employees have been important supporters of the Maui Food Bank since 1994 — the year we were founded. When we’ve needed help, they have consistently responded to us and those in need on Maui.”

Upon learning of MFB’s urgent status, 20 A&B employees from Kahului Trucking & Storage and its Kahului office designated $150 each through the company’s Kokua 150 charitable program, generating $3,000 for MFB. Funded by the company and made in employees’ names, the grant program commemorates the company’s founding on Maui 150 years ago. Kokua 150 is a keystone of A&B’s milestone year, allowing employees to support the nonprofits most important to their families through the designation of $150 grants. Throughout the pandemic, dozens of A&B employees have made donations to their local Foodbanks and other COVID food programs.

“Maui County residents have been deeply impacted by the financial effects of COVID-19 and the Maui Food Bank is experiencing a related demand for food and funding. Our KT&S employees have a long history of helping the food bank, collecting thousands of pounds of food over the decades. We are all Maui residents, helping our neighbors in need,” said Vice President, Maui, Carol Reimann. “A&B has directed much of its 2020 Kokua Giving charitable funds to help nonprofits on the frontlines of the pandemic on Maui and across Hawaii. We are grateful for the steadfast commitment of our hundreds of trusted nonprofit partners, and our employees whose generosity has been a constant.”

Other Maui County A&B COVID-19 grant recipients include Maui United Way, Hale Mahaolu; Hale Makua; Kaunoa Senior Services; Maui Economic Opportunity; and Molokai’s Friendly Island United Way. In addition, A&B is continuing support of decades-long community, educational and cultural programs such as the Maui Interscholastic League’s Sports Spotlight program, A&B Sugar Museum’s educational program and Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s CanDo! Days.

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Pukalani Community Association donated $500 to the King Kekaulike High School Music Department. The King Kekaulike Jazz Band performed at the 2019 Pukalani Christmas Fair and Electric Golf Cart Parade and were an audience favorite. The check was presented to Casey Nagata by Pukalani Community Association Vice President Petar Kovacic.

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