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Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Fund Awards First Set of Grants

More than $100,000 provided to support organizations and causes championed by the late Senator Inouye

Hawai’i Community Foundation announced today that the Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Fund has awarded a total of $107,000 to the following 35 organizations in its first set of grants:

  • 442nd Regimental Combat Team Foundation
  • ‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi
  • Alaka’ina Foundation
  • Aloha Medical Mission
  • American Cancer Society Hawai’i Pacific
  • Bishop Museum
  • Boy Scouts of America – Aloha Council
  • Boys & Girls Club of Hawai’i
  • Filipino Community Center, Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of Hawai’i
  • Harris United Methodist Church
  • Hawai’i 3R’s
  • Hawai’i United Okinawa Association
  • Hawai’i Foodbank
  • Hawai’i Public Radio
  • Hawai’i Public Television Foundation dba PBS Hawai’i
  • Historic Hawai’i Foundation
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i
  • Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa
  • Kaua’i Economic Development Board
  • Kīlauea Point Natural History Association
  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • Maui Economic Development Board Inc.
  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • National Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui
  • Parents and Children Together
  • Rotary District 5000 Foundation
  • State of Hawai’i, DOE – Wai’anae High School
  • Susannah Wesley Community Center
  • The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace
  • University of Hawai’i Foundation – ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i
  • U.S. – Japan Council
  • YMCA of Honolulu, Metropolitan Office

“The Hawai’i Community Foundation is honored and privileged to award the first grants of the Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Fund,” said Kelvin H. Taketa, Hawai’i Community Foundation president and CEO. “The legacy of Senator Inouye, his tremendous leadership and courage, continues to support and inspire our community today.”

Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Senator Daniel K. Inouye

“These grants are a small token of appreciation for the important work these organizations did with Dan over the years to enhance the social fabric of Hawai’i, which he dearly loved,” said Irene Hirano Inouye, wife of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. “I hope they will continue their collective good work in the years ahead.”

The Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Fund was created in December 2012 at the request of Irene Hirano Inouye. The fund was established to continue to help the organizations and causes that the senator supported over the years. To date, the fund has received 613 donations from the public amounting to more than $173,000.

Inouye passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at the age of 88 from respiratory complications. He was the second longest serving member of the U.S. Senate prior to his death, with 49 years of service.

 

State Expands Opportunities for Hawai’i Children to Attend Preschool

The state Department of Education (DOE) is committing $6 million over the next three years for early childhood education as a part of its Race to the Top initiatives, Governor Neil Abercrombie announced today. As a result, about 800 additional Hawai’i children in low-income areas will be subsidized to attend preschool.

Recipient Ming Aila

The subsidies will benefit pre-K students living in the “Zones of School Innovation,” which are the Nanakuli/Wai’anae and Ka’u/Kea’au/Pahoa areas. The DOE is implementing many school improvement initiatives in these “Zones,” which will provide the public with a preview of the transformation that will be possible in all of Hawai’i’s schools.

At a press conference this morning at Wai’anae Early Learning Center – where 14 students are already receiving state subsidies this year – Governor Abercrombie reiterated the importance of investing in Hawai’i’s youngest children.

“The New Day Plan is about investing in the strength of Hawai’i’s people, and supporting our youngest children is one of the best investments we can make,” said Governor Abercrombie. “We are giving more students the opportunity to go to preschool and establishing the foundation for learning.”

About 75 children in the Zones of School Innovation are enrolled in preschools through the Preschool Open Doors, a statewide program administered by PATCH for the state Department of Human Services. With this additional funding, more children in the Zones of School Innovation will be able to participate in the program this year.

Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Matayoshi announced that PATCH is accepting applications for children to receive preschool subsidies.  Participating in early childhood programs, such as preschool, helps young children prepare to enter kindergarten.

“Providing our keiki with a seamless transition from pre-K to kindergarten is an invaluable first step in setting the foundation for future academic success,” Superintendent Matayoshi said.

“This is an example of the kind of investment our state needs to ensure our families can afford to send their child to preschool,” said Terry Lock, the Governor’s Coordinator on Early Childhood. “We will be continuing to look for partnerships among government agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other community programs to help our youngest children.”

Families can apply for subsidies for their three- and four-year-old via PATCH’s website, www.patchhawaii.org, or by calling 808-791-2130 or 1-800-746-5620.

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Governor Abercrombie visits Wai’anae Early Education Center to announce that The state Department of Education (DOE) is committing $6 million over the next three years for early childhood education as a part of its Race to the Top initiatives. As a result, about 800 additional Hawai’i children in low-income areas will be subsidized to attend preschool.