Hawaii Community Foundation Announces Funds Released for West Hawaii Grant Projects

The West Hawai‘i Fund advisory committee, made up of local volunteers, awarded $63,375 to 16 organizations that contribute in diverse ways to improving the quality of life for residents in West Hawai‘i.

Hawaii Community Foundation

The West Hawai‘i Fund was established in 1990 to provide a stronger link between charitable donors and the specific needs of West Hawai‘i communities from Kohala to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Through the years, local citizens have created additional funds that are also distributed by the West Hawai’i Fund advisory committee including the Hartwell and Rebecca Carter Fund, the Robert C. and Helen F. Nichols Fund, the Arthur Mullaly Fund, and the Oscar and Ernestine Armstrong Fund.

Organizations receiving grants from these five funds include:

  • Friends for Fitness received $3,500 to provide much needed repair for the 1-mile long walking, jogging Makaeo Walking Path.
  • Habitat for Humanity received $5,000 in support of a specialized home repair and renovation program for Veterans currently living in sub-standard housing in West Hawai‘i.
  • Hawai‘i Forest Institute received $7,000 for their Aupaka o Wao Lama Forest Education Program to restore endangered dryland habitat and share its historical, cultural and scientific aspects with the West Hawai‘i Community.
  • Hawai‘i Learning Resource received $4,000 for their Summer Academic Enrichment Camps that will provide students with a fun, hands-on learning experience designed to inspire joy in learning for students with learning differences.
  • Holualoa Foundation for Arts received $4,000 for the creation of a multi-use performing arts and intimate concert area within the current Donkey Mills Art Center.
  • Hospice of Kona received $4,000 in support of their Patient Support Nakamaru Hale, their 5-bed residential care home.
  • Innovations Public Charter School Foundation received $5,000 for their Planting Wellness with Our Keiki program that provides healthy mini meals for aftercare students incorporating healthy food education, environmental stewardship and physical activity.
  • Ka Moku o Keawe Makahiki received $3,000 to engage a broad range of schools and community groups, utilizing Hawaiian Makahiki cultural practice and championship games to strengthen families around physical education, health, fitness and honest competition.
  • Kona Adult Day Center, Inc. received $4,000 for their Adult Day Care program which provides social and recreational programs and activities for impaired adults and respite for their families and caregivers.
  • Kona Hospital Foundation received $6,000 for their Panda Baby Warmer Project that will provide options for medical staff to administer safe, effective airway management of any life-threatening situations for infants.
  • Kona Pacific Public Charter School received $4,000 in support of their Supplemental Nutrition Program that provides breakfast and afterschool snacks and subsidizes lunch for students of disadvantaged families.
  • Miloli‘i Emergency Response Team received $3,000 for their Emergency Response Team to acquire the necessary equipment and supplies to support their community in the event of an emergency.
  • Moku O Kohala Royal Order of Kamehameha received $2,000 in support of the Hale Mua Cultural Group who will repair rock walls surrounding the Kamehameha Birth site monument that were damaged during the earthquake of 2006.
  • PATCH (People Attentive to Children) received $4,750 to provide training and technical support to early childcare providers in West Hawai’i.
  • Pukoa Kani Aina Community Development Corporation received $2,000 for their I-3 (Investment, Interdependence, and Impact) program that helps Native Hawaiian non-profits achieve their mission and become high impact organizations.
  • Waikoloa Dry Forest Institute received $2,305 for construction of an outhouse facility, four picnic benches for visitors, and a hand-washing station and sink to be located at the 275 acre dry forest restoration project in Waikoloa Village.

About the Hawai‘i Community Foundation

With 96 years of community service, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. The Foundation is a steward of more than 600 funds, including more than 170 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2011, more than $44 million in grants and contracts were distributed statewide. The Foundation also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.


Help Hawaii Non-Profits Earn up to $25,000 During Subaru Hawaii’s “Share the Love” Event in November and December

Subaru Hawaii today announced the return of its “Share the Love” sales event where it will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold from November 1 to December 31, 2012 to a group of local non-profits: Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Oahu SPCA, SPCA Maui and Hawaii Island Humane Society.

In 2011, Hawaii Island Humane Society Executive Director Donna Whitaker accepts Subaru Hawaii’s “Share the Love” donation presented by Sean Charlston, Sales Manager, Kona Subaru.

In addition to buying a Subaru during the promotional period, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite participating non-profit organization through Subaru Hawaii’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SubaruHI. At the end of the sales event period, Subaru Hawaii will award the organization with the most “likes” an additional $5,000.

“We are delighted to partner with both our new and returning non-profits for this year’s Share the Love sales event,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President, Servco representing the Subaru Hawaii Dealers.  “This promotion is a win-win for our Subaru owners, customers and our local communities.”

In addition to its monetary donation, the Subaru Dealers of Hawaii invite the public across three islands to attend “Share the Love” day on December 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Dealerships statewide will be hosting engaging events open to the public on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Oahu SPCA, SPCA Maui and Hawaii Island Humane Society.

Adopt A Pet, Pet Food and Pet Care Supplies Drive

The Oahu SCPA, SPCA Maui and Hawaii Island Humane Society will have dogs and kittens looking for loving homes.  A $25 Petco gift card is included with every adoption and adoption fees are free for current Subaru owners or for those that purchase a vehicle during the event. The public is encouraged “Share the Love” and stop and by to donate pet care supplies such as bleach, cat litter, dish soap, paper towels, trash bags, old linens (towels, blankets and sheets), pet food and/or treats.

Adopt Wildlife

Hawaii Wildlife Fund will have information about their wildlife adoptions program.  The public is invited to “Share the Love” and contribute to the recovery of native marine life.  A 8.5 x 11 frameable certificate and turtle friendly reusable bag is included with the adoption of a sea turtle, monk seal, whale or dolphin.

Volunteer as a Mentor

Big Brothers Big Sisters will have information about how to become a trained volunteer (“Big”) to provide one-on-one mentoring that is professionally supported by a case manager.  The public is invited to “Share the Love” and positively change the life of keiki with the invaluable gift of friendship that has positive impact for youth in areas of academics, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes, high school graduation rates, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or career readiness.

The events are open to the public and will take place at:

  • Servco Subaru Waialae in Kaimuki on Oahu
  • Island Subaru in Kahului on Maui
  • Kona Subaru in Kailua-Kona
  • Hilo Subaru in Hilo on the Big Island

One More Week Left to Support Hawaii Non-Profit Organizations

Subaru Hawaii will donate $250 for every new vehicle sold by December 31;  Public can vote for favorite non-profit on Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page

The race is on and the public will decide which Hawaii non-profit will win an additional $5,000 from Subaru Hawaii during the “Share the Love” sales event. In addition to the $5,000 donation to one lucky non-profit, for every new vehicle sold by December 31, Subaru Hawaii will donate $250 to a group of great causes — Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Hawaii Literacy, Oahu SPCA, SPCA Maui and Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The public has an opportunity to vote for their favorite participating non-profit organization through Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SubaruHI. At the end of the sales event period on December 31, Subaru Hawaii will award the organization with the most votes an additional $5,000.

“We are delighted to be able to give back to the community with the help of Subaru owners, who are very active members of their communities, and the general public,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President, Servco representing the Subaru Hawaii Dealers.  “It has been our pleasure to work with the five non-profit organizations during the ‘Share the Love’ event. For Subaru owners looking for an upgrade on their vehicle, we encourage you to stop by any of our five dealerships statewide before December 31. We also encourage the public to support their favorite non-profit organization by voting on Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page before the December 31 deadline.”