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Mayor’s Office Announces Student Mālama Award Winners

The Office of Mayor Billy Kenoi is pleased to announce the winners of the first Hawai‘i Island Student Mālama Award, a program that highlights and celebrates student stewards of sustainability on Hawai‘i Island. Outstanding student leaders and groups in this field will be awarded $500 scholarships.

Mayor Kenoi spoke at the morning’s Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship and said the following on his Facebook page, “Mahalo to the Exchange Club of Hilo for a morning of food, friends, song, and prayer at the this morning’s Mayor’s Breakfast Fellowship!”

Eligible projects included, but were not limited to topics such as renewable energy and energy efficiency; agriculture, such as school gardens and local foods; resource management, such as zero waste; community-based volunteerism, social and community service; and environmental projects, such as conservation and preservation of the ocean, land and forest.

Click for application form

Scholarships will be awarded to winners in K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade categories. The following is the list of winners in each grade category:

Elementary:  Kahakai Elementary Green Team

Intermediate:  Kua O Ka La Intermediate School Hui Lokahi

High School:  Makana Agcaoili, Pahoa Intermediate and High School Green Club President

“Mahalo to all the students, schools, teachers, families, and community members who supported this year’s projects,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “We look forward to honoring more great projects that mālama our unique and beautiful home, Hawai’i Island.”

Friends of the Future Reflections on 20 years of Community Work.

The Friends of the Future Annual Report, Kāpa’ipa`i (to flourish), is now available online at www.FOFHawaii.org.

Kāpa’ipa`i summarizes more than 20 years of work on Hawai`i Island which began with a series of conversations celebrating pluralism, duality, and cultural diversity.

A nonprofit organization, Friends of the Future has provided a home to more than 40 community programs and initiatives. Some have become independent organizations, transitioned to another like-minded organization, completed their work, or are waiting patiently for the right time, right place, and right resource to be realized.

Currently ten (10) programs actively continue their work as part of Friends of the Future:

  • Waipi’o Valley Community Circle
  • Tutu’s House
  • Na Kahumoku
  • Hui Kuapa
  • Hawai’i Island Leadership Series ~ Ulumau
  • Hawaii Island Health Care Alliance
  • Earl’s Garage
  • Collaborative Health Initiative
  • Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families

Friends of the Future staff is currently collecting reflections and stories from people who are, or have been, involved with its programs. Please take a moment to let Friends of the Future know: “Why does Friends of the Future matter?” Reflections may be sent to info@fofhawaii.org or call 885-8336

To become involved in Friends of the Future or to request a printed copy of its annual report, call 885-8336 or e-mail info@fofhawaii.org