Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
* Bank of Hawaii donated $2,000 to the J. Walter Cameron Center in support of the center's "A Time of Renewal" 40th anniversary 2013 fundraising efforts.
* The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui recently donated four Sony and Compaq computers to the newsroom of University of Hawaii Maui College's new student newspaper, Ho'oulu. The donation is part of the resort's Electronic Waste Diversion program, developed to keep electronics out of local landfills and redistribute equipment to worthy community organizations.
Mary Anne Fitch, Maui Prep Board of Trustees member (from left); Chris Kaiwi, vice president/managing partner of Pineapple Grill; Dean Otto, Maui Prep Board of Trustees president; and Ryan Kirkham, Maui Prep principal, pose with a check for the school.
Bank of Hawaii Vice-President & Wealth Adviser Joan Martin and William “Bill” L. Carpenter, Bank of Hawaii senior vice president and portfolio manager (right), present J. Walter Cameron Center Executive Director Cesar Gaxiola with a check for $2,000 from the bank.
Ho‘oulu student staff members Michael Ganancial (from left), HeatherLyn Gray, Karissa Among and Bo Montalvo pose with a sign bearing the name of the University of Hawaii Maui College newspaper.
Ho'oulu, which means "to inspire," is an independent, online student newspaper covering campus news, features and ideas at UH-MC. The newspaper, which is produced entirely by a staff of nine students, will transition to print when classes resume in August.
* Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from AT&T.
MEO Youth Services will hold an educational and healthy activity camp called Camp HOPE Maui from July 21-24 at Camp Keanae for children exposed to high-risk behaviors.
"MEO is very fortunate to receive this funding which will be used to send 50 Maui County youth to Camp HOPE where they will have fun with educational activities, participate in team building, learn about high-risk behavior and alternative life skills. AT&T really helps us expand our services for the youth," said MEO Chief Executive Officer Lyn McNeff.
* During the recent Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, Pineapple Grill Restaurant hosted a Celebrity Chef Dinner that raised $6,500 to support Maui Preparatory Academy. The funds will go toward student financial aid at the Napili school.
* The Bailey House Museum student internship program received a $3,500 grant from Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. HC&S has been funding the high school internship program since 2007. Named after a past trustee of the Maui Historical Society, the program is called "The Alexa Kahui HC&S High School Internship."
* Bank of Hawaii Foundation announced the recipients of this year's Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. Seabury Hall received $15,000. AKAKU Maui County Community Television and The Maui Farm Inc. were each awarded $5,000. The checks were presented at a special reception held at The Maui Arts & Cultural Center on June 19.
* The Pa'ia Youth & Cultural Center has received $3,000 from The Will Smith Foundation to support its life skills program. The Will Smith Foundation is dedicated to researching, assessing, funding and monitoring exceptional children's charities. The foundation was created in honor and memory of 8-year-old Will Smith, who was killed in a car accident on Maui on June 3, 2007.
* The Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Fund has provided $16,000 in grants to Maui County organizations.
Fund officials did not have a breakdown of how much each organization received, but the groups getting grants included: the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, the Maui Economic Development Board, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa.
The Maui County organizations were among organizations statewide that received more than $100,000 from the fund's first set of grant awards. The fund was set up to honor the legacy of the late U.S. senator, who died Dec. 17.