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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 6, 2001

IBM donates computers to charitable agencies

Advertiser Staff

Seven charitable agencies will be better equipped to help their clients, thanks to a donation from IBM.

IBM's contribution is part of the company's national annual technology donation program, this year valued at more than $5 million. Gifts In Kind International, the world's leading charity in the field of product philanthropy, manages the donation program, coordinating distribution of the computers with approximately 200 local United Way organizations across the country, including AUW in Honolulu.

The local agencies receiving computers are Central O'ahu Youth Services Association Inc.; Kualoa-He'eia Ecumenical Youth Project; Ohana Komputer, Project Dana, Wahiawa Pre-School, Wai'anae Coast Early Childhood Services, and the Waimanalo Teen Project.

• The Institute of Museum and Library Services has selected Alu Like Inc., as the recipient of the Native Hawaiian Library Service Grant.

The $420,000 grant will support the Native Hawaiian Library Project, which increases services to Native Hawaiians by expanding traditional and electronic library services, offering an after-school reading program for parents and their young children, providing adult literacy services and lifelong learning opportunities and posting electronic materials on Hawai'i's environment targeted to teachers and students.

"The Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant is designed to provide Native Hawaiians access to educational, cultural and community resources through traditional library services and the Internet," said U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink. "This project fits well with Alu Like's mission of assisting Native Hawaiians who are committed to achieving their potential in caring for themselves, their families and communities."

• The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i has awarded the 2001 Goto of Hiroshima Foundation study grant to University of Hawai'i senior Taron Kato Murakami. The $5,000 grant is awarded annually to a Hawai'i resident interested in conducting research on Hiroshima and Hawai'i, or about Japanese culture, politics, economics or language, in an effort to promote friendship and understanding between the United States and Japan.

Murakami, a1998 graduate of Konawaena High School, is the daughter of Tami and Sharon Murakami of Kealakekua, Hawai'i. She is a yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese American, majoring in American Studies and political science. Murakami is also a lab instructor for the American Studies course on the Japanese American experience in Hawai'i.

• Goodwill has been awarded $10,000 from the Cooke Foundation Ltd. toward the build-out renovation costs of Goodwill's main facility in Mapunapuna. The facility serves as a training location to provide occupational skills training and job readiness skills to people with barriers to employment, such as disabilities, economic disadvantages, lack of education or work experience and dependence on public assistance.