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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2002


Advertiser Staff

Grant to help plant species

The Conservation Council for Hawai'i, a nonprofit, science-based community conservation organization, has been awarded a National Wildlife Federation Keep the Wild Alive Species Recovery Fund grant for the Caring for the Plants of Pu'u Wa'awa'a program. CCH will use the grant to coordinate and participate in four volunteer service projects aimed at improving conditions for imperiled plants at the Pu'u Wa'awa'a Wildlife Sanctuary on the island of Hawai'i.

According to Karen Blue, executive director of the Conservation Council for Hawai'i, the sanctuary is a key habitat for many species and the grant will aid it in helping the State Department of Land and Natural Resources in its recovery efforts.

City gets grant for rural youth

The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i has awarded the city a $493,175 grant for its Oahu Rural Development Program. The program will initially target youth from Waialua, Hale'iwa, Kahuku, La'ie, Hau'ula, Ka'a'awa and Waimanalo. Expansion to other rural communities will depend upon future funding.

"The Oahu Rural Development Program represents an opportunity to assist alienated and at-risk youths gain self-esteem and build a positive lifestyle through a number of community-based projects,"said Ernie Martin of the City Department of Community Services. "These projects include native Hawaiian pond restoration, taro farming, micro-farming, commercial food production and retail and business incubation."

11 groups win Waipahu grants

The Waipahu Community Foundation has awarded quarterly grants to: Gentry-Waipio, Crestview, Seaview Friends of Youth, Waipahu Intermediate School, Christian Family Charities and Waipahu Youth Baseball.

Annual awards were granted to Waipahu High School, Village Park Athletic Association, Leeward YMCA, Waipahu Jackrabbits and Friends of Waipahu Cultural Garden Park.

Grant applications for the October-December quarter are due on Sept. 6. For further information call executive director Cal Kawamoto at 677-9455 or 306-2381.

Grant given for juvenile justice

The State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services has received an $87,500 grant to improve Hawai'i's juvenile justice systems. Congress reauthorized the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in 1992 and established the State Challenge Activities Grants Program. Its purpose is to provide incentives for states to develop, adopt and improve programs.

State program gets $745K

The State of Hawai'i has received a $745,000 grant for migrant education programs from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. The program provides grants for states to establish or improve educational programs for children of migratory agricultural workers and migratory fishers in order to enable them to meet the same high academic standards as other children.

Library fund gets $3,000

The Hawai'i Library Foundation announced that it has received a grant of $3,000 from the Hawaiian Electric Company and the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation for the purpose of purchasing books for a new energy resource library collection for the Hawai'i State Library. The collection will be housed in the Business, Science and Technology section of the Hawai'i State Library at South King and Punchbowl Streets. Because the library system can distribute books among its 50 branches, the books in the collection will be available to everyone with a library card statewide.