Child aid group given grants
Friends of the Children's Justice Center has received grants totaling $51,000: $25,000 from the Victoria and Bradley Geist Foundation, $15,000 from the Atherton Family Foundation, $6,000 from the Teresa F. Hughes Trust Estate and $5,000 from the Gannett Foundation Inc.
Services provided by the center include family emergency support; Keiki's Closet, providing clothing for children in need; academic support; extracurricular activities; therapy; and independent living programs.
The Friends was formed in 1986 to help establish the Children's Justice Center and to support its programs. The Friends helps improve the lives of O'ahu's sexually and physically abused children and their families through direct assistance and public education and by supporting the center.
Lange grant for alternate school
Child and Family Service has received $160,000 from the Robert F. Lange Foundation. The grant will be used to expand the Hale O Ulu (House of Growth) alternative school. The Leeward O'ahu school provides an alternative for teens who have difficulty in the public school system. A full academic curriculum with additional individual and family support is offered.
"Students who have already dropped out of school don't have many places to turn to and often find themselves in greater difficulty as they continue through life, said Geri Marullo, president and chief executive officer of Child and Family Service. "We are glad to assist the community in addressing this critical need."
Hawaiian group gets burial funds
U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawai'i, has announced a grant from the Administration for Native Americans of $175,412 for Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei (Group Caring for the Ancestors of Hawai'i) for the first year of Project Ola Na Iwi Phase III.
The organization is scheduled to receive $187,412 in federal money in the second year of the project.
Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei is a Native Hawaiian organization dedicated to the proper treatment of ancestral remains.
Veterans' group gets $25,000
The Disabled American Veterans has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the First Hawaiian Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, to support the Disabled American Veterans' Keehi Lagoon Memorial.
"The Keehi Lagoon Memorial was built to honor all the U.S. soldiers who have died in the defense of our country. This generous grant will help us build three small pavilions that will be used by the many youth organizations, veterans and community groups who use our facility," said chairman Tommy Kakesako.
Starbucks grant for Hui Malama
The first Starbucks Foundation grant to a nonprofit organization in Hawai'i has been awarded to Hui Malama Learning Center. The $10,000 literacy grant will support Help Your Kids Succeed, a family literacy strengthening program presented at sites around Maui.
"This grant will be used to support our Family Literacy-Family Strengthening initiatives that focus on parents with children ages infant to 5, to help lay a strong foundation and raise awareness about the importance of reading to children."
Theater to get improvements
Diamond Head Theatre has received $300,000 in capital improvement grants for facility repairs and restoration: $50,000 from the Mary Castle Foundation, $25,000 from G.N. Wilcox Trust, $25,000 from Cooke Foundation Ltd., $75,000 from the Atherton Foundation, $25,000 from the McInerny Foundation and a matching grant of $100,000 from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
Work has been completed on the rehearsal hall, stage floor and installation of a new lighting/dimmer system.