The Keomailani Hanapi Foundation, fiscal sponsor of Hawaiian 'Ohana for Education in the arts, has received a $91,500 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as matching funds to the Administration for Native Americans grant for HOEA's three-year pilot for a Native Hawaiian art project. The HOEA Art Space and Studio is in the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea on the Big Island.
Building upon a family legacy, Susan Chamberlin and her husband, Steve have donated $200,000 to the Lyon Arboretum, the second largest gift it has ever received. The gift is in honor of her father, Robert Cushing, former University of Hawai'i regent, who in 1999 donated the then largest gift of $100,000 to the arboretum's enrichment fund. The couple grew up in Mānoa.
The Atherton Family Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Akaku: Maui Community Television. The funds will allow Akaku to train student interns to produce "Arrive Alive" teen driver safety public service announcements.
State Farm Insurance awarded a $3,800 grant for the same purpose to the students of Kamehameha Schools Maui. Students are being encouraged by their peers to wear seat belts and to avoid impaired driving.
Two hundred donors from six states have given a combined $51,000 to The Hawaiian Way fund, a nonprofit established by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. The donors have directed a little more than half of the funds to 18 Native Hawaiian charities and nonprofits, and the rest to be used to support culture and community development in Native Hawaiian communities.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded Special Olympics Hawai'i a $24,242 grant. The money will enable Native Hawaiian athletes to compete at all three statewide competitions throughout the year.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Maui's Malama I Ke Ola Health Center in support of its dental program and services for low-income individuals and families.
Farmers Insurance Hawaii has donated $10,000 to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa to establish the Farmers Insurance Hawaii Scholarship Fund. The fund will benefit incoming student athletes from Hawai'i high schools.
Hawaii Medical Assurance Association has donated $10,000 in matching grants to the Women's Fund of Hawaii. The money will aid the organization in addressing the needs of women hit hardest by the economic downturn.