Hawaiian Electric grants $ 160,000 for community resilience and sustainability

October 15, 2021, 9:53 a.m. HST
* Updated October 15 at 9:56 a.m.

With funding from Hawaiian Electric, Mālama Kahālāwai will establish a green firebreak along the Olowalu Creek Corridor in West Maui to protect the watershed and community resources from wildfires. Courtesy of West Maui: Mauna Kahālāwai Watershed Partnership

To mark its 130th anniversary, Hawaiian Electric has awarded $ 160,000 in grants to 12 local organizations working to build a strong, sustainable and resilient Hawai’i.

The organization’s projects align with Hawaiian Electric’s efforts to increase renewable energy, ensure equitable access, advance STEM initiatives and careers, deepen educational and environmental stewardship programs, strengthen community resilience and providing vital resources to underserved people.

Associations that have received grants:

  • Honolulu Armed Forces YMCA: Continue its early childhood programs that meet the academic and socio-emotional needs of military families in Hawaii as the state recovers from the effects of the pandemic.
  • Big Island Addiction Council: Will provide rural wellness centers for people in areas such as Ka’u, Hāmākua and Kohala to enter and receive case management and telehealth services for addiction and mental health issues.
  • Bishop’s Museum: For planning the creation of a local keiki garden to introduce young children to solutions that contribute to a more sustainable future while further expanding the research and collections of the Museum of Culture and Natural Sciences.
  • Friends of Honolulu City Lights: Continue the annual holiday celebration – albeit without a parade for public health reasons – to boost community morale during these trying times.
  • Hawai’i FIRST Robotics: Host the annual FIRST Lego League State Championship, Island of Hawai’i District Tournament, and Maui District Tournament, which inspire students ages 6-18 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Hawaiian Land Trust: Continue statewide efforts to protect and manage land, as well as connect and educate communities through outreach programs.
  • Literacy in Hawaii: pilot a digital literacy initiative to provide low-literacy and low-income adults living in social housing with basic computer training; Internet access; and digital tools and resources that can open up new opportunities.
  • Honolulu Biennial Foundation: Will launch a contemporary art exhibition at the ‘Iolani Palace in 2022 that builds on the legacy of Queen Lili’uokalani.
  • Kupu: For a program to advance clean energy awareness, education and utilities in rural, vulnerable, low to moderate income and ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) communities across the state.
  • Mālama Kahalāwai: Establish a vegetation firebreak along the Olowalu Creek Corridor in West Maui to protect the watershed and community resources from wildfires.
  • Teach for America Hawai’i: Develop local leaders, increase support for teachers interested in assuming school leadership roles and encourage alumni to engage in systems change through policy, advocacy or within entrepreneurial spaces.
  • West Hawai’i Mediation Center: For a community mediation program that provides mediation and conflict resolution services to economically disadvantaged residents of West Hawaii, improving their access to legal justice.

Hawaiian Electric serves 95 percent of Hawai’i’s 1.4 million people on the islands of O’ahu, Maui, Hawai’i, Lāna’i and Moloka’i. Founded on October 13, 1891, Hawaiian Electric is committed to empowering customers and communities by providing affordable, reliable, clean and sustainable energy.

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