The Alakaʻina Foundation, a Honolulu-based Native Hawaiian organization, is building on and expanding its extensive philanthropic investments in University of Hawaii programs and students with four gifts totaling $660,000.
With these donations, the Alakaʻina Foundation’s donations to UH over the years total nearly $1.8 million.
New donations include funds for two programs on Kauaʻi that Alakaʻina has supported in past years, Kauaʻi Community College’s Digital Bus Program and scholarships for Kauaʻi Community College students transferring to UH Mānoa College of Engineering, as well as students enrolled in Kaua’i Electronic Technology Program of CC.
This year, the Alaka’ina Foundation is expanding its giving to support two additional programs that serve the Native Hawaiian community – the UH Community Colleges Online Arts Associate Program and the UH Hilo Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.
“Our mission is to ensure that the young men and women of Hawai’i have the skills and competencies they need to be effective leaders in the community,” said the executive director of the Alaka’ina Foundation. , Kimo Bacon. “One of the ways we support this mission is to preserve and support ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, as the Hawaiian language is an official language recognized by the Constitution of the State of Hawaii.
“We also support our mission by developing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science and technology, and environmental stewardship, and these UH programs help achieve that goal,” he said. The Digital Bus program achieves this by bringing a mobile lab to public schools to stimulate students’ interest in science and technology.
“These diverse and strategic donations will have an immense impact across the state,” said UH President David Lassner. “It will help us revitalize the Hawaiian language; helping non-traditional students, including working parents, earn associate degrees fully online; expand STEM education on Kaua’i; and provide scholarships for students studying electronics engineering and technology. It is an incredible honor to partner with such generous donors who are so committed to improving the lives of Hawaiians through higher education.
“We are very grateful that Alakaʻina takes a system-wide approach to giving,” said Tim Dolan, UH Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the UH Foundation. “Mahalo to the Alaka’ina Foundation for their long-term vision and commitment to continuing Native Hawaiian culture, knowledge, and values.”
A Native Hawaiian organization, the Alakaʻina Foundation Family of Companies distributes profits from its seven government service businesses toward nonprofit activities that benefit the Native Hawaiian community, primarily Hawaii’s youth.
The University of Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaii system. The mission of the University of Hawai’i Foundation is to unite the passions of donors with the aspirations of the University of Hawai’i by mobilizing philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH , the people of Hawai’i and our future generations. Visit us at uhfoundation.org.
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