Published on : Tuesday, August 26, 2014
the Foundation will provide single annual grants in three areas of focus: Educational programs that seek to improve student achievement in Hawai‘i, programs that perpetuate Hawaiian cultural knowledge and awareness, and programs that protect and preserve the ecology and ecosystems of the state.
“The Foundation allows Hawaiian Airlines to provide significant monetary support to programs that benefit our entire community,” said Ann Botticelli, senior vice president – corporate communications and public affairs for Hawaiian Airlines and president of the Hawaiian Airlines Foundation. “We chose to focus on areas that are also important to our longevity as a local company. Our schools provide our future workforce, our host culture helps us differentiate ourselves as Hawai‘i’s hometown airline, and our environment provides our state’s comparative advantage as a visitor destination.”
The Foundation recently received confirmation of its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, allowing it to receive matching funds to build its endowment.
The 2014-2015 grantees are:
Education ($50,000): Kualapu‘u School, Moloka‘i
Kualapu‘u is a Public Conversion Charter School serving English and Hawaiian Immersion students in grades pre-K to 6. Kualapu‘u School will use its $50,000 education grant to pilot the development, implementation and evaluation of a common-core based STEM curriculum and create a student support services program. Kualapu‘u School is one of three Public Conversion Charter Schools overseen by the nonprofit Ho‘okāko‘o Corporation, which is dedicated to reform and innovation in public education.
Culture ($25,000): PA‘I Foundation, O‘ahu
PA‘I Foundation will use its $25,000 cultural perpetuation grant to stage the 2015 Maoli Arts Month, celebrating and promoting native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners. Organized in 2001, PA‘I Foundation’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate native Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations.
Environment ($25,000): Papahana Kuaola, O‘ahu
Papahana Kuaola will dedicate its $25,000 environmental preservation grant to support a year-long internship program to restore native plant species in the ahupua‘a of He‘eia. Papahana Kuaola was founded to create quality educational programs focused on environmental restoration and fully integrated with Hawaiian knowledge in order to exemplify a lifestyle respectful of kanaka, ‘āina and Akua.