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Hawaiian Electric continues support of STEM education

To date in 2014, Hawaiian Electric has contributed more than $88,000 in support of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs that benefit Hawaiʻi educators and students while inspiring a next generation workforce capable of competing in the science and technological industries.

Recent contributions include:

  • Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, for the Lacy Veach Day of Discovery in October. Since 2002, Hawaiian Electric has sponsored this annual event which honors NASA Astronaut Charles Lacy Veach while bringing together organizations, businesses and individuals to share their STEM research and activities with educators, students and the general public.
  • Hawaiʻi FIRST® LEGO® League, for the state championship on Oʻahu in December. Since 2006, Hawaiian Electric has partnered with FLL to hold these team robotic challenges which promote science and technology to upper elementary and middle school students while developing student interest to pursue STEM studies and careers. About 80 volunteers from the company also assist onsite at the state tournament each year.
  • University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, for the Hawaiʻi State VEX Championship in December. Hawaiian Electric has been the title sponsor of this scholastic robotics tournament since its inaugural championship event in 2013. In addition to enabling middle and high school participants to learn STEM concepts, VEX robotics builds valuable team work, problem solving, communication and time management life skills.




About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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