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Girl Scouts program to expand with donation from Hawaiian Electric

After School Leadership Program promotes STEM curriculum

A $5,000 donation from Hawaiian Electric to the Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi will be used to expand an afterschool leadership program for girls in underserved communities on Oʻahu. The program introduces girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts and creates opportunities for leadership development through hands-on, out-of-classroom learning experiences.

Through Hawaiian Electric's donation, the Girl Scouts 2015-2016 Afterschool Leadership Program will be offered at a reduced fee and part of the donation also will be used for supplies, activities, excursions, and staffing.

"STEM is one of the key curriculums for Girl Scouts nationwide," said Shari Chang, Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi CEO. "By offering a wide variety of innovative programs and unique opportunities, Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi is committed to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to explore and build an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hawaiian Electric's support allows us to expand these opportunities for girls in under-resourced areas."

The Afterschool Leadership Program is a STEM-focused curriculum that explores earth science, water conservation and energy topics through a series of activities that are aligned with the Hawaiʻi Common Core State Standards and based on the Girl Scouts' program grade level. In addition to the after school activities, the girls also will participate in at least one outdoor day trip.

Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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.


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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