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Hawaiian Electric corporate giving focuses on improving quality of life for vulnerable community members

Total of $75,500 donated to seven Hawaii nonprofits

Hawaiian Electric has donated a total of $75,500 to seven Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations that provide social services to help improve the quality of life for vulnerable community members on the five islands served by the company:

Feeding Hawaii Together intends to keep pace with the projected increase of food-insecure households on Oahu by providing consistent and reliable access to nutritional food through an e-commerce food distribution program that gives clients a dignified and compassionate way to shop for free groceries and pick up items curbside.

Helping Hands Hawaii has allocated funds to its Community Clearinghouse, a year-round donation warehouse in Kalihi that gives struggling individuals and families access to free household goods, furnishings, clothing and basic essentials, which allows them to save their limited resources for future self-sufficiency.

Imua Family Services has directed the donation to its Camp Imua Program, a summer camp that creates safe recreational experiences for children with cognitive and/or physical challenges who live on Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

Kuikahi Mediation Center, the sole nonprofit mediation center serving East Hawaii, will use the donation to help its clients -- more than half who live below the poverty line and may have difficulty navigating the legal system -- resolve interpersonal conflicts and community issues through low-cost or free mediation services as an alternative to costly litigation.

The Legal Clinic will direct funds to its Advocacy & Community Education on Immigrant Rights program to reach vulnerable foreign-born Hawaii residents through enhanced social media presence, multi-lingual information, public presentations and targeted outreach efforts. These underserved populations often need an advocate on fair immigration policies, awareness of immigrant justice issues and free or low-cost immigration legal services.

Malaai will use the funds to support its Culinary Garden at Waimea Middle School, which provides hands-on, food-based education in an outdoor living laboratory and cultivates connections between people, land, food and culture. Crops are harvested and shared with Waimea community members, teachers, administrators and students, many who live at or near the poverty level, which enhances food security for those in need.

Project Vision Hawaii will use the funds to expand its Hiehie Health & Hygiene Outreach, providing low-income and homeless individuals with vision and health care screenings, dental supplies, hygiene products and access to mobile hygiene trailers with hot showers and bathroom facilities. The program goes directly to encampments, food banks, beach parks and places where community members in need are located and also helps them apply for SNAP benefits, health insurance, housing assistance and other services to improve their health and quality of life.

About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
Hawaiian Electric serves 95 percent of Hawai‘i’s 1.4 million residents on the islands of Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi, Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi. Established in 1891, Hawaiian Electric is committed to empowering its customers and communities by providing affordable, reliable, clean and sustainable energy.


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 employees volunteer for 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 and careers.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers 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, and in 2019 company volunteers repaired the "floating" Christmas tree at Puʻu O Kaimukī Mini Park with new multicolored, energy efficient LED light strands.

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