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Hawaiian Electric grants total $30,000 for youth programs

HONOLULU, May 12, 2023 -- Hawaiian Electric has awarded grants totaling $30,000 to three nonprofit organizations -- Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation, Center for Tomorrow's Leaders and Nā Kama Kai -- for programs that educate and inspire youth.

Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation, whose mission is to support and sustain Hawaiʻi's agricultural industry, will launch its fifth cohort of the Young Entrepreneur's Program during the 2023-24 academic year. Funds will help support 25 middle and high school teams from public and charter schools statewide to bring locally-sourced products -- such as fruit jams, soap bars, wood products and mamaki tea blends -- to market. All are created from crops grown on or near the schools.

Center for Tomorrow's Leaders, the nonprofit that engages, equips and empowers Hawaiʻi's future leaders, held its Vision Lab event on April 13 featuring the top student-led projects across the state. This annual showcase is part of a leadership pipeline program intended to give students real-world experience in developing and executing projects that will have lasting impact on their communities.

Nā Kama Kai, which operates a youth community center at Pōkaʻī Bay in Waiʻanae, will expand resources to serve more underprivileged keiki of all ages through access to meals, tutoring and ocean knowledge mentorship. Funds will support staffing, lifeguard certification and safety equipment needed for free programs that deepen children's knowledge of ocean safety, environmental stewardship and Hawaiian cultural practices.

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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