Kealakekua, HI, December 2019 – For the last several years, 1250 Oceanside LLC the developers of Hokuli‘a have contributed generously to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation making a significant difference for residents of the Islands. In the past 12 months, Hokuli‘a Community Funds achieved the following:
- SCHOLARSHIPS – Eight students of diverse backgrounds and career intentions were awarded scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year totaling $30,000.
- NORTH & SOUTH KONA ORGANIZATIONS – With selections made by the West Hawai‘i Fund Advisory Committee, $30,000 was provided unrestricted operating support grants to five organizations serving North and South Kona through HCF’s FLEX Grants Program — impacting the Hokuli‘a neighboring communities in far-reaching and lasting ways.
- STEM PARTNERSHIPS – The third set of grants, totaling $40,000, went through the Career Connected Learning funder partnership (previously called STEM Learning Partnership) to strengthen the alignment between the diverse and growing number of STEM learning programs and the specific needs of Hawaii's STEM workforce. The Hokuli‘a Community Fund along with 12 other funders enabled HCF to reward $1.6 million in grants to 39 schools and nonprofits on Hawai‘i Island and Kauai! Hokuli‘a funds went to support programs in West Hawai‘i.
Some examples of the recipients are:
A sophomore at Central Washington University received a $3,000 scholarship to become a paramedic in the Waimea and Honoka‘a community.
A young woman in the second year of graduate school at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo School of Pharmacy received a $3,000 scholarship hoping to become a clinical pharmacist in West Hawai‘i.
A graduate of Konawaena High School and will be pursuing her degree in political science from Williams College. She received a $3,000 scholarship.
Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Aina ($5,000) is a non-profit organization established as a center for social and ecological peace. AKA stewards the site of the 1819 Battle of Kuamo‘o, adjacent to the Hokuli‘a property, which resulted in the overthrow of the kapu system (the traditional system of governance rooted in Hawaiian cultural values). AKA shares the message of "mālama ko aloha" (keep your love) by providing opportunities to connect to the land, visit cultural and historic sites, interact with natural resources, and explore how individuals within our society can succeed in achieving peace
Aloha Performing Arts Company ($6,000)
The Aloha Performing Arts Company's (APAC) mission is to enrich the lives of Hawai‘i residents and visitors by presenting quality theatre and providing theatre education. APAC operates a venue in Kealakekua, mauka of Hokuli‘a, which provides opportunities for other organizations to present performing arts. They present more than 65 performances annually and upholds the mission to provide performing arts education opportunities in West Hawai‘I from youth to kupuna.
Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island ($6,000)
Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island, founded in 2002, works to address the crisis of poverty and homelessness on Hawai‘i Island through affordable home building and ownership opportunities. At Habitat, they believe in providing a “hand-up”, not a “hand-out.” The grant from Hokuli‘a Community Fund was instrumental in launching five new affordable home projects in the Kohala-Kawaihae area.
Kona Historical Society ($7,000)
Kona Historical Society (KHS), based in Kealakekua near Hokuli‘a, preserves the history of Kona and Hawai‘i to enrich, inspire, and inform its community and visitors. They do this through collecting, preserving, researching, interpreting, and disseminating, with special emphasis on the period from 1830 to the present. KHS is the only museum in Kona providing important cultural and educational opportunities for residents.
PATH – Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai‘i ($6,000)
Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai‘i (PATH) is a 32-year-old nonprofit community advocacy organization based on Hawaii Island. PATH promotes and advocates for active living and transportation for all Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors. They advocate for streets that are safe and accessible for pedestrians, transit (bus) riders, bicyclists, and all users of the road, regardless of age or ability. Additionally, they provide bike and pedestrian safety education for children and adults.
STEM award recipients ranged organizations serving education of Kindergarten through early career. A few examples are:
- Big Island Invasive Species Committee – training teachers on Rat Lungworm Disease,
- Girl Scouts of Hawai‘I – Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i STEM Fests & Girl Scout Leadership Experience
- The Kohala Center, Inc. Ke Kumu ‘Aina – Cultivating Ha (BREATH) through ‘āina-based STEM education & stewardship
- Kealakehe High School STEM/robotics program and STEM Academy (via HIDOE) – Expanding Rigorous Collegiate Prep STEM Opportunities in West Hawai‘i
- And many, many more
- Hokuli‘a is proud to be a part of the diverse community of Hawai‘I Island and as so will continue to contribute to its growth and health of the North and South Kona areas.
About 1250 Oceanside, LLC
1250 Oceanside, LLC is managed by Sunchase Holdings, Inc., a privately-held investment company focused on real estate development with an emphasis on master-planned communities. 1250 Oceanside has invested substantial expertise and capital into Hokuli‘a, including the funding of the newly-completed Mamalahoa Highway Bypass roadway known as “Ali‘i Drive”, extensive onsite utility and roadway infrastructure and long-awaited brand new member amenity facilities. 1250 Oceanside has also provided extensive funding for various Island charitable causes.