Charitable organizations who receive grants through the HEI Charitable Foundation report back on how they have used our support to help their communities. Click on the logos below to read excerpts from recent grant outcomes reports:
The grant from the HEI Charitable Foundation, Maui Electric Company, and American Savings Bank was a significant contribution to the goals of the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) Ke Alahele Education Fund. Since it was formed in 1982, MEDB has worked to diversify Maui County's economy, with particular emphasis on science, technology, education and math (STEM) business and careers. Preparing our residents for these STEM opportunities and jobs is core to MEDB's mission. In 2006, MEDB added a new dimension to its plan by creating the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund, which channels community investment into grant awards and MEDB core programs that enhance STEM education in Maui County.
Since its inception, the Ke Alahele Education Fund has made 136 grants and awarded 9 internships for a total of $675,731 to Maui County schools, educators, community organizations and students. STEM educational activities enabled exploration into fields such as robotics, clean energy, agriculture, math, astronomy, digital media, environmental protection, geographic information systems, and computer science. Thousands of students have gained access to enriching STEM experiences that would not have been possible without the support of the fund.
The purpose of the grants we received from the HEICF Charitable Foundation, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light Company was to help fund after-school programs in disadvantaged communities, serving at-risk youth who are in need of after-school activities and positive role models. We target middle school students and provide structured comprehensive programs, which include academics, enrichment activities, and health and fitness. Because of this funding, we were able to expand to schools on Oahu's Leeward coast, including Waianae and Nanakuli Intermediate Schools. The following year, contributions from HELCO allowed us to expand our program on the Big Island, including middle schools in Kea`au, Ka`u and Pahoa. Last year, we were able to serve more than 2,000 at-risk students across Hawaii.
One of those students was Netty, who had lost her mother. Her father was not really in the picture and left Netty and her four siblings to be raised by foster parents. Netty was heading down the wrong the path, hanging out with the wrong crowd and experimenting with drugs. Someone suggested she enroll with After-School All-Stars. Netty will tell you it was the best decision of her life. She became engaged not only with the after-school programs, but she took more of an interest during school. She turned her life around and attended All-Stars her entire time in middle school. Now in high school, Netty comes back to her alma mater every day to volunteer and can always be counted on to be a positive role model for current All-Star participants.
President & Chief Executive Officer
After-School All-Stars Hawaii
Thanks to the generous grant from the HEI Charitable Foundation and the Hawaiian Electric Company, The Nature Conservancy was able to start up our new Super Sucker program to expand the scope and scale of conservation work in Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu. The long-term goal of the Kaneohe Bay Reef Restoration Project is to restore 100 acres of reefs and 400 acres of wetlands through invasive algae removal, marine herbivore replenishment, and wetland restoration.
Last year, your support was critical to helping us launch the Super Sucker project. Specifically, your grant supported these activities:
1. Community outreach meetings with key residents and local non-profits;
2. Coordination on project start-up with the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR);
3. Design and construction of the new Super Sucker and Mini Sucker support barges;
4. Hiring and training of six new staff;
5. Sea urchin surveys in Kaneohe Bay and Ewa Beach; and
6. Acquisition of the permits required to remove invasive algae from Kaneohe Bay.
We are grateful to the HEI Charitable Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company for supporting our work to restore the reefs of Kaneohe Bay. Mahalo for your company’s wonderful commitment to conservation and your leadership in Hawaii’s business community.
Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) and subsidiary Hawaii Electric Light Company were lead partners in directing $325,000 of their Aloha United Way corporate contribution to the demonstration project, known as the Makana Connection, which include donating about 1,000 laptops and iPads to Keaau Elementary and Middle Schools. HEI also provided funding for professional development of teachers.
"More than a donation of digital learning devices, the Makana Connection is a public-private partnership that aims to prepare Hawaii’s diverse student population to thrive and excel in a 21st Century learning environment,” said Jay Ignacio, president of Hawaii Electric Light Company. “We encourage more companies and businesses to support this innovative education initiative. It’s an investment in our children, the educators, our community and the future of our state."
Hawaii 3Rs and Hawaii Electric Light Company coordinated transportation of devices from Honolulu to Hilo and from Hilo to Keaau, respectively. Hawaii Community Foundation provided planning support for Kea`au teachers to attend the Schools of the Future Conference. Aloha United Way served as fiscal agent for the project. Punahou School assisted in imaging the devices and providing onsite training.
Kea`au Elementary School Principal Chad Keone Farias, stated, “Kea`au Elementary School continues its journey of providing a quality education that ensures all students are college and career ready and equipped with the skills and knowledge to successfully navigate through the 21st century. Our participation in Makana Connection in school year 2012-2013 put a laptop in the hands of all 800 students. As a result Kea`au Elementary continued its upward trajectory in closing the achievement gap. We have successfully caught up with the rest of the state in reading and greatly surpassing the state average in mathematics. Two other areas of notable success are a reduction in our absentee rate and increased student engagement. We are honored to be partners with Hawai`i Electric Industries and the HEI Charitable Foundation.”
Kupu is a Hawaii non-profit which was developed in response to the growing needs of Hawaii's communities to train up the next generation in natural resource management, renewable energy, energy conservation, and other "green" job skill sets.
Funds from HEI Foundation will support the development of the Kupu Green Job Training Center on Kewalo Basin to create a "piko" or center of O`ahu with the first-of-its-kind facility for creating leadership in the growing green jobs sector, one of the fastest growing sectors of the Hawaii economy, and provide a model for Hawaii’s sustainable future.
Kupu serves many under-resourced youth who would not have job skills or a career path without the environmental conservation training and education stipends that Kupu provides. Here’s what a Kupu intern said about the program:
"Participating in the Kupu programs these last two summers has changed my life. I am lucky to have discovered my passion in life and discover a career path that that matches my love for the outdoors and the environment. I am much more confident in myself, and I can see physical changes, too...I am much stronger than I was before. Being a Kupu intern has taught me a lot of practical hands-on skills and I have learned a lot about working as a team, too. I am so grateful to have these opportunities!"
Your grant helped to fund Aloha Medical Mission’s expansion to full-time, including support for dental/computer equipment, dental supplies, staff training to ensure the best patient care, and patient educational materials. As Hawaii’s only free dental clinic, we provide the uninsured and underserved with free basic dental care including exams, cleanings, fillings, and extractions. Your support also enabled AMM to expand programs, including outreach for the underserved, temporary restorative dentistry for abused and formerly incarcerated women, and vital oral health education for young children.
In late 2011, AMM hired our first full-time dentist, a part-time dental assistant, and expanded hours to full-time. AMM doubled its capacity by outfitting two new dental exam rooms for a total of four, funded by grants. With your support, AMM installed all-in-one computer systems to allow dental staff to enter notes into our electronic record system while in an appointment, ensuring more time is dedicated to patient care and education. We received funding to purchase a digital x-ray, saving as much as an hour and half per day in processing time. AMM continues to recruit new volunteer dentists while remaining a vital training facility for our future dental providers.
The HEI Charitable Foundation grant to Teach For America-Hawaii was used to recruit, select, place, and train our corps members. Corps members work in under-resourced communities and are committed to providing path-changing opportunities for all of their students.
We focused on the following objectives this past year:
1. Continue to increase our impact on student achievement;
2. Grow our corps size to scale in order to maximize our impact; and
3. Build our alumni base in Hawaii and foster their ongoing leadership as a force for long-term change.
We are pleased to announce that we exceeded all of our goals this year as follows:
1. Goal: 80% of first-year and 90% of second-year corps members will lead their students to academic gains that are on average 90 percent of those gains made by top quartile of public school teachers across the nation.
Result: Exceeded both first- and second year teacher goals. First-year corps members had 89% benchmark achieved while second-year corps members had 93% benchmark achieved.
2. Goal: Recruit 50 new corps members.
Result: We welcomed 96 new corps members, which is our largest and most diverse corps to date with 68% of our corps identifying themselves as people of color and our highest number of Kama`aina and Native Hawaiian corps members to date (30).
3. Goal: Retain at least 100 alumni in Hawai`i.
Result: Our data shows 146 alumni residing in Hawai`i. 68% of the 2010 corps members who completed their two-year Teach For America commitment remain in Hawai`i for a third year – 82% of them in education. Our regional team focused on alumni leadership through targeted efforts to retain corps members, engage our alumni in professional development and the corps community, and build leadership through service and discourse.
In an effort to both extend its reach and say mahalo to Hawai`i educators, Kumu Kahua Theatre has been offering free preview tickets to this season's shows. The most recent of these preview nights was very successful, with teachers from around the island attending Mona Z. Smith's “All That Remains.”
The director, Traci Mariano, and Smith were on hand to interact with audience members, post-performance. We are always looking for ways to partner with island schools to encourage both student attendance at theatrical events and partnership with teachers for greater student absorption of our literature, history, sociology, and psychology.
This year we received a grant from the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation, and learned that they share our passion for student growth through Art, which makes events like these possible.
"I will always be grateful to the mentors and sponsors from Hawaiian Electric Company. Organizations and supporters such as HECO make it possible for Robotics students to learn and achieve great things. Today, I am a proud employee of HECO, the company that believed and supported me throughout the years."
McKinley High School ‘01
Rochester Institute of Technology
BS Electrical Engineering ‘06
Grant awardees are asked to download and complete the grant outcomes report form within 6 months of receiving their grant.