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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced City grants for 32 community initiatives through the Leeward Coast Community Benefits program, which is now in its third year.


The recipients offer a wide variety of important services to youth, families, the disabled, elderly and the general community. Mayor Hannemann initiated the benefits program in 2006 to help offset the impact of having the Waimanalo Gulch landfill in the area.


The program will provide a total of $2 million this year, which is divided evenly for parks improvement projects and grants to private and/or community-based non-profit organizations for projects, programs and services in Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Kapolei, Honokai Hale/Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha and Keaau.


For example, the grants support programs that motivate youth from Kapolei, Nanakuli and Waianae high schools to set higher education goals and avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Funding requests are evaluated and selected by the Leeward Coast Community Benefits Advisory Committee.


The Leeward Coast Community Benefits program has been the primary sponsor of a Youth Leadership Conference for the last 2 years. Coordinated through Making Dreams Come True – Valley of Rainbows (“Valley of Rainbows”), the conference has assisted over 900 students in grades 9-12 from Kapolei, Nanakuli and Waianae high schools.


“We are grateful to Mayor Hannemann and the City and County of Honolulu for the Leeward Coast Community Benefits program, as it has allowed our agency to motivate many of our students to pursue higher education,” said Valley of Rainbows President Denice Keliikoa. “Nanakuli High School reported 60 graduating seniors went on to college after graduation, the highest rate in years! When these seniors were interviewed, they said that attending our Youth Leadership Conference changed their lives by providing the resources and tools they needed to get into college with financial aid and information.”


Since 2005, 1465 high school students have attended Valley of Rainbows’ Youth Leadership Conference, free of charge. In 2009, through additional support from the Leeward Coast Community Benefits program, 8th grade students will be added to the program with plans to expand this successful conference to even lower grades in succeeding years.


KAMP Hawaii has been a proud recipient of the Leeward Coast Community Benefit funding in 2007 and 2008. The much-needed funding has enabled KAMP Hawaii to implement its very successful Healthy Lifestyle “Pride and Victory” and Life Mentoring Outreach Program for Leeward Coast youth.


“The Leeward Coast Community Benefits funding has enabled KAMP Hawaii to bring our vision of serving the youth on the Leeward Coast a reality,” said KAMP Hawaii President Aaron Kamau. “Part of the goal for KAMP Hawaii is to inform our young people of the options of healthy lifestyle choices and to thereby reduce the number of teens using drugs, alcohol and tobacco among youth who live on the Leeward Coast. This is accomplished through our hands-on programs that teach teambuilding, communication, cooperation, decision making and leadership skills.”


Mayor Hannemann said the needs of our children and youth have always been a high priority.


“I have personally attended and participated in events coordinated by Valley of Rainbows and KAMP Hawaii and am pleased that the Leeward Coast Community Benefits Advisory Committee also recognizes the impacts of their programs and has once again selected these agencies for funding in 2009,” Mayor Hannemann said.


The Leeward Coast Community Benefits program will also provide $1 million for park improvements, programs and supplemental maintenance.


For example, the program will allow more than 1,000 Leeward children to participate in Summer Fun activities in nearby parks.


The program will also pay for such items as picnic tables and benches, water coolers and recreational supplies at:


·       Makaha Community Park,

·       Pililaau Community Park,

·       Waianae District Park,

·       Maili Community Park,

·       Nanakuli Beach Park,

·       Makakilo Community Park, and

·       Kamokila Community Park.


Grant awards for the 2008-2009 Leeward Coast Community Benefits Program include:


·       Waianae Community Redevelopment Corporation: $40,000 for the development and provision of an agricultural curriculum for youth;

·       Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii: $30,000 to implement a one-on-one math tutoring project for children and youth with dyslexia;

·       Hawaii Nature Center: $20,000 to support education tours for leeward coast school groups and students;

·       Ho’olana: $20,000 for an academic enrichment program for academically challenged and economically disadvantaged students in grades 7-12;

·       Boys and Girls of Hawaii – Nanakuli YET: $70,000 for mentoring services for 100 Nanakuli and Waianae area students;

·       Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii – Waianae: $10,000 for a new project with Searider Production to direct teens to constructive after-school activities;

·       Adult Friends for Youth:  $24,812 for intervention, prevention and educational support services for high risk youth;

·       Westside Athletic Foundation: $50,000 to assist sports organizations in setting and achieving goals for children and youth;

·       Making Dreams Come True – Valley of Rainbows: $55,000 to implement and coordinate an annual educational and leadership conference for youth;

·       Hawaii Family Services Inc.: $25,000 to improve the quality of life for children and youth being raised by grandparents and other relatives;

·       KAMP Hawaii: $10,000 for a life mentoring program for children and youth to improve academic performance, character and behavior;

·       Hawaii Speed and Quickness: $10,000 to implement its "Refuse to Use and Refuse to Lose" program at Waianae Intermediate;

·       Nanakuli High and Intermediate School – PSTA: $77,000 to develop and coordinate a school and community Pride & Beautification program;

·       MHK Little League: $25,000 to organize and implement clean-up projects in Leeward area;

·       Alternative Structures International:  $30,000 for rehabilitation of  housing units which include repair of termite and wood rot and septic system and to replace kitchen appliances;

·       Habitat for Humanity – Leeward Oahu:  $50,000 to produce homes for very low income families;

·       United States Veterans Initiative: $20,000 for substance abuse, after care case management and transportation services for homeless veterans;

·       Alu Like: $40,000 for family self- sufficiency services; and $20,000 to establish a satellite library and literacy at Ohana Ola 0 Kahumana;

·       Ho’omau Ke Ola: $40,137 for renovation/improvements of its transitional shelter and intake service location;

·       Corvette Center Ministries: $20,000 to continue and expand services; hire resident manager and to place homeless individuals in low rent housing;

·       Salvation Army: $15,000 to provide emergency food aid and social services for homeless residents;

·       Catholic Charities Hawaii: $15,000 to provide clinical therapy, intake/information and counseling services;

·       Special Olympics Hawaii: $56,687 for fitness care, sports training, competitions, health screens for intellectually challenged residents;

·       Life Foundation: $20,000 for the provision of an array of HIV-related care and services;

·       Hawaii Building Industry Foundation: $10,000 to implement Project WinPACT for female Leeward residents;

·       Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu: $30,000 for Senior Support Center Program;

·       Child and Family Services: $50,000 to provide health maintenance services for disabled, frail and/or isolated residents 60 or older;

·       Leeward Kai Canoe Club: $25,000 to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and traditions through canoe paddling for community youth;

·       Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club: $20,000 for a signage project for ahupua'a of Nanakuli, Lualualei, Waianae, Makaha;

·       Hawaii 3 Rs: $10,000 for repair and renovation of public facilities; and

·       Malama Learning Center: $51,364 for capacity building and capital campaign.




Contact: Jimmy Lota, 832-7960 ext. 29

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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