Tur­tle Bay Foun­da­tion Gives $50,000 To Wind­ward Com­mu­ni­ties

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By STEVE MUR­RAY

Tur­tle Bay Foun­da­tion awarded $50,000 in grants and scholarships at a re­cent cel­e­bra­tion at Surfer, The Bar.

In to­tal, 29 or­ga­ni­za­tions and eight cur­rent and for­mer Kahuku High stu­dents ben­e­fit­ted from the foun­da­tion’s year­long fundrais­ing ef­fort that in­cluded mon­e­tary do­na­tions as well as in-kind ser­vices.

Most grants were be­tween $500 and $2,000. The re­sort’s in-kind do­na­tions for 2013 to­taled $200,000.

The big win­ner was Kahuku High School. In ad­di­tion to scholarships, the foun­da­tion also gave grants to its band pro­gram, film club, and wa­ter polo, vol­ley­ball and surf teams.

The funds fill a big need for the ru­ral school. “It’s crit­i­cal,” said Pat Ma­cadan­g­dang, vice prin­ci­pal for ju­niors and se­niors. “It’s amaz­ing what they have done to help us. We don’t have a lot. We’re a poor school, but the com­mu­nity loves Kahuku High School.

“They have adopted us, and we have adopted them.”

The foun­da­tion be­gan in April 2012 at the sug­ges­tion of Tur­tle Bay CEO Drew Stotesbury, who had seen sim­i­lar pro­grams pros­per at other re­sorts where he worked. Tur­tle Bay, said Stotesbury, has

worked with Koolauloa groups for many years but un­til this year hadn’t had a sys­tem in place that could take ad­van­tage of its re­sources.

“It’s one thing to use our money and ser­vices, which we do, but it’s an­other thing to use our ex­per­tise to cre­ate even more money,” he said.

“Be­cause we are such a big busi­ness we can go back to our key part­ners and ask them to help. Ev­ery­one is happy to do it. They want to give back.”

Area grant re­cip­i­ents are Friends of Kahana, Friends of Kahuku Band, Hau­ula Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, Ka‘a‘awa El­e­men­tary, Kahuku Film Club, Kahuku Wa­ter Polo, Kahuku Vol­ley­ball, Ko‘olauloa Chil­dren’s Cho­rus, Ko‘ olauloa Ed­u­ca­tional Al­liance, Ko‘olauloa Hawai­ian Civic Club, Rain­bow School Kahuku, Sus­tain­able Coast­lines, Bright Be­gin­ning Learn­ing Cen­ter, Cen­tral Oahu Youth Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion, Clover J’s 4-H Live­stock Club, FAM42, Ho‘ ala Aina Kupono, Holo­mua, Huk­i­lau Soc­cer Club, Imi Ike, Lanakila Pa­cific, Malama Loko Ea, Malama Pupukea Waimea, Manu O Ke Kai, Part­ners in De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, The Pri­vate Sec­tor, The Pur­ple Van, U8 Boys Soc­cer and Wa­ialua Ro­bot­ics Pro­gram.

Kahuku High scholar- ship win­ners are Adora Anae, Mariah Ber­ard Ka­ma­keeaina, Stream Goo, Brandee Heder, Emalia Mar­quard­sen, Tonga Mila- vea, Jennifer Na­ca­puy and Je­heryl Okala Maka­iau.

The Foun­da­tion will

It’s crit­i­cal. It’s amaz­ing what they have done to help us. We don’t have a lot. We’re a poor school, but the com­mu­nity loves

School.” Kahuku High

be­gin ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for next year’s grants in June. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit turtle­bay­foun­da­tion.com.

Tur­tle Bay Foun­da­tion awarded $50,000 in grants and scholarships to non­prof­its and col­lege-bound stu­dents in Wind­ward and North Shore com­mu­ni­ties Dec. 10 at the re­sort’s Surfer, The Bar. Big win­ner of the day is rep­re­sented by the folks in the fa­mil­iar red shirts (Red Raiders). Photo from the An­thol­ogy Group.

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