Cas­tle Di­rects Funds To Youths

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

Oneha. WHC serves about 4,000 pa­tients an­nu­ally, most of them low-in­come Na­tive Hawai­ians.

The foun­da­tion’s do­na­tion is set up as a “chal­lenge grant” to at­tract other donors to the project. Es­ti­mated com­ple­tion for the build­ing is 2017.

Cas­tle also granted $110,000 to Ho‘ola Na Pua to as­sist the non­profit in es­tab­lish­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures for a 24,000square- foot ther­a­peu­tic home for young girls who have es­caped com­mer­cial sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

The Wind­ward Oahu prop­erty has been van­dal­ized nu­mer­ous times, so grant money will be spent on se­cure fenc­ing, se­cu­rity cam­eras and land­scap­ing.

Mau­naw­ili-based Ho‘okua‘aina, a non­profit arm of Ka­palai Farms, won $118,000 to fund the cul­tural learn­ing cen­ter’s at- risk youth ser­vices. Ho‘okua‘aina has teens par­tic­i­pate in paid farm work to learn life skills and the value of agri­cul­ture. It in­tends to one day fund its op­er­a­tions en­tirely through the sale of taro and poi, and fees for classes.

A school nurse also may join the CastleKahuku Com­plex, thanks to a $105,000 grant to Uni­ver­sity Clin­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion & Re­search As­so­ciates, which seeks to in­crease the avail­abil­ity of school- based ser­vices.

Other grants in­cluded $ 10,000 to Catholic Char­i­ties of Hawaii to help stu­dents af­fected by the Puna lava flow on Hawaii is­land, and $105,000 to UH-Manoa’s Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion to im­prove per­for­mance man­age­ment and ac­count­abil­ity in Hawaii’s teach­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit castle­foun­da­tion.org.

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