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Bank of Hawaii Foundation Announces 2014 Mike Lyons Maui Community Awards for Exemplary Nonprofit Leadership

Thursday, June 26, 2014

HONOLULU, HAWAII  – Bank of Hawaii Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s Mike Lyons Maui Community Awards recognizing exemplary nonprofit leadership. Molokai Ohana Health Care Inc. received $10,000. Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, Hale Makua Health Services, Maui Family Support Services Inc. and Pa‘ia Youth Council Inc. were each awarded $5,000. The grants were presented at a special reception held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on June 25.

Molokai Ohana Health Care Inc., which provides community-centered health care services to some of the island’s most vulnerable populations, will use the grant to help create a community playground in the middle of its health and wellness campus to encourage fun activities while residents access necessary services.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, which has been training and providing assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities since 2001, will use the grant to help expand its training facilities to include wheelchair-accessible paths and trails.

Hale Makua Health Services continues its multi-faceted personalized health care services for Maui County seniors, and will use the grant to support the transition to an electronic health record system.

Maui Family Support Services works to promote healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect in Maui County. The organization will use the grant to support programs focused on at-risk families.

The Pa‘ia Youth Council at the Pa‘ia Youth and Cultural Center will use the grant to continue providing its unique self-development and life skills programs to an increasing number of youngsters who want to participate.

This is the 11th annual Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award presentation, which has distributed $175,000 to 24 nonprofit recipients since its inception in 2004. Last year’s recipients were AKAKU Maui County Community Television, The Maui Farm Inc. and Seabury Hall. The award is named after the late, retired Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President and Maui District Manager Michael H. Lyons II, who served as a role model for community service.