HONOLULU, HAWAII –
The Maui Farm, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Maui Economic Development Board are the recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership of nonprofits providing benefits for residents of Maui County, especially for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. The nonprofits are awarded $10,000 each.
The Maui Farm provides farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living. The nonprofit is located in Makawao on an 8.3-acre property, which is leased from the County of Maui through 2045. The Maui Farm’s Family Strengthening Program (FSP) serves families who are homeless due to domestic violence and other economic challenges, offering support toward self-sufficiency. In 2017, the FSP has provided transitional housing for 13 families with 28 children. Additionally, through the nonprofit’s farm-based educational programs, 1,114 children and adults have participated in field trips, farm tours and internships. The Maui Farm will use the $10,000 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award, in conjunction with funds from Goodfellow Bros., the Cooke Foundation and the Fred Memorial Foundation, to purchase a tractor to continue to deliver farm-based programs.
The Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) helps lead and inspire innovation on business, education and the Maui community, offering services and programs that encourage and promote investment in the local industry, creativity and culture. In 2012, MEDB created STEMworks™, which grew into an annual program for elementary to high school students. Its annual STEM Conference—with more than 70 interactive student and teacher training sessions, access to industry leaders and national partners—outgrew the facilities on Maui. In 2017, MEDB moved the conference to the Hawaii Convention Center, attracting more than 1,000 teachers and students from across the state. MEDB will use the $10,000 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award to help distribute its curriculum to students in Title I schools across Maui County and help students attend the Hawaii STEM Conference in 2018.
Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) is the only critical care hospital serving Maui County. With 213 acute care beds, the hospitals serves Maui’s 160,000 residents and 2 million visitors each year. MMMC’s emergency room is the second busiest in the state, treating 45,000 patients in 2016 and is the only neighbor island hospital performing open heart surgery. MMMC will transition to new management under Maui Health Systems, a subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, and will remain a community hospital helping those in need regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. The Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation will use the $10,000 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award to help support its Patient Assistance Program, which will allow uninsured patients to be discharged from MMMC safely and with the necessary medications equipment and treatments.
This is the 14th annual Bank of Hawaii Foundation Mike Lyons Maui Community Award presentation, which has distributed $260,000 to 29 nonprofit recipients since its inception in 2004. The award was 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. To see a full list of prior recipients, click here.
Bank of Hawaii Foundation President Donna Tanoue, former President and CEO of Maui Economic Development Board Jeanne Skog, current President and CEO of Maui Economic Development Board Leslie Wilkins, Development Coordinator of the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Carlayna Nakamura, Executive Director of The Maui Farm Paula Ambre, Anders Lyons (son of the late Mike Lyons), Kristina Lyons Lambert (daughter of the late Mike Lyons), BOH Senior Vice President Galen Nakamura and BOH Senior Administrative Assistant Joni Kawamura.