Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award
On Sept. 9, the recipients of the 2015 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award were announced. The award recognized exemplary nonprofit leadership, and provided two grants totaling $30,000. See below for a list of recipients since 2008.
Hawaii County nonprofit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organizations are invited to submit applications for the 2015 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award. The 2015 award will provide one or more grants up to $30,000. Nominations may be made by the public or the organizations themselves.
For the 2015 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award, Bank of Hawaii Foundation was particularly interested in programs in the areas of the areas of community development, education or housing, to benefit residents of Hawaii County, including low-to moderate-income youth and their families.
About Monty Richards
Richards served as a board director at Bank of Hawaii from 1989 to 2000. He was also a regent at the University of Hawaii for 16 years and is a board member of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. He is a past member of the board of Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management.
A fifth-generation kama‘aina, Richards, presently serves as the chairman and trustee of Kahua Ranch, where he has worked since 1953. Richards has been recognized as an innovator for his strides in bringing alternative renewable energy to the ranch and as being the first on Hawaii Island to use rapid rotational grazing, and to experiment with hydroponic (soil-less) farming, solar energy and wind energy. He also diversified his livestock by integrating sheep into his herd, which has resulted in one of the largest flocks in the state.
Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership AwardIn 2015, the $30,000 award was divided equally among:
- The Kohala Center
- ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
- Hawaii Island Adult Care
- Ka‘u Hospital Charitable Foundation
- Kona Historical Society
In 2013 the award, the $25,000 award was divided among:
- Friends of the Future’s Hawaii Collaborative Health Initiative (HI-CHI) ($5,000),
- Hilo Medical Center ($10,000), and
- Kona Hospital Foundation ($10,000).
- The Arc of Hilo ($5,000),
- North Kohala Community Resource Center ($10,000),
- O Ka‘u Kakou ($5,000), and
- West Hawaii Community Health Center ($5,000).
- Bay Clinic, Inc. ($10,000),
- Family Support Hawaii ($10,000), and
- Kokua Christian Ministries ($5,000).
- Big Island Substance Abuse Council ($5,000),
- Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii ($5,000), and
- Hamakua Health Center, Inc. ($10,000).
In 2009, the $10,000 award was divided equally between:
- Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii, and
- West Hawaii Mediation Center.
In 2008, the $10,000 inaugural award was divided equally between:
- Ka‘u Hospital Foundation and
- North Kohala Community Resource Center.