Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award
On Nov. 1, the recipients of the 2016 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award were announced. The award recognized exemplary nonprofit leadership, and provided six 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 2017 Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award. The 2017 award will provide one or more grants up to $30,000. The updated nomination form will become available on this site during the first quarter of 2017. Nominations may be made by the public or the organizations themselves.
For the 2016 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award, Bank of Hawaii Foundation was particularly interested in arts, culture and educational programs benefiting 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 AwardIn 2016, the $30,000 award was divided equally among:
- East Hawaii Cultural Council
- Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture
- Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
- Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana
- Volcano Art Center
- Kahilu Theatre Foundation
- ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
- The Kohala Center
- 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)
- Kona Hospital Foundation ($10,000)
- The Arc of Hilo ($5,000)
- North Kohala Community Resource Center ($10,000)
- O Ka‘u Kakou ($5,000)
- West Hawaii Community Health Center ($5,000)
- Bay Clinic, Inc. ($10,000)
- Family Support Hawaii ($10,000)
- Kokua Christian Ministries ($5,000)
- Big Island Substance Abuse Council ($5,000)
- Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii ($5,000)
- 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
- West Hawaii Mediation Center
In 2008, the $10,000 inaugural award was divided equally between:
- Ka‘u Hospital Foundation
- North Kohala Community Resource Center