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Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award

Application Due July 7

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Bank of Hawaii Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award. The award provides one or more grants totaling up to $25,000. Hawaii County nonprofit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organizations are invited to submit applications by July 7. Nominations may be made by the public or the organizations themselves.

Award selection will be based on:
a) exemplary fulfillment of the organization’s mission;
b) the leadership demonstrated by the organization’s executive director and board; and
c) the organization’s engagement in one of the following focus areas: community development, education and human services.

Additional consideration will be given to organizations that also focus on community development through financial education programs. The award will be presented on Sept. 16.

Award brochures/application forms must be postmarked no later than July 7, and are available at all Bank of Hawaii branches in Hawaii County. Nomination materials should be submitted to:

Hawaii Island Manager
Attn: Monty Richards Award
P.O. Box 305
Hilo, HI 96721

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 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award
In 2013 the 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).
In 2012 the award was divided among:
  • 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).
In 2011 the $25,000 award was divided among:
  • Bay Clinic, Inc. ($10,000),
  • Family Support Hawaii ($10,000), and
  • Kokua Christian Ministries ($5,000).
In 2010 the award was doubled to $20,000, which was divided among:
  • 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.