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meet our 2019 recipients

Through the G70 Foundation, G70 employees and management, the following organizations have been supported 

arts, culture & humanities



As the stewards of a cultural landscape, AKA is working towards increasing social and ecological peace in our community by strengthening our connections to one another and the land. Through sharing the stories of place and people, and engaging in landscape stewardship, AKA provides opportunities to reflect on our past, present and future state of social and ecological peace. In the past year we have hosted 668 community members who engaged in over 3,500 hours of service learning projects at Kuamo'o as a part of AKA programs, including Community Based Marine Monitoring, Native Plant Reforestation and Trail Maintenance. In the coming year we anticipate increasing organizational capacity by improving the 4wd access road to Kuamo'o, which is critical to programming and site stewardship. We will continue to strengthen and leverage our community partnerships to support our community's needs on our journey towards social and ecological peace.


Pu‘uhonua Society creates opportunities for Native Hawaiian and Hawai‘i-based artists and cultural practitioners to express themselves and engage with and impact audiences. We endeavor to build capacity in Hawai‘i’s visual arts and cultural communities.

We do this primarily through three core programs: CONTACT (an annual exhibition of contemporary art made in Hawai‘i), Aupuni Space (a nonprofit art gallery, artist studios, and community space), and Producers Network / Kipuka (a program that teaches traditional Hawaiian crafts). These programs provide artists and practitioners
greater access to workspace, access to mentorship and professional critique, opportunities to exhibit and sell work, as well as offer wider audiences access to contemporary art and cultural learning.

With adequate funding, we plan to further the reach of CONTACT by expanding and traveling the show; provide more artist development and engagement; and offer more learning opportunities for practitioners.





Ethnic Education Hawai’i was founded in 1993 with the express mission to seek and administer funding that will assist members of Hawaii’s ethnic minorities, particularly newly arrived immigrants, to become useful and respected members of the community by educating them in their own languages about basic economic and societal responsibilities and opportunities that pertain to all citizens.

EEH, in collaboration with local ethnic radio stations KNDI radio, KREA radio, KZOO radio, and KBFD-TV, provides funding and translation services for public service announcements and longer educational programs on radio and TV, that address rights, responsibilities, immigration resources, housing, jobs, schooling, public health and safety, and other important topics.
Our partnerships with radio and television stations reach almost half of the population of Hawaii according to State of Hawai'i 2010 demographics.


Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai (GOOTOK) was founded by Dr. Kani Blackwell and the Rotary Club of Hanalei to assist Kauai’s aspiring elementary school teachers in 2007. GOOTOK became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on March 27, 2008. We are a small organization with a ten-member volunteer Board of Directors. We support teacher candidates from Kauai participating in the University of Hawaii’s teacher licensure program. The program allows the student to complete coursework online. Students can become fully credentialed teachers while maintaining family and cultural ties to the Kauai community. During the last semester, candidates teach full-time under the guidance of their mentor teachers and university supervisor. The on-the-job training is essential, but students are not paid and are often in need of financial assistance to complete the degree. In exchange for financial assistance, these certified and highly qualified teachers agree to teach in Kauai schools for three years.



Māla'ai is working to address the need for inclusive, culturally-responsive pedagogy and practices that help students and adults develop the skills, knowledge and behaviors that will enrich their lives with a sense of belonging, increase sustainability individually and within a community, and cultivate meaningful engagement with their own health, the health of their communities, and the health of the environment. We do this by offering regular programming to our students, the larger community, and to teacher’s statewide. This past year Māla'ai has achieved the following results with our participants: an increase in positive feelings about self; an increased sense of belonging in a cultural continuum; increased connection to the aina; an increase in important life skills; increased ability to make healthy choices; increased activated learning. We anticipate achieving similar results this upcoming year, and expanding our reach to run the Hawai'i Island School Garden Network (HISGN).

environment / sustainability


Healthy Climate Communities (HCC) seeks to empower Hawai’i residents to slow climate change through education and community action. HCC wants all High School graduates to have a clear understanding of climate change so they can make good choices, and they can represent their own future interests in the
political process. 1,137 students have participated in our workshop series in 2017 and 2018. In order to broaden our reach and deepen the learning, HCC is developing place-based science curriculum for all school levels that meets Hawai’i new DOE grade level standards. HCC also empowers all residents to act by supporting renewable energy in our State and City, and by getting their hands dirty in our community forestry project. Over the last 2 years, over 2,100 people have worked to plant and care for 1,220 native trees and plants on the watershed of Hamakua Marsh State Wildlife Sanctuary. This Fall we will do teacher training for
the curriculum and expand our native community forest.



KA'EHU is a nonprofit managing 64-acres of coastal wetlands at Ka'ehu Bay in the district of Wailuku on the island of Maui. This area was once filled with ancient taro patches, native flora and fauna, productive fishponds, two streams of fresh clean water, fresh water springs throughout the property, a bountiful ocean with plenty of limu (seaweed), and fish and ocean wildlife.

Years of neglect, mismanagement, and dumping of metals, toxic waste, and rubbish has left the area overgrown, contaminated and a shoreline depleted of limu and marine life. Community members worked hard with Trust for Public Lands and Maui County to purchase the parcel for conservation.

Today, KAʻEHU is partnering with nonprofits, environmental orgs, and public and private schools to help restore the ancient taro patches, ancient ʻauwai (waterways), and the shoreline. In 2018, we worked with over 680 volunteers in land and shoreline restoration, integrated with cultural workshops and values.


Coral reefs are the foundation species of an entire marine ecosystem in which we all rely upon for the oxygen we breathe (70% of our planets oxygen is produced from the ocean), food, shoreline protection, tourism and recreation. There are many stressors that threaten the health of our coral reefs, such as, pollution runoff, sedimentation, invasive alien species, coral disease, and last but definitely not least Global Climate Change
(Causing mass coral bleaching events). Managing sustainable coral reefs involves many different aspects. In addition to debris removal, MNA is also involved in community partnerships for environmental conservation, marine science educational outreach, Scuba certification, coral reef restoration and reef surveys to monitor the changes of the coral reefs we clean and restore.

community development / human services


Kūkulu Kumuhana O Anahola (KKOA) emerged from the collective grief of three youth suicides in the community of Anahola in October 2008. Manulele Clark and Ku'uleialoha Punua sought to comfort and to listen to the families of Anahola, forming KKOA to combat suicide and assist Anahola youth and families. KKOA’s approach is to develop youth leadership, provide dependable role models for the youth, and broadening horizons of opportunity for the youth and community (KKOA’s Strategic Plan). We seek to support the cultivation of self-esteem and identity, enabling individuals to successfully manage their future.

In the last year, KKOA has, among other accomplishments, provided: free movie nights with food/games; access to Kauai Sports Camp; finances to families/farmers impacted by the April floods; and gifts for the youth at Christmas. This next year, KKOA will: foster a youth council; acquire land for the formation of a youth center and community farm; establish Safe talk workshops in Anahola.


Family Hui Hawaii (FHH) supports, empowers, and strengthens families to meet the challenges of raising young children (prenatal – 5 yrs) through peer connections, shared learning, and research based parenting/child development education. Programs build protective factors to raise healthy children and prevent abuse & neglect. Known for our peer-to-peer Hui support groups, trained volunteer leaders take families on a 10-12 week parenting journey. As peers, leaders create a trusting environment where families are more likely to share experiences and learn from each other.

In 2018, FHH trained 51 peer leaders, connected 319 families in 29 Hui in neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and the Judiciary, serving +1000 individuals through events, Hui, and developmental screening. 2019 shows growth and added sustainability as existing and new partners want Hui at more sites, awareness of our prenatal Hui grows and our Board’s effort to expand the fee based Hui in the Workplace program begins.

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