Announcements: January 12, 2021

Annual campus open house goes virtual at UH-Manoa

Prospective students, their families and the general public are invited to a free virtual open house, the Manoa Experience, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23.


The event will introduce thousands of prospective and accepted students and their families to the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Attendees include high school students, transfer students, in-state and out-of-state prospects, educators and other guests.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with engaging faculty, staff and students from academic programs and student services, as well as attend virtual workshops to help prepare for college. Prospective students can visit the Admissions Virtual Front Desk to check on their application status and have their questions answered. Virtual tours highlighting the campus, residence halls and learning facilities will also be available.

Manoa Experience attendees are encouraged to register in advance, and registration is required for students to receive exclusive UH Manoa digital swag and coupons to the UH Bookstore.

For more information and to register, visit

Puna Strong grants program launched

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth and the Hawaii Community Foundation recently announced the launch of the Puna Strong grants program with funding from the county’s Kilauea disaster recovery funds and the foundation’s Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund.

The focus of Puna Strong will be on building community resilience for the Puna communities impacted by the 2018 Kilauea eruption on Hawaii Island with a $350,000 investment in nonprofit organizations and partnerships leading community-driven projects.

Puna Strong has a community-based disaster management approach that values the knowledge and capacities of residents and builds on local resources, including social capital, and aims to increase community resilience. Community resilience is the ability for the community to efficiently use available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations such as the Kilauea eruption of 2018.

The four-month-long eruption destroyed hundreds of homes and severely impacted area farms, and public and private infrastructure.


Grants and technical support will be made to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)3 tax status, as well as partnerships that connect nonprofit organizations and community groups taking action on community resilience. HCF encourages organizations and individuals from the communities of Puna to reach out and explore potential projects or initiatives to be considered for funding.

Contact Diane Chadwick, HCF’s director of community philanthropy on Hawaii Island, at or (808) 938-8533 to discuss potential projects, and with any questions. Letters of interest will also be accepted and can be submitted to Chadwick by Feb. 15.

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