Announcements: August 27, 2021

  • Volunteers load vehicles with a Kahiau Together bundle during the 18th drive-through food distribution event held in June in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Grocery bundles to be distributed Wednesday

The Ironman Foundation will hold its next drive-through Kahiau Together grocery bundle distribution event this Wednesday in North Kohala.


The distribution will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Kamehameha Park in Kapaau. The bundles feature locally sourced fresh proteins, fruits, vegetables, and starches. This event’s theme is “A Meal Fit for a Queen” in celebration of the birth month of Queen Liliuokalani.

The foundation, Ironman’s nonprofit arm, has pledged $1 million to provide hunger relief to the island. Since last July, tens of thousands of meals have been served through over a dozen distribution events.

For more information on the Kahiau Together initiatives and IRONMAN Foundation programs, visit

Editor’s note: An announcement for this event published in Friday’s edition contained the incorrect location of the grocery bundle distribution event.

H.T. Hayashi foundation awards $315K in grants

The H.T. Hayashi Foundation recently awarded $315,000 in grant funding to five organizations supporting Hawaii’s people, native wildlife, culture, and food security. Of this amount, $196,000 was distributed this year, with the remainder being part of a multi-year award to Kupu. These awards bring the 2021 foundation grant distributions to more than $331,000, going to local community organizations making a positive difference across the state.

“We are humbled to support and partner with local organizations that are helping to improve our communities by taking care of our land, indigenous wildlife, people, and culture,” said Jan Harada, executive director of the H.T. Hayashi Foundation. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help these five organizations build capacity as they continue to work towards a healthier and happier Hawaii.”

Aloha Harvest was awarded $15,000 to support its organizational development, staff training, and strategic plan implementation efforts. Aloha Harvest is the largest same-day food rescue and redistribution organization in the state.

Hawaii Wildlife Center received $40,000 of unrestricted general operating support. The HWC provides wildlife rescue, emergency response, and hospital care for Hawaii’s native birds and bats from the state and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Kua’aina Ulu Auamo was awarded $70,000 of general operating support for its work supporting Native Hawaiian culture and traditions, environmental conservation, climate change initiatives, and local food production.

Kupu was awarded $180,000 of unrestricted general operating support distributed over the next four years, as the nonprofit continues to serve some of Hawaii’s most vulnerable youth and families and works to protect and preserve our natural and cultural resources and knowledge.

Breastfeeding Hawaii Coalition received $10,000 of capacity-building support for its strategic planning costs. The coalition works to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

Established in 2005, the H.T. Hayashi Foundation reflects the legacy of visionary hotelier and philanthropist Herbert Takami “H.T.” Hayashi. Learn more at

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