Announcements: Aug 27, 2021 | Western Hawaii Today

Grocery packages to distribute Wednesday

The Ironman Foundation will be holding its next Kahiau Together drive-thru grocery package distribution event this Wednesday in Kailua-Kona.

The distribution will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kona International Marketplace in Kailua-Kona. The packages contain fresh locally sourced protein, fruits, vegetables and starches. The theme of this event is “A Meal Fit for a Queen” to celebrate Queen Liliuokalani’s birth month.

The foundation, the nonprofit arm of Ironman, has pledged $ 1 million to alleviate hunger on the island. Since last July, tens of thousands of meals have been served as part of a dozen distribution events.

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

HT Hayashi Foundation awards $ 315,000 in grants

The HT Hayashi Foundation recently awarded a grant of $ 315,000 to five organizations supporting Hawaiians, native wildlife, culture and food security. Of that amount, $ 196,000 was given away this year, with the remainder being part of a multi-year award to Kupu. These awards bring the 2021 foundation’s grant distributions to over $ 331,000, going to local community organizations making a positive difference statewide.

“We are honored to support and collaborate with local organizations that help improve our communities by taking care of our lands, our native wildlife, our people and our culture,” said Jan Harada, Executive Director of the Foundation. HT Hayashi. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help these five organizations build their capacity while continuing to work for a healthier, happier Hawaii.”

Aloha Harvest received $ 15,000 to support its organizational development, staff training and efforts to implement its strategic plan. Aloha Harvest is the state’s largest same-day food rescue and redistribution organization.

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

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

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

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

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

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