Actively participating to help shape our community and improve the lives of others are long-held values at HC&S. We accomplish this through charitable contributions made possible our parent company, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and through programs such as the HC&S Community Initiative and HC&S/EMI’s, “Play Hard. Play Safe.”
The HC&S Community Initiative focuses on providing grants –small and large – to projects, programs, and organizations which strive to enrich the lives of the Maui community. Launched in 2014, the fund is managed by an advisory committee of Maui residents with diverse backgrounds. This provides a broad, on-the-ground perspective for Maui-wide giving. It is important that Maui residents are making the decisions. The HC&S Community Initiative has provided over $160,000 to Maui organizations in the past two years.
For many years, HC&S has worked closely with Maui youth clubs to promote ditch and cane road safety. Through its “Play Hard. Play Safe.” safety campaign, HC&S’ challenges Maui’s youth clubs and their members to find unique ways to use “selfies” to encourage Maui’s keiki to stay out of the ditches and off the cane roads, and instead seek other fun island activities. By submitting their safety selfies, youth clubs are eligible for various grants based on online voting and judges’ picks. In 2015, $13,000 was granted to nine youth clubs. Special calendars were created with all the photos submitted and were given to each club to sell as a fundraising tool.
In recent years, A&B has provided more than $500,000 each year to community and non-profits organizations on Maui. Some recent highlights of our giving program include:
Maui United Way
$100,000 donated by A&B to support MUW’s important social service agencies in 2015.
UH Foundation – University of Hawai‘i-Maui College
$15,000 provided annually to fund various programs at the college. In 2015, A&B supported the purchase of new kitchen appliances for the Maui Food Innovation Center’s research kitchen, a container to convert into a mini-workshop for greenhouse workers for the Center for Supported Employment and Independent Living (CSEIL) program and to subsidize children from low-income families to participate in the College for Kids/College Bound program.
Maui County Nutrition Program (Kaunoa Senior Services Nutrition Program)
For 40 years, A&B has subsidized the cost of meals for Maui’s seniors totaling $835,000. In 2015, a $20,000 contribution was provided.
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
$20,000 of annual support to maintain and conserve the museum’s historic structures and collections, and assist in the continuation of vital education, research, and exhibit programs.
Boy Scouts of America – Maui County Council
A $25,000 capital grant was given in 2014 to replace and upgrade facilities at Camp Maluhia – the only outdoor education and retreat facility in Maui County.
Nisei Veterans Memorial Center
A $15,000 capital grant was given in 2012 to help complete an education center honoring second-generation Japanese-American veterans.
A total of $25,000 of major capital support was provided to help construct Heritage Hall, a community cultural resource center honoring the Portuguese and Puerto Ricans on Maui, on land donated by A&B in Paia.
Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival
$5,000 to support this annual celebration of Filipino history and culture, raising money for educational scholarships as well.
Hawaii Agricultural Foundation – Ag in the Classroom
$5,000 to support this school program to increases awareness and appreciation of agriculture and farming. Maui is serving as the pilot location; if successful, the program will be expanded to schools on the other islands.
HC&S and its parent company, Alexander & Baldwin, have been long-standing sponsors of a number of popular community events on Maui. Among them are:
Maui County Ag Fest
The Maui County Farm Bureau, farmers, ranchers and agricultural supporters host this annual festival to share the industry’s vital role to our economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui. HC&S has been an active partner since the festival’s inception.
Maui County Fire Fighter Safety Program
Since this program was established by the County in 1989, we have helped kids learn about fire safety awareness and prevention by funding the distribution of activity/coloring books, which includes age-appropriate lessons in fire prevention and a home safety/escape plan, and t-shirts to all public elementary schools on Maui. We also support a recognition luncheon for teachers, students and parents selected to participate.
Maui Interscholastic League “Sports Spotlight” Program
“Sports Spotlight” has honored hundreds of scholar athletes from public and private high schools in Maui County since the program was established by Alexander & Baldwin in 1999. Each week throughout the school year, a male and female athlete, nominated by their coaches, is selected for recognition in The Maui News. A dinner reception for all is held at the end of the year. Each athlete’s school also receives a monetary donation to fund its sports programs, donations that have totaled $160,000 on top of nearly half a million dollars invested to support the program.
Maui County Fair
Each year since 1984, HC&S and its parent company have supported this popular community event which showcases Maui and draws over 90,000 Maui residents and visitors alike to see exhibits on Maui grown/made products, horticulture and livestock, as well as other commercial and non-commercial organizations and activities.
Maui Science & Engineering Fair
For more than half a century, Maui’s students have eagerly risen to the challenge and entered their projects in a competition to demonstrate their grasp of math and science concepts. Each year, A&B makes a donation to provide cash awards to the student winners and defray fair expenses.
HC&S employees actively volunteer their personal time to numerous community service projects and activities throughout the year.
You will find our employees coaching youth teams and collecting food for the hungry; organizing fundraisers and participating in community clean-up days; building school playgrounds and volunteering their time on commissions, boards, clubs and committees.
Three Maui activities drawing significant employee participation each year are the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, the Maui United Way campaign and Maui Food Bank’s food drive.
American Heart Association’s Heart Walk
Each year, HC&S participates in Maui’s annual Heart Walk to promote physical activity and healthy living, while raising funds to help fight heart disease. This fundraising event is the second largest walk in Maui County. In addition to the $10,000 commitment that HC&S has provided the past two years, in 2014, HC&S raised $16,000, and 150 employees participated in the walk.
Maui United Way
Each year, HC&S participates in Maui United Way’s annual campaign to support over 30 health and human services partner agencies and 36 programs. Last year, $100,000 was donated by A&B. combined with an additional $41,000 in personal donations from employees to support MUW’s important social service agencies.
Maui Food Bank
HC&S collects canned goods and raises money for the Food Bank to help feed the hungry in Maui County. Last year, HC&S provided a $9,800 grant to support its senior mobile pantry program, while its employees donated over 6,000 pounds of food and raised $4,200 to support Maui Food Bank.
For well over a century, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., the parent company of HC&S, has donated generously to the communities in which we do business–a practice established by Alexander & Baldwin’s founding fathers, Samuel T. Alexander and Henry Perrine Baldwin–and perpetuated by Company leadership ever since. Click here to learn more.