Maui Electric Company recently presented the Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America and The Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i each with $10,000 donations. The funds are provided through Maui Electric’s Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation (HEICF).
The Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) received a $10,000 donation to support their new STEM Scouts program that merges with the scouting experience. With the help of industry professionals, scouts will engage in hands-on, experiential STEM activities designed through several learning modules to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities that provide participants with an advantage as they make their plans for the future.
“The Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America is proud to serve both boys and girls in grades 3 through 5 interested in the STEM program,” said Duc Button, scout executive of the Maui County Council Boy Scouts of America. “It gives them hands on opportunities to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It’s a great way to reinforce the lessons learned in school. The grant from Maui Electric will certainly allow us to continue to explore new opportunities to expand our program.”
Maui Electric also presented the Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i (GSH) with a $10,000 donation to support capital improvements at their Camp Pi‘iholo site in Upcountry Maui. The funds will go towards repairing and making improvements to this highly utilized facility that has been closed since 2014 due to age and weather-related damage. Prior to its closure, over 500 Maui Girl Scouts used the campground each year, in addition to many other community groups from Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.
“We are so appreciative of Maui Electric’s donation to support improvements to Camp Pi‘iholo on Maui,” said Shari Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i. “These improvements will allow more girls on Maui to experience outdoor leadership development, outdoor STEM experiences and more broad based community programs. In addition, Girl Scouts level of environmental stewardship is almost double the national average for girls their age. They are concerned about, connected to, and committed to conserving the environment and they are making a difference.”
Maui Electric provides annual support to non-profit organizations and charities that promote educational excellence, environmental sustainability, economic growth and community development.
“It’s an honor to be able to support new STEM programs and play a role in revitalizing a beloved learning site for the youth of Maui County,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. “Mahalo to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for their great work in fostering the future leaders in our communities.”