The Hana Youth Center, a nonprofit that promotes Hawaiian values and provides after school programs for youth in Hana, received a $5,000 donation from the Hagar Family Foundation.
Former Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar, a part-time Maui resident, is particularly fond of Hana and the Hagar Family Foundation has supported the Hana Youth Center for years. In appreciation of their ongoing support, the new computer lab will be dedicated to the Hagar Family Foundation.
Supplementing the center’s previous fundraising efforts, this grant helped the center meet its $10,000 goal to provide students with a new computer lab just in time for the New Year.
Previously, the center relied on loaned computers from a local nonprofit, which had to be returned after the lease was up. Now, the center will be able to purchase much-needed new computers and software for a permanent computer lab.
"The new equipment enables our students to have Internet access for research projects, do school work, and generally broaden their knowledge of the world outside of our small town,” said Keoki Kalani, executive director for the Hana Youth Center, in a written release.
The Hana Youth Center was established in 1986 and currently serves 210 youth, with an average of 42 attendees per day. Regular programming includes “talk story” sessions and homework time; Kids Café – the Food Bank’s Feeding America program; and Youth Aide and Alu Like Inc. – offering students employment opportunities.