Nonprofit groups receive state grants
The following nonprofit organizations have received state grants in aid:
Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, $552,227, for its Dropout Prevention Program in eight Big Island schools; a Language Arts Multicultural Program at Kapiolani and Keaau elementary schools on the Big Island; and to help fund transportation services for low-income elderly, disabled persons and preschool children.
Hawaii High School Athletic Association, $150,000, to help cover costs for organizing more than 42 state championships in 18 sports; and provide drug awareness workshops and leadership training for coaches, officials and athletic directors.
Hui Malama Learning Center, $150,000, for alternative educational programs for at-risk youth on Maui; General Education Diploma (GED) preparation, youth counseling, a family literacy program and academic tutoring.
Pauoa Elementary School music students received a surprise gift of 28 ukuleles from Sprint Hawaii, and a visit from John Cruz, a Hawaiian slack-key guitar musician on May 20. It was part of an initiative by Sprint Hawaii and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to promote Hawaiian music education in public elementary schools.
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