Okumura fund helps special-ed families
The Rev. Takie Okumura
Family Fund awarded $10,000 to Imua Family Services
to support therapeutic services for children with special needs and their families. The Early Childhood Development Program is a three-year pilot project for kids ages 3 through 5 who fall outside the scope of state Department of Education special-education services.
The Hawaii Community Foundation gave Imua Family Services $15,000 to strengthen and train its board of directors on Maui and Lanai.
The 2008 Kona Brewers Festival in March, supported by the Billy Healy Foundation, raised $47,982 for 12 nonprofit organizations.
In celebration of the International Year of the Reef, the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program donated more than 100 copies of its recently published "Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands" to every public and private secondary school library statewide.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program awarded $478,000 in job training grants to Hawaii through Network Enterprises Inc., which received $278,000, and the United States Veterans Initiative, Hawaii, which got $200,000.
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