The Kūki‘o Community Fund was created to connect the deep generosity of Kūki‘o members with the surrounding community. At its essence, philanthropy starts with a person’s instinct to connect with others, to offer help where it is needed, and to make a difference. Through our unique partnership with Hawai‘i Community Foundation, we provide that nexus for Kūki‘o members.
We focus on the young people of Hawai`i Island because their success has a ripple effect on the entire community. By supporting education and youth development, the Kukio Community Fund is increasing the success of local youth in school, in work and in life.
$2 million in grants have benefited Big Island nonprofits and schools from the Kūki‘o Community Fund.
15 Kūki‘o members and local community leaders have volunteered on the Kūki‘o Community Fund advisory committee.
With about 50% of our giving, we support exceptional organizations that provide youth development programs in West Hawai‘i. The other 50% of our grants are concentrated in larger investments to boost education success through STEAM learning, the Elama Program at Palamanui and (beginning in 2017) college scholarships for Kūki‘o employees.