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.