Hot Shots – 1/31/24

TV Personality Aids Maui Residents

Guy Fieri teamed up with American Savings Bank, Hawai‘i Restaurant Association and Fiserv Inc. to donate $1.2 million to Lahaina restaurant workers impacted by the Maui wildfires last year. During the holiday season, they distributed $600 prepaid debit cards. PHOTO COURTESY AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK

Artwork Project Supports Reef Conservation

The Vanishing Murals Hawai‘i Ocean NFT art project donated $4,500 to Fish Pono – Save Our Reefs. The gift will help Fish Pono’s educational campaign, which encourages responsible fishing and enables more effective coral reef conservation. Sales of the NFT artworks launched in late October, and 20% of each purchase was donated to Fish Pono. Pictured (from left) are Mark Hixon, scientific adviser with Fish Pono and Jana Ireijo, founder of Mural Ethos: Vanishing Murals. PHOTO COURTESY EMBER MEDIA

Foundation Helps Honolulu School Expand Art Curriculum

Mid-Pacific Institute received a $25,000 grant from the Cades Foundation. The funds will expand the school’s guest artist program to all five arts disciplines: dance, theater, music, digital/visual arts and hula. Additionally, the grant will form mentorships and internships with on-island artists; create weekend workshops and master classes; enable gallery showcases and artist lectures; and engender professional development for teachers and staff. PHOTO COURTESY MID-PACIFIC INSTITUTE

Program Provides Meals To Families In Need

Spectrum’s philanthropic arm, Spectrum Employee Community Grants, donated $10,000 to Hawai‘i Foodbank. Pictured (from left) are state Sen. Glenn Wakai; state Rep. Linda Ichiyama; Gregg Fujimoto, senior vice president of ~ eld operations, Spectrum; Cybil Chun-Ming, curriculum development manger, Spectrum; Amy Miller, president and CEO, Hawai‘i Foodbank; Rebecca Lieberman, state government a˚ airs director, Spectrum; and Laura Kay Rand, vice president and CIO, Hawai‘i Foodbank. PHOTO COURTESY SPECTRUM