Hot Shots – 9/20/23

Firefighters Make A Difference With Donation

The Ho‘omau Fire Academy, a nonprofit that operates out of Pālama Settlement, has received a generous donation from Federal Firefighters of Hawai‘i Local F263. The gift paves the way for Ho‘omau Fire Academy to expand to neighbor islands and continue its tuition-free program. The nonprofit teaches and mentors kids and young adults between the ages of 16-24 the valuable skill of public service. Pictured (from left) are Lt. Ryan Gouveia, Lt. Brock Whittington, Ho‘omau president Reid Shimabukuro, Local F263 president Kaanapu Jacobsen, engineer Chad DeMello, firefighter Casey Stevens and engineer Daniel Pagan. PHOTO COURTESY HO’OMAU FIRE ACADEMY

Foundation Supports 4 Nonprofits

The Servco Foundation has donated $60,000 to four organizations across Hawai‘i as part of its 2023 Community Grant Program. The nonprofits were chosen by the foundation based on recommendations by Team Serve, Servco’s employee-led community service group. The organizations receiving $15,000 each are: Adult Friends for Youth, Domestic Violence Action Center, Family Promise of Hawai‘i and Fur-Angel Foundation. Pictured (from left) are Rick Ching, president and chief operating officer, Servco; Peter Dames, executive vice president, Servco; Shawna Benson, Team Serve co-chair, Servco; Tiffany Kim, president, Fur-Angel Foundation; Nohea Kia, assistant manager, Fur-Angel Foundation; Samantha Torres, Team Serve co-chair, Servco; Johnny Rojo, Team Serve co-chair, Servco; and Peter Hirano, executive vice president and executive director, Servco. PHOTO COURTESY SERVCO PACIFIC INC.

Grant To Boost Literacy Program

Nareit Hawai‘i recently presented Hawai‘i Literacy with a $25,000 grant, which will support the group in expanding the reach of its adult digital literacy programs to underserved communities on O‘ahu. The money will also go toward the purchase of digital devices for adult learners in new programs on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i island. Pictured (from left) are Radiant Cordero, Honolulu Councilmember; Dana Harvey, director of external affairs, Alexander & Baldwin; Gladys Quinto Marrone, executive director, Nareit Hawai‘i; Jill Takasaki Canfield, executive director, Hawai‘i Literacy; and Doug Shimokawa, board president, Hawai‘i Literacy. PHOTO COURTESY NAREIT HAWAI‘I