Hawaiian Way Fund now another giving option

 The Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center joins other Hawaii employers in expanding the workplace giving options available to their employees to support nonprofits and communities around the state by partnering with the Hawaiian Way Fund. 

 Managed and administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, a statewide and national association of Native Hawaiian community development organizations, the Hawaiian Way Fund is rooted in philanthropic giving by individual employees that support the perpetuation of Hawaii’s indigenous culture.  QLCC employees will have an opportunity to donate or designate payroll deductions to the Hawaiian Way Fund effective in September.

 “We are excited about QLCC joining as a Partner Employer of the Fund,” said Napali Woode, CNHA Senior Vice President, in a press release.  “It’s important to give individuals an opportunity to support something all of us in Hawaii treasure n the active use and continuation of our language, our knowledge of these lands and life ways that really makes Hawaii special for everyone.  We appreciate QLCC and the leaders there for providing their employees this opportunity.”

 Established by Queen Lili‘uokalani’s Deed of Trust to provide for the benefit of orphan and destitute Hawaiian children, the trust is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees and led by its president and executive director, Claire Asam.  QLCC operates its headquarters in Honolulu with offices statewide.  Asam states in the release, “The Children’s Center is honored to include the Hawaiian Way Fund as an option for individual staff members to participate in philanthropic giving that supports Hawaiian culture to thrive.”

 Through workplace giving, the Hawaiian Way Fund provides an efficient option for Hawaii’s employers and employees to support community organizations engaged in the delivery of social and educational programs founded on Native Hawaiian cultural knowledge, language and values. 

Over 20 such groups receive funding annually from the fund providing a variety of community services, including charter schools with strong Native Hawaiian language and Cultural curriculum, Halau Hula that serve as vital teaching centers of passing on Hawaiian chant and history, as well as healthcare practitioners focused on traditional medicinal practices.  QLCC joins other employers including American Savings Bank, Kamehameha Schools, American Airlines, and Microsoft Corporation in creating workplace giving options for their employees to support community services through the Hawaiian Way Fund.

 For more information about CNHA or its Hawaiian Way Fund, call 521-5011 or toll-free at 800-709-2642, via email at info@hawaiiancouncil.org or visit the Web site at www.hawaiianwayfund.org.

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