Na ‘Aina Kai gets first Kaua‘i Aloha grant

Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens is the first grant recipient from the Kaua‘i Aloha Endowment Fund.

Created in November 2000 by a group of caring, committed Kauaians, the Kaua‘i Aloha Endowment Fund’s purpose is to protect, preserve and enhance Kaua‘i’s island treasures today, tomorrow and forever.

Joyce and Ed Doty accepted the $10,250 grant on behalf of Na ‘Aina Kai to support a sculpture in the new ahupua‘a exhibit in the children’s garden.

The ahupua‘a honors and perpetuates the ancient Hawaiian system of life and, when completed, will offer a special tour for Kaua‘i’s fourth-grade students as part of their study of Hawaiian history.

“We recognize this key element of Hawaiian culture and lifestyle and are proud to support the efforts of Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens in this meaningful acknowledgment of the ahupua‘a,” said Maryanne Kusaka, Advisory Committee chair. “The Kaua‘i Aloha Endowment Fund selected this as the first grantee to particularly note and recognize the importance of the Hawaiian host culture.”

For more information on the Kaua‘i Aloha Endowment Fund, contact Deborah Rice, Hawai‘i Community Foundation-Kaua‘i Officer, at 245-4585, or visit the HCF Web site at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.

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