Lasting impact

POIPU — The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach recently awarded over $25,000 in community grants to 26 nonprofit organizations on Kauai.

The grant awards are used for items such as uniforms, food for the needy, transportation, safety gear, cultural education, sporting equipment and literacy supplies. Each grantee organization must be sponsored by a Rotarian and then is invited to apply for the grant awards.

Nancy Kanna, Rotary Club of Poipu Beach past president and community grants chair, said since the Community Grant Program was established in 2001, the club has awarded over $275,000 to over 50 organizations.

“By partnering and funding specific items for other nonprofits, we are able to work together to have an even greater impact in the Kauai community,” Kanna said.

“Our community has been so generous in their time and monetary support over the years. Because of our community partnerships and the success of our annual fundraising events, Vacation for Donation and One Fine Evening, we are able to help many individuals,” said Chris Young, president of the Rotary Club of Poipu Beach.

Grant recipients this year include Kauai Children’s Authors Guild; Kauai Regional Science and Engineering Fair; Kauai Concert Association; Kauai Police Activities League; Hanapepe United Church of Christ; Kauai Robotics Alliance; Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project; Koloa Early School; Koloa School PTSA; Junior Achievement of Kauai; Kauai Performing Arts Center; Kalaheo School Track Team; Waimea High School ROV Program; Kauai Independent Food Bank; Hanapepe Pop Warner Association; Girl Scouts of Hawaii; St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church; EXCEL! Dance Studio; Kauai Missionary Churches Prison Ministry; Catholic Charities of Hawaii; Hawaii Youth Maritime Program; Kauai Sailing Association; Kauai Habitat for Humanity; and Kauai Underground Artists.

The club’s “Vacation for Donation” fundraiser is an opportunity drawing for a Kauai vacation. The next drawing will be in November.

The “One Fine Evening” fundraiser is known as Kauai’s premier fine art, culinary, wine, and music experience. It is scheduled March 11 at the Kilohana Luau Pavilion.

The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach has 38 members who meet every Wednesday’s at 7 a.m. at La Spezia Restaurant, Koloa. Info:


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