This past December, Turtle Bay Foundation held its fifth annual awards dinner, giving out $135,000 in grants and scholarship to 147 nonprofit organizations and students. The evening also celebrated Turtle Bay Resort’s passionate commitment to preserving and enriching O‘ahu’s North Shore through programs, organizations and individuals who are making a difference.
Eighty-three nonprofit grants were awarded to organizations making a significant impact on the North Shore in five specific areas including:
- Education or job training
- Environmental stewardship
- Preservation of historic and cultural sites
- Health care
- Sports or recreation
Nineteen grants were awarded to elementary schools, such as Hau‘ula Elementary and Lā‘ie Elementary, and 33 to intermediate and high schools, such as Kahuku High & Intermediate School and Waialua High & Intermediate School, in support of everything from lab supplies to safety training, virtual reality technology, music and athletic programs.
An additional 31 grants were awarded to North-Shore based nonprofits and organizations such as North Shore Community Land Trust, Friends of Kahuku Library, Waialua Robotics Program, Hale‘iwa Main Street, Kupu, Hawai‘i Marine Mammal Alliance, and Sustainable Coastlines, among many others. These grants were in support of various initiatives including monk seal rescue, a North Shore historic map, HI Youth Sustainability Challenge, canoe and rugby clubs, new partnerships, community events and more. Turtle Bay Foundation also takes special pride in awarding scholarships to qualified students year-after-year to ensure longevity in their pursuit of higher education, with 64 bright students receiving scholarships based on academic performance, financial need, extracurricular activities and community involvement. These scholarships give outstanding students the ability to focus on their academic pursuits and explore their greatest potential.
Scholarship recipients hailed from Kahuku High School, Waialua High School, and Mililani High School as well as universities including University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu, Chaminade University, Brigham Young University, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and more. The scholarships join educational grants to support students, teachers and schools, enhancing education on the North Shore thereby increasing the strength and resilience of the community.
The Turtle Bay Foundation has presented more than $630,000 to North Shore and Ko‘olauloa recipients since 2013 and plans to continue its contributions far into the future. The Foundation oversees the numerous charitable contributions of Turtle Bay Resort, helping the resort make a difference and supporting its mission of further elevating one of the world’s most unique and vibrant communities.