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Hawaii based foundation donates millions in support of education, environmental stewardship

Harold K.L. Castle Foundation Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation's board of directors approved $2,092,715 in grants that align with the Foundation's mission to encourage community building throughout Windward Oahu, improve public education and support marine conservation statewide.
To help sustain Hawaii's marine life for future generations, the Foundation approved a $400,000 grant to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii that will enable state and local marine resource managers to better measure the effectiveness of their conservation efforts. This includes community-based strategic planning, policy research and scientific monitoring to measure both large-scale and acute changes to the marine environment.
Established in 1980, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii works with local communities to help protect more than 200,000 acres of Hawaii's natural lands and waters.
Terry George, Harold K. L. Castle Foundation president and CEO, said the Foundation strategy for marine conservation aims to ensure a measurably healthier and more sustainable nearshore marine ecosystem.

"We are confident the grant to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii is an investment in one of our core values as well as in sustaining nearshore fisheries for generations to come," George said.
Also receiving a Castle Foundation grant is the University of Hawaii Foundation for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), which was awarded more than $360,000 to double the number of K-12 students studying at Kaneohe Bay's Moku o Lo'e, also known as Coconut Island. Acquiring a vessel suitable for transporting students to Coconut Island will dramatically increase Windward public school students' access to the bay, providing them with opportunities to take part in shipboard research and safely collect samples directly from the reefs.
"Providing students with quality place-based education requires an ocean vessel dedicated to transporting students deeper into Kaneohe Bay and aligns with the Foundation's goals of improving education and marine conservation," said George. "This grant will provide opportunities for students to actively engage in HIMB research, explore career pathways and ensure Windward Oahu students graduate from high school with the value of malama 'aina (caring for the land) and the civic tools necessary to improve the area's natural resources."
Other grants approved by the Castle Foundation board of directors in December include:
•  $267,627 to Chaminade University of Honolulu in partnership with the Pacific American Foundation to support and launch the Castle Complex K-12 Engineering Pipeline Project to create engineering opportunities for elementary, intermediate and high school students in Windward Oahu. This grant is part of the Foundation's new efforts to broaden STEM career pathways for Hawaii's students.
•   $250,000 for Hale Kipa's efforts to create programmatic and financial efficiencies by consolidating four of the organization's leased sites into its new permanent home in Ewa Beach. Hale Kipa's mission is to provide emergency shelter, caring foster homes, intensive residential therapy, outreach services, and educational programs to provide Hawaii's at-risk youth with skills to successfully transition into adulthood.
•  $200,000 to Hina Mauka to provide 16 additional residential beds to increase the number of people who can receive intensive treatment for chronic substance abuse. Located in Kaneohe, Hina Mauka is one of Hawaii's largest residential and outpatient treatment centers for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and related problems.  Building an addition to its existing facility will allow the organization to increase its capacity by 33 percent and potentially serve up to 200 more people per year.

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