Tech education nonprofit Purple Mai‘a to host 'fun-raiser'

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Purple Mai'a, a technology education nonprofit will host a fun-raiser themed "Code, Culture, No Cutlery" on Sunday, April 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association Halau. It will be a kamayan style (which means eating with hands) dinner with Hawaiian accents. Monies raised from this event will help support the expansion of Purple Mai'a's computer programming for the 2018-2019 school year.

"Purple Mai'a has been fortunate to work with hundreds of students across the islands to teach beginning and advanced computer science and coding, rooted in Hawaiian culture and values," said co-founder Donovan Kealoha. "We operate classes in our most underserved communities such as public housing, alternative learning schools, and a youth correctional facility. This year, we've experimented with online learning to reach students on Hawai?i Island, and a student cohort at the post-secondary level. With this fundraiser, it will help us with our plans to extend and deepen our reach into more communities for the next school year and beyond."

The kamayan style dinner will include dishes such as sinangag (garlic and vegetable fried rice), shrimp sisig and lechon kawali with chicharron. There will be Hawaiian entertainment with Kihei Nahale-a and Kaipo Kuakahiko, a silent auction and a showcase from Purple Mai'a's students.

Tickets for this event range from $5,000 and $2,500 for tables of 10 or $75 for individual tickets. To RSVP, please visit For silent auction or sponsorship opportunities, please email

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