The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise recently presented the Vocational Service Award for a Community Program to Keiki Cupboard and the Vocational Service Award for an Individual to Keola Donaghy, director of the two-year-old University of Hawai'i (UH) Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music.
Keiki Cupboard, a nonprofit organization that believes no child should lack the basic necessities needed for school, operates in 14 Maui County schools. The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise has worked with this organization to distribute school supplies since 2009.
Representing Keiki Cupboard to receive the award were President Bonny Ponting, Vice President Toby Neal, Secretary Sue Wilson and School Liaison Roxanne Sinenci.
(Left to right) Rotary Club of Kīhei Sunrise President Christine Pawliuk, Bonny Ponting and Toby Neal from Keiki Cupboard, Keola Donaghy from the UH Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music and Vocational Service Chair Margie Flores attended a recent awards ceremony at the Rotary club.
Donaghy became director of the UH Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music in 2013, after the program was developed by George Kahumoku Jr. In its second year, there are now 19 students. The program's wide variety of instructors mentor and train students in performance, singing, composition, repertoire development, recording techniques and marketing of Hawaiian music.
The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will hold the second annual fundraiser for this institute in May 2014 at Beach Bums Restaurant in Ma'alaea. The event will feature performances by the students.
The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise meets each week at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort. For more information, contact President Christine Pawliuk.