By Wendy Osher
A record $338,046 was raised during the Ke Alahele Education Fund dinner held over the weekend at the Grand Wailea Resort.
The event, hosted by the Maui Economic Development Board, also drew a record crowd of 700 people who came to support STEM education programs on Maui.
Among those in attendance was long-time MEDB supporter, US Senator Daniel Inouye, who headlined the event with his wife, Irene Hirano.
Proceeds from the Ke Alahele Education Fund dinner are used to support and administer MEDB-led STEM educational programs and to provide grants for the expansion Science, Technology, Engineering and Math educational initiatives.
To date, program organizers say the fund has empowered more than 38,700 students and teachers in Maui County.
MEDB President and CEO Jeanne Skog thanked the Maui community and leaders in both the public and private sector for their monetary support saying, “I promise you it’s going to be put into good use.”