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MEDB Ke Alahele Benefit Set for Aug. 20

July 14, 2016, 9:31 AM HST
* Updated July 14, 9:34 AM
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Proceeds for MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction on August 20th will help to advance STEM education programs for our youth in Maui County and the state. MEDB photo.

Proceeds for MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction on August 20th will help to advance STEM education programs for our youth in Maui County and the state.
MEDB photo.

Maui Economic Development Board will hold its annual fundraiser dinner, “Pathways to our Future,” on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

This year, distinguished educators will include US Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz; Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and his wife, Lyndelle; and Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann.

Held at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui in Wailea, this year’s event will spotlight Maui County’s science, technology, engineering and math stars while raising needed funds for STEM education programs in our community.

The reception and silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 6 p.m.

Now in its 10th year, MEDB’s annual fundraiser dinner will offer a fun, educational and inspiring program—along with a few surprises.

  •  Over 100 items are up for bid during this year’s “Apples for Education” silent and live auctions. MEDB photo.


    Over 100 items are up for bid during this year’s “Apples for Education” silent and live auctions. MEDB photo.

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    During the “Apples for Education” silent and live auctions, guests can bid on over 100 items, including stays at Maui’s award-winning resorts, golf rounds, restaurant certificates, island adventures, fashionable apparel, one-of-a-kind experiences and a myriad of island-inspired gifts.

  • Family Feud, The STEM Edition game will challenge guests’ STEM skills as they compete for bragging rights.
  • The Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award will honor students who have demonstrated the most innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve and improve their community.
  • Kanoa Leahey as emcee promises to make the dinner program a lively evening.
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“MEDB is excited to have this year’s distinguished educators joining us as we honor some of our islands’ STEM stars,” said Jeanne Unemori Skog, Maui Economic Development Board’s president and CEO. “Our young people continue to amaze us with their passion for STEM, and it’s extremely gratifying to be able to see our community coming together to help our youth soar in the 21st century.”

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and daughter Mikayla will return as hosts of the Family Feud, The STEM Edition game. MEDB photo.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and daughter Mikayla will return as hosts of the Family Feud, The STEM Edition game. MEDB photo.

“This worthwhile event recognizes the critical need to support and expand STEM programs for our youth,” said Lt. Gov. Tsutsui. “It’s important that we do all we can to engage and prepare our children for entry into the 21st century workforce, which will help them become competitive nationally and globally with their peers. We are nurturing budding scientists, engineers and mathematicians who will create new ideas, new products and new industries.”

One of the event’s highlights, will be the announcement of this year’s Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award winner. This prestigious award was inspired by the late senator’s unwavering commitment to the application of science and technology to solve challenges around us inspired this prestigious award.

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“I know that the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund was very important to Sen. Inouye and that he supported it wholeheartedly from the very beginning,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Like many of us, he knew that if our children could excel at science, technology, engineering and math, Maui County and the State of Hawai‘i would have a very bright future. As a community, it is both our privilege and responsibility to continue to support these STEM education efforts.”

Since the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund was established in 2006, over $1.2 million in grants have been awarded to Maui County’s schools and organizations. This past school year alone, more than $137,000 in grants were allocated which enabled ten robotics teams to compete on Maui, O‘ahu and even the Mainland; equipped digital media labs with the latest equipment and software; supported a monthly televised newscast and bilingual website to archive STEM activities; empowered students working on community-service projects using STEM tools; and assisted MEDB’s STEMworks educational programs.

“We are extremely grateful to the many sponsors and community partners who make these grants possible,” said Skog. “These contributions enable MEDB to empower our youth with STEM skills while helping them to build pathways to future STEM careers.”

Various sponsorship opportunities are available for MEDB’s Aug. 20 fundraiser dinner.

Event tickets are $175 per person.

Special room rates are available for event guests at the beautiful Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Rates for suites start from $219 plus tax per night, based on space availability. Some restrictions apply.

For reservations and event information including Fairmont Kea Lani’s special hotel rates, go online or call Maui Economic Development Board at 808-875-2300.

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