Hanalei School Foundation

Now and for the Future

A Critical Endeavor 

Over the last 9 years, Hanalei Elemenary School (HES) has lost approximately one-quarter-million dollars in annual funding.  The school has been forced to cut support, programs, school supplies, and positions. This year, HES will not be able to pay for basic essentials.

Hanalei Elementary School has been part of the north shore community since 1881.  Parental involvement, community support, the dedicated teachers and staff, and great programs have combined to create a unique learning environment and made Hanalei Elementary a special center for learning throughout the state.  The only school of its kind, anchored in the center of kalo fields, it maintains a unique opportunity to focus on sustainability.  Students plant seeds that blossom into local food production and organic framing.  These programs were intended to be expanded and used as a model throughout the state; however, its future is continually at risk.

The current economic situation has exacerbated by the result of the Hawaii Board of Education's adoption of a per-student funding system that was put in place 9 years ago.  The system, known as the Weighted Student Formula, has a "big school" bias and has had a devastating effect on Hawaii's smaller schools -- forcing small school closures and creating major budget problems for smaller schools, especially those on the outer islands.

Hanalei Elementary School is in nee of a financial foundation like never before and its urgency grows.  Budget cutbacks, furloughs, Weighted Student Formula, and general economic conditions mean our children may suffer a lower-stadard of education.  Programs have and continue to be at risk of being eliminated.

The formation of the Hanalei School Foundations (HSF) is a worthy and necessary effort to protect the educational foundation of the community.  Please join our effort to create an ongoing financial pillar which will support the local community for many years to come.

The foundation will be funded by corporate donors and establish community members; the capital will be protected (principal) in an interest-bearing account.  Each year the interest-income will help support the mission to maintain, promote and foster the developments of Hanalei Elementary School, encouraging innovative school programs and projects.

Make A Donation

Legacy Donation

Your donation can be the gift that keeps giving. Because the principal capital will be protected, you can provide the permanent funds for the Foundation that will be preserved by our trusted Board Members. Year after year, interest-income will provide the funds to continue the programs that have made the community strong. In addition, the Board will support and encourage innovative education programs so that future generations will have the opportunity to become our leaders of tomorrow.


MEMBERSHIP


HONORARY ALIʻI NUI CHARTER MEMBERSHIP

Reserved for those established members who understand the importance of having a foundation in the community. Aliʻi Nui Charter Members will provide the permanent funds for the Foundation that will be preserved by the Board of Directors. The interest income will provide meaningful support to Hanalei School in an ongoing basis that will continue in perpetuity.

One-Time Donation of $250,000 or more

Lifetime benefits:

  • Permanent legacy representation on Gold Plaque at Hanalei School
  • Permanent voting membership in the Foundation
  • Two lifetime passes to all performance events
  • Koa acknowledgement display recognizing contribution

ʻOHANA LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

ʻOhana Lifetime Members will provide the permanent funds for the Foundation that will be preserved by the Board of Directors. The interest income will provide meaningful support to Hanalei School in an ongoing basis that will continue in perpetuity.

One-Time Donation of $10,000 or more

Lifetime benefits:

  • Permanent legacy representation on Silver Plaque at Hanalei School
  • Lifetime voting membership in the Foundation
  • Two passes to any performance event
  • Acknowledgement display recognizing contribution