"For over 45 years, the American Red Cross has offered free summer swim lessons at Ala Moana Beach as part of our mission of saving lives. Thanks to Group 70’s generous support, we will be able to offer these classes to keiki and adults, many of whom would not otherwise be able to afford to learn this critical lifesaving skill."
– American Red Cross – Hawaii Chapter. 2008 recipient.
"The Volcano Playground Committee/ Cooper Center Council is honored to be selected as one of the 2008 Group 70 Foundation award recipients. Receiving this funding means (for the first time in over 20 years) that by this fall the children of the greater Volcano area will have a playground. Mahalo nui loa, Group 70!"
– Cooper Center Council. 2008 recipient.
"I am filled with gratitude for the generosity of the members of Group 70. Having a garden in the heart of Honokaa town is a model for sustainable food production and local food economy. The children already involved in the neophytical beginnings of Kula o Mala love every single minute we spend in the garden. Every single worm is celebrated as worms are a sign of healthy soil. Every butterfly that flutters past is respectfully asked to stay. Every seed that germinates and pops up from the ground is a living miracle to the children. Thank you for giving us the support to expand this program to more youth in our area, including the special needs children from the Arc of Kona program. These children are the inspiration for the lo‘i as I wanted to design something that was raised and wheelchair accessible and yet contextually appropriate. Much mahalos from all of us at Hawaii Sustainable Education Initiative and Kula o Mala."
– Hawaii Sustainable Education Initiative. 2008 recipient.
"We are deeply honored to receive the Group 70 Foundation Fund’s award. Since Art to Go started in 2003, the outreach program has made a difference in the lives of many young people in economically disadvantaged areas of Hawai‘i. Art to Go helps them meet the challenges of life through art. Now, with this grant, the Honolulu Academy of Arts will be able to focus on young people living on Oahus North Shore."
– Honolulu Academy of Arts. 2008 recipient.

Past Award Recipients


isisHawai'iMala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2009

To create the training format, protocols and structure for teaching interns who will be equipped to start or assist at other school garden programs.



Amount: $5,000. Year: 2009

To educate Hawai‘i’s students about the direct impact they can have on the oceans and the environment, particularly the effects of their actions both locally and globally.


'Ohana Komputer‘Ohana Komputer

Amount: $3,200. Year: 2009

To teach computer literacy, boost academic achievement and to offer constructive activities after school.


American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross - Hawaii Chapter

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2008

To increase the general safety of the community through water safety education (learn how to swim) and improve health through physical exercise (swimming).


Cooper Center CouncilCooper Center Council

Amount: $4,500. Year: 2008

To create a play space at Volcano Cooper Center that will encourage older children to participate in non- structured and fantasy play in addition to increasing motor skill development and body strength.


Hawaii Sustainable Education Initiative Hawaii Sustainable Education Initiative

Amount: $4,230. Year: 2008

To teach youth that farming and gardening is cool and fun, while giving opportunities to care for and improve the land, and improve the local food economy.

Honolulu Academy of ArtsHonolulu Academy of Arts

Amount: $7,000. Year: 2008

To encourage young people’s creativity and provide them with opportunities to learn new skills, express themselves, and enjoy success through site-specific arts programs designed to meet their needs.


Common GraceCommon Grace

Amount: $4,000. Year: 2007

To provide high-quality training sessions for new volunteers, and to encourage and appreciate veteran members who mentor children in Hawaii’s public schools.


Ma Ka Hana Ka 'IkeMa Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike

Amount: $8,000. Year: 2007

To turn the isolated region of Hana, Maui into a strong, compassionate, and resilient community by focusing on the needs of youth and kupuna. The program trains “at-risk” youth to do retrofits, build ramps and other disability-related improvements for kupuna who lack the funds for or access to such services.


Island SchoolIsland School

Amount: $2,000. Year: 2007

To create a natural playground that will enhance Island School’s atmosphere. The playground will create an innovative, imaginative, fun, and cost-effective environment that encourages play and learning with very little manufactured equipment.


American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross, Hawai‘i State Chapter

Amount: $10,000. Year: 2006

To increase the capacity to respond to disasters, and to prepare more people in Hawaii to help their neighbors and community.

Common Grace Bubbles & Books

Amount: $3,000. Year: 2006

To foster caring relationships between adults and at-risk youngsters through weekend activities that will celebrate their friendships and strengthen their bonds.

Ka Hale O Na Keiki, Inc. - Honoka‘a, HI

Amount: $4,000. Year 2006

To help young children and their families in our drastically under-served community.


Kealakehe High SchoolKealakehe High School, Kailua-Kona, HI

Amount: $6,250. Year: 2006

To create models of existing and future community resources.



Nuuanu Elementary School-Caring With Aloha

Amount: $2,000. Year: 2006

To touch the lives of others at the Ronald McDonald House, Kapiolani Hospital and other institutions by visiting, entertaining, and interacting with the residing seniors.



United Cerebral PalsyUnited Cerebral Palsy

Amount: $6,000. Year: 2006

To improve the quality of life for children and adults with cerebral palsy or similar severe disabilities through hosting a Hawaii Open—an International Martial Arts Tournament for Individuals with Disabilities.

Nā Leo O Nā ‘Ōpio

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2005

To allow youth to help create communities where people are safe, secure and prepared to meet the challenges of life.

Spirit of Aloha Outreaches, Inc.

Amount: $9,400. Year: 2005

To build at-risk students into spiritually and socially healthy individuals who are vocationally equipped to sustain themselves in the face of social, economic, and spiritual challenges, in ways that benefit their families and communities.

The Bishop Museum

Amount: $2,000. Year: 2004

To promote sustainable, native plant-based landscape development in Hawaii by creating a Riparian Plant Restoration Interactive Key.

Nā Kālai Wa‘a o Kaua‘i

Amount: $2,000. Year: 2004

Perpetuation, practice, and exploration of ancient Polynesian seafaring arts and skills.

Kualoa-He‘eia Ecumenical Youth (KEY)

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2003

Environmental curriculum for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council

Amount: $3,000. Year: 2003

International Education Week Program.

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