Hawaiian Electric corporate giving supports statewide STEM activities

Jul 14, 2018 | PC Community

By Hawaiian Electric:

In the first half of 2018, Hawaiian Electric donated $78,000 to support organizations that are advancing science, technology, engineering and math learning and enrichment opportunities for Hawaiʻi students and educators across the state, including:

Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, for the Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration

Hawaiʻi Academy of Science, for the Hawaiʻi State Science & Engineering Fair

Science Symposium for Girls

TechConnect Pacific Operational Science and Technology Conference

ThinkTech Hawaii

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering, for the 2018 High School Summer Internship Program/2018 Engineering Student Ambassadors Program

University of Hawaiʻi Foundation/Hawaiʻi Space Grant Consortium, for the 2018-2019 Hawaiʻi State VEX Robotics Championships

University of Hawaiʻi Shidler College of Business


Hawaiian Electric has supported STEM programs and initiatives in Hawaiʻi for more than

30 years, contributing more than $1.3 million to date.


In the first half of 2018, Hawaiian Electric donated $78,000 to support STEM learning and enrichment opportunities for HawaiÊ»i educators and students including this year’s participants in the UH College of Engineering high school summer internship program. The rigorous six-week program encourages student interest in engineering careers through mentorship, industry site visits and hands-on experiences. Recently, the students toured Hawaiian Electric’s 102-acre solar project under construction at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s West Loch Annex. When completed, the 20-megawatt solar facility will reduce the utility’s use of imported oil, slow the effects of climate change and provide low-cost energy to its customers.

Left to right, front row: Grant Imamura (Hawaiian Electric director, generation project development); Cassidy Hamamoto (Hawaii Baptist Acadmy); Ashlee Balignasay (Waipahu High School); Cassidy Hihara (Hawaii Baptist Academy); Emily Troung (Sacred Hearts Academy); David Omura (Hawaii Baptist Academy); Evan Takushi (Mililani High School); Brandon Okizaki (Hawaii Baptist Academy) and John Luʻuwai (Hawaiian Electric project developer). Back row: Carson Ikeda(Aiea High School), Tyler Shimabukuro(Pearl City High School), and Romy Polinar-Pascua(Saint Louis School). Photo courtesy of the UH College of Engineering.