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Ama OluKai Foundation Launches

May 7, 2015, 8:13 AM HST
* Updated May 7, 8:15 AM
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OluKai has launched a new foundation, the Ama OluKai Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving, protecting and celebrating Hawai’i’s cultural heritage and aloha spirit.

The new organization will be a Hawai’i-based 501C3 non-profit and provide semi-annual donations to six partner beneficiaries, including two on the Big Island: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and Na Kalai Wa’a. Other organizations include the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, Maui Cultural Lands, and Na Kama Kai.

According to the foundation, it supports programs that focus on educating and serving Hawai’i’s communities by partnering with organizations that focus on developing quality communities and individuals in Hawai’i, preserve Hawai’i’s rich traditions and historical lessons, with emphasis on the arts, sciences, language, customs, morals, physical activities and educational outreach, and those who perpetuate the aloha spirit.

“Being ‘pono’ is important to OluKai,” said Dan McInerny, Executive Director of Ama OluKai Foundation. “Giving back to the community has always been a core value of OluKai. The Ama OluKai Foundation is a more formal way of spreading goodness, morality, excellence, and prosperity. We take great pride in this responsibility as we honor and preserve the cultural history of Hawai’i while celebrating its aloha spirit.”

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