2017 President’s Report
Aloha mai kākou,
Your support of our mission to preserve and perpetuate the native culture and environment of Hawai‘i through education and stewardship of Kamananui Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival has made all the difference!
With your generous help and that of key partners, especially the Hawai‘i State Legislature, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaiian Electric Company, Senator Donna Kim and Representatives Linda Ichiyama and Aaron Ling Johanson, and many others, we have:
- Taught an estimated 5,000 fourth-graders to “malama `āina” through our Huaka`i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua environmental education program.
- Partnered with DLNR in bringing more than 1,500 students into Kamananui Valley to experience firsthand the history, culture and eco systems of this unique wahi pana (sacred place).
- Conducted 8 teachers workshops, training over 260 elementary school educators to use the Huaka`i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua curriculum in their classrooms, expanding our outreach to hundreds of additional keiki.
- Raised more than $2 million to repair Kamananui Valley Road. Engineering studies and a construction plan have been completed and repairs will begin later this year.
- Expanded the Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival to two days becoming Hawai`i’s largest non-competitive hula exhibition and held for the first time ever at historic Iolani Palace.
- Moved to a new location in the Waiakamilo Shopping Center to better serve you and conduct our programs.
While our financial condition remains stable, we must be vigilant in seeking new and innovative ways to generate income and build capital.
We are acutely aware that fundraising will continue to challenge us to be even more attentive to developing new sources of revenue. To ensure a reliable source of income for our programs, MGF has embarked on a $3 million dollar endowment campaign. Its success will require a determined effort from all of us — our board of directors, our members, our supporters, and our community.
We are very proud of our accomplishments this past year, but there is much more work ahead of us. It is our hope that you will continue to assist us on this journey. We humbly ask for your continued support and sincerely thank you for your generosity.
Finally, this year’s success would not have been possible without the backing of MGF’s Board of Directors. I am sincerely grateful to each and every one of you for contributing your time, expertise and talent to help MGF achieve its greatest potential.
Mahalo a nui loa,
Alexander Alika Jamile
Executive Director and President
Founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history, native culture and environment of Hawai‘i through education and stewardship of Kamananui (Moanalua Valley) and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival. If you would like to remember MGF in your planned giving or learn more about leaving a bequest of cash, stocks, or other assets to us, please contact our development officer at (808) 839-5334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.