In December 2014, the Pauahi Foundation received a donation of $115,000 from the Kalino Foundation – a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the well-being of Native Hawaiians through business opportunities, cultural activities, education, research, environmental preservation, gainful employment, and health care. The Kalino Foundation has given a total of $135,000 in the past year to start their new scholarship at the Pauahi Foundation.
“The decision to support undergraduate scholarships was made to help foster Native Hawaiian workers in Hawai‘i’s health care industry,” said Dane Uperesa, director of operations at Kalino LLC. “Partnering with the Pauahi Foundation was a natural fit to ensure that Kalino Foundation’s endowment would be fairly administered for generations to come.”
The Kalino Foundation Scholarship will be offered to students pursuing a bachelor of science with demonstrated interest in the medical, health and wellness field.
Established in 2009, the Kalino Foundation is a certified Native Hawaiian Organization and the majority owner of Kalino LLC – a staffing company that provides health care workers and administrative/technical support to health care organizations. The Kalino Foundation was established to provide community outreach for Kalino LLC.
“The Kalino Foundation has a vision of improving the well-being and health of Native Hawaiians,” said Keawe Liu, executive director of the Pauahi Foundation. “Our partnership with Kalino will help produce the medical and health care professionals needed to fulfill that vision in perpetuity.”
Starting Feb. 4, 2015, college students will have the opportunity to apply for the Kalino Foundation Scholarship, as well as over 80 other scholarships, by visiting www.pauahi.org/scholarships. Preference will be given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.
“Several of our directors and officers, as well as their family members, have received a scholarship through the Pauahi Foundation in the past. The Kalino Foundation Scholarship is a way of giving back to complete the circle of giving,” said Uperesa.