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EMS, Hope Lodge receive funding

A $35,000 grant from the HMSA Foundation is enabling the Emergency Medical Service Bureau of the Hawaii Fire Department expand its ability to help the people they serve on Hawaii Island. Funds will be used for community outreach, education and emergency response and to subsidize the cost of a vehicle.

The Hawaii Fire Department is one of six local health programs and community organizations that received support from the HMSA Foundation in the second quarter of 2013 through $270,000 in grants.

Also receiving a $100,000 grant was the American Cancer Society for its Hope Lodge Hawaii that gives neighbor island cancer patients and their caregivers free temporary housing when they travel to Honolulu for treatment.

The HMSA Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable foundation that supports efforts across the state to improve the health of Hawaii’s people.

For more information on the HMSA Foundation, visit hmsafoundation.org.

Milolii group awarded $92K grant

Paa Pono Milolii Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of the Native Hawaiian fishing village of Milolii, has been selected to receive a $92,000 grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association’s Bay Watershed Education and Training program.

The grant’s purpose is to significantly enhance the marine and coastal knowledge base and stewardship action of Milolii’s population of K-12 students. Through preserving and perpetuating opelu traditional fishing practices, students will be able to participate in a variety of activities that will blend traditional Hawaiian fishing education with contemporary science and marine management and stewardship practices. The grant is for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and begins Oct. 1.

For more information, call Kaimi Kaupiko at 937-1310 or Lei Kaupu at 217-0585.

Giving program seeks grant applicants

Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge are accepting grant applications from nonprofit community organizations on Hawaii Island for their Community Gift Giving Program. The program will award grants of up to $1,000 per organization.

Community organizations that meet the following criteria are invited to submit applications for consideration: IRS approved under Section 501(c)(3) and the purpose of organization is related to health, education, civic and community service, youth activities, cultural enrichment, environment or special community projects.

Application forms and information are available at youngbrothershawaii.com under “Community Gift Giving” or by calling Chery Garvey at 885-3211. Applications may be submitted now through Sept. 27. Completed applications may be faxed to 885-3311 or mailed to Hawaiian Tug & Barge/Young Brothers Ltd., Hawaii County Community Advisory Board, Attn: Chery Garvey M.D., P.O. Box 550, Kamuela, HI 96743.

All applications must be postmarked by Sept. 27 or received via fax no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

Puna hosting culinary festival

The district of Puna is preparing to host the third annual Puna Culinary Festival, in partnership with Suisan, Kalani, Big Island Weekly, Kings’ Shops, and the Hawaii Island Festival. The festival runs from Sunday through Sept. 15.

The festival will feature chefs from Puna and beyond, farm-to-fork culinary classes, local sustainable farming tours and special events. It opens this year with the Behind the Scenes Luau on Sunday, hosted by storyteller Leilehua Yuen and musician Manu Josiah. A luau foods cooking class will precede a modern luau dinner, emphasizing island produce.

The second annual Taste of Pahoa will be Friday, featuring special menus and dishes by Pahoa restaurants for the event. Participating restaurants can be found on the festival website. Reservations are recommended.

The closing event for this year’s festival is PupuPalooza, a cook-off and celebration of appetizers, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Those who wish to enter will prepare 50 bite-size tastes of their favorite pupu, and bring their entry to the Kalani EMAX at 2 p.m. for setup and judging. More than $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Suisan People’s Choice Award, Kings’ Shops Best Overall Pupu, Best Presentation, Most Creative and Best Use of Local Ingredients. At 3 p.m., the public will sample a wide variety of pupu, with tickets at $5 for 10 tastes. Ticket money will go to the contest entrants to help pay for ingredients. Donations will also be collected at the door for the Hawaii Island food charities.

Also planned are farm tours and more. For the full schedule of events, visit punaculinaryfestival.com.

For more information, to reserve tickets or to request an auxiliary aid or modification, call 965-7828 or email events@kalani.com.