The Nabavi’s are pleased to help support the following eight beneficiaries through the Nabavi Legacy Fund: Grow Some Good, Maui School Garden Network, Imua Family Services, Book Trust, Maui Culinary Academy, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Maui Food Innovation Center and the American Heart Association’s Kids & Teens Cook with Heart programs. These organizations have an essential task: to help educate and nourish Maui’s next generation.
American Heart Association
Kids & Teens Cook with Heart programs
The American Heart Association strives to help children and families live heart-healthy lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. AHA provides a multitude of resources to help families live longer, healthier lives, especially through the Kids & Teens Cook with Heart programs. These fun, hands-on educational sessions help young people to understand healthy cooking and nutrition, and how they contribute to cardiovascular health. AHA believes in the ability of education to change behavior—teaching the next generation about the links between nutrition and preventative health can create a healthier future.
By giving keiki the power to choose and keep their own books, Book Trust provides students with the opportunity to fall in love with reading. Research has shown that lack of access to books and reading materials is the most significant barrier to literacy. Since 2005, when Book Trust founder Adrienne Schatz brought the program to Maui, thousands of Maui County children have found new inspiration for reading, cultivating increased literacy skills and motivation for life-long learning. In addition to providing access to books, Book Trust offers resources and support to teachers and families, helping to create a love of reading in the classroom that spreads to the home and into the community.
Grow Some Good
Celebrating eight years growing school gardens and healthy keiki on Maui, this organization has grown from one school to more than 3,000 students in 12 schools across Maui. Originally called the South Maui School Gardens Project, Grow Some Good is dedicated to creating hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices. In addition to helping establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools, the program provides resources and curriculum support through community partnerships in agriculture, science, food education and nutrition.
Imua Family Services
The caring staff of early childhood professionals and therapists at Imua provide more than 11,000 direct service hours to children in Maui’s community, especially those who are the most vulnerable and at risk when their families need the most support. Imua’s services include infant and child development, hearing and autism screenings, preschool programs, and A Keiki’s Dream for children who face a crisis of any nature—abuse, neglect, homelessness, medical or psychological issues, personal loss or family difficulties. By providing critically needed therapeutic support and resources, Imua helps to strengthen thousands of Maui families every year.
Maui Academy of Performing Arts
MAPA has one over-arching goal: to integrate the arts into the life of Maui’s community. Founded in 1974 as an after-school drama program, the academy has grown into one of the state’s largest performing arts organizations. Year-round classes and camps encourage, honor and support the artistic interests and goals of young people from all backgrounds and circumstances, with students taking part in more than 100 dance and drama classes weekly. MAPA’s powerful theatrical productions engage and delight the entire community, and their educational tours bring the drama directly into schools across Maui County, enabling more than 7,000 keiki to experience the magic of live theatre and what Executive and Artistic Director David Johnston calls “the life-changing power of the arts.”
Maui Culinary Academy
University of Hawai‘i Maui College’s award-winning Culinary Arts Program prepares students for careers in the dynamic culinary world. Competency-based instruction focuses on skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for success in the hospitality industry. The program is housed in the beautiful 38,000 square-feet Pa‘ina Culinary Arts Center, where instructors integrate culinary classes with specialized commercial operations to offer an intensive learning environment. The curriculum emphasizes outreach and field experience through local restaurants, resort hotel properties, agricultural partners and professional industry support in research and development. Past MCA graduates have attained positions at five-star resorts and restaurants, opened independent businesses, and even starred in cooking shows.
Maui Food Innovation Center
The Maui Food Innovation Center at UH Maui College provides business and technological expertise to food and agricultural entrepreneurs statewide. The Maui Accelerator Program (MAP) is the first food-industry business accelerator program of its kind. MAP participants receive training in food safety, manufacturing practices, industry trends, business planning, marketing, nutritional analysis, packaging, financing for food business and export regulations. The program culminates in a one-day entrepreneurial networking event and pitch presentation to a panel of judges, as well as investors, venture capitalists, food companies, wholesalers and other potential partners and customers.
Maui School Garden Network
Created and coordinated by Lehn Huff, this program supports sustainability-focused projects for Students Island wide. A lifelong teacher, Huff aims to help Maui County’s youth understand and embrace their kuleana to develop a greater sense of food security and to be able to grow their own food in school gardens. By promoting a direct connection between local food producers and school food service providers for all K-12 schools, independent and public, MSGN educates keiki about the importance of nutrition and about Maui’s precious environment. Over the years, the program has expanded to provide garden resources, materials and support for more than 50 county schools.