WAILEA –The Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) celebrated its 35th anniversary at its Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction. Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui was among several dignitaries that attended the event. He and his daughter, Mikayla, were part of the program as hosts of the “Family Feud, The STEM Edition” game.
The benefit culminated with the presentation of the prestigious Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award, which recognizes outstanding innovation and creative technology to serve our community and is the highest student honor MEDB can give. This year’s award went to Renezel Lagran, a 2017 graduate of Maui High School who is currently attending the University of Hawaii-Maui College. Lagran was awarded $5,000 to support tools for her continued STEM education. In addition, the teachers and school labs who inspired the award winner also received grant funds from the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award. This year, Maui Waena Intermediate School’s STEMworks™ science teacher Jennifer Suzuki will receive $5,000 for her STEM programs and lab upgrades, and Maui High School’s Arts and Communications teacher Clint Gima and the ACOM program will receive $5,000.
The event raised $325,000 to benefit MEDB and its programs.