Success of R.E.A.C.H. Initiative Pilot Project Celebrated

mililani middle HONOLULU — Schools participating in the R.E.A.C.H. Initiative Pilot Project showcased its programs at the REACH Out Hawaii fundraiser held at the Pagoda Restaurant.  Hana High & Elementary, Kawananakoa Middle, Molokai Middle, Waiakea Intermediate and Mililani Middle demonstrated how their students benefited from the after-school activities funded by R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health).  The activities schools provided included music, performing arts, fitness classes, volleyball, soccer and wrestling.  Mililani Middle’s hula halau performed at the event.

More than five-hundred people attended the benefit, which included ono food from Pagoda Restaurant, Hukilau Lounge, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, JJ Dolans, Poke Stop, MW Restaurant, Nalo Farms and more. Kalapana, Brother Noland, Princess Ilona, Isle 5 were among Hawaii’s top musicians who donated their time to entertain the crowd.

REACH Out Hawaii is a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Hawaii organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code.  It was established to support the REACH Initiative.   The Board of Directors are responsible for the oversight and strategic planning, including the development of a funding base for REACH Out Hawaii.  Board members include, Tom Apple, University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor, as president; and Duane Kurisu, aio owner, as vice president.

Nine public intermediate and middle schools benefited from the State’s R.E.A.C.H. Initiative’s Pilot Project.  They are Hana High & Elementary, Kawananakoa Middle, Molokai Middle, Waiakea Intermediate, Mililani Middle, Waimea Canyon, Maui Waena Intermediate, Ewa Makai Middle and Kanu o Ka Aina Charter School.  Through a partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the program was able to fund an additional two schools.