The Locations Foundation donated more than $30,000 in funds and supplies to several local nonprofit organizations and teachers throughout the month of July through its annual teacher awards program, children’s movie event, school supply drive and other donations. The Locations Foundation is composed of and funded by Locations Realtors®, employees and affiliates.
Locations Foundation Teacher Awards
The Foundation recognized the following Oahu teachers for their exceptional service to their institutions and their students at its annual Teacher Awards Luncheon on July 15:
Top Teacher Award ($1,000)
Wayne Fanning, Niu Valley Middle School
Samantha Saito, Wilson Elementary
Melissa Hayashi, Honowai Elementary School
Christopher Neppl, Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Kathryn Parsons, William P. Jarrett Middle School
Other Awardees ($200)
Deke Law, Kamaile Academy – Waianae
Kaley Kanbara, Holomua Elementary School
Lauren Takao, Punahou School
Leslie Nohara, Kamiloiki Elementary
Haley Omiya, Hahaione Elementary
Mary Rose Villalpando, Haleiwa Elementary
Top Teacher Award winner Wayne Fanning of Niu Valley Middle School is a graduate of Hilo High School and received his Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has performed with numerous professional and community ensembles across Hawaii and has been teaching band and orchestra at Niu Valley Middle School since 1998. Since 2003, the Locations Foundation has recognized more than 200 Oahu teachers and donated more than $75,000 for school supplies, classroom projects and activities.
Nominated by Locations Foundation Guardian Donors, award winners are selected by a committee, based on how they reinforce learning, engage with students, demonstrate care for their students, communicate effectively with parents and participate in co-curricular activities or community service.
Locations Foundation Annual Movie Day
The Foundation treated 200 guests from Big Brother Big Sisters Hawaii and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii to the new movie release “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” at Regal Dole Cannery Theater July 1 for its 17th annual movie day event. Fourteen Locations Foundation volunteers were on hand to ensure children and their chaperones enjoyed a morning out at the movies. The Foundation also presented Big Brother Big Sisters Hawaii and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii with a $5,000 donation each to further their respective missions of supporting children ages 6-16 years old who have faced adversity in their young lives and experienced the loss of a valuable connection, and enabling Hawaii’s young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Locations Foundation Backpack to School Supply Drive
The Foundation donated 500 brand-new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii NFL YET Hawaii Nanakuli Clubhouse, Women in Need, Kahauiki Village and Institute for Human Services, and Weed and Seed in July 2023 as part of its 22nd annual Backpack to School supply drive. During the month of July, Foundation members and Locations clients donated paper, composition books, pencils, glue sticks and more. Foundation volunteers then filled and delivered the backpacks to our nonprofit partners to be given out before the start of the school year. Since 2001, Backpack to School has donated thousands of backpacks to children in need across Oahu.
Locations Foundation Donates $5,000 to Hawaiian Hope
The Foundation donated $5,000 to Hawaiian Hope in July 2023. The organization, which provides computers to children from low-income families, will use the fund to purchase parts to assemble computers for the Makaha Community Center. The Center will then distribute the computers at no cost to children and families in need. The Foundation has donated more than $30,000 to Hawaiian Hope over the past several years to supply computers to students at Palolo Elementary School, Lunalilo School, Kawananakoa Middle School, Kaiulani School and Pohakea Elementary School.
Locations Foundation & Ronald McDonald House® Charities Hawaii Golf Classic
The Locations Foundation was a Silver Sponsor of the 32nd Annual Ronald McDonald House® Charities Hawaii Golf Classic at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club July 20. Locations Realtors® Cory Tsuda and Fred Ushijima, along with Hawaii Mortgage Group loan officer Jay Miller, played for the Foundation, while other Foundation volunteers assisted with registration, golfer assistance, set-up, clean-up and other duties. Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hawaii provides a home-away-from home for seriously ill children and their families and develops other programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific.
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