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Island Insurance Foundation Donates $10,000 Purple Maiʻa Foundation to Increase Access to Indigenized Technological Education for Hawaiʻi Youth

The Island Insurance Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Purple Maiʻa Foundation, a technology education non-profit focused on increasing access to indigenized technology education for high opportunity youth in underserved communities.

Founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Donavan Kealoha, Olin Lagon, and Kelsey Amos, Purple Maiʻa has grown from a pilot after-school program at Jarrett Middle School in Pālolo to include two additional middle schools in the Papakōlea and Waiʻanae communities, and monthly traveling workshops across Oʻahu.

“Through the generosity of visionary funders with strong local roots like Island Insurance, students in our after-school and monthly workshops now have access to Apple Mac Air laptops and high quality online curriculum,” said Donavan Kealoha, Board Chair of Purple Maiʻa. “The kids are so engaged and excited to be working on top of the line laptops; their expressions are priceless.”

“Purple Maia provides a valuable service in underserved communities across the state,” said Tyler Tokioka, President of Island Insurance Foundation. “We are proud to be able to help expand their program so that more students have access to their unique classes.”

Purple Maiʻa classes combine contemporary technology education with ancestral Hawaiian technologies and practices that teach students to innovate as indigenous technologists; classes include: learning basic circuitry, computer hardware and software, modeling and modding in Minecraft, as well as visits by cultural practitioners and field trips to culturally significant areas.

Upcoming weekend workshops to learn about logic gates in Minecraft and mobile app development are scheduled for December 12th at the Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center Honolulu Unit, on January 23rd and March 5th and 12th 2016 at the Kamehameha Schools, and May 14th and 21st 2016 at Iolani’s Sullivan Center. Classes are free and food is provided. For more information, visit www.PurpleMaia.org or email: kokua@purplemaia.org.

The Island Insurance Foundation was established as the charitable arm of Island Insurance, Hawaii’s largest locally-owned insurer, offering a full range of property and casualty protection. Founded in downtown Honolulu, Island Insurance has been serving Hawaii’s families and businesses for 75 years and is the only Hawaii-based company to be recognized as a Top 50 property & casualty insurer in the nation by the Ward Group for eight consecutive years. Island Insurance holds a financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company. For more information, visit islandinsurance.com.

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