Our Islands, Our Future

Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) has announced the kick-off of their first-ever online STEM Drive, a benefit for the 2020 Ke Alahele Education Fund. The fundraiser began on July 17 and runs through August 15. Contributions are 100 percent tax deductible. Donations go towards advancing MEDB’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs from kindergarten to careers. The Ke Alahele Fund enables educational pathways that benefit the lives of our residents in Maui County and statewide. MEDB’s programs, which are founded on a respect for Hawai’i’s culture and precious environment, create vehicles for community and industry participation and partnerships in achieving educational goals.

“For the past 13 years, our community has gathered for our annual Ke Alahele Education Fund benefit dinner to support STEM education in Hawaii,” said Leslie Wilkins, MEDB President and CEO. This year, due to COVID-19, we will not be scheduling our in-person gala. However, the public can still make a difference in the lives of our keiki by donating to our STEM Drive.”

Since the Fund was launched in 2006, MEDB’s STEM programs continue to empower students and teachers across the state. To date, 344 grants have provided STEM equipment, robotics programs, media labs, environmental/sustainability projects, internships, training for teachers, and more. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are also available which include publicity on the event’s website and social media. This website,, also includes information about the Ke Alahele Education Fund── inspiring stories of those who have benefited from MEDB’s STEM programs, and highlights of STEM Week in Maui County.

Wilkins noted, “Jobs today and in the future depend on the preparation of our students in critical thinking, communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity — all skills nurtured by STEM education. The Ke Alahele Education Fund was created to provide STEM tools for our youth and educators in an effort to open doors to exciting career opportunities. We extend a big mahalo to all those who support our Ke Alahele Education Fund. It’s truly an investment in our youth, one that will help to shape our communities and our world.”

Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to Maui Economic Development Board, at 1305 N. Holopono St #1, Kihei, HI 96753. To donate, please visit the MEDB STEM Drive website,

Leslie Wilkins, MEDB Presidentand CEO