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Christine Richardson Receives Ho'okele Award
The NKCRC Board of Directors is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Christine Richardson, was one of five nonprofit leaders statewide who were recognized for their commitment to making Hawai'i a better place at Hawai'i Community Foundation's 15th Annual Ho'okele Awards.
The Ho'okele Awards, created and funded in partnership with the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, pays tribute to and strengthens the leadership in the state’s nonprofit sector by providing selfless leaders with an opportunity to renew themselves in their personal and professional lives. As part of the award, Christine will receive a $10,000 grant to be used for her professional development and personal renewal.
Christine has served North Kohala for more than 22 years as a nurse and nonprofit manager. She has been the Executive Director for the North Kohala Community Resource Center since 2005.
The staff and Board of the Resource Center are proud of Christine's accomplishments and appreciate her hard work on behalf of the Center, our 90 sponsored projects, and the North Kohala community.
A sincere Mahalo to all of the volunteers, donors, restaurants, musicians and supporters who attended our "Great Way to Love Kohala" event at Puakea Ranch on May 7. The evening was a great success and we were privileged to honor Kohala's ranching families, in particular Monty Richards of Kahua Ranch. The evening included a wonderful slideshow highlighting Kohala's ranches. Click HERE to view the program.
NKCRC Launches Youth Director Program
This fall, the Board of Directors of North Kohala Community Resource Center initiated a pilot Youth Director Program, welcoming three local high school students. This year's Youth Directors are Jessica Tenorio and Kumulani Kaai, Kohala High School Seniors, and Malcolm Davis, Hawaii Preparatory Academy Sophomore.
The purpose of this program is to support Kohala youth by providing an introduction to the nonprofit sector through our grass roots organization. While serving on the board the youth directors learn about how the Resource Center's board and staff operate to effectively govern and manage a community organization. The youth directors attend regularly scheduled meetings, under the supervision of Director-coaches. They have the opportunity to interact with adult Directors, cast their vote on project applications and other matters, and participate in Resource Center fundraisers and other events.
Other opportunities may include attending one of the Resource Center's workshop series and making site visits to youth-oriented sponsored projects. An important outcome of this program is to "grow our own" future community leaders in Kohala by empowering our local youth.
By exploring youth representation on the Board, the Resource Center is fulfilling its ongoing mission by providing both local support and education in Kohala. Youth are often an untapped resource of energy, new ideas, and insight from a community constituency that is often not heard from. The many and varied experiences available to the youth directors will provide a tremendous experience that will encourage local youth to become community leaders and continue to work and serve in their community.
Kohala Bags Available at Welcome Center
Our Kohala Welcome Center now offers customized 100% organic cotton shopping bags for sale. These generously sized bags are strong and great for shopping trips or for the beach. Each is printed with our custom Historic Kohala tapa design.
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