Locations Foundation Gave Back Big Time in July

The Locations Foundation, the charitable arm of Locations, awarded more than $30,000 in funds and supplies to local child-focused nonprofits and educators in July 2023 to support learning and positive relationships for keiki across Hawaii.


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

Finalists ($500)

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 the 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.

From left: . Locations Realtors® Cory Tsuda, Jodee Farm and Fred Ushijima; Hawaii Mortgage Group loan officer Jay Miller

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.

About the Locations Foundation

We launched the Locations Foundation in 1988 with the goal of improving local communities and the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation provides every Locations team member a trusted way to give back to the communities where they live, work and play.

All Foundation members are Locations agents and employees. To date, 200 Foundation Guardian Donors contribute a portion of their annual income and volunteer time each year. As a company, Locations donates thousands of volunteer hours to service projects throughout our island communities and a portion of our profits to more than 100 local family- and child-focused nonprofits. The Locations Foundation was named Hawaii’s Best Local Non-Profit in 2022 by our clients and the readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

If you’re looking for a firm that truly cares about the community and offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, look no further than Locations and the Locations Foundation!

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