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Martin honored for exemplary volunteer service to the community

By Staff | Mar 17, 2016

Maui Electric Company’s Mahina Martin (left) was recently recognized by MECO President Sharon Suzuki as a 2015 Kokua Community Champion for her long-standing community service contributions to the Maui community.

KAHULUI – During 2015, Maui Electric Company donated more than $167,000 in corporate contributions to nonprofit and community organizations across Maui County, including donations to support community services provided by Maui United Way, the Boys and Girls Club Maui, and Maui Youth and Family Services.

The company also recently created a $30,000 sustainability scholarship fund at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Throughout the past year, more than 250 Maui Electric employees and their ‘ohana contributed more than 1,800 volunteer hours to assist with 29 Maui Electric community service projects across Maui County.

Volunteer activities included serving meals through Feed My Sheep, fundraising for various charitable organizations, spearheading food drives, donating blood, organizing and participating in community Adopt-a-Highway workdays and more.

In recognition of exemplary volunteer service to the community, the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation also honored Maui Electric employee Mahina Martin as one of its 2015 Kokua Community Champions and made a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit organization of her choice.

Martin selected the nonprofit Valley Isle Animal Rescue to receive the $1,000 donation to support the organization’s on-call emergency animal assistance service.

Martin was recognized for her lifelong support and dedication to numerous non-profits and community-based organizations and initiatives on Maui. She currently serves on the boards of the Maui Chamber of Commerce and the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. She is?involved as a volunteer of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, the American Red Cross-Maui Chapter, and with St. Anthony Jr.-Sr. High School, where she is leading the development of the alumni association.

For the past 11 years, Martin has served as the race director and lead race official for Maui Interscholastic League high school paddling, which has grown to involve 12 high schools on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

In addition, she coordinates an annual community candlelight vigil in October in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The vigil brings acknowledgement, support and comfort to the many families and friends of victims and survivors.

“So many of our Maui Electric employees deserve recognition for all they do to give back to our community, and it’s pretty inspiring to be part of an ‘ohana that believes we can make a difference in making Maui better,” said Martin, who serves as the director of government and community relations at Maui Electric.

“It’s wonderful to be part of a company that deeply values community giving, even after 95 years of doing business on Maui, and eventually on Molokai and Lana;, that commitment is exceptionally rooted.”