The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement program recently presented the Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) at University of Hawai´i Maui College with a $10,000 grant for new musical equipment. Funds were gifted from Fairmont Community Assistance and Responsibility to the Environment (CAREs), a corporate grant program that focuses on the environmental, social and community wellbeing of the communities where Fairmont does business.
The Institute of Hawaiian Music is a one-of-a-kind musical program dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of Hawaiian music through establishing mentor relationships with professional Hawaiian musicians. The curriculum takes students from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut, offering classes in guitar, ukulele, singing, keyboard, composition, music theory, repertoire development, dance, music industry business and marketing, and recording. Funds from the Fairmont CAREs grant will be allocated to new mobile audio performance and recording equipment, as well as an acoustic upright bass, allowing students to perform and produce professional quality recordings at the Wailea resort and across Maui.
Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto of University of Hawai´i Maui College shares: “When Maui’s business community partners with our programs, it adds an important dimension to learning by letting students get hands-on in the ultimate classroom – the real world. The Fairmont Kea Lani has been tremendously supportive of both our IHM and culinary programs, and the experience students take away is invaluable.”
The $10,000 award is part of an ongoing partnership between The IHM and The Fairmont Kea Lani that, in the past, has included hotel concerts and fundraising efforts.
“We so appreciate The Fairmont Kea Lani’s dedication to Hawaiian music and our program,” said IHM Program Coordinator Dr. Keola Donaghy. “This past summer they [...]