July 24, 2019
Finance Factors Donates $12,000 to MA‘O Organic Farms
Finance Factors Annual Charity Breakfast Benefits MA‘O Organic Farms and the Community at Large
Finance Factors donated $12,000 from its Annual Charity Breakfast to MA‘O Organic Farms, which plans to use the funds to enhance its programs. These provide jobs, internships, scholarships, and knowledge of Hawaiian cultural values and “clean” farming for Waianae youth.
Nearly 1,200 breakfast plates were purchased for $6 each prior to and at the July 19 charity event. Finance Factors raised additional funds by hosting VIP tables at its main office, ground floor, at the top of Bishop Street. Guest chefs, Michael Arita and Erwin Manzano, contributed their time and cooking expertise, while Finance Factors' employees cooked and served breakfast between 6:30 and 9 a.m. The local-style breakfasts of eggs, rice, and Kukui Brand Portuguese sausage were served with biodegradable and other "green" packaging.
"This was our 24th Finance Factors Charity Breakfast and a way to give back to the community which has supported us," Finance Factors President Steven Teruya said. "We are happy to contribute to MA‘O Organic Farms programs, which help Hawaii's youth and aina through its clean, organic farming and educational programs."
"We want to thank all those who purchased breakfasts from Finance Factors Charity Breakfast and to Finance Factors for supporting our programs that benefit our keiki and aina and Hawaii's future," said MA‘O Organic Farms founder Kukui Maunakea-Forth. "We plan to help keep Hawaii "green" and sustainable for future generations."
Since the first Finance Factors Charity Breakfast in 1995, the event has served more than 24,000 breakfasts and raised nearly $160,000 for more than a dozen local charities, including Kahauiki Village, the American Red Cross of Hawaii, Kupu, Waikiki Health Center, Abilities Unlimited, Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Aloha United Way, Pacific Gateway Center and more.
Local companies and organizations that donated time and money to the event this year included: Aloha Shoyu, Brue Bar, Edible Arrangements, Kukui Sausage Company, Maili Moa Shaka Moa Eggs, Meadow Gold Dairies, Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering, Sushi Chef, and guest chefs Michael Arita and Erwin Manzano. MA‘O Organic Farms donated centerpieces, fruit, and tote bags that were used at the VIP breakfast.
About Finance Factors
Finance Factors has been providing financial services in Hawaii for more than 60 years. Started in 1952 by several island families, the company has grown from a small local enterprise that pioneered personal loans for Hawaii's working class, into Hawaii's largest locally-owned depository financial services loan company. Finance Factors (NMLS #449916) specializes in residential loans for purchase, refinance, cash-out, and home equity, as well as commercial real estate loans. Finance Factors also offers some of the best rates on certificates of deposit and savings accounts, with deposits insured by the FDIC.
About MA‘O Organic Farms
MA‘O, which stands for mala (garden) ʻai (food) ʻopio (youth), or youth food garden, was founded as a non-profit organization by Waianae native Kukui Maunakea-Forth and her New Zealand-born husband Gary Maunakea-Forth in 2001. MA‘O was established in West Oahu, Hawaii, to recognize Hawaii's land and youth as its most important assets and to catalyze educational and entrepreneurial opportunities around these assets to address cultural, social, economic and environmental issues. MA‘O strives to meet five critical areas of need: under privileged youth, sustainable economic development, organic agriculture, health & well-being, and Hawaiian culture. Training youth to be culturally rooted and communally relevant social entrepreneurs and leaders is the core objective.