The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund seeks to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in areas of environmentally sound practices in Hawaii and around the world.
The Guy Toyama Fund is a charitable fund established to honor the memory of Guy Hideo Toyama by giving scholarships and/or grants that help support the ideals that Guy felt important: sustainability, entrepreneurship, and volunteerism. The fund will provide grants and scholarships for students interested in sustainability, community service, Hawaii/Japan relations, or entrepreneurship. It may also fund projects in the areas of experimentation, focused innovation and high-impact opportunities in sustainability integration. The fund is intended to create positive outcomes for future generations through integrating disciplines such as renewable energy, local food production, and waste reduction.
Since Guy was a resident of Hawaii but a citizen of the world, the focus of the fund is on projects that positively impact Hawaii and Japan. The following are illustrative examples of the types of projects and scholarships likely to be supported by the Guy Toyama Fund:
- A student graduating from a Hawaii High School wants to attend a university and major in Sustainable Business Management
- A non-profit organization offers a summer “camp” for elementary school students to learn about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. A grant could sponsor one student each from Japan and Hawaii
- A graduate student is accepted into a Masters or PhD program to study any combination of sustainable practices, green entrepreneurship, and/or community leadership.
- A local high school wants to create and manage a green business plan competition and needs funding for awards and other related expenses.
- A non-profit organization has a cultural exchange program for students in Hawaii and Japan. A grant could sponsor one student each from Japan and Hawaii.
Guy passed away on November 11, 2012 after finishing the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Miracle Mile run. He was rushed to Kona Community Hospital and later airlifted to The Queens Medical Center on Oahu, but could not be saved.
Guy is greatly missed, but his passing prompted his friends and family to create the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund. Supporting the fund and its efforts will allow Guy’s passion, vision, and humble spirit to live forever and make the world a better place.
The Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), a Hawaii 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to empowering communities to manage their resources and affairs in a sustainable manner. The ISF is accepting contributions to the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.
Checks should be made payable to Institute for a Sustainable Future, include “Guy Toyama Memorial Fund” in the memo line, and be mailed to Institute for a Sustainable Future, PO Box 3220, Kailua Kona, HI 96745.
The fund steering committee is a group of Guy's friends and professional colleagues, working with the support of his family. We are:
- Susan Cox, Solar Consultant/Sales, One Block off the Grid and Green Power Heroes / Sustainability Education
- Tei Gordon, Owner, gEco Holdings
- Dr. Rod Hinman, Owner, Aurora Research LLC and CTO, Ikehu, Inc.
- Michael Kramer, Managing Partner, Natural Investments LLC
- Susan Maddox, Executive Team Leader, Friends of the Future
- Mark McGuffie, Managing Director, Enterprise Honolulu
- John Schroedel, Owner, Inoa Technologies LLC
- Jeff Turner, CPA, Aloha Business Services, Inc.
- Holland Wood, CEO, Ikehu, Inc.