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The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund

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Advancing innovation and entrepreneurship
in Hawaiʻi and around the world.

Mission

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund seeks to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in areas of environmentally sound practices in Hawaii and around the world.

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Overview

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.

Giving

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.

Steering Committee

The fund steering committee is a group of Guy's friends and professional colleagues, working with the support of his family. We are:

Updates

Guy Toyama 2014 Fundraiser on November 16, 2014

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund raising event for 2014 will be in partnership with the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. The final day of the festival is entitled “Celebrate Kona Day,” and will take place at Hale Halawai, coincident with the monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll on Aliʻi Drive. We will create a miniature golf course inside Hale Halawai, and there will be booths outside on the grounds highlighting coffee farms and other local businesses. There will also be other fun activities and prizes for people of all ages. Mark your calendar and join us!

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First Scholarship Winner Announced

The Guy Toyama Memorial Scholarship Fund was created via the Hawaii Community Foundation in late 2013. This permanently endowed scholarship will be given every year to a student from Hawaii interested in applying their learning to problems related to the sustainability of our islands, the nation, and indeed the world.

The inaugural scholarship was recently awarded to Jon Brito. Jon grew up on Molokaʻi and is studying Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. Prior to Maui College, Jon was employed by the Americorps program and stationed at non-profit Ka Honua Momona International, restoring two fishponds on Molokaʻi. He wants to use his degree to pursue solar energy or hydrogen technologies, a perfect complement to Guy's vision.

John represents the first seed of many that will be planted to further the mission of the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

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The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund steering committee is launching a legislative campaign to rename the Gateway Center. We're proposing the Guy Toyama Gateway Energy Center at NELHA. Show your support by signing the petition and passing the word on to others.

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The 1st Annual Guy Toyama Day Celebration
took place on December 1st at the Wawaloli Beach Park.

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Video courtesy of Keith Nealy Productions.

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