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April 11, 2017

$100K From Kalaeloa Partners Funds Scholarships at Leeward CC

Photo caption: L-R: Ruedi Tobler, Kalaeloa Partners General Manager; KC Collins, UH Foundation Executive Director of Development Community Colleges; Bili K. Hofheimer, Kalaeloa Partners Sr. Business Associate and Manny Cabral, Chancellor Leeward Community College

HONOLULU - Leeward Community College students will soon benefit from more scholarships thanks to a $100,000 gift from Kalaeloa Partners LP. The Kalaeloa Partners Scholarship, established in 2012 with a $100,000 gift from Kalaeloa Partners LP  assists  part-time and full-time students who have graduated from either Kapolei High School; Campbell High School; Nanakuli High School; Waipahu High School or Wai‘anae High School. Since 2012, 80 student awards have been disbursed.

With this new gift, Kalaeloa Partners has donated $245,000 in total to support UH students and programs.

Ruedi Tobler, PE, general manager Kalaeloa Partners LP said, “Kalaeloa Partners is making this new gift in recognition of the dedication, passion for people and leadership skills Leeward Community College Chancellor Manny Cabral has demonstrated over the years. With him at the helm, Leeward CC has become an integral part of the west coast community.  Our appreciation for Leeward CC extends beyond the fantastic annual culinary experience L‘ulu provides under the able leadership of Tommylynn Benavente. We are grateful for the many opportunities it provides for so many students, who otherwise could not fulfill their dream of a higher education.”

Tobler continued, “We encourage all students to set their goals based on a heartfelt passion and to consider the usefulness of their higher education in providing for their families and becoming contributors to society.  Once a goal is set, I have found that hard work, life circumstances, sacrifice, hardship and finances must never be a reason to abandon such a noble goal." 

Established 26 years ago, Kalaeloa Partners LP is a community focused electrical energy provider for the island of O‘ahu. Their Kalaeloa Cogeneration Plant is the most efficient power plant on the island, and supplies 20 percent of the electricity needs of the island.

“We are thrilled to accept this continuing generous gift by Kalaeloa Partners to help our students with much-needed scholarship opportunities,” said Manny Cabral, Leeward Community College chancellor. “Since its inception five years ago, 80 awards have been made to students who reside in Leeward O‘ahu and attend classes at our Pearl City and Wai'anae campuses. We are grateful to Ruedi Tobler and the Kalaeloa Partners ‘ohana for believing in the mission of the college and providing scholarship funds for a significant number of deserving students. On behalf of all those who will benefit, I express my mahalo nui loa.”

Leeward Community College has experienced a record student enrollment increase of 34 percent over the past four years while providing a stimulating environment for academic learning and a center of cultural life for our community.

Impact of Kalaeloa Partners’ Philanthropy

  • Since 2012, 80 student awards have been disbursed
  • Student award recipients are reaching their academic goals and have earned:
    • 15 Certificate Degrees
    • 41 Associate Degrees
    • 5 Baccalaureate Degrees

For more information on how you can support Leeward Community College, please contact KC Collins, CFRE at or (808) 956-3458.

You can also make a gift online

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