The Kaneta Foundation is a private philanthropy founded by Lester and Marian Kaneta in 1999. The Mission of the Kaneta Foundation is “to support children, youth, and family ministries that foster the spiritual welfare of the community by giving hope to those in need.”
In 2012, the Kaneta Foundation redirected the majority of its philanthropy to a new entity that would focus on at-risk youth and adults, who might otherwise face homelessness, limited career opportunities, and a challenging future. With the sole support of the Kaneta Foundation, the Kapi‘olani Community College and the University of Hawai’i Foundation launched the Lunalilo Scholars Project.
The Lunalilo Scholars Project provides one year of tuition at Kapiolani Community College, along with personalized support, which includes peer mentoring, academic tutoring, and skill-building. Much more than a simple financial aid program, the Lunalilo Scholars Program provides students with the resources necessary to pave a positive pathway from hardship to success.