Parker Receives $90,000 from First Hawaiian Bank Foundation

May 21, 2019

Parker School has received a $90,000 grant from First Hawaiian Bank Foundation.  The funds will be used to support the school’s $12 million “Broadening Foundations for Excellence” Capital Campaign to build a new Center for Sports, Science, and the Arts.  

“We are grateful for the generosity and support of the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation.  Not only does this donation push us closer to our $12 million goal, it shows other donors and foundations that this is an important next step in Parker School’s history,” said Carl Sturges, Parker School headmaster.

“The Foundation has been a strong supporter of educational institutions, and we appreciate Parker School in providing a quality education and continuing to create the best opportunities for its students.  We send our best wishes for a successful capital campaign,” said Sharon Shiroma Brown, President of First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, and David A. Honma, Senior Vice President & Region Manager, Hawaii Region of First Hawaiian Bank.  

Currently, Parker School does not have an indoor gym or a space large enough to gather the entire student body of over 300, leaving students, sports teams, and school traditions at the mercy of Waimea’s often windy and rainy weather.  

Known as the Center for Sports, Science, and the Arts, the $12 million capital improvement project on Parker’s 23-acres campus will include a 10,800 square foot gymnasium with locker rooms and athletic personnel offices, a 3,600 square foot technology center (three divisible rooms featuring a robotics lab, makerspace and design lab), a 1,600 square foot dance studio, a 1,200 square foot fitness center, a commercial kitchen, and multiple outdoor learning spaces.

“The Center for Sports, Science, and the Arts will provide, for the first time in our school’s 43-year history, an on-campus, all-school gathering place for graduations, May Day celebrations, pep rallies, sporting events, robotics competitions, and the ever-popular summer programs,” said David Kirk, Parker School board president.