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Giving back to the Kauai community with KIUC’s new Makana program

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Owned by its members and operated as a not-for-profit entity, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has been a cooperative for 19 years. KIUC is governed by a locally-elected board of directors and is therefore extremely responsive to the needs of its customers and the community.

Other than providing reliable power, KIUC focuses on making a difference in the community and shows its support in many ways. KIUC has employee workdays where teams do service projects such as cleaning neighborhood parks. It also supports the island’s schools by doing classroom presentations and producing an annual calendar of student art and makes charitable contributions to Kauai United Way and the Foodbank.

KIUC recently launched its Makana program, a new initiative where its members can choose to round up their monthly bill to the next dollar, with the donation going to the KIUC Charitable Foundation.

“Because the donation is relatively small, the most a member could donate in a year by rounding up is $11.88,” says Maile Alfiler with KIUC. “Members who want to give even more than the monthly round up amount are welcome and encouraged to do so. If we get a large number of our members to participate, the impact could be big in terms of the foundation’s ability to support worthy causes on Kauai.”

Alfiler is the vice chair of the KIUC Charitable Foundation Board, which supports the many projects that benefit keiki and kupuna, such as the Kauai Academy of Creative Arts, Kumu’s Cupboard, Kauai Veteran’s groups, Catholic Charities and others.

If members want to get more information on the Makana program or sign up for it, the best way is to go to If you’re using its Smart Hub service, you can easily sign up through the Smart Hub website or the app.

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