A Hawaii Island school gets a big donation for a much needed facility

Hawaii News Now

KAMUELA, HAWAII ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A school in Waimea on the Big Island is finally getting a space for the student body to gather thanks to a generous donation.

Since Parker School’s inception in 1976, the school has never had a space big enough for graduations, May Day celebrations, pep rallies and sporting events. Today, the more than 320 student population counts on decent outdoor weather to hold such events.

But after leaders of the Clarence, T.C. Ching Foundation visited the school recently, they saw the need and decided to make a big donation: A $1 million grant for a new gymnasium.

“After visiting Parker School earlier this year, the trustees noted that this school did a lot for students needing financial aid with limited resources. We are excited to be part of this new facility and the future of this school, said trustee Bob Fujioka.

The new gymnasium, which will be complete with locker rooms and office spaces, is a part of a $12 million upgrade for the school.

They’re planning to build a new technology center, robotics design lab, dance studio, fitness center and more.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation. In recognition of this gift, and of the extraordinary philanthropic legacy of Mr. Ching, we will be naming the building “The Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium,” said Carl Sturges, Parker School headmaster.

For more information on the school, click here.

Parker School received a $1 million grant from The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation for a gymnasium as part of the school’s capital campaign.(Parker School)


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The foundation has made grants to the following organizations

* Includes COVID-19 Emergency Funding

  • AccesSurf
  • After-School All-Stars Hawaii
  • Aloha Harvest *
  • Aloha Medical Mission
  • American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii
  • Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii
  • Ceeds of Peace
  • Chaminade University
  • Child & Family Service
  • Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii
  • Damien Memorial School
  • Diamond Head Theatre
  • Domestic Violence Action Center *
  • DreamHouse Ewa Beach Charter School
  • EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc.
  • Family Promise of Hawaii *
  • Feeding Hawaii Together dba The Pantry *
  • Girl Scouts of Hawaii
  • Habitat for Humanity Maui
  • Habitat for Humanity West
  • Hale Kipa
  • Hanahau‘oli School
  • Hawaii Autism Foundation
  • Hawaii Food Bank *
  • Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc.
  • Hawaii Literacy
  • Helping Hands Hawaii
  • Hilo Medical Center Foundation
  • Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha
  • Holy Family Catholic Academy
  • Holy Nativity School
  • Honolulu Advertiser Christmas Fund
  • Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
  • Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth
  • Ho'ōla Na Pua *
  • Hospice Hawaii
  • Hospice Maui
  • Kaimuki Christian Church and School
  • Kauai Community Health Alliance
  • KAMP Hawaii
  • Kauai North Shore Food Pantry
  • Kids Hurt Too Hawaii
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV)
  • Kukui Childrenʻs Foundation *
  • KUPU
  • Le Jardin Academy
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Malama Pono Health Services
  • Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center
  • Maryknoll School
  • Maui Food Bank *
  • Medical-Legal Partnership for Children of HI
  • Mental Health America of Hawaii
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Na Loio
  • Newman Center at UH
  • ‘Ohana Komputer
  • Pacific Survivor Center
  • Palama Settlement
  • Palolo Chinese Home
  • Parker School
  • PBS Hawaii
  • Project Vision Hawaii
  • Punahou School
  • Re-use Hawaii
  • Rehab Hospital of the Pacific
  • Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Saint Francis School
  • Saint John the Baptist Catholic School
  • Saint Louis School
  • Sounding Joy Music Therapy
  • Special Education Center of Hawaii
  • St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii *
  • St. Joseph School (Hilo, Hawaii)
  • St. Theresa Church (Maui)
  • Star of the Sea Parish
  • Straub Foundation
  • The Arc in Hawaii
  • The Children’s Alliance of Hawai‘i
  • The Food Basket *
  • The Institute for Human Services, Inc.
  • The Nature Conservancy Hawaii
  • The Salvation Army, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division (KROC Center Hawaii) *
  • The Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter
  • University of Hawaii Foundation *
  • Variety School of Hawaii
  • YMCA of Honolulu