Maui construction industry raises $60,000 to split between two grants in 2023: Maui Now

Raising funds for Maui’s construction industry. PC: Angie Diaz Photography

Maui’s construction industry kicked off the holidays early with their 7th Annual Holiday Party at the Fairmont Kea Lani. This year, the organization has raised approximately $60,000, which will be divided into two $30,000 scholarships, to be awarded to selected candidates in the class of 2023.

The event hosted the CIM 2023 Advisory Council and graciously accepted donations for the Bob Poulson CIM Scholarshipswho fund the educational dreams of senior Maui graduates who intend to bring their newly acquired skills back to Maui.

To date, CIM has awarded $140,000 in scholarships to Maui high school graduates.


“The CIM scholarship is named after a steward of our Maui community, the late Bob Poulson,” said Joshua Berlien, President of CIM. “Mr. Poulson, co-founder of Arita Poulson General Contracting, was integral in shaping Maui’s construction industry and a leader we all admired. His legacy ensures that young people who pursue careers in programs such as architecture, engineering, construction management, and design can flourish and give back to their own communities.

Scholarship recipients must be a graduate of a Maui high school and enrolled in a 2- or 4-year degree program in construction, engineering, landscaping and/or or other crafts and design. Applications for Fellows open in February 2023, with Fellows notified ahead of the Fellowship Banquet in late May 2023.

CIM received donations for the live auction from Fairmont Kea Lani, Four Seasons, Lahaina Fish Company, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Maui Plumbing, PACE Supply, Poggenpohl Kitchens, Berlien Consulting, Lanakila Creations, Premier Restoration Hawaiʻi, A Honu Space, Maui Plexiglass and Rachel Au Hoon. Over $11,500 was raised through the live auction alone through unique artwork, round-trip airfare, a Tiffany bracelet and more.


“As a bit of humor, we auctioned off a pack of twinkies under the guise of ‘Last Twinkies on Earth’ which sold for $400,” Berlien added. “And an anonymous donor has pledged to donate $20,000 this year and every year in the future as start-up funds for the Bob Poulson Fellowship. By helping to ease the financial burden, we are excited to help local children pursue their dreams. »

Moving forward, CIM has created another new program that helps develop young talent in the skilled trades, a skill set that has “entry” costs, much like a college education. HPM Building Supply provided several $500 gift cards which were distributed to young men and women entering the skilled trades. “These cards are to fill tool bags and tool boxes to ease the financial burden of starting a profession again,” organizers said.