Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation -Through the Years

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation established by Helga Glaesel-Hollenback who, in her words, “found great happiness on the islands of Hawaiʻi” and through her philanthropy sought “to return the generosity of the islands.”

In partnership with others, we seek to expand for those less fortunate, especially children, opportunities to find hope for their future, and we seek to enhance stewardship, preservation and protection of the environment.

1990-05-09 00:00:00

Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation is Established by Helga Glaesel-Hollenback

Helga established Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation in 1990 as a way “to return the generosity of the islands” where she had “found great happiness.”

1990-05-14 00:00:00

Election of Officers and Directors

The Foundation elected its first officers and directors. Hans Bertram-Nothnagel, President; Helga Glaesel-Hollenback, Vice President; Ronald J. Weiss, Secretary and Treasurer. Helga and Hans were named as the first Directors of the organization.

1991-04-02 00:00:00

First Grant - Queen's Medical Center

The Foundation awards its first grant: $100,000 to Queen's Medical Center to support The Queen's Nursing Institute.

1992-09-11 00:00:00

Hurricane 'Iniki

Hurricane 'Iniki was the most powerful hurricane to strike the U.S. state of Hawai'i in recorded history.

1993-03-04 00:00:00

Kōke‘e Discovery Center

In response to the devastating hurricane that pummeled the island of Kaua‘i in September of 1992, Helga wanted to find a way to help the island recover and rebuild.

1996-03-23 02:29:14


Helga is given a Hawaiian name.

1997-04-20 00:00:00

Hau‘oli Mau Loa Village – Kaua‘i

A Grant of up to $2 million promised to Kaua'i Housing Development Corporation for the establishment of Hau'oli Mau Loa Village.

1997-09-30 00:00:00

Helga's Death

After a battle with cancer, Helga passes away.

1997-12-01 14:42:13

Wayne M. Pitluck - Elected as Director

Wayne M. Pitluck was elected as a Director of the Foundation to assist Hans Bertram-Nothnagel in carrying on Helga's mission.

1999-08-24 15:59:38

Aloha Harvest

A grant of up to $250,000 was committed to support the establishment of Aloha Harvest, a First Generation Partner of the Foundation.

Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation -Through the Years

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