The Nabavi Legacy Fund was created by Paris and Donna Nabavi to support programs that nourish the minds and bodies of Maui's children.
As Maui restaurateurs, foodies, and parents, Paris and Donna have a particular interest in educating kids to eat healthy, make sustainable food choices, and develop a lifelong love of learning – all while having fun. To achieve this, they have pledged ongoing support to local non-profits whose work aligns with the Fund's mission. Together, these programs aim to achieve the following:
- Inspire better nutritional choices in school children
- Teach children about where food comes from and why sustainability matters
- Empower children of low-income families to choose and buy their own books
- Foster a love of creativity, innovation, and fun through arts
The Nabavi Legacy Fund supports the following eight nonprofit organizations:
- Grow Some Good
- Imua Family Services
- Kids and Teens Cook with Heart (with the American Heart Association)
- Maui Academy of Performing Arts
- Maui Culinary Academy
- Maui Food Innovation Center
- Maui School Garden Network
Funds are raised for these groups through personal donations and the participation of chefs and restaurants in the Maui RSVP program, an initiative of the Fund. Scroll down to read more about Maui RSVP.
Giving Back by Dining Out
Maui RSVP (the name stands for Maui Restaurants Supporting Vital Programs) is a dining promotion created by Chef Paris Nabavi in 2015 to raise money for select Maui nonprofits. These nonprofits focus on youth in arts, education, and wellness, areas that are critical for the well-being of Maui’s next generation.
How Maui RSVP Works
Food and beverage industry members — businesses and individuals — are eligible to join. This includes restaurants, chefs, farmers, vendors, and distributors. Restaurants and food trucks participating in Maui RSVP choose a popular menu item and donate a portion of each sale to the Nabavi Legacy Fund. In exchange for participation, the restaurants are acknowledged in island-wide marketing efforts for their support of the program. Learn More About Maui RSVP ››
Our Generous Sponsors
We owe a heartfelt mahalo to the Makana Aloha Foundation for a $20,000 grant to help launch Maui RSVP, and to our network of Community Givers – First Hawaiian Bank (Lahaina Branch), The Maui Cookie Lady, The Maui Visitor Channel, and Lahaina Ice Cream Parlor – for their generous support. We welcome donations from businesses, foundations or individuals.
How You Can Help
As an involved island community, we need to support the organizations that help our children the most. Individuals can help by doing what you love to do – dining out – at one of Maui RSVP's restaurant partners. Food & Beverage industry members can join the Maui RSVP program or contact us to discuss ways to get involved. If you would like to do more, we invite you to make a donation directly to the Nabavi Legacy Fund.
Support the Nabavi Legacy Fund
You can help keep Maui children engaged with lifelong learning, wellness, and creativity by making a donation to the Nabavi Legacy Fund. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Use our secure online donation form or one of the other methods described below.
To contribute by phone with your credit card, call our fund management partner Grants Central Station at (808) 879-5389.
To donate by mail, please make checks payable to Grants Central Station, c/o Nabavi Legacy Fund, and send to: Grants Central Station, 1215 S. Kihei Road O-840, Kihei, HI 96753. Thank you.