In 1975, seven Farrington graduates met one day to brainstorm ideas for providing scholarships to FHS students. From these humble beginnings grew the first public school alumni foundation in the state: the Farrington Alumni and Community Foundation. Since its founding, over 2,000 people have joined FACF, making it Hawaii’s largest public school alumni group.
Since 1976, FACF has provided Farrington High School with thousands of dollars to promote student learning and achievement.
The Foundation began with $310 in member contributions in its first year. With a rise in membership and donations from community organizations, assets surpassed the $5,000 mark by 1978. Board members organized fundraisers such as dinners and lei sales to continue growth. Many other alumni donated sizable amounts. Then, in 1993, the Foundation took a giant step forward when Koon Hin Choy provided over $250,000 for the Lokahi Scholarships.
Currently, the Foundation fulfills its purpose ably. During 2006-2007 over $40,000 in scholarships was awarded to thirty seniors. Furthermore, thousands of dollars were given to various school programs in science, math, humanities, the arts, and general education.
The FACF roster continues to thrive with well over 2,500 members and more alumni joining each year. Through many generous donations, our assets currently exceed $700,000. The FACF has also become a major resource in publicizing alumni activities and reunions through its tri-mesterly newsletter, FACF News.
From a simple brainstorming session just over 30 years ago, our Foundation has grown into an institution that has helped thousands of students and alumni “enter to learn” and “go forth to serve.”