KALIHI, Hawaii - Kalihi Kai Elementary School was given a $3,000 donation on Monday. 

The Hawai'i Lodging and Tourism Association CEO Mufi Hanneman presented a $16,000 check to the Hawai'i Arts Alliance, which then donated $3,000 of that money to Kalihi Kai Elementary. The money was raised through the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk in Waikiki which is organized by the HLTA. 

"We're very excited for this generous donation," said school principal, Marc Kawahara.

Kalihi Kai is one of 79 schools that participate in the nationwide Turnaround Arts Program, which uses art to help struggling schools succeed. Kawahara explained,  "We use art integration strategies in the classroom to really help engage our students and these strategies help teach content to our students to make school really fun, engaging and exciting."

Kawahara tells KITV4 he hopes to use the money for a new school mural. 

"Possibly outside where we do morning exercise every Monday and really make it a beacon for the community where school is a really engaging place to be, a beautiful place for our students to come to and learn."