A family night on the lawn

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The Easter Seals Hawaii Sultan Early Intervention Program and Youth Services held a fundraiser event for their participants and their families last Friday. The event was titled “Family Night on the Lawn” and featured a special showing of Toy Story 3, popcorn, fun activities such as face painting, a rummage sale and our very own celebrity 2014 Miss Hawaii Chinese, Jessalyn Lau!

DSC_0104Youth Services Manager Jennifer Norton painted participants’ faces throughout the event. 

DSC_0142Families were relaxing on their picnic blankets waiting for Toy Story 3 to start!

DSC_0121Games, arts and crafts kept the keiki busy and entertained!

Mahalo to our families and volunteers for helping us make this a successful event for our participants!

We’re getting ready for the biggest holiday festival of the year!

DSC_0043Wait until you see all the candy we’ve packed for you all in your gingerbread kits!

Nearly 160 volunteers arrived at the University of Hawaii at Manoa last Sunday to help Easter Seals Hawaii prepare for the Gingerbread Family Festival. The volunteers helped put together 2,000 gingerbread kits. Safeway donated 2,000 gingerbread houses and CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs donated 16,000 bags of candy!

DSC_0040Here we have some UH students helping us out with packing fruit slices.

ESH and the Gingerbread Family Festival event directors had a gummy bear station, fruit slices station, peppermint station and more. Our volunteers had a blast unwrapping all the of the fruity candy and placing them in bags for our gingerbread kits.

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Mahalo to our volunteers!

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Some of our adult participants and their family members helped to pack candy and assemble gingerbread kits.

The Gingerbread Family Festival, presented by The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and now in its 14th year on O‘ahu, its 12th year in Kauai and Hawai’i Island and its first year in Maui. It is Easter Seals Hawaii’s largest fundraiser, raising nearly $200,000 annually to support programs and services for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and muscular dystrophy.

To reserve your kit, volunteer or learn more about how you can help Easter Seals Hawaii, visit GINGERBREADHAWAII.COM!

Moments from our 32nd Annual Easter Seals Hawaii Golf Classic

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Mahalo to all those who supported Easter Seals Hawaii at the 32nd Annual ESH Golf Classic at Kaneohe Klipper! Our tournament was a success and we’d like to thank our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and staff for all the support and hard work to help us put the FUN in fundraiser!

Our Chinese beauty queens had a blast posing with our participants!

Our Chinese beauty queens had a blast posing with our participants!

Enjoy the photos below, click on each photo to view it in full resolution. For a list of winners, visit ESHGOLF.com.

Let’s get ready to CRUMBLE!!!

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Let’s get ready to crumble! Our 14th Annual Gingerbread Family Festival is coming up in THREE WEEKS!

In December 1999, friends, family and supporters of Easter Seals Hawaii (ESH) gathered in a small conference room at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center to enjoy the fun of building and decorating 50 gingerbread houses to raise funds for ESH. Fourteen years later, with a creative vision inspired by Chef Alan Wong, what began with a few sheet of freshly baked gingerbread, handfuls of candy and icing, and a desire to help ESH has grown to become Hawaii’s most exciting and beloved island holiday tradition!

Today, ESH’s annual Gingerbread Family Festival has grown statewide with more than 6,000 guests and volunteers of all ages building and decorating more than 1,400 gingerbread houses. Join in the fun and bring your holiday spirit!

This year our Gingerbread Family Festival will be held on:

Sunday, December 8th on Oahu

  • at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center
  • from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (first session)
  • from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (second session)

Sunday December 8th on Hilo

  • at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sanha Hall
  • from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, December 14th on Kauai

  • at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center
  • from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (first session)
  • from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (second session)

Saturday, December 14th on Maui (our first year on Maui!)

  • at the Easter Seals Hawaii Kahului location
  • from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (first session)
  • from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (second session)

Reserve your gingerbread kits today at www.GINGERBREADHAWAII.com.

Halloween Across the Islands

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Halloween at Easter Seals Hawaii is not just another fun holiday for us…it’s a reason to party! Our programs across the Hawaiian Islands have hosted “Spooktacular” parties for their participants and their families.

On Hilo, ESH Hilo Early Intervention held a party that featured an obstacle course, arts, crafts and snacks! Fifteen families attended and had so much fun with the various ‘sensory’ activities and cool decor! Our Hilo EI Program Social Worker, Cheryl Jackson, said, “The weather was great for playing in the goop outside and riding rocking horses after crawling through tunnels inside. Some families didn’t want to leave!”

On Kauai, the Lihue Service Center held a Halloween Party for adult participants at Lydgate Beach Park! The sun and weather were perfect for swimming and spending the day at the beach. The party featured games, costumes, yummy treats and even a Halloween Sculpture Contest!

On Oahu, the Sultan Early Intervention Program held a fun “trick or treat” party in the courtyard. ESH staff gave out cool toys, stickers and yummy treats. Top costumes were The Hulk and The Quarterback.