Mahalo to all those that supported our Gingerbread Family Festival!

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From all of us at Easter Seals Hawaii (ESH), we’d like to say thank you for all of the support and your participation in our statewide Gingerbread Family Festival! Hundreds of families enjoyed decorating their gingerbread houses, pictures with Santa, live entertainment and even a craft fair!

Please enjoy a few of our favorite moments from each island.


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Our Easter Seals Hawaii participants had so much fun greeting and meeting families that came to participate in our Gingerbread Family Festival at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center on Sunday, Dec. 8.

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At ESH Hilo, Chevez and Keli’ikoa had so much fun decorating their gingerbread house, they wanted to eat it after! Hilo’s festival was also held on Sunday, Dec. 8.

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Kids created some wonderful masterpieces at ESH Kauai’s Gingerbread Family Festival on Saturday, Dec. 14.

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Please join us next year!

More photos available on our Facebook page.

Taking flight on a special day

By Roxann Kehus, Maui County Manager at Easter Seals Hawaii

Ruka Dennison, the mother of our adult participant, Chris, shared a touching story with us. She is always looking for ways to expand her son’s exposure to events, food, activities, people and experiences. On his birthday, she arranged for a PAB worker from Easter Seals Hawaii to accompany him on a parasailing adventure around the island. Watch this inspirational video of Chris and his PAB worker, Veronica, take flight on an exciting and thrilling ride throughout the beautiful Maui coast.

Chris is in his 20’s and has been a participant of Easter Seals Hawaii – Maui since May 2011. To support programs that provide services and opportunities to young adults like Chris, click here.

Funds for Friends event raises $6,200 net for ESH Kauai

By Ellen Ching, Director of Kauai Development and Program Growth

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More than 800 people arrived to see what goodies they can get at the Funds for Friends event.

Easter Seals Hawaii (ESH) – Kauai Home and Community Based Programs raised $6,200 net for their Adult Day Health and Support Services programs on Thursday, November 14th at the Convention Hall in Lihue.

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Staff and participants thank those who donated items to be sold as part of the rummage sale.

Spearheaded by the event committee, made up of staff and participants, the event was full of rummage items, baked goods, plants, crafts and participant micro-enterprises selling their art and craft items. More than 670 plate lunches were sold. In addition to learning a lot of great skills, all funds from this pre-vocational event are used for camps, holiday parties, summer bashes and more.

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Adult participants, like Bertha (pictured) were able to market and sell their own items as well as manage their own business.

Our ESH Kauai staff would like to thank the All Saints Episcopal Church for their donations, everyone who supported the fundraiser through buying plate lunches or donating items. We are so happy to announce that we have paid it forward and donated all clothes and soft sided luggage to the King’s Chapel Church to ship to the Philippines for the disaster relief and the Salvation Army to help raise funds to feed our ohana on Kauai. It was truly a full circle event.

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Boxes of clothing from ESH’s Funds for Friends event were donated to King’s Chapel Church in Hanamualu destined for disaster relief in the Philippines.