Easter Seals Hawaii’s Gingerbread Family Festival started out in 1999 as a small family-oriented event on Oahu with the goal of bringing ESH friends and families together to build gingerbread houses and make memories. Over the next 14 years, our small festival became an increasingly popular fundraising event and expanded to Maui, Hawaii Island, and Kauai. In 2014, the festival was attended by thousands of people statewide and featured live entertainment, photos with Santa, team competitions, and more.
Each year, the staff at Easter Seals Hawaii would so look forward to seeing the community come together to kick off the holiday season in support of our organization. That is why it took much deliberation, consideration, and exploration of alternatives before we came to the conclusion to not have the Gingerbread Festival in 2015. The festival has finally outgrown our staffing and funding resources and as a result, we are taking a step back to evaluate alternative ways for Easter Seals Hawaii to continue to be a part of families’ holiday traditions.
Thank you to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, CVS/Long’s, Zippy’s, Territorial Savings Bank, GEICO, and all the other companies that have sponsored our festival since its inception.
Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers who worked so hard to make every festival possible.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who attended the festival over the years. We sincerely hope we were able to provide some cherished memories. On behalf of all the staff at Easter Seals Hawaii, we wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season.
For information on upcoming Easter Seals Hawaii events, please visit http://www.easterseals.com/hawaii/get-involved/events/ or e-mail Shandis Ching at SChing@eastersealshawaii.org.