HAWAII: 2015 Highlights

THE YEAR 2015 BROUGHT LOTS OF SMILING FACES TO MANY CHILDREN IN HAWAII AND NEW YORK who WENT HOME WITH THEIR VERY OWN NEW BOOK!!! THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR BELIEVING IN OUR MISSION AND FOR BEING PART OF OUR OHANA100 TEAM!!!

    

DECEMBER 2015

Holiday Book Givings in Hawaii

The week of "Holiday Book Givings" started on Tuesday, December 15 on the Waianae Coast on the island of Oahu.   Friends of Ohana100 Patti Lyons of OOSJ Priory of Hawaii and Priory Secretary Iris Takata joined us on this day of giving.  Our first stop was to Honolulu Community Action Programs, Hale Wai Vista and then to Keiki Country.  The keiki's greeted us with lots of aloha. Thank you to staff for your continued support!  GO! READ Hale Wai Vista & Keiki Country

Then it was off to visit the Child & Family Services Healthy Start Program.  We were able to meet with some families in the Waianae Coast. Thanks to Ms. Amanda and Staff for the warm welcome and for coordinating this visit.  GO! READ Child & Family Services - Healthy Families Oahu

Our final stop of the day was Ma'ili Elementary School Kindergartners.  The kids were energized! Some couldn't  wait to turn the pages of their very own book.  You should have seen the smiles the faces of these kids!  Thanks to Ms. Tom for coordinating this visit with children.  GO! READ Ma'ili EL

There are many children that do not have to opportunities to engage with people or even their peers.  Ohana100 connects with those children by partnering with programs like HUGS and the Ronald McDonald House of Hawaii.   We visited these programs on Wednesday, December 16th. Thank you to Ohana100 intern Marie Yasui for making the connections. GO! READ HUGS & GO! Ronald McDonald House

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On Thursday, December 17th, we wrapped up the week of book givings and visited the keiki's at Pearl Harbor Elementary School.  We met with 270 children from grades K thru 2.  Each of them were able to take home their own book. GO! READ Pearl Harbor EL

 

SEPTEMBER 2015 

Free Books Traveled To The Big Island

Kids at the PACT Puueo and the Hilo Child Development sites on the Big Island knew something special was happening.  Each child was very "HAPPY" about having their own book.  Check out the smiles on the children face!  GO! READ PUUEO & HCDC

 

Lehua & Pearl City EL received books from Beta Chapter- HBDA

The Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association- Beta Chapter "Reading Program" chaired by Shirley Ota, was the recipient of the Ohana100 Community Service Award.  They extended their award of books to benefit Pearl City Highlands and Lehua Elementary Schools!  WAY TO GO!!!! Congratulations and GO! READ

 

Promoting Literacy in Ewa Schools

Kaimiloa Elementary School AND HEAD START

On Friday, September 11,  Kaimiloa Elementary School Kindergarteners and Head Start Program received free books from Ohana100.  Kaimiloa has weekly reading times for their kids and they were in the middle of it when we arrived.  The kids were on fire and were excited to read the new books that we brought for them.  Keep up the great work and GO! READ Kaimiloa

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POHAKEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND HEAD START

Students from grades K through 6 gathered in the school library to receive their free books from Ohana100.  Some of students remembered receiving a book from the last December visit. It was delightful to see some of them again and to know that they received a second book from Ohana100. Here's to many more to come!  GO! READ Pohakea

 

There was a lot to celebrate: Free books for the kids,  National Literacy Month and it was also Pa Akaka's 91st Birthday.  Kaimiloa EL, Pohakea EL and guests showered Pa Akaka with warm wishes, lei's and birthday cards.  This was certainly a day to remember! ! ! 

TEACH FOR AMERICA Hawaii https://www.facebook.com/TeachForAmericaHawaii

WASHINGTON TIMES

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/19/free-books-give-keiki-literacy-lift/?page=all

Pohakea Elementary School was the last stop for Ohana100, wrapping up five weeks of BOOK GIVING to children in Hawaii.  Ohana100's work supporting literacy in the Hawaiian Islands will certainly continue.  Stay tuned for updates and upcoming distributions.   Please encourage reading at home, in school, and wherever you may be! GO! READ

 

Waianae Coast Gets Their Free Books

NANAKULI & II HEAD START

On Thursday, September 10th, Ohana100 visited three programs on the Waianae Coast.  The first stop was Nanakuli I & II Head Start Program, Ohana100's first recipient of free books in the state of Hawaii back in December 2013.   GO! READ Nanakuli PACT EARLY HEAD START

 

Our second stop was to the PACT Early Head Start Program in Maile.  The young readers greeted us with excitment and all loved their new books!!! GO! READ PACT

 

WAIANAE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 

Our last stop of the day was to Waianae Elementary School where we met with the entire kindergarten class and the preschoolers.  Even after a good lunch, the children were still HUNGRY and EXCITED for their new books!  Friends of Ohana100, Jesus Puerto and Alberto Rojas, joined in giving of books!  GO! READ Waianae

 

PACT OAHU Gets Books For All Kids

PARENTS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER (PACT)

On Wednesday, September 9 students at the PACT Kuhio Park Terrace Early Head Start classes had a special reading time with Ohana100. We provided books for the entire Oahu PACT program as well as the Hilo Development Centers and Puueo Cluster Head Start Centers on the Island of Hawaii. GO! READ PACT

 

Books Boost Literacy at Puuhale

PUUHALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND HEAD START

On Wednesday, September 9th the entire Puuhale Elementary school gathered in the cafeteria for a special presentation. The students were very appreciative as Pa Akaka handed each and every student their very own book to take home.  Minnie Mouse showed up and distributed books to the kids. Special thanks to volunteers from the Teacher Academy at Farrington High School!!!  GO! READ Puuhale

 

GO! READ Continues to Travel to HCAP Head Start Programs

DOLE HEAD START (HCAP)

Ohana100 continues to make its rounds to HCAP Head Start programs.  This was the second time we visited this site. Two of the 16 students actually remembered us from last December, and they received a 2nd book from Ohana100.   GO! READ Dole 

 http://www.hcapweb.org/hcap-weekly-september-7-2015/

 

Pauoa Gets A Jump Start To The Day With A Book

PAUOA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & HEAD START

Pauao Elementary School students usually start off the day with a physical exercise before heading to class.  On Monday, September 8  the entire student body started the day with a FREE BOOK to share with their peers and to take home.  The students lined up and waited patiently to receive their books.  GO! READ Pauoa

See attached VIDEO of this Special Day!  http://digital.pauoa.k12.hi.us/wordpress/

  

Making A Difference! Making It Count! Making Things Happen!

GO! READ Awards & Celebrating National Literacy Month

On Monday, September 7th Ohana100 recognized recipients of the GO! READ project and to celebrate National Literacy Month.  Recipients and organizations who were awarded free new books for their children to take home were acknowledged at the event.  There were also two special awards given to service programs that promote literacy in their communities.

The event brought together people from a variety of backgrounds who were doing exciting things in support of literacy or interested in getting involved. In attendance were teachers, librarians, principals, administrators and a superintendent, community volunteers and philanthropists, rotarians, social workers, physicians and even a retired U.S. Senator

Thanks to all who helped make this evening one to remember, Ilar Creations (Chef Bryan & Charmaine), Ohana100 volunteers- Marie and Ruby, and of course everyone who attended.  The book distributions ("BOOK GIVING EVENTS) were held during the months of August and September.  GO! READ!!!

 

Books for Kids in the Central Valley of Oahu

WAHIAWA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & HEAD START

On Friday, September 4th children Wahiawa Elementary grades  K and 1st graders and Head Start programs were so happy when they got their free new books!  The kids were all surprised. One child asked if he had to return the book. We reassured him and all the other children that the books were theirs to keep and to remember to write their names in it.  GO! READ Wahiawa

  

https://sites.google.com/a/wolves.k12.hi.us/wahiawa-elementary-school-library/ohana-100-donates-156-books

 

Book Givings continues at Palolo Elementary and Hawaii Literacy 

PALOLO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & HEAD START

On Tuesday, September 1st, Ohana100 distributed books Palolo Elementary School. First, they met with the Head Start Program. The students were very anxious and excited to open their books.  Then, they met with the kindergarteners, first and second grade classes who gathered in the school cafeteria. The children held on tight to their book during a photo op.  KDWT Ambassador Catherine enjoyed handing out books and giving the kids high fives!  GO! READ Palolo                                                                   

 FAMILY LITERACY LIBRARIES- Hawaii Literacy     

Ohana100 distributed books to the Kuhio Park Terrace and Mayor Wrights Family Libraries on Wednesday, September 2nd.  Both communities house the Hawaii Literacy Initiative and offers a place for kids and families to visit and read books.  Kids at the KPT center were thrilled to take home their own brand new book. GO! READ Hawaii Literacy

 

Kids on the Windward side gets free books!

HE'EIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & HEAD START

On Wednesday, September 2nd  Ohana100 visited He'eia Elementary School Kindergarteners and Head Start Program.  Books supported their literacy program.   GO! READ He'eia

 

MARY JANE HOUSE

Next, books were distributed to Mary Jane House that provides services to benefit mother's and their first child.   GO! READ Mary Jane House

 

WAIMANALO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & HEAD START

On Thursday, September 3rd we visited Waimanalo Elementary School.  Ohana100 volunteers and KDWT Ambassador helped to display and distribute books.   They go sooo EXCITED when they saw the books!  The entire kindergarten, first and second grade classes and Head Start children held their books up for a photo op.  GO! READ Waimanalo

 

AUGUST 2015                   

Book Giving continues around the Island of Oahu

SALVATION ARMY FAMILY SERVICE CENTER & DIAMOND HEAD PRESCHOOL

Ohana100 visited two programs on Monday, August 31st.   The first stop was to see the children at the Diamond Head Family Treatment Services Therapeutic Nursery and Pre School Program of Salvation Army of the Hawaiian Islands. KDWT Ambassador Catherine met with the youngest of all recipients (28 days old).  He received his very first book and will get a jumpstart at reading. GO! READ Salvation Army

  http://www.blog.salvationarmyhawaii.org/a-message-from-our-divisional-leaders-21/

 

CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Central Middle School was the next stop and Ohana100 met with Librarian Ms. Peel and her students. Books supported their reading program. KDWT AMbassador helped to set up books and 30 students were able to take home their own books on this day.  GO! READ Central

                                          

Manana, Aiea & Honowai Cheered "GO! READ"

MANANA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Students at Manana Elementary cheered, "GO! READ!" on Wednesday, August 26th.  The entire student body filled the cafeteria to receive their books!   Volunteers from Beta Chapter- Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association helped to distribute books.  Thanks to Principal Loo and Staff for organizing the students together on such short notice! GO! READ Manana

                         http://www.manana.k12.hi.us/~tammys/Grade_1_C4_2/Special_Events.html

 

AIEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & HEAD START

On Thursday, August 27th  Aiea Elementary School kindergarteners and first graders along with Aiea I, II and III Head Start classes also gathered in the cafeteria.  KDWT Ambassador Catherine helped to set up the books.  There were some parents present for this day of giving and they were able to see the excitement of reading!  One student began his own cheer "GO! READ, GO! READ!" with his arms wrapped around his book, while walking back to his class.  GO! READ Aiea

 

HONOWAI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & HEAD START

The week ended with a book giving event at Honowai Elementary School.  On Friday, August 28th, Ohana100 visited the Head Start Program and every Kindergarten class to deliver books to them.  One of the classes presented us with a "THANK YOU Ohana100" poster! It was very special!  GO! READ Honowai

 

Books for the Ko'olau Coast

Kahuku Public School Library received over 250 books.  The library services the Ko'olau Coast and engages families and community members to get involved.  Amazing staff like Ms. Martinez makes things happen!  Books from Ohana100 will support their Keiki Story Time, After school program, Battle of the Books and other literacy activities. Keep up the great work and GO! READ Kahuku

 

Kalakaua MS Gets FREE BOOKS

Students at Kalakaua Middle School received 200 free new books from Ohana100 to Kick-Off their AR (Accelerated Reader) Stars Program at an assembly on August 11.  AR is an ongoing event, all year round.  Students who achieve their reading goals will receive a book of their own.  

The staff got all the students excited and eagerly awaited an opportunity to participate in the morning reading challenge. Winners of the challenge (several students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades) were able to pick their very own book.  GOOD LUCK Students and GO! READ Kalakaua