On Wednesday, January 11th, Seven of Ohana100 Ambassadors read and distributed books to over 300 kids in Grades K and 1 at Ewa Elementary School.  It was a great way to kick off the new year.  Students and staff presented each volunteer with a warm aloha and a flower lei.  Thank You Ms. Melody for coordinating this day.  GO! READ Ewa EL

Hawaii's Holiday Giving

During the month of December Ohana100 volunteers spread the joy of giving to over 1,000 children across the Island of Oahu and Maui/Lanai/Molokai.  They read to over 800 students every month since September, sharing special stories and especially during the holidays.  The children of from these programs (HCAP- Head Start, PACT- Early Head Start and Head Start, Diamond Head Keiki Center, Mary Jane House, Pauoa Elementary Kindergarteners, CFS- Oahu and MEO- Early Head Start and Head Start) were able to go home with books for the holidays!  Mele Kalikimaka to all!  GO! READ

A SPECIAL "THANK YOU" goes out to our dedicated GO! READ Ambassadors: JOE for Flying books to kids on the neighbor islands and to LOIS, KAREN, KAWIKA, SANDRA, ROSE, FRAN, ANN and AVA for making time every month to read with the children in our community!!!  

Celebrating Family Volunteer Day

All of KDWT HAWAII Ohana celebrated Family Volunteer Day by preparing holiday gifts for 30 programs throughout the State of Hawaii for over 1,000 kids. Thank you to James, Bell and Ms. Karen S. for donating a combined total of over 160 new stuffed animals for part of the gifts to kids for the holidays. Mahalo to all our Ohana (Ancheta, Andres, Bantolina, Cacatian, Fines, Ilar, Kaaiwela, Pachico, Peralta, Scharfenstein, Soriano, and Sullivan) for being part of this special day! 

Thank you to all our Ohana volunteers!!! You All Make A World Of Difference!

Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone!

KDWT Reads Around Oahu

KDWT Ambassador Catherine read to kids around the Island of Oahu during the month of August and early September.  She shared the importance of reading everyday and everywhere.  Below: Catherine read to kids on the east side of the island at Koko Head HS.  Just as the story was getting exciting, an alarm went off that cut story time.  No worries!  Catherine plans to return again, with another cool story to read with the kids.  GO! READ Koko Head

Catherine read to kids on the West side of Oahu, heading towards the North Shore, to Wailua and Kunia Head Start programs. The kids were very good listeners. GO! READ Wailua & Kunia

Catherine read to Mokapu El 2nd Graders and KMCB HS on the Windward side.  She read to kids Kaewai, Puuhale EL and KPT PACT kids in Kalihi.  While on the Leeward Coast, she read to Kaimiloa EL HS and Waipahu Community HS and Kaimiloa HS.  

With our GO! READ project, Catherine dedicated part of her summer to promoting literacy.  She helped to prep and organize book distributions.  She also read to over 500 kids since the beginning of the 2016.  She hopes to expand her reach and read to more kids on the other Hawaiian Islands and to kids in New York.  Great Job Catherine! GO! READ



On Monday, August 15th  Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) program received books for their entire program (servicing Maui, Molokai and Lanai).  Maui kids were also treated to story time with Ms. Fran and Ms. Liz.   Just down the road, Lihikai School grades K, 1, and 2 also received books. 


Below:  On Monday, August 15th MEO Staff Lydia Jaoa picked up books from Ohana100 Volunteer pilot Mr. Joe who transported over 1,000 books to Molokai and Maui.  Thank you Joe for your time and service.  Also Thank You to Ms. Amaral for coordinating the pick up of books for both islands.  GO! READ MEO


On Thursday, August 18th Ohana100 volunteers gets 140 books to kids at Kauai Child & Family Service Program.  King Kaumualii Elementary was the first stop on the island . Ohana100 distributed over 640 books to the entire school.  Ms. Karen, Ms. Fran and Catherine read to 300 students in grades K, 1 and 2.  GO! READ Kaumualii 


Ohana100 continues to support the Mary Jane House (MJ House) and PACT- Big Island for the second year, visiting the programs on August 17.

MJ House does a lot for mothers and their young child.  Books and reading provides comfort for many of them.  GO! READ MJ House 

Big Island PACT provides support to children in Puna, Hilo, Keaau, Mt. View, Hawaiian Beaches, all over the island.  KPT staff helped to ship books over the them. Thank you KPT Staff and GO! READ Big Island PACT

Books For Kalakaua MS Kids

KDWT Ambassadors and GO! Read Senior Volunteers participated in GO! READ distributions throughout the state of Hawaii. The first Fall Giving started with Kalakaua MS.

On Wednesday, August 11th Kalakaua MS jump started the school year and rallied their kids to get excited about reading with their AR Program.  Mr. Hamilton ignited the room with the reading battle between grade levels.  For the 2nd year, Ohana100 provided free new books to help support their AR program.  

As part of our GO! READ Challenge students that showed improvement and excelled were recognized and awarded with two books each.  Keep up the great work! GO! READ Kalakaua MS

May Flowers, Spring Reading and Free Books

On Thursday, May 19th Ohana100 volunteers Mr. Kawika and Ms. Fran surprised children in the Koolau Coast of Oahu.  Kahuku EL grades K and 1st children were thrilled about taking home a book. GO! READ Kahuku EL

What a beautiful day!  Volunteers continued the giving of books at Hauula EL grades K, 1 and Head Start.  Kids waited patiently on the lawn to receive their books.  GO! READ Hauula

Since March, Ohana100 volunteers has read monthly to 280 children, from Jefferson HS, Kaewai EL K, 1 Classes & HS, Kaiulani HS, Kauluwela HS, Kipapa HS, Pauoa El K classes & HS and Salt Lake HS.  In May, every child at each program were able to go home with a book, just in time for summer break.  


Ohana100 would not be possible without the support of our volunteers.  Ohana100 volunteers were celebrated with special luncheon for their hard work in promoting literacy in Hawaii.  

On Tuesday, May 10th nearly 80 children in grades K, 1 and Head Start were read to and gifted free books from our dedicated volunteers Catherine, David and Sand.  GO! Read Kaewai

On Monday, May 9th KDWT Ambassador Catherine read to children at Salt Lake Head Start and to celebrate Teacher's Appreciation Day, she gifted Ms. Ver with books for her class library.   On Thursday, Ms. Lois read and gifted the entire class with their very own book.  GO! READ Salt Lake


Garage Sale To Benefit Kids In Need

On Saturday, April 9th KDWT West Oahu  did some spring cleaning and baked goods.  They coordinated a garage sale to raise funds for the purchase books for kids in need.

Celebrating National Reading Month

On Tuesday, March 1st volunteers jumpstarted the month with reading and distributing 300 books to children in grades K to 3 at Fern Elementary School.  They also visited Kaewai Elementary School to read to grades K and 1. Thank you to all our volunteers Ms. Lois and Ms. Sand, members from the University of Hawaii- Golden Key International Honor Society.  A special thanks to Miss East Oahu Celine "Tali" Silva for taking time out of her busy schedule to read ot children at Kaewai. GO! READ Fern & Kaewai

Below: Kipapa (3/2) and Salt Lake (3/8) Head Start children enjoyed a special storytime with Ms. Lois who read her favorite stories.  Children will get to hear more from Ms. Lois, who will stop by again in April and May.  GO! READ Kipapa and Salt Lake Head Start

Below:  Kauluwela (3/3) and Jefferson (3/8) Head Start Programs were treated with several stories from lead volunteer Ms. Anne along with Mr. David, Ms. Rose and Ms. Karen.  You could tell by the smiles on the kids faces that they loved their books.  GO! READ Kauluwela & Jefferson Head Start

Ohana100 volunteers ended the month of reading on Wednesday, March 30th to the children at Waipahu Elementary Head Start.  Ms. Lois and Ms. Rose read their favorite stories and the kids waited very patiently to receive their books. The kids were very happy:) GO! READ Waipahu


Getting A Head Start In 2016

On Thursday, January 7th Ohana100 drove out to Wahiawa and visited kids at Kaala Elementary School grades K, 1 and the Head Start program.  The children were excited to see the many books on the table and they were especially thrilled to get a book of their very own. GO! READ Kaala

Then it was off to Waialua and Kunia Head Start program.  KDWT Founder Catherine had all the kids attention as she read two wonderful stories.  The kids were so happy with the gift of books from Ohana100.  GO! READ Waialua & Kunia Head Start

The next day on Friday, January 8th Kaewai Elementary students, grades K, 1, 2, 3 and Head Start proudly sang their school cheer when Mr. Carter commanded their attention. They also gave Ohana100 a warm welcome and a Big Aloha.  There was alot of excitment as students opened up their very own book.  GO! READ Kaewai

The book giving continued on Monday, January 11th at Kaiulani Elementary students from grades K, 1, 2, 3 and Head Start.   The students presented thank you cards and posters showing their appreciation of books.  Volunteer Ms. Anne got the Head Start kids excited as she read them a couple stories.  Some of the students couldn't believe that the book was for them to keep. GO! READ Kaiulani

On Tuesday, January 12th Ohana100 visited August Ahrens Elementary School in Waipahu, the largest elementary school and Kindergarten class of 200 students in the State of Hawaii.  The children did not know what to expect until they saw all the books.   The smiles on the children faces said it all. GO! READ August Ahrens

And finally, wrapping up the month of giving, Ohana100 visited Ewa Beach Elementary Head Start program. Volunteer Ms. Lois had no problem getting the kids to listen to her story, especially this one fella who personally asked her to read Cat In The Hat.  GO! READ Ewa


Congratulations 2016 Book Mark Contest Overall Winner Lawai'a Baptista!!!  Lawai'a was one of 82 participants statewide who participated in this contest. Her art work will be used to help promote literacy at Ohana100 community events.  

Congratulations and great work to all who participated.  Keep on expressing your artistic talent!

Grades 4-5:  1st Place Lawai'a Baptista- Wahiawa EL, 2nd Place Andie Shimizu- Manana EL, 3rd Place Denise Elvis PeBenito- Kaimiloa EL and Honorable Mention Kaien Gasper- Waianae EL

Grades 2-3:  1st Place Laney Yang- Manana EL, 2nd Place Mariatea Harrison Nutter- Waianae EL, 3rd Place JP Jessy- Waianae EL and Honorable Mention Hailey Romero- Manana EL

Grades K-1:  1st Place Imani Roberson- Wahiawa EL, 2nd Place Charity Whitaker- Wahiawa EL, 3rd Place Colin Dunlop- Maili EL and Honorable Mention Vera Urra-Bazain-Maili EL