Family Volunteer Day Celebration

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 as part of the holiday gifts to kids.  Mahalo to all our Ohana (Ancheta, Andres, Bantolina, Cacatian, Fines, Ilar, Kaaiwela, Pachico, Peralta, Scharfenstein, Soriano, and Sullivan) for putting together such beautiful and amazing gifts and for being part of this special day!  

KDWT WNY Team celebrated Family Volunteer Day for Ohana100's GO! READ Project.  Volunteers stamped and tied a ribbon on each brand new book to benefit over 1,500 kids from 15 community programs in need throughout the Western New York Region.  

KDWT for the 3rd year, adopted 2 families in need of support each year during the holidays. Jim from the Clarence Food Pantry was present this day to pick up the gifts for each family. 

Thank you to all for making this OHANA event a success!  You make a world of difference!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

2016 Honoring Veterans

KDWT honored veterans of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 838 of Clarence, NY by making over 150 cupcakes for their Annual Veteran's Day Luncheon at the Clarence Senior Center.

KDWT honored veterans in our neighborhood: Mr. Loni with U.S. Marines, Mr. Joe and Mr. Vince with the U.S. Navy.   KDWT Ambassador Catherine interviewed with WWII Combat and purple heart recipient Veteran Harold Entice for a Veterans History Project.

Books & Authors

KDWT Ambassador Catherine helped to stamp books and make book marks for the 2nd Annual WNY Children's Books EXPO in Buffalo, New York.  

The expo featured over 30 authors.  Kids from all over the WNY Region-Rochester and Springville, Pennsylvania and even Canada attended this event.  

Catherine met "CLICK CLACK MOO" author Doreen Cronin.  This is one of Catherine's favorite story to read to children for Ohana100's GO! READ project.  Catherine met with other amazing authors.  

http://www.doreencronin.com/index.html

http://sandybarton.com

http://www.jimaverbeckbooks.com.  

https://www.facebook.com/iwillalwayswriteback/

www.vivianvandevelde.com

http://www.lindasuepark.com

http://www.penspaperstudio.com

KDWT On A Mission

KDWT Founder Catherine is a writer and loves to read books.  She has made it her mission to read to children throughout the State of Hawaii.  Since January, Catherine has read to over 500 children.  You are amazing! Keep up the great work! GO! READ Catherine

 She hopes to read to more children in the Western, Central and Northern Region of NY

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

Visit 2 Kauai Programs

On Thursday, August 18th KDWT Ambassador Catherine traveled with the Ohana100 Team to the island of Kauai.  Kauai Child & Family Services Program and King Kaumualii Elementary were the first recipients on the Island to receive books from Ohana100.  KDWT Ambassador read to 100 2nd=graders at Kaumualii.  GO! READ Kaumualii 2nd Graders

PROGRAMS WE CARE ABOUT

KDWT Ambassador Catherine continues the distribution of books to 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 4 Neighbor Island Kids

MAUI & MOLOKAI/LANAI

On Monday, August 15th  KDWT helped to prepare books for Maui, Molokai and Lanai kids. KDWT Ambassador Catherine made sure that the books were in possession of volunteer pilot Mr. Joe at the Honolulu International Airport.  She helped to get the books into his hanger.  Thank You Mr. Joe for being part of our Ohana100 Team and helping to get books to kids on the neighbor islands!

First Fall Giving

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 has 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

Honor & Remember Our Military Servicemen

KDWT ambassadors spent the afternoon at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific honoring and remembering those who served and sacrificed their lives for our country.  Punchbowl Crater is where over 53,000 WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans and dependents lay to rest.  It was a special day!!!

http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/nmcp.asp

ABOVE:  All the kids placed flowers on the UNKNOWN, graves of young children, the stone dedicated to the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team and flowers on the UNKNOWN who died on the U.S.S. CALIFORNIA and those on the U.S.S. ARIZONA on December 7, 1941.     

BELOW:  KDWT Ambassador Catherine visited the graves of her great grandparents who served in WWI, WWII and other world conflicts.

Thank You to Aunty Rexy for donating flowers for this special visit!!!!

KDWT Nationally Recognized

KDWT was awarded August Club of the Month by the national generationOn. KDWT was recognized for all their hard work in servicing our communities in Hawaii, New York and Internationally. Congratulations to all KDWT Ambassadors for making a difference in cleaning our communities and for helping our senior citizens and our children!  YOU ROCK!  THANKS FOR MAKING YOUR MARK ON THE WORLD!  YOU MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!

A Vision of Kindness

On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 3rd Graders at Miss Vision's Class at Westminister Charter school were gifted with free books to take home for the summer.  The students helped Ohana100 to write letters for kids in Cuba about what its like to live in Buffalo.  Thank you Ms. Vision's 3rd Graders for contributions! GO! READ Westminster