Hali’i Kalikimaka 2012, a community engaged (Photo’s added)

Kaleo, Pohai & Ryan beaming with pride over their success with Hali'i 2012
Kaleo, Pohai & Ryan beaming with pride over their success with Hali’i 2012

 

Papa & Mama Kalikimaka at Hali'i 2012 w/ Mahoe Ohana
Papa & Mama Kalikimaka at Hali’i 2012 w/ Mahoe Ohana

 

Families took full advantage of all activities at Hali'i 2012
Families took full advantage of all activities at Hali’i 2012
Hali'i 2012 food service for nearly 800 was a miracle.
Hali’i 2012 food service for nearly 800 was a miracle.

 

The Root Beer Floats were a huge success with the families, volunteers and volunteers at Hali'i 2012
The Root Beer Floats were a huge success with the families, volunteers and volunteers at Hali’i 2012

 

Papa & Mama Kalikimaka with co-chair Sandy Kealoha & 3rd year Photographer Nalua Spencer of Le Jardin
Papa & Mama Kalikimaka with co-chair Sandy Kealoha & 3rd year Photographer Nalua Spencer of Le Jardin
The library was filled with families engaging with newly added curriculum based activities.
The library was filled with families engaging with newly added curriculum based activities.

Hali’i Christmas December 2009 at Waimanalo beach park, the journey begun. December 14th 2012, 5:pm to 8:pm, the destination, an evening of celebration that will live in a communities heart and soul forever. Sounds of children’s laughter, their play, and excitement filled every corridor of Blanche Pope Elmentary schools cafeteria, library and walkways, as families escorted their keiki, down homestead side streets and main roads, and filled the school parking lot, to find their way to the source of all this revelry. Hali’i 2012 marked the beginning of a communities engagement on a much larger scale, than ever before imagined, with each other, and their Piko, Blanche Pope Elementary school.  Where their children come to learn, they now gather to engage in family magic.  Yes Magic! Cause if you were here, you would have seen, touched and witnessed the magic of families celebrating, in the face of global catastrophy.  Blanche Pope Elementary school and the Hali’i planning consortium, are forever grateful for the effort that our community put into an evening of enjoyment.  Our community has surpassed all our expectations of how this event could have benefited our village, by your presence and participation. As usual I never seem to have a handle on event photography (will work on it in 2013), but with a record 550 plus of our families and keiki in attendance, I think many of you took a mental photograph of all the good that took place this Friday evening, at Hali’i. THIS JUST IN: We have tallied the registration records, counted bowls, plates and stuff.  We also looked at photo’s to see if anyone was not registered.  Early expectations were that 450 people might attend this years event.  After tallying initial records we came up with 727 attendee’s.  After tallying volunteers, vendors and houseless families that did not sign in, we counted 773 persons, attending Hali’i 2012.  Our guests, that were houseless amounted to 27 persons, including children. Hoolua, the Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimanalo and our community partners remain committed to supporting this event, which fosters community engagement within the educational system. Above all we remain committed to a strong adherence to cultural Hawaiian values and Ke Akua. Mele Kalikimaka kakou a me Hauoli Makahiki hou, Unko Roy, Chairman Hoolua Inc. @ www.hoolua.org