Fr. Scott Bush, of St. Georges Church Waimanalo getting some last minute instructions from the angels, as he oversees ‘Feeding The Hungry’ project out of his Parrish. Many came to receive gifts and share a meal, But this interaction with angels surely got everyone’s attention. We were blessed to be part of this very special angelic occasion. To all the families and friends of St. George’s, with a special mahalo to Aunty Blanche McMillan and her team. Mahalo nui loa kakou….a me Hauoli Makahiki Hou 2014
A week ago we received, in our community enough food to feed the multitudes, and the multitudes we fed during our regular outreach projects, which included Hali’i Kalikimaka 2013. A new found alliance in food distribution, will be a lasting blessing for our entire community. We are blessed to have been involved in project planning, that will allow us to deliver food to the communities of families, who struggle to put food on their tables daily, in spite of being employed. We are prayerful that this collective effort to stave off hunger in families with children and Kupuna living under the same roof, are here to stay.
Does this sound familiar? Dad has a full time job, Mom has two part-time jobs, and they have four children ages 4 to 12 yrs. The rent is paid, the electricity is paid, the water is paid and the car gas tank is filled every week. But, not so the tummies of their 4 children, who don’t qualify for free or reduced lunch, but must often settle for less or very little, on their dining table, or in their lunch bags.
We need to reach deeper into our communities, to reduce the hunger pains with our Keiki and Kupuna. Please join our ‘Ohana in this effort to end hunger together.
As the result of the work of many, work has begun with the creation of a new Waimanalo Po’e Logo, that we hope one day will represent the thoughts and deeds of the many. The logo shown at left best describes the numerous mana’o of the name Waimanalo. Knowing that it has a meaning of “Potable Water”, we are also aware that it has a much deeper meaning, which is that of “Hidden waters”. It is from this mana’o that this logo was designed. As Ho’olu’a endeavors to reach out to all of our community, with plans to support engagement at all levels, we will use this deeper meaning and logo, to mark the work that has been planned or accomplished. Please join us, the Po’e as we build into this deeper meaning of Waimanalo. As depicted in this logo, we have included the mountains, which provide the Wai, through the hidden streams, that lead to the Kai. As these hidden streams reach the Kahakai, we can understand the deeper and profound richness that our waters provide to its people, as it secretly and hidden from site, works its way to the shore.
As a child growing up in Waimanalo, I remember fishing and diving along the Kahakai, and when thirsty, I could find one of these hidden and icy cold springs, on the ocean floor. I could dive down to this spring and refresh myself with fresh mountain spring water.
Mahalo to the Public Relations firm of Lagrange and Associates for helping finalize this logo, and helping with the branding efforts associated with this new look. You will begin to see this emblem on many of the projects associated with Ho’olu’a and its partners. Please understand that this logo does not represent any organization, but more the people and thoughts of this community.
On December 20, 2013 we re-lived Hali’i Kalikimaka for the 5th straight year, and its experience did not disappoint. The sound of children’s laughter and joy filled the evening air, along with the sounds of excitement, as families took home prize after prize, during the Bingo Tournament and Treasure hunt give-away’s. If you stole away to the school library, you discovered yet another layer of excitement, that brought tears t your eyes. That was the sound of children once again, meeting and receiving from Papa and Mama Kalikimaka. Of course there was also the anxious activity of children diving through the Christmas tree size mound of stuffed animals, as they found their favorite, to take home with them.
Quietly, sequestered in the rear of the library you found a group of Kupuna, waiting their turn at having their history recorded, in digital format, as part of a new and developing project to create a historical library of Kupuna stories, that will be accessible to our students and community. We are grateful to the Habilitat Production Company for offering their production services to preserve this legacy for and within our community.
We are hopeful that this information will be available for viewing access by students and community in the near future. We will work with our school to determine how this will best happen.
How can we begin to thank our Ohana at Keiki O Ka Aina and IHS, for their loving consideration of Waimanalo and the Christmas holiday spirit. To Momi Akana and Sonya Zabala of Keiki O Ka Aina, we are forever blessed with your kindred spirits, as we unloaded gift after gift at our annual Hali’i Kalikimaka 2013 from your staff members van. How wonderful the spirit of Christmas, as it thrives in the hearts of your staff and program..
To the many souls that were touched with the outreach at Christmas, through the Institute of Human Services and the Adventist Church of Kailua, we are thankful. Your presentation of gifts for the needy will be greatly appreciated at the annual gift giving festivities at St. George Catholic Church Waimanalo, this Saturday, between 10:am and 1:pm..