A Whirlwind Holiday Season

A Whirlwind Holiday Season

We experienced a beautiful outpouring of generosity, magnified by our ‘ohana’s incredible support this holiday season. Each act of kindness and every holiday event helped make this month-long celebration an unforgettable experience for all.

Decking the Halls

  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation kicked off our Christmas Season by joining us for the second year at one of our “Tutu Bert” Medical Respite Homes. They brought festive decorations, continuing their yearlong support through grants, landscaping assistance, and organizing donation drives. 
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hawai‘i Realty celebrated with us for their third year, decorating Kaaahi Women’s and Family Shelter and launched a donation-matching campaign on top of their yearlong realtor giving initiative.
  • Targets across O‘ahu participated in decorating for the first time, bringing joy to one of our Community Re-Entry homes with their ornaments and gifts. This was in addition to their already steadfast support of gifting essential hygiene kits in the community.
  • The O‘ahu Church of Christ, our partner in landscaping at our Kalihi-Uka Recovery Home, made their decorating debut this year.
  • Crazy Shirts helped bring the holiday spirit to ‘Imi Ola Piha Homeless Triage Center’s first Christmas. Their team was led by enthusiastic managers from various island locations. A special shout-out goes to IHS board member Jim Steiner for donating a Christmas tree for the center.
  • The Wheeler Army Airfield Gospel Church Choir, building on their Thanksgiving support earlier this year, expanded their involvement with IHS by participating in our decorating initiative at the Kilohana Kupuna House.
  • Rotary Club of Honolulu, eager to volunteer since our Mālama Meetup in August, showcased their growing partnership by decorating Hale Mauli‘ola.
  • Beta Beta Gamma creatively adorned the Sumner Men’s Shelter and Health Services Center in their inaugural year, incorporating beautiful artwork by Sumner guests. 
  • Alpha Phi Alpha decorated the homes of our Community Re-Entry Program’s Village of Redemption, re-launching their commitment to volunteering with our meal service.

Gifting Experiences

  • Ballet Hawai‘i invited IHS guests and staff to their annual Angel Program Performance and gifted them 100 tickets to The Nutcracker.
  • Thanks to a generous donor, 67 individuals from 19 families at Kaaahi Women’s and Family Shelter enjoyed a special outing to Show Aloha Land at Aloha Stadium, with transportation and tickets provided, offering them a chance to create some sure-to-be cherished holiday memories.

Santa’s Many Visits

  • The University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)’s H.O.M.E. Project, which partners with outreach workers providing medical care and health services, hosted an afternoon of holiday activities and handed out wishlist-requested gifts to families staying at the Kaaahi Shelter.
  • aio Foundation, led by Duane Kurisu, hosted Kahauiki Village’s annual Christmas event, where Santa and his elves distributed gifts from local businesses and organizations to dozens of families.
  • Butch Galderia led Diamond Bakery in hosting their joyous second annual Christmas Fair at Kaaahi Shelter. Brimming with crafts and community spirit, the event was highlighted by a special Honolulu Fire Department fire truck presentation.
  • Pacific Resources Partnership (PRP) Hawaii extended their support to a number of keiki by purchasing items on their holiday wishlists, extending their tradition of showing love during the back-to-school season.
  • Hawaiian Airlines, in addition to donating eight pallets of blankets for shelter guests and hygiene kits throughout the year, donated toys for keiki.
  • Aiea United Methodist Church gifted families at Kahauiki Village household essentials, like cleaning supplies and games.
  • The Hawaii State Teacher Association donated toys and school supplies for students in Kahauiki Village and Kaaahi’s children’s enrichment programs.
  • Elks Lodge of Waikiki, a large supporter and encourager of our veterans and housing programs, gifted our older children with much-appreciated school supplies, such as graphing calculators and water bottles.
  • In a heartwarming gesture of kindness, the Tenrikyo Honolulu Church gifted toys to a number of keiki.
  • Aiea’s Boy Scout Troop 488 joined the holiday giving, sharing aloha and toys with IHS’ keiki.
  • Zephyr Insurance Company Inc. donated baby items for families at Kahauiki Village, continuing their involvement after recently sponsoring this year’s Thanksgiving Homeward Bound 5K Fun Run.

Celebrating Together

  • IHS’ Blue Christmas service, led by volunteers of various faiths this year (Irene Willis Hassan of Kailua Christian Church,  retired pastor Gerald Chinen, Roy Takeshita of Rissho Kosei-KaiAnn Leake of Kaumakapili ChurchJenny Sung of The Vine in Kakaako and Rennie Mau of Ewa Community Church)  allowed solemn remembrance for loved ones and IHS 18 named guests and clients who passed this year. The event offered a moment of reflection in the midst of what is often celebrated by many as a festive season. Our event was highlighted by a beautiful white Christmas tree donated by IHS Board member Julie Arigo, on which we hung our blue ornaments of remembrance.
  • IHS’ Housing First clients reunited for their first in-person holiday gathering in years, strengthening community bonds and sharing in themed games.
  • Christmas morning included the annual tradition of the Adventist Health Castle team providing breakfast bentos to our shelters and medical respite homes. Additionally, they brought Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Kaaahi Women’s and Family Shelter, delighting the keiki and creating a joyful moment for everyone involved that morning. 
  • For the third year, Pig & the Lady provided a delicious Christmas dinner for guests at Sumner Men’s and Kaaahi Women’s and Family Shelters.

These events were only possible because we had the support of our staff and network of partners. IHS extends a heartfelt mahalo to each of you. Every tree decorated, wreath hung, and toy wrapped helped ensure each individual, across all IHS locations, experienced a bit of Christmas cheer and holiday joy.  Your efforts underscore the importance of collective action in uplifting community and supporting ‘ohana. Caring for those in need is a shared journey that transforms everyone involved. Here’s to making a difference, together.

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