This Saturday is Laulima Day, a day we focus on giving to those in need this holiday season.
For the past two and a half weeks we’ve been telling you stories and asking you to help.
But for every family, individual and need, there are many, many more and they all come through KHON2’s partner in the Laulima Giving Project, Keiki O Ka Aina.
“We ask all the questions we should ask, and we make sure that the requests are genuine and that the families really need help,” said founder and executive director Momi Akana.
Donations are kept safe in a pod, rented just for this holiday month.
The pod isn’t full, but there’s a good reason. The goal isn’t to have donations sit — it’s to move them out constantly to reach their recipients.
From a child’s wish to a family’s needs, you have responded.
“They call from all neighbor islands, from every community and some people, you can tell, they may not have as much themselves, but they just want to help. It’s just been so heartwarming,” Akana said. “Hawaii, you are an amazing place, because of programs that allow you to touch other people’s families and hearts and we just thank you so much. Merry Christmas.”
This Saturday, KHON2 will be on hand to collect gifts and donations for families in need.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., we’ll be at the following malls:
- Ala Moana Center: Trini Kaopuiki and Bruddah Wade
- Kahala Mall: Manolo Morales, Jai Cunningham and Kelly Simek
- Windward Mall: Howard Dashefsky and Diane Ako
- Queen Kaahumanu Center (Maui): Marisa Yamane
- Prince Kuhio Plaza (Hilo): Kristine Uyeno
There will be entertainment from the likes of Henry Kapono to Drill Team Hawaii, hula halau and school groups, all while volunteers collect new, unwrapped items, gift cards and cash donations.