Please join us for Laulima Day on Saturday, Dec. 5, to help Hawaii families in need.
Hawaiian Island Creations at Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo is just one of the merchants that volunteered to participate in the mall’s adoption of Laulima families.
“For us, it was awesome that we could give back to the community that has supported us over all these years,” said Dayton DeLuz, HIC Big Island general manager.
“The biggest thing was that the tenants were actually willing to do it,” said Daniel Kea, general manager, General Growth Properties, Prince Kuhio Plaza. “I didn’t have to go and ask them to do it. They actually volunteered for it, so it was real nice.”
“They’re asking for simple gifts. They’re not asking for Xbox, iPads. You’ve got people asking for a Christmas dinner or clothes, so it’s very touching and we felt we just wanted to help out these families,” said Christopher Ellorin, Sports Authority store manager.
In all, Prince Kuhio Plaza merchants are adopting 40 families, providing gifts for children, parents and, Kea says, often grandparents.
“One-hundred percent of the gifts are from either by the employees or managers, but it’s done personally so it’s nothing out of the corporation. It’s nothing out of the businesses. It was really done out of the people themselves that just wanted to give back to the community,” Kea said.
“I just want the community to know that we’re here. The employees, the tenants of the mall, we’re here for the community. It’s not just a place to shop, a place to gather,” said Ellorin.
“I’d like to wish everybody a happy holidays, and you know, with everything that’s going on, I’m glad that we have these programs that we can still help others and still do good in the community and help the community become a lot more positive,” said DeLuz.
The public is encouraged to visit any of our drop-off locations on Laulima Day with new, unwrapped gifts, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Each location will feature prizes and entertainment, and familiar KHON2 faces as emcees: