Donated gifts pile high at Laulima Day giving drives across the state

It was a day of giving Saturday as donors across the state gathered at the islands’ most popular shopping hubs for Laulima Day.

Members of the KHON2 family appeared at mall locations on Oahu, Big Island and Maui for the gift drop-off extravaganzas.

Wake Up 2Day’s Kelly Simek got the music going at Hilo’s Prince Kuhio Plaza.

She spoke with donators who are just happy to help those in need.

“I think it’s real important to remember the children at Christmas and just the thought of a child not having a gift really hurts my heart,” said donor Jean Smail.

Another donor, Doreen Mae Lucas, was so generous she brought five bags full of stuffed animals.

Employees of stores at the mall adopted nearly 40 families, some came to receive today, including grandmother Patlynn Kaui, who accepted for her daughter and son-in-law.

On Maui, Marisa Yamane emceed the giving drive at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, where, among the donors, 50 girls on the Hawaii all-star cheer team, each giving a gift.

In East Oahu, Jordan Segundo and Justin Cruz kept the donors coming, quickly filling Laulima boxes at Windward Mall.

And thanks came in a day filled with entertainment.

The Laulima giving spirit spread across the Ko’olau to Pearlridge too, where Manolo Morales and Jai Cunningham encouraged shoppers to think of those in need this holiday season.

“For us, we are very fortunate to have what we have and to know we can give back to somebody, and they will have a lot of love in their heart, it’s rewarding, it way better than having to come here and shop just for ourselves, so it’s really nice,” said donor Kawehi Delmar.

“Well it’s just so rewarding to put a smile on someone’s face, and we could do something about it, it’s just an awesome thing, I just want to bless them with some things,” said Kawehi’s little sister Tehani Delmar.

At Ala Moana Center, as always on Laulima Day, the group Imua performed with Living 808’s Trini Kaopuiki emceeing.

Some shoppers at the state’s largest mall who were busy in the holiday frenzy took some time to donate.

“I came to get someone a gift, a free gift, and as I was going up the escalator, I saw Laulima, I knew I wanted to donate to someone that needed help, so I came back down,” said donor Linda Austin.

Trini even got it to rain dollars destined for Laulima families, her annual tradition.

“If everyone can dig into your wallets and just throw a dollar, no coins please you might hit me in the head,” Trini announced Saturday on stage.

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