For the Fall of 2022:
We're looking forward to joining in on Community Events at the Kroc Center
and Ocean Point Residential Community Center
while visiting Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii
, Barbers Point Elementary School,
and Shriners Childrens Hospital of Honolulu
our Keiki Care Kit programs with Onelau'ena
After our summer break, we joined up with new friends from the Hawaii D.O.E. (specializing in education for homeless children and youth) and participated in their programs at Onemalu, Onelau'ena
(shelters in Kalaeloa/Barbers Point), the Waianae Boat Harbor, Ma'ili Land Transitional Housing, U.S. VETS - Waianae,
and Ohana Ola O Kahumana.
Our visit to Makakilo Elementary School
a rinse and repeat of last year's visit. But -- this year, we one-upped ourselves and brought Coloring Books for the kindergarteners!
And, we stopped by Ilima Intermediate School
for a visit to Mr. Chong's ESL Summer Session class.
Our We luv Wednesdays
program with Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii
is ongoing and still one of our favorite programs!
Sadly, our May visit to Shriner's Children's Hospital Honolulu
had to be cancelled. We decided to err on the side of safety (related to COVID) but we'll be seeing them again soon!!
Now that our Coloring Book Program is up and running, we're creating another Community Outreach Program! We plan to give a "Keiki Care Kit
" to each child upon arrival at Onelau'ena
(an Emergency Shelter for FAMILIES).
We can't wait to share more about this program!
Our top four priority routes for 2022 are Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii
, Barbers Point Elementary School
, Shriners Children's Hospital Honolulu, and Makakilo Elementary School
And we're excited to announce that we're putting our toes in the water to test offering programs at the Ocean Pointe Community Center
in Ewa Beach.We wuv Wednesdays
! Our Wednesday morning programs with participants from Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii is now a regular "thing" and we couldn't be happier!Barbers Point Elementary School
is in our own backyard and we spent three days there with over 500 students! It took this second visit for us to realize that a little less than 70% of their students come from low socio-economic households, many of which are homeless!
We're planning to help kick-start some additional relief for their students -- school supplies, shoes, clothes (brand new underwear and gently used shorts especially!), and food!!
"The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them
." Roy T. Bennett.
We agree and that's what we're trying to do!
Countless hours have been spent handling, training, and loving on our miniature horses in preparation for their Comfort Visits.
And, one of our dreams did come true on Feb 1, 2021 with our very first visit to Shriners Children's Hospital Honolulu
, and on Feb 12 with our very first visit to Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii
. Since then we've continued our Comfort Visits, grown our calendar, and even hosted small field trips to our place.
After our first few Comfort Visits, we realized we wanted to leave a tangible memory behind for our participants. As a result, we're now collaborating and visiting with students at James Campbell High School's Saber Studios
on a Coloring Book
starring two of our minis (Pua-Piper and Poi'nelopi) and set in Ewa Beach! We hope to have this project complete by Christmas 2021!!
When you get a moment, please check out our fb page, Mahalo Miniature Horses
. It's sure to make you smile!