We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in Yelp Help’s Nerdy Dancing Party, which benefited Hawaii Literacy and other local non-profit organizations. The event was an amazing success, with lots of refreshments, good music, great company, and, of course, lots of nerdy dancing. Mahalo nui loa to Yelp for organizing and running the party, all the hardworking vendors for the food, drinks, and other goodies, and the Yelp Elite and community for coming out and supporting Hawaii Literacy and the other non-profits! With everyone’s support, we are able to continue to help adults and keiki gain knowledge and life skills through learning how to read and write.
Don’t forget to check out some awesome pictures of the night, taken by Kat Wade, at Honolulu Pulse.
Mahalo for supporting our 5th Annual Pau Hana Block Party!
Hawaii Literacy’s 5th Annual Pau Hana Block Party at Murphy’s Bar & Grill was a great success and we are so grateful for all the time, effort, and hard work everyone put into the event to make it a memorable one! Thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, and donors everyone was able to enjoy good food, live music, and a silent auction, all while helping Hawaii Literacy continue to increase education and literacy in our communities. We couldn’t have done it without you all!
Check out some spectacular pictures of the event, taken by Joah Buley, at Honolulu Pulse.
Mahalos to Heidi for 25 years of service in the Adult Literacy program…
Heidi had led the Adult Literacy program since 1988, until she decided to retire this year. This evening was held to celebrate Heidi’s great work and impact over 25 years, and to recognize and reconnect with past and present Board members, volunteers, tutors, students, and staff, who together have helped thousands of adults in need learn to read and write.
The evening included an ono pupu buffet and beverage station generously donated by Grace’s Inn, Pizza Hut Hawai’i, Hokulani Bake Shop, Southern Wine & Spirits, Barefoot Wines, KOHA Foods, and parting gifts of new local book titles like “A literary lei” and “Honolulu Stadium” were given to each guest compliments of Watermark Publishing. During the program, Board of Directors President Scott Simon of Hawaiian Telcom noted how Heidi had been the face of Hawaii Literacy for so many years, helping over 4,000 adults become more literate. One current student shared how Heidi has encouraged him and matched him with a wonderful tutor who is helping him obtain his CBASE high school equivalency, and a former student also spoke about how Heidi never gave up on her, even when she doubted herself, and how along with her tutor, that led to her eventually enrolling in college courses. This student also recently became only the second Adult Literacy student to themselves become a certified tutor who is now teaching someone else to read and write.
Hawaii Literacy and Heidi’s legacy were honored with dozens of donations from individuals who attended and from those who wished to be there in spirit. Mahalo to all for helping to make this evening so special and recognize all Heidi has done with Hawaii Literacy to give every adult on the island a second chance to learn to read and write.
Come Join us
in our Veteran’s Day Celebration & Children’s Book Signing at Walgreens Wahiawa
Hawaii’s beloved Children’s Book Author Jerilyn Ito, whose books are sold in all Hawaii Walgreens Stores, and currently being marketed across the United States, will be there to sign her two latest books: Finding Our Ohana and Double Rainbow Island! A portion of proceeds from sales of both books are given to Hawaii Literacy’s Adult and Family Literacy programs.
There will be FREE cotton candy, popcorn, shave ice, beverages, face painting, balloon tying, a Keiki Jumper, ‘Live’ entertainment, over $3,000.00 in prizes, and FREE MONEY for the Keiki via our ‘Ohana Coin Grab’! PLUS, Walgreens Hawaii will be making a generous donation to Hawaii Literacy!
Bring the whole family and enjoy a free celebration to honor Hawaii’s Military Families!
About Jerilyn Ito
Jerilyn Ito was raised in Kailua, Hawai’i, a graduate of Kailua High School, The University of Hawai’i School of Nursing, and has a Master’s degree in Organizational Change from Hawai’i Pacific University.
Jerilyn currently resides in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where she enjoys every moment with her two young children and continues with a career in Nursing at The Veterans Administration, while moving forward with her dream to bring fun, family friendly stories, to the children of America.