Hospice of Hilo Invites the Public to Help Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Hospice of Hilo is inviting the public to come help celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a Mahalo Party at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Saturday August 24, from 10am to 2pm.  The event will include games and activities for the whole family, information about Hospice of Hilo, prizes, live entertainment and cake.

“The party is our humble way of thanking the community for all the trust it has given us over the years.  We truly want everyone to know we’re here for them and they don’t have to do it alone,” said Hospice of Hilo spokesperson, An Umamoto.

Hospice Thirty Years

For 30 years, Hospice of Hilo has compassionately cared for the end-of-life needs of the East and South portions of the Big Island from Laupāhoehoe to South Point, Ka‘ū.  Hospice of Hilo has grown from four volunteer staff members working out a small cottage on Waiānuenue Avenue to an organization with 84 staff members and over 200 volunteers, an office complex and the new inpatient care center, the 12 suite 14,140 sq ft Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center, the first one of its kind on a neighbor island.   “Through all the changes over the years we’ve been able to, with the support of the community, stay anchored to our core of helping individuals and families live better through our home care program, inpatient care center, bereavement counseling and pre-hospice Transitions Program,” said Umamoto.

“Hospice of Hilo exists to serve the East Hawai‘i community, and we are so honored to have the continued support and trust of those we serve.  We would not be here today without your help and we cannot thank you enough,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho.

For more information, please visit, www.hospiceofhilo.org.


Hospice of Hilo Seeking Volunteers for Light Up A Life Festival

Hospice of Hilo is looking for volunteers to help with its 23rd annual Light Up a Life hosted by Macy’s at the Prince Kuhio Plaza from November 23 to December 24.

Hospice of Hilo is seeking volunteers for it’s “Light up a Life” ceremony

“Each year, during the holiday season, we set up a Tree of Remembrance at each of the two Macy’s entrances in the mall to allow the community to honor loved ones by hanging a personalized commemorative ornament on the tree,” said Hospice of Hilo Volunteer Manager, Pearl Lyman.  She continues, “The ornaments are a symbolic connection with our loved ones and a reminder that they  remain alive in our hearts.”

Community volunteers are needed to provide support at the tables from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  and are scheduled to provide service in 2-3 hour shifts. “Volunteers are a vital to the Annual Light Up a Life, for over 22 years they have been at the tables helping with ornaments, being caring hearts, listening to stories and honoring the memories of loved ones in our community.  We couldn’t do it without these wonderful people,” said Lyman.

Please call Pearl Lyman at 969-1733 to volunteer your time at any one of the Trees of Remembrance.

Junior Achievement “Trade Fair” Offers Handmade Gifts and Chance to Help High Schoolers Learn Business

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Nearly a hundred students from East Hawaii high schools will market their hand-made gifts at the Junior Achievement Trade Fair. The event takes place at Prince Kuhio Plaza on “Black Friday,” November 26 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Holiday shoppers looking for unique items will find a wide variety at the Trade Fair. Some of the many items made and marketed by the students include koa bookmarks, cookie baking kits, t-shirts, hats, greeting cards, coffee packages, Christmas stockings, coupon books, calendars and koa tree ornaments.

Members of Junior Achievement Company “Ke Kumu `Ike” prepare “create your own cookbooks” which will be on sale at the JA Trade Fair this Friday and Saturday at Prince Kuhio Plaza.

The students are formed into six Junior Achievement “companies” which have been in operation since September.  The companies are “Big Island Goods” sponsored by HELCO, “F.A.S.T. (Forever All Standing Together)” advised by UH Hilo students, “Ke Kumu `Ike” sponsored by Bank of Hawaii, “Ka `ike” sponsored by HPM Building Supply, “F.L.O.H. (Future Leaders of Hawaii)” sponsored by HFS Federal Credit Union and “U Like?” sponsored by Big Island Toyota.

The only one of its kind in the State, the JA High School Company Program provides students the opportunity after school to learn business by doing.  Each company is comprised of 18 to 25 high school students from East Hawaii high schools. Lead by their student management team and advised by volunteers from local businesses, the companies select company names, design, produce and market products, account for expenses and revenues, manage human resources, create business plans, and learn other practical business skills after school from September through December. Company and individual prizes are awarded in January based on results.

Members of Junior Achievement Company “Ke Kumu `Ike” hand made four products including koa bookmarks which will be on sale at the JA Trade Fair this Friday and Saturday at Prince Kuhio Plaza.

The Company Program is one of several programs offered by JA of Hawaii Island (JAHI) to students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Last year JAHI serviced over 3,000 East Hawaii students.

For information about Junior Achievement programs on our island, parents, teachers and concerned community members can contact Susan Labrenz, District Manager at JA-Susan@hawaii.rr.com.