By Kahu Roy Brooks, on December 16th, 2012
Hali’i Christmas 2009-2012, the journey. December 14th 2012, 5:pm to 8:pm, the destination. An evening of celebration that will live in a communities heart and soul forever. Sounds of children’s laughter, their play, and excitement filled every corridor of Blanche Pope Elmentary schools cafeteria, library and walkways, as families escorted their keiki, down homestead side streets and main roads, and filled the school parking lot, to find their way to the source of all this revelry.
Hali’i 2012 marked the beginning of a communities engagement on a much larger scale, than ever before imagined, with each other, and their Piko, Blanche Pope Elementary school. Where their children come to learn, they now gather to
engage in family magic. Yes Magic! Cause if you were here, you would have seen, touched and witnessed the magic of families celebrating, in the face of global catastrophy. Blanche Pope Elementary school and the Hali’i planning consortium, are forever grateful for the effort that our community put into an evening of enjoyment. Our community has surpassed all our expectations of how this event could have benefited our village, by your presence and participation.
As usual I never seem to have a handle on event photography (will work on it in 2013), but with a record 550 plus of our families and keiki in attendance, I think many of you took a mental photograph of all the good that took place this Friday evening, at Hali’i.
Hoolua, the Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimanalo and our community partners remain committed to supporting this event, which fosters community engagement within the educational system. Above all we remain committed to a strong adherence to cultural Hawaiian values and Ke Akua.
Mele Kalikimaka kakou a me Hauoli Makahiki hou,
Unko Roy, Chairman
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