On December 9, 2013, the ‘ohana of Aloha Island Lei and Marynoll High School’s Sophomore Hawaiian Studies class gifted a lei sewing project to Shriner’s Hospital. The melodic sounds of the Marynoll teens singing Hawaiian Christmas carols graced the eager ears of the keiki as we all made holiday themed lei.

Sitting side by side with kids of varying ages, 4-16, as we strung up radiant red, lush green, and snowy white orchid heads was an unforgettably rewarding afternoon. Our team’s goal to provide a truly spirited afternoon of lei making, was a huge success. As an added bonus, we were able to fill the holiday wish lists of the participating keiki. Gifting action figures, nail polish kits, was an undeniably gratifying experience to see the grins on their faces. Thank you Stephanie Brown, recreational therapist, and Kumu Ka’oi, Marynoll High School Hawaiian Studies instructor for giving us the fulfilling opportunity to spread cheer during the holiday of giving.

View photos from our visit!