June 5, 2017 – (Honolulu, Hawaii) On Saturday, May 6, 2016, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii gathered at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina for the 6th annual Wish! Gala. As the largest celebration and fundraiser for Hawaii keiki battling life-threating medical conditions, the magical event was an evening full of empowerment, inspiration and transformation, touching the lives of every wish child in Hawaii.
Siana Austin Hunt, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Hawaii, reminded the guests the reason why we were all brought together under the Ko Olina sky with a moving speech. “As a community in Hawaii we lead the way,” said Siana, “we grant the most wishes of any chapter in the country and we model kuleana for all of the world to see. Our wish children are our own children and no stone goes unturned if it means transforming a life with the power of wish.” She reminded all attendees that they had gathered in Ko Olina that evening in support and in celebration of their continued dedication to the children of Hawaii.
From Na Hoku award-winning artist Kawika Kahiapo starting off our evening with his soulful voice transporting the audience to decades past, to Na Leo Pilimehana joining us for a true Hawaiiana evening under the stars, Wish! A Night in Old Hawaii brought together some of Hawaii's greatest artists as our community embraced our local keiki near and far.
As Make-A-Wish Hawaii, it wouldn't be a spectacular event without our wish kids, and this year, we had to highlight a truly special wish - Kaimana's wish to connect to his culture and the ocean by wishing to be a canoe builder - making his own four man canoe. This heartfelt wish was chosen at the national level for its magical influence on bringing a community together, awarding Kaimana the well-deserved infinite wish award.
What better way to end a memorable evening than with a wish come true for a special guest. Auli'i Cravalho, voice of Disney’s Moana, wished to give back to our local keiki by sharing a song leaving the audience in awe and ending our evening on a special note.
Mahalo to sponsors who help create these opportunities to unite our community and give wish children the chance to dream again; including Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Alaska Airlines, Foundations Hawaii, Sheraton Waikiki, R.M. Towill, Royal Contracting, Steven Boyle, The Schuler Family Foundation, Zilber Family Foundation and many more.
About Make-A-Wish® Hawaii: Since 1982, Make-A-Wish Hawaii has granted life-changing wishes to more than 14,000 wish kids and their families. The Hawaii chapter is among the busiest in the nation as it not only grants wishes to local keiki, it also coordinates and hosts the wishes of children from around the world who wish to see Hawaii.
The Make-A-Wish Hawaii chapter aims to grant the wish of each and every Hawaii child with a life-threatening medical condition, and each year the power of a wish extends beyond the children served, into communities at large. With more than 840 volunteers and more than 200 business partners statewide, wishes bring people together creating strength, hope and transformation to all involved.
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit www.hawaii.wish.org or call 808-537-3118.