On Sunday, June 26, the Young Leaders Board, a society of young professionals devoted to the mission of Make-A-Wish Hawaii, hosted its 2nd annual Waffles for Wishes event at the Howard Hughes’ IBM Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event featured unlimited food and drink from many of the best local restaurants and vendors on Oahu:
Da Hawaiian Poke Company, Morimoto Waikiki, Bellini Bistro and Bar, Tropilicious Ice Cream Shop, MW Restaurant, Lucky Belly, Square Barrels, Gr3en Energy, a bottomless Bloody Mary bar by Ocean Vodka, and a brand new concept from Koa Cafe, which will open on King Street in August.
Attendees donned superhero capes who signed up to be Heroes for Hope--young professional volunteers interested in making wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. The event was an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the Make-A-Wish Hawaii organization and also see the magic of a wish in action for a Hawaii wish kid named Tyrell.
At 10 years old, Tyrell has endured the emotional and physical challenges of Crohn’s disease, but despite painful struggles with the incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder, his life's ambition is to one day be the executive chef for the White House. Tyrell’s wish experience has given him several opportunities to cook with professional chefs, including those at Waffles for Wishes, and will take him on a food tour of Washington, D.C.
Waffles for Wishes raised essential funds to grant wishes for local wish keiki during the summer campaign, Give Wishes Wings, which encourages everyone in the Hawaii community to make a donation to help make wishes come true for local children. Become a Hero for Hope today and grant wishes for more children like wish kid Tyrell.
Visit the Facebook photo album for Waffles for Wishes and tag yourself, find your friends and comment on your favorite moments!
A special mahalo to the community sponsors that contributed to the great success of this event. Mahalo to Arancino, Central Pacific Bank, Howard Hughes Corporation, JN Automotive Group, KITV4 Island News, Landmark Logistics Corporation, Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Matsukawa Insurance Agency.