HONOLULU, HI (September 17, 2018) - Reyn Spooner, the renowned heritage Aloha apparel company, recently partnered with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii to grant a Kailua boy’s wish for a beach-access wheelchair.
Seventeen-year-old Jake from Kailua was born with an endocrine disorder that requires him to use a wheelchair. While Jake lives just minutes away from the beach, he was hardly able to go, as his wheelchair didn’t work on the sand. Jake wished for an all-terrain wheelchair that would allow him to enjoy the beach with his family and friends.
Reyn Spooner, a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s mission to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses, donated the funds necessary to purchase Jake’s all-terrain wheelchair. Company executives cited a shared appreciation for the beach that moved them to adopt Jake’s wish.
“We were inspired by Jake’s positive attitude and desire to enjoy his backyard beach,” said Lynne Koplin, CEO of Reyn Spooner. “It was extremely special for us to share the Aloha spirit and help make his wish come true. We hope that Jake will now get to spend many hours wheeling along the sand and creating special memories with his friends and family.”
Representatives from Reyn Spooner joined Make-A-Wish Hawaii volunteers and Jake’s family and friends for the reveal at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Hotel representatives gave Jake a tour of the hotel and a dolphin demonstration before leading him to the beach where he found his brand new wheelchair: an all-terrain track chair in his favorite color, purple.
“We are incredibly grateful for Reyn Spooner’s generosity and heart in granting this amazing wish,” said Arden Salassa, corporate relations manager at Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “This wish has truly changed Jake’s life, giving him the ability to do something many of us take for granted here in Hawaii: enjoying time at the beach. Now, Jake has the freedom and independence to go whenever he wants and to spend more quality time with his family and friends.”
Reyn Spooner and Make-A-Wish Hawaii would like to thank the many community supporters who helped bring Jake’s wish to life, including The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hawaii Self Storage, and All Out Access, LLC.
For more information about Reyn Spooner, visit reynspooner.com.
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit hawaii.wish.org.
About Reyn Spooner
The Reyn Spooner apparel brand has been a leader in Hawaii’s fashion scene since the late 1960s when it pioneered an iconic incarnation of the Aloha shirt, earning the company the title “Brooks Brothers of the Pacific.” With innovations such as its washed down reverse-print shirt, inspired designs, artist collaborations, and more recently, the modern tailored fit, Reyn Spooner reinvented Aloha wear for Hawaiʻi and the rest of the world. Today, the company continues to honor its Hawaiʻi roots and prides itself on island heritage. Reyn Spooner has seven retail stores in Hawaiʻi and sells its apparel in specialty and fine department stores throughout the United States, abroad and online at reynspooner.com.
About Make-A-Wish Hawaii
Make-A-Wish® Hawaii creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii. One of the first local Make-A-Wish chapters established, Make-A-Wish Hawaii continues to be among the busiest in the nation. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 volunteers have granted over 1,300 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 14,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted nearly 100 local wishes in 2017 alone, the most in its 35-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit Hawaii.wish.org.