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Make-A-Wish® Hawaii postpones 9th annual WISH! gala to August 29


March 18, 2020

HONOLULU, HI- Due to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state of Hawaii recommendations related to COVID-19, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii announced this week it has made the difficult decision to postpone its 9th annual gala, WISH! A Night in Old Havana. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser, WISH! was originally set to take place on Saturday, May 2. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 29 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

WISH! has been a staple of Make-A-Wish Hawaii for the past nine years, and the funds raised through this event have made hundreds of life-changing wishes possible for local children with critical illnesses.

“The health and safety of our wish families, community supporters, staff and volunteers are our top priority,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii President and CEO Trini Kaopuiki Clark. “We are sincerely grateful for the continued support and flexibility of our partners and look forward to meeting everyone in Old Havana in August. With more wishes waiting now than ever before, this event is vital toward fulfilling our mission of reaching children in Hawaii with the transformative impact of a wish.”

For sponsorship inquiries or to learn more about the event, visit or contact Arden Salassa, corporate relations manager, at


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 nearly 1,500 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 16,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted 99 local wishes in 2019 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit

Press Contact

Trini Kaopuiki Clark
CEO & President
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI  96805

Phone : (808) 537-3118
Fax : (808) 536-5566

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Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI 96805
(808) 537-3118 x100