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Waffles for Wishes Brings Heroes Together

Young Leaders Board
Make-A-Wish Hawaii's Young Leaders Board traded in business attire for superhero capes at Waffles for Wishes on Sunday, June 27, when all 19 board members unveiled their new giving society, Heroes for Hope.

More than 200 members of the community came out to Waffles for Wishes, one of two new signature networking events spearheaded by the board. This year's brunch, emceed by KHON2's Taizo Braden and Kelly Simek, was held in partnership with Ward Village, as a special June edition of their monthly Courtyard Brunches. 

Guests enjoyed unlimited food from tasty plates cooked up by Morimoto's, MW Restaurant, The Pig and the Lady, Koko Head Cafe, Liliha Bakery, Whole Foods Market Kahala, and Bread + Butter. Tickets also included unlimited refreshments, with refreshing cocktails by Perfect Pour Maui, Organic Ocean Vodka, and Market Advantage. Market Advantage also paired up with Starbucks for an Irish Coffee Station, and Kope Coffee Co. set up shop with an Espresso Barista Bar. 

A portion of ticket proceeds went directly back to supporting Hawaii wishes. At the event's close, about $25,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish Hawaii. 

Make-A-Wish Hawaii's Young Leaders Board talked to guests about their new giving society, Heroes for Hope, which officially launched at the brunch. Staff and volunteers were on hand with pledge forms and blue superhero capes to welcome new recruits to this innovative giving society.

Becoming a Hero for Hope is an opportunity for young professionals in the corporate world to gain experience in the nonprofit sector. It's a fellowship for emerging leaders of various industries who will work under the Young Leaders to further their professional development, broaden their networks, and support the Make-A-Wish mission of bringing hope, strength and joy to children battling life-threatening illnesses. 

The board is still recruiting interested professionals! To become a Hero for Hope, click here. 

  • The first annual Waffles for Wishes was held with Ward Village as a special edition "takeover" of their monthly Courtyard Brunches.

  • Make-A-Wish Hawaii Volunteers helped staff the brunch, ensuring everything ran smoothly.

  • Guests lined up bright and early for this new Sunday Brunch, Waffles for Wishes!

  • Young Leaders Board Member Melialani James, President of Hawaii Venture Capital Association, gets her face painted to match her superhero cape for the launch of Heroes for Hope.

  • KHON's Taizo Braden and Kelly Simek emceed the event, helping to spread the word about the unveiling of Heroes for Hope as one of many new efforts by the Make-A-Wish Hawaii Young Leaders Board.

  • One of the neighborhood's newest restaurants, Bread + Butter, came out to support Waffles for Wishes and keep guests full!

  • The Make-A-Wish Hawaii Young Leaders Board planned the first annual Waffles for Wishes benefit brunch to support local wishes. About $25,000 was raised from this year's brunch, held in partnership with Ward Village.

  • Guests of Waffles for Wishes who joined Heroes for Hope could be spotted in blue superhero capes to signify their pledge into the new giving society!

  • Lining up for refreshing drinks at Waffles for Wishes.

  • KokoHead Cafe was among participating restaurants cooking up delicious, creative breakfast plates!

  • Todd Iacovelli, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, strikes a superhero stance with Ryan Chavoustie, AVP & Trust Operations Manager with Central Pacific Bank. Both Ryan and Todd are part of the Make-A-Wish Hawaii Young Leaders Board, which oversees the new Heroes for Hope society open to other young professionals.

  • Young Leaders Katie Kaanapu, Senior Marketing Manager with Howard Hughes Corporation, and Melialani James, President of Hawaii Venture Capital Association, take to the stage to talk more about the mission of the Young Leaders Board.

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Honolulu, HI 96805
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