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Young Leaders Host 2nd Annual Waffles for Wishes

Young professional networking foodies had a blast at this year's Waffles for Wishes, connecting with the mission of Make-A-Wish Hawaii and being part of the magic of a wish reveal for 10-year-old wish kid Tyrell.
  • The Young Leaders Board of Make-A-Wish Hawaii show off their best superhero poses with wish kid Tyrell, who is one of many wish children in Hawaii who can only experience his wish come true thanks to the generosity of our Hawaii community. People like our Young leaders, Heroes for Hope and compassionate sponsors make wishes possible. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Wish kid Tyrell leads the team cheer for the Young Leaders as they kick off what is sure to be a fantastic brunch to make wishes come true for kids like him. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Staff member Cyndi and volunteers Aimee and Kristen informed anyone touched by a wish how they could become a Hero for Hope! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Wish kid Tyrell helps MW Restaurant chefs prepare Kahuku cornbread waffles with jalapeno and salsa. See the Facebook album for more food photos from the amazing restaurants supporting our wish kids! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • The #teamHIwish volunteers were the unmasked heroes behind setting up and breaking down the venue and spreading the mission of Make-A-Wish Hawaii. Thank you, volunteers! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • For $50, attendees could grab any bottle of wine with the faces of our Young Leaders, like Tricia Murakami. Many walked away with premier bottles, and all proceeds went to grant more wishes! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • "Excuse me, are you the famous chef Tyrell?" - KITV emcees Brenton Awa and Moanikeala Navarro. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Wish kid Tyrell learned his wish to go on a food tour in Washington, D.C. is coming true! And, in Make-A-Wish Hawaii style, he was bid a fond aloha with cheering, joy and laughter. Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

  • Wish kid Tyrell has quite the fan club of wish granters, Young Leaders and Heroes for Hope who wanted to be in his selfie during his grand send-off! Photo by Rayen Watanabe.

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.

Waffles for Wishes Sponsors

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