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Jun 22, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Michele Garcia

Michele
Michele Garcia was inspired to make a difference after her niece Precious received a wish seven years ago. Now, with her entire family and work ‘ohana engaged in the power of a wish, Michele is one of our most dedicated volunteers and supporters.

Jun 22, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Michele Garcia

Michele
Michele Garcia was inspired to make a difference after her niece Precious received a wish seven years ago. Now, with her entire family and work ‘ohana engaged in the power of a wish, Michele is one of our most dedicated volunteers and supporters.

Jun 01, 2020

A Letter from Wish Mom and Volunteer Erin

Harper
As a Disney Cast Member in college, I saw many Make-A-Wish families having the time of their lives. I always admired Make-A-Wish for what they do to help families of seriously ill children. I had no idea that I would soon find out just how special a Wish can truly be. In 2017, when my daughter Harper was 7 years old, she began having pain in her legs and just wasn't acting like herself. After many trips to the doctor, she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. Not long after her diagnosis, the child life specialist at our hospital asked if we had thought about contacting Make-A-Wish.

Jun 01, 2020

A Letter from Wish Mom and Volunteer Erin

Harper
As a Disney Cast Member in college, I saw many Make-A-Wish families having the time of their lives. I always admired Make-A-Wish for what they do to help families of seriously ill children. I had no idea that I would soon find out just how special a Wish can truly be. In 2017, when my daughter Harper was 7 years old, she began having pain in her legs and just wasn't acting like herself. After many trips to the doctor, she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. Not long after her diagnosis, the child life specialist at our hospital asked if we had thought about contacting Make-A-Wish.

Wish Spotlight: Wish mom Melissa wishes it forward

Melissa
Kapolei wish mom-turned-volunteer Melissa has wished it forward in countless ways over the past six years. She’s raised thousands of dollars to make wishes come true through marathons and hiking challenges, made generous donations to our gala auction, volunteered at fundraising events like Swing for Wishes and Waffles for Wishes, shared her story in interviews, waved signs out front of our office, answered phones for our Give Wishes Wings radiothon and telethon, worked directly with wish families as a wish granter, and so much more. Melissa’s selfless dedication to the Make-A-Wish® Hawaii mission inspires us every day—as does the incredible fortitude she and her family have shown during their son Kayle’s lifelong battle with a critical genetic condition.

Mar 10, 2020

Wish Spotlight: Wish mom Melissa wishes it forward

Melissa
Kapolei wish mom-turned-volunteer Melissa has wished it forward in countless ways over the past six years. She’s raised thousands of dollars to make wishes come true through marathons and hiking challenges, made generous donations to our gala auction, volunteered at fundraising events like Swing for Wishes and Waffles for Wishes, shared her story in interviews, waved signs out front of our office, answered phones for our Give Wishes Wings radiothon and telethon, worked directly with wish families as a wish granter, and so much more. Melissa’s selfless dedication to the Make-A-Wish® Hawaii mission inspires us every day—as does the incredible fortitude she and her family have shown during their son Kayle’s lifelong battle with a critical genetic condition.

Alaska Airlines welcomes Taz and his 'ohana for a special sendoff

Taz
A longstanding partner of ours, Alaska Airlines continually goes above and beyond to make wishes possible for both local and visiting keiki. This holiday season, our partners at Alaska not only flew wish kid Taz and his ‘ohana to Orlando for a Walt Disney World wish come true, but they also helped us surprise Taz at the airport for a special sendoff!

Jan 20, 2020

Alaska Airlines welcomes Taz and his 'ohana for a special sendoff

Taz
A longstanding partner of ours, Alaska Airlines continually goes above and beyond to make wishes possible for both local and visiting keiki. This holiday season, our partners at Alaska not only flew wish kid Taz and his ‘ohana to Orlando for a Walt Disney World wish come true, but they also helped us surprise Taz at the airport for a special sendoff!

Jan 08, 2020

Wish granter Talia brings joy to keiki long after their wishes are granted

Wish granter Talia Osurman
After a long Friday shift as a nurse, Make-A-Wish Hawaii volunteer Talia Osurman, toting mini donuts to share, meets a former wish family at Magic Island. She loves the opportunity to watch the fireworks and catch up with 17-year-old Honolulu wish kid Luke. Talia helped grant Luke’s wish to go to Walt Disney World almost two years ago, but that doesn’t stop her from regularly visiting him and his family.

Jan 08, 2020

Wish granter Talia brings joy to keiki long after their wishes are granted

Wish granter Talia Osurman
After a long Friday shift as a nurse, Make-A-Wish Hawaii volunteer Talia Osurman, toting mini donuts to share, meets a former wish family at Magic Island. She loves the opportunity to watch the fireworks and catch up with 17-year-old Honolulu wish kid Luke. Talia helped grant Luke’s wish to go to Walt Disney World almost two years ago, but that doesn’t stop her from regularly visiting him and his family.

Wish Spotlight: Make-A-Wish Hawaii Board Chair Jeff Higashi

Jeff Higashi
As senior vice president at First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) and Chair of the Board of Directors at Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Jeff Higashi is an accomplished leader in our community. Over the past 30 years, he has gone from growing his skills in an entry-level accounting position at FHB to assisting in driving and shaping the company’s retail banking strategy. Given his background, it’s no surprise Jeff cites “analytical” as perhaps his most defining personality trait. Yet as he walks through the wings of the hospital meeting local keiki fighting for their health, Jeff’s other qualities shine through: compassion, humor, and humility.

Oct 23, 2019

Wish Spotlight: Make-A-Wish Hawaii Board Chair Jeff Higashi

Jeff Higashi
As senior vice president at First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) and Chair of the Board of Directors at Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Jeff Higashi is an accomplished leader in our community. Over the past 30 years, he has gone from growing his skills in an entry-level accounting position at FHB to assisting in driving and shaping the company’s retail banking strategy. Given his background, it’s no surprise Jeff cites “analytical” as perhaps his most defining personality trait. Yet as he walks through the wings of the hospital meeting local keiki fighting for their health, Jeff’s other qualities shine through: compassion, humor, and humility.

Mar 29, 2019

My Life Now: Former wish kid Diana wishes it forward on Maui

Diana
Since winning her fight with cancer at a young age, 31-year-old Diana Greczkin has dedicated her life to helping and inspiring others. She currently works as a full-time radiation therapist on Maui, granting wishes as a volunteer with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii in her spare time.

Mar 29, 2019

My Life Now: Former wish kid Diana wishes it forward on Maui

Diana
Since winning her fight with cancer at a young age, 31-year-old Diana Greczkin has dedicated her life to helping and inspiring others. She currently works as a full-time radiation therapist on Maui, granting wishes as a volunteer with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii in her spare time.

Feb 08, 2019

Zeila's Journey

Zeila
As 10-year-old Mililani wish kid Zeila sat on the stage at Macy’s looking out at the crowd of people there to support her, she began to cry. She had just learned her wish to go to Tokyo and visit the Ghibli Museum would soon be coming true. There had been special dance performances, speeches, and even people dressed up as her favorite Ghibli anime characters—all for her.

The wish reveal marked a spark of happiness and hope after a difficult eight months coping with a lupus diagnosis that will affect Zeila for the rest of her life.

Wish mom Jessica shared more about Zeila’s journey and the impact of her upcoming wish.

Feb 08, 2019

Zeila's Journey

Zeila
As 10-year-old Mililani wish kid Zeila sat on the stage at Macy’s looking out at the crowd of people there to support her, she began to cry. She had just learned her wish to go to Tokyo and visit the Ghibli Museum would soon be coming true. There had been special dance performances, speeches, and even people dressed up as her favorite Ghibli anime characters—all for her.

The wish reveal marked a spark of happiness and hope after a difficult eight months coping with a lupus diagnosis that will affect Zeila for the rest of her life.

Wish mom Jessica shared more about Zeila’s journey and the impact of her upcoming wish.

My Life Now: Bradley Akamu

brad
Volunteer Coordinator at Hawaii Meals on Wheels, dog owner, outdoor enthusiast, amateur photographer—31-year-old Bradley Akamu wears many hats. He’s also a childhood leukemia survivor, and a former wish kid; Make-A-Wish Hawaii granted his wish to have a saxophone nearly 20 years ago, a wish that he still reflects on as a turning point in his journey.

Nov 26, 2018

My Life Now: Bradley Akamu

brad
Volunteer Coordinator at Hawaii Meals on Wheels, dog owner, outdoor enthusiast, amateur photographer—31-year-old Bradley Akamu wears many hats. He’s also a childhood leukemia survivor, and a former wish kid; Make-A-Wish Hawaii granted his wish to have a saxophone nearly 20 years ago, a wish that he still reflects on as a turning point in his journey.

Oct 19, 2018

Intern Spotlight- Ryan Hirokane

Ryan and his fellow summer 2018 interns at Wine for Wishes
At Make-A-Wish Hawaii, we have the privilege of working with the next generation of nonprofit leaders: our interns. They come to us with diverse backgrounds, skills, and areas of interest, but they all share a passion for our mission and leave a lasting impact on our wish kids, volunteers, and staff. One intern who has gone above and beyond in this respect is Ryan Hirokane.

Oct 19, 2018

Intern Spotlight- Ryan Hirokane

Ryan and his fellow summer 2018 interns at Wine for Wishes
At Make-A-Wish Hawaii, we have the privilege of working with the next generation of nonprofit leaders: our interns. They come to us with diverse backgrounds, skills, and areas of interest, but they all share a passion for our mission and leave a lasting impact on our wish kids, volunteers, and staff. One intern who has gone above and beyond in this respect is Ryan Hirokane.

About this Blog

Wish Blog gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful work happening at Make-A-Wish® Hawaii. See how the wishes of local keiki battling critical illnesses come together and how they change lives forever. Hear directly from those who work or volunteer here, or from those in your neighborhood who have been transformed by a wish in some way. Discover why we are so committed to achieving our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child, every year.

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