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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.

A Message from Kauai Volunteer Leigh Feutz

Leigh Feutz
Join me in making a difference for our local keiki. Make a gift in honor of National Volunteer Month today!

Apr 08, 2020

A Message from Kauai Volunteer Leigh Feutz

Leigh Feutz
Join me in making a difference for our local keiki. Make a gift in honor of National Volunteer Month today!

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.

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.

Aug 27, 2019

Wish Spotlight: Long-time volunteer, donor, and friend Erle Chan Chue

Erle
After retiring from a successful career in finance and moving to Hawaii, Erle Chan Chue was walking down South King St. one day five years ago when he saw the wish kids pictured in our office windows and was inspired to join our mission.

Aug 27, 2019

Wish Spotlight: Long-time volunteer, donor, and friend Erle Chan Chue

Erle
After retiring from a successful career in finance and moving to Hawaii, Erle Chan Chue was walking down South King St. one day five years ago when he saw the wish kids pictured in our office windows and was inspired to join our mission.

Mar 14, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Ja'

Ja'
For Sgt. 1st Class JaNesse Simpson, better known as Ja’, serving the community is more than just a full-time job; it’s a way of life.

Mar 14, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Ja'

Ja'
For Sgt. 1st Class JaNesse Simpson, better known as Ja’, serving the community is more than just a full-time job; it’s a way of life.

Surprise... You get a Scholarship!

Argosy and Interns
When Argosy University heard about our mission, they were inspired to get involved. But how?

Apr 19, 2016

Surprise... You get a Scholarship!

Argosy and Interns
When Argosy University heard about our mission, they were inspired to get involved. But how?

What makes the perfect volunteer?

Volunteer_Art
We asked our volunteers to draw the "ideal volunteer" and this is what you all submitted!

Apr 19, 2016

What makes the perfect volunteer?

Volunteer_Art
We asked our volunteers to draw the "ideal volunteer" and this is what you all submitted!

Wish Granting for Non-Verbal Children

Volunteering for Make-A-Wish Hawaii has been life-changing. I’ve seen a number of wishes in the past year, and I’ve learned that no wish experience is the same. Initially there were a number of people who asked me if I thought wish granting would make me sad, to which I replied it would actually be a joyful experience. What I didn’t realize at the time was how very true that statement would become.

Sep 18, 2015

Wish Granting for Non-Verbal Children

Volunteering for Make-A-Wish Hawaii has been life-changing. I’ve seen a number of wishes in the past year, and I’ve learned that no wish experience is the same. Initially there were a number of people who asked me if I thought wish granting would make me sad, to which I replied it would actually be a joyful experience. What I didn’t realize at the time was how very true that statement would become.

Making Maui’s Wish Come True

Maui Creative Photography
We didn’t know that when we set out to help fulfill the wish of an 8-year-old boy, we would be the ones fulfilled.

Jun 10, 2015

Making Maui’s Wish Come True

Maui Creative Photography
We didn’t know that when we set out to help fulfill the wish of an 8-year-old boy, we would be the ones fulfilled.

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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P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI 96805
(808) 537-3118 x100