September 23, 2018;
Amount is highest raised in event's five-year history, bringing total contributed to Kapi'olani by Ko Olina Children's Festival to $275,000
KAPOLEI, O'ahu, Hawai'i (September 23, 2018) - Hundreds of glow-in-the-dark maracas waving in the air were quite a sight and a festive sound for the big finale of the fifth annual Ko Olina Children's Festival. That was the look and feel for the sunset viewing of "Coco," a Disney•Pixar movie, on the beach. The family-friendly event was one big fiesta with the inspired Dia de los Muertos celebration that included everything from a mariachi band to sugar skull cookie decorating. The benefit event for Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children was held Saturday, Sept. 22, drawing more than 2,000 people for activities and entertainment.
Contributions from the Ko Olina Resort Association along with 100% of proceeds from ticket sales resulted in a $65,000 donation presented to Kapi'olani at the event, which is the highest amount raised in the event's five-year history. Funds from this annual festival support Kapi'olani's efforts to provide health care services and specialized programs for women and children regardless of a family's ability to pay. Over the past five years, a total of $275,000 has been raised by the Ko Olina Children's Festival for Kapi'olani to help support Hawai'i's only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty hospital. As a not-for-profit medical center, Kapi'olani treats keiki no matter their illness or injury.
"The Ko Olina Children's Festival was created to inspire and celebrate the creativity in our children," said Jeffrey R. Stone, president of Ko Olina Resort Association and CEO of The Resort Group. "Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children strives to provide the best medical care possible for our keiki and their 'ohana, and we share their commitment to our community. We thank the attendees for their support of this festival and making this significant gift possible." Keeping in the "Coco" theme, the Children's Festival featured an opportunity for keiki to slime it up with Pow! Wow! Hawaii founder Jasper Wong, cook with Aulani's Chef Kyle Higa, and celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a variety of arts and crafts activities, including decorating sugar skulls and skull masks with Four Seasons Resort's Kids for All Seasons team.
Event attendees also had a chance to take a journey through Hawaiian culture and learn to dance hula alongside popular Disney characters at Aulani's Ohana Hula Show, and explore a mix of music and sound production fun presented by Honolulu Community College's Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE).
The Ko Olina Children's Festival also featured live entertainment by El Mariachi Loco Hawaii and a special appearance by the Rolando Sanchez Band. Rounding out the fun-filled afternoon were sun and beach safety activities with Kapi'olani Medical Center, Ko Olina Golf Club's Keiki Golf Academy, face painting, balloon artists and a selection of Walt Disney and Disney•Pixar short films.
"Kapi'olani's commitment to provide keiki with specialized medical care regardless of a family's ability to pay is certainly made possible by ongoing contributions from the Ko Olina Children's Festival," said Kapi'olani CEO Martha Smith. "The support of Jeff Stone, the Ko Olina Resort Association, festival sponsors and attendees of this event is awe-inspiring! As a not-for-profit medical center, our needs are never-ending, and we rely on community support to help us fulfill our mission to create a healthier Hawai'i."
Participating resorts from the Ko Olina Resort Association for this event are host site Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, The Four Seasons Resort O'ahu at Ko Olina, Marriot's Ko Olina Beach Club and the Beach Villas at Ko Olina. This year, the Ko Olina Children's Festival was also grateful to have Dunkin Donuts as a lead sponsor. Additional business and community sponsors included First Hawaiian Bank, Hawai'i Gas, Elite Parking and Ka Makana Ali'i.
Pictured on stage for the check presentation are (left to right): *Stephanie Lum, Anchor at Hawaii News Now; *Sweetie Nelson, Director of Destination Marketing, Ko Olina Resort; *Joe Medwetz, Senior Sales and Services Director, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa; *Martha Smith, CEO, Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children; *Dawn Dunbar, Senior Vice President, Foundations of Hawai'i Pacific Health; *Scott Gubrud, Director of Sales and Marketing, Four Seasons Resort O'ahu at Ko Olina;
About Ko Olina Resort
Ko Olina is a 642-acre master-planned resort community on the western shore of the island of O'ahu. Resort partners include Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort O'ahu at Ko Olina, Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, Beach Villas at Ko Olina, Ko Olina Golf Club, Ko Olina Marina, oceanfront wedding chapels, and the Ko Olina Station and Ko Olina Center retail hub. The resort, known as O'ahu's premier vacation destination, also features four pristine oceanfront lagoons connected by 1.5 miles of shoreline pathways, access to a diverse selection of ocean and outdoor activities, and the island's best weather. For more information, visit KoOlina.com.
About Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children
Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children is Hawai'i's only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty hospital. It is well recognized as Hawai'i's leader in the care of women, infants and children. With 243 beds, the not-for-profit hospital delivers 6,000 babies a year, and is also a medical teaching and research facility. Specialty services for patients throughout Hawai'i and the Pacific region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric and adult care, critical care air transport and high-risk perinatal care. Over 1,600 employees and more than 650 physicians provide specialty care at Kapi'olani. The hospital is home to the Kapi'olani Women's Center and the Women's Cancer Center, and offers numerous community programs and services, such as specialty pediatric clinics and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Kapi'olani is an affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific Health, one of the state's largest health care providers and a not-for-profit health care system with over 70 locations statewide including medical centers, clinics, physicians and other caregivers serving Hawai'i and the Pacific region with high quality, compassionate care. In addition to Kapi'olani, Hawai'i Pacific Health includes Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center. Learn more at Kapiolani.org.
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