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Hundreds of families turned out for a fun- filled evening on the beach at Ko ‘Olina Resort on May 20 in support of a life-saving cause.
well-deserved recognition. As the only full-service spe- cialty children’s medical cen- ter in the Pacific, Kapi‘olani provides quality care for about a thousand children and wom- en with cancer every year. The new expanded Cancer and Infusion Center will accom- modate the latest technology for pediatric and women’s on- cology treatments as well as lifesaving infusion treatments. The new center will be more accessible and convenient, with support services for both women and children in a sin- gle central location. We look forward to creating a comfort- ing and healing space to ease
our patient’s cancer journey.
That is the larger goal, but for kids at the 2023 Ko ‘Oli- na Children’s Festival, the evening was all about fun. Hands-on activities include drawing lessons with POW! WOW! founder (and dad) Jasper Wong; story time with Bess Press and local authors Shar Tui’asoa, Catherine Toth Fox and Pua Aquino; glitter face painting and tattoos; keiki Zumba; and balloon animals. Parents and kids learned about Hawaiian culture and ecology with hands-on activities from Bishop Museum, Kuleana Coral Restoration and Māla- ma Learning Center, and took home seeds for a native Ha- waiian plant for their own gar-
dens. At sunset, all were treat- ed to a special performance by Disney friends, followed by the magic and music of the movie Encanto projected on a giant screen on the beach of the Kohola Lagoon.
In its seventh season, Ko ‘Olina Children’s Festival re- turned for the first time since 2019, raising $50,000 with 100% of the proceeds going toward the new Martha B. Smith Cancer and Infusion Center at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children. Smith worked passionately for more than 30 years to im- prove health care in Hawai‘i, serving as CEO of Kapiʻolani. She passed away in 2021 and we honor her legacy with this
The event sold out, a testa- ment to the grace and good- will of the organizers and the many families who attended. Since its inception, the Ko ‘Olina Children’s Festival has raised more than $400,000 for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children.
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