2010 Run and Read for Literacy, Nov. 7, 2010

2010 Run and Read

Over 700 people registered for the 2010 Run and Read at Windward Community College. It was a great opportunity to show school spirit, get physically active as a family, and support literacy in our community. This year featured read alouds by local celebrities Superintendent Kathy Matayoshi and Derek Kurisu of the KTA Super Stores. Participants received a t-shirt, and each family received a read aloud book, Pizza Hut Carryout for Literacy Card and goodies. Mahalo to our sponsors and all the families that raised $4914.00 to support literacy in our Windward District Schools. For more information, call the Kaneohe Community Family Center at 235-7747.

Family Activity Night: "Oceans Festival of Science", Oct. 1, 2010

Family Activity Night 10-01-10

Hundreds or parents and children attend this fun filled, educational evening of hands on activities, take and make crafts, and informational presentations to uncover the scientific mysteries of the ocean. The evening began with the documentary “Under the Sea” while families enjoyed $1.00 corndogs, cookies and carrots. Everyone enjoyed actively participating in various learning experiences hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oceanic Institute, Kiwanis of Kaneohe, OceanFest, Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology, Dolphin Quest, Mad Science and more. Family Activity Nights are FREE to families residing in Kaneohe. The next event will be held in April 2011. Please call 235-7747 for more information. [Photo Gallery]

Congratulations to the First Advanced Graduating Class of the Sundays Project! June 30, 2010

Now they can truly be called Families for Academic Achievement!

7-Sundays Graduates 2010

Back row – Santiar Kutta, Kercy Sainas, Sakrina Wainit, Schok Achuo, Cathsy Nathan, Catherine Nathan and Merleen William. Front row – Taiory Taira, Dolores Tommy*, Grace Lorenzo. (Not pictured: Gloria Liwis and Antonina Michael*) *Perfect Attendance

The Fale (Samoan style meeting house) was decorated, traditional Pacific Island foods were cooked and music rang out with the sounds of Chuukese hymns on June 30, 2010.  Ten women grinned from ear to ear as their names were called out as they received graduation certificates, a hand shake, and made a pledge to help their children succeed in school through specific family behaviors. They were so proud of their accomplishments – as they should be.  Two women had perfect attendance. 

These families committed a total of 13 weeks working with HPIRC staff on learning to read report cards, setting up nighttime and morning schedules, getting their children to sleep and school on time and pledging to keep up the good work.  These ladies worked closely with us to discover hidden yet unique solutions to epidemic academic problems in their community.  They pledged to spread these simple solutions within their homes and with community members. 

Through a series of ‘talk story’ sessions they learned from their peers how to help with homework, talk gentler to their kids and communicate with their child’s teacher.  “I am so excited about what we have learned and how my family has changed because of the program. We are happier and so are my kids” says Grace Lorenzo, one of the graduates.  Grace is now enrolled in English class and was able to advocate for her daughter, getting her enrolled into the classroom of her choice for the next school year.  Congratulation to this pioneering group of women! Check out our photo gallery. To learn more about this project visit

HIPPY Achieves Stellar Status, Mar. 16, 2009

HIPPY Staff '08-'09

The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) achieved Stellar Program status, one component HIPPY USA's program accreditation, for the 2007-2008 program year. This status recognizes HIPPY sites that demonstrate the high quality programming known to result in the greatest, positive impact for children and families. Contact HIPPY Coordinator, Shannon Ramirez at (808)334-4111 for more information. Learn more about the HIPPY program.

Family Activity Night: "Think Global, Act Local", Oct. 2, 2008


How can we teach the younger generation about the fragile Earth? This will be an interactive evening of fun, on October 2, 2008! There will be hands-on eco-friendly activities for the whole family, and fun ways to celebrate the Year of the Potato!
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2008 Run and Read for Literacy, Nov. 2, 2008

This annual event takes place on the Windward side of Oahu, and promotes the joy of family fitness and reading aloud. This 1-mile fun run and book festival will be happening on Sunday, November 2, 2008 and wil feature read alouds by local celebrities, storytelling, arts & crafts, and a scholastic book fair. Each participant receives a t-shirt, a read aloud book, and a Pizza Hut Carryout for Literacy Card. Best of all, $7 out of the $10 entry fee goes back to the schools to support literacy efforts! For more information, call the Kaneohe Community Family Center at 235-7747.

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