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Our Adopted Rats

Name: Ikemba

Job: Mine Detection Rat

Meet Our Past Rats: Nala and our beloved Cheeky who is now watching us from above.

Recycling Funds

2012: $105.63

2013: $118.63

2014: $56.45

Featured Team Members

MLK Day Beach Cleanup in Kahuku

A staggering 500 people came out to the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku for the Martin Luther King Day Beach Cleanup organized by the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Over 6,050 lbs of trash and debris were removed from the beach - 1,450 lbs of which was recycled with the Parley for the Oceans project. This amazing event included a strong network of the following partners:

  • Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
  • Kailua Beach Adventures
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Hawaii Marine Animal Response
  • Bee's Wrap (donor)
  • RAW ELEMENTS USA (donor)

Check out our photo gallery from the event.


Meet our newest rat Ikemba!

Ikemba was the runt of the litter, and almost never made it, but with the dedicated support of the APOPO team she’s now one of the best mine detection rats in the business. Born in Morogoro, Tanzania, Ikemba deployed to Malange, Angola, where she helps sniff out mines in one of the most mine affected places in the world.

  • Name: Ikemba (EE- KEM - BAH)
  • Sex: Female
  • Date of birth: March 20, 2013
  • Job title: Mine Detection Rat
  • Favourite food: Bananas
  • Personality: Kind and sociable

46% of landmine victims are children. In 2014, Ikemba helped discover a landmine less than twenty meters from the town school playground in Ngola Luije. It had lain hidden for over twenty years. The school’s headmaster explained that while the minefields were clearly marked, the children’s football was inevitably kicked into the overgrowth. If no adults were around, the children would nominate someone to sneak into the minefield to retrieve it.

In June alone, Ikemba was responsible for:

  • Minefields Cleared
    • 4,668 SQM
  • Explosives Found
    • 10
  • Minutes Worked
    • 253

Follow her efforts here:


Adopt a Family 2017

This year HIC participated in our favorite event of the year - adopting families!

Adopt A Family (AAF) is a seasonal program administered by Helping Hands Hawai‘i during the holidays that links individuals and families in need with kind donors in the community. Participants are referred to the program through our large network of community partners, and donors participate by adopting a family and fulfilling their holiday wish lists.

This year, we adopted 11 individuals - a family of 8 as well as a family of 3. We divvied up the members as a group and did our shopping - then met back up to wrap the gifts as a team. We finished in the nick of time, then loaded them in to old the 4WD sleigh, dropping them off just prior to the deadline!

Heartfelt thanks to all of the generous staff who participated, we really made a difference for our fellow friends and neighbors this season. Looking forward to 2018!

If you'd like to learn more or participate in your own adoption, visit Helping Hands Hawaii.

Check out our photo gallery from the wrapping party.

Merry Christmas everyone!