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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

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!



Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk

Aloha all,

Thank you to Laura, Tony and his mom Jeannie for joining me and the team in the annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk. It was a great event and we had fun walking and spending time looking at the booths. My favorite part was seeing, once again, the dog in a tutu walking with us!

Thank you also to those who contributed. Julie, Janet, Ilin, Rosie, Norman, and Steffi (and anyone I may have missed and those who gave their spare change to the cause). We raised $300 online and $30 in change from the collection “bottles” in the kitchen. Our team goal was $100 so we far exceeded our goal!!!

More than 4,000 people attended the event on October 21st at Ke`ehi Lagoon Beach Park and together we raised over $185,000 for Making Strides of Hawaii. With our combined efforts, we’re determined to make sure the society is there for those who are touched by this disease and the Making Strides event gives us the power to do just that. Until we win, we’re all in this together.

Walk with passion. And we’ll never walk alone.

See our photo album from the day.


13,100 Pounds of Marine Debris Removed from Kahuku! 

Wow!!! Check out these numbers posted by the Kokua Hawaii Foundation:

On September 16, 160 volunteers cleaned the Kahuku coastline at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, removing a staggering 13,100 lbs. from the beach for International Coastal Cleanup Day. Most of the debris were entanglements of fishing nets and ropes. 2,100 lbs. of this debris were recycled with the Parley for the Oceans project in partnership with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi. Our second location at Kailua Beach Park was hosted by Kailua Beach Adventures, with 120 volunteers cleaning 285 lbs. from the beach.

Dozens participated in the Great Sunscreen Trade-in, trading in chemical sunscreens for samples of Raw Elements USA reef-safe sunscreen. Plus, all volunteers received free samples of Bee’s Wrap, a plastic-free and reusable food storage wrap.

Steffi and I attended the cleanup events on Saturday. She at the Kailua location and myself & Steve on the North Shore. We even brought a friend of mine visiting from France along to help clean up the beach and we had a great time and made a huge difference. And we LOVE our Bee's Wrap! See you at the next one! Don't forget to check out our photo album.