One of the children from the Ohana Ola O Kahumana transitional shelter in Waianae who participated in the pumpkin carving contest.

Dear Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival, and the Arts District Merchant’s Association:

Mahalo nui loa to the Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival for sponsoring the pumpkin-carving contest for the children of Ohana Ola O Kahumana transitional shelter in Wai`anae on 10/30/08. The children and families had a blast carving the pumpkins.

Thank you very much to the Arts District Merchant’s Assn. for the following wonderful prizes you donated, which were delivered to the children on 11/29/08:
— Lady Bug ring and bracelet; gold mother of pearl beaded necklace (INTO, Inc.)
— 4 Barrack Obama posters (The Peace Center)
— Red baseball hat with foreign language messages
— Tea at 1024 gift certificate for 2
— 10 Kim Taylor Reece “Keiki” Calendars
— “Friends” standing photo album
— 11 black “Good Grief Corner” t-shirts (The Louis Pohl Gallery)
— 21 yellow “Mardi Gras” t-shirts (Brazilian Cultural Center)
— Canvas Bag (Ray Ventors)
Special mahalo to Mark Tarone of T-Rx Entertainment, who came up with the idea for the pumpkin-carving contest, and was the overall coordinator.

Thanks also to Marsha Joyner of The Peace Center, who coordinated the donation of the prizes.

You have truly demonstrated that it is better to give than to receive. Happy Holidays!

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