Back-to-School Kokua for Children Displaced from their Neighborhood Schools due to the Maui Wildfires
Due to the recent Maui wildfires, hundreds of school children have been displaced from their neighborhood schools and are currently being enrolled elsewhere on Maui. Princess Nahienaena Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate, King Kekaulike High and Lahainaluna High remain closed until it is safe to return, while the Department of Education reported that Lahaina’s King Kamehameha III Elementary School is “damaged beyond repair” from the massive wildfire that decimated the town.
In order to offer a creative outlet for the children while helping them regain a sense of ownership, identity, and normalcy during this challenging time, we are currently organizing a Sticker Buffet -- which is a sticker giveaway to help students personalize newly donated hydro-flasks in the aftermath of this natural disaster.
We believe that this small project will have a significant impact on the emotional well-being and resilience of the children served. By providing them with a simple yet effective way to personalize their belongings, our local arts community can contribute to their sense of stability and support their journey toward recovery after this unprecedented disaster.
Benefits to school children include:
I WANT TO HELP!
There are currently THREE ways to get involved:
1. Donate stickers
Ideally 4" x 4" or smaller so that each student can fit a personalized collection of stickers on their hydro-flask. The most user-friendly hydro-flask stickers are waterproof, dishwasher safe, and resistant to scratches and fading. Email us for the best mailing address.
Mahalo nui to the following artists and supporters for participating in this effort. Your generosity is bringing smiles to this extraordinary community.
Amanda Joy Bowers/ Skelefin Studios
Aaron Bo Heimlich
Kurst and Evase
Fathima Mohiuddin/ fatspatrol
Roxy & Matt Ortiz/ Wooden Wave
Marc C Antosch
Juan I Benedetti
Carole Berthiaume, Maui Surfer Girls
Lindy Bostrom, BostromGraphics
Cara Capizzi, Capizzi Designs
East Maui Watershed Partnership
Al Garr, Maui Sticker Company
Katie Larkin & Jon Mason
Patricia & John McHugh
Hilo Ohtakagi, Plumeria Sun
Kea Peters, Kākou Collective LLC
Gerry & Rona White