A year’s worth of mahalo

Mahalo 2014

My heart is full of thankfulness and appreciation this year! So many people, businesses, and organizations contributed to make 2014 helpful, educational, and exciting.

Mahalo to our public school teachers, Jacky in second grade, Kari in summer school, and Eliane in third grade.

Mahalo to our neighborhood parks and volunteer groups at Koko Head District Park for their Easter Egg-stravaganza and Summer Fun program. Mahalo to our neighborhood libraries for fun movie afternoons, Free Comic Book Day, summer reading programs, and Star Wars Reads Day (my 8-year old son won a Lego Star Wars kit!).

Mahalo to local charging station company Volta, New City Nissan, and the shopping malls that host them for our electric vehicle. Mahalo to the City of Honolulu for free parking.

Mahalo to home improvement stores The Home Depot Kids Workshop and Lowes Build and Grow for their free kids workshops, teaching them to follow directions and take pride in something they built (my son’s favorite projects were the give-and-save bank and claw game).

Mahalo to our local shopping centers: Hawaii Kai Towne Center for the Easter Bunny Celebration and Halloween Spook-tacular; and Koko Marina Shopping Center for the Halloween Trick-or-Treat.

Mahalo to our local companies: Panda Express, for free firecracker chicken on Chinese New Year; Barnes and Noble for their LEGO Movie events and a free cookie in my son’s birthday; the 5210 Let’s Go! Keiki Run, which donated portions of their registration fees to the local school of our choicethe American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter for their free summer swimming lessons at Ala Moana Beach Park; and 7-Eleven for free slurpees on July 11.

Mahalo to family-friendly local community events: Night in Chinatown; the University of Hawaii Astronomy Open House; the Children’s Discovery Center for HDS Tooth Fairy Fun Day; Iolani Palace for their Royal Egg Hunt (a fun event even in the rain); Watanabe Floral for their Easter Egg Hunt; the Mauka to Makai Expo at the Waikiki Aquarium; the Hawaii Book and Music Festival; the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Magic Island (special thanks to KSSK Radio for their prize wheel); Children and Youth Day and the 3k Fun Run; and the Festival of Lights Boat Parade.

Our family was lucky to win a few contests this year! Mahalo to KHON2 for hosting a “24: Live Another Day” preview event, Legacy Isle Publishing for encouraging writers and giving away “Writing the Hawaii Memoir,” Honolulu Family Magazine for tickets to “A Bollywood Robin Hood,” KSSK Radio for Oahu Ghost Tour tickets (just in time for Halloween), and Hawaii.com for delicious Honolulu Gourmet Co. Chocolate Pineapples.

What are you thankful for? Who will you thank today?

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