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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
January 2018

Kauai Student Reign Palama Honored with National BE FEARLESS BE KIND Award

Ten outstanding youth across the United States were recognized as BE FEARLESS BE KIND Award winners by Special Olympics and global play and entertainment company, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). One of the ten winners is Hawai'i student, Reign Palama.

Reign is an 8th grader from Kauai who is very involved in Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School's Unified Club through inclusive class activities, whole school unified events, fundraising events, and sporting events. She is a leader for inclusion in her school, and has helped organize many Unified events and supported many of her classmates.

Reign's teacher said: "Reign would not say that her actions of kindness, inclusion, acceptance, and respect are actions of courage. Given that she is a middle school student, however, it takes courage to do something your peers are not doing, something that may not be 'cool'."

The award celebrates youth in Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools across the country who are leaders for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their community and exemplify the qualities of compassion, empathy, and courage. Hasbro's BE FEARLESS BE KIND philanthropic initiative, selected students who have taken action in their schools to end discrimination of youth with intellectual disabilities and has help create a more inclusive school culture. Each of the youth received $1,000 to support Special Olympics programming in their school.

“The important qualities of kindness and empathy that Hasbro is celebrating through the BE FEARLESS BE KIND Awards are vital to creating schools and communities that are inclusive of people with all abilities. I commend these excellent youth who are true leaders in the fight to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities; they each represent the future of the Special Olympics movement and our vision of a Unified Generation,” said Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics International. 

BE FEARLESS BE KIND is Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative designed to inspire and empower kids to have compassion, empathy, courage, to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives. The core elements of BE FEARLESS BE KIND are dedicated to teaching empathy, putting empathy into action, and celebrating kind kids who serve as positive role models and change makers.
"As a company dedicated to making the world a better place for children and their families, Hasbro is passionate about helping young people develop empathy, create a more inclusive world, and make a difference," said Karen Davis, Hasbro's senior vice president of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact, and president of the Hasbro Children's Fund.  “These young leaders are proof that there is no age limit or special skillset required to be inclusive and we are proud to partner with Special Olympics in celebrating them as our BE FEARLESS BE KIND Award winners.”

In addition to recognizing the 10 BE FEARLESS BE KIND Award winners, Hasbro is also supporting Special Olympics Unified Schools programming with grants to 11 programs in eight countries, helping to engage more than 6,000 youth with and without intellectual disabilities in 170 schools.  Parents and teachers can find resources for teaching empathy and putting it into action through an online hub. To learn more about Hasbro's BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative, visit, follow the company on Twitter (@Hasbro), and join the conversation online using #BeKind and #BFBK.


Hundreds of keiki hit the field instead of the books this month for a morning focused on inclusion and physical fitness. Special education students from 10 grade schools around Oʻahu participated in Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s 12th Annual Sports Day including elementary school students from Aikahi Elementary, Daniel K. Inouye Elementary, Hahaione Elementary, Kamaile Academy PCS, Liholiho Elementary, Linapuni Elementary, Makaha Elementary, Mililani Mauka Elementary, Pu’uhale Elementary and Waianae Elementary.

“Sports Day is a great opportunity for general education students to get involved. I’ve learned that everyone can participate no matter their abilities or disabilities and that’s true of life too!” said Hailey Oyadomari co-president of Roosevelt High School’s Partners Club.

Sports Day focuses on the importance of leveling the playing field for all athletes while creating an arena of inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. Students participated in activities including soccer, bocce, softball, an obstacle course, golf, track and field, and general fitness.

The event is a collaboration between Special Olympics Hawai‘i and Roosevelt High School's Unified Champion Schools Club, an inclusionary club with both general and special education student members. More than 250 Roosevelt High School students (both general and special education students) prepared for weeks to host this annual event that promotes physical activity and community involvement.

SPONSOR FEATURE: Servco Pacific Inc.

We kick off the New Year recognizing one of our newest Year-Round Supporters, Servco Pacific Inc. In 2017, Servco helped raise more than $17,000 for our annual Polar Plunge fundraiser and even sent five of their executives including Chairman and CEO Mark Fukunaga, President and COO Rick Ching, and President of Servco Home and Appliance and Special Olympics Hawai'i Board Member, Craig Washofsky to take the plunge! The company is also a table sponsor for our annual Cheer for Champions event and contributes items to the silent auction

"Servco and the Servco Foundation provided tremendous support in our 2017 fundraisers and we are so grateful for their continued support," said Cindy Ujimori, director of volunteer & corporate relations. "Additionally, Servco brings out many volunteers - called Team Serve -- each year to run the track and field awards where they serve as a Silver Medal Sponsor."

"Our Servco volunteers, family and friends always feel inspired by Special Olympics Hawai'i's continued year-round efforts and learned valuable lessons from engaging with the athletes by witnessing their smiles and displays of competition and good sportsmanship," said Haylee Faustin, Servco Pacific Insurance benefits consultant and vice chair of the YEs Board.

Mahalo Servco for more than 15 years of support!


Friends Program at the Polynesian Bowl

Our Farrington High School Friends Program had a ball at the Polynesian Bowl this month thanks to the tickets provided by the Marcus Marquita Foundation. Here they are with Marcus at the big game.

Learning About Inclusive Health

This month Coach Tamarine and Kobe from Kapa’a High School traveled all the way to Indianapolis to represent Hawai’i at the Special Olympics Health Conference! We can’t wait to hear what they learned.

Holoholo With Us

Top Walkers This Month:

Parent- Randall Yokota: 286

Athlete- Kimo Costa: 236

Athlete- Erin Nakamoto: 216

Overall Top Walker:

Athlete- Kimo Costa: 2,057.90

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Holoholo Club! We are at 2 locations:
Windward Mall every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 - 4:30p in front of Big City Diner

Sign Up For Polar Plunge!

There are ELEVEN more weeks until the 9th annual Special Olympics Hawai'i Polar Plunge, and Stranger Things are happening! This year's event will be held on April 14, 2018 from 9am - 1pm, at the Waterfront Plaza front lawn. Participants will get to test their fearlessness, and "Plunge Into The Upside Down" as they go down Mt. Kilauea a 36 feet high and 95 feet long inflatable slide ending in a pool of ice cold water.

Requirements to Plunge

  • Adult Plungers must raise a minimum of $100 to plunge once; raise double to plunge twice
  • Student Plungers must raise a minimum of $50 to plunge once; raise double to plunge twice
  • Passionate Plungers must raise $500 or more to plunge 6 times
  • Super Plungers must raise $1,000 to plunge 12 times in 6 hours

To register visit




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