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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
July 2017

Step Right Up

Developed through Special Olympics Hawai’i’s SOFit program, the Holoholo Club is a new low impact and easy movement program designed to help our athletes, partners, coaches and family members get or stay in shape. Created with the entire family in mind, we believe that if our families are involved, our athletes will stay involved, become more physically fit and live longer more active lives.

In Hawaiian “holoholo” means lets go out (such as riding or for a walk).

Special Olympics Hawai’i is currently offering the Holoholo Club at two locations:

Windward Mall: Every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 – 4:30pm

Kahala Mall: Every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00am

All participants will receive a movement tracking device and be eligible for rewards as they reach different levels of fitness. To sign up, complete a simple registration form and submit it by fax at 808-943-8814 or e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Promoting Good Health

On June 3, close to 1,200 free health screenings were provided for Special Olympics Hawai’i athletes and unified partners at the Healthy Athlete Village at the State Summer Games.

Hundreds of volunteers played a key role in identifying health concerns in a fun and welcoming environment. Screenings were offered in six different health areas including Opening Eyes, Fit Feet, Fun Fitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing and Special Smiles.

Because of the dedicated work of volunteer clinical directors like ours, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization specifically for people with intellectual disabilities. In fact, more that 1.4 million examinations have been provided to Special Olympics athletes worldwide. Healthcare professionals trained in the specific health care concerns of people with intellectual disabilities feel better equipped to care for them in their offices, following the experience.

“Healthy Athletes is an amazing benefit for our athletes. So far I have mailed 37 pairs of new glasses to athletes and expect to send more later this month. Special Smiles provided mouth guards for 67 athletes participating in team sports. And through the Healthy Hearing program, athletes who failed the hearing test because of ear wax impaction were treated on site by volunteer specialists from Kaiser Permanente,” said Jen Ernst, SOHI Healthy Communities Manager.

Mahalo to this year’s volunteer Clinical Directors Pat Uchida (Opening Eyes), Dale Matsumoto-Oi (Healthy Hearing), Gerriane Hignite (Special Smiles), Jessi Ho (Fun Fitness), Grace Pascual (Fit Feet). Val Rose (Health Promotion) and Susan May and Dale Matsumoto – Oi (Healthy Hearing).

Celebrating Champions Month

Cheer on Our Champions!

More than 350 Special Olympics Hawai‘i athletes and coaches from across the state are ready to get the ball rolling at Waiau District Park for this year’s 22nd Annual Aukake Classic held August 5-6, 2017 at Waiau District Park. The statewide competition marks the end of the summer season and features a soccer tournament, individual soccer skills competition as well as traditional and Unified® bocce doubles competition.

Athletes prepare from June through August and participate in area and regional competitions to qualify for this event. The Aukake Classic is one of three state competitions that Special Olympics Hawai‘i holds annually.

For more information and a schedule of events click here.

SPONSOR FEATURE: Elite Parking Services

Elite Parking Services is one of the driving forces behind Special Olympics Hawai’i. Since 2015 the company has been a Year Round Supporter and have sponsored and helped to run the State Summer Games Softball Individual Skills competition since 2009.

“Our company and all of our employees have a deep passion for supporting the athletes of Special Olympics Hawai’i,” said Nina Nakaahiki, Elite Parking Services, executive vice president/ partner. “We are proud to support the organization in ways both big and small. Just this year our employees banded together to raise additional funds by selling ‘Aloha Found Here’ bracelets at the State Summer Games.”

This year Elite Parking Services was a Silver Medal sponsor of the State Summer Games. They also sponsored and provided parking service for the Cheer for Champions fundraising event.

The company’s leadership also encourages and supports it employees participating in fundraising events including Polar Plunge and Over the Edge. In 2016 Elite Parking President / Partner, Ryan Chun went Over the Edge for our athletes along with a team of 13 employees!

Mahalo Elite Parking!



Making Waves

Mahalo to all the participants of this year’s 2nd Annual Hawai’i State Law Enforcement Surfing Classic which raised more than $7,100 for our athletes. Stand by for details on next year’s event!

Ashe Courage Award

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver, one of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's children, accepted the honor on behalf of his mother at The 25th ESPYS Presented by Capital One on 12 July.

Watch the full video here.

"Fueled by love and anger, she used sport to break down the barriers, she used fields of play to bring people together, and she opened the doors of inclusion and equality to the most marginalized on Earth. It is now up to all of us to follow the athletes of Special Olympics who can teach us all to accept and include each other," said Shriver on behalf of the Shriver family and Special Olympics.

A Big Difference

Mahalo to Big City Diner and their loyal customers who helped to raise more than $8,300 for our athletes! Their six locations all participated in a month-long campaign which took place this past May.

Register Today!

Over The Edge is October 28th, 2017

Learn more here.

Icon Campaign First Hawaiian Bank

Visit your local First Hawaiian Bank branch until August 11th and make a donation to help our athletes get to the games!



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