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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
March 2018

Sports for Our Youngest Athletes

Last month Special Olympics East Hawai’i held their Young Athletes event on February 23, at Kea'au Elementary School. More than 100 preschoolers from three elementary schools attended this inclusionary event. Students with and without disabilities interacted and played together with movement activities learning cooperative play and pre-sports skills and the most important thing, they had fun. Student volunteers from Kea’au High School added to the fun of the day.

If you have young keiki, mark your calendar now for our annual Young Athletes event on May 26, during the Special Olympics Hawai’i State Summer Games. Held at the University of Hawaii, all 2-7 years olds with and without disabilities are invited to attend. Click here for the information flyer and registration form for the event.

Holoholo for Your Health

Special Olympics Hawai’i is proud to announce that we have added three new Holoholo Clubs to our existing walking program already available at Windward Mall. Special Olympics Maui holds their Holoholo Club walks every Wednesday at Queen Ka’ahumanu Mall at 2 p.m. Starting April 11, a Holoholo Club will be available at Ala Moana Center at 4 p.m. Kauai is preparing to launch their own Holoholo Club soon.

This year Special Olympics Hawai’i celebrates our 50th anniversary and is dedicating this year to improve the health and wellness of our 3,800 Special Olympics participants, as well as our coaches and our families. The Holoholo Clubs are part of the overall fitness program that Special Olympics Hawai’i has developed. Click here for more information and registration forms.

Nominations That Serve

The Servco Foundation is seeking the public’s help nominating three 501(c)(3) nonprofits to each receive $20,000. The nonprofit organizations must be based in Hawai’i and serve one of the three cause areas selected by Servco employees: 1. Animals 2. Special Needs 3. Youth Services. Special Olympics Hawaii would qualify under the Special Needs category.

Hawaii residents can nominate local nonprofits by explaining in 150 words or less why the nonprofit is worthy of a grant from the Servco Foundation. Nominations are open at until March 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. HST.

O’ahu Students Rally to Raise Awareness to End the Use of the “R Word”

Students from Farrington High School and Roosevelt High School gathered at the Hawai’i State Capitol this month to advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Students helped “Spread the Word to End the Word” – representing a national campaign by Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and other partners and supporters to raise awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word (retard).

Students from both special and general education sign waved and met with Hawai’i’s legislators as champions of justice, respect, and inclusion.

The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign asks people to pledge to stop using the R-word as a starting point to create more accepting attitudes and communities for all. For more information on the R-word campaign visit

SPONSOR FEATURE: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has been a Year-Round Supporter of Special Olympics Hawai'i since 2004. As a media sponsor for Special Olympics Hawai'i they provide more than $34,000 each year in advertising space in their publications including the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as well as Hawaii Army Weekly, Marine Star and Ho’okele.

This partnership allows us to effectively promote important events like Over the Edge to thousands of households statewide.

"Thanks to the support of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser we are able to run ‘mahalo ads’ to thank sponsors which we would not otherwise have the budget to do," said Tracey Bender, Special Olympics Hawai’i director of development. "This allows us to let the community know which companies support us throughout the year and better thank them for their contributions."

Mahalo Honolulu Star-Advertiser!




It's Not Too Late! Join Us For Polar Plunge!

Sign-up for the 9th annual Polar Plunge! For more information click here.

Leadership Summit

Mahalo to all the athletes, coaches, officers and students that participated in this month’s Leadership Summit!

Mahalo Imua Keiki o ke Kai

This month several Special Olympics Maui athletes enjoyed a day out on the water paddling with members from Imua Keiki o ke Kai!

Holoholo With Us

Top Walkers This Month:

Athlete- Kimo Costa: 320

Parent- Randall Yokota: 213

Athete- Marcelino Galdones: 193

Overall Top Walker:

Athlete- Kimo Costa: 2,699.55



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