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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
November 2017

Happy Holidays from Our President and CEO


We appreciate family traditions most during the holidays; the annual visit to see the lights at Honolulu Hale, our favorite songs on the radio, treasured holiday meals, and the opportunity to pass simple heirlooms with love from one generation to the next.  When we do, we’re acknowledging the legacy left to us by past generations. What legacy will you leave behind?

One of the best ways is to make a gift through your will or estate plan to the organizations you feel share your values and which strive to create the world you’d like your children and grandchildren to inherit. Because of your generous past support – in time and money -- we know that Special Olympics Hawaiʻi is one of those organizations.

Besides supporting our mission through the years to come, you’ll be leaving your family a legacy that may well become a precious tradition.

Want to learn more? Our Special Olympics planned giving professionals can answer any questions you may have on how to include Special Olympics Hawaiʻi in any of your estate plans. Contact us toll-free at (866) 690-3951 or email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Bottelo
Special Olympics Hawai’i, President & CEO

Local Law Enforcement Make Service the Main Course

Law enforcement officers are serving the community in a different way this holiday season as part of the 27th Annual Tip a Cop fundraiser. On Friday, Dec. 8, Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, volunteer off-duty law enforcement officers will bus tables and assist servers at participating restaurants at Ward Village and Ka Makana Ali’i. All ‘tips’ raised from the event will benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i’s more than 5,000 participants.

For the past 27 years Ward Village has participated in Tip a Cop, helping to raise more than $276,771 for athletes with intellectual disabilities in Hawai’i. “At Ward Village we look forward to supporting Tip a Cop year after year. We value our partnership with Special Olympics Hawai’i and appreciate the commitment from our restaurants as well as the volunteer officers who make this fundraiser possible,” said Todd Apo, Vice President of Community Development at The Howard Hughes Corporation.

Tip a Cop will take place at Ward Village at the following locations and times:

Big City Diner

Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dave & Buster’s

Friday, Dec. 8 Dinner: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10, Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Ryan’s Grill

Dinner: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For the first time, Ka Makana Ali’i will participate in Tip a Cop. “Tip a Cop is a great opportunity for us to engage the community and help share Special Olympics Hawai’i’s mission of inclusion with our shoppers and diners,” said Alex Kirley, Ka Makana Ali’i Marketing Director.

Tip a Cop will take place at Ka Makana Ali’i at the following locations and times:

Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

California Pizza Kitchen

Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 8, Dinner: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10, Lunch: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Dinner: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

All proceeds from Tip a Cop will remain in the islands and benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s mission to provide year-round athletic programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. There is never any charge for athletes or their families to participate.


A Swinging Success

The inaugural Par Hawaii Charity Golf Tournament took place on September 22, at Kapolei Golf Course. It was a great success and sold out completely. Special Olympics Hawai’i and YMCA of Honolulu both received $20,000 thanks to PAR Hawaii’s efforts and participants. There were excellent prizes and treats at every hole.

Save the date now for next year’s event, scheduled to take place on September 28, 2018.

Sharing Special Smiles

On October 15, 111 Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners were provided oral health education and free dental screenings. In addition to the screenings, mouth guards were provided to 101 basketball players; some of whom wore them during our Holiday Classic competition that weekend.

Thank you to the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Navy Gym for hosting and Gerraine Hignite, RDH, our Special Smiles clinical director for overseeing this opportunity. This event would also not have been possible without the support of dentists, Dr. Scott Hiramoto, Dr. Carol Weber, Dr. Rachel Yorita and Dr. Michael Yuen for making participants feel welcomed and excited about good oral health.

“It was great to see our athletes and Unified Partners wear the mouth guards they received during this month’s Holiday Classic competition,” said Jen Ernst, Special Olympics Hawai’i Healthy Communities manager. “When participating in a contact sport such as basketball, wearing a mouth guard can help protect your teeth from serious injury and trauma. I hope to see more athletes and partners wearing mouth guards for all contact sports in the future.”



First Hawaiian Bank Icon Campaign

Mahalo to the amazing employees and customers at First Hawaiian Bank who supported our athletes during this year’s icon campaign! Your generous support helped to raise more than $26,000 for our athletes!

Holiday Classic

Earlier this month Special Olympics Hawai’i athletes kicked off the holiday season at our 28th Annual Holiday Classic! The event brought together more than 1,200 athletes and coaches as well as 1,000 volunteers.

Thank you ELC for being our presenting sponsor for Holiday Class 2017.

Holoholo With Us

Top Walkers This Month:

Parent- Randall Yokota: 76

Athlete- Kelli Shizuma: 64

Athlete- Erin Nakamoto: 56

Overall Top Walker:

Athlete- Kimo Costa: 1,287

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

Over The Edge

This year’s 9th Annual Over the Edge took place Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. More than 90 participants rappelled more than 400 feet down the side of the iconic hotel, while enjoying views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.




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