KAPA Hawaiian FM, HIUW Distribute 3,000 Pairs of Slippers
KAPA Hawaiian FM and the Hawai’i Island United Way have partnered to gather slippers for keiki across the island.
The project is one of three annual events of the Kākoʻo I Nā Keiki-Support the Keiki Project, a community initiative spearheaded by KAPA Hawaiian FM and the HIUW.
In total, the 2016 project allowed for the distribution of 3,000 pairs of slippers to Big Island elementary school students, a monetary amount of over $4,000.
“The impact on a childʻs learning and success starts with addressing their basic necessities they need on a daily basis,” said Ka’ea Lyons, KAPA Hawaiian FM morning co-host and content brand manager.
According to Lyons, schools complete a needs-based survey each year, which allows for school assistance through Title 1 funds for most pertinent needs. Outside programs, like the Kākoʻo I Nā Keiki-Support the Keiki Project, assist in filling in the need gaps.
Slippers, school supplies, and food are among the needed items listed by schools, and the Keiki Project hits on the three during various projects throughout the year.
“Footwear is a common item that children go without, believe it or not,” said Lyons. “It then becomes a health and safety issue as well. The most ironic thing is if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind!”
In addition to the March Slipper Drive, KAPA Hawaiian FM and HIUW partner for the July School Supply Drive and the annual December Kini’ai Food Care Package Project.
The 2016 Slipper Drive provided slippers to keiki at 26 elementary schools, touching every Big Island district.
“We are hoping to bring awareness to our Hawaiʻi Island Community. If everyone gives just a little, the impact is great,”’ said Lyons.
Konawaena High School Running Start, Hawai’i Community College-Pālamanui, and Hawai’i Youth Challenge Academy students supported efforts as volunteers.
Annual fundraising drives, including those that collect slippers, provide support for the project. Those who wish to donate to the Kākoʻo I Nā Keiki-Support the Keiki Project should visit the HIUW website.
Sponsors include BMW of Hawai’i, HFS Federal Credit Union, Keauhou Shopping Center, Millers Surf, Hawai’i Community Federal Credit Union, Hawai’i Community College-Pālamanui, Hawai’i Youth Challenge, and Roberts Hawai’i.
KAPA Hawaiian FM is owned by Pacific Media Group, parent company of BigIslandNow.com.