Giving back to our community is a humbling way for keiki to learn many Hawaiian values such as, aloha, mālama, and ho‘omaika‘i. In an effort to teach our keiki these values, and also learning to show compassion and empathy for others, Tūtū and Me Hawai‘i Kona held a school-wide food drive to fight hunger in our Hawai‘i island community. Throughout the month of November, the teaching team asked families for their kōkua to support this project, by bringing one non-perishable food item to school and dropping it off in our Tūtū Corner.
On Wednesday, November 23rd, the team transported the donated food items to the Hawai‘i Island Food Basket for donation. The Food Basket community were incredibly appreciative for all the generosity contributed by the Tūtū and Me keiki and ‘ohana. In total between the South Kona and Kailua Kona programs, food donations weighed in at over 100lbs. This activity allowed our keiki to feel responsible, knowing their contributions make a difference in our Hawai‘i island community. Mahalo to all of our Tūtū and Me participants who contributed to our giving project, fighting the hunger here on Hawai‘i island.