On July 12, 2010, United States Army personnel from Schofield Barracks were on-hand at Mililani Middle School to present 4 brand new mountain bikes and riding helmets to Ka Pa‘alana. As part of their ongoing partnership with the school, U.S. Army Captain Danny Brewer and Major Naomi Carrington led a team to collect funds from other members of the military in order to purchase the bikes and helmets. They then had them assembled and taken to the school so it could be given to four lucky students.
In a turn of events, however, the students decided the bikes would be put to better use if they were given to the kids at HOPE Shelter! So, in a celebratory manner, the school arranged an assembly where the soldiers came and made the presentation to Ka Pa‘alana staff in front of approximately 200 students.
The bikes will be used as part of the physical fitness activities Kama‘ehu implements with the children in grades K through 8 at the Shelter.
Ka Pa‘alana and its parent organization, Partners in Development Foundation, would like to send a special mahalo to the students and staff at Mililani Middle School, and also to the generous service men and women of the United States Army. Along with Captain Danny Brewer and Major Naomi Carrington, others from the U. S. Army on-hand to make the presentation were CPT. Ted Valcourt, SGT. Garrett Larson, SPC. Guadalupe Flores, and SFC. Jerry Johnson.