Honoring our Veterans and Celebration of Life

UH ROTC flag bearers

Bristol Hospice Hawaii held their annual Celebration of Life along with Honoring our Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, at the Oahu Veterans Center.

Our very own Bereavement Coordinator, Ahi Johnson, along with many Bristol Hospice staff members and volunteers made this a memorable day for the many families and friends who attended.

Ahi Johnson & Katinka Hammerich

Ahi Johnson & Katinka Hammerich

 

The event started with UH ROTC flag bearers marching to our National Anthem, followed by the Hawaiian National Anthem. Chaplain Bill Crockett said the opening prayers to begin the opening ceremony.

 

UH ROTC flag bearers

UH ROTC flag bearers

 

UH ROTC

UH ROTC

 

 

Afterward, Eddie Belluomini, a Veteran and a Clinical Supervisor for Bristol Hospice Hawaii, delivered a historical look back at what Veterans Day means and why Veterans Day will never be forgotten.

Eddie Belluomini (Veteran & Clinical Supervisor)

Eddie Belluomini (Veteran & Clinical Supervisor)

Shortly after, Iris Hashimoto and her daughter Kate performed a gracious lovely short hula “One More Day” by Waipuna.

The ceremony ended with the staff and volunteers welcoming friends and families to make any last words of remembrance for their loved ones, and to write the names of their loved on cards.  As their loved one’s name was called out, a family member would place their card on the remembrance tree.

Special thanks to our Bereavement Coordinator, Ahi Johnson, and the many volunteers and presenters that made this event another memorable and loving day.

 

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Early Thanksgiving Brunch for Waimanalo Community

Thanksgiving Brunch in Waimanalo
Bristol Hospice – Hawaii happily supported an annual event hosted by Kaui Kauhi & friends at the Waimanalo Beach Pavilion, this Sunday, November 20, 2016.
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The Thanksgiving Brunch event was held to support the many local families who are less fortunate.  It was a time of giving, a time of community, a time of food, a time of having fun and a time of support.
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Free haircuts for the children of Waimanalo

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Jomel Duldulao and Jordan supporting a great cause.

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Kaui Kauhi speaking in front of the Waimanalo Community to encourage and inspire community and hope.

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100’s of Toys, soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs, bicycles, and tricycles for giveaways.

There was plenty of fun live entertainment performed by local bands such as Typical Hawaiians and Shyne.  The plentiful Thanksgiving buffet was donated by friends, families, and local vendors like Sergs Mexican Restaurant.  The most rewarding moments were the smiles on the faces of the children as they were handed tricycles, footballs, scooters and the many new toys donated from various local businesses, families, and friends of the event.
Our very own Executive Director, Dr. Chung and her family attended and participated in the activities along with our Clinical Supervisor Eddie Belluomini and his family and Director of Community Relations, Jomel Duldulao and his family.
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Jomel Duldulao with Kaui Kauhi.

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Dr. Chung with Kaui Kauhi

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Dr. Chung and Eddie Belluomini and family

 The day was filled with giving, fun, laughter, joy and community building.
Many thanks and Mahalo to our host Kaui Kauhi & Friends.