Since the Annual Charity Walk is going Virtual this year, Ka Lima O Maui decided to have a short, informal walk around Keopuolani Park as the focal point to raise money for this great event that helps so many non-profits on Maui. We had great participation from all of the ohana, Ka Lima workers did their full shift and then came to walk, some still in their work boots. The Waiver Program participants used the walk as another exercise time and then sat in the shade and picnicked afterward. Other staff made sandwiches, staff crosswalks, and cheered on the great effort made by everyone. The unique t-shirt design was created by Sarah McGowan.
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Ka Lima O Maui has been working with Source America to develop a new tool for persons with the use of only one hand to independently put on a safety glove. Called “Glove Assist”, the tool allows the person to attached the glove to the “Glove Assist”. Once attached, the person places their hand into the now partially open glove. They then reverse out of the tool with the glove securely and fully on their hand. Andrian, a worker with Ka Lima O Maui Custodian Department, demonstrated and was filmed by Source America using the “Glove Assist”. Special Mahalo also to Dan Honma, Director of Operations, who coordinated Ka Lima’s role in the project. Andrian lost the use of his left hand after a stroke. He was complimentary of the new tool and discussed the other versions of the tool developed earlier. For people like Andrian the “Glove Assist” is
We had many concerns how we would get Ka Lima O Maui’s participants vaccinated since so many do not have email addresses to register nor could they drive to appointments. Up stepped Mauliola Pharmacy, a new pharmacy at the Cameron Center, who set up special vaccine days for our clients. Mahalo Nui Loa to Mauliola Pharmacy – you made a difference!!!
Orian Swoveland is a new worker at Ka Lima O Maui where he works in the laundry and shreds newspaper. He previously worked at Ka Lima eight years ago and is happy to be back. He lives in Wailuku and has good memories of attending Iao School and Baldwin High School. He also previously worked at Maui Pineapple and at the old Planet Hollywood. In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach, walking and watching television.
Every year at our Annual Meeting, we give out awards to our own participants as well as community supporters who have done a terrific job for us in the previous year! Unfortunately, we were not able to have our Annual Meeting this time because of Covid-19. Still, we want to recognize the people and community supporters who have gone beyond just being workers or participants or contacts and have made a major difference for Ka Lima O Maui in the past year. We appreciate all of our partners and participants and thank each and every one of you for all that you do for Ka Lima O Maui.
Every year for the past 16 years, Aaron Placourakis of Tri-Star Restaurants has hosted the clients and workers of Ka Lima O Maui for a great Christmas Luncheon. This year, in spite of Covid-19, he still made Christmas very special for the Ka Lima Ohana. Sadly, Sarento’s on the Beach, which was the venue all of those previous years, is now closed. Still, in spite of these challenges, Aaron kept his commitment alive by having the staff of Manoli’s Pizza Company and Nick’s Fishmarket prepared lunches to go for over 100 Ka Lima O Maui clients and workers. So again this year, for the 17th straight year, all of the Ka Lima guys enjoyed a great Christmas Grab and Go luncheon thanks to Aaron and his great staff. Mahalo to Aaron Placourakis, and the staff of Manoli’s Pizza Company, and Nick’s Fishmarket for this awesome Christmas gift to Ka Lima
Sarah recently finished her VWAT Classes with Ka Lima O Maui and now doing an Internship with artist Susanna Cromwell. Sarah is hand stamping shipping boxes with rubber stamps carved by the artist (Susanna_cromwell_art.com). She is also filling orders from Susanna’s website to ship out. Sarah loves it! Her dream job is to be a professional artist so being able to work with an artist is amazing to her. Susanna says Sarah does a better job than she does and calls her “The Phenomenal Sarah” Congratulations and Good Job Sarah!!!
Ka Lima O Maui announced JD Wyatt has been named executive director of the nonprofit dedicated to “enhancing lives through self-reliance” for adults with disabilities on Maui. Wyatt succeeds Chantal Ratte, who recently retired after 27 years with the organization. Wyatt was the director of the Hawaii Nature Center — Iao Valley, and most recently, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Maui. Wyatt’s career spans over 30 years of both private sector and nonprofit leadership. “Many changes have taken place at Ka Lima O Maui this year, but one thing remains the same: our commitment to “Enhancing Lives through Self Reliance”. As the new Executive Director, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Chantal and staff over the past two months through the transition. I’ve been amazed daily by the focus and caring energy directed towards the adults with disabilities we all serve. I had the opportunity to work with our