Hello again from Honolulu! The past few days have been jam-packed with fun activities and community service opportunities.
On Saturday we took a scenic drive through the mountains to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families to build decent and affordable houses. We were lucky enough to help out on a day when the families whose homes we were building were on site, which allowed trip members to see firsthand how much these families appreciate their hard work. Claudia, Amy, Lily, and Seline shared a particularly close bond with an elderly woman named Flo, who was working on building a home for herself and her husband. Greg and Emmy both expressed how meaningful it was to work alongside of the families whose homes we were building, as we were able to see their gratitude firsthand. Saturday night we combated the Hawaiian heat with a night at the ice skating rink, where Noah and Bryant impressed us all with their impressive skating skills.
Sunday began with brunch at a delicious oceanfront restaurant where trip members could order island-inspired dishes like papaya and pancakes with coconut syrup. After brunch we relaxed on the shore of Kailua Beach by the stunningly blue water, where Emily and Christy enjoyed getting some sun and Ben swam in the cool ocean water. Once our time at the beach concluded, we made an impromptu stop for snacks and ice cream, which Celia and Sam were especially happy about.
Monday began with a much-awaited return to the Boys and Girls Club, where trip members were thrilled to be reunited with their new friends from last week. Kyra, Will, and Rachel were especially excited to play with the kids at the club again, and Tyler and Sofia worked hard at improving the grounds of the facility. Tonight trip members explored downtown Honolulu in a new light by participating in a scavenger hunt.
Tomorrow we look forward to returning to the Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu one last time.
Until next time,
The Westcoast Blogger