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Big turnout for Sunday’s Child Christmas celebration


On Saturday, Dec. 18, Sunday’s Child Foundation hosted a Christmas Party for what was meant to cater to 50 children, but the turnout was much more than expected, with nearly double the numbers of children.

The event took place at Hokukano Bayhouse on Keauhou Bay in Kona, where the guests were at-risk and foster children ages 5 to 17. A lavish feast was provided by local restaurants Fish Hopper, The Kona Brewing Co. & Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., while the children were entertained by dance teams from Kealakehe High & Konaweana Middle School.

Each child received gifts from Santa and enjoyed water-sport activities on the bay.

“It was so much fun to see even the teenagers getting a kick out of sitting on Santa’s lap,” says Lauren Rainier, executive director of Sunday’s Child Foundation. “A big mahalo to everyone who collaborated in making this an amazing experience for some 90 under-privileged kids. All of your donations and time are greatly appreciated and these children had a day they will not likely forget.”

Sunday’s Child Foundation thrives on providing at-risk youth education and healing through experiential mentorship programs and Hawaiian cultural activities that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Sunday’s Child Foundation’s goal is to provide healing through education and mentorship. Through their programs, kids and young men and women can bond and support one another in healthy surroundings and may enjoy the great abundance of wealth in culture, history and nature our beautiful island has to offer.

For more information about their programs or to become a mentor, contact Lauren at 987-1496 or visit

(Photo courtesy of Sunday's Child Foundation)

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