On Saturday, February 10th, Full Life celebrated its eighteenth year of providing robust support services to our Hawai’i Island ‘ohana who have intellectual disabilities!
Well attended by participants, family members, support staff, Board of Directors and community supporters, the theme of this year’s event was “The Roaring 20’s”. The Waimea Community Center was transformed into the richness and rave reminiscent of that era; everyone received either a pearl necklace or gold bow tie! An Italian buffet with heart-shaped pasta was served with heart-themed desserts.
During the program, participants received certificates of recognition for their outstanding achievements! Pauline Aughe, who served seven years on the Board and chaired the Outreach and Fundraising Committee was honored with this year’s “Mana I Ke Leo” (Power of the Voice) Award! Mar Ortaleza, Employment Services and Outreach Coordinator, a member of the Outreach and Fundraiser Committee, Program Committee, who also took on the Interim Director of Programs position, was also acknowledged for his accomplishments which included being the very first awardee of the Outstanding Advocate of the Year for the East Hawai’i Island Disability Legislative Forum.
We were treated to a wonderful preview magic show by Bruce and Jennifer Meyers. Our very own Josie “The Jokester” opened the program with her funny jokes. Fans were given out to everyone, a promotion for our upcoming annual magic show fundraiser, themed “Wonder without Limits” on Saturday, March 10, 2018 7pm-9pm at the historic Hilo Palace Theater!
Finally, our Full Life entrepreneurs had their own room where they successfully sold their art and crafts. A fabulous photo booth was a the backdrop to this year’s fun event! We extend a big mahalo nui loa to the many people who made this event a success!
On January 14th, Full Life celebrated its seventeenth year of providing service to our Big Island community members in East and West Hawaii. Well attended by participants, family members, and support staff and community members, the theme of this year’s event was the Oscars. Participants received certificates of recognition for their outstanding achievements and, in addition, each participant received an Oscars award! We extend a big mahalo nui loa to the many people who made this event a success.
Aloha Full Life Participants, Direct Support Professionals, Community and circle of Supports! Join us for our annual Awards Celebration party, themed “Hollywood Oscar Party”! There will be Participant awards for individual accomplishments, giveaways, food and other festivities!
Join us for our final event in 2016! Full Life second annual “Chill Before you First Fri” arts and crafts fair has a variety of unique gifts for your giving, FRIDAY December 9th at our Hilo office 4pm-6pm.
On Saturday, July 11, 2015, join our many Full Life participants, their peers, circle of supports and office staff at the Abled Hawai’i Artists 8th Annual Art Festival. Occurring at the Prince Kuhio Plaza, 10am to 3pm, this event features artists with diverse abilities share and sell their art and crafts.
Full Life is the main and fiscal sponsor for this amazing event, which is the largest celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the state of Hawai’i! Stone Wolfsong, Executive Director for Full Life will read the proclamations from Mayor Kenoi and Governor Ige at noon!
A day of free activities for the entire ohana includes face/body painting, mask and puppet making, as well as individual and group demonstrations in music therapy and healing arts. Check out the event program below. Come celebrate diversity in the arts with us!
Full Life Introduces Our Newest Prevocational Program!
Full Life is pleased to announce Huahana o Hilo, a new and progressive prevocational program designed specifically for Waiver participants. This groundbreaking prevocational service is a unique result of Full Life’s collaboration with the first commercial Makery in the State of Hawai’i. And it’s located just downstairs from Full Life’s office in downtown Hilo.
Huahana O Hilo will create customized and competitive employment, enabling Waiver participants to lead the way in manufacturing technology. Participants who graduate from our program will be job-ready or able to pursue micro-enterprising in product design. Successful graduates pursuing micro-enterprising will receive their own laptop with the design software needed for their career! Classes start in January, 2014. The deadline to sign up for our January class is December 15, 2013.
For background information about The Makery, see the recent article from Tribune-Herald: