On Saturday, July 9, 2016, Kid’s☆garden Kahala welcomed the last important piece of creating a new & successful business in Hawai’i: Having the building and property traditionally blessed, before symbolically entering, with the gestures and sounds of the Hawaiian language and culture, done by a respected community Kahu or “…Honored…pastor, minister, reverend, or preacher of a church.” (Ulukau, Hawaiian Electronic Library) KGKP was fortunate to be able to receive the support and service of renowned Kahu Wendell Davis, former Chaplain for Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i (Big Island) and currently Chaplain at Mid-Pacific Institute in Mãnoa. With attention to the history and use of the land and building at 1339 Hunakai St. and the knowledge of the educational intentions of Yumi & Kenjiro Ide, our school’s owners; Malia Lagaso, our school’s Center Director; and the whole staff of Kid’s☆garden Kahala, Kahu Wendell “opened” our doors for the purpose of offering families and children in East Honolulu a wonderful new setting for early learning. We were cheered by the joyous audience of visiting Kid’s☆garden families from Chiba, Japan, our own families and friends, and many local community supporters, with whom we celebrated at a small reception afterwards.
We are truly thrilled and excited about the future!
Some highlights from the Blessing & reception (click on photos to enlarge):